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RETIRED OFFICER WILLIAM “BILL” WALKER
Born Feb. 18, 1952
Appointed Jan. 1977
Retired June 1991
Died Aug. 17, 2016
PBA Secretary/Treasurer Larry Lundberg notified us yesterday of Bill’s passing from a massive heart attack last Thursday in Chandler, Arizona. We performed an Internet search for an obituary but could only find THIS death notice advising that no obit had yet been received, nor had a date for a service. If either is posted prior to press time next week we will include the info in the Farsider.
Services (were) held on Saturday, August 20th for Brigadier General Robert E. Harpainter who passed away on Thursday, August 11th in San Jose, CA.
Brigadier General Harpainter was appointed Deputy Commander – Operations, State Military Reserve, on 1 January 1991 after commanding the Northern Area Command since June 1987.
Robert was born Sept. 18, 1927 in Oakland, California to Adolf & Hulda Harpainter. He grew up in Berkeley. Brigadier General Harpainter began his military career in 1943 as a member of the California State Cadet Corps at Berkeley High School. He graduated from Berkeley High in 1945. He entered the U.S. Navy Combat Aircrew program immediately upon his graduation from High School. He trained as an aviation radioman and aerial gunner in the Navy. After his discharge from the Navy he began his college education at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University.
In 1952 as the Korean War began Robert joined the US Army. He received his commission through the San Jose State University ROTC program. At San Jose State he was a member of the varsity judo team. Later he earned his JD degree from Santa Clara University Law School.
In 1954 he joined the San Jose Police Department where he served for 14 years. It was while working as a San Jose Police Officer that Robert earned his JD degree. In 1968 he left the San Jose Police Department and joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. He was a Senior Deputy District Attorney, retiring from that office in the early1990’s
Brigadier General Harpainter is a graduate of the Military Police School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University National Security Management course, and Army War College. While a student at the USAR School C&GSC program, he won the AUSA Outstanding Student award.
He served on active duty during the Korean War as a military police platoon leader and as a security officer and assistant camp commander, UNC-MAC Advance Camp, during the prisoner exchange. His USAR service included command of the 496th Military Police Battalion and chief of staff and deputy commander of the 221st Military Police Brigade.
Among his awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster and the California Medal of Merit.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Christine, son Dewey, and daughter Nanette.
Services (were) held at Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel, 1927 Ocean St. Ext., Santa Cruz on Saturday August 20th at 2:00 pm
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Click HERE to sign and/or view the guest book from last Saturday’s service.
From Facebook, April 23, 2014: V.A. Palo Alto Health Care System Director Lisa Freeman graciously accepted an $11,000 check from the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army for the health care system to use in caring for Veterans. Pictured along with Ms. Freeman are (L-R ) U.S. Army Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert Harpainter; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (ret.) Robert Ostenberg; and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (ret.) Kent Hillhouse,
From Ivan Comelli’s "Vintage San Jose Police" Facebook Page: Officer/General Bob Harpainter appears at the far left in this Military Police Photo. I served on the PD with Bob in the 1960s. After obtaining his Law Degree he joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney. He regularly attends the SJPBA meetings and can be seen seated at the Senior's Table. Also appearing in the photo (center) is my San Jose State Roommate, Marvin Del Chiaro, and his wife Elaine. It so happens that Marvin and Elaine celebrated their 50th Anniversary yesterday and it was there that I "swiped" this photo. Congratulations to Marvin and Elaine, and also to you Bob Harpainter for your Law Enforcement Service.
Please click on the blue links below watch the videos:
Pierluigi Oliverio was the only Council Member to vote NO on putting the Measure B fix on the November 2016 ballot. He is now campaigning against it and attempting to distract citizens from that fact by again proposing to outsource SJPD instead of fixing the actual problem.
Pete Constant and Charles Munger, Jr.'s jihad against the City of San Jose continues. Now they and their cronies in the Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association are attacking the ballot language that presents the Settlement Framework to the voters in Measure F. Yes, Measure F is now the Measure that carries our agreed upon Framework and invalidates Measure B...AGAIN.
The submitted ballot language is as follows:
Shall the Charter be amended to minimize financial risk to taxpayers for pensions and retiree healthcare of employees newly hired after dates specified in this measure; reduce costs of supplemental pension payments; safeguard disability retirement protections for injured firefighters and police; ensure pension plans are actuarially sound; require voter approval for benefit increases; among other changes in this measure agreed upon by the Mayor, City Council, police officers, firefighters, and employees.
It's straightforward language but the anti-public safety zealots have sued protesting that it is unfair in eight ways. For example, they claim the word "agreement" is unfair; that the Settlement Framework costs the City money-they ignore significant long-term retiree healthcare savings; they don't like any reference to police officers and firefighters; they say it doesn't safeguard disability, and so on...ad nauseum.
The City will defend the language and has retained an elections specialist to do so. The POA agreed with the language and will help defend it.
The lawsuit will be decided quickly-probably in about two weeks, but certainly before the date the city clerk starts printing ballots. (One area where the courts do still act quickly is in elections cases.) Many of you will recall that the POA and Local 230 successfully challenged the ballot language for Measure B in 2012.
The court's task is to determine language that is fair and accurate so the voters cannot be misled. For those of you who read the Settlement Framework and the ballot language closely, you will recognize that the language above is accurate and factual. Some courts get more into wordsmithing than others, so we will see how this one plays out. But it will be resolved soon and something will go forward to the voters.
This is all a game to Constant and his cronies. But as our department stands on the brink of a full-scale staffing emergency, we know it's dead serious.
Get the word out to your friends and family in San Jose to support Measure F. And let's get rid of Constant and Munger's clown act once and for all.
Click on the links below for the latest news:
KRON 4: San Jose Struggling to Fill Patrol Shifts, May Declare Public Safety Emergency (video)
Click on the links below watch the latest news:
ABC 7 News: Veteran San Jose Police Officer Swept Up In 'Operation Gang Of Thrones' Arrests (video)
KPIX Channel 5: San Jose Bacon Fest Postponed Due To Lack Of Available Police (video)
KTVU Fox 2: San Jose finds temporary solution for understaffed police department (video)
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
The Merc apparently felt this story was important enough to place it on the front page of Tuesday’s (Aug. 23rd) paper. And rightfully so…
to Declare Police Crisis?
—Council may call for state of emergency to push reluctant officers onto street patrols—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 23, 2016
SAN JOSE — In a dramatic development illustrating the continuing struggles of the San Jose Police Department, the city is moving toward declaring a state of emergency to redistribute more officers to the streets.
The declaration would authorize the city to override the contract between the city and the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and force officers into patrol duties. Without such a move, city administrators determined that starting next month, SJPD will not meet minimum staffing to patrol the city even with mandatory overtime.
Police Chief Eddie Garcia, POA leaders and city officials met for about an hour Monday to discuss the situation. That’s seen by many as an indication the city could make the emergency declaration as early as next week.
Garcia deferred comment but is set to meet with the City Council in closed session Tuesday with the aim of convincing the council to put the matter on its Aug. 30 agenda. Mayor Sam Liccardo appears to be ready to vote for the emergency measure.
“We’ve got to fix a serious police staffing shortage, and if the chief tells me he needs this declaration to help him fix it in the short run, we’ll do it,” Liccardo said in a statement. “This also underscores why we need to pass Measure F in November and restore our ability to hire more police officers.”
Union leaders also support the emergency declaration.
Officer James Gonzales, union vice president, said the POA “agrees with the chief that an emergency exists and it will take drastic measures to adapt to these critically dangerous circumstances.” To bolster the street patrols, the department will move officers from specialized units. That means residents could see an even bigger backlog in investigations for burglaries — a historical sore spot for the largely suburban city — and other nonviolent crimes. Specialized enforcement for quality-of-life crimes like drugs and prostitution will also likely be diminished.
A city letter sent to the union last week stated that the last shift bid — in which officers apply for various assignments in SJPD under terms of their collective bargaining agreement — yielded only 413 officers for patrol, well short of the department- prescribed 500-officer minimum. Previous shortfalls were back filled with overtime, but officials say an 87-officer hole is just too big to patch. They attribute the gap to a drop in volunteers for the overtime shifts, officer departures and a small police academy class. The city’s recommendation attempts to cut that overtime need in half by moving 47 officers from various specialized and investigative divisions to patrol. But that would require the city to void the current shift bid, and the new assignments due to take effect Sept. 11. The state of emergency would allow the city to mandate the move to patrol.
But the possible declaration also signifies a loss of momentum in replenishing the ranks. Earlier this year it appeared that the city had turned a corner after resolving the labor strife that plagued the department and helped drive staffing from more than 1,400 in 2008 down to the current total of about 900, about 800 of which are ready for street duty after accounting for disability and military leave and other exceptions. City administrators and the union reached a pact last year that would undo most of the austerity-driven retirement and benefit reductions brought on by the 2012 voter-approved Measure B ballot initiative. The new pact eventually evolved into the Measure F initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot. Department insiders say many prospective applicants and potential lateral hires have been waiting for the new terms to take effect before joining the ranks in San Jose. And now the emergency declaration threatens to disrupt morale all over again, as scores of officers looking to expand their horizons could find themselves abruptly in another position. That diminishes a hallmark of SJPD that made it relatively unique among big-city police departments: three-year rotating assignments that give officers a wealth of different kinds of policing experiences, a big reason several Bay Area police departments are headed by former SJPD commanders.
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This is the latest news about an “Emergency” declaration. It’s from today’s (Aug. 25th) paper…
to Vote on Police ‘Crisis’
—Declaration of public safety ‘emergency’ would allow reassigning officers to patrol—
By Ramona Giwargis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Aug. 25, 2016
SAN JOSE — San Jose’s highly anticipated council vote next week to declare a public safety “emergency” — a union-backed plan to justify reassigning 47 police detectives to street patrol — is raising eyebrows at City Hall, with some calling it a publicity stunt to incite fear and win support for a November ballot measure.
A council committee Wednesday unanimously agreed to allow the City Council to vote on the emergency declaration at its next meeting. And although it is expected to get enough votes to pass, some council members question the move.
Councilman Tam Nguyen
“The word ‘emergency’ sends the wrong message and creates misunderstanding,” said Councilman Tam Nguyen. “This does not arise to a public emergency.”
Councilmen Johnny Khamis and Pierluigi Oliverio voiced similar concerns.
The San Jose Police Department’s patrol unit has been understaffed for at least four years, according to Chief Eddie Garcia, failing to meet its 500-officer minimum standard. Garcia indicated that starting next month, San Jose would not have enough officers to patrol the city even with mandatory overtime. On Wednesday, he said the “crisis” is getting worse and compared it to a fire that begins in one room and spreads to the entire house. The emergency declaration would allow the chief to override the police union contract to reassign officers now on special assignments to patrol.
But others are questioning the timing of the proposed declaration, saying it appears to be politically motivated by ongoing litigation over pension reform and a ballot measure that promises to end the dispute.
The move comes a week after two residents challenged the city’s attempt to replace Measure B, a 2012 measure passed by voters to reduce pensions, with a union-backed settlement the city and its employee unions reached last year.
Steven Haug and Mark Hinkle, both from the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, sued the city Aug. 16 over how it describes Measure F on the November ballot, which would replace Measure B with the settlement. The city’s police union blamed Measure B for driving away police officers.
After its passage in 2012, Measure B met an onslaught of union lawsuits. Mayor Sam Liccardo had supported Measure B as a councilman, but after he was elected mayor in 2014, he urged unions to drop their lawsuits in favor of a negotiated settlement.
Measure F, a city-sponsored November ballot measure, would implement the terms of that settlement and wipe Measure B off the books. Liccardo said it effectively maintains the savings from Measure B that had survived a trial court ruling and eliminates the uncertainty and cost of protracted appeals.
Haug and Hinkle claim Measure F’s title and summary are misleading and biased.
Former City Councilman Pete Constant, a Silicon Valley Taxpayers board member, said declaring an emergency appears to be a political move because the police chief already has the authority to make staffing changes under a 2010 measure called Measure V.
But Tom Saggau, a police union spokesman, said Measure V still requires Garcia to “meet and confer” with unions before reassigning officers — and that takes too long.
“We want to avoid going down that path and the only way to go around it is to invoke an emergency,” Saggau said, adding that critics are “standing in the way of restoring safety in our neighborhoods.”
Khamis questioned whether the city’s done everything in its power to beef up patrols, including enacting bonuses for new hires and eliminating non-city side jobs for existing officers.
“If we’re declaring an emergency, we need to look at all avenues as a way for relief,” Khamis said.
But Liccardo said those ideas still take “several months” and would not add officers to the street immediately. The City Council will consider declaring an emergency at its meeting Tuesday.
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Veteran Cop Leaked Info to Gang
—Officer arrested during citywide sweep is booked on six felony charges—
By Robert Salonga and Jason Green — Staff writers
Mercury News — Aug. 24, 2016
SAN JOSE — A nine-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of leaking sensitive police information to gang members, according to a police source and an internal department email.
The officer, identified by sources as Derrick Antonio, was taken into custody as part of a citywide sweep targeting a Vietnamese gang suspected of crimes including gambling, extortion and assault.
San Jose police said a criminal conspiracy investigation — dubbed Operation: Gang of Thrones — was launched in March and culminated Tuesday in the arrests of multiple suspects, including Antonio.
Gang members often operated out of Vietnamese cafes and extorted their owners, according to police.
Antonio was placed on leave about two months ago when allegations surfaced that he leaked police information to gang members. He was booked at the Santa Clara County Jail on five counts of unauthorized computer access and one count of accessory after the fact, all felonies.
The police officer was not in custody Tuesday night, according to jail records.
Police said additional information about the operation would be released at a news conference with the FBI and DEA on Wednesday.
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Clicking HERE will link you to a story from today’s Mercury News headlined: “San Jose: Crackdown on Vietnamese gang leads to cop’s arrest, drugs, weapons, alligator.”
And THIS link will take you to a KTVU Channel 2 news reported that aired last (Wed.) night about the “Game of Thrones Arrest.” It's similar in scope to the ABC 7 report detailed in the Aug. 25th POA Membership Alert above.
And from the Local Section of the same (Aug. 23rd) paper was this item that is related to the “Police Emergency” article above…
—Lawsuit by taxpayers claims ballot language is biased, misleading—
By Ramona Giwargis <email@example.com>
SAN JOSE — A new legal challenge is once again threatening San Jose’s quest to rid itself of Measure B, a 2012 ballot measure that reduced pension benefits, triggering four years of litigation and an exodus of thousands of city workers.
The lawsuit comes at a time when the city faces a shortage of officers to patrol the street. The police department, which is failing to meet its 500-officer patrol minimum, blames the pension measure for thinning out the police force.
Now, two residents, both from the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, sued San Jose City Clerk Toni Taber and the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, claiming the title and description of a new ballot measure designed to replace Measure B in November is biased and misleading.
Taber, who declined comment on the lawsuit, is named because she’s the city’s elections official and the registrar is the county elections office. A registrar spokeswoman also declined comment.
The duo claims the San Jose City Council, which approved the ballot language two weeks ago, has “violated its mandatory duty to provide its citizens with a fair, impartial and truthful ballot question when voting on public employment benefit issues.”
The council on Aug. 9 approved Measure F’s ballot title and language. Measure F replaces Measure B with a negotiated settlement the city privately reached last year with employee unions to drop lawsuits against the pension reform measure.
Pete Constant, a former city councilman and Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association board member, said the ballot language doesn’t describe what Measure F will actually do. And it says the pension changes are “agreed upon by the mayor, city council, police officers, firefighters, and employees” — an illegal effort to slant voters.
“That’s clearly indicating their endorsement of the measure,” Constant said. “It is wholly inappropriate.”
Measure B, which was approved by 70 percent of voters in 2012, reduced pension benefits for new hires and required existing workers to pay more for their retirement. The settlement reached with unions last year maintained some Measure B provisions, but included a more favorable pension formula to new hires, reduced retirement age and increased cost-of-living pay raises. It did not touch current employees’ retirement plans.
Measure F, which will appear on the November ballot, implements the terms of the negotiated settlement.
But the plaintiffs, Steven Haug and Mark Hinkle, claim Measure F’s ballot title fails to mention it will repeal Measure B, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters.
They also claim Measure F’s 75-word description doesn’t mention that the new plan will increase compensation elements and lower eligibility qualification for disability benefits.
It also allows former employees who return to San Jose to receive the same benefits as before Measure B passed, while 1,300 current workers qualify for retroactive pension increases. None of that is mentioned in the ballot language, Constant said.
Citing the retroactive pension hikes, Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio voted against placing Measure F on the ballot this month and co-authored arguments against it.
“It goes against my principle,” Oliverio said, adding that the city’s $277 million property tax revenue this year doesn’t cover its $377 million pension payments. “When I voted for pension reform, I meant it.”
Squabbling over pension measure language isn’t new in San Jose. In 2012, employee unions accused the city of using loaded language when the word “reform” appeared in Measure B’s title. A judge agreed and the word was changed to “modification.”
Union leaders Monday denounced Constant and his group for attempting to derail Measure F while the police ranks continue to diminish. “On the same day the SJPD announced the cannibalization of the detective bureau to staff its patrol unit because there are not enough officers, these right wing zealots want to quibble over grammar,” said Tom Saggau, a police union spokesman. “San Jose is in a crisis and the need for the passage of Measure F could not be clearer.”
City Attorney Rick Doyle said his office wrote Measure F’s ballot title and language, along with mayor’s office staff members, employee relations officials and an outside attorney. Doyle refuted claims that Measure F was written in a way that misleads voters, saying the ballot description and title are “fair and accurate.”
“It’s difficult to put it in 75 words or less, but it’s a fair description of what the charter amendment proposes,” Doyle said Monday. Doyle’s office, however, has recused itself from defending the lawsuit from Haug and Hinkle, saying it’s a conflict of interest because “we are participants in the retirement plan.”
The case’s next hearing is Thursday.
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This item from the SacBee is about the state’s pension systems, not just CalPERS. If you choose to read it, click on THIS link to pull up the full page and read the readers’ comments at the bottom as a couple make reference to our (San Jose) pension plan…
Court Opens Door to Changing Public Employee Pensions
By Dan Walters <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sacramento Bee — Aug. 22, 2016
California’s perpetual debate over public employee pensions has always revolved about what’s called the “California rule” – a series of court decisions that seemingly prohibit any changes in pension benefits once they are granted.
The debate has intensified in recent years as the California Public Employee Retirement System and other state and local pension systems grapple with multi billion-dollar “unfunded liabilities” for pension benefits and increase mandatory payments from governments to reduce them.
The rule, first enunciated in a 1955 state Supreme Court case out of Long Beach, has often been cited by public employee unions and others as they resist efforts at state and local levels to overhaul pension programs and reduce their heavy costs.
It’s based on clauses in the federal and state constitutions prohibiting the “impairment” of contracts and the assumption that pension benefits are, in fact, protected contracts.
Two years ago, Christopher Klein, a federal judge overseeing Stockton’s bankruptcy, suggested that notwithstanding the California rule, pension benefits could be reduced in a bankruptcy action because “bankruptcy is nothing but the impairment of contracts.”
Klein’s declaration caused tremors in CalPERS, which claimed that, Klein’s declaration notwithstanding, reducing pensions would be illegal because it’s a state agency and therefore had “sovereign immunity” from federal interference.
Klein rejected CalPERS’ position, but the issue was never tested because Stockton refused to consider pension cuts, even though some creditors sought them, and eventually emerged from bankruptcy without them.
Last week, however, a state appellate court in San Francisco ruled unanimously that the California rule is not an absolute bar to modifying pension benefits that employees believe they are due.
The court rejected a challenge by employee unions to Marin County’s implementation of the 2012 pension reform measure enacted by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.
One provision, adopted by Marin, prohibits “pension spiking” – the practice of counting ancillary payments, such as unused sick leave, in pension calculations.
The three appellate justices – including Brown’s friend and former legal affairs secretary, Anthony Kline – concluded that the vested right to a pension “is only to a reasonable pension – not an immutable entitlement to the most optimal formula of calculating the pension.”
It added, “the Legislature may, prior to the employee’s retirement, alter the formula, thereby reducing the anticipated pension … so long as the … modifications do not deprive the employee of a reasonable pension.”
The ruling, if upheld by the state Supreme Court, punches a very big hole in the California rule, one large enough to accommodate some substantial changes in state and local pension promises to future retirees if politicians or voters are willing to make them.
It brings something new to the pension debate and gives new life, or at least new hope, to pension reformers who have repeatedly collided with the California rule.
This story I received from a friend is one of those you can’t make up. Well, actually you can, but no one is going to believe it. See what you and your readers think.
Red State <email@example.com>
An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate won
clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate,
then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate.
Jessie Jackson has added former Chicago democratic congressman Mel Reynolds to the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's payroll. Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious; however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.
This is a first in American politics: An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate.
His new job? Youth counselor.
Is this a great country or what?
I was ready to dump this in the Trash because, as Red noted, I thought it was nonsense, but I thought I’d try vetting it before I tossed it. Turns out I received an immediate hit on Snopes. If you LOOK at the results, you will see they are virtually identical to the text above.
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Less Than Two Weeks Left in the 2016 California Legislative Session
Please contact your state legislators TODAY!
As the California Legislature enters the last two weeks of the 2016 legislative session, several bills remain in process that need the attention of gun owners and Second Amendment supporters.
SUPPORT — AB 2510 would allow local law enforcement authorities to issue concealed carry weapons (CCW) identification cards approved by the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) as proof that individuals are licensed in the state. The permits can be used in lieu of the obsolete typed paper form provided by DOJ. AB 2510 passed the Senate and is now headed back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote. Contact your Assembly member and ask that they support AB 2510.
OPPOSE – SB 1332 would modify the firearm registration process to allow for joint registration by spouses and domestic partners and require DOJ to maintain both names on the registry. In addition, SB 1332 would further complicate California’s already stringent firearm loaning process and would allow DOJ to take money from the non-related Firearm Safety and Enforcement Special Fund for other DOJ projects. The practice of utilizing fees paid by gun owners on unrelated projects needs to stop. This attempt comes on the heels of a failed audit request of the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) special fund. The DROS account held a massive surplus just a few short years ago and now is in a state of structural imbalance due to similar practices. Please contact members of the Assembly and ask that they oppose SB 1332.
Please use our take action button below.
OPPOSE - AB 450 would delete the $100 fee limit on CCW application processing and require more fees to cover issuing and enforcement of a license. The enforcement aspect of this bill is so ambiguous that it could only be perceived as an effort to price out the ordinary citizen. AB 450 passed the Senate and has now been referred to the Assembly committee on Public Safety where it has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, August 23rd. Please contact members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and ask that they oppose AB 450.
Please use our take action button below.
As previously reported, AB 466 had been “gutted and amended” in an effort to redefine “good cause” as it pertains to obtaining a concealed firearms license in California. The bill never received a hearing on the subject matter and has been “gutted and amended” once again but now deals with Tribal Gaming instead of CCWs.
The referendum effort continues to push forward with more petition locations added across the state. For more information on the efforts and to locate a petition in your area please visit <https://www.vetogunmageddon.org/>.
Contact your state legislators TODAY, and please forward this alert to your family, friends, and fellow gun owners and sportsmen.
P.S. Included below is some information on a petition(s) to get an initiative on the ballot to kill the gun control laws Brown just signed, such as registering to buy ammunition. If you are so inclined to sign you can go to one of these sites:
• Willow glen Dentistry, 1245 Lincoln Ave, Suite 150, 408 293 9600;
• Sportsmens Supply, 1536 Camden Ave, 408 377 0647;
• The Gun Exchange, 2902 Alamaden Exp. 408 265 4867.
360K SIGNATURES MUST BE IN BY 9/29 TO MAKE THE BALLOT. Feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested in signing.
George McCall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please contact George if you have any questions about this as he is much more familiar with the issue than I am.
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Don’t know if you have seen this New York Post article. If you haven’t, you and your readers should. It’s about Huma Abedin, who is Hillary’s top campaign aide and could very well become Clinton’s Chief of Staff if Hillary is elected president. A link to the story is below.
Talking Points <Talking.Points@comcast.net>
P.S. I’m curious to see how “Middle Ground” rips this article apart!
This is the headline from the New York Post article T.P. sent
Huma Abedin Worked at a Radical Muslim Journal for a Dozen Years
That headline just touches the surface of why this story has legs and could become a major campaign issue as November draws closer. Readers whose interest was piqued by that headline can click HERE to read the story.
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I don’t know if you will accept two emails from me this week, but I would also like to bring this video clip about voter fraud to your readers’ attention. It was posted (on YouTube) last weekend and is something that everyone should be aware of.
Talking Points <email@example.com>
I saw the segment when it aired live, T.P., and I agree that it should be of interest to those who believe that a valid I.D. should be presented in order to vote. Readers can click HERE to view the clip. (8:07)
In the interest of being fair and balanced, THIS is how MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow feels about Voter Fraud. It should come as no surprise that the $7 million a year progressive anchor and commentator whose net worth is $12.5 million feels differently about the issue than the video above. (5:54)
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Bill and Leroy, can you post this for me?
"A friend just invited me to join him as a guest at this coming Sunday’s NASCAR race in Michigan, complete with airfare, pit pass, and great seats in a luxury box. Then I realized that the Sunday race is the same day as my wedding, so I can’t go. If you are interested in going instead of me, it’s at St. Peter’s Church in Baltimore at 5 p.m. Her name is Louise and she will be the one in the white dress."
BELIEVE IN KARMA?
Get out your clubs or borrow a set and sign up for this golf tournament that will benefit the SJPD Chaplaincy. We’re not saying that ‘Anyone’ in particular will remember when it’s time to visit the 19th hole in the sky, but one never knows, does one?
LOOKING FOR SOME LAUGHS?
Chachos restaurant will be handling the dinner portion. For more
information, contact Juan Reyes at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
DON’T BELIEVE THOSE POLLS THAT SHOW HILLARY AHEAD
To quote from the item below, “The polls may show that Donald Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton, but don’t you believe those polls.” So is it true? Like it or not, this limousine liberal makes a pretty good case why it may be…
Trump Is Going To Be Elected
By Michael Rosemblum
The Huffington Post — Aug. 21, 2016
Donald Trump is going to be elected president.
The American people voted for him a long time ago.
They voted for him when The History Channel went from showing documentaries about the Second World War to Pawn Stars and Swamp People.
They voted for him when The Discovery Channel went from showing Lost Treasures of the Yangtze Valley to Naked and Afraid.
They voted for him when The Learning Channel moved from something you could learn from to My 600 Pound Life.
They voted for him when CBS went from airing Harvest of Shame to airing Big Brother.
These networks didn’t make these programming changes by accident. They were responding to what the American people actually wanted. And what they wanted was Naked and Afraid and Duck Dynasty.
The polls may show that Donald Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton, but don’t you believe those polls. When the AC Nielsen Company selects a new Nielsen family, they disregard the new family’s results for the first three months. The reason: when they feel they are being monitored, people lie about what they are watching. In the first three months, knowing they are being watched, they will tune into PBS. But over time they get tired of pretending. Then it is back to The Kardashians.
The same goes for people who are being asked by pollsters for whom they are voting. They will not say Donald Trump. It is too embarrassing. But the truth is, they like Trump. He is just like their favorite shows on TV.
Trump’s replacement of Paul Manafort with Breitbart’s Steve Bannon shows that Trump understands how Americans actually think. They think TV. They think ratings. They think entertainment.
We are a TV based culture. We have been for some time now. The average American spends 5 hours a day, every day, watching TV. After sleep, it is our number one activity.
More shockingly, we spend 8.5 hours a day staring at screens — phones, tablets, computers. And more and more of the content on those devices is also video and TV.
If you spend 5 to 8 hours a day, every day, for years and years doing the same thing it has an impact on you. For the past 40 years we have devoted 5 to 8 hours a day staring at a screen — every day. And we haven’t been watching Judy Woodruff. We have been watching Reality TV shows. That is what we love. That is what we resonate to. The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The French may love food, the Italians may love opera. What we love is TV. We are a TV culture. It defines who we are.
In the 1950s, early television was allowed, with many restrictions, to be an observational guest at political conventions. They were quiet ‘flies on the wall,’ carefully and quietly commentating on what they saw way down below. They did not get involved in the process. Today, they ARE the process. Today, political conventions are nothing but carefully directed TV shows. Likewise ‘debates.’ They exist only to entertain a TV audience. TV and entertainment now dictate everything political. It is a never-ending show. The biggest Reality Show on air.
And Donald Trump is great TV. He knows how to entertain. He understands ratings.
Hillary Clinton is crap TV. She may be smarter, better prepared, a better politician. It won’t matter. She is terrible entertainment.
That’s just how it is. Depressing, but true.
He is Kim Kardashian. She is Judy Woodruff.
Who gets better ratings? Who would you rather watch for the next four years? Honestly...
In 1825, the great French gastronom Brillat de Savarind said, “tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” Today, in America, we can safely say, “tell me what you watch and I will tell you what you are.”
And what do we watch?
It isn’t The PBS Newshour.
Michael Rosenbaum: Father of Videojournalism. Founder CurrentTV, former President and Founder NY Times TV, CEO Rosenblumtv.com, CEO TheVJ.com, have built VJ-driven TV stations worldwide including NY1, Channel One London, NY Times TV, VOA-TV, TV3 Sweden, Norway, Denmark; TeleZuri, Switzerland, etc... Trained more than 40,000 VJs worldwide. Clients include The UN, USPS, Pfizer, NBC, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard, Government of Eritrea, Government of Nevis & St. Kitts, etc... Author, iPhone Millionaire (McGraw Hill), Videojournalismus (Germany). Adjunct Prof: Columbia University, NYU.
FOR THE RECORD...
STORY OF THE WEEK
An air traffic control tower suddenly lost communication with a Cessna aircraft.
A moment later the land-line phone in the tower rang and was answered by one of the controllers.
The passenger riding with the pilot who lost communications was on a cellular phone and and yelled, "Mayday, Mayday! The pilot had a fatal heart attack and I grabbed his cell phone out of his pocket. He told me before we took off he had the tower on his speed dial memory. I am flying upside down at 8,000 feet and traveling at 130 mph!”
The controller in the tower immediately put him on speaker phone.
"Calm down," he said. "We acknowledge you and we’ll guide you down after a few questions. The first thing is not to panic, remain calm!"
He then began a series of questions...
Tower: “How do you know you are traveling at 8,000 feet?"
Aircraft: "I can see that it reads 8,000 feet on the altimeter dial in front of me.”
Tower: "Okay, that’s good, remain calm. How do you know you are traveling at 130 mph?”
Aircraft: "I can see that it reads 130 mph on the airspeed dial in front of me.”
Tower: "OK, this is great so far, but it’s heavily overcast down here, how do you know you are flying upside down?”
Aircraft: "Because the crap in my pants is running out of my shirt collar!"
HEY, THIS ISN'T FAIR!
(He was about to break 100 for the first time when the rain started to fall.)
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Aug. 22 — 23
Aug. 22: Congratulations to Team USA for winning over 100 medals! The most of any country, and my condolences to everyone who is behind them at airport security.
Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort was forced to resign on Friday following news that he had pro-Russian ties. Which really upset Trump, because he insists having all his ties made in China.
There are life-sized nude statues of Donald Trump. They showed up in cities across the country. You'd be walking in the park, and you see this statue [shows images]. Forget building the wall, Trump should just put a bunch of those things at the border.
The New York City Parks Department actually released a statement on the naked Trump statue after they took it down. This is completely real — they said, "New York City Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small."
Aug. 23: It was just announced that two-time Olympian Gabby Douglas will be on the panel of judges at the 2017 Miss America Competition. So good luck impressing her in the talent portion. “Nice baton twirling, but can you do a triple back-flip with a twist?”
Apparently Ryan Lochte lost all four of his endorsement deals yesterday following his Rio robbery scandal. In fact he’s so desperate for money, he’s actually considering robbing a gas station.
Ryan Lochte lost all his business deals in just one day. Even Trump was like, “It took me months to do that!”
A 12-year-old boy is actually running one of Trump’s campaign offices in Colorado. When asked how an inexperienced child could be running things, the boy said, “Look, he’s the nominee and we’re stuck with him.”
KFC just unveiled a sunscreen that smells like extra crispy fried chicken. So if you want to smell like KFC ... there’s a pretty good chance you already do.
Aug. 22: In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer over the weekend, Ryan Lochte apologized for his "immature behavior." I don’t know if Lochte meant it, because he answered Lauer’s next question by responding, "Homo says what?"
The Olympics closing ceremony was held in Rio last night. There was an emotional moment at the end when they extinguished the Olympic torch by having Ryan Lochte urinate on it.
Scientists have discovered a painkiller that will not cause addiction. When asked for details about this miracle drug, scientists said, "OK, OK, it’s pot."
Donald Trump has been saying that Hillary Clinton looks unwell. Trump then admitted he thinks any woman over 35 looks like she’s dying.
This weekend, Donald Trump tried to win over black voters by asking them, "What the hell do you have to lose?" Coincidentally, that’s also the way he proposed to all three of his wives.
No one was hurt, everyone’s fine, but over the weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio and his model girlfriend were in a fender bender. DiCaprio and his girlfriend are being listed in highly doable condition.
McDonald’s has decided to remove fitness trackers from their Happy Meals. Apparently, many customers thought McDonald’s was just making fun of them.
KFC has come out with a sunscreen that makes you smell like fried chicken. Of course if you want to smell like KFC, you could just ride around in any single guy’s car.
Last week, Twitter introduced a "quality filter" that gets rid of tweets that contain spam, mean, or unwanted content. An hour later, Twitter filed for bankruptcy.
Aug. 23: Melania Trump is planning to sue a British newspaper for defamation. Apparently, the paper called her "happily married."
Four sponsors have now dropped Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. On the bright side, he just signed a huge deal with Bob’s Urinal Cakes.
The GOP has already started making a strategy around the assumption that Hillary Clinton will win the presidency. Which may explain the Republican Party's new slogan: "Winter Is Coming."
An ex-NFL quarterback was arrested after being found naked with meth and marijuana. In other words, he’s back in the NFL.
KFC has released sunscreen that smells like fried chicken. People who’ve tried it say it prevents you from getting cancer and from having sex.
Aug. 22: A big part of every closing ceremony focuses on where the next Olympics are going to take place. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by dressing up as Super Mario. Forget Mario, after watching that I felt like I was the one who had been on mushrooms all day.
If I had told you last week that the Japanese prime minister was going to attend the closing ceremony with an intro that featured Hello Kitty and Super Mario, I definitely would have been called a racist.
The prime minister of Japan coming out of a pipe like Super Mario . . . This would be like if the Australian prime minister was carried on stage in the pouch of a kangaroo, and then said “G’day mates” and threw a boomerang.
A man in New Jersey passed away on Tuesday and it became clear that he was cheating on his wife when two obituaries, one by his spouse and the other by his girlfriend, appeared in the local paper, one above the other. I don't know what he died from, but I'm guessing it was from exhaustion.
One obituary names him as Leroy Bill Black while the other names him as Leroy Blast Black. I will let you figure out whether it was the wife or the girlfriend who called him Blast.
After being criticized on the MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, alleging that they are having an affair. Trump tweeted, “Someday when things calm down I will tell the real story of Joe and his very insecure girlfriend Mika. Two clowns.”
Trump is reporting celebrity gossip. Like he is like half running to be “Prez” and half running to be Perez Hilton.
Also he says “when things calm down.” You're running for president; assuming you win, things are never going to calm down. Trump thinks it's going to be all right, he’s like, “Now that I have taken Iran, the debt crisis and ISIS, I can really blow this Joe Scarborough thing wide open. “
Aug. 23: In a new election bombshell, the State Department has been ordered by a federal judge to produce nearly 15,000 of Hillary Clinton's unreleased emails. I don't want to say Hillary is worried about this story blowing up, but today she asked Ryan Lochte to make up another robbery.
Journalists have tried contacting Hillary about this damaging email development. Unfortunately, they keep getting auto-replies that say "Sorry, I am out of the Oval Office until January."
In other Clinton news, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, said in an interview on CNN that they are having a hard time finding someone as "hateful" and "divisive" as Trump to go up against Hillary in her practice debates. It seems like it'd be easy to prep for a Trump debate — just get a parrot and train it to say three things: "email," "wall," and "huge."
Aug. 22: The Olympics wrapped up over the weekend with the United States coming out on top in all medal counts. The U.S. brought home 46 gold medals, 37 silver, and four idiots.
That's right. Speedo has revoked their sponsorship of swimmer Ryan Lochte, and according to him, they did it at gunpoint.
Donald Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway yesterday told interviewers that she does not believe Trump hurls personal insults. She said, “Trump, you tell them, stupid.”
President Obama and the first family returned Sunday from their summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard only to find the locks had been changed.
Police in Australia are searching for a group of men seen releasing live crocodiles into a school building. Though, if you ask me, they should probably be searching for the crocodiles.
A man in Texas last week rode his horse into a Taco Bell restaurant — but, weirdly, he left alone.
Aug. 23: Donald Trump yesterday continued his attempts to appeal to black voters, telling attendees at a rally, “What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance!” Said black voters, “We’re not at this rally.”
The Trump campaign recently announced that Donald Trump will be delaying his major address on immigration that was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday. So if you want to know where Trump stands on immigration, you’ll just have to wait until a year ago.
Marvel announced today that it will be launching a female reboot of Iron Man, starring a character named Ironheart. So, congratulations to my ex-girlfriend.
Next week, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout in Los Angeles to try and impress scouts from Major League Baseball. Pretty ambitious for a guy who’s never even gotten to second base.
Aug. 22: America just dominated the 2016 Olympics! That's right, we killed it. We got 121 medals! And I'm not surprised. I watched the Games here in the States — can't remember the channel — and from what I saw, apparently only Americans competed.
Americans, and Usain Bolt. Of course, he's an honorary American, because Jamaica is basically tropical Colorado.
And the majority of those American medals were won by female athletes. So, boys, next time somebody on the playground says you throw like a girl, say "Thank you."
You stopped at a gas station for a pee break? C'mon, you're Olympic swimmers, you spend 90 percent of your lives in public pools. That's what the chlorine's for.
Today, Lochte lost all four of his sponsors, including Speedo. And that's got to hurt, because they've been his biggest supporter — well, not biggest, but crucial.
Aug. 23; Donald Trump is accusing Hillary Clinton of being too ill, too frail to be commander in chief. Rudy Giuliani made a suggestion to go online and look up "Hillary Clinton illness" – if it's on the internet, you know it must be true.
I put my symptoms into WebMD and found out I've started menopause.
Conspiracy theorists have cooked up just about every condition for her. Brain damage? Check. Parkinson's? Check. Autism? Yup. Even syphilis.
DAMN, THESE TALKING PICS COME IN FASTER THAN WE CAN DISPENSE WITH THEM...
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This child must be from another star system. We can’t believe that a four-year-old can tickle the ivories like she does. Watch her flip the page of the music chart at the 2:45 mark and hardly miss a beat. For her little fingers to move up and down the keyboard like they do is beyond amazing. It’s almost supernatural. CHECK her out. (2:46)
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If you want to travel to the UK and watch the famous Top Secret Drum Corps perform in West Parliament Square in Edinburgh, but you don’t want to shell out big bucks for airline tickets and a hotel room, we are offering you the opportunity to join THESE paying tourists. And best of all, you don’t need to grab your camera because it is being filmed for you. (Important note: If you find yourself tiring of the rattle-tat-tat of the drums after a few minutes, use your mouse and fast-forward to the 6:30 mark. That’s where the drumsticks begin to fly and the ‘real’ fun begins.) (12:24)
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You may have seen on the news yesterday video of the giant Airship Airliner 10 crashing to the ground after striking a telegraph pole in the UK. It suffered damage to the cockpit, but no one was seriously hurt. THIS is footage of the mishap we received from Dirk Parsons. (1:16)
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Step right up and watch Elvis morph from a child to “The King” in a little over a minute. If you were a fan, this is a must-see. And it’s free. All you have to do is click HERE. (1:12)
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THIS SOUNDS LIKE SOLID ADVICE...
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Pop Quiz: Would Archie Bunker be pulling for Clinton or Trump if he was alive today? If you find that a difficult question, perhaps THIS clip from “All in the Family” will give you a clue. (2:27)
For those of you who were fans of the show, THIS is a clip of Archie and Edith Bunker’s final TV appearance that aired in April of 2000. Carroll O’Connor passed away the following June (2001) from a heart attack at the age of 76, and Jean Stapleton died in May of 2013 from natural causes at the age of 90.
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Glad I never worked for a carpenter who liked to pull pranks like THIS one. Have a look and watch the reaction of his helper who tries to snip the tack that ‘appears’ to go all the way through the carpenter's finger. (1:30)
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TRY IT, MAYBE IT WILL WORK...
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This is the final day of the Indiana State Fair for these four Indiana State Troopers so they decided to have a little fun and lip sync to the song from Grease. Have a LOOK and listen. (We searched for the full rendition, but all we could find was this 38-second clip.)
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Don Hale says this video pays homage to the Israeli Defense Force’s Medical Unit for what it does on a world-wide basis, yet is seldom recognized. After watching it, we fully agree. Take a LOOK. (3:24)
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Hats off to the Brits. Heads off, too, according to THIS 'animation' where a British sniper took out an ISIS decapitation trainer. (1:06)
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The prisoner in the backseat of this police vehicle in Arkansas is trying to get the attention of the cop behind the wheel with his right handcuff that he managed to separate from the left cuff. He obviously wants out and gets his wish. Watch closely at the 54-second mark as he makes a quick EXIT through the rear window. (1:02)
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We are of the opinion that when San Jose is threatened by a truly big riot, we should have one of these. Maybe two! Click HERE and watch this machine in action. (3:19)
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From Pat Boyd
Many years ago during Tom's married days, he accidentally overturned his golf cart.
Elizabeth, a very attractive and keen golfer, who lived in a villa on the golf course, heard the noise and called out, "Are you okay, what's your name?"
"It's Tom, and I'm okay, thanks," he replied as he pulled himself out from under the twisted cart.
"Tom,” she said, "forget your troubles. Come to my villa, rest a while and I'll help you get the cart up later."
"That's mighty nice of you," Tom answered, "but I don't think my wife would like it."
"Oh, come on now " Elizabeth insisted.
She was so pretty, very sexy, very persuasive and Tom was weak. "Well okay," he finally agreed, but thought to himself, "My wife won't like it."
After a couple of restorative Scotch and waters, he thanked Elizabeth. "I feel a lot better now, but I know my wife is going to be really upset. So I'd best go now."
"Don't be silly!" Elizabeth said with a smile, letting her robe fall open slightly. "She won't know anything. By the way, where is she?"
"Still under the cart, I guess" Tom said.
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When we watched this video from Dewey Moore titled “Most Powerful, Rare and Intoxicating Images from the Past,” the two below stood out from the others. Click HERE to watch the entire 13 minute slide show. We think it will be worth your time.
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We were amazed at THIS baby Alpaca that almost made it all the way from China. Fortunately, it drew the attention of a guy with a shovel on this side of the planet who helped the little cutie out, and an adult American alpaca that stood ready to show the youngster from China the ropes. (2:59)
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This very short CLIP shows “Man’s Best Friend” being a best friend as well to a new member of the family. Have a look, and don't get upset if it looks for a moment that the dog is going to make a meal of the kitten. (0:41)
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This lovable seagoing creature appears to be a single mom who is having no trouble raising her child, and that makes her an exception to the rule in this day and age. Click HERE and see if you agree. (1:17)
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If you have a little dog like a miniature Schnauzer and plan to outfit it with a life jacket, don’t choose one that is heavier than your little pet. HERE’S why: (1:17)
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Next time call 911...
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Here is one of THOSE half-minute Dyson vacuum ads that were popular on the other side of The Pond a couple of years ago. It definitely shows the sucking power of the machine. (0:30)
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“Pass the Salt” is the title of this short clip. It’s about one of the ISSUES our society has to deal with as a result of the digital revolution. (1:41)
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Most of you should be aware of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church who protest against funerals for fallen soldiers. While not current, THIS video clip shows how the “Patriot Guard” on their motors kept the protestors at bay during one soldier’s funeral. (1:46)
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Unlike Elizabeth Warren, I can prove I’m part Indian because I’m a registered card holder with the Cherokee Nation. Perhaps that’s why I found THIS segment from ABC’s “Hidden America” series moving. I urge the rest of you who have even a trace of Indian blood to have a look. (6:28)
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In closing, we think it’s shameful that since this video was posted over two years ago it has only received a little over 5,000 views. What it says about a sizeable segment today’s America is truly sad. Click HERE and see if you agree. (4:14)
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C’ya next week.
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