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RETIRED SERGEANT WILLIAM “BILLY” WIEN
We received a call late yesterday from Chaplain Bryan Allen advising that retired Sergeant Billy Wien had passed away. He had just learned of Billy’s death from retiree Greg Trapp, who works part-time for Darling Fischer Mortuary in Campbell. Greg had no details about his passing other than a time, date and location for the service.
Sept. 10, 11:00 a.m.
Campbell Memorial Chapel
231 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Graveside service to follow at Oak Hill
Billy chose not to appear in the 1983 SJPD Commemorative Album. If you have a photo of him we would appreciate it if you would share it by emailing it to <email@example.com>. We hope to have additional information about the retired sergeant's passing in next Thursday’s Farsider.
The following is an urgent appeal from the president of the Houston Police Officers' Union. As you know, Houston is in the midst of catastrophic flooding. Let's show our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Great State of Texas. It will be greatly appreciated.
Paul Kelly, POA President
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To Our Brother & Sister Officers:
As you know the City of Houston is in the midst of a catastrophe like we have never seen before. The scope of the damage will not be determined for weeks, maybe longer. We have already lost so much, including Sgt. Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the Houston PD, who drowned in his car trying to get to work at 4 a.m. in the morning of Sunday, August 27th.
So many of you have reached out to ask how you can help, and we are very grateful. Right now sending money to assist those officers who lost their homes and/or vehicles is the most helpful for us. We ask that you send donations to "Assist the Officer, Inc." a 501 (C)3 charity established 30 years ago in Houston to provide aid to law enforcement people during these kinds of disasters. <www.assisttheofficer.com>. There is a link on the site for Harvey Relief.
I can assure you that 100% of whatever you send will go directly to Houston-area law enforcement people who have suffered severe losses from the floods. Upon request we will be happy to provide you with a complete report on donations and expenditures if you need it.
We will keep you updated on the situation as it progresses and please accept our heartfelt thanks for whatever you can do to help us. If you have suffered a loss in this terrible incident, please just send your prayers.
Make your check out to: Assist the Officer, Inc. . Indicate on the check that the donation is for "Hurricane Harvey Relief for Law Enforcement" Mail your check to 1600 State Street, Houston, TX 77007
Thank you and God bless.
Ray Hunt, President
Houston Police Officers' Union
are invited to the 2017 Vice, Intel, & Gaming BBQ
Thursday, September 21st, 2017
1151 N. 4th Street, San Jose
The Special Investigations Unit was established in 1972. We are inviting all current and former Vice, Intel, & Gaming Unit Civilians and Sworn Personnel to attend.
In addition, we want to invite all current and retired SJPD, to be our guests at the BBQ.
Detective Dan Anderson at
to say that you will attend.
Provide your name, email address and cell number.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Police Introduce LGBT Recruitment
SJPD begins major outreach to create comfort and battle the
under-reporting of crimes within the LGBT community
San Jose Police Department patrol vehicle outfitted with decals
in honor of Silicon Valley Pride weekend. The department is launching
a series of initiatives to embrace and recruit the LGBT community.
Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Aug. 25, 2017
The campaign will feature identical ads showing the actual families of three officers: a heterosexual couple, a gay male couple and a lesbian couple.
Chief Eddie Garcia also announced Thursday that his department has created a liaison role dedicated to addressing crime and police concerns within the LGBT community, which has battled issues with under-reporting of crime out of fear of reprisal from families and colleagues.
“The reality is the LGBT community gets overlooked often,” Garcia said. “Bias isn’t solely about race. We can’t preach social justice outside the organization if we’re not preaching it inside as well. We want to continue to mirror the community we serve.”
Garcia will lead a push this weekend during Pride festivities to drum up interest in joining the police force. And inside the department within existing ranks, an array of projects to improve officers’ cultural competence with LGBT people and issues, and ability to discern hate crimes against them, is underway. Police academy recruits are already required to visit the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center as a component of their diversity training.
Officer James Gonzales, recently the vice president of the police union, is helping spearhead the new outreach. He is one of two openly gay male officers in the department.
“These steps are significant. No matter what you say, unless officers and people are seeing other officers serving openly, how will they have the confidence to do the same?” Gonzales said. “Seeing us in real same-sex couples can provide the confidence to work here and be open about their family status.”
“We’ve been at Pride for a number of years,” he added. “But we’ve never recruited at a gay event showing a gay officer and their family.”
The new liaison role mirrors efforts in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and, naturally, the city’s pioneering neighbors to the north in San Francisco.
Alongside the Pride participation — where the chief will ride in a patrol car outfitted with rainbow SJPD decals — this weekend the department will run the series of TV and print ads touting its new “SJPD + Your Family” campaign.
The ads show officers getting ready for work and saying goodbye to their spouses, with the only differences appearing at the end when their sexual orientation is briefly revealed.
The trailing message: “Now Hiring: San Jose Police Department welcomes all families to join our police family.”
Gonzales is featured with his husband in one of the ads. Officer Saul Duran appears in one with his wife, Patricia Jaime, a former SJPD officer-turned-District Attorney investigator. Officer Margaret Sandez rounds out the campaign appearing with her wife.
The chief is quick to point out that the department is not prioritizing the LGBT community over other under-represented groups, but rather bringing it more evenly into the fold, especially with a nascent recruiting blitz to replenish years of staffing losses.
“We’re opening up the floodgates with recruiting. The LGBT community consists of all races,” Garcia said. “The individuals who qualify to be an SJPD officer are not all white, not all Latino, not all African-American. And they’re not all straight. If they can answer a call for service and save someone’s life, that’s good enough for me.”
Mayor Sam Liccardo echoed the sentiment.
“We’re passionate about getting the best and brightest women and men to serve our community, that requires us to send a clear message,” Liccardo said. “We invite diversity.”
Garcia noted that within the department culture, there has been more familiarity with openly lesbian officers than gay male officers. Gonzales has been a bridge for many of his colleagues in that regard, thanks in part to his familiarity to them as a union officer.
“I need to make sure that if a male officer happens to be gay, and if they want to keep their life private, that’s fine,” Garcia said. “And if they want to be able to talk about their personal life, I need to make sure that person is safe.”
Much of the planned outreach will be done in consultation with an LGBT advisory board created earlier this year, composed of community leaders including county Supervisor Ken Yeager, county LGBT affairs Director Maribel Martinez, and Gabrielle Antolovich, board president of the Billy DeFrank Center.
“This signifies progress in a way we’ve never seen before,” Yeager said. “The police force aggressively recruiting gays and lesbians is something I have not seen, ever. These all send a strong message in many ways: First, feel free to apply but more, importantly, feel free to report a crime.”
Yeager was alluding to a chronic issue in the LGBT community in terms of shaky trust in law enforcement. According to county figures, just one in four LGBT domestic-violence victims report the abuse to police.
Among LGBT youth, 81 percent are verbally harassed, 44 percent of them are physically harassed, and 20 percent are physically assaulted at school, according to the county. And the fear of reporting to police, and potentially outing themselves to families or employers, helps feed the troubling statistic that 29 percent of homeless youth are LGBT.
“I remember the days when officers would harass gay people or would not take the crime against them seriously,” Yeager said, adding that the police outreach “just shows the remarkable progress that’s going to keep on accelerating. I hope this happens with other police departments, and fire departments, as well.”
The San Jose Police Department is running TV and print ads aiming to embrace the presence of LGBT officers.
new San Jose Police Department ad that is part of
a series showing the families of three officers — one
heterosexual couple and two homosexual couples.
Brother Phil Alfano sent me an mail informing me that has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. He still had some testing to do to see what form and how invasive it was. I received the message below from him today and asked if I could pass it on. He agreed.
Let us all keep Brother Alfano in our prayers and positive thoughts. I know he will put up a good fight against a mean enemy.
Harry (Mullins) <email@example.com>
(To Harry from Phil)
I have been keeping it a secret. I just told my brother and sister 2 days ago. The cat is out of the bag now, so I don't mind you telling anyone.
I saw a radiation oncologist today. He gave me the results of my CT and Bone Scan. Good news. The cancer has not spread from my prostate. I see my oncologist Friday. And next Friday I have an appointment with Dr. Bader-Omarali. I will then make my decision. Surgery or radiation.
I am staying positive.
(Final note to the Farsider from Harry)
Phil has had a tough time the past few years; he lost his wife to cancer and has been dealing with the grief recovery, but he has kept up a pretty positive attitude. When he came up for a visit (to Oregon) last year we managed to avoid any real trouble with the authorities, women and sheep.
Phil is one of the really good and positive people, and I am putting money on him beating this beast.
Now I say all this despite the fact he made me snort a chunk of chicken into my nostril while on Code 7 at the Tampico Café. He had to drive me to San Jose Hospital so that the piece of chicken could be extracted. Take it from me: Do NOT laugh at Phil’s jokes if your mouth is full of chicken enchilada, especially if you are in uniform.
Phil’s email address is <firstname.lastname@example.org> if any of you want to send him a get well message.
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Last week a reader sent in a video tape produced by an organization called Prager University containing the views of Carol Swain, now a former political science professor at Vanderbilt University. The title of the YouTube video was 'The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party'.
The question was asked as to how accurate and factual are the statements she made.
To start with, what is Prager University?
“Prager University (often stylized as PragerU) is a 501(c)3 non-profit conservative digital media organization. It was founded in 2011 by radio talk show host Dennis Prager and radio producer and screenwriter Allen Estrin. PragerU is not an academic institution and does not offer certifications or diplomas.
Prager created Prager University with Estrin as his business partner in order to present his conservative views and to offset what he regards as the undermining of college education by the left. According to Prager, he created the site to challenge the "unhealthy effect intellectually and morally" of the American higher education system\
The organization depends on donations. According to its CEO, Marissa Streit, a group of approximately 500 students, "PragerForce", promotes its videos. Since a lawsuit over use of a photograph in 2013, Prager University has used animation in its videos. As of October 2016, its YouTube channel included about 150 five-minute videos."
Early this month, Professor Swain took what she called 'early retirement' saying "it will be an opportunity for me to impact more people across the globe." Her retirement follows numerous controversial statements she has made over the years which the university's administration has formally denounced.
As to the accuracy and factual content of Professor Swain's video, here is a response to her claims from the other side of the aisle. Click HERE.
Representing the “other side of the aisle” as provided by Middle Ground is Thom Hartmann, host of a progressive radio program. Click HERE to learn more about him.
As a refresher, THIS is the link to the Prager University video Middle Ground is referring to. It’s from last week’s Mail Call column.
And to our friend Middle Ground we offer this challenge: Provide us with a link from a legitimate source that poo-poos THIS Pragar University video of George Will dissing progressives. (5:44)
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EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS
Meet The Antifa Members Arrested In Berkeley
From the Daily Wire
The Berkeley Police Department released mugshots of 11 of the 13 persons arrested during Sunday’s violent political riots. Charges include assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault, and violations of the Berkeley Municipal Code.
Sunday saw approximately 4,000 leftists shut down a “No to Marxism” rally; the protest included Antifa agitators who took over Martin Luther King Jr. park near the University of California Berkeley Campus
One officer was injured while making an arrest and several others were struck with paint.
Mugshots for 11 of the 13 arrested persons are below:
Row (L-R) Brittany Mooreman, Emily Gillespie, Harlan Paknau. Middle Row (L-R) James Dominic,
Joshua Phillips, Kristopher Wyrick, Levi Smith. Bottom Row (L-R) Rachael Lea Moore, Sean Hines,
Seth Vasquez, Yesenia Mendez. (Photos courtesy of the Alameda County Sheriff's Dept.)
The names, ages, and places of residence for the 13 arrestees are as follows. The average age of Berkeley arrestees is 30.
Vasquez, 25-year-old male from Berkeley.
Mark Misohink, 23-year-old male from Berkeley.
James Dominic, 23-year-old male from Oakland.
Kristopher Wyrick, 39-year-old male from Alpine.
Harlan Pankau, 38-year-old male from Jamul.
Levi Smith, 32-year-old male from Sparks, NV.
Sean Hines, 20-year-old male from Santa Rosa.
Brittany Moorman, 26-year-old female from Oakland.
Yesenia Mandez, 22-year-old female (unknown city).
Emily Gillespie, 24-year-old female from Berkeley.
Sean Dougan, 47-year-old male from Portland, OR.
Rachel Moore, 40-year-old female from Oakland.
Joshua Phillips, 26-year-old male from Oakland.
Click HERE for more photos
RECOGNIZE THIS ANTIFA ARRESTEE FROM THE ITEM ABOVE?
There’s a website called “Chicks on the Right” that frequently posts items of a conservative nature on Facebook. One such posting caught my eye because I thought the face below looked familiar. When I looked at the pics of the arrestees above, there she was. Here’s what the “Chicks on the Right” had to say about her…
Thug Didn’t Want Her Picture Taken – Let’s Make Her Famous!
By Kimber — Aug. 28, 2017
I’m all about respecting people’s privacy.
That is, unless your goal in life is to destroy the country I live in. Then I don’t respect ANYTHING about you.
“No Trump. No Wall. No USA at all.” That’s what they were chanting that day. Yeah… I’m not too concerned about your privacy.
Anyway, this sweet little Antifa blossom decided to attack a camera operator who was filming Antifa at Berkeley. You know… because she hates fascism. Makes total sense. Click HERE to see the video…
arrested, she screamed, "DON'T TAKE MY PICTURE!
Emily Gillespie, age 22.
Click HERE for more.
HEY, ICE, YOU’VE GOT 16 MINUTES TO PICK UP YOUR MAN!
Gives ICE 16 Minutes Notice Before Releasing Man Who Murdered Woman After
Blue Lives Matter — Aug. 26, 2017
Nery Israel Estrada-Margos Was Wanted By ICE When He Killed His Girlfriend
Sonoma County, CA – A California county that has declared itself a sanctuary city gave federal immigration officers just 16 minutes notification before it released a man that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wanted detained.
Once released, that man ignored a restraining order and then went and killed his girlfriend.
Nery Israel Estrada-Margos confessed to killing his girlfriend, according to authorities.
About two weeks before killing his girlfriend, Veronica Cabrera Ramirez, who was the mother of two girls, Santa Rosa police arrested Estrada-Margos for domestic battery after he allegedly beat Ramirez.
After he was booked for battery, ICE asked the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department to notify them of his release, according to KTVU TV.
Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said his department had alerted ICE they were releasing Estrada-Margos.
“We did notify ICE of his release date and time. Sometimes they pick up, sometimes they don’t,” said Giordano.
ICE released a statement that the sheriff’s department only notified ICE 16 minutes before releasing him and that wasn’t enough time for the federal officials to pick Estrada-Margos up.
According to The Daily Caller, ICE would have needed to travel over 60 miles and it would have taken 90 minutes for ICE officers to travel to Sonoma County.
James Schwab, ICE’s spokesman in San Francisco, gave a detailed account of the time schedule to The Daily Caller.
“Immigration detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes,” Schwab told the Daily Caller.
Schwab told The Daily Caller that the “vast majority” of notifications that ICE receives from Sonoma County in the past six months “have failed to provide sufficient advance notification to pick up these criminals.”
Click HERE to read the 50+ readers’ comments about this story.
IT’S ABOUT TAKING A KNEE
Noel Lanctot was the first of several readers to send in this letter authored by retired USMC Col. Jeffrey Powers to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the subject of players taking a knee. Snopes confirms that the letter was correctly attributed.
I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.
I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. Fourteen of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this!
You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the morale courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this.
Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone? Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many do not have legs or arms. Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!
Time to change the channel.
Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC (Ret)
Snopes added the following the entry:
Days earlier, it had been reported that 17 players had joined Colin Kaepernick in protesting the police shootings of black men by kneeling during the national anthem before games. Powers’ letter first gained attention on 17 September 2016, when conservative commentator Allen B. West posted it to his web site:
“Folks, I do not need to add a single word to this… other than it came to me through a retired military email network. You need to read it.”
We reached out to Col. Powers, who confirmed to us that the letter is, indeed, genuine. Powers told us that he could not remember exactly where he originally posted the screed (he said that it was probably Facebook) and we have so far been unable to uncover the original posting. The earliest version we could find was posted to Facebook on 13 September 2016.
According to a Bloomberg executive profile for the company Homeland Security Technology Inc., where Powers worked after retiring from the service, he is a decorated veteran of the Gulf War:
He is veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he commanded a 1,200-man Task Force into Saudi Arabia as part of the lead Marine Corps contingent in Desert Shield. He was decorated for valor while serving as Operations Officer for the lead Task Force into Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps achieving the rank of Colonel.
Powers’ service would have prevented him from enjoying New York Giants games during the 1990-1991 season:
Then-Maj Jeffery A. Powers (left), operations officer of 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion (Task Force Shepherd) and Capt Roger L. Pollard (right), commander of Company D, 3d Light Armored Infantry Battalion (Task Force Shepherd) examine the aftermath of the battle at Observation Post 4 on the morning of 30 January 1991.
The fallen soldier mentioned in the text is Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, who — just as Powers wrote — died during the war.
Although this letter was written in September 2016, Powers’ attitude toward the NFL has not changed. The decorated veteran told us that he has no plans to watch any games during the 2017 football season.
Pete Guerin — one of several others who also sent in the colonel’s letter — added his own response…
Who would have ever thought that a corporation could be brought down by over-paid, self centered employees who were not complaining about their pay or working conditions, but rather social/political conditions which their employers have nothing to do with? If the employees continue to disrespect their Country and National Anthem for the purpose of making their political/social statement, I'm personally done with the NFL. What other employer would allow their employees to use their employer/corporation in order to make a non, work related protest?
If the employer can't control their employees, the company deserves to fail. And good luck to the NFL employees when they cause their very successful company to fail.
There is a time, place and opportunity to make political/social statements. In your employers work uniform, on your paid company time, while on your employers property; that my friend is not the correct time to express your opinion on a non-work-related issue. If you claim it is work related; QUIT!
Pete (Guerin) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
HANSON HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK WITH THIS COLUMN
Yeah, yeah, I know I recently ran a column by Victor Davis Hanson. This one about the removal of statues some don’t approve of, however, is even more profound than the last one. See what you think…
and the Progressive War Against the Dead
By Victor Davis Hanson
Mercury News — Aug. 25, 2017
Much of the country has demanded the elimination of references to, and images of, people of the past — from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee — who do not meet our evolving standards of probity.
In some cases, such damnation might be understandable if done calmly and peacefully — and democratically, by a majority vote of elected representatives. Few probably wish to see a statue in a public park honoring Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the founding members of the Ku Klux Klan, or Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion in the racist Dred Scott decision that set the stage for the Civil War four years later.
But cleansing the past is a dangerous business. The wide liberal search for more enemies of the past soon might take progressives down hypocritical pathways they would prefer not to walk. In the present climate of auditing the past, it is inevitable that Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood will have to be disassociated from its founder. Sanger was an unapologetic racist and eugenicist who pushed abortion to reduce the nonwhite population.
Should we ask that Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court? Even with the benefit of 21st-century moral sensitivity, Ginsburg still managed to echo Sanger in a racist reference to abortion (“growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of”).
Why did we ever mint a Susan B. Anthony dollar? The progressive suffragist once said, “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.”
Liberal icon and Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren pushed for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II while he was California’s attorney general.
President Woodrow Wilson ensured that the Armed Forces were not integrated. He also segregated civil service agencies. Why, then, does Princeton University still cling to its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs? To honor a progressive who did a great deal of harm to African- American causes? In the current logic, Klan membership certainly should be a disqualifier of public commemoration. Why are there public buildings and roads still dedicated to the late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, former “exalted cyclops” of his local Klan affiliate, who reportedly never shook his disgusting lifelong habit of using the N-word?
Why is 20th century Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, once a Klansman, still honored as a progressive hero? So, what are the proper rules of exemption for progressives when waging war against the dead?
Do they tally up the dead’s good and bad behaviors to see if someone makes the 51 percent “good progressive” cutoff that exempts him? Or do some reactionary sins cancel out all the progressive good — at least in the eyes of self-styled moral superiors to those hapless Neanderthals who came before us?
Are the supposedly oppressed exempt from charges of oppression?
Farm-labor icon Cesar Chavez once sent union thugs to the border to physically bar U.S. entry to undocumented Mexican immigrants, whom he derided as “wetbacks” in a fashion that would today surely earn Chavez progressive ostracism as a xenophobe.
What is the ultimate purpose of progressives condemning the past?
Does toppling the statue of a Confederate general — without a referendum or a majority vote of an elected council — improve racial relations? Does renaming a bridge or building reduce unemployment in the inner city? Do progressives have their own logical set of selective rules and extenuating circumstances that damn or exempt particular historical figures? If so, what are they?
Does selectively warring against the illiberal past make us feel better about doing something symbolic when we cannot do something substantive? Or is it a sign of raw power and ego when activists force authorities to cave to their threats and remove images and names in the dead of night?
Does damning the dead send a flashy signal of our superior virtue?
And will toppling statues and erasing names only cease when modern progressives are forced to blot out the memories of racist progressive heroes?
Our comment, not Hanson's
WITHOUT DASH CAM FOOTAGE THIS COULD HAVE GOTTEN VERY UGLY
Grand Jury Clears Arlington Officer Who Shot Tavis Crane After He Ran Over Officer Elise Bowden
Blue Lives Matter — Aug. 25, 2017
Tavis Crane Shooting Ruled Justified
Arlington, TX – Arlington Police Officer Craig Roper was cleared in the officer-involved shooting death of Tavis Crane by a Tarrant County grand jury on Wednesday, August 23. Video of the incident is below and extremely disturbing.
District Attorney Sharen Wilson said, “The Tarrant County Grand Jury has voted to take no action against Arlington Police Officer Craig Roper which resulted in the death of Tavis Crane. We respect the Grand Jurors’ decision.”
Dash-cam video has been released by the Arlington Police Department, and shows what happened, according to Fox4 News.
The incident began on February 1 when an Arlington Police Officer saw what appeared to be a pipe thrown out of a vehicle’s window and stopped the vehicle that it had come from. It was later determined to be a candy wrapper. Arlington Police Officer Elise Bowden went to the driver’s window after the vehicle stopped, and began talking with the driver, Crane.
records check showed that Crane had outstanding warrants for a prior felony
fleeing and eluding charge and some unpaid tickets, and Officer Bowden made
several verbal attempts to get Crane to get out of his car, yet he continued to
refuse to get out.
He kept saying that his daughter needed to go home. Two other adults and Crane’s daughter were also in the car.
Officer Bowden continued to ask Crane to get out of the car, and told him what could happen if he continued to refuse. This went on for about 15 minutes, until Arlington Police Officer Craig Roper entered the vehicle through the driver’s side rear door. The dash-cam video shows Crane backing his vehicle up and running over Officer Bowden.
When Crane backed up to run over Officer Bowden, he accelerated so rapidly that he not only ran over Officer Bowden but his vehicle struck an officer’s cruiser so violently that his car ‘bounced’ off of the cruiser.
Crane then put his car in drive and ran over Officer Bowden again. He was shot several times by Officer Roper as he ran over Officer Bowden. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Police said that no shots were fired before Crane ran over Officer Bowden.
On Wednesday, the grand jury watched the video and Officer Roper was cleared. In a statement, the president of the Arlington Police Association said, “A Tarrant County Grand Jury determined that Officer Craig Roper was justified in using deadly force. The unfortunate outcome was set in motion only by the actions of Tavis Crane.”
Crane’s family members did not agree with the grand jury’s decision, and their attorney said that there was no reason for anyone to use deadly force. He also said that he couldn’t understand why anyone would be afraid for their lives in that situation.
Officer Bowden, who is the mother of eight children and also a grandmother, is expected to recover fully.
You can see the dash camera footage of the incident HERE. Warning: Very disturbing:
Click HERE to review over 60 readers’ comments regarding this case.
SHERIFF’S ACTIONS IN OREGON OUTRAGE RANK AND FILE
County Sheriff Orders Removal of ‘Offensive’ Blue Line Flag from Employee Break
Blue Lives Matter — Aug. 23, 2017
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese ordered the removal
of a pro-law enforcement flag from an employee break room.
Thin Blue Line Flag Removed By Sheriff For Being ‘Offensive’
Multnomah County, OR – Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese recently removed an American Blue Line flag from an employee break room after it was deemed “offensive.”
The flag came from Police Memorial Week held annually in Washington, D.C. It has great significance because it stands for all fallen police officers, according to the Willamette Valley Lodge #7.
They said that it “represents all of the sacrifices that law enforcement has made, and our brothers and sisters who have laid down their lives.”
The flag hung at at unknown date by an unknown person in the corrections officers’ break room at the Multnomah County Courthouse. That break room is for employees’ use only, and public access is not allowed. Its current location, and who took it down is also unknown.
Sheriff Reese ordered the flag be removed because it was “offensive,” according to Oregon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7. The Lodge said that it had received complaints from its members about the flag being removed.
In its August 23 message, the FOP said, “Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese recently ordered that this Law Enforcement Memorial Flag be removed from an employee break room because it was offensive. The Sheriff’s actions have since sparked outrage, with many finding his conduct offensive.”
In response to the FOP’s post, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said in the comments section that “The US National Flag Code guides our display, and forbids alteration, of our Flag. While we always honor our fallen law enforcement officers, it’s important that we do so in County facilities in a manner that doesn’t violate any established protocols. Sheriff Mike Reese strongly supports our law enforcement officers and has spoken publicly of their courage, integrity, and commitment to service.”
In reply, the Oregon FOP said “Breaking News: Not all Sheriffs agree with the opinion of the Multnomah County Sheriff.”
We’ve had numerous discussions about the American thin blue line flag with various veteran and law enforcement groups. Each group we spoke with unanimously agreed that the flag was effectively a different flag than the American flag, and not an alteration. On social media, some individual veterans continue to disagree, and they do not like the blue line flag.
Claims that the blue line flags alter the American flags are also common among Black Lives Matter supporters as a way to attack law enforcement.
Now in order to keep some unknown person from being offended, the Sheriff has offended many law enforcement officers in the area.
When Blue Lives Matter spoke with the Lodge, they said that they had no prior notice that the flag was going to be removed, and that perhaps being upfront, having some type of advance notice, and discussion about the reason might have been more appropriate.
They added that it was sad that deputies and officers didn’t get the support they needed from citizens but more so from one of their own, and that this doesn’t need to become common practice.
Sheriff Reese was not immediately available for comment.
What we found interesting about this article were the readers’ responses to it. Click HERE, then scroll down to the bottom for the 60+ comments.
Looks like the Sheriff has other serious issues with which he has to contend. The title of THIS article is “Multnomah Sheriff Mike Reese’s Policies Released Sex Offender Illegal Immigrant Into Community.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Frank Feldman, the perfect man…
A man steps into the street and manages to flag down a taxi just going by. He gets in and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."
Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. There's a guy who did everything right. Like my coming along when he needed a cab. It would have happened like that to Frank every single time."
Passenger: "Yeah. But there are always a few clouds over everybody."
Cabbie: "Not Frank. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone, danced like a Broadway star, and you should have heard him play the piano."
Passenger: "Sounds like he was someone really special."
Cabbie: "There's more. He had a mind like a computer. Could remember everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse and the whole street blacks out."
Passenger. "Wow, he was an incredible guy!"
Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams, not like me. I always seem to get stuck in them."
"Passenger. "There's not many like him around, that's for sure."
Cabbie: "And he knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He never argued with her, even if she was in the wrong. And his clothing was always immaculate. Shoes highly polished, too."
Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?"
Cabbie: "Well, I never actually met Frank."
Passenger: "Then how do you know so much about him?"
Cabbie: "I married his freakin' widow."
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intervention at Pebble Beach…
I had a lifelong ambition to play one particular hole at Pebble Beach exactly the way the pros do it. These golf professionals drive the ball well out over the water and onto the green that is on a spit of land jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. It was something I had tried hundreds of times, but without success. My ball had always fallen short and plunged into the ocean.
Because of this, I never used a new ball on this particular hole; I always pulled one out of my bag that had a cut or a nick, as did many other average golfers when they were ready to tee off on this challenging hole.
I recently played Pebble Beach again, and when I came to this fateful hole, I teed up an old cut ball as usual. But this time I said a silent prayer.
As I addressed the ball and was ready to swing, a powerful voice from above boomed out from the clouds and said, "WAIT. REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND-NEW BALL."
I was stunned at first, but I complied. And although I had some misgivings, the voice seemed to imply that I was finally going to achieve my lifelong ambition of hitting the ball onto the green and not into the ocean.
As I stepped up to the tee and looked down at the brand new ball, the voice came booming back and said, "WAIT, STEP BACK AND TAKE A PRACTICE SWING."
So I stepped back and took a practice swing, now certain that this heavenly force was going to make my dream come true.
Then the voice boomed out again, "TAKE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING."
Dutifully, I complied and took another practice swing. I then stood still and waited for the voice to give me permission to hit the ball.
Instead, the booming voice rang out and said: "USE THE OLD BALL."
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Evaluations to Avoid
For everyone who has ever received an employee evaluation, just remember that it could have been worse. These are reported to be actual quotes taken from employee performance evaluations:
"Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig."
"I would not allow this employee to breed."
"This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won't be."
"Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap."
"When she opens her mouth, it seems that it's only to change feet."
"This young lady has delusions of adequacy."
"He sets low personal standards for himself, then consistently fails to achieve them."
"This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot"
"This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better."
"Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together."
"A gross ignoramus -- 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus."
"He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
"He's been working with glue too much."
"He would argue with a signpost."
"He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."
"When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell."
"If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other one."
"A photographic memory, but with the lens cover glued on."
"A prime candidate for natural de-selection."
"Donated his brain to science before he was done using it."
"Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming."
"He's got two brain cells; one is lost and the other is out looking for it."
"If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week."
"If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change."
"If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean."
"It's hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm."
"One neuron short of a synapse."
"Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled."
"Takes him 2 hours to watch '60-Minutes.' "
"The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."
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The Biker and the Little Old Lady
A biker stops by the local Harley Shop to have his bike fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he'd just walk home because he didn't live very far. On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and an anvil. He then stopped by the feed and livestock dealer and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose.
After his purchase, he realized had a problem: How to carry all the items home. While he was scratching his head thinking about it, he was approached by a little old lady.
"Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?" she asked.
He said, "Well, as a matter of fact, I live at 1616 Mockingbird Lane. I would walk you home, but I'm trying to figure out how to carry all of this stuff."
"It's simple," she said. "Put the anvil in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm, and carry the goose in your other hand."
"Why, thank you very much," he said, as he did as she suggested.
Along the way, he said, "Let's take a shortcut and go down this alley. We'll be on Mockingbird Lane in no time at all."
The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, "I'm a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt and have your way with me?"
The biker said, "Holy smokes lady! I'm carrying a bucket, an anvil, two chickens and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?"
The lady replied, "Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens."
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Old Hits Updated for today's Baby Boomers
Being a Baby Boomer was fun, until now. Fortunately, some of the song artists we used to listen to back in the '60s have revised their old hits with new lyrics to accommodate us. Here are some examples:
* Herman's Hermits -- Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker
* The Bee Gees -- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip?
* Bobby Darin -- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash
* Ringo Starr -- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends
* Roberta Flack -- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
* Johnny Cash -- I Can't See Clearly Now
* Paul Simon -- Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver
* The Commodores -- Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom
* Marvin Gaye -- Heard It Through the Grape Nuts
* Procol Harem -- A Whiter Shade of Hair
* Leo Sayer -- You Make Me Feel Like Napping
* The Temptations -- Papa's Got a Kidney Stone
* Abba -- Denture Queen
* Tony Orlando -- Knock Three Times On the Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall
* Helen Reddy -- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
* Willie Nelson -- On the Commode Again
* Leslie Gore -- It's My Procedure, I'll Cry If I Want To
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Is it possible that the mainstream media is finally coming around and seeing ANTIFA for the anarchist group that it really is? Initially, they were treated simply as an answer to white supremacy, Nazi and KKK protestors. But Antifa also includes all conservatives and Trump supporters in that group. If CNN is finally seeing the light, perhaps there is hope for the rest of the media. Have a look at THIS CNN report. And yes, that’s a Blue Lives Matter flag that one of the anarchists steal from the back of a pickup at the 4:37 mark. (5:31)
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(Language warning) What works for the ANTIFA thugs in the Bay Area didn't work in Huntington Beach when the anarchists tried to block a Trump march. Final score after the dust settled: Patriots 1, Anarchists 0. Click HERE for an up close and personal view of the skirmish. (5:07)
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It would almost be worth a trip to Paris to experience THIS dinner show where the performance is on your table directly in front of you thanks to overhead projectors. (3:04)
And no meal is complete without dessert, right? Here’s how the little chef prepared it for THESE folks. (3:10)
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This dancing competition Sharon Lansdowne posted on Facebook was very impressive. With identical costumes, hairstyles and makeup, all the dancers look like clones of one another. Have a LOOK. (8:15)
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Sudden thought: Why not get a little parrot as a pet? All THIS one seems to need to keep him happy is a paper towel. And if would be a plus if he can be trained to poop on it! (1:17)
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Here’s a short story about a Woodpecker guarding its nuts. This clip from Alice Murphy shows an acorn woodpecker protecting its tree full of nuts from a raiding squirrel. If you have a squirrel in your backyard that insists on raiding your bird feeder you WILL understand. (1:51)
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Porcupines are cute, too, and it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to keep them supplied with corn on the cob. Looks to us that they really. REALLY like it. And don't even think about taking it away once the little critter starts crunching on the kernels. (1:17)
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Here is a clever and entertaining ad for a cat adoption organization. You can tell where this is going by the gal waving the sleeves of her sweater like those air-filled attention getters you see at sales and grand openings. No pun intended, but if you click a Thumbs down on THIS clip you may be one sick puppy. (2:57)
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This week’s Hope for Paws story is about three dogs that wound up homeless and on the streets after their owner died. Click HERE to see this rescue. (6:41)
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If you are smart you will heed this warning from Conan: Dogs are sneaky and are NOT to be trusted. (1:24)
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Pure insanity is the only way to describe what some people will do to be a hit on YouTube. Then again, depending on how many people subscribe to your YouTube channel and how many views your videos receive, there is money to be made. Lots of it that I'll show you in the next item. For this one, we have a young nutty German couple who have decided to scale the tallest CHIMNEY in Europe. (6:20)
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We mentioned in the item above that becoming a popular YouTube star can put money in your pocket. How much? Believe it or not, millions. Taras Kulakov, a 30-year-old immigrant from the Ukraine who later changed his name to Taras Kul goes by the YouTube handle as the “Crazy Russian Hacker.” As of this month (Aug.) his videos have received over 2.7 billion views and he has now reached 1 million subscribers to his channel. Because of that milestone, YouTube rewarded him with its Diamond Play Button, which is what THIS video is about.
The Crazy Russian Hacker releases one video every 1 to 3 days. They range from life hacks, product reviews, scientific experiments and a host of other topics. Manufacturers who are confident in their products often mail them to him hoping for a good review. Click HERE to learn how he parlayed his job as a Walmart employee into a YouTube star who has scored an estimated net worth of $5 million in just a few years.
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Are you Harley owners aware of this so-called “Death Wobble” that was posted on July 24th? We know how sensitive some of you can be about your ride, so if this is a nothing burger, we don’t need to hear about it. Remember, we’re just the messenger, and you know what it’s NOT nice to do, right?
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The message here is, “Don’t try to outrun or out maneuver a Brazilian motor cop.” They give the impression they get a chunk of dough for everyone they stop or CAUSE to crash. (6:19)
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This compilation video of Moto GP crashes is not for the faint of heart. You HAVE been warned. (6:32)
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If you remember Super Dave Osborne and enjoyed watching some of the precarious stunts he performed, you might want to click HERE for one that literally shrunk him by a few inches. (4:47)
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We never thought we could get choked up over a video about cooling towers being brought down and crashing to earth, but this one caused that reaction. And it’s the fault of an environmental British lobbying group that is on a campaign to “Dump the Big Six,” meaning the UK’s six major POWER companies and make the switch to wind and solar. Clever ad, but it may cause people to feel sorry for the towers like it did us! (1:14)
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It’s absolutely amazing what the human mind is capable of imagining and creating. For example, these five sculptures that move with the wind look like something from out of this world. Hmmm. Perhaps they were built by people from out of this world. Prove THEY weren’t! (4:19)
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Click HERE if you would like to see a series of amazing, remarkable and/or fascinating photos, courtesy of Alice Murphy. We are serious. Most of these pics truly are remarkable.
The World’s Largest Horse, “Brooklyn Supreme”
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On Lewinsky: Can you believe it? Monica turned 39 this week. Seems like only yesterday that she was crawling around the White House on her hands and knees.
On Vegetarians: Few are aware that this is an old Indian word for "lousy hunter."
On Prisoners: Did you know that it costs $40,000 a year to house each prisoner? Jeez, for forty-thousand bucks a piece I'll take a few prisoners into my house. I live in Los Angeles and already have bars on the windows. I don't think we should give free room and board to criminals. I think they should have to run twelve hours a day on a treadmill and generate electricity. And, if they don't want to run, they can sit on their ass in the chair that's hooked up to the generator.
On Fabric Softeners: My wife uses fabric softener. I never knew what that stuff was for. Then I noticed women coming up to me, sniffing, then saying under their breath, "Married!" and walking away. Turns out that fabric softeners are how our wives mark their territory. You can take off the ring, but it's hard to get that April Fresh scent out of your clothes.
On Differences: Men and women are different in the morning. We men wake up aroused in the morning. We can't help it. We just wake up and we want you. And the women are thinking, "How can he want me the way I look in the morning?" The answer is simple: It's because we can't see you. We have no blood anywhere near our optic nerve.
On the word "Cripes:" My wife is from the Midwest. Very nice people there. Very wholesome. They use words like 'Cripes' -- 'For Cripes sake.' Who would that be; Jesus Cripes? The son of 'Gosh' of the church of 'Holy Moly?' I'm not making fun of it. You think I wanna burn in 'Heck?'
On Grandma: My grandmother has a bumper sticker on her car that says, 'Sexy Senior Citizen.' You don't want to think of your grandmother that way, do you? Out entering wet shawl contests. Makes you wonder where she got that dollar she gave you for your birthday.
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