August 14, 2014
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PBA's ANNUAL BBQ MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, Aug. 20th
Next Wednesday's (Aug. 20th) PBA meeting will feature its once-a-year barbecue
extravaganza. Hors d'oeuvres and snacks will precede the lavish dinner comprised
of huge New York steaks prepared on the grill by Lee Wilson, Jim Polmanteer and
Joe Wicker. We can't promise that Lumpy will be preparing his famous Road-Kill
Chili and his dynamite Ensalada Grande as shown in the photo above, but a pot of
delicious chili and a huge bowl of salad will compliment the steaks. Also
included will be a more than an ample supply of Garlic Bread guaranteed to keep
your family and friends a minimum distance of six feet from your breath. And a
special dessert from Cake Bosses Mike Fehr and Tommy Mazzone will follow the
feast while Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir will see to it that a full array of spirits
along with a variety of beer and wine will be available at the bar, including
some single-malt Scotch for the discriminating aficionado.
PBA members are invited to bring their appetites and
enjoy this annual event, but no guests. Remember, this is for members only. Any
member who shows up with someone in tow who isn't a PBA member will be turned
Click on the links below to watch and/or read the latest news…
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KTVU Channel 2: Sgt. Rickel calls it quits after council fails to
fix Measure B and fails to place tax measure on fall ballot.
Daily Fetch: Did Madison sell herself to the highest bidder?
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
Two columns by Scott Herhold appeared in the paper this past week
that could have an impact on the future of the SJPD. This first one is about the
attempt to place a city sales tax increase on the Nov. ballot that could have
provided additional funding for the Dept.
Sales Tax Can Be a Tricky Thing
By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 10, 2014
rarely find myself in agreement with Bob Brownstein, the policy and research
director of the labor-oriented Working Partnerships USA. Brownstein is well on
the left, while a long journalistic career has made me more skeptical about
But Brownstein, who served as budget director for Mayor Susan Hammer in the
1990s, knows municipal budgets. And he made a point last Tuesday that anyone in
San Jose ought to remember when we consider raising the sales tax for a special
You may have heard what happened. Although 10 of the 11 council members favored
putting a measure before voters to raise the sales tax by a quarter-cent, they
could not agree on whether it should be for general purposes or specified for
public safety. So the issue is dead for now.
When you unravel this one, you learn something about how the council was
attempting to sell a sales tax bump to voters. Although I probably disagree with
him about the need for a new tax, Brownstein at least stood for honesty.
In the short time allowed for public speakers, Brownstein ripped Mayor Chuck
Reed’s plan for a tax reserved for public safety.
Then he raised a salient point: Just what kind of assurance do the voters have
that this council, or a future council, won’t play games with money intended for
To understand his point, you have to know that roughly half the city’s budget
goes to police and fire. When you pass a sales tax for public safety, it’s
really the same as boosting one-half the budget. If there is no requirement that
the existing spending for police and fire remains intact, the temptation for
government is to shift the old money into other wineskins — say, parks or
libraries. After all, the city has a fresh stream of new public safety money to
Consider the example of a tiny city with a grand budget of $100. It spends $50
now on public safety and $50 on everything else.
A new public safety tax suddenly brings in $10 extra per year. Voters think that
public safety will get $60 per year. But by shifting $5 of the original $50 for
public safety into parks or libraries — a fiver slipped from one drawer to
another — the city can still split its budget: $55 for public safety and $55 for
Thus, the voters don’t really get what they intended. A tax intended only for
public safety becomes a messier thing, a more polluted stream.
The city could put shackles on itself with a “maintenance of effort” restriction
on the old budget to prevent such a shell game. But city leaders are wary of
handicapping themselves in dealing with future budget crises.
Brownstein’s point is that a more direct approach is to simply ask the voters
for a general tax increase. It also has the advantage of a lower requirement for
passage, only one-half instead of two-thirds.
The council did not choose that route. The mayor’s wording did not have any
“maintenance of effort” requirement. And you have to conclude the obvious: The
unsuccessful public safety idea was a way of selling a tax. It wasn’t a well
conceived way of spending it.
In his second column from two days ago, Herhold tries to inform
his readers how mayoral candidates Sam Liccardo and Dave Cortese differ. Will it
make a difference in Nov.? Probably not; most voters' have probably made up
Candidates Have Plenty in Common
By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 12, 2014
San Jose’s mayoral election is less than three months away, and there are clear
and definable differences between the two candidates, Councilman Sam Liccardo
and Supervisor Dave Cortese.
But another way of looking at this race is to examine the interests or
allegiances that will triumph no matter who is elected. There are more
similarities than meet the eye:
LAWYERS — Let me break the obvious news first: Both men are lawyers. (Liccardo ,
Harvard Law School; Cortese, Lincoln Law School).
Both bring a careful, methodical way of argument to the table. And neither is
averse to carrying on political battles in the courtroom, though Cortese says
he’d like to end the Measure B pension reform litigation.
BELLARMINE — Both men went to San Jose’s elite Jesuit high school, though in
different eras (Cortese is 58 and Liccardo is 44). The mark of a school whose
motto is “men for others” is on both of them. Politically, Liccardo has probably
drawn more support from traditional Bellarmine alumni, particularly those who
live outside San Jose.
The last Bellarmine graduate who served as mayor was Tom McEnery, elected in
— In the primary, the voters did not select the candidate who was 100 percent
Italian by heritage, Pierluigi Oliverio. They did give the nod to two men who
are at least half-Italian, which was for a long time one of the most important
ethnic groups in the valley.
Both Cortese and Liccardo, incidentally, have a touch of Irish in their
heritage: Cortese is the grandson of Ed Donovan, a Santa Clara council member in
the middle of last century. Liccardo has served as master of ceremonies at
Dublin-San Jose Sister City events.
WEALTHY, ESTABLISHED FAMILIES — Cortese and Liccardo grew up in different parts
of the valley — Liccardo in Saratoga and Cortese in a more pastoral Evergreen
section of San Jose. But neither comes from straightened circumstances: The
Cortese family’s wealth came from land and a shopping center, while Liccardo was
the youngest child of a prominent San Jose attorney. As the champion of labor,
Cortese can make an argument that he is closer to the land: He grew familiar
with tractors and fruit picking.
— This is not new in San Jose: Phil Hammer, the husband of Mayor Susan Hammer,
was actively involved in politics.
But this is the first time that spouses of both candidates in a runoff bring
decided political acumen to the table.
Patti Cortese, Cortese’s wife, has entered the fray by publicly endorsing
candidates or causes, even when her husband has stayed on the sidelines.
Liccardo’s wife, Jessica Garcia-Kohl, has been an 18th-floor aide, an official
with Rocketship charter schools, and perhaps her husband’s most important
None of this means that you ought to shrug when you fill out your ballot. There
are real differences between the two, particularly over the Measure B pension
reform (Liccardo supports it while Cortese has been critical). But in terms of
their pedigree, they are distant cousins, scions of a San Jose that offered the
promise of upward mobility to generations of immigrants.
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In what the Mercury News considers the "lighter side" of the news
(we should have copyrighted that phrase), last Sunday's I.A. column included
these tidbits on Sam Liccardo and Pete Constant…
Mercury News — Aug. 10, 2014
San Jose Councilmen Victims of Crime
there a crime wave being directed at San Jose City Council members? On Tuesday,
Councilman and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo was talking on his cellphone in
the breezeway behind City Hall leading to Fourth Street. He had put his bag down
with his sport coat on top of it. “I turned my head talking toward the window
for a minute or two,” he told IA. “When I turned around, the bag was gone and
the sport coat, too.” The bad news: Liccardo’s bag included his new Lenovo
laptop. The mitigating news: Because the laptop was new, Liccardo says, it did
not contain much in the way of sensitive campaign records.
He does not think there was any political motive for the theft — though he jests
that if there were, mayoral rival Dave Cortese would be using the jokes Liccardo
had prepared on the laptop.
That wasn’t the only incident. About three weeks ago, Councilman Pete Constant
held a reception for the 100 or so neighborhood leaders in his district. Asking
one of his people to go to Togo’s for sandwiches with his credit card, Constant
left his wallet on a counter so the card could be returned. By the end of the
reception, the wallet was gone, with various pieces of ID. Then again, some of
his identification had a limited shelf life. Constant leaves office at the end
of the year.
There was no mail this week, but at our Monday Lunch Bunch
get-together of a half-dozen retirees earlier this week Doug Zwemke provided us
with a list of what he considers the top "Problem Areas of the World," along
with a number representing how serious of a threat he felt each area was.
Thinking it might make for a topic of discussion for this column, this is the
list Doug came up with:
1 = Threat to the U.S.
2 = Almost a threat
3 = No immediate threat
Mexico-Central America 1
North Korea 1
Eastern Ukraine 2
Africa (Ebola) 3
Kurdistan (issue only) 3
Anyone disagree with Doug's threat assessment, or is there a problem area that
should be added to the list? Let us know and we'll pass along your opinion next
week. Use "Threat Assessment" for the subject and send your email to
For starters, I would move Iran and its goal to procure The Bomb to No. 1 and
drop Afghanistan, Russia and North Korea to No. 2. What say you?
READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
Our in-house NFL referee will be on the sideline at this coming Saturday's (Aug.
16th) Baltimore at Dallas pre-season game while a potential NFL Ref works the
field. On Friday, Aug. 22nd, Bill will work the Chicago at Seattle game, and
Aug. 28th (Thursday), will find him at the St. Louis at Miami match-up. As soon
as Bill learns the start of his regular season schedule he will pass it on to
OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Aug. 6th thru Aug. 12th
While speaking at an African leadership summit yesterday, Vice President Joe
Biden accidentally referred to Africa as a country instead of a continent. To be
fair, most of what he knows about Africa is based on “The Lion King.”
A new poll found that President Obama's approval rating has hit a new low of
just 40 percent. Or as Obama put it, "60 under par!"
LeBron James reportedly lost a lot of weight since he announced he was returning
to Cleveland. When asked how much he dropped, he said, "How much do Dwyane Wade
and Chris Bosh weigh?"
Police in Ohio are looking for two women who tried to rob a bakery but left with
only two glazed donuts because there was no money in the register. The cops are
offering a small reward for information on the women, and a huge reward for info
on those doughnuts.
The Russian government said Edward Snowden can stay for three more years. Or as
Obama put it, "Eh, that was gonna be his prison sentence, anyway."
TMZ has released the transcript from Kanye West's deposition for an assault
charge he's facing, and apparently he referred to himself as "the smartest
celebrity." And that was after the lawyer said, "Please state your name."
It seems like every day Kanye says something weird, and every day I end up
talking about it and — you know what? He IS the smartest celebrity! We keep
talking about him!
Pope Francis is calling on young people to get off the Internet and start doing
something productive with their lives. Teens were like, "Uh, how do you think we
saw you say that? We watched it on YouTube, dude!"
President Obama is planning to break up his vacation in Martha's Vineyard by
returning to D.C. for two days for meetings. Yeah, two days away from his family
vacation — or as that's also known, a "vacation." If you’ve been on vacation,
then you know.
CNN is being sued after one of its correspondents got drunk and bit two
paramedics. The good news is, CNN finally has a story worth talking about.
Sometimes you gotta make your own news. "Tequila on the house! Tequila! On! The!
Timex announced that it's creating a new smart watch that can track your speed,
distance, and GPS. People said, "Does it tell time?" And Timex was like, "I knew
we forgot something!"
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back. He’s opening a new restaurant that
will specialize in healthy local food. It's the first restaurant with a sign on
the door that reads: "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Pants, No Underwear, No Hats . . ."
It just keeps going. It’s a long list.
Over the weekend, the Angels beat the Red Sox in the longest Major League game
of the year after playing 19 innings. You can tell the game went way too long
when the vendors were yelling, “Get your lukewarm beer over here. Ice cold hot
The game was so long, even Ken Burns said, “This is just too much baseball.”
The network TV Land just launched a new version of the classic show “Candid
Camera.” Or as most young people put it, "I can't believe they ripped off ‘Punk'd.’
People can’t think of anything original anymore."
President Obama went to the beach yesterday while he’s vacationing on Martha’s
Vineyard. Which got weird when he took out his metal detector to search for $16
trillion in quarters.
During a fundraiser last night, President Obama suggested that one or more
Supreme Court justices may retire soon. Which got awkward when Ruth Bader
Ginsburg said, “You can have this gavel when you pry it out of my even colder,
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said that he is still sober and he'll never be caught
doing anything illegal ever again. Then he said, “Unless someone's taping me.
Then I'll probably get caught.”
Rob Ford also said that he is committed to living a healthier life, and his days
of going to the liquor store are over. Which would be great, if he weren't
addicted to crack.
company has announced a new service where you carpool with strangers. It's a new
cutting-edge technology called "taking the bus."
Yesterday photos were leaked of the Dallas Cowboys owner, 71-year-old Jerry
Jones, with two much younger women. The photos were leaked by Jerry Jones.
According to a new survey, 50 percent of people believe that robots will
actually create more jobs in the long run. When they heard this, robots said,
"Oh, good, they're buying it. They will serve us soon, those fools."
The San Antonio Spurs have made history by becoming the first team in the NBA to
hire a female assistant coach. She is the first woman to get that close to that
many NBA players without being a Kardashian.
A bear was attacking a Russian man, and he was able to repel the attack by
playing his Justin Bieber ringtone. The man is OK, and no, the bear is NOT a
You know that button on your cable remote that gives you information about what
you're watching? I was watching "Crossfire," hit the button, and it said,
"Congratulations, you're our first viewer tonight!"
I hit the info button on "America's Got Talent" and it said, "America's got
talent, but we hide it and present this instead."
Hillary Clinton has been calling President Obama's foreign policy a failure. She
either wants to be a president or a Fox News anchor. We're not sure.
The U.S. Postal service has lost $2 billion this spring. Postal officials are
busy emailing each other wondering how this could happen.
This weekend New York hosted the 25th annual Scrabble Championship. The Scrabble
champion gets his choice of $100,000 or the touch of another human being.
Yesterday Bruce Jenner was pulled over for speeding here in L.A. The cops gave
Jenner a ticket because his current face doesn't match his driver's license.
Since January, Colorado has made nearly $30 million in taxes from marijuana
sales. That's in addition to the $40 million they made taxing Doritos. It goes
Smokey Bear just celebrated his 70th birthday. Smokey bear is 70. Can you
believe he's that old? Smoky says he puts out fires by waking up seven times a
night and peeing on them.
Scientists have figured out how to suppress the appetites of mice. They bring
them to a Long John Silver's.
Tonight was the premiere of "Top Chef Duels." I think they're running out of
ideas for cooking shows. It turns out that "Top Chef Duels" is just two chefs
slapping each other with spatulas.
Let's play TV shows that are chef shows. There's "How I Minced Your Mother."
"Murder She Roast." "Real Hamhocks of New Jersey." "Game of Scones."
Today is Jamaican Independence Day. Today in Jamaica, everyone spent the day
smoking, drinking, and having a great time. Then they remembered it was
People think everyone in Jamaica smokes marijuana. That's just not true. Some of
them eat it.
Today's the start of the Boston Comic-Con. It starts with a man riding a horse
across cobblestone streets shouting "The nerds are coming! The nerds are
People dress up and dump the "Star Wars" prequels in the harbor. Hah! A man can
A bunch of movies came out today. They cover many genres, but they have one
interesting thing in common: They'll get their butts kicked by the new "Ninja
Turtles" movie that opens today.
I don't know a lot about ninja turtles. I know they're named after artistic
Italian men: Michelangelo, Donatello, Madonna.
And ninja turtles live in the sewers of New York City. If they want to hide out
somewhere that New Yorkers never go to, they should try a Mets game.
I had a pet turtle when I was a kid. He taught me a lot. For instance, he taught
me I love the taste of turtle soup.
Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user names and password combinations,
which I'm pretty sure is all of them.
The crime ring stole the information from hundreds of thousands of websites.
Experts recommend that you change all your passwords just to be safe. I have to
say I would almost rather have all my information stolen than to have to change
all my passwords.
Here's what I've never understood. Why do leakers expose national security
information? Why not leak stuff like the Colonel's fried chicken recipe? I would
like to have that.
Last week it was revealed the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence
Committee, which is the committee that's supposed to supervise the CIA. Who do
these people think they are? Facebook?
Welcome to those who are visiting LA. We're going to have a good time in
beautiful Los Angeles, which has just been named the 16th coolest city in
America by Forbes magazine. We finally tied San Jose.
You know what city Forbes says is the coolest? The No. 1 coolest city in America
is Washington, D.C. How did that happen? Did Obama start smoking again?
Forbes bases its rankings on factors like how many entertainment options a city
has. Makes sense. In Washington, between Joe Biden and John Boehner alone, it's
like a nonstop Burning Man festival.
I like that Forbes magazine is deciding which city is the coolest. That's like
Good Housekeeping naming the snowboarder of the year.
President Obama's approval rating is now at an all-time low. It's so bad that
last night he gave his daughter Sasha a ride to a friend's house and she asked
him to drop her off two blocks away.
A 44-year-old mother in New York was arrested after she left her 7-year-old
unattended at a Long Island Lego store. Luckily by the time the police found the
child, he had already built a better mother.
Dunkin' Donuts announced they have created their first-ever coffee-flavored
doughnut. First ever? Your name is Dunkin' Donuts. They're all coffee flavored!
Your name is a recipe for coffee-flavored doughnuts.
A man in New Zealand whose pregnant girlfriend threw a knife at him so hard that
it became lodged in his skull told reporters he was confident their relationship
would continue. I guess it's true what they say: Some people never learn because
there's a knife lodged in their skull.
President Obama announced last Thursday night that the U.S. would begin air
strikes in Iraq. So in a way, it was the ultimate throwback Thursday.
Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is planning to open a new
farm-to-table restaurant in Queens. So, whatever you do, don't ask to see the
A 25-year-old California woman wants the state to let her marry Charles Manson.
If you ask me, you would have to be crazy to get married at 25. You have your
whole life ahead of you. Married at 25? Wait five years. He's not going
Health officials in Colorado are warning residents to stay away from sick or
dead rabbits due to a risk of rabbit fever. It's a tough one because most
people's first instincts when they see a dead rabbit is to get as close as
Today is National Middle Child Day. And appropriately, it won't get any
Customers at a Georgia subway restaurant located inside a Walmart started
throwing things at the workers because the store's lettuce looked brown. Because
there is no customer with more discriminating taste than one who eats at a
Georgia subway in a Walmart.
According to a new study, men over 5'10" are twice as likely to cheat on their
partners. And men under 5'10" are twice as likely to cheat on forms where you
have to enter your height.
1980s' rock star Bret Michaels is holding a motivational seminar at the Hard
Rock Cafe in Orlando this September called "Life Rocks." So if you're going,
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF AUG. 9, 2014
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Photograph shows a honeymooner taking an
moments before he was killed by a shark.
viral picture appearing to show a cute coincidence with
campaign bottles tricked the Internet.
Did a NYPD
kill a baby following a breastfeeding dispute with the child's mother?
Celebrity death hoax: Wrestler
has not died from being shot in the head.
Should you leave a house window open slightly during a
to equalize pressure and lessen damage?
Photographs illustrate a trip to
in 1940 as described in a letter by Henry Ford.
Is Apple co-founder
alive and in hiding in Rio de Janeiro?
Did a brief
outage prompt social media users to call 911?
Photographs purportedly show a
found in Bulgaria's Vladaya River.
Did former New York Mets outfielder Kevin Mitchell cut the head off his
girlfriend's cat with a knife? Teammate
"confirmation" of this legend is less than convincing.
Customer buys up all the apple pies at a
to thwart a misbehaving child.
Video clip shows a car with
Why does Charles Shaw wine (commonly known as
sell so cheaply? Various rumors attempt to explain the phenomenon.
Did filmmakers stage lemming death scenes for the
Will the planet
make a once-in-our-lifetimes, remarkably close approach to Earth on 27 August
Did a school of killer whales attack and kill
of a whaling boat?
experience an increase in her vocal range after she was hit in the head by a
• Does use of the
app require user acceptance of many privacy-violating conditions?
• Thieves steal what they believe to be cocaine but what is in reality the
of the householder's relative.
• A restaurant server declined to wait on customers who made
about a child with Down syndrome.
• Is a can of
a preferable alternative to pepper spray for protection against assailants?
• Video clip shows a
exploding during high winds.
• Distress scam involves an
who pretends to be relative in urgent need of money.
conducting a vote over whether to identify Israel or Palestine on its maps?
• Did comedian
author an essay detailing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?
• Is Coca-Cola recalling millions of bottles of
with the name Michael on the label?
• Don't forget to visit our
page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• An airline passenger's
describe the disadvantages of being seated across from the aircraft's lavatory.
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25
list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our
page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from
THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Large or Full Screen preferred for YouTube videos
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So where were you in
1951? If you were in San Jose the city would have looked like this, including
SJPD's motorcycle squad which would later become the Traffic Enforcement Unit.
to take a trip back in time and watch this historical film received from Joan
Lockwood. (10 Mins.)
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have included a few public service announcements over the past couple of months
from Thailand about issues the U.S. tends to shy away from in terms of PSAs.
This one sponsored by a Thai Insurance company addresses something with which
many of us are familiar as a result of a friend or family member: Alzheimer's.
how this husband deals with the illness. (3 Mins.)
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Simply put, there is no way to describe this guy other than to say he is
certifiably nuts. Click
and see if you agree. (1 Min.)
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Neither Lumpy or I have any idea what
YouTube video is about or the meaning behind it. All we know is that it features
one of our retired motor sergeants who most of you should recognize. If you
don't, his last name appears near the end of the 48-second video.
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This stunning time
lapse video was shot at Singapore's Changi Airport, according to Dirk Parsons.
The effect makes the departing and arriving aircraft look like shooting stars.
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haven't visited Ravenstoke, Alaska since we highlighted it in the Farsider in
Aug. of 2008. It's the town that had a serious shortage of women and came up
with a unique way of attracting them to the community by spraying the town with
the scent of man. Let's see if the
of the fairer sex is still going on. (2 Mins.)
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Last week we included a clip that showed how an operator was able to load a
'tracked excavator' onto the back of a truck without assistance. We would argue
that the operator of this 'wheeled' excavator is just as talented, if not more
so. Note how he has to swivel in his seat to operate all the necessary controls.
to view the new clip
to view last week's
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Have you ever seen a fully-functional
made from wood? Given its uniqueness, it might very well have been worth the $3K
the builder wanted for it. (1 Min.)
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you shop at Trader Joe's? Click
if you want to learn about 18 incredible things you didn't know about the unique
grocery store, but give the site a few moments to load.
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Coring a head of
iceberg lettuce in five seconds is our tip of the week and something you will
want to try next time someone in your household is about to make a salad or
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you imagine an archer firing ten arrows and hitting his target in under 5
seconds. I couldn't, until I saw this demonstration by Danish archer Lars
Andersen. I'd be hard pressed to fire 10 rounds from my Glock and hit the
same target in under five seconds. Watch
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and how the system is protecting Israel from most of the rockets launched by
Hamas? This clip received from Steve Postier will show you. (3 Mins.)
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Those of you who have an interest in WW II's War in the Pacific might want to
have a look at
contribution received from Jim Silvers as it includes over four dozen full-size
photos of what was, for a short period of time, the world's largest naval
facility. To quote from the lead paragraph:
In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106
destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base."
What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have
required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most
active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous, but it was unknown. Few
civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the
remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese
homeland, and the press was not printing ancient history about Ulithi.
Murderer's Row the carriers Wasp (CV 18), Yorktown (CV 10), Hornet
(CV 12), and Hancock (CV 19) anchored in Ulithi Atoll, Dec 1944
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Here are some
who are going to be sorry to see summer end and their joyriding season come to a
close. (1 Min.)
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it's rush hour and not practical to take your mutt for a ride in the car, you
can always head over to the neighborhood park if there's a
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makes no difference whether it's water, snow, sand or any other surface that can
accommodate a board, no one can compete with this fella. Have a
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you can spare 30 seconds, check out this
wearing a sombrero and note that it's holding on to its own set of handlebars.
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Some would argue that
of a cat cuddling with a baby is so cute that it's over the top, as in
sickeningly sweet. Be that as it may, do not try this with your pet Python or
Boa Constrictor.) (1 Min.)
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handicapped dogs and cats can have wheelchairs, can baby goats? You bet they
can. Check out
short clip from Australia. (2 Mins.)
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Question: How do you rescue a dozen ducklings from a swimming pool so they can
reunite with their mom? Watch this short
and find out. (2 Min.)
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Watch this final large screen video provided by Bert Kelsey and you will be
amply rewarded as Tom Brokaw describes the "greatest generation and the candy
bomber." It's a moving story about the
AIRLIFT that you've not heard before. (13 Mins.)
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Pic of the Week
elderly husband and wife were at home watching TV. Phil had the remote
and was switching back and forth between a fishing channel and a porn
channel. Sally became more and more annoyed and finally said, "For God's
sake, Phil, leave it on the porn channel. You already know how to fish!"
(Any resemblance between Phil and Rollie Miller is purely