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RETIRED SERGEANT WILLIAM “BILL” WIEN
Bill and Diane, Sept. 2002
Born March 24, 1924 (93)
Appointed May 1951
Retired March 1979
Died Aug. 23, 2017
Note the changes below from what we reported last week.
Darling Fischer Mortuary in Campbell is handling the service.
2:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10th
Campbell Memorial Chapel
231 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Graveside service is private
We were able to make contact with Bill’s daughter Lisa Dearborn, who provided us with the obituary as well as the photo above of Bill and his late wife Diane.
William “Bill” Wien
Bill was born in Willcox, Arizona to Velma (Dresser) and August Wien. He moved to California with his family at age four and spent the rest of his 93 years in the Golden State. In 1951 Bill took two steps that would shape the rest of his life: he married his love, Diane, and joined the San Jose Police Dept. He and Diane would go on to raise five children together, and Bill would protect and serve San Jose for 28 years, retiring at the rank of Sergeant.
Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife Diane, brother David, and parents Velma and August. He is survived by his sister Anita and brother-in-law Charles; brother Sam and sister-in-law Francine; brother Leland and sister-in-law Bernice; daughter Sharon; son Steve and daughter-in-law Ping; daughter Lisa and son-in-law Glenn; son Bill; daughter Lori; and grandchildren April, Bianca, Robert, and Mimi.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Sunday, Sept 10, at 2 p.m. at the Darling Fischer Chapel in Campbell, 231 East Campbell Ave.
Our in-house history specialist had a few words to offer. Here is Bob Moir on Bill Wien...
Sorry to hear about Bill "Lightning" Wien's passing. The nickname "Lightning" was bestowed on him for his meticulous and deliberate response to virtually every issue confronting him.
He was a fixture in West San Jose-Saratoga-Cupertino garage sales as well as the Westgate Shopping Center. Bill had a mind like a dictionary in that he could recall the most mundane facts which resulted in him scoring really well on promotional exams. His sister was a teacher at the Hester school on The Alameda near where the old Falstaff Brewery was located. She, too, was "smart as a whip!"
Prior to retirement, Bill opened a variety store on Monterey Rd. just south of Bohanonns' Restaurant at 1st and Alma. The restaurant was the scene of several armed robberies by a crew known as the "Western Trunk Bandits." After multiple robberies at the restaurant the PD set up officers as patrons at the bar awaiting the robbers' return. Never happened, however, the dinners served at the stakeout (or should I say steakout?) were delicious. But I digress...
As noted, "Lightning" was meticulous, deliberate and well liked by his peers. He lived for 54 years on Marachino Dr. in West San Jose. His passing at age 93 should leave retired Sgt. George Payton as the oldest living retiree of the PD as he was slightly younger than Bill.
If you have a comment you would like to share with Bill's family you can express it by sending an email to his daughter Lisa at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Yesterday was another tragic day for law enforcement. On behalf of the San Jose Police Officers' Association, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Sheriff’s Deputy Robert "Bob" French, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his community and state. We also want to send condolences to the rank and file of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Please keep the family, loved ones, and friends of Deputy Robert French in your prayers, along with the two California Highway patrolmen who were also wounded in yesterday's tragic event.
Paul and John (POA Pres. and V-P)
On August 30,
2017, at approximately 8:00am, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Auto Theft Task
Force was working a stolen vehicle operation in the area of Fulton Avenue and
Auburn Boulevard when they observed two female suspects get into a stolen
vehicle. Task Force members followed the vehicle to Elk Grove, where both
suspects were detained. Additional officers responded to the Ramada Inn in the
2600 block of Auburn Boulevard to serve a search warrant connected to the auto
theft. As officers knocked and announced themselves, a male suspect inside opened
fire, shooting two CHP Officers through the door. Both are expected to recover.
The suspect then fired rounds from the balcony at deputies stationed at the rear of the hotel. Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Robert "Bob" French was struck in the exchange. The suspect escaped in a vehicle, eventually crashing into a power pole near El Camino and Watt Avenue. The suspect again exchanged gunfire with deputies, was struck and taken into custody.
Deputy Bob French, age 52, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, died as he was being transported to the hospital. He was a highly respected training officer with the North Area Patrol Unit.
Deputy French is survived by his adult children and grandchildren, and his girlfriend.
A memorial fund for Deputy French's family has been established at:
CAHP Credit Union
2843 Manlove Road
Sacramento, CA 95826
Please reference: "Robert French Memorial Fund"
Click HERE to make a donation online.
Funeral information will be forwarded as available.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It took a while, but it looks like the Mercury News is coming around to seeing Antifa for what it really is…
or Thugs? Spotlight Increases on ‘Antifa’
—Violent protests boost pressure on fluid group—
By Thomas Peele, Casey Tolan and David DeBolt — Staff Writers
Mercury News — Sept. 3, 2017
Antifa marchers, clad in their customary black and with faces covered,
arrive at Civic Center Park in a counter protest against a planned alt-right
rally in Berkeley on Aug. 27. The protest was marred by violent confrontations.
BERKELEY — They wear black pants and sweatshirts, with either helmets or hoods over their heads, bandanas across their faces — and dark sunglasses, goggles or gas masks over their eyes. Many carry makeshift shields and flags, whose staffs can quickly become weapons.
They call themselves “antifa,” short for anti-fascist, and they’re part of a loosely organized national network of anonymous anarchists. The movement during much of this decade has been a common sight at Bay Area protests spurred by police shootings, the Occupy Wall Street movement and Donald Trump’s election as president.
But in the three weeks since these shadowy activists forcefully confronted neo-Nazis and white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — where one counter-protester was killed, allegedly by a white supremacist — antifa has suddenly become a household word. Its members are the target of fierce anger on the political right whose members believe antifa’s penchant for violence is being excused while far-right mayhem is condemned. It’s also created a fiery debate among protest leaders on the left.
Some politicians and experts see antifa as vigilantes or even terrorists. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín last week suggested that they should be classified as a criminal street gang.
“It’s glorified mob violence tied to an ideology,” Brian Levin, a criminology professor at Cal State San Bernardino who studies hate groups, said of antifa’s tactics.
The vast majority of the 4,000-some protesters who descended on Berkeley’s Civic Center Park last Sunday to demonstrate against a small group of Trump supporters were perfectly peaceful, but some of the 100 to 200 black-clad antifa there ganged up on the Trump fans, punching and kicking them.
Other antifa carried colorful shields painted with the words “no hate” to build a “barrier” that antifa claim is needed to protect anti-racist protesters from the police and right-wingers. Thirteen people were arrested at the Berkeley protests, and two were sent to the hospital.
Antifa members have been reluctant to talk to the media, but one member active in the Bay Area movement who was at the Berkeley protests spoke to this news organization on the condition that neither their name nor gender be disclosed.
The activist said antifa take to the streets “out of love,” keeping nonviolent protesters safe from right wing activists and the police.
The group operates in small cells, the activist said. A few people might work together to plan a protest at far right events, and members also monitor message boards and social media of members of organized far right groups like the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and Oath Keepers, the activist said. Antifa’s members communicate over encrypted messaging apps like Signal.
Violence is justified, the Bay Area antifa member said, because the far right is attempting to create a fascist state.
“If the police try to attack protesters, antifa gives other people space to stay safe,” the member said, adding that even the threat of violence can be enough to dissuade right-wingers from attacking counter-protesters. “If you have a cocked fist, you don’t have to throw it,” the activist said, quoting Malcolm X.
The activist said antifa members don’t see a difference between neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan and Trump supporters because the latter enable white nationalists and far-right activists. Those groups, the antifa member argued, “need to be answered in terms they can understand.”
Today’s antifa can be traced back to punk activists of the Anti-Racist Action movement in the 1980s and is modeled after earlier anti-fascist groups in Europe, according to Mark Bray, a lecturer at Dartmouth University who recently published a book on the movement, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”
Members of Black Bloc — another term for the anarchist activists who make up antifa — have gone to battle over the issues of the day, from environmental issues to the economic inequity that sparked the Occupy movement, particularly in Oakland, Bray said.
“What really brought it back in a sense and into view for the first time was the exposure that the altright received through the Trump campaign,” Bray said. Specifically, he said, it was the protests surrounding Trump supporter and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to Berkeley in February that put antifa “on the national stage and made it something that people tried to understand.” Yiannopoulos’ speech was canceled as antifa violence spread across the city.
Yiannopoulos is scheduled to return to Berkeley later this month with right-wing commentator Ann Coulter and, reportedly, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Antifa is intent on shutting down that event.
Bray said members as a general principle operate only alongside people they know and trust, which gives them more cover if criminal acts are involved. But, he said, most preparation for protests is done behind the scenes when antifa members research right-wing groups.
“In some ways it’s like being a private investigator,” said Bray, who interviewed about 60 members for his book. Many view the work as a “second job,” he said.“It’s not something people enter into lightly, and that’s why it takes the form it does.”
Those on the receiving end see antifa differently.
Arthur Schaper, a Trump supporter from Torrance, said he was attacked by antifa activists during last week’s Berkeley protest. He said several masked antifa members cornered him, broke his glasses, stole his red Make America Great Again hat, ripped a Trump flag off of his shoulders, pepper sprayed him and covered him with glitter.
“These are a bunch of spoiled, entitled kids who just want to rage against something,” Schaper said. “They’re evil thugs. They’re not social justice warriors. There is nothing just about them.”
Schaper has a reputation for interrupting town hall meetings of Southern California Democrats and is involved with an anti-LGBT organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group, but he said he opposes white nationalism and that the violence at the Berkeley rally was unprovoked.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me,” said Schaper, who spent hours Sunday arguing with counter-protesters.
Many local politicians are also fed up with antifa. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, released a statement last week denouncing the group. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted,” she said.
Politico reported Friday that the FBI has been warning states and cities since early last year that antifa has become “increasingly confrontational and dangerous,” and the Department of Homeland Security has classified its violence as “domestic terrorist violence.”
The organization has provoked intense debate on the left. Some activists argue that antifa is distracting from the larger message they’re trying to send: condemnation of racism and the Trump administration. Others believe antifa has an important role to play defending protesters from attacks by right-wingers.
Mansour Id-Deen, the president of the Berkeley chapter of the NAACP, said antifa’s actions in Berkeley were “counter-productive.”
“The violence never works,” he said. “It gives the other group — white supremacists, Nazis, whatever they call themselves — a national platform and raises their profile higher than it should be.”
On Fox News and other conservative media, some of the Trump supporters who got beat up by antifa have found themselves transformed from political nobodies to heroes of the right.
Other local protest leaders say antifa isn’t a serious problem. Michael McBride, pastor at The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, who helped organize Sunday’s protests, said antifa helped protect protesters.
“I know they joined our march and protests and were very deferential to our leadership as they followed us down the street,” McBride said at a news conference last Monday.
Oakland lawyer and former mayoral candidate Dan Siegel, who helped organize the Berkeley protests and is now defending a former community college professor accused of hitting a right-wing protester with a bicycle lock at an April protest, said right-wingers antagonized protesters by making racist comments and jeers.
Violence is a legitimate response to neo-Nazi ideology, he said. “As a Jew, an untold number of my family were liquidated by these Nazis,” Siegel said. “How can you look at these people who think that Nazism and fascism are fine and hear them talking about liquidating Jews and African-Americans? These are people who want to kill us.”
The bottom line, said the Bay Area antifa member, is that not just Nazis should be worried about antifa, but also “Nazi sympathizers.”
His definition of a Nazi sympathizer: “anyone who feels bad when a Nazi gets beaten up.”
Contact Thomas Peele at 510-208-6458, Casey Tolan at 510-208-6425 and David DeBolt at 510-2086453.
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Here’s an interesting tidbit from last Sunday’s, Sept 3rd, I.A. column that won’t make many conservative San Joseans happy…
A Street Named Obama
Mercury News — Sept. 3, 2017
A petition to name a San Jose street after former President Barack Obama is gaining support — from some unexpected places.
The pitch to name a street after the 44th president was launched by Alex Shoor, a community advocate and consultant. Shoor said he was inspired by Obama while working on his presidential campaign in the winter of 2008. The petition has gained a little over 600 signatures so far. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics, Shoor argues that Obama’s election made history because he was “the first person of color in United States history to become president.”
“No matter what political party you’re from, this was the first African American president,” Shoor told IA. “Now that we’re in a different time, we can look back and realize he accomplished some incredible things. We’re going through times that are dark and people are unsettled. People deserve to have something that’s positive and gives them a sense of pride.”
Though Obama has drawn the ire of the far right, some local conservatives say the Democrat deserves the honor of a street name.
“Barack Obama stayed in San Jose several times and, despite our deep and wide policy disagreements, his election was of historic significance,” said Shane Patrick Connolly, a City Hall staffer and treasurer of the Santa Clara County Republican Party. “San Jose would do well to honor him with a street naming.”
The street renaming is expected to cost several thousand dollars. It’s unclear who will pay for it, though Shoor said he might launch a fundraiser or ask council members for help.
The person being honored doesn’t have to be dead, according to San Jose’s street naming and renaming policy. But all affected property owners must agree to the name change.
Shoor pointed to other destinations in San Jose that are named after living politicians — the Diridon Station (named after transit advocate Rod Diridon, Sr.) and the McEnery Convention Center (named after former Mayor Tom McEnery) are two examples. As for which street should be renamed, he suggests those with similar or identical names, such as Almaden Avenue and Almaden Boulevard near downtown.
Connolly said he’s grateful the idea to honor Obama involves a street renaming — and not something else.
“With the often illogical and unhinged controversy over monuments,” he said, “I am just grateful that what was proposed was not a Barack Obama statue.”
One reader suggested that instead of renaming a street, the Quetzalcoatl (Plumed Serpent) statue in Cesar Chavez Plaza should be renamed after President Obama for everything he did for the Hispanic community during his years in the White House. We would like to assume the reader's real reason was because Quetzalcoatl is difficult to pronounce, but that’s only a guess.
When we received the following forwarded message from Alice Murphy we were skeptical because of all the scams floating around the Internet. But when we ran this past Snopes we found it is legit. First, here is the message:
A consumer sued Carnival Cruise lines for illegal telemarketing. His attorneys won a hefty multi-million dollar class action lawsuit (subject to final court approval). They secured the telemarketing call list. If your home or cell phone number is on it and you join the class action by completing a simple form, you are slated to be paid $300 per call per line for up to three calls per line. For my mom who had two numbers and received numerous calls, that means $1800. Here is the link to check your numbers and obtain a claim form if your number comes up. Good luck!
Below is the Snopes link that confirms this is on the up and up. I ran my landline and cell numbers to see if either was on the telemarketing list. Sad to say, neither was. But it was worth the few seconds it took to check.
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Following is a copy of a message retired Lt. Kenn Christie sent to Intel Ofcr. Dan Anderson who is coordinating the upcoming Intelligence Unit BBQ that we and the POA have been advertising the past few weeks. Scheduled for Sept. 21st at the POA Hall, the banner advertising the BBQ appears again in this Farsider.
Thanks for posting the invitation to the upcoming hosted BBQ. As I read it, it will be on 21 September 2017. I would give just about ANYTHING to be there with you and the folks…
As life would have it, I retired just a few weeks before the "9-11" (2001) disaster, after 31.5-years at SJPD, and since that time I spend 3-months (or more) every year in Greece. This time is almost always from mid-September through mid-December. I do a lot of volunteering over there (a couple of specific archaeological sites) and plenty of family and friend visiting and endless exploring. That's not the subject, as much as the unfortunate fact that I will again be in Greece during the time of this BBQ and won't be able to enjoy it with our folks.
Seeing the announcement in the Farsider just this morning reminded me that I had once created a document for the two (young) guys that put together a "History of SJPD" book several years back. It was a blurb on the formation and evolution of the Vice Unit — current as of the time that I wrote it a few years after I retired. I think they used a bit of it; not sure. It might be of interest to the current Vice Unit and Intel Unit personnel. Or not. I'll send it if anyone really wants to know "the genetics from where they came."
Ed. — Kenn need not send it. We converted it to a .pdf file and assigned it a URL, meaning that anyone can pull it up by clicking HERE.
Best of luck with that cool BBQ idea, and as you see fit, pass along my super best wishes to each attendee of the "1972-73 Charter Group" that may attend, and any succeeding generations of the unit...with particular and personal best regards to any of the gaming/cardroom/bookmaking/loansharking investigators that have followed.
Kenn Christie <email@example.com>
Lieutenant #1440 (SJPD - Retired)
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Dan responded to Kenn’s missive with the following…
Hi Lt. Christie,
I just skimmed this Vice History document. What a great job! I am going to print out 50 copies for anyone who wants them. I know SIU members will enjoy this history.
I am sorry to hear that you can't make it. The good news is, we will be doing the same thing next year. I will give you more warning this time. From this day forward, I am inviting all former members of SIU and any retired SJPD to attend the Annual Vice/Intel BBQ. We work for a great organization and I really care about my coworkers.
Hit me up on my City email when you get back in town and I will show you the pictures of attendees.
See you next year,
Dan Anderson, #3177 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Special Investigations, Criminal Intelligence Unit
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Kenn wrote back and got the final word…
Glad there was some value to "storing" that old, ragged, historical document! (I also wrote similar historical documents for the "Ceremonial Unit" and the "R.D.T." (Rapid Deployment Team) crowd-control unit of the Department, which R.D.T. concept evolved out of a decades-since ashes of a long unneeded predecessor from the 60's - 70's. Those accounts still remain with relevant photos, ‘somewhere’ in my computer.
Many of the names in that Vice Unit historical document have since passed away. (COP) J. R. "Ray" Blackmore, (COP) Robert Murphy, (DC) Larry Stuefloten, (DC) Louie Hernandez, (Capt) Tom Johnson, (Lt) Kenny Hermann, (Sgt) Chad Ralston, (Sgt) Ralph Brune, (Sgt) Jim Hellam, (Sgt) Jay Martin, and (Off) Paul Elorreaga come to mind ... no doubt a couple of others who I've lost contact with. As you can see, it's becoming an aging account.
Glad you have the same attitudes I hold: (i.e. "We work for a great organization and I really care about my coworkers.")
"Yes sir." I'll catch up with you when I get back from the land of old rocks. Enjoy the BBQ!
One correction: Former Chief Robert Murphy is still looking ‘down’ at the grass. We (and his wife Alice) are happy to state that any reports of Bob’s demise are premature.
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You had a comment and a question for me in last week's edition. The context for the comment was my response to a YouTube video produced by an organization calling itself Prager University with commentary from Professor Carol Swain. The video was entitled, ‘The Inconvenient Fact About the Democratic Party’.
You were spot on when you said that trying to fact check all of the statements she made would have been a very long and tedious process. Since the source of the video was a far right leaning organization and the commentator being very controversial, I thought it would be appropriate to simply provide another controversial commentator's response to this video coming from a far left leaning organization.
The question you asked was whether I could find a reputable source that would challenge the statements made by George Will in a video where he took on progressives entitled, ‘A Progressive’s Guide to Political Correctness’. For me a reputable source would be one of the five fact-check organizations that are rated as basically non-biased and the most accurate of the group. I was unable to find any of these organizations that had fact checked these particular statements.
As a yardstick for George Will, PolitiFact has evaluated 32 of the most controversial statements he’s made during the last few years. The results are equally divided between mostly or completely true and mostly or completely false.
I’ve been a frequent reader of Will’s opinion columns that appear in the Washington Post and have found him to be fairly credible. He was a paid contributor by Fox News from 2013 to 2017. In May of this year he left Fox and joined NBC/MSNBC as an on-air contributor and panelist.
Will labels himself as a strong conservative but is not afraid to speak out against conservative stances which he does not agree with. Here are a few examples:
He believed that George W. Bush should have withdrawn all our troops from Afghanistan. He was in favor of public trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. On immigration, he supports a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants who are currently in the U.S.. He opposes the death penalty and favors the legalization of drugs. He was also a harsh and early critic of both Sarah Palin and John McCain during the 2008 election campaign.
Will criticized Donald Trump numerous times during last year’s campaign urging conservative voters to "help him lose 50 states.” He was quoted as saying Trump is a bigger threat than Hillary Clinton. He has since continued and intensified his assault on President Trump since the election.
In June 2016, citing his disapproval of the president, Will changed his political party affiliation from Republican to that of an unaffiliated voter.
Here are a couple of other short YouTube videos of Will speaking out:
‘George Will: "The Republican Establishment Doesn't Exist!"’ (1:53)
Click HERE to view.
‘George Will Responds to Trump's Tweet on Him Leaving Republican Party’ (1:30)
Click HERE to view.
Touché, MG. It became clear early on that Trump would not get a vote from Will, and I can’t argue any of your points. Having said that, i and many others feel that Will was spot on regarding his comments about progressives in last week’s Farsider, which can be reviewed by clicking HERE.
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Some people may find Greg Gutfeld obnoxious, but there is no denying that he has a sharp mind. Did you see this excerpt from his show where he did a number of CNN? I’ll bet some of your readers will enjoy it.
Red State <email@example.com>
My problem with Gutfeld is that he tries to get a laugh every time he opens his mouth, but that’s just me. HERE is your clip, Red. (4:23)
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This item from a forwarded email received from a few readers including Russ Russell and Lumpy touches on the same theme as the Gutfeld video clip above. The author of the piece is unknown…
Let this sink in for a minute...Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They're using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there's a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.
These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Rachel Maddow mocks. The ones Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann just ‘know’ they're so much better than.
These are The Quiet Ones. They don't wear masks and tear down statues. They don't, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.
But they'll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They'll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.
When disaster strikes, it's what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they'll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they've never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.
And the next time they hear someone talk about "the patriarchy", or "male privilege", they'll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.
In the meantime, they'll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work's done.
They're unlikely to be reimbursed. There won't be medals. They won't care. They're heroes. And it's what they do.
EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS
Join friends of Bob Wirht and the San Jose Police Emerald Society tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. for a short memorial at Oak Hill honoring Bob. There will be a short ceremony followed by a debrief at O'Flaherty's Pub on San Pedro Street downtown.
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WITH 30 WARNINGS, SHOOTING WAS FOUND JUSTIFIED FOR OHIO COP
Cop Tells Felon ‘You Reach For That Gun, I’ll Blow Your Brains Out’
By Andrew Blake — Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 2, 2017
Officer Jonathon McCoy Gave Nearly 30 Commands Before Firing
Click HERE to view the video (8:21)
Kettering, Ohio – Kettering Police officer Jonathon McCoy gave about 30 commands to the occupants of a car he pulled over before firing nine shots and killing a felon who had a gun sticking out of his pants. (Video above)
The Kettering Police released video of the Aug. 27 incident, according to The Dayton Daily News. The newspaper reported one of the commands Officer McCoy gave Jason Hoops before shooting him was, “You reach for that gun, I will blow your brains out, do you f—— understand me?”
Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said Officer McCoy told Hoops six times to get his hands up, six times to put his hands on the dash, four times not to move, twice not to reach for the gun, twice not to do anything stupid and four times to relax.
Chief Protsman said Hoops was a felon and was prohibited from carrying a firearm. And police also have a signed statement from someone who said Hoops said he was not going back prison and “was willing to take out any cop that he had to.”
The incident began as a traffic stop and Officer McCoy noticed the gun sticking out of the pants of Hoops.
“We know there was a physical confrontation where the officer reached in and grabbed hold of Mr. Hoops’ right arm, trying to stop him from reaching down towards the gun,” Protsman said, according to the Dayton Daily News. “This continues for a little bit.”
“We now know through the investigation that Mr. Hoops pulled his hand away from him and then reached down for the gun, and the officer stepped back, and that’s when the shots were fired,” Chief Protsman said.
The female driver and other male in the van could be heard telling Hoops, “Jason, please don’t do it” and “it’s just not worth it,” Chief Protsman said.
There will be a criminal investigation of the shooting and the grand jury process initiated as well as an internal probe, Chief Protsman said. Officer McCoy would remain on administrative duty until the grand jury process was complete, the newspaper reported.
“What I’ve seen in this video, I’m pretty confident in saying that this officer did a very good job on this stop,” Protsman said.
Click HERE, then scroll down to read some of the 263 readers’ comments about this case.
OKAY, GANG BANGERS, YOU WIN. WE’LL PAY YOU TO STOP SHOOTING PEOPLE
Sacramento City Council Approves ‘Advance Peace’ Program
By Doug Johnson, Fox 40, Aug. 29, 2017
Click HERE for the TV news report
SACRAMENTO -- After a violent weekend of suspected gang-related shootings, Tuesday the Sacramento City Council took action to reduce the bloodshed.
It approved a controversial program called Advance Peace, which offers cash stipends to gang members who remain peaceful.
The program is already in use in Richmond and is also being considered in Stockton. Some believe it can help curb violent crime.
The vote came the same night as a vigil for the latest victim of gun violence in South Sacramento.
"He was a wonderful father, and he was a soon-to-be father," said Aliseah Cadena, the victim's daughter. "And I wish I could have him back."
Aliseah Cadena is still in shock after her father, 49-year-old Ernie Cadena was gunned down along with four others at Meadowview Park on Sunday, where a group had gathered to film a music video.
"It was his only day off from work, and he just came to the wrong place at the wrong time," Aliseah Cadena said.
Ernie Cadena didn't survive the shooting.
"I truly miss him, a lot," his daughter said.
"Five people were shot in Meadowview on Sunday," Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said.
The homicide prompted Steinberg to push up a vote on the controversial Advance Peace program by two weeks.
"Let's get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives," Steinberg said.
The program targets key gang agitators, offering them cash stipends to graduate school and remain peaceful. It already claims success in dropping crime rates in Richmond. But the city would still have to pay half the cost of the program, $1.5 million out of the city's general fund.
"In multiple places in the resolution, we say it's a four-year contract, in the contract, we call it a three-year contract, those are key critical terms, they don't agree," said Councilwoman Angelique Ashby.
During the discussion leading up to the vote, Ashby criticized the Advance Peace contract's language -- often butting heads with the mayor.
But in the end, the council agreed to the program, voting 9-0 in favor.
"He was a good guy, trust me on that," said Allen Brown, a friend of Ernie Cadena.
Still some of Cadena's friends fail to see how the program will change things on the street.
"How's the vote going to change anything? It's up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It's just senseless," Brown said.
Although the city council voted the program in, the contract language is still being reworked by city staff.
Meanwhile, Cadena's friends and family want it to be known that he was not a gang member, but police believe the person who fired the shots that killed him may have been.
THE VIRUS IS SPREADING
Florida Sheriff's Office Not Backing Down To NFL and Miami Dolphins
By Al Waisman — Freedom Daily
The newest NFL Football team to make a fool out of themselves are the Miami Dolphins. They have followed the footsteps of the ungrateful millionaire spoiled brat ball players who are refusing to stand for the national anthem. But in this particular case, the Florida sheriffs office decided they won’t be putting up with these player’s crap, nor the silence of the NFL or the Miami Dolphin’s association towards this disrespect.
The Police Union has announced they will not be escorting the Miami Dolphins team members to their games until they start doing what all Americans should do and stand during the presentation of our nation’s colors and the National Anthem is sung. The local Broward County police union has also made a statement that they won’t be escorting the team either. Good for them!
The Miami Dolphins organization and the NFL have made it very clear that their employees can do whatever they want during the National Anthem. But that goes both ways. Just like NFL players have the right to not stand in respect of our nation and her flag, the police association also has their right to refuse to escort the players. Isn’t it just great how “Freedom” works?
NFL viewership is down and study suggests it’s over protests. But the league cites other reasons
Millions of people tune in on any Sunday, Thursday or Monday during NFL season to watch a game. In 2014, about 205 million viewers watched part or all of an NFL game.
According to a recent internal memo from the NFL, the numbers have dropped. The memo addressed the league’s concern about declining viewership, stating that as of Week 4, ratings were down by 11 percent.
While the NFL attributes the decline in ratings to the presidential race, a study conducted by Rasmussen Reports shows otherwise. Approximately 1,000 American adults participated in a telephone questionnaire on Oct. 2-3 that revealed nearly one-third (32 percent) are “less likely to watch an NFL game” due to players taking a stand and protesting the national anthem. Thirteen percent want to watch a game because of the protests. Fifty-two percent do not base their viewing choice on the protests at all. But the league executives disagree.
“There is no evidence that concern over player protests during the national anthem is having any material impact on our ratings. In fact, our own data shows that perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016,” the executives wrote in the memo.
So let’s break down some numbers. Over the last 15 years, the memo stated, that NFL viewership overall has increased 27 percent, although total prime-time viewership declined by 36 percent.
At issue: The survey was conducted using a small sample size (as most studies are) of 1,000 people. So those 1,000 are used to measure the thought process of more than 200 million NFL viewers.
According to Rasmussen Reports in a survey four years ago, football was Americans’ favorite sport. The current study reveals that blacks and whites have different opinions. Twenty-eight percent of blacks say they are more likely to tune into an NFL game because of the protests, compared with 8 percent of whites and 16 percent of other minority Americans. It also reveals that 59 percent of black voters view the Black Lives Matter movement favorably, while 31 percent of whites and 49 percent of other minority voters disagree.
Further results directly from the study reveal the following:
Blacks strongly believe they are treated unfairly by the police, but most overall voters think crime in inner cities is a bigger problem than police discrimination against minorities.
Twenty-nine percent of men say they are less likely to watch an NFL game because of the growing protests, while 18 percent say they’re more likely to watch. Among women, 35 percent say they are less likely to watch, and only 8 percent are more likely to tune in.
Those younger than age 40 are more likely to watch NFL games because of the protests than their elders are. But just over half of adults in all age groups say the growing protests have no impact on their viewing decisions.
It’s really great seeing how NFL viewership is falling fast because of this crap, People are pushing back against these spoiled rich ball tossers, but the only way this crap will stop for good is when the NFL gathers enough guts and says “enough” and starts hitting these thugs where it hurts, their pocketbooks. “You don’t stand, you don’t get paid.” It’s simple. Just like the NFL doesn’t let its employees wear, or display, certain unapproved things during games, they can tell them to stand the hell up for our national anthem and stop disrespecting our great nation and everything she, and us, stand for and hold dear.
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Police Union: Officers Won't Take Part in Browns Games After Players Kneel for
Insider, Fox News
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The head of Cleveland, Ohio's police union and its Emergency Medical Services union said they won't participate in Colors before upcoming Browns football games after about a dozen starters knelt for the National Anthem last week.
Several Cleveland Browns were pictured kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner, while a smattering of other starters remained standing.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns tight end Seth DeValve, running back Isaiah Crowell, safety Jabrill Peppers, wide receiver Kenny Britt, as well as Duke Johnson, Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins, Ricardo Louis and Jamar Taylor knelt in a huddle near the team bench.
Detective Steve Loomis, president of the police union, said they weren't protesting the players personally, or their right to freedom of speech.
"We're not going to participate in something with the Cleveland Browns when the management and NFL [front office] condones this behavior.
Loomis blasted Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, who he said accepted the players' decision to kneel.
Williams said the decision to boycott game time festivities was "simply not the viewpoint of all of our officers."
"Calvin Williams is not in touch with reality," Loomis said. "They're absolutely with us."
EMS Union chief Dan Nemeth said the players' decision was "deeply disturbing," and added that as athletes that children look up to, those particular Browns should "set the example for our youth."
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According to David Byers and Lumpy, if all the overpaid protestors in the NFL would put on this uniform, they might understand why we stand for the National Anthem...
STORIES OF THE WEEK
You know you are an Extreme Redneck when...
Received from Pete Guerin
• You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.
• The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.
• You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
• You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a different night.
• You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
• Someone in your family died right after saying, ‘Hey, guys, watch this…’
• You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
• Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
• Your junior prom offered day care.
• You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner are ‘Gentlemen, start your engines.’
• You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
• The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.
• You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
• One of your kids was born on a pool table.
• You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
• You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.
• You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.
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Submitted by Ken Hawkes
Lemon Picker Sally Mulligan of Coral Springs, Florida decided to take one of the jobs that most Americans are not willing to do. When Sally applied for a job in a Florida lemon grove she seemed to be far too qualified for the job. She had a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan and had worked as a social worker and a school teacher.
The foreman frowned and said, "I have to ask you, have you had any actual experience in picking lemons?”
“As a matter of fact I have," she said, "I've been divorced three times, owned two Chryslers, voted twice for Obama, and once for Hillary.”
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(An oldie but goodie)
The phone rang
as I was sitting down to my evening meal, and as I answered it I was greeted
with "Is this Karl Brummer?"
Not sounding anything like my name, I asked who was calling.
The telemarketer said he was with The Rubber Band Powered Freezer Company or something like that.
Then I asked him if he knew Karl personally and why was he calling this number.
I then said off to the side, "Get some pictures of the body at various angles and the blood smears."
I then turned back to the phone and advised the caller that he had entered a murder scene and must stay on the line because we had already traced this call and he would be receiving a summons to testify in this murder case.
I questioned the caller at great length as to his name, address, phone number at home, at work, who he worked for, how he knew the dead guy and could he prove where he had been about one hour before he made this call.
By now the telemarketer was very concerned and his answers were given in a shaky voice.
I then told him we had located his position and the police were entering the building to take him into custody. At that point I heard the phone fall and the scurrying of his running away.
My wife asked me as I returned to the dinner table why I had tears streaming down my face and so help me, I couldn't tell her for about fifteen minutes. My meal was cold, but it was the best meal in a long, long time.
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The secret to a good night's sleep...
Some cops went to a retreat in the mountains on their days off. To save money, they decided to sleep two to a room, but no one really wanted to share a room with Daryl because he snored so badly. The group decided it wasn't fair for one man to room with Daryl the whole time, so they decided to take turns.
The cop who had slept in the same room with Daryl the first night came to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot. When asked why he looked so bad, he replied, "Daryl snored so loudly I couldn't sleep, and I sat up watching him all night."
The next night it was a different cop's turn. In the morning the same thing occurred. The cop who shared the room with Daryl showed up for breakfast with his hair standing up and his eyes bloodshot.
"Man, what happened to you?" asked one of the other cops. "You look awful."
"Man, that Daryl shakes the whole room when he snores. I couldn't sleep either, so I stayed awake all night and watched him as he snored up a storm."
The third night it was Joe's turn to share the room with Daryl. Joe was a big burly ex-football player who weighed almost 300 pounds. He was a real man's man.
The next morning Joe came down to breakfast bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready for the day's activities.
"Good morning, guys," said Joe.
The other cops couldn't believe it, and one of them said, "What happened? You look like you got a full night's sleep."
Joe replied, "Well, after we got ready to turn in, I tucked Daryl into bed, kissed him good night on the cheek, and he sat up and watched me all night long."
HOW TO AVOID CHAOS AT YOUR GRANDCHILD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY...
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
All were summer repeats this past week.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
What’s interesting about this overview of Antifa is that the source is RT.com, with RT standing for Russian Television. The website covers news from all over the world, usually from the Russian point of view. Surprisingly, THIS report on Antifa seems to be spot on. (2:02)
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Here is a well appreciated contribution from Comrade Kosovilka of the “Bombshell Belles” singing a medley of HITS by the Andrews Sisters of the Second World War. (5:08)
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Isn’t it wonderful? After all these years of painstaking research and work North Korea has FINALLY developed a hydrogen bomb! (1:46)
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In need of a hug? Love an animal and treat it right and it just might answer that need like THESE critters do. (1:17)
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If you and you and your wife are going to take your pet cat on a flight in your ultra light aircraft, the least you can do is outfit the critter with a seat belt or a little parachute. Click HERE and wait for it. (2:56)
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I know a lot of people who would pay top dollar for a Swan like this one sent in by Alice Murphy. And I am one of them! Check THIS out. (1:10)
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This week’s Hope for Paws story: Stray dog WALKS into a yard and then collapses. (3:31)
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If you believe in Psychics, here is one you probably should avoid...
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Most of you have likely seen video clips of commercial aircraft landing at Skiathos on St. Maarten, where tourists gather to watch the planes land just feet above them, and where they challenge the wind from the engines when the planes take off. But we doubt you have seen a plane come closer to tearing off the fence that separates the road from the airport than THIS Air Italy 737-8. (3:16)
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Thinking of learning how to ride a motorcycle? Here are some do’s and don’ts, with an EMPHASIS on the latter. (11:26)
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Having a communication problem in your relationship? THIS clip from Alice Murphy may help explain why. Many couples who have seen the clip say the woman nailed it. (1:41)
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We are going to make an educated guess that this store in Miami is owned by someone who is about to experience his first hurricane...
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Some TV producer should bring back “Reno 911.” Some of show's made-up and real life situations were hilarious, like this DUI field sobriety test and the processing of a drunk driver. (3:18)
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Can you handle a little demented humor? At first I felt guilty as hell for laughing at this clip, but I managed to get over it in about 12 seconds. Click HERE and watch little Tommy Douglas who was born with a potato for a heart run for a touchdown! (1:05)
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Based on the number of readers we received this from, this excerpt from a commencement address made by US Navy Admiral William McRaven at the University of Texas at Austin is in the process of going viral. If you haven’t seen this, you should. And you can by clicking HERE. (6:00)
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We don’t normally run video ads as closers for the Farsider, but we are making an exception for this one from the Acuity Insurance Company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Have a LOOK and you will understand why. (6:18)
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Our prayers are with all hurricane
victims, both current and soon-to-be.
Pic of the Week
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Abram, Fred & Connie
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Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve