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August 22, 2013

 

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

 

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



 

RETIRED OFFICER DAVE STENGEL
(Formerly Watry)



Badge 1824
Born Oct. 15, 1944
Appointed April 2, 1976
Retired April 1, 2001
Died Aug. 16, 2013


—Memorial service on Friday, Aug. 30, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the POA Hall—

John Trussler provided us with the following information about Dave, including the obituary which began running yesterday in the Merced Sun-Star, the Modesto Bee and the Placerville Mountain Democrat.

After developing several cancerous tumors, the chemo Dave had to undergo sickened him to the point that he stopped eating and had to be hospitalized. He passed away in Roseville last Saturday morning. Following his retirement in 2001, he and Charlotte moved to their Christmas tree farm in Fair Play, a small unincorporated community in El Dorado Co. where he lived until his passing. According to Charlotte, Dave loved police work and cherished all of his SJPD friends.

Note that while a funeral and memorial service will be held in Merced, there will be a second memorial service at the POA Hall as noted above and in the obit below.

Obituary:

David James Stengel Sr. (Watry), badge #1824, passed away Saturday August 17, 2013 in Roseville, CA. A native of Merced, Dave was a Coast Guard Reservist and a San Jose police officer who proudly retired after serving 25 years on the force.

He is survived by his three children; David, Jr., Denny, and Christine, as well as his six grandchildren. Dave is also survived by his sister and three brothers. He lived his retirement years in Fair Play, CA with his wife Charlotte.

Catholic services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 671 E. Yosemite Ave., in Merced, this coming Monday, August 26, at 10 am. Burial will follow at Merced District Cemetery.

There will be an 11 a.m. memorial service held at the Shadow Ranch Vineyard, 7050 Fair Play Road, Fair Play, CA, on Wednesday, August 28th, as well as a second memorial service to be held at the San Jose P.O.A. Hall on Friday, August 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



 

DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO RETIREES JOE CRESSA, ART KNOPF AND THEIR FAMILIES

Judith A. Cressa




June 12, 1939 - August 11, 2013
Resident of San Jose

The following obituaries appeared in last weekend's Mercury News...

Judith (Judy) A. Cressa entered into rest August 11, 2013. Born in San Francisco, CA in 1939, Judy was predeceased by her parents, George (Bud) Miller, Beth E. Miller and sister Patricia D. Miller. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Joseph D. Cressa, son Matthew and wife Julie Cressa, daughter Laura Le and husband Dominic Le and brother Christopher Miller. She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren, Dominic, Joseph, Samantha and Josie who were her pride and joy.

Married for 48 years, Judy and Joe moved to San Jose in 1966 where they raised their family. Passionate about genealogy and traveling, Judy and Joe had many great adventures traveling the country in their RV researching her lineage and connecting with friends and family. Judy also had a love of reading, knitting and puzzles.

In lieu of flowers, Judy requested that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s hospital. The family will be holding private services.
 

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Sharon Louise Knopf



Feb. 10, 1956 - Aug. 2, 2013
Resident of San Jose

Sharon Louise Knopf passed away suddenly on August 2, 2013 of a heart attack.

Sharon L. Knopf was born February 10, 1956 in Munich, Germany to Arthur and Alice Knopf. Sharon graduated from Willow Glen High, UC Davis (BS) and Santa Clara University (MBA, JD). She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduation she formed a law practice, Sasaki and Knopf, with Dale Sasaki in 1984. Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Quilt Museum, helping to propel it to prominent status. She was passionate about plants, animals and preservation of historic buildings supporting the Nature Conservancy and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sharon is survived by her husband Richard Johns of San Jose, CA, father Arthur Knopf of San Jose, sister Susan Crase and husband Dietrich Crase of Mountain View, brother Jeff Knopf and wife Stacie Knopf of San Jose, and several nieces, nephews, god-children and many cherished pets. She was preceded in death by her mother Alice in 2005 and recently by her beloved German Wire Haired Pointer, Gus (Gustav Runciter Von Wee).

Sharon was a tour de force whose favorite activities centered on restoring her vintage home. A consummate shopper, she delighted in filling her home with her collected treasures. Overflowing with knowledge and creativity, Sharon had ideas and plans and invited friends to come along for the ride. Sharon has touched lives from the West Coast to the East Coast. All those touched by Sharon feel an immeasurable loss. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, companionship and presence.

A memorial service celebrating Sharon’s life will be held on Aug. 29 at the San Jose Women’s Club, 75 S. 11th St, San Jose at 3:30 pm. Please look at the Sharon Quilt Project Facebook page
<
www.facebook.com/SharonQuiltProject> or call (650) 224-7325 for information.


 

PENSION NEWS

We'll provide you with the first paragraph of an article from the Calpensions website and you can decide if you want to click on the link below and read the rest. It was received from Craig Shuey, who is trying to stay on top of the pension issue.



Skimming ‘Excess’ Pension Investment Earnings

An issue in the San Jose pension reform trial, a “13th check” bonus for retirees when investment earnings exceed the annual forecast, reflects a widespread attitude that added to public pension debt....

Click on the link below to read the rest of the article:
<http://tinyurl.com/m4rf3bm>



 

POA NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

—Tip: We didn't see anything in the following four POA Membership Alerts that impacts retirees—



Negotiations Update — POA Counter-Offer

Aug. 19th

By now, you've had a chance to look over the latest offer from the City. (Click here to see the City's latest offer: <http://tinyurl.com/kofubdn>) If it looks familiar that's because it is. Sadly, it seems the City did not take our latest letter to heart. In our letter we stated, "Thus, in response to your letter, and bearing in mind that we are in a closed contract, we ask that the City advise our negotiating team of its best current "strings free" pay increase proposal so that we can consider taking it to the membership. "Strings free" would contemplate not only no contingencies, but also no reopener pertaining to Measure B." (Click here to read the referenced POA letter to the City: <http://tinyurl.com/kl8jm4a>)

We weren't surprised that the City's offer ignored the above. Sure enough, the last item in their proposal was the Measure B reopener. The most telling thing about the offer is that we specifically asked them to provide a "pay increase proposal reflecting City Council's estimation of our member's value to the City." Recently, several other San Jose City unions finalized wage contracts giving their members a 2% raise this year. The City has offered us a 2.5% for this year; actually, less than that because part of this year is already gone. You now have your answer of your worth.

We want to make sure that everyone understands what the Measure B reopener is and why we will not accept any offer that contains it. We recently completed the trial phase of our Measure B lawsuit. We expect a decision near the end of the year. The reopener language the City continues to push for is their insurance policy if they lose the court decision. If the City loses the Measure B court decision, the reopener language would allow them to order us back to negotiations with the opportunity to attack your pension through an arbitrator. The POA has been very candid with City officials that the time for pension negotiations ended when the City bargained in bad faith and unilaterally moved forward with Measure B. We will never agree to the reopener language.

The City has given us this proposal in one form or another for several weeks now. It's interesting to us to see what they consider a "retention bonus"; 2% one-time money in March 2015, and 2% one-time money in June 2015. So this equates to 4% one-time money, or roughly $4,000 before taxes, or roughly $3,000 after taxes for a top-step officer. The concept behind a retention bonus is that it incentivizes someone to stay. $3,000 in the summer of 2015 isn't going to do it. It's one more indicator of how out of touch our Councilmembers and the City staff that has such great influence over them are when it comes to this City's police officers.

So why won't the City's retention bonus work? The 45 recruits set to graduate September 27th will not stay and work in the 2nd Tier pension plan. The nearly 100 officers who will be eligible to retire in years 2014 and 2015 will not be convinced to stay either. They would actually pay more money for retirement contributions than they would make from the retention bonus.

So what about the officers who are in the process of applying for other jobs or contemplating such a move? What about the officers who spoke to police recruiters just last week? They're really the officers a retention bonus is aimed at. In our conversations with the officers who have already resigned and are employed by other police departments, they are making around $1,500 to $2,000 more per month with their new employers. With that in mind, it's hard to believe a one-time $3,000 after taxes bonus would be very compelling.

We have said for months, if not years now, that this City no longer values its police officers. Their continued recycling of this offer is strong evidence of such. $3,000 after tax money two years from now is the best they can do? That equates to eight dollars and 22 cents a day for one year. For those coffee drinkers, the City believes if they buy you 2 cups of coffee a day from July 2015 through June of 2016, you will be convinced to stay. To put it bluntly, the City thinks you're a cheap date.

The Mercury News ran a story on the City's latest offer. Here is the first sentence of that story. "San Jose's police union Thursday dismissed a revised pay offer that city officials said would raise their pay 9 percent over two years without earlier conditions the officers opposed." The City doesn't know what a 9% raise looks like, but we do. That is why we sent them a counter offer for a two-year contract. It is a true 9% wage restoration with no strings and no Measure B reopener language.

Click here to read the POA's No Strings attached 9 percent counter offer...
<http://tinyurl.com/kmhuzwt>

 
Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>
 

Notable News Links Regarding Issues Impacting SJPOA

Aug. 20th

KCBS
POA President Unland Blasts Contract Offer, Says Department is Dying

<http://tinyurl.com/kajvstv>

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Silicon Valley Daily Fetch
FPPC Schedules Probably Cause Hearing on POA
President Unland's Complaint Against Mayor Chuck Reed

<http://www.thedailyfetch.com/silicon-valley/>
 



Aug. 20th

FPPC Staff Recommends Probable Cause Hearing on
SJPOA's Complaint Against Mayor Chuck Reed

<http://tinyurl.com/nypqlua>




Aug. 21st

Last night, we received a letter for the City. (Click here to see a copy: <http://tinyurl.com/n32hq2v>) As you can see from the letter, they did not directly reject our offer nor did they provide a counter of their own.

We have asked for clarification from them. (Click here to see the letter from the POA:
<http://tinyurl.com/m8gg55x>).

As things develop, we will keep you informed.

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Nothing to report this week that we could find.


 


WEEKLY POLL


Last Week's Poll Results




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



 

MAIL CALL

Aug. 15th

Hi Bill,

Just to add to the history of Alviso Police Chief Pat Chew, I took his place in the Property Room in July of 1969 after he retired. I left in August of 1979 and remember a lot of the history of our "alma mater," including the old jail in the downtown City Hall when I delivered blueprints to the city offices in 1952. Also recall seeing the detectives get into the old Pontiacs wearing their civvy hats. They looked both dapper and ominous. Lots of good memories of San Jose for me.

Jordon Freitas
<gjp77@sbcglobal.net>
 

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Aug. 15th

Bill,

As I recall, we also received the Alviso PD's '58 Ford patrol car when the town was annexed. Seemed like a good deal at the time, but when it was put on the lift at the police garage to change the oil and the crankcase plug was removed, nothing came out.

And we also shouldn't forget GG Ballard losing his badge overboard from the FMC amphib. that was on loan to the PD during the Alviso floods. When it was later found, it was a perfect fit for his wallet as it had been run over by the APC and was converted into a flat badge.

I also recall that you and I made some good money working the Alviso flood pay jobs that were available back then.

"Mikey"
(Mike Thompson) <mbtkht@gmail.com>

Lighten up on the Alviso PD's Ford, Big Red. There was a significant difference in wealth between communities like Willow Glen and Alviso in those days. Have you forgotten that motor oil was going for 65-cents a quart back then?
 

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Aug. 16th

Hi Bill,

I know I'm a young guy and wasn't even born when Alviso was annexed in '68, but I think I have an answer as to why there was confusion about who was Chief of Police in Alviso. Pat Chew was the last Chief and wore a badge that designated him as such. Calderon wore a badge inscribed with "Deputy Chief of Alviso," which designated him as a deputy under the chief. I know this from having had contact with the families and seeing the actual badges. Hope this seals the deal on who was who.

John (Carr) Jr.
<jbc3335@aol.com>

John Jr. is responsible for the SJPD Historical Society along with John Spicer, Jon Atkinson and George Constantine. Click on the following link to visit the website from which you can view historical SJPD vehicles and other historic photos and memorabilia:
<http://jatkinson13.wix.com/sjpd-historical-society>

And check out the first item in today's Lighter Side column for a short video on "The History of the San Jose Police Dept."

 

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Aug. 16th

Bill,

Loved the latest Farsider, especially the recollections from Blackmore, Yarbrough, Moir et al.

I have a few old cases from the '20s and '30s when it was typical for an arrestee to be interviewed by then-Chief John Newton Black. He would often go to court and testify as to the guilt of the arrestee, and the perp would usually be convicted and sentenced by the illustrious Judge Percy O'Conner of the Justice Court.
 
I also have the transcripts of a 211 PC case involving a liquor store, guns, high speed chase and arrest in which a young Officer Ray Blackmore is cited as helping in the capture.
 
As a side note, my dad was a young attorney back then and represented one of the perps who was convicted. But because he couldn't pay, my dad kept his gun as payment. Guess the Property Room hadn't been created yet.
 
Will Rendler
<willrend@yahoo.com>

P.S. This article features Charlie Roy, Jay Propst and the late Roy Garringer rounding up three escapees in 1964.




 

JOE MAC ON STOP AND FRISK

Our former boss wrote the following article about the controversial Stop & Frisk decision made by an activist judge in the Big Apple. It was published by Reuters last weekend and appears on the news service's website at <http://tinyurl.com/mws36sh>

Building Trust Between Police and Minority Communities



By Joseph D. McNamara
August 16, 2013

A federal judge ruled Monday that the stop-and-frisk policies of the New York City Police Department were unconstitutional. That same day, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department will pull back from prosecuting low-level drug offenders to avoid triggering harsh mandatory sentences.

Both decisions reflect fundamental changes in U.S. law enforcement practices. The resulting strident opposition to the changes and equally adamant support illuminate the deep disagreements in the nation’s unresolved racial divide.



A demonstrator is arrested by New York Police Department
officers during May Day rallies in New York, May 1, 2013.

Holder pointed out that mandatory sentences fell disproportionately on minority communities and had led to grossly overcrowded prisons. Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York police policy violated the Constitution — police are most often stopping and frisking innocent male minorities.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly quickly defended the policy. They both argued that the tactics had greatly reduced violence and crime — and the number of minority crime victims. Supporters of mandatory sentences and stop-and- frisk contend that, most importantly, policy changes would lead to far higher crime levels.

My decade-long experience as a beat officer in New York’s Harlem, the highest crime area in the city during the 1960s, when crime soared, and as police chief of Kansas City, Missouri, and San Jose, California, during the high-crime 1970s and ’80s, convinced me that police tactics and judicial sentencing policies do affect crime rates.

It is also true, however, that many other variables play a significant role. Demographic and economic factors, community culture and leadership, education, unemployment, the patterns of local drug use and gangs, drug enforcement efforts and police crime reporting practices are all factors.

My years as a beat cop taught me truths that were invaluable as police chief. I learned that the magnitude of the evil imposed on African-Americans by slavery didn’t just vanish with the Emancipation Proclamation. It still contributed to the high rates of black-on-black violence and crime, often by black youths against poor people in their communities, which were ill-served by indifferent police, courts and correctional organizations.

Drug War enforcement did not reduce drug use, but Bureau of Justice statistics show that mandatory minimum sentencing disproportionately filled prisons with low-level black offenders to the point where, according to the most recent data, roughly 80 percent of young African-Americans can expect to be jailed during their life time. Since the recidivism rate is around 68 percent it is no surprise that many inner-city African-American communities suffer from exceedingly high victimization. Forty-nine percent of homicide victims are African-American, despite the fact that blacks make up only 13 percent of the population.



New York Police Department officers arrest a young man
during a protest against the killing of 16-year-old Kimani
“Kiki” Gray, killed in a shooting involving the NYPD, in the
Brooklyn borough of New York, March 13, 2013.

Nonetheless, it is understandable that an innocent African-American, confronted and frisked by an armed, uniformed officer, may feel that his dignity as a man is violated, creating a potentially violent encounter. It is important that such situations are perceived as an officer taking necessary action to protect neighborhood residents, at their bequest.

During the 18 years I served as police chief, I attended countless community meetings throughout both cities. I often heard residents complain about sporadic police encounters. Inevitably, however, the minority community would admonish, “Chief, don’t mistake what we’re saying. We don’t want less policing. We want more, but we want it to be without racial bias.”

As part of good management, police departments should be assigning the most cops to higher crime areas which, unfortunately, are often among the poor in minority neighborhoods. They require more policing, not less. People in those areas, in my experience, will accept that most police interactions will be with minority youth. So the burden for the police agencies is to establish community trust and ensure that cops behave professionally as they do their work.

I made it mandatory for beat officers and their superiors to attend and participate in neighborhood meetings. Cops who thought a community hated them and sided with law-breakers quickly learned differently. The local residents also began to see officers as dedicated and caring — not as members of an occupying army.

It didn’t solve all problems, of course. But it did go a long way toward establishing enough trust so that when inevitable difficulties and misunderstandings arose, people would withhold judgment until all the facts were in. Which is all that we could ask. Ultimately, increased public participation created a partnership supporting police actions, which helped make San Jose the safest large city in the nation at that time.



New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gestures
while speaking about a judge’s ruling on “stop and
frisk” at City Hall in New York, Aug. 12, 2013.

No one can predict for sure that crime will increase if police stop-and-frisk policies are eliminated. But the New York Police Department’s promise to improve the process deserves consideration when the federal appellate court reviews the decision.

While the stop-and-frisk policies can be re-evaluated, common sense tells us that prison populations can and should be reduced. It is time to put aside the hysterical rhetoric of the Drug War, because it causes far more harm to lock up drug users than to use viable alternatives, like drug treatment or community service work for minor offenses.

The federal government declared a war on drugs in 1914 by passing the Harrison Act, which first made drug possession and use a crime. More than a century later, prohibition of drugs enriches drug cartels and corrupt officials. There have been unprecedented levels of drug use and drug gang violence, while minor, non-violent drug offenders were given severe mandatory sentences. It would be better to repeal unworkable drug sentencing laws than to have the attorney general try an end run — but it is still well past time to stop making drug cartels rich and turning minor users into career criminals.

The judge stated that she did not rule on whether or not stop and frisk reduces crime but only on the constitutionality of the NYPD policies. The appeal courts will ultimately rule on the program’s constitutionality. But ultimately the public will need to vote on the appropriateness of the methods police can use to protect safety.



 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

More on the California Cheese Factory Case

By David Byers

—Don't confuse SalvaTore with SalvaDore—

Salvatore Marino was the family patriarch who moved to San Jose from the East Coast and owned the California Cheese Company. Angelo Marino was Salvatore's son. Salvadore Marino was Angelo's son and the grandson of Salvatore.

Salvadore was the young guy who thought that if he pulled the trigger on the father-son duo who were trying to extort money from the Marinos, he would become a "made" member of the Mafia, just like his father and his grandfather. The problem was, the intention was to scare the crap out of both of them, enough so that this hair-brained plan of theirs would end right then and there. That was it.

When young Salvadore actually pulled the trigger and shot the duo, everyone in another room of the office/trailer wondered what the #%&* had just happened? I don't recall who was shot first, but somehow Salvadore ended up in an office alone, with either the father or the son, while the other was engaged in a spirited conversation with the others who were in an adjoining room of the trailer/office.

As reported earlier, both father and son were stuffed in the trunk of the Cadillac and dumped on some lonely street in San Francisco. One of them survived being shot in the head and talked to the police.

Young Salvadore was convicted of murder (I think) and sent to prison. He then ran afoul of a purported Aryan Brotherhood member and was stabbed, but not fatally. The incident only made his attitude worse and he had several run-ins with the police when he got out of prison, but he always seemed to luck-out during his trials and tribulations with the Criminal Justice System.

The Grandfather, Salvatore, passed away, as did his son Angelo. I don't know and really don't care what happened to the triggerman. Salvadore never did become a "made" member of the Mafia as far as I know.

One final point: The rumor that Salvadore became a Hells Angel when he got out of prison is false. He didn't even own a motorcycle.

David
(Byers)
<dng_byers@sbcglobal.net>

We were curious to learn how David (as opposed to Dave) knew so much about the Cheese Factory case. Wondering if it might have been based on his assignment in the Intelligence Unit, we asked. This was his response...

Let's just say that I was a neighbor of the elder Marino, who was always kind to me and my family. When I read of the Cheese Company shooting, I had a natural curiosity as to the details. Because I was a police officer, I had to be careful about being too inquisitive, so I waited until after the trial, then asked the appropriate questions of the appropriate people. Skeptics might think that my time in the Intel Unit would give me easy access, but I shied away from looking at any "inside information" — if it ever existed — and just stayed with the up-front stuff. I read articles published in the SJ Merc and used what I had read as a springboard to other inquisitive conversations in trying to determine some of the details about the case. Any real or implied file information that the Intel Unit did or didn't have was not sought out to satisfy my curiosity in the case.

David

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF AUG. 17, 2013

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

New Articles

• Was an episode of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' suppressed for being 'too horrifying'?
<http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/suppressed/sorcerer.asp>

• An angel disguised as a priest saved a critically injured girl, then vanished.
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/priest.asp>

• Do men on average think about sex every seven seconds?
<http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/thinksex.asp>

• Warning that photos taken with smart phones can provide others with the locations of the children pictured.
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/smartphonepix.asp>

• Will the planet Mars make a once-in-our-lifetimes, remarkably close approach to Earth this month?
<http://www.snopes.com/science/astronomy/brightmars.asp>

• Renewed version of the rumor claiming that the Obamas had their dog, Bo, flown on his own airplane to join them on vacation.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/bo.asp>

• Image shows a telephone bill with a 'Lawful Interception Recovery Fee' to cover government wiretaps.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/interception.asp>

• Are 52 thoroughbred horses destined for slaughter if adopters are not found for them soon?
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/horses.asp>

• Text of a letter purportedly sent to President Obama by a fourth grade teacher.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/ihavehadit.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 a bar of soap between the bedsheets prevent leg cramps?
<http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/legcramp.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



Select Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos.


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We thought we would include once again this short video on the History of the SJPD for those of you who became Farsider subscribers after Jan. 2010, when it was first posted on YouTube. You can tell it's somewhat dated because it touts the Dept. as having over 1400 officers, and that the City enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Today the SJPD has an actual strength of about 1,000, and it is doubtful that the Academy is providing a sufficient number of recruits to keep up with the exodus as a result of retirements and officers seeking better paying police jobs. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxTe3LzcMmY>


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It seems that lower back tattoos — also known in some circles as "tramp stamps"  — have become more and more common over the past number of years, and what the tattoo is going to look like in 20 years seems to be of no concern. That's why we are bringing back this SNL clip we ran a few years ago. Pay heed, ladies, and pass the clip along to your daughters and/or granddaughters. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aX5zuoT7cU>


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To quote Paul Gardner, "I think this video may be just barely suitable for your readers."

Tough call, Paul, so I'm classifying it as a "wobbler," meaning that readers who are easily offended might want to skip this video about an Aussie who sees his doctor about an embarrassing problem. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSw4CLV14sQ#at=382>


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Watch this 3D iMax trailer from Alice Murphy about Jerusalem that will soon be released in wide-screen theaters and you will be able to see some of the highlights of the Holy Land without having to buy an air ticket. Or body armor. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en_-rG41Dxs>


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If you have a curious mind, you will want to look at this collection of 40 world maps that will help you make sense of our world. Most are very interesting, but because the site is graphic intense, you may have to give the page a few moments to load. The illustration below is one of the forty...



<http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/maps-that-will-help-you-make-sense-of-the-world/>


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Watch what happens when a Brit walking down the street spots a 10-pound note (roughly $15 US) lodged under the front tire of a VW Bug. (3 Mins.)



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


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We wish the BBC America cable channel carried the popular British show "Mrs. Brown's Boys." It has a far different view on humor than what comes out of Hollywood. As an example, watch this clip from one of last December's Christmas Specials. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbdoO8IiyrQ>


Here's another example of why the show is one of the favorites among the Brits, and keep in mind that it airs on BBC One which is controlled by the British government. This clip is from an episode titled "Mrs. Brown's Orgasmic Phone Call." (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jreqe8rTy3Y>


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It's not only the bad guys who hate snitches, traffic cops don't have a love for them either...




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Tom Macris and I are willing to wager that this kid will become a famous physicist, scientist, astronomer or philosopher a dozen years or so down the road? Any takers? (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvMiXk2gGSk>


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We didn't pay much attention to this video when a handful of readers sent it in, not because it is subtitled, but because we don't believe it is possible to convert waste plastic to oil at a reasonable cost. If it could be done, wouldn't the news make the headlines? But after we received the clip from a sixth reader we thought we'd toss it out there and let you brainy folks decide if it is feasible. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGGabrorRS8>


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Watch this clip and you may want to avoid catfish imported from Vietnam, whether you find it in a grocery store or on a restaurant menu. If you are unsure where it's from, you may want to ask. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1nEPzsFpc0>


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We have always wondered about the origin of the rule of what wine to serve. Now we know...




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My brother-in-law sent me one of those European TV ads that pushes the envelope and may cause an eyebrow or two to raise, which is another way of saying that some folks won't find it in the best of taste. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMUC4Yb4z4>


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Lumpy says those Honda ads where car parts replace dominoes may be visually interesting, but they have nothing on this one from a dog food company, especially if you are a canine lover. Check this out. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA56LgpFbSw>


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And finally, we can't tell if the people dancing in this clip received from Chuck Blackmore had planned to participate in this Greek flash dance, or whether they were simply shopping and decided to join in. What the plate-breaking means towards the end of the clip we have no idea, but that doesn't matter since these folks from the economically beleaguered country of Greece seem to be having a lot of fun. Oompa. (8 Mins.)





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


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