The Farsider

August 27, 2015

 

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.

 

 

UPDATE ON DAVE BRIDGEN

From Gary Johnson
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8:39 p.m.

Dave was released this morning to go home. He still has quite a ways to go in rehab, and could have benefited from some additional physical therapy at the Rehab Center. But with Medicare, rules are rules, and that really stinks!  Tomorrow morning (Thurs.), the therapy staff and a nurse will come to the house and decide what his home therapy schedule will be. I’m including a photo that was taken upon his departure from the Rehab Center.

One of the byproducts of Parkinson’s is unstable blood pressure, and Dave has bouts of that condition that makes him somewhat unsteady on his feet. Yesterday, Steve Windisch Jr. and a friend of his installed grab bars in the shower of Dave's home that will come in handy (no pun intended). And Bob Moir provided some items in the form of a wheelchair and walkers that will be very useful while Dave recovers at home. In addition, some officers have donated money to help with the unexpected expenses that are sure to come up while Dave recovers at home.

Everyone has been awesome throughout this whole ordeal, and Dave and Betty Ruth are very appreciative of everything the SJPD Family has done.  Keep those prayers and letters coming!
 
As for personal visits, Betty Ruth is asking that we hold off until things stabilize for Dave at home. He was extremely tired today, and once he starts therapy again, this may affect his stamina. I will keep you posted.

Additional Update:
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:37 p.m.

This comes from a very close family friend who has been present through all of this:
 
Because of Dave’s condition, Betty Ruth has difficulty helping to get him up and around in the house. A friend of the family who’s a nurse came in this evening, and a decision was made to get a caregiver to help with Dave and to be there overnight that will enable Betty Ruth to get some rest as well. Caregivers charge about $27 per hour, the cost of which is NOT covered, and long-term care insurance won’t kick in until they reach the 90-day mark, which is still a long way off. If anyone is able to help out financially, that would be great. Checks can be made out to "Betty Ruth Bridgen" and either mailed to her or to me, and I will get them to her ASAP.
 
Thanks,

Gary Johnson <gj1901@comcast.net>

Ed. — Send an email to Gary at the address above for his and/or Betty Ruth’s home address. Or you can request Gary or Betty Ruth's address by sending an email to <bilmat@comcast.net>.

 

POA NEWS



Aug. 25th

After a 90% ratification from our membership for the Measure B/MOA Global Settlement Package, we are pleased to announce that the San Jose City Council has approved the Global Settlement to include the MOA Wages and all changes in open session.

Global Settlement vote 10—1
MOA 11–0

We are now on the road to recovery and invalidation of the infamous Measure B. This is a positive start. There is still much work to be done, and we will continue to work with the City Team to improve conditions here at SJPD for the months and years to follow.

Roll the union on!

PENSION NEWS

The pension dust-up that turned into a lengthy multi-year battle appears to be over with both sides returning to their respective corners with smiles on their faces…

City Approves Deal with Unions

—Settlement vote aims to end litigation, undo Measure B—

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 26, 2015

SAN JOSE — After a three-year battle with employee unions and shelling out millions to defend Measure B pension reforms, the City Council voted 10-1 to approve a settlement agreement Tuesday to end litigation and begin a legal process to invalidate the measure.

The council also turned the page on contentious labor talks with police, unanimously approving a one-year agreement that gives officers 8 percent in ongoing raises and 5 percent bonuses.



Under the agreement, new San Jose police
officers will receive less generous pensions.

“This is a day I will never forget,” said Vice Mayor Rose Herrera. “We’re focused on moving forward and not all the battles of the past.”

Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio voted against the Measure B settlement, saying changes to the measure should go back to voters instead of being gutted through a legal process.

San Jose leaders at the time said the 2012 measure overwhelmingly approved by city voters was needed to ease the growing bite of employee retirement costs on the budget.

But unions and other critics blamed it for chasing away hundreds of police officers and other city employees.

Overturning Measure B will require the city to admit it did not meet its bargaining obligations with unions three years ago.

After meeting with organized labor for months, the city in December 2011 made changes to the measure without continuing negotiations, and union groups never saw the final measure that went to voters. Using that mishap as a backbone, the city will engage in a “quo warranto” legal proceeding to ask a judge to invalidate Measure B.

“What we would be saying to the judge is we can see there may have been procedural defects that would give rise to the invalidation of the resolution that the council put on the ballot,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo in an interview last week.

As the city goes through the quo warranto process, which both parties agreed is the quickest way to implement changes to Measure B, city leaders plan to draft a November 2016 ballot measure to prohibit retroactive pension increases, require voter approval for benefit increases and require actuarial soundness.

If a Superior Court judge agrees to nullify Measure B, the city will replace it with the settlement agreement reached in July with police and fire unions. But if the quo warranto process fails, the city will put the settlement terms before voters.

The city needs to reach similar Measure B settlements with its nine other unions before going to the judge.

The settlement upholds parts of Measure B that were deemed lawful by Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas in 2013, such as eliminating retiree bonus checks and bringing new hires into a new, scaled back retirement benefits plan.

The settlement deal also restores disability benefits and closes a defined-benefit retiree health care plan that yields savings for both the city and employees. But it would abandon a Measure B provision that required existing employees to pay more into their pensions.

One of the most significant provisions in the settlement, first suggested by Herrera last year, allows former police officers that return to San Jose to receive the same retirement benefits they had when they left, rather than the smaller plan offered new hires.
 

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Strap yourself to something so you don’t fall down as you read this item authored by District 9 Councilman Don Rocha. It appeared in the Aug. 24th online edition of the Merc, and on the Op/Ed page of the paper on the 25th, but under a different headline.)

San Jose Employees Were Right About Measure B



By Donald Rocha — San Jose City Council District 9
Special to the Mercury News — Aug. 24, 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo are telling us a fairy tale about pension reform. And that fairy tale is "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

In a recent opinion piece, Reed and Liccardo argued that the proposed Measure B settlement agreement "offers a Goldilocks solution between the fiscally soft benefit structure that existed prior to Measure B and the harder alternative in (Measure B)." The settlement would increase pension benefits above Measure B levels. Like Goldilocks, Reed and Liccardo believe these new levels will be "just right."

I generally agree with the mayor on this point. Measure B has made it difficult for the city to recruit employees, especially police officers. Benefit levels do need to be revised.

That's only part of the story. The city council has been working on pension reform since 2010, and it put Measure B on the ballot in 2012. Why did it take the council until 2015 to figure out that eating from the Measure B porridge bowl was burning our mouth?

I think the problem was that those of us who voted for Measure B may not have listened closely enough to city employees. They have become something of a punching bag over the past few years. Chuck Reed was especially adept at landing blows, once telling San Jose police officers that they were on the "gravy train."

Despite this abuse, our employees were right about the consequences of Measure B. Ben Field, a labor representative, stood before the council in March 2012 and warned that "San Jose appears destined to become the training ground for workers who will leave for better jobs in the better-governed cities that surround us." That's exactly what ended up happening, but in my opinion the council did not take this warning seriously enough at the time. I believe some of us were too impressed with our own intelligence and too used to regarding employee unions as obstructionist to take what they had to say seriously.

So what's changed? The mayor emphasizes the change on the union side, noting in a recent press release that union leadership has "dramatically altered the tone of the conversation between public safety unions and City Hall." From my vantage point, the changes on the city side have been much more significant. Chuck Reed, a staunch opponent of revising Measure B while in office, has left the city, as have a few of his close allies. Liccardo himself has softened his position since being elected last November; he now supports rolling back Measure B provisions he once pledged to implement. If this course correction had happened back in 2012, the unions may well have been willing partners, allowing us to avoid turmoil and service impacts over the past three years.

Unlike Goldilocks, San Jose's elected leaders shouldn't just run away into the forest after breaking chairs and eating someone else's porridge. We should take responsibility for our past decisions and try to learn from them. The lesson I've learned is that when the council begins work on a policy matter, we should focus less on trying to prove the other side wrong and more on approaching the work with an open mind. We should listen carefully to other people's opinions, treat others with respect even when we disagree with them, and have the humility to understand that we are not always right.

Donald Rocha represents District 9 on the San Jose City Council. He wrote this article for this newspaper.

 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

While Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell may have moved on to loftier heights (retirement), it appears that Mercury News editorial board editor Barbara Marshman has taken it upon herself to fill the IPA’s role. This blather appeared in last Friday’s paper…

SJPD Needs More Work to Regain Trust

Editorial — Mercury News — Aug. 21, 2015

Two murder suspects killed by San Jose police in two days: Just getting them off the streets should have been cause for relief, given the viciousness of the slaying of Christopher Maxwell Wrenn that a security camera caught them committing in a Berryessa office building the previous week.

The first suspect to be shot to death, Matthew Castillo, was armed and holding his gun when police confronted him Sunday. A witness confirmed it. The second suspect, Richard Jacquez, also identified in the video, fled on foot after a car chase Monday night and was also was shot — in the back.

Thus begins a chain of events that seriously undermines trust in the San Jose department. It’s going to take hard work to rebuild that trust — and a thorough public airing of what happened in this case.

The problem is not just that Jacquez was shot in the back. There are situations in which that’s acceptable under the law. Anyone who saw the video of the Berryessa killing — screen shots appear at www.mercurynews.com — would agree that this man could be a danger to others if he escaped. Police say they had information that he was armed and about to kill someone else.

The problem is that the first version of the shooting given out by police was false. Media were told that Jacquez reached for his waistband, leading officers to believe he was about to pull a gun. Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia acknowledged Wednesday that Jacquez did not reach for his waistband and was not armed at the time. That inevitably leads reasonable people to question whether shooting Jacquez in the back was justified. It further calls into question San Jose officers’ credibility in their reports of other incidents, fatal or not.

Garcia said it was a mistake made in the rush to release information about the second police killing in two days, an extraordinary sequence of events. He apologizes.

Police did correct the information themselves when all witnesses had been interviewed. On Thursday, they were still trying to sort out where the bad information came from. In an age of video surveillance everywhere, whether from cellphones or security cameras, officers have to know the peril of making stuff up.

Still, there will be lingering suspicion of an attempted cover-up that the department realized it couldn’t sustain. It doesn’t help that police have not sustained a complaint of misconduct fueled against them for years.

It’s a bad time for the city to be without an independent police auditor — but LaDoris Cordell, who retired this summer, filed a complaint Wednesday with her old office, whose staff is highly competent. Police should fight the inclination to circle the wagons. This is a time to welcome any opportunity to clear the air.

This clouds what could have been a stellar moment for the department, quickly solving a vicious murder and perhaps saving other lives. But community trust is essential for officers to do their jobs. There is work to be done.

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Is it possible that in hindsight, Marshman felt the editorial above was a little heavy handed, and that she decided to throw the SJPD a bone by publishing this letter to the editor that appears on the same page?

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Man Shot by Police Put Neighborhood at Risk

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Aug. 21, 2015

I watched in horror on Monday night as police, wanted suspects and news trucks descended upon our neighborhood. It was an upsetting night after hearing gunshots and being told there was a police-involved shooting. I was ultimately relieved that no officer or neighbor was harmed.

Then friends and sympathizers of the victim gathered at the crime scene. I was stunned as I heard them honor the slain man while vilifying law enforcement.

Where was the outrage that this person had put our neighbors in jeopardy as he led a police chase into an area full of innocent residents and children? Where was the anger that he was an identified suspect in a murder last week? The police had every right to not give him the benefit of the doubt.

Ron Cuilla, San Jose

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Looks like another columnist is joining Scott Herhold to offer opinions on local issues. This is from last Saturday’s paper…

Outbreak of Police Shootings is Troubling



By Tamerlin Drummond — Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 22, 2015

Since the killing of Hayward police Sgt. Scott Lunger during a July 22 traffic stop, there has been an alarming rash of deadly encounters between police officers and suspected criminals in the East and South Bay.

During a two-week span from Aug. 3 to Aug. 17, law enforcement officers from Oakland, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Contra Costa County have been involved in eight violent confrontations. Seven civilians have died, and one is in critical condition. An Oakland police sergeant was wounded by gunfire from an AK-47 assault rifle.

I can’t remember a time when there have been this many fatal shootings involving police within such a short period of time. I find it of great concern.

Regardless of the venomous comments that some are wont to spew in the online comments section of this newspaper, we are talking about people who died violent deaths. Regardless of what crimes they are alleged to have committed, they left behind loved ones who are grieving their loss. We should inquire — even though we may not have ready answers — what could be causing this surge in law enforcement-involved shootings, and is there anything that can be done about it? Does it suggest a trend? Are increasingly emboldened criminals confronting officers, as San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said this week after four separate officer-involved shootings in that city in just nine days? Or are overly aggressive police officers escalating encounters, leading to needless deaths, as some Black Lives Matter protesters claim? Each case has different circumstances and must be investigated to determine whether officers followed department guidelines before resorting to lethal force. Yet what bothers me is that some in law enforcement and within Black Lives Matter seem more interested in spinning the recent confrontations to suit their agendas rather than the particular facts of each case. The actions of both camps further inflame an already tense situation.

First, a quick recap of recent events.

Aug. 3: Antonio Clements, 49, was shot and killed by two Oakland officers investigating a complaint by a woman that she had been sexually assaulted at Clements’ home.

According to police, Clements emerged from the home firing an AK-47. Sgt. Abdullah Dadgar, a 14-year police veteran, was wounded in the hip.

That same day, Timothy Stout, 28, was shot and critically wounded in the Oakland Airport Hilton hotel parking lot by two inspectors from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office who attempted to arrest him on felony warrants. According to the agency, he brandished a gun.

Aug. 9: Two San Jose police officers shot and killed Edrian Rivera, 22, who police say was wielding a meat cleaver.

Aug. 10: Two San Jose police officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who said her brother was intoxicated, armed and suicidal. Aaron Phillips, 30, was on the porch with a handgun. The officers shot at Phillips but did not hit him. He went into the house, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Aug. 12: Nate Wilks, 28, was shot and killed by Oakland police after a 7-mile pursuit. According to police, he was driving a car used in an armed robbery. He crashed the car and attempted to carjack another.

Aug. 15: A Sunnyvale police officer fatally shot Allen Matthew Baker III, 23, during a foot chase. According to police, he pointed a gun at the officer.

Aug. 16: Two San Jose police officers fatally shot Matthew Castillo, 29, one of three suspects in the Aug. 13 killing of Christopher Wrenn.

Aug. 17: San Jose police fatally shot Richard Jacquez, a second suspect in Wrenn’s killing. He was shot in the back as he ran toward his cousin’s house. He was not armed at the time.

All shootings involving police officers are not created equal. Yet we live in such a polarized society — even more so in the wake of Ferguson, Missouri, and other highly publicized police shootings — that people often can’t see beyond their own ideology. I’m amazed at how often officers tell me that bad police shootings aren’t a serious problem and that the media blows a few cases way out of proportion. Then, we have the knee-jerk police protesters.

More than 100 people took to the street in Oakland to protest Wilks’ killing. The man was armed, tried to carjack people, and a police video released Wednesday morning should put to rest any question of whether the police acted appropriately.

We need more independent thinkers willing to consider the facts, rather than leaping to ideologically based conclusions.

Tammerlin Drummond is a columnist for the Bay Area News Group. Her column runs Thursday and Sunday. Contact her at <tdrummond@bayareanewsgroup.com>

 

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It’s not a stretch to see a similarity between the Clinton email scandal and the dust-up about Asst. Chief Eddie Garcia’s emails that made the Internal Affairs column in last Sunday’s paper…



Council Committee OKs Request for Garcia Emails

In an unusual move last week, a San Jose City Council committee chaired by Mayor Sam Liccardo overruled a city staff recommendation and approved an alternative weekly newspaper’s Public Records Act request for a year’s worth of emails from Assistant Police Chief Eddie Garcia.

Metro Silicon Valley had appealed the city’s denial of some 400 emails Garcia had sent on his city email account on grounds they dealt with purely personal matters. The city had released other emails that became the basis for an article that portrayed as unbecoming the casual email banter among top police officials and Garcia — who becomes interim police chief next year and is poised to be the city’s permanent top cop.

In the battle between privacy and transparency at the committee, some officials questioned whether Metro would publish details about Garcia’s children.

“There are private details in someone’s life that don’t rise to the level of public interest,” Liccardo said.

But Metro’s news editor, Josh Koehn, said he wasn’t interested in details about Garcia’s family, but rather how Garcia spends his time on the clock and his level of professionalism.

The committee decided to release the emails after redacting personal information.

Garcia told us that 90 percent of those 400 messages deal with personal matters like coaching football, because he works “24/7” and doesn’t have much time off. But he added he’s “not overly concerned” about their release. “There is no bombshell,” said Garcia. “There may be some that I need to explain, but there’s nothing in those emails that would be embarrassing.”

Koehn called the decision a victory, but conceded it’s going to be a lot harder getting such information in the future. After the decision, Garcia said he’ll start using his personal email for family stuff.
 

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Liccardo is backtracking on his original idea of having officers pay back part of their training costs if they leave the Dept. too early after being hired, at least for now. Smart move by the mayor if he wants to attract new cops to the SJPD…

Contract Payback Provision Scrapped

—Liccardo says officer training-cost option could be added later—

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 25, 2015

SAN JOSE — Amid a hot mayoral race last year, Mayor Sam Liccardo pledged he would “insist” that the city’s next police contract require officers who leave San Jose within several years of graduating from the police academy to pay back a portion of their training costs.

But a one-year tentative agreement with the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, expected to earn unanimous approval at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, makes no mention of this provision.

Liccardo argued during the campaign that, by having the departing officers or their hiring agencies swallow a percentage of training costs, San Jose would recoup some of the estimated $170,000 per person it pours into recruiting, training and educating police officers.

“We would all rather not see our tax dollars used to send San Jose’s finest patrolling the streets of Los Gatos or Palo Alto,” Liccardo wrote in his campaign book, “Safer City, Smarter Government.”

Liccardo now says he had a change of heart after speaking with assistant police chief Eddie Garcia in January, just weeks after taking office as mayor.

“We talked about what we want in this contract, and Eddie made it very clear to me at this moment it would be a very bad idea to include this in the contract,” Liccardo said, “because it would be a deterrent for recruiting at a time when we are not even getting half our academy classes filled.”

Tom Saggau, spokesman for the police union, said the city has 140 vacancies in the police department, and police academy classes are shrinking — going from about 40 recruits three years ago to a little more than a dozen cadets in the last class.

The first graduating class in September 2013 after the passage of the voter-approved Measure B pension reforms had 41 students. Of those, only 14 remain, with most officers having left for jobs in Mountain View, Los Gatos and Hayward.

But Liccardo said asking students to cough up some training costs if they leave is still a viable option and could be discussed next year when the POA renews its contract.

“Given the short tenure of the contact, I think we have another bite at this apple,” he said.

The proposal from the mayor’s campaign book would have applied to officers who leave within five years, though that number was provisional and could change if the city pursues the idea in the future. Saggau said the idea was proposed at a time when every elected official seemed to throw out solutions for retaining officers without addressing what the union believed was the underlying problem — Measure B, a 2012 ballot initiative that scaled back employee pensions and changed disability benefits.

“It didn’t address the root cause of officers leaving,” he said. “I think it would have made things worse and motivated officers not to come here.”

In Oakland, police officers are required to pay back some training costs if they leave before five years. The policy has been in place for more than a decade, but union officials there said it’s been a roadblock to recruitment and has done little to retain cops.

“It hasn’t reduced turnover, and people are still leaving in droves,” said Oakland police Sgt. Barry Donelan, president of Oakland’s police union.

In an interview last week, San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera sounded less enthusiastic than Liccardo about the issue of training investment. She said the city couldn’t get everything it wanted in the tentative police contract, but claimed that recouping training costs wasn’t even a top priority.

“I think it’s something to discuss,” Herrera said, “but the most important thing right now is to get the officer that left to come back.”

To entice former officers to return to San Jose, the tentative contract dangles a $5,000 bonus. But for the first time, city officials have included a clawback — if the officers leave again before December 2016, they have to pay the money back.
 

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Have a question about officer-involved shootings? The SJPD may be able to answer your question(s) as a result of this new feature the Dept.has initiated according to Tuesday’s online edition of the paper…

San Jose Police Launch FAQ Page for Officer-involved Shootings

By Katie Nelson <knelson@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 25, 2015

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Police Department has launched a page to help answer frequently asked questions residents may have about how officer-involved shootings are investigated in the city, officials announced Monday.

The FAQ page will include the department's procedure for investigating officer-involved shootings, the department's guidelines concerning use of force, the protocols and procedures for the department's shooting review panel, officers' duty manuals, the role of the Independent Police Auditor and the Santa Clara County District Attorney in an officer-involved shooting investigation and the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs' Association Officer-Involved Incident Guidelines.

"Transparency is one of the San Jose Police Department's core principles," the department stated in a news release. "We believe it is important for the community to understand the investigative process, oversight, monitoring and incident review process."

The FAQ page comes a week after two officer-involved shootings resulted in the death of two murder suspects believed to be connected to a Lundy Avenue homicide that left 38-year-old San Jose resident Christopher Wrenn dead.

The motive behind Wrenn's death has yet to be released, and a third, unidentified suspect in the homicide is still at large.

To view the department's FAQ page, visit <http://www.sjpd.org/BOI/Homicide/OIS_FAQ.html>

 

MAIL CALL



Aug. 23rd

Bill,

Thanks for putting my request in the Farsider. I got all excited when I turned on my e-mail and saw the Farsider along with a hit. The problem is that other than some friends making contact, only one officer contacted me. I know there a more out there because the City's new Liaison Officer admitted to a firefighter that there was an 80% plus denial rate. There is strength in numbers, and I would appreciate and encourage any retired officer who is having problems with Workman's Comp. issues to contact me. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Hank
(Schriefer) <hankonie@comcast.net>

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Aug. 24th

Bill,

Isn't it so true that satire and straightforward ridicule writing sometimes cleanses the emotions? Here is some cleansing.

Thank god we finally got the 'gay marriage' issue passed through the Supreme Court. We couldn’t get it done through the regular legislative process, and no way did we want to go the equal rights for all 'civil union' route. We chose not to choose. Instead we let nine people from east coast schools decide for us. We all know east coasters are so much smarter and wiser than the rest of us.

Of course, let's see what else is there? There's still the matter of violence in the streets and all over the media. There's the every-other-week ‘only-in-America’ mass shootings – the new normal. What the heck!

Then there’s the hundreds year-old problem of racism in America. We’re still fighting the Civil War; Poor Lincoln. When is it ever going to end? The melting pot is boiling over again. Oh yeah; there's still the matter of the decades old unresolved immigration invasion. Look the other way. Maybe it will go away.

The massive federal debt that everybody gave up talking about is only a mere $18.3 trillion and counting. Translated that comes out to about $155,000 per taxpayer. which equals $1000 a year per each…forever? Pass it off to our grandkids’ grandkids. We sure are a fiscally responsible people, aren’t we? 

Can’t forget the coming robotic revolution that scientists and engineers say is happening a hundred times faster that originally thought and threatens to put millions out of work in a hurry. That estimate is not from me, it comes from those in the know. Robotics will hit fast and hard in every sector of the economy. Once it starts, unemployment lines could double and triple in a matter of months. I don’t hear any of the candidates from either party talking about this, but it’s right around the next bend in the road.

Then there is the four hundred billion dollars lost to our economy every year because of our drug and alcohol over consumption. Can’t go to work stoned. Don’t forget the 43,000+ homeless people living within L.A. City limits. That’s an accurate number. That's homeless — as in no roof, little food, pushing loaded shopping carts; families as well as thieves and drug dealers; knives and guns flashing every single night. Nighty night, sleep tight. I don’t see anyone fighting for the right to eat or the right to have shelter, or the right to have a job or the right to survive. Shouldn’t those be top health care issues? Do the math and it comes out to tens of millions of homeless nationwide. Then there are the 72 million people on some type of last chance government assistance (food stamps, medical, housing, SSI because they can’t find a job, educational, and direct cash assistance). Who's paying that bill? Who else? Surely we can't leave out the monetary corruption in our political system, or the loss of our privacy. I could go on as the list is long.

The current meaning of Democracy is fairly clear: government by the corrupt over a population of the dazed and confused. Control the population through more sex, drugs and rock and roll. Give ‘em all the distractions they can handle. Maybe they won’t hurt too much, protest too much, burn too much, shoot too much. Distract them and maybe they, too, will just go away.

But we got our gay marriage passed, and that’s what’s important, that’s the most important thing. The definition got changed by the Nine in black. Or should I say the Five? Hooray for that!! Next we can change it so C- students can get into Stanford on scholarship. Qualifications don't seem to matter any longer. Just change the definition to fit any particular popular political agenda. Standards, what are you talking about, there are no standards.

Now, because of the way it was done, we'll be fighting over the definition of marriage for the next two hundred years and counting — another civil war — just what we needed. When are we ever going to learn?

But hey, things are still great in America. Oh say can you see! Keep your head in the sand. Pay up.

Dave Scannell <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>

Feel better now that you've got all that off your chest, Dave? Hope so. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out to the garage to find some rope so I can hang myself!

 

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Aug. 23rd

Guys,

I read about the crime issues in San Jose and I feel for those having to live with the results of stupid political decisions. However, I wanted to share that we also have our crime issues up here in Roseburg, Oregon. I have attached a copy of the Sheriff's dispatched calls printed in our local paper, The New-Review, on Thursday March 20th. As you can see, danger lurks behind every tree and stump up here.
 
Harry
(Mullins) <hmullins08@yahoo.com>



Many of us dislike braggarts, Harry.

 

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Aug. 25th

Hi Bill,

I thought some of the retired folks might like to see what kind of police calls we get up here in Grass Valley. Very similar to San Jose, No? The police blotter is from The Union newspaper. Keep up the great work you guys do.

Jim Roach #2057 <jroach2057@yahoo.com>

Many of us REALLY dislike braggarts, Jim.

 

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Aug. 25th

Bill,

I’m sending you a video of Peggy Hubbard and how she is taking on the Black Lives Matter movement. Fox News played snippets of her video, but to understand how angry she is, you need to see all of it. If you choose to include it in the Farsider you should probably warn the readers that she uses lots of profanity to get her points across. I’ll bet she is getting lots of hate mail from the supporters of Black Lives Matter.

Talking Points <talking.points@comcast.net>

T.P. is on point. If you are troubled by profanity, you will want to skip this. Otherwise click HERE to listen to what she has to say.

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Peggy, meet famed sportscaster Bryant GUMBLE

 

FREE GUN SAFETY CLASS FOR YOUR FAMILY

  

The San Jose Municipal Shooting Range is offering a free outreach program to teach safe handling and reduce the fear factor some of our significant others have of firearms.

Staffed by volunteer instructors and coaches from the Santa Clara Valley Rifle club the event is aimed at people who are shooting for the first time. A short safety briefing is followed by the opportunity to fire .22 caliber pistols, rifles and revolvers under the individual supervision of a range safety officer. All firearms and ammo are provided by the club at no charge.

An SJPD officer commented, "I brought my wife to the free program. It was the first time she picked up a firearm. The volunteer Range Officer made sure she was safe and comfortable. His coaching was so friendly and helpful that by the time we left she was talking about wanting to join me whenever I go shooting."

The event takes place at
the San Jose Municipal Firing Range
1580 South 10th Street (Just south of the Ice Center)
2PM to 8PM on the 2nd Saturday of each month
No reservations are necessary.
For further info contact retired SJPD Reserve
Dep. Chief and NRA Instructor Dick Reizner at:
(408) 828-3555 or <Dick@Reizner.com>


 

HERHOLD RAISES A STINK ABOUT GARBAGE TRUCKS WITH LICENSE PLATE READERS

As an addendum to last week’s article about the idea of installing license plate readers on the fleet of garbage trucks in San Jose as a means of finding stolen and otherwise wanted vehicles, columnist Scott Herhold agreed with the ACLU by voicing his opposition to the concept in Tuesday’s paper…

License Plate Plan Should be Trashed



By Scott Herhold, Columnist
Mercury News — Aug. 25, 2015

Once you get past the jokes (“Trash Stalking,” one wit called it), the idea of equipping garbage trucks in San Jose with license plate readers for the police settles with a thud. It’s a bad and intrusive idea.

First proposed by Councilman Johnny Khamis — and endorsed for exploration by Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilman Raul Peralez — the idea is to let the trucks record the plates and locations of every vehicle along their routes.

With the license plate numbers, the advocates say, the police can quickly identify stolen cars and deter thieves.

But the cost to our privacy — our notion of how to lead our lives without government interference — runs unacceptably high. This idea should be buried as soon as possible in the nearest unmarked grave. Khamis proposed the license plate readers on the garbage trucks for a rational reason. Unlike regular city vehicles, they traverse every city street every week.

“I got this idea from a police captain, and I thought it was a great idea,” Khamis said last week at a meeting of the council’s rules committee. “We’re merely looking for advice to see if it’s doable.”

Intimate details

Here’s the problem, well enunciated by Chris Conley, a policy attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. If this is done repeatedly and over a long time, it can reveal intimate details of anyone’s life.

Was that you who parked outside a gun store five times in the past month? Was that your car outside the gay bar or in the parking lot of the bail bondsman? Why did you visit a gang neighborhood last week?

If the technology is good enough, it might reveal a history of your behavior and habits in the past year. And that information is both powerful and dangerous.

Liccardo said at the council’s rules meeting that there is no expectation of privacy on a public street. That doesn’t mean the government should monitor all your moves. “There’s a huge difference between the idea that when you’re walking down the street, you may be seen by a neighbor, and the notion that someone is recording everything you’re doing,” Conley says.

Protecting data

And that’s only the beginning. With information this valuable, there’s a question about how securely it’s maintained. What kind of protection is there against hackers? For that matter, who will see this information aside from police? Will it be given to the IRS or the FBI? What if it’s legally demanded by divorce attorneys wanting evidence?

If you began with a list of the license plates of stolen cars, and the reader said only yes or no (green or red) as the truck passed, it might be acceptable. This is technology directed to a narrow purpose.

Without that limitation, this is a dangerous idea. We have other ways of recovering stolen vehicles, among them through GPS devices or old cellphones hidden in your car. “I’m a big fan of technology,” said Councilman Chappies Jones, who was the lone dissenter in the 4-1 rules vote last week to explore the issue. “But this particular proposal is a little too extreme. It almost feels like ‘1984.’ ” Amen, Mr. Jones. Only there’s no “almost” about it.

Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or <sherhold@mercurynews.com>.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

Aug. 18—25

Aug. 18: Apparently President Obama’s favorite cocktail is a martini. When asked how he likes it, he said, “On the beach, in Hawaii, in 2017.”

According to a new poll, Jeb Bush saw a 6 percent drop in support after the first debate, but experts say he still has a shot because he's “likable” and “qualified.” Then Donald Trump said, “Weird, the opposite is working for me.”

The White House is worried about Joe Biden's potential run for president, and a source says they fear that it wouldn't have the right outcome. That's right, they think he might win.

This week the Obama administration warned China to remove its secret agents from the U.S. Then in the middle of Obama’s announcement a plant behind him got up and walked away.

Aug. 19: The beautiful Heidi Klum is on the show tonight. Donald Trump was actually quoted as saying that Heidi is "no longer a 10.” Heidi said the comment didn't bother her, especially coming from someone who was never even a 4.

Trump recently said he won’t eat Oreos anymore because the company that makes them moved to Mexico. Then Chris Christie said, “Does that mean I can start dipping them in salsa?”

The TSA's airport body scanners have been shown to be so ineffective, the Homeland Security chairman suggested using traditional metal detectors. While LaGuardia will continue to just have a scarecrow dressed as a cop.

Aug. 20: Donald Trump's recent immigration plan would cost at least $166 billion. When asked how he'd pay for it, Trump was like, "No hablo inglés.”

Trump just gave a big interview to the Hollywood Reporter. And when he was asked what actor he’d want to play him in a movie, he said, “Somebody really, really handsome.” Then he said, “OK, I'll do it! I talked me into it!"

Trump said he thinks Hillary Clinton should face up to 20 years in prison over her email scandal. When they heard that, even the ladies on "Orange Is the New Black" were like, "Oh God, please no. Move us.”

Starbucks just announced that its Pumpkin Spice Latte will now include real pumpkin. You'll know the drink has real pumpkin when it tastes disgusting.

The Cadillac Escalade EXT is the most popular car driven in New York. Partly because they're stylish, but mostly because New Yorkers like to have a place to stretch out when they leave their apartments.

Aug. 21: In an interview this week, Jeb Bush said that if he had a magic wand, there are at least ten things that he would like change about the Constitution. Then Jeb Bush was given the prize for "lamest use of a magic wand."

A new poll shows that Jeb Bush is now even more unpopular than Donald Trump. Or as Jeb put it, "Well, at least there's one poll where I'm ahead of Trump."

Donald Trump had an interview with CNN in the lobby of the Trump Tower Hotel this week, and apparently someone yelled, "You'll never win the Latino vote." And then immediately, Trump had the guy deported over to La Quinta Hotel.

Trump was also recently quoted saying he can't remember the last time he apologized. His barber said, "Well, I definitely remember the last time I apologized."

Aug. 18: Donald Trump unveiled his immigration policy and now he's getting a lot of flak. His policy would have prevented his own grandfather from coming to America. That explains his new campaign slogan: "Vote Trump to prevent another Trump."

Donald Trump is the grandson of German immigrants. Don't worry. The last time a German guy with crazy hair took over a country, everything turned out fine.

Jeb Bush cheated on his diet and had a fried Snickers bar, pork on a stick, and a beer. Jeb Bush said he ate it so at least he could see some of his numbers go up.

A company is developing an elevator that can take you into space. Don't you hate it when you're going to Jupiter and someone gets on the elevator and presses "Mars"?

Aug. 19: The Ashley Madison scandal is blowing up. Hackers have leaked the names of people on the cheaters website AshleyMadison.com. The good news, ladies, is that as of today they're single. All of them. They're living in motels right now.

Hackers have exposed the identity of nearly 40 million people on Ashley Madison. Even more shocking, two of them are women.

Today is Bill Clinton's birthday. Hillary sent Bill an e-birthday card and out of habit she immediately deleted it.

Today, Hillary Clinton released an ad that emphasized her humble economic background. In the ad she says, "Just 15 years ago, my family and I were evicted from our house."

Aug. 20: At Ohio State University, it was just announced a tiny human brain has been grown in a lab. Isn't that crazy? And it's already announced its support for Trump for president.

It has come out that implementing Donald Trump's immigration policy would cost taxpayers $166 billion. Today Trump said, “So what? You spend the money, you declare bankruptcy, and then you start a new country. Boom. Right? You move on.”

A study found that many types of head lice have mutated and now have become resistant to over-the-counter treatments. The problem has scientists scratching their heads.

Aug. 24: Today the stock market plunged 600 points and One Direction announced they're breaking up. Yes, both of these things happened. It was good timing for me because when people asked why I was sobbing uncontrollably, I was able to blame it on the stock market.

Today China's stock market went down 8 percent and France and Germany's both went down 5 percent. When asked for comment Greece said, "boo-hoo."

A 108-year-old message in a bottle washed up on a beach in Europe. Actually, it wasn't a message, it was Larry King's to-do list.

Aug. 25: Yesterday China's stock market crashed causing many of its richest citizens to lose millions. In a related story, Jackie Chan just signed on for "Rush Hour" five through 10. He'll make all of them. Pretty good for a 74-year-old man.

It's come out that Donald Trump's grandfather owned a brothel. When reached for comment trump said, screwing people for money is a long family tradition.

South Korea has agreed to stop broadcasting insulting propaganda over the North Korean border. They've agreed to stop doing it. They've also canceled their Comedy Central roast of Kim Jong Un.

It is rumored that the new iPhones are going to use facial recognition technology to unlock your phone. Of course, if you live in Los Angeles the iPhone will store up to six of your previous faces.

In Florida, a man proposed to his girlfriend in the produce aisle of a whole foods. He got down on one knee and told her, "this ring cost as much as those organic grapes, $7,000." Have you been to whole foods recently? I'm telling you, it's expensive!

Aug. 18: Steelers linebacker James Harrison made his sons return two school sports trophies that they received just for participating. He said, "These trophies will be given back until they earn a real trophy." Why do I feel like James Harrison would be the first dad to volunteer his kids for "The Hunger Games?"

When I was in school, I used to give myself a participation trophy. It was called a Snickers bar.

Now that I'm a father it's more complicated. When my son and I race, I let him win. So now he thinks he's really fast. I don't have the heart to tell him that anybody can beat me in a race.

The first time my son went to the bathroom by himself, my wife and I applauded wildly. Now I'm afraid that when he grows up and goes to the restroom he's going to ask the guy in the next stall for a little applause. So I agree with James Harrison. We should be able to exist without constant praise and know that achievement is a reward in itself.

Aug. 19: Up to 11 states are poised to legalize weed, which would bring the total to 14 states. Marijuana activists are thrilled. They're saying, "Wow, 14 states. That's more than half of the states."

The Idaho Department of Transportation has gotten rid of its 420-mile marker because stoners kept stealing it. The government is replacing the 420 signs with signs that read "Mile 419.9." They're going to be so upset when they realize that "419.9" is street slang for crystal meth.

Aug. 18: For a lot of children, the party known as summer is over today. The pencils are sharpened. The taters have been totted. Do you know it's illegal to send your kid to school without posting a picture of the kid with a backpack?

Don't worry, kids. School will end eventually and then you'll get to go to a different kind of school called work, and it only ends when you get old and die.

There's boxing news. Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao and since that night over 30 lawsuits have been filed alleging the fight was a fraud. People are demanding their $100 back on the grounds that Pacquiao didn't reveal he had a shoulder injury until after the fight. They're Pacqui-outraged.

I was there. I paid a lot more than $100 to see that fight. But I can personally attest that it was real. It was a real boring fight, but it was a real fight. Listen, if we could sue every HBO event that was a letdown, everybody involved with the new season of "True Detective" would be in jail right now.

Aug. 19: The FDA has approved a prescription pill to enhance a woman's sex drive. Addyi has been nicknamed "pink Viagra." It's interesting how it actually works. You don't take it yourself. You give the pill to your husband and it makes him do the dishes, and then you have sex.

If you're in a relationship with a man who has to take a pill and you’re a woman who has to take one to get interested, maybe you should just watch TV instead.

Hackers have breached the Ashley Madison website, the married dating service. They got names, email addresses, and phone numbers for over 32 million users. There are 150 million men in the U.S. and half are either children or old. So if you're wondering if your husband's name is on there, yes it is on there. He's probably sweating right now.

According to the hackers, members of the Ashley Madison site are 95 percent men. This is why we need the Addyi pill, to get the numbers up for the ladies.

Aug. 20: The New York Times is reporting that next week the L.A. County Sheriff's Department will present evidence to prosecute Caitlyn Jenner for her role in a fatal car accident that happened in Malibu earlier this year. Which I have to say is crazy. Caitlyn Jenner had nothing to do with that. Bruce Jenner is the one that was in that accident.

Josh Duggar was outed for signing up on Ashley Madison using the screen name "Josh the man" to meet women for sex. He released a statement today apologizing for cheating on his wife while serving as executive director of the Family Research Council. I guess that's not the sort of family research they had in mind for him.

Aug. 24: Donald Trump had a rally at a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, after planning to have it in a hotel ballroom. It got too big for the ballroom, so they moved it to the convention center. It got too big for the convention center, so they moved it to a football stadium. Apparently the strategy of saying whatever crazy thing pops into your head is really paying off for him.

President-elect Trump discusses all of the big issues, China, opponents, Univision, Mexico, Oreos … everything. He even talked about the weather and how the weather might affect his hair. "You know if it rains I will take off my hat and I will prove, I will prove once and for all that it's mine. Okay." Sounds good to me. Why not just dip it in a bucket? You don't have to wait for the rain.

Jeb Bush has photo shopped a photo for an ad which gives him a black left hand and a much different looking body. Jeb just can't get it right. I wonder if his black hand handshake is different from the white hand handshake.

Aug. 25: A spokesman for the White House yesterday said Vice President Joe Biden has received president Obama's blessing to run for president. Not that he necessarily needs it, but Biden hasn't made a decision yet, but he plans to as soon as Amazon delivers the magic eight ball he ordered.

There was a time when it seemed unimaginable that Joe Biden could ever be taken seriously enough to win his party's nomination, but Donald Trump just blew that idea right out the window.

A lot of people are upset because Jeb Bush used the term "anchor babies" to describe children born of illegal immigrants. Calling a child an anchor baby is almost as derogatory as calling a child Jeb. But he was in McAllen, Texas, defending himself, reminding everyone that his wife is Mexican. You don't mention that your wife is Mexican as much as Jeb Bush.

Bill Gates alone, lost $3.2 billion on the stock market yesterday. To put that in perspective, that's like a regular person losing a dollar in a vending machine.

The CEO of Starbucks sent the message to Starbucks employees yesterday, instructing them to be sensitive to customers who might be feeling stressed out about the market. I like that the place that charges $5 for a cup of coffee is concerned about our finances.

Aug. 18: Donald Trump told reporters yesterday that it would be very easy to round up all undocumented immigrants. But remember, this is the guy who couldn't even round up real celebrities.

A new CNN poll shows that Carly Fiorina has pushed Chris Christie out of the top 10 for the Republican nomination. Unfortunately, she threw her back out doing it.

A New Jersey restaurant is offering a special menu this month that doesn't list prices, but instead asks customers to pay what they think is fair. According to the sign in the window, the restaurant is called "This Space for Rent."

Google has announced that the next version of its Android phone software will be called Marshmallow. It'll be similar to the last version but with s'more features.

Aug. 19: A new CNN poll shows that Donald Trump is within six points of Hillary Clinton. It’s the closest Trump has ever gotten to a woman over 40.

According to a new list, Nashville is the friendliest city in America. While Philadelphia beat up the person who was putting together the list.

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. If convicted, he could be in jail for the next 35 to 40 sub-tembers.

Donald Trump said this week that he no longer thinks Heidi Klum is attractive enough to be called a 10. And then Jared Fogle ran in and said, “Wait, who’s 10?”

Aug. 20: Donald Trump said last night that Jeb Bush is “totally out of touch on women’s health issues.” Which is kind of like Jared Fogle telling you you’re creepy.

According to a new survey, 17 percent of adult smartphone owners use auto-deleting apps like Snapchat and Wickr. “Yeah, uh, that’s what happened!” said Hillary Clinton.

CNN's newest polls show that Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton in Florida. It’s scary, because if that could happen in Florida, it could also happen in the United States.

A man was arrested at Denver International Airport yesterday for running onto the tarmac to try and stop a plane after he missed his flight on the way to his high school reunion. He was heard screaming after the plane, “But I lost all the weight!”

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



Click HERE for the most current update.


 

 

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Craig Shuey and I agree that the country needs more young musicians who are into this genre of music-making. Listen as Kate Davis of the Postmodern Jukebox sings her rendition of “All About That Bass.” And if you think she’s a novice at playing the Bass, stick with it to the 2:25 mark and WATCH her make the big instrument express itself. (3:56)


Same song, different cast: "All About That Bass" sounded familiar, so I went back a few weeks and found this item from the July 2nd Farsider…

Perhaps it’s an age thing, but THIS is ‘my’ kind of music. When Craig Shuey posted this video of the “Postmodern Jukebox” group on Facebook last week, I spent 4 minutes watching it. Then I spent another 4 minutes to watch it again. Since then I have sat through it thrice more. Not only do I love the sound that comes from the pipes of the three ladies, but the blonde does for me what Obama did for Chris Matthews; every time she belts out some high notes she sends a shiver up my leg. Thanks, Craig. Thanks, Blondie. (4:14).




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OK, Smarty Pants, here’s a Bill O’Reilly U.S. Citizenship Quiz that you should easily pass if you consider yourself a patriot. It was received from Doug Bergtholdt, who got 24 of the 25 questions correct when only 15 right answers were needed to pass. Can you MATCH or beat Doug’s score?



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Don’t let the short duration and poor quality of THIS surveillance video of a window smasher and his lookout keep you from enjoying the clip. (0:17)

 

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In Oakland, the name of the game for misguided youth is “Sideshows,” where imbeciles show off by spinning donuts on city streets and freeways in front of other misguided youngsters. In Saudi Arabia, they not only show off doing something a little different, they do it without shoes and with the accompaniment of the most beautiful MUSIC we’ve heard in years. Give it a look and listen and see if you agree. (4:52)




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This rare footage of the March 11, 2011 tsunami that devastated the coastal areas of Japan started with an earthquake that made the Loma Prieta event that most of us experienced feel like a 3.0 shaker. If the quake that is projected to hit the San Andreas or Hayward fault in the not-so-distant future is as strong as Japan’s, I may be glad I have earthquake insurance. With apologies to you fine folks in the Santa Cruz area, I don’t mind saying that I’m THRILLED to have a mountain range between me and you. (7:31)




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If any of you have the opportunity to try this and it works, let us know. This guy says he can re-ripen a rotten banana with a hair dryer, and unless there’s some video magic in THIS clip, it appears that he can. (2:07)




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As then-and-now websites go, this one received from Joe Suske about the American Civil War is as good as it gets. Not only do you have a slider button to show what numerous locations looked like back in the 1860s versus now, there is also a button you can click on that provides a narrative of what you are seeing. Click HERE and have a look…




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Anyone besides us remember THIS harrowing close call involving a U.S. Navy warship that occurred in the Irish Sea back in 2008? (0:54)

 

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Here are two well done presentations on how men’s and women’s fashions have changed over the past 100 years. LADIES, you go first. (2:00)


OK, MEN, it’s your turn. (2:56)


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Say “Hi” to the San Diego Zoo’s new Jaguar cub. It was born in March of this year, but THIS clip wasn’t posted on YouTube until just a few days ago. (0:44)




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Have a look at THIS precious little sloth. I’m thinking of getting one and teaching it how to gently scratch my back. (1:38)




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Does the kid getting off of this school bus have the perfect canine companion? No need to answer. That was a rhetorical question. Watch THIS short clip. (0:55)




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Viewer beware: This video received from Chuck Blackmore that compares Argentina with the U.S. is as politically partisan as it is profound. Whether you agree with it or not, you should enjoy the accompanying music. “Don’t cry for me Argentina” was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is sung by Madonna. Click HERE if we have piqued your curiosity enough to watch it. (7:16)

 


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C’ya


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Avery, Rod
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Beiderman, Margie
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Bell, Mike
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Bennett, Joy
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Bridgen, Dave
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Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
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Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
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Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
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Clark, Bill
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Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Dave Hober
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mattocks, Mike
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Mindermann, John
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mulholland, Kathy
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reed, Nancy
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Ted Sumner
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unland, Jim
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Mike
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Caven
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
Wilson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zalman, Ginny
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug