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:
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.
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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...
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This Aug. 14th
NBC Bay Area news report was aired 24 hours later...
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third news clip that aired yesterday (Aug. 15th), but this one was from KPIX,
the local CBS affiliate. Title: "SJPD Understaffed, Overworked, Nearing Breaking
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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
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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
Pension Overhaul Debated
for districts 8 and 10 also tackle merits of minimum wage increase, new ballpark
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
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
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
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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This SacBee article is about CalPERS, but its message is equally applicable to
our San Jose Police and Fire Plan.
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
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
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:
To review the readers' comments about this article,
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...
Results from last week's poll...
For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott
Rasmussen, click on this link:
For the most recent releases, click here:
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
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 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.
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:
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Why Obama Will
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
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
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...
MORE ON THE NFL
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Onion Field' Killer Dies in
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
Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping in 1963 that inspired
Wambaugh’s true-life crime novel “The Onion Field,” has died in a California
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
By Asher Zeiger — August 14, 2012
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
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
non-believers, this is the link to the article:
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION NORTHERN CHAPTER GOLF TOURNEY
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.
—Not recommended for those who live in deer country—
Contact Bob Allen
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
• Autistic artist draws a rendering of the New York skyline from memory after
a 20-minute helicopter ride.
• The town of Gander in Newfoundland played host to thousands of airline
passengers stranded there after 9/11.
• Photograph purportedly shows small car loaded down
with hundreds of pounds of lumber and other building supplies.
• Did Mitt Romney's son Alexander say during a TV appearance that we should
"let the unemployed fight"?
• Was a ship named HMS Romney once used to help enforce
import duties on the British North American colonies?
• Will a meteor shower be visible in North America in mid-August 2012?
• Did singer Justin Bieber befriend a fan who was raped after attending one
of his concerts?
• Did Gen. David Petraeus author an essay about the
0.45 percent of the population that has served in the Global War on Terror?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
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?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Don't forget to
adjust your YouTube setting for Large or Full Screen...
• • • • •
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.)
• • • • •
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.
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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 . . .
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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.)
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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
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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.
• • • • •
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.)
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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.
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Pic of the Week:
illustrates one of the many advantages of being a 1-percenter
male in today's society. There are, of course, many others.