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As we continue to add officers to the department, the number of Tier 2 officers continues to increase. The POA remains committed to ensuring all officers, regardless of when they were hired, have a voice. There have been several changes for Tier 2 officers, including the implementation of VEBA - which requires having a Tier 2 officer serve on the advisory board. The selection process has concluded with Officer Ben Lam being chosen as the representative for SJPD on the VEBA advisory committee.
Although Officer Lam is a Tier 2 officer, he came into Law Enforcement a little later in life and has a wealth of knowledge from the private sector, including serving as a director on the board for his previous employer. Some may be unaware that Ben ran for a position as a director for our POA board in our last election and narrowly missed out on the votes that would have elected him. Ben was sought out by many Tier 2 officers to run for a position on the board. We took several opportunities to sit down with Ben to get to know him better and find out his reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Ben’s message was clear and convincing in wanting to serve the board and help bridge the gap for Tier 2 officers.
We believe it will be important for Tier 2 officers to get involved, especially with the increase in retirements over the next 5 years. The historical perspective of the POA for why things are done, how they are done, and the desired outcomes are important for younger tenured officers to understand. The hope to have Tier 2 officers become more involved and have a strong understanding of what we are trying to accomplish is critical in helping your POA remain a dominant voice in the city. Especially when it comes to protecting your rights and negotiating future contracts.
Many of you are probably unaware that the board has had a vacant position for several months. After discussions among the board of directors, a decision based on the by-laws was voted on and passed. This allowed the vacant position on the board to be filled for the remainder of the term (through December of 2018). The person selected to fill that vacant position was Ben Lam. If Ben chooses to remain involved, he will have to run for an open seat come this November.
Ben will begin his position on the board beginning in September, and again, will conclude his position at the end of December, unless voted in during elections in November. We thank Ben for stepping up to serve on the VEBA advisory committee as well as his willingness to serve for a few months on the board, and begin to learn from an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors.
—Paul & Sean
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
From yesterday’s Letters to the Editor column
Mercury News — Sept. 5, 2018
For Larger Police Force, Support Development
Residents at the Aug. 31 San Jose law enforcement town hall expressed a strong desire for a larger police force. While this would be nice, there’s no easy way to fund such an expansion. City leaders stated that the only way to do so would be with a substantial tax increase, deep cuts to other city departments, or massive commercial development, such as the widely discussed Google project.
Money does not grow on trees, and I applaud the fiscal realism expressed by city officials. The continued annual cost of pensions forces us to temper our exceptions: In the current fiscal year, the city of San Jose collected $317 million in property taxes while simultaneously allocating $396 million for pensions. Rather than raising taxes yet again, I would suggest funneling all future increased property tax revenue from a potential Downtown Google development exclusively to the police department, so that residents benefit citywide.
— Pierluigi Oliverio, former San Jose City Council member
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Call for Overhaul After Police Auditor’s Exit
Community advocacy groups rally Thursday to assail the integrity
of police oversight after recent resignation by Aaron Zisser
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Aug. 31, 2018
SAN JOSE — Community activists, angered by the unceremonious departure of the city’s police auditor, assailed the influence of the police union and called for an overhaul of civilian oversight during a rally outside City Hall Thursday.
An assembly led by families of people killed in police encounters in San Jose, and joined by social justice groups including Silicon Valley De-Bug, San Jose-Silicon Valley NAACP, and the Asian Law Alliance, said the unrelenting criticism of Independent Police Auditor Aaron Zisser, which hastened his resignation, had broken their faith in police accountability in the city.
“The IPA had an ear to the community,” said Sharon Watkins, whose son, Philip, died in an officer-involved shooting in 2015. “Families were treated with respect and their pain acknowledged.”
Protesters participate at a downtown rally criticizing
San Jose’s commitment to independent police oversight
after police auditor Aaron Zisser resigned this month
under pressure from the police union and city leaders.
Watkins also objected to the San Jose Police Officers’ Association’s contention that a rally in July to memorialize people killed by officers was anti-police, which became a major source of criticism for Zisser when he met with demonstrators beforehand.
“They labeled us as anti-police, and criminalized each of us,” she said. “We are pro-justice, and we were starting to believe that the office of the IPA was pro-justice as well. (The union) will not tolerate anyone willing to support families in the aftermath of police violence.”
Jason Reyes, cousin of Anthony Nunez, who died in a police shooting in 2016, reaffirmed that the rally was meant “to ensure the city of San Jose did not forget.”
Laurie Valdez, center, whose partner Antonio
Lopez was killed by a San Jose State University
police officer in 2 014, comforts Martha Silos.
Attendees including Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the local NAACP chapter, and Richard Konda, head of the Asian Law Alliance, echoed previous calls for SJPOA President Paul Kelly to step down, calling him an obstacle to bridging police and disenfranchised residents.
The union matched the rally’s hostility in a written statement Thursday.
“The usual anti-police crowd should be ashamed of themselves for exploiting the families of individuals with mental health issues who were shot after wielding knives, guns, and power saws at police officers. Police officers are not clairvoyant, they can’t just look at an individual and determine their mental health status, especially if they are armed with a deadly weapon,” union spokesman Tom Saggau wrote. “Where were Richard Konda or Jeff Moore or the anti-police fringe groups in the days, weeks or months prior to these deadly encounters to offer mental health services or programs for these individuals who clearly needed help? They’re too busy pointing fingers to provide actual solutions to those most in need.”
Konda was undeterred Thursday, holding up a mock application for San Jose IPA that had fields pre-filled with “Yes” next to questions asking about a pro-police stance. It was also marked at the end with “Forward to POA” as critique of the the perceived undue influence that the union had in pressuring Zisser’s departure.
“I fear that no one will apply,” he said. “The POA should not run this town.”
Cephus Johnson, a San Jose resident whose nephew Oscar Grant was killed in 2009 by a BART police officer in one of most infamous police shootings in Bay Area history, said the circumstances of Zisser’s exit are grounds to install a civilian oversight commission. Deputy Public Defender Mica Estremera called Zisser’s resignation “a grave wound to community trust” and a “serious failure of elected leadership.”
Mayor Sam Liccardo, who along with the rest of the council was a periodic target of the rally rhetoric Thursday, reaffirmed his confidence in the city’s current IPA structure, calling it a national model that is on the verge of gaining increased authority. He also pushed back against the notion that the office, or the selection process, has been compromised.
“I got elected over the vehement opposition of the police union four years ago. I strongly supported the appointment of (previous IPA) Judge (LaDoris) Cordell over police union opposition, and I appointed Zisser over the same vocal opposition of the same union,” he said. “I will continue to push for police accountability regardless of the political consequences.”
Police Chief Eddie Garcia also weighed in, saying the SJPOA’s public statements don’t reflect the role the union has played in meet-and- confer talks that have accelerated the adoption of progressive measures including body-worn cameras and crisis and de-escalation training.
“I understand the pain people feel for the loss of loved ones. We’re doing our best to move forward to ensure those incidents don’t occur,” Garcia said. “They don’t understand the day-to-day of what it takes to move this forward, and the POA has been a partner in that.”
Zisser, who has kept a low profile since he resigned Aug. 23, said he was heartened by the community support for him, but he sought to redirect the focus back to the families who lost loved ones in police encounters.
“It’s much more important that families are the ones charting the path forward than it is for the POA,” he said. “They deserve a meaningful process to address these very legitimate concerns.”
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We covered this device in the Farsider a few weeks ago…
Explores Its Inner Batman with BolaWrap Restraint
San Jose police in testing pool for a new projectile restraint
that evokes the Caped Crusader tripping up fleeing criminals
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 4, 2018
SAN JOSE — Police are planning to test out a new projectile device that could tie up someone’s arms and legs with a Kevlar cord, akin to a common way Batman stops fleeing foes.
The tool’s designers and San Jose police hope the new BolaWrap, which looks like an electric shaver, could help officers restrain and subdue moderately resistant people safely and without significant physical force.
Wrap Technologies gave a demonstration Friday for police Chief Eddie Garcia and other high-level San Jose Police Department commanders, using the device on a mannequin, Wrap employee and Garcia himself.
In a nutshell, the BolaWrap employs a green-laser sight for targeting, and deploys a cartridge containing an eight-foot-long Kevlar cord that spreads out and wraps around the target, typically their arms or legs, to restrain their movement.
Click HERE for a video demonstration of the BolaWrap with Chief Garcia. (1:37)
Donald De Lucca, public safety ambassador for Wrap and a retired Miami Beach police chief, said the device is intended to fill in the gaps for medium-distance encounters where pepper spray or a Taser might not work. For instance, a despondent person who is slowly advancing with a non-firearm weapon. He sees it as a particularly effective option for subduing threatening people experiencing a mental- health crisis, which are rapidly accounting for nearly half of instances where police use deadly force.
“This is something you use earlier on in a situation trying to control somebody,” De Lucca said. “It’s safe, and it’s humane. No one’s going to die from this.”
San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia examines a
mannequin used as a target for the BolaWrap
projectile restraint device at the SJPD substation.
The demonstration Friday showed that when the wrapping cord latches on, it stays in place with barbs designed to hold onto the target’s clothing. It’s almost instantaneous, as gunpowder is the propelling force. The person who is wrapped is hindered, but not completely immobile. That is partly the point, to slow someone down just enough for officers to safely apply a control hold or handcuffs.
The device’s listed cost is $800 apiece and $30 apiece for the cord cartridges, which are one-time use only.
There are close to 500 patrol officers in SJPD.
San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia, center, tries out a
BolaWrap. At left is Assistant Chief Dave Knopf, and
right is BolaWrap representative Michael Rothans.
The device has some physical limitations to its effectiveness, including the need to be at least 10 feet away from the target and three feet clear on either side to give the cord sufficient latitude to properly wrap. Other potential adopters are concerned about the gunshot-like sound that emanates due to the gunpowder; the company is exploring quieter ignition sources like CO2
cartridges that won’t evoke panic or possible 911 calls.
Garcia said his own experience with being wrapped by the device convinced him that the BolaWrap is worth exploring.
“It was difficult to move, which is what we’re looking for, to give our officers more time to de-escalate situations,” he said. “I’m asking my officers to do more. If I can find more tools that they can use to safely get out of situations, it’s my job to do that.”
BolaWrap projectile restraint device and a cable
is being tested out by the San Jose Police Department. The
device fires an 8-foot-long Kevlar cord that is meant to wrap
around a person and restrain their movement.
First off, a personal thanks to Alice Murphy who, in this column last week, recommended “The Closers” on Amazon Prime. It’s about a fictional LAPD “priority murder squad” run by a former Washington, D.C. and Atlanta PD cop AND former CIA agent who was hired as a Deputy Chief by the LAPD to head the squad. I got so wrapped up with HER character that I wound up binge-watching the show and finished all 13 episodes of Season One in three days. So thank you, Alice!
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Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks for all you guys do with the Farsider. It is one of the highs in my sometimes routine life. Photos and updates of fellow compatriots from the ’60s and ’70s revive wonderful memories.
From the not so routine side, I have attached a couple of photos from a recent back pack hunt in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.
August was my 6th anniversary from prostate cancer treatment at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Something I highly recommend for anyone so diagnosed. I am attempting a new adventure for each year that successfully passes from that date to commemorate the milestone..
Kenn Womack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good hearing from you, Kenn with two n’s. You might want to trim the nails on the bear unless you plan on using his paw as a back-scratcher. Happy to hear that it sounds like you have beaten the Big C. Stay well.
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In last week's Farsider, Red State, presented a video produced by One America News Network (OAN) depicting the problems posed by immigrants in Spain. He or she mentioned having seen a previous statement in the Farsider that “People who want the unvarnished truth about what is happening in Europe can’t rely on the American media to accurately describe their problems with immigration, not even Fox News,” and had gone to recommend subscribing to OAN. Red State also wanted to know if I could refute what the video shows and the commentary that accompanies it. Here's my reply.
I totally agree that immigrants and asylum seeking refugees from the Middle East and parts of Africa have been, and continue to be, very problematic for all the EU countries for a number of reasons.
As for this video's commentary I found that it presents pretty much of a one-sided view of selected aspects of the problem. There are several inflated statement made in the video that are misleading at best.
Not mentioned the fact that the number of new arrivals to southern Europe via the Mediterranean route has fallen dramatically from more 1 million in 2015 to about 58,000 in the first seven months of 2018.
As to data about what has happened to national crime rates as a result of the new immigrants, it also failed to mention that a recently released German government report shows that a high percentage of the violent crimes are committed by young unaccompanied males from northern Africa, while war zone refugee asylum seekers from the Middle East commit much fewer crimes with a rate more comparable with their native born citizens.
The EU and international news media has covered the situation much more widely and far more objectively.
Here are just two examples:
But rather than writing about the results of fact checking each statement made in the video, I decided it was more important to look into OAN and see if it actually does provide the "unvarnished truth.”
OAN is based in San Diego, and has four reporters, all based in the U.S.. The videos shown by the network’s TV newscasters are all purchased from a variety of other news organizations. They are often spliced together like this one, and voiced over by one of their in-house staff members whose statements and comments are strictly controlled by its owner Robert Herring, Sr. and his son, Robert Jr., its CEO. Herring Sr. claims to have invested hundreds of millions into OAN which has very few advertising sponsors. He started OAN in 2013 believing that Fox News was moving more to the center with its coverage in order to attract a larger audience, and that conservatives needed a more supportive media source. He focused on Donald Trump very early in his candidacy and became a stalwart supporter while also seeing his popularity within the conservative community as a way to increase OAN's viewership.
Based on interviews and statements made by over a dozen current and former staff members, journalist and executives, along with copies of internal emails from the two Herrings, it's been revealed that the company's producers, like Kyle Warnke, were directed by the Herrings to promote certain types of content. These included pro-Trump and anti-Clinton stories while minimizing any about Russian interference in the 2016 elections. They scuttled stories about police shootings and climate change, encouraged anti-abortion stories, minimized coverage of Russian aggression, and were directed to steer away from the president’s troubles. Prior to the election, any stories about polling numbers that didn't show Trump in the lead were banned.
Media Bias Fact Check rates OAN as a far right media organization, just shy of its 'Extreme Bias' rating. Its factual reporting is rated as 'Mixed' and as a source that also occasionally promotes conspiracies.
Middle Ground <email@example.com>
Personal to Red State: If you EVER challenge Middle Ground to refute anything you send in from this point on, I am going to personally track you down and amputate your typing fingers!
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SAN JOSE POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS
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WAS THIS A BAD FINANCIAL CALL BY SOME GENIUS IN THE NIKE
Nike Loses $4 Billion On First Day Trading Post-Kaepernick, Trump Responds
President Trump has responded after Nike backed Colin Kaepernick.
By Christopher Berg — Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 5, 2018
Washington, DC - Nike's stock dove in its first day of trading after announcing their new ad campaign promoting Colin Kaepernick, in what amounts to be about a $4 billion loss.
President Trump, who has been very vocal about Colin Kaepernick's anti-American flag protests, has responded to the new campaign.
Nike's new ad campaign features Kaepernick with the words "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."
Kaepernick's "sacrifice" is an apparent reference to the former NFL player's inability to get re-hired after voluntarily quitting the NFL.
The "believe in something," is an apparent reference to Kaepernick calling police officers murderers, and kneeling in protest to the American flag.
“I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent,” President Trump told THE DAILY CALLER.
“But I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” President Trump told The Daily Caller. “But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.”
“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” President Trump added. “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”
Nike's stock dropped $2.60 per share by the end of trading on Tuesday over reasonable fears that backing Kaepernick could impact the business.
Analysts have suggested that the promotion will be a positive move for the company, winning over social justice warriors who had been hammering the company for alleged inhumane child labor practices.
Blue Lives Matter has asked its over 5 million monthly readers to boycott the company.
“The choice of Colin Kaepernick by Nike to be 'the Face' of their 30th Anniversary Campaign is an affront to every American law enforcement officer," Blue Lives Matter's National Spokesman, Randy Sutton said.
"Nike’s pandering to Kaepernick’s brand of politically correct hate mongering against those who serve this Nation behind a badge and the disrespect he has sown to the symbols of love of our country reveals how corrupt Nike has become," Sutton added. "When an organization is more concerned with profits than with the values of justice and service that thousands have given their lives to preserve, they reveal what they truly stand for....greed and dishonor.”
As an organization, Blue Lives Matter tends to avoid calling for boycotts. A company needs to do something exceptional to prompt a boycott call from Blue Lives Matter.
Blue Lives Matter has previously called for only one other boycott, in response to Ben & Jerry's marketing campaign promoting their false narrative of Black Lives Matter.
Police officers are actually getting assassinated over this false, anti-police messaging. When companies push the outrageous message that police are targeting black people for violence, they are putting officers' lives at risk to boost their profits.
By showing these companies that they'll only lose money by defaming police officers, we take away the financial incentive for these marketing campaigns.
Kaepernick started kneeling on the field during the National Anthem in the pre-season of 2016, protesting the flag over allegations that American police officers are racist killers.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick said.
Kaepernick even sported socks depicting police officers as pigs along with his Nike shoes.
The protest later expanded even further to be a protest of President Donald Trump by some after the president spoke out against the protest.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season and sat out the 2017 NFL season when no other teams signed him.
His teammate Eric Reid was a vocal supporter of the anthem protests. Reid also didn't sign again with the 49ers, and became a free agent.
Both players have since been unemployed and have filed a lawsuit against the NFL alleging a conspiracy to keep them out of the game in retaliation for the upheaval caused by the kneeling.
Click HERE to review the readers comments to this article.
One tweet with the pic below read:
“I’m wondering if Nike is gonna
go ALL IN with Kaepernick and market “Pigs as Cops” socks.”
STORIES OF THE WEEK
The Old Italian and His Tomato Garden
Received from Tom Weston
An old Italian lived alone in South Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
A few days later he received a letter from his son:
Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried.
At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They then apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you, Vinnie
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Switch at the Mortuary
Received from Lumpy
A man who had just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.
The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. The wife points out that the man looks good in the black suit he is already wearing. She adds, however, that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she would like him in a blue suit. She then gives the blonde mortician a blank check and says, “I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.”
The widow returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.
She says to the mortician, 'Whatever that sit cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job, and I am very grateful. How much did you spend?'
To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check
“There's no charge,” she says.
“No, really,” says the wife. “I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!”
“Honestly, ma'am,” said the blonde, ‘it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice, so I switched their heads.”
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Tale of Two Ladies
From the Archives
Two ladies who knew each other when they were alive are in heaven and run across each other.
"Hi, Wanda. What are you doing here?"
"Isn't it obvious? she replied. "I died."
"I froze to death."
"It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm and sleepy and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?"
"I died from a massive heart attack."
"That's terrible. How did it happen?"
"I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early thinking I would catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself sitting in the den watching TV."
"And that caused you to have a heart attack?"
"Not exactly. I was so sure that another woman was in the house that I ran up to the attic and searched, then down to the basement. When I couldn't find her, I went through every closet, checked under the beds and looked in every nook and cranny in the house and the garage. I finally became so exhausted that I keeled over and died of a heart attack."
"Sorry to hear that, Wanda. Had you looked in the freezer we'd both still be alive."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
— Summer Reruns excluded—
Sept. 4th only
Sept. 16: They estimate that more than 16 million Americans traveled by air over the holiday weekend. And here's a fun statistic. They did a study. The germiest place at the airport, the place with the highest levels of virus bacteria, are those plastic security tubs at the TSA. Which is kind of surprising. I mean, who would have ever guessed that the tubs where a million sweaty travelers throw their shoes every day would be full of germs?
Nike did something very bold. Nike decided to feature Colin Kaepernick in their 30th anniversary ad campaign. Colin Kaepernick as I'm sure you know was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem to protest police violence against African-Americans. And it cost him — really, it cost him his career in football. No team will sign him. But Nike doubled down and did, which did not sit well with some of their customers. People were so upset they started cutting the Swoosh out of their socks. Finally something dumber than eating Tide Pods.
Cutting Swooshes out of your socks is a powerful statement that says, "I have too many pairs of socks."
This idea of cutting the Nike logo out of your clothes? Why not just burn your money? You already bought the clothes.
Sept. 16: Labor Day is over, so, get out your fall clothes, and then just put them away because it's 100 degrees outside.
In his upcoming book about the White House, reporter Bob Woodward says that President Trump regrets criticizing white supremacists. He calls it the biggest mistake he's made. Then Trump looked at Don Jr. and said, "Actually, SECOND biggest mistake."
It just came out that Omarosa communicated with other White House staffers using Facebook Messenger to hide her conversations. Though, if you really want to hide a conversation on Facebook, just start with, "Okay. I usually don't get political on here, but…"
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the new face of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. And President Trump was so upset that he told his staff to throw away all of his Nike workout gear. Then they said, "Sir, you don't have ANY workout gear." He said, "Look, just buy it and throw it away."
Some people are upset with Nike over the new campaign, and are even destroying their Nike gear in protest. Then Kaepernick was like, "Oh, so you LIKE protests now?"
Sept. 16: Famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward will release a new book next Tuesday detailing life within the Trump administration, titled “Fear: Trump in the White House.” And I don’t think Trump is gonna like it — cuz it’s a book.
According to journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, President Trump once told Rudy Giuliani that he was a baby. And then out of habit he added, “But I’m not the father.”
After Nike announced that former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick would be the face of its new ad campaign, angry consumers began posting photos of themselves burning their Nike shoes. Unfortunately, he’s also been named the face of Yankee Candle, and now they don’t know what to do.
Florida police are searching for a person who accidentally donated a duffel bag to a thrift shop that contained almost five pounds of marijuana. “This smells like weed,” said customers about EVERY THRIFT STORE ITEM EVER.
Sept. 16: Today was the start of the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee in two years. Two in two years. You've got to admit, Vladimir Putin is definitely getting his money's worth, isn't he?
The hearing got pretty contentious because a lot of Americans have concerns about this nomination. Of course, I as a Brit, have an additional concern for any judge — does he look sufficiently stupid in an old-timey wig?
Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing may last four days. Now is it just me or does four days seem short to anyone else for something so monumental? Four days. It took my wife and I three weeks to pick a paint color for our new kitchen.
There's a new book coming out soon by legendary journalist Bob Woodward, called "Fear: Trump in the White House." It's an in-depth look at the current state of the Trump presidency. In the book, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is not very complimentary about Trump and describes him as having the understanding of a fifth- or sixth-grader. Apparently, Trump could not grasp the concept of how the wheels on the bus could possibly go 'round and 'round all day long.
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the NFL kneeling protests, has been named the face of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. I've already seen it. Here's the thing — some people are so angry about this they're actually burning their Nike shoes. Yeah. Burning your own shoes as a response to something. If only there was a word for that kind of action — oh yeah, "Protesting."
I don't agree with that sentiment at all, but burning your sneakers does seem like a solid way to get out of going to the gym.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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Did we really look THIS awkward when we went on a televised dance party back in the late ‘50s and tried our best to look cool while dancing to The Stroll? (2:36)
If you went to high school in San Jose in the late ‘50s and/or the early ‘60s you may remember KNTV’s Record Hop at the station’s studio at 645 Park Ave. where local high school students gathered on weekday afternoons hoping to wow local TV viewers with their happy feet scuffing up the DANCE floor. (4:08)
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Seems I am usually the last to learn about nifty things such as this service offered by the USPS (United States Postal Service). You can now sign up for informed delivery, which means it will email you a photo of the first class mail you will be receiving. If you see it on your screen and it doesn’t show up, odds are it has been stolen, mis-delivered, eaten by a sorting machine, or it's sitting in your lazy carrier's garage with thousands of other pieces of undelivered mail. Who knows? I just learned about this service last week and it works like a charm, although it took about a week for the images to begin showing up in my inbox. The service is free, but you will have to create an account with the Postal Service, which you can do by clicking HERE. The pic below is a reduced image of the notification I received from the USPS yesterday morning.
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A rumor on Facebook says Pete Salvi is going to
mass market these to men and make a fortune...
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Have a look at this new Vortex Bullet-Cam sent in by Lumpy. Engineers have found a way to implant a tiny video camera in a bullet whose flight can be tracked on a smart phone. And at only $99 for a box of ten (or $10 each), it’s a real bargain. But before you run out to buy a box, pay attention to the date THIS video was posted on YouTube. (2:59)
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This clip from Larry Other should serve as a warning not to leave valuables in your car. That shouldn’t be necessary, of course, given the background of our readers/ Even so, it doesn’t hurt to remind you about how easy it is to get into locked vehicles using various tools, including a toilet plunger. While you can’t start the car with the PLUNGER, it makes it easy to bag whatever is inside. (1:00)
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The History Guy is back with another facet of history that deserves to be remembered. In this episode he tells us about the 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race, a/k/a “THE GREAT RACE.” (8:24)
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George Schuster, the mechanic who kept the Thomas Flyer running from the start in New York to the finish in Paris, appeared on “I’ve Got a Secret” in 1958 at the age of 85. Turns out he stumped the panel and won $80 and a carton of Winstons. Have a LOOK at the man who helped make automotive history 110 years ago. (And yes, it does look a little strange to see Gary Moore enjoying a smoke on camera.) (7:26)
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Fans of Volvos and those of what are commonly called “Hot Hatches” should look away because this is video of a massacre, or as the Swedes call it, a RALLY. (I selected the pic below from the video because of my fondness for the 1960 Volvo PV 544, the car that got me through college.) (6:52)
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Eldad and Lisa from Hope for Paws raced to rescue an injured Pit Bull on a freeway on-ramp before it met with disaster in THIS story about “Tyrion.”. (5:19)
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This story is about Hope for ‘Little’ Paws, meaning it’s about the rescue by Eldad and Lisa of a momma cat that had given birth to four KITTENS that needed rescuing from a confined space under an outdoor stairway. They named the little furballs Cabbage, Kale, Arugula and Broccolini while momma was named Parsley. (5:31)
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Lorena joined Eldad on the rescue of a senior homeless dog at the port in L.A. with significant HELP from a port worker who had named the pooch Oulu. (4:42)
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This final rescue of the week by Eldad and Loreta was posted just two days ago, so it’s about as fresh as it can be. It’s about a mom and her four puppies that were born under a shipping container. It took a while, but Candy the mom and her four pups (Skittles, Bubblegum, Licorice and Hershey) soon started their new lives and hopefully a loving forever home. Trust me, this is well worth a few minutes of YOUR time. (10:20)
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Meet Eldad and Loreta who you should be familiar with if you have been following this series. They would like to tell you a little about HOPE FOR PAWS. (4:57)
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“Oh boy,” says Doggy and Kitty, “we’re going to GO for a ride in a motorcycle sidecar and feel the wind in our fur. What fun!” (1:00)
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Aussie comedienne (female comedian) made such an impression on us that we’re bringing her back again, this time to get her VIEWS on the plastic bag ban. (4:57)
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This week’s commercial airline incident involves a Southwest Airlines 737 PREPARING to land at LaGuardia in New York City. Not to worry. Everyone survives, although the pilot lost her job. (4:28)
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We can show you in 31 seconds flat why it would NOT be in your interest to invest in an Italian restaurant in Dubai. (0:31)
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In this drum-off between the ladies of the Ukraine and the men of the Netherlands the women won going away. Not only were they more precise and professionally dressed, they were also far more PLEASING to our eyes. (8:23)
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We have no connection whatsoever with Ohio State University. Never stepped on campus; don’t even know anyone who attended the school. But when it comes to university marching bands, we have to give OSU top honors. Sorry, SJS, USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, et al. Don’t know what the OSU marching band looks or sounds like today, but THIS 7-year-old pre-game show of Ohio State taking on Indiana University blew me away. Talk about precision You have a favorite? Send it in and we’ll include it in an upcoming Farsider.(9:04)
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Familiar with the “Orange Blossom Special?” You’re going to love the Kempters’ Family version of the classic country-western hit if you are. Oh, and by the way, contrary to what your eyes are telling you, there is only one fiddler in this family, and he is 14-years-old. It's through a little video magic that the kids with the violins appear to be quintuplets, but in reality they are all the same person. Yes, the video is in black and white, and yes, the sister playing the mandolin is wearing spurs. Don't ask why, just kick back and enjoy the MUSIC. (5:33)
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In the Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge, the Smithville (Tenn.) PD had an assist from country recording artists Aaron Tippin and John Anderson. Is that cheating? YOU decide. (8:51)
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We’re giving the Titusville (Penn.) Police Dept. a score of 9.5 for its Lip Sync Challenge because their people are so badass looking that we are afraid to give them anything less. And ALSO because we like Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It.” (5:14)
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Closer to home we have the Visalia PD entry where even their Police CHIEF became a Lip Sync Challenge star. (8:14)
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Three cheers to the Orange County S/O personnel for the imagination and the talent they displayed in their challenge. They even got their K-9s to nod THEIR heads in beat to the music? (3:12)
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Our last Lip Sync Challenge for this week takes us to the bottom of the state where we find the San Diego Co. S/O. It’s hard not to SMILE when the Sheriff and his staff lip sync to “The Best Day of My Life.” (3:30)
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This 2-month-old “On the Road with Steve Hartman” video that was received from Russell Jones. (So you know, he prefers Russell to Russ.) The title of the clip is “How a car connects a fallen soldier and his son,” and THIS is the story. (3:05)
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As “military brats,” Leroy and I would like to see some American ladies pay homage to the veterans of the two World Wars like these "D-Day Darlings" from the other side of the POND who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. (6:08)
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This week’s closer takes us to the Crystal Court Mall in downtown Minneapolis where a flash mob comprised of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra surprises shoppers with one of Beethoven’s masterpieces that builds and builds until, at the 5:24 mark, a crescendo is reached and the Edina Chorale joins the orchestra and completes the surprise PERFORMANCE. (7:08)
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