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August 16, 2012

 

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

 

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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.




 

MISS LAST WEEK'S NEWSLETTER?

We had about 300 fewer hits for last week's Farsider that included the passing of Annie Navin. If you missed it, you should be able to pull it up by clicking on this link when you are through with this week's newsletter:

 

 

PENSION ISSUE-RELATED NEWS

Phil Norton spotted this NBC Bay Area news report titled "SJPD Fights High Crime and Low Morale" last weekend and sent it in. If it hasn't been removed, you should be able to view it by clicking on the link below, but be patient as the video is likely to take a few moments to load.



<http://tinyurl.com/9gjf98t>


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Not a good day for San Jose. Click on the link below to
view a segment of the Aug. 13th NBC Bay Area newscast...



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-UOxJ20oVE&feature=player_embedded>

  

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This Aug. 14th NBC Bay Area news report was aired 24 hours later...




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK8mJK8LyVg&feature=youtu.be>


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Here's a third news clip that aired yesterday (Aug. 15th), but this one was from KPIX,
the local CBS affiliate. Title: "SJPD Understaffed, Overworked, Nearing Breaking Point"




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9eLxl_MCz0&feature=youtu.be>

 

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And finally, POA Vice President (Sgt.) John Robb authored a piece entitled relative to the two videos above. It's titled "San Jose Experiences Epidemic of Violence as New Policies Reduce Patrol Staffing." To read it, click on the 'Protect San Jose' link below...



<http://tinyurl.com/9pl6bwy>
 

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Along with some forthcoming POA endorsements, this article from last Saturday's paper may help those of you who reside in San Jose decide who you want to vote for in November for the City Council...

Pension Overhaul Debated

—Candidates for districts 8 and 10 also tackle merits of minimum wage increase, new ballpark at forum—

By Tracy Seipel <tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 11, 2012


SAN JOSE — The four remaining candidates in the two San Jose City Council races on the Nov. 6 ballot on Friday discussed pension reform, the minimum wage and the proposed ballpark — and several have markedly similar views.

During an early-morning candidate forum sponsored by the San Jose Downtown Association, District 8 incumbent Councilwoman Rose Herrera as well as sportscaster Robert Braunstein and financial adviser Johnny Khamis, both of whom are competing for the District 10 seat being vacated by Councilwoman Nancy Pyle, reiterated their support for San Jose’s Measure B pension reform.

“I’m the only person who testified on a number of occasions in favor of Measure B, despite public pressure against it,” Khamis told a crowd of about 75 gathered in a meeting room of the downtown San Jose Flames Eatery & Bar to listen to the candidates.

Braunstein meanwhile told the crowd that he supported Measure B early on when he said it became obvious that “further negotiations with the unions would not reach an immediate conclusion’’ in time to help the city’s finances.

Herrera reminded everyone of the attacks by labor unions during her primary campaign over her support to put the measure on the ballot to begin with.

“I stood up and put the city ahead of politics,’’ Herrera said.

But Herrera’s District 8 opponent, attorney Jimmy Nguyen, said he continues to be opposed to the measure, over which city employee unions have sued.

“I did not support it because it’s a legally risky move that will cost the city and taxpayers, whether the city succeeds or not in court,’’ Nguyen explained.
 


Khamis, Braunstein and Herrera also all oppose a San Jose fall ballot measure that would increase the city’s minimum wage from the $8 state level to $10 with automatic annual increases.

While Herrera said she applauds the efforts of San Jose State students who worked to put the measure on the ballot, she said the measure has “a lot of unintended consequences” that would hurt small businesses and nonprofits.

Nguyen said he wants to study the measure further, though for now he is leaning against it.

But all four candidates said they would support efforts to bring a major league baseball team to San Jose.

A team and a downtown ballpark, said Braunstein, “would be a huge boon for downtown.’’ And the same kind of successful economic development that occurred in the area near AT&T Park in San Francisco is a template for what could happen in San Jose, he said.

“The same thing will happen here,’’ Braunstein noted.

Khamis agreed, but said it’s important the deal remain privately financed and that the city not get “stuck in any kind of long-term financial commitment’’ that would hurt taxpayers.

Audience members afterward said they generally were impressed with the caliber of the candidates.

Some noted though that in the District 8 race, Herrera’s experience noticeably contrasts with that of newcomer Nguyen.

“Rose is a veteran, and she’s obviously the more polished candidate,’’ said Bill Ryan, a vice president at Barry Swenson Builder. “Nguyen admits he’s a newcomer and a novice, but he was sincere about really wanting to do right.’’

Braunstein and Khamis were more evenly matched, many agreed.

 

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Bill,

This SacBee article is about CalPERS, but its message is equally applicable to our San Jose Police and Fire Plan.

Craig Shuey
<cvshuey1459@gmail.com>
 

Viewpoints: Media is Wrongly Hyping Pensions as a Cause of City Bankruptcies



By Rob Feckner
President of CalPERS Board of Administration
Special to the Bee — Aug. 8, 2012


If there is one thing I have learned in my time on the CalPERS board it's this – a little perspective goes a long way. This is especially true when it comes to the news coverage of CalPERS' recently announced investment returns for last fiscal year and the criticism of pensions in municipal bankruptcies. Let me offer a little perspective.

Last fiscal year, CalPERS earned a 1 percent return on our investments. The news has caused some people, including the media, to claim that the sky is falling and to demand that CalPERS "get real" and lower our investment assumptions. A few people have even personally blamed our investment staff.

The flurry of news and editorials demonstrates a severe misunderstanding of CalPERS' investment strategy. It also mischaracterizes how a single year return will actually affect pension costs for taxpayers. As one astute financial editor put it, the reporting and short-term views of our investment returns is largely what's wrong with our financial industry and the media who breathlessly cover it.

CalPERS is a long-term investor. This concept is either ignored or misinterpreted by many on a regular basis, and is the greatest source of misunderstanding and misinformation about pensions. As a long-term investor, we fully expect a range of possible returns every year.

Occasionally, returns will be negative, and occasionally, returns will be high, like the previous year's 21.7 percent gain.

Historically, CalPERS has regularly outperformed our long-term 7.5 percent goal over a 20-year average. Our 30-year average even exceeds 9 percent.

If the media and our critics insist on looking at returns on a single-year basis they should tell taxpayers the full story – we posted gains not just in excess, but in significant excess of our goal of 7.5 percent 14 times in the past 20 years.

Last year's 1 percent return will be reflected in local government contribution rates two years from now. But, just like when we have large gains, losses are spread over 30 years to ensure employer rates remain as stable and predictable as possible. Any increases due to last year's returns will likely be very small.

A similar lack of perspective exists over the reporting of recent bankruptcy filings, including Stockton and San Bernardino. Fiscal challenges facing our cities and counties are difficult and worrisome for everyone involved. But pensions, generally, are not the problem. The real culprit is the economy and housing market, along with financial decisions made by city officials.

For example, Stockton borrowed heavily to build a new city hall, a sports and entertainment facility, baseball park and marina. San Bernardino lost major employers when the Kaiser steel plant and Norton Air Force Base closed. Both cities are among the top five housing foreclosure cities in the nation, resulting in high unemployment and reduced consumer spending and sales taxes.

It's true that total employee compensation is the biggest expense for cities, often 70 percent to 80 percent of city budgets. That being said, budgets are built with those employee costs in mind. Budgets are not built around being in the top five foreclosure cities in the nation.

Pension costs are a small piece of the budget. Stockton's pension costs are only about 6 percent of the total city budget. In San Bernardino, pension costs account for 10 percent of the total city budget.

The bottom line is that it's not fair to scapegoat public employees and pensions for the financial woes of our cities or of our entire state for that matter.

When it comes to pensions, the media and our critics should try a little honest perspective. It goes a long way.

Read more here:
<http://tinyurl.com/8uj6es8>

To review the readers' comments about this article, click here:
<http://tinyurl.com/97bn67z>

For those of you who are interested in this topic Craig sent in two additional links on the pension issue. The first one was written by Steve Maviiglio, who Craig describes as a Sacramento political gadfly. The second will take you to a SacBee blog...

<http://tinyurl.com/9l7mpvm>

<http://tinyurl.com/8alzg3t>

 

 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




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

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



 

MAIL CALL

The following is in reference to last week's Farsider and the letter to the Mercury News I wrote (but wasn't published) about the Electoral College and my point that a vote for Mitt Romney will mean nothing in California.

Aug. 10th

Bill,

Kudos to you AND John Foster for exploring the winner-take-all rule of California's electoral votes. Consider this, however: The founding fathers designed the electoral system to preserve the identity and the rights of individual states to function as autonomously as possible, and most states have opted to speak with one voice. Everything we do to strip away that identity and those rights moves us closer to the unitary government model embedded throughout socialist Europe.  From a practical standpoint, however,  I don't think we have to worry about that too much because there is no way the California Democrat political machine will allow any system that would grant any electoral votes to a republican presidential candidate.

Chris
(Green) <chris@usrack.com>

Chris is correct. The argument against abolishing the Electoral College is that the move could give the more populous states more of a say in electing a president than the less populous states. As Wikipedia (the online encyclopedia) points out:

"The merits of the Electoral College are controversial. A 2001 Gallup article noted that "a majority of Americans have continually expressed support for the notion of an official amendment of the U.S. Constitution that would allow for direct election of the president" since one of the first-ever public polls on the matter in 1944, and Gallup found no significant change in 2004. Critics argue that the Electoral College is archaic, inherently undemocratic and gives certain swing states disproportionate influence in selecting the President and Vice President. Proponents argue that the Electoral College is an important, distinguishing feature of federalism in the United States and that it protects the rights of smaller states. Numerous constitutional amendments have been introduced in the Congress seeking to alter the Electoral College or replace it with a direct popular vote; however, no proposal has ever passed the Congress."

 Electoral College map showing the results of the 2008 U.S. presidential election


Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) won the popular vote in 28 states and the District of Columbia (denoted in blue) to capture 365 electoral votes. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) won the popular vote in 22 states (denoted in red) to capture 173 electoral votes. Nebraska split its electoral vote when Senator Obama won the electoral vote from Nebraska's 2nd congressional district; the state's other four electoral votes went to Senator McCain.

 Electoral votes available by state/federal district for the elections of 2012, 2016
and 2020, with apportionment changes between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses
 

For more on the Electoral College, click on this link:

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_%28United_States%29>


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Aug. 15th

Bill,

Jack Tonkin, Willow Glen High class of '64, after reading "Honorable Intentions," forwarded me these pictures he took. The first is of 848 The Alameda (at Sunol St.) taken this year. The second is of the same spot in 1974. Interesting that he kept and was able to locate the picture from 38 years ago. I seem to remember a billboard like this up on Monterey Highway near Cowtown, a name thatnow revives some memories.

Russ Jones
<rjones7015@satx.rr.com>



 

NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS SHOULD RESOLVE THE "I'M IN TROUBLE" SCAM

This e-mail scam that was received by several friends of Bob and Jerrie Moir isn't the first time it impacted a member of the Farsider Family. We wrote about the scam last year after Eleanor Peeler's e-mail account had been broken into and a similar "I'm in trouble message" that appeared to have come from Eleanor was sent to many of her friends. This is the message many of those in the Moirs' address book received a few days ago...

Subject: Sorrowful Olympic Trip

Hi,

I'm writing this with tears and disgrace in my eyes and I need your help.Few days back I made an unannounced Trip, i came down to (Portsmouth), United Kingdom, for a short vacation and got mugged at gun point last night at the park of the hotel where I lodged. All cash, credit cards and cell were stolen off me. I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all. My flight leaves 5 hrs from this time and I'm having problems settling the hotel bills.

The hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the hotel bills, i need you to loan me ($1,650) to sort the bills. I have noting left on me as we speak, i will appreciate any amount you can spare me at the moment..You can have it wired to me via Western Union. All you need is my name and present location below..

Receivers Name: Jerrie Moir
Address : 76 Wimborne Rd Poole, Dorset County BH15 2BZ, Portsmouth UK
Country : United Kingdom

Kindly E-mail me the Western Union Transfer Details (MTCN#) as soon as you have the money sent.
 
Thanks
Jerrie Moir

The simplest solution to this scam is to change your e-mail address, then notify everyone in your address book of the change. That's what Bob is in the process of doing. If you have Bob and Jerrie in your address book and want to update it to their new one, send an e-mail request to
<bilmat@comcast.net>



 

THE EDITOR OPINES

Over the past six years I have tried various means of spurring you, the readers, to reply and offer your opinion on various topics. On a few occasions I have succeeded for a brief period of time; in most cases not so much. It's frustrating to spend the time preparing the weekly Farsider and feel that the bulk of the more than 850 subscribers are residing at Oak Hill based on the minimal amount of feedback that comes in.

With a never-give-up attitude, I plan on including a feature from time to time called "The Editor Opines." More often than not it will be controversial, which means many of you will have a positive or negative opinion that I hope you will share. This is my first offering. If it doesn't rile some of you up, there is no hope.

Why Obama Will Be Re-Elected


Most Americans have become addicted to the "I want it now" and "Instant Gratification" way of life. Many like me, however, weren't born that way. When I was a kid I had to save my allowance to buy the comic books I wanted. Then saved my paper route money to buy a "very cool" Schwinn Corvette bicycle. My earnings pumping gas at the Shell Station at Story and White after school and on weekends during my last three years of high school paid for my first car. And working as a lifeguard at a community swimming pool and living at home made college affordable for the first couple of years. Then I managed to get by during my four years in the military on my monthly paycheck, what there was of it. After I was discharged in early 1968 I discovered credit cards. I was amazed. Something in my brain told me that everything was now free as long as I could sign my name. This didn't last long, of course, because my Visa and MasterCard were soon maxed out. And even though the interest paid was deductible on your income taxes at the time, I was miserable, so I bit the bullet and stopped spending so I could pay off those damn cards. Fortunately, this was an excellent lesson on the meaning of debt, and I ultimately learned to pay off the balances each month.

So goes a large number of folks of my generation I presume, except that many of them never learned the lesson like I did of looking at the future. Today, most of those of my generation have children and grandchildren, and whether this same mindset was passed along to them through their genes or spending habits, the offspring and offspring of offspring in many cases also appear to be addicted to "I want it now" and "Instant Gratification." In a way, that's what has happened to the local, state and federal governments, especially the Democrats.

So what's my point and why do I feel that President Obama is a shoe-in to get re-elected? Because I fervently feel that he and the Democrats are catering to the "I want it now" and "Instant Gratification" folks, who I believe make up more than half of the U.S. voting population. Feeding them ice cream and cookies without regard to the long term health of the country feels much better and is easier to consume than the broccoli and brussels sprouts that Romney and Ryan want to feed us to try and ensure the financial health of the U.S.

As a metaphor, look at the obesity problem in the country we all have repeatedly heard about. "I want it now" and "Instant Gratification" are much more easily achieved with a quarter-pounder-with-cheese and a bag of fries for most people. They are also much faster to obtain and many times more enjoyable than a meal of steamed veggies in a health food restaurant. (Is it not a little ironic that the vast majority of vegetarians and vegans who are on the political left and are so concerned about health will choose the ice cream and cake the Democrats are offering?)

No pun intended, but I believe Obama and his team have correctly sized up the American people. He and the DNC are smart enough to know that the soon-to-be-realized $16 trillion debt. (click on the Debt Clock link below) doesn't mean nearly as much to most voters, and I believe that the majority are more eager to chow down on ice cream and cake, even if though it will be to the detriment of their children and their children's children.

Among a myriad of other factors — Social Security, Medicare, employment and umpteen other issues — that's why I believe President Obama will get re-elected.

Agree or disagree? Write in and share your thoughts with the rest of us. Please keep them relatively short, succinct and send it to
<bilmat@comcast.net>.

Click on the link below, give the clock a few moments to load, and note how close we are to topping $16 trillion in debt...

National Debt Clock
<http://www.usdebtclock.org/>



 

MORE ON THE NFL LOCKOUT

Our attention was directed to the NBC Sports website by Cheryl Pyle (Leroy's wife) and the Aug. 13th article below that may explain why the regular NFL officials — including our in-house referee — are locked out. What seems a little unusual is that the powers-to-be at the website decided to use Bill's photo with the story.

NFL Wants Refs to Know: We Can Start the Season Without You

By Michael David Smith — August 13, 2012


The NFL is putting out word to its locked-out officials that the league is ready, willing and able to start the regular season with replacement refs.

League executives told Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN today that the league office foresees starting the regular season with replacements, and although we don’t know who those unnamed league executives are, the fact that they’re putting it out there is a strong signal that they want the NFL Referees Association to know that they’re serious about playing hardball. The league wants the officials to think that if they don’t give in, they’re going to be watching the start of the season from their couches, while the replacement officials are working the games and collecting the paychecks.
 



Referee Bill Leavy, #127


According to the report, the NFL and the officials disagree about how much the officials should get paid, but they disagree about more than that: They also disagree about the NFL’s desire to add three more crews of officials, so that there’s a bigger pool to draw from — and therefore more officials ready to go if the officials who are consistently missing calls get fired.

The NFL also wants at least some of its officials to become full-timers. Working as an official in the NFL is currently a part-time job, and the vast majority of officials have another source of income. Those officials don’t want to lose that other source of income, but the league wants at least some of them to do nothing but work on officiating.

So far, replacement officials have worked 16 preseason games. If there’s not movement in the contract stalemate soon, replacement officials will work at least 16 regular-season games, too.

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Not to beat a dead horse (or an NFL replacement official), but this link has embedded videos of some mishaps made by the temporary officials in several NFL games last week. The headline reads: "How Bad Were Replacement Refs Last Night? Let's Examine the Video Evidence."



<http://tinyurl.com/98gqyxd>

 


 

DOES THE NAME GREGORY POWELL MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU?

Mike Thompson spotted this uplifting article in the San Francisco Chronicle and sent it in. Would it sound crass if we were to point out, as Mike did, that had it not been for Rose Bird and Gov. Moonbeam, this cop killer would have been planted in the ground decades ago?

Onion Field' Killer Dies in California Prison

By Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent
San Francisco Chronicle — August 13, 2012


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired the true crime book and movie "The Onion Field," has died in prison at age 79, authorities said Monday.


 

This undated file photo provided by California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation shows convicted killer Gregory Powell who was convicted of killing
a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping in 1963 that inspired
Joseph Wambaugh’s true-life crime novel “The Onion Field,” has died in a California
prison. He was 79. Photo: California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Powell died late Sunday in a hospice at the California Medical Facility, a men's prison in the Northern California city of Vacaville, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Powell spent nearly 50 years behind bars and was denied release several times, including last year when he told a parole board he was dying and wanted to spend his last days outside prison.

"I've done enough time," he said. "I'm a different man, and I'm ready to be paroled."

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alexis De la Garza argued for Powell's continued incarceration, saying Powell committed "a cold, deliberate crime."

Powell and Jimmy Lee Smith were convicted of abducting Officers Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger in Hollywood on March 6, 1963, after being pulled over for making an illegal U-turn.

Powell disarmed the officers by pulling a gun on Campbell and threatening to kill him. Then he and Smith drove them to an onion field near Bakersfield.

Wrongly believing that they had violated the federal kidnapping statute known as the "Lindbergh Law," and faced the death penalty if captured, Powell shot Campbell in the face, killing him.

Hettinger fled as Powell fired at him, running four miles to the safety of a farmhouse.

Powell and Smith, both ex-convicts, were arrested soon after.

Hettinger was haunted by that night and shunned by his colleagues. He left the force, went into the nursery business and later became a Kern County supervisor. He died in 1994 at age 59.

Powell and Smith were originally sentenced to die, but the penalties were reduced to life in prison when the California Supreme Court overturned the state's death penalty. The punishment has since been reinstated, but didn't apply retroactively.

The crimes were documented in 1973's "The Onion Field" and the 1979 film of the same name, both written by Joseph Wambaugh, a former Los Angeles police officer.

"I guess this is the end of the story," Wambaugh said. "They are all gone now. Maybe I'll feel more at peace when I drive by the intersection of Carlos and Gower."

Los Angeles city officials last week dedicated the Hollywood corner as "Ian Campbell Square," named for the officer who died.

Wambaugh said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press that he visited Powell and Smith in prison when he was writing the book and found their crime inexplicable based on their background.

"They were both smart guys and just petty criminals who got in over their heads one night," Wambaugh said. "Who would have thought two such losers would do such a horrific crime?"

He said when he asked Powell if he had any complaints about the manuscript for "The Onion Field," he had only one.

"He said, 'I don't think I'm nearly as physically unattractive as you seem to think I am" said Wambaugh. "That hurt his vanity."

Powell was portrayed as the leader of the fatal kidnapping plot and was played by James Woods, who had a gaunt and pockmarked face in the film.

Powell tried 11 times for parole. The Los Angeles police union opposed his release each time.

Campbell's daughter appeared at the last parole hearing and said it would be an insult to all police officers if Powell was released.

Wambaugh said that one of Powell's lawyers often complained that "Powell would have been out of prison if it hadn't been for 'The Onion Field' book.

"And I think he was right," Wambaugh said. "The book kept Powell in prison. It just became so famous."

The writer and former officer didn't seem to regret that. "I'm not shedding any tears," he said.

Smith, who was characterized as a follower, was paroled in 1982. He was subsequently arrested numerous times, mostly on drug-related charges.

He died April 7, 2007, of a heart attack at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, where he was being held for failing to report to a parole officer.




 

WANTED: SUICIDE BOMBERS

Remember the joke from a few years ago about the guy who said, "I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, social security and my retirement funds that I called a suicide hotline and got a call center in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck?”

Ken "Eagle Eye" Hawkes ran across an article in the Times of Israel about an actual "suicide bombers wanted" ad.

Al-Qaeda’s ‘Suicide Bombers Wanted’ Ad

By Asher Zeiger — August 14, 2012




File photo of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri taken
in February 2012 (photo credit: SITE Intel Group/AP)


Apparently low on bombers, al-Qaeda is running a (short-term) employment advertisement on its Shumukh al-Islam Internet forum. Under the heading “Area of activity: The planet Earth,” the ad seeks jihadists to carry out suicide attacks.

Applicants must be Muslim, mentally mature, dedicated, able to listen, and utterly committed to completing their mission, the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Tuesday.

Several email addresses are provided for applicants. While their real names are not required, candidates are asked to send details of their nickname or handle, their age, marital status, languages spoken and a list of passports in their possession.

The ad on the forum, which is accessible only to al-Qaeda members, specifies the targets of the terror attacks that applicants will be expected to carry out, including “People who fight Islam and Muslims” and enemy “financial, military and media targets.”

The ad indicates that the anticipated attacks will be solo operations: “Only one person will be in charge. He will gather all of the intelligence, he will prepare the operation — and he will complete the attack.” However, it continues, “a military panel” will oversee the bomber’s training and select the target.

The job description promises only a “very slight chance of being caught.”

The ad has elicited several positive responses, the Yedioth article claimed. One forum participant requested that Germany, Denmark and Sweden be specified as potential targets. The same participant warned the forum to be very careful about what it publishes, for fear that the enemy may see what the group is planning.

For you non-believers, this is the link to the article:
<http://www.timesofisrael.com/al-qaeda-posts-suicide-bombers-wanted-ad/>



 

CALIFORNIA ROBBERY INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION NORTHERN CHAPTER GOLF TOURNEY

Received from Jack Baxter
<drjoaquin1525@gmail.com>

Below is a flyer with information about this year's "Robert Morse Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament" in Gilroy on October 8th. Please consider this a personal invitation from your California Robbery Investigators Association Board of Directors. This tournament is always guaranteed to be a good time where you can meet old and new friends. You do not need to be a member to take part in this event, which earns money to provide scholarships for the children of our members.



 

TARGET APRON

—Not recommended for those who live in deer country—



$20

Contact Bob Allen
<allens1009@gmail.com>




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF AUG. 11, 2012

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

New Articles

• Autistic artist draws a rendering of the New York skyline from memory after a 20-minute helicopter ride.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/wiltshire.asp>

• The town of Gander in Newfoundland played host to thousands of airline passengers stranded there after 9/11.
<http://www.snopes.com/rumors/gander.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows small car loaded down with hundreds of pounds of lumber and other building supplies.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/automobiles/lumber.asp>

• Did Mitt Romney's son Alexander say during a TV appearance that we should "let the unemployed fight"?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/alexander.asp>

• Was a ship named HMS Romney once used to help enforce import duties on the British North American colonies?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/hmsromney.asp>

• Will a meteor shower be visible in North America in mid-August 2012?
<http://www.snopes.com/science/astronomy/perseids.asp>

• Did singer Justin Bieber befriend a fan who was raped after attending one of his concerts?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/bieber.asp>

• Did Gen. David Petraeus author an essay about the 0.45 percent of the population that has served in the Global War on Terror?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/045percent.asp>

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


Worth a Second Look

• Does the plastic strip embedded in U.S. bank notes enable the Feds to tell how much money you have on you?
<http://www.snopes.com/business/money/strip.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


Fraud Afoot

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



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

Don't forget to adjust your YouTube setting for Large or Full Screen...





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This clip from Don Hale about the KFPS Royal Friesian Horse should qualify as eye candy for all of you who love the big four-legged animals. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5XJbSqwriM>


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Golfers who want to stay up with the latest technology will need to invest in one of these rocket-powered drivers. Here's a demo video we received from Dewey Moore. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V7X9lroi_k>


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Like most people alive today, we grew up imagining that cowboys were like they were portrayed by Hollywood actors. Real cowboys were far different. Have a look at this montage of classic cowboy images received from Bruce Morton while you listen to . . .  (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKeDcF1v_Y4>


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Want to see what it's like to fly first class on one of the new A380 Super Jumbo Jets? This show-off video taped the experience on a flight he took back in April from Bangkok to Hong Kong. It's enough to make people like you and me feel like we are living in a third-world country. Have a look at this clip sent in by Alice Murphy. (8 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1OqqQ8hBXk&feature=share>

 

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Longtime readers of the Farsider and the old Insider we used to publish are no doubt familiar with the infamous Darwin Awards. Now, thanks to this submission from Pete Salvi, you can actually watch some new competitors as they competed for the prize. As might be expected, viewers of this lengthy compilation video will be exposed to a couple of F-bombs and a few other nasty words. Despite some bruises, broken bones, abrasions, burns, gunshot wounds and a few concussions that resulted in lapses of consciousness for a few of the competitors, they all managed to survive. If there is a downside, however, many will argue that their survival itself will have an adverse effect on the human gene pool. (46 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nndh66qC3W0>


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Some of you might find this video clip about the Intel leaks in Washington of interest. It was posted on YouTube yesterday and sent in by Bob Gummow. (22 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X-Xfti7qtT0>



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Bob Kosovilka like this video by a guy named Bill Cook, who explains why he's puttin' up the flag. So did we. Have a look. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh6raNzvRYI>

 

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We chose this item from Bruce Morton as the best of the week: Great Dane Pro is arguably one of the finer and more popular presentation websites. Have a look and listen to this as it is one of the website's latest. If there are any atheists among you, don't be turned off by the introduction. Just sit back and enjoy the presentation. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.greatdanepro.com/Just%20Colors/index.htm>


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C'ya



Pic of the Week:

This illustrates one of the many advantages of being a 1-percenter
male in today's society. There are, of course, many others.



 

   

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