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September
13, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 

HOW TO HELP SLAIN CHP OFFICER YOUNGSTROM'S FAMILY



Sept. 7, 2012

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, #18063, died September 5, 2012, a day after being shot by a violator on the side of Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek, California.

<http://www.thecahp.org/index.cfm/IM-Kenyon_Youngstrom_452.htm>


Officer Youngstrom is survived by his wife, Karen, two daughters, two sons, his parents, Gaylord and Jill Youngstrom, four brothers and a sister.

A CAHP Cares account has been established to assist the Youngstrom family. Donations will be collected through October 31, 2012, at which point all contributions will be forwarded to the memorial fund established for the family.

To contribute, please make checks out to “CAHP Cares,” and on the memo line of the check write “Youngstrom Family.”  This will ensure the donation is appropriately directed to the memorial fund.

Checks can be sent to:

CAHP Cares

2030 V Street

Sacramento, CA 95818
 

Please contact the CAHP at (916) 452-6751 with any questions.

 

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Tragic Murder of a Highway Patrolman and Sam Liccardo’s Disdain for Law Enforcement
 



Sept. 6, 2012



By SJPOA President Jim Unland


On Wednesday September 5th, California Highway Patrolman Kenyon Youngstrom was pronounced dead after being shot in the head the day before by a suspect pulled over along highway 680, near Walnut Creek. Patrolman Youngstrom was 37-years old and is survived by his wife and four children.

Upon learning Tuesday that a Patrolman had been shot, I left a message for leaders at the California Association of Highway Patrol (CAHP). Within an hour, Jon Hamm, CAHP's CFO, called to tell me that their patrolman was not expected to survive his injuries. After offering my condolences and any assistance the POA could do, the conversation turned to one of our local politicians who recently denigrated the work performed by the men and women of the CHP.

Jon was referring to San Jose Councilmember and Mayoral aspirant Sam Liccardo. Jon had heard about the dismissive remark Mr. Liccardo had made to a television reporter a few weeks ago when asked about the CHP assisting the SJPD stem the rise in violence in San Jose.



 

"This strategy that focuses on CHP might only work if
you can convince all these gang members [in San Jose]
to get into cars and exceed the speed limit on the
freeways." (San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo
interviewed by ABC 7 News, August 2012.)
 

(Click on the link below to see the broadcast.)
 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIPMOS9Lces&feature=youtu.be>


I heard the anger in Jon's voice as he tried to reconcile the insensitive remarks of a politician and the impending death of one their officers.

I know Sam Liccardo’s comment angered and offended the president of the CAHP, Doug Villars, as well because I was with both Doug and Jon when the Councilmember’s comment became public. I told them that the statement exemplified the mindset of many of our political leaders in San Jose who see us as nothing but numbers on a spreadsheet. They do not respect police officers or what we do. Most of the time they are able to mask their contempt of us, but every now and then their true feelings slip out.

Councilmember Liccardo: Today CHP Patrolman Youngstrom is no longer with us. His wife and four children will be forever robbed of their husband and father. While the job of patrolling the State's highways may seem like a mundane and insignificant job to you, the officers who do the work put their lives on the line every day. The fact that their beat is a highway and not a municipality does not change the fact that they are cops who regularly encounter hazardous and life-threatening situations.

To the men and women of the California Highway Patrol: Please know that the members of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association have you in our thoughts and prayers today. We mourn with you and share your pain. Only those who pin the badge on their chest every day truly understand the loss you are suffering.
 





 

PBA MEETING REMINDER

Next Wednesday, Sept. 19th
5:00 p.m. (or thereabouts)
POA Hall on N. 4th St.



 

PENSION NEWS
 

From the front page of the Local Section of last Sunday's paper...

Pension Reform is Still Hot Topic in Council Race

—Hopefuls kick off campaigns on Saturday in contest for two seats—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 9, 2012


SAN JOSE — San Jose city Councilwoman Rose Herrera teared up at one point Saturday during a speech to a couple of dozen supporters in her re-election campaign kickoff at an Evergreen Village Square coffee shop.

“Being your council member has been the privilege of my life,” Herrera said in the emotional pause during a celebration otherwise filled with fiery confidence in which she was joined by Mayor Chuck Reed and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen.

The fall campaign for two City Council seats kicked into high gear on the first weekend after Labor Day, as the four candidates in the Nov. 6 runoff hit the streets with their messages to voters.

It was clear Saturday that the Measure B pension reforms that drew national attention to San Jose in June still loomed large for Herrera and the three other candidates.

For Herrera, the tearful moment reflected a rare vulnerability in the two-term-limit world of modern city politics where incumbents seldom sweat reelection. Herrera far outpaced her two re-election challengers in the June primary. But thanks to an anti-Herrera barrage from unions furious at her support for Reed and his controversial pension cuts, she finished short of the majority vote needed to win re-election outright in June.

Herrera now faces a November runoff in southeast San Jose’s District 8 against Jimmy Nguyen, an attorney and political novice who opposed Reed’s pension reforms and whose Saturday evening fundraiser at a seafood restaurant on Monterey Highway drew a crowd of about 250.

In southwest San Jose’s District 10, financial adviser Johnny Khamis and TV sports broadcaster Robert Braunstein are vying to replace termed-out incumbent Nancy Pyle, a swing vote on the 11-member council. Khamis finished one vote ahead of Braunstein in a six-way primary contest in which both pledged to support Reed’s pension reforms.

Nearly 70 percent of city voters approved Measure B over heavy opposition from unions, which a day after the election sued to block provisions that would make current workers pay more for their pensions or reduce benefits for their remaining years.

Since June, San Jose has reduced pensions for most new hires and is headed to arbitration to cut pensions for police and firefighter recruits. But the measure’s critics have pointed to a rash of police departures and a late-summer spike in violence to argue that it’s driven away cops and emboldened criminals.

“Measure B was supposed to be a solution,” Nguyen said, “but it’s caused more problems.”

Herrera’s defeat would cost Reed an ally he has counted on in close votes to tackle pensions, whose costs have more than tripled in a decade and siphoned funding for staffing and services.

“It’s a really important election — she’s important to fiscal reforms,” said Reed, arguing that Herrera’s support for his agenda helped avoid deeper layoffs of officers and other city workers amid soaring deficits.

In District 10’s Almaden Valley, volunteers arrived at Braunstein’s and Khamis’ homes just a few blocks apart to begin a weekend of door-knocking to make their pitch to voters.

Braunstein launched his campaign with endorsements from Pyle and from Edesa Bitbadal, the third-place runner-up in June who also is supporting Herrera. A few dozen volunteers showed up to begin walking precincts. Though Braunstein and rival Khamis both supported Measure B and say they will make public safety their priority, Braunstein is campaigning as the moderate who aims to keep officers from leaving the city.

“Johnny’s pretty far to the right,” Braunstein said, arguing that he’s “in step with the majority of the district.”

Braunstein said keeping a lid on crime by building up the police ranks will be the main issue in November, and he pointed to endorsements from Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Sheriff Laurie Smith and the San Jose police officers union to demonstrate that he’s “the best person to handle that.”

Khamis, in his living room with a handful of volunteers ready to knock on doors, questioned his rival’s commitment to fiscal reforms he says are needed for the city to afford more cops or higher officer pay. He noted that the San Jose Police Officers’ Association that is backing Braunstein is also fighting Measure B in court and cuts to other costly perks such as retirement sick-leave cashouts that limit funding to hire officers.

“Someone who doesn’t have a background in finance doesn’t understand we don’t have the money,” Khamis said. “Without money, we can’t hire them.”

At Nguyen’s fundraiser, attorney Jenny Do, 47, said the 35-year-old would offer a fresh young perspective on the council.

“He represents the young generation,” Do said. “He’s passionate about what he does.”




 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD


Perhaps that headline should read "The Trials and Tribulations of Mayor Reed." The incident described below also made the news on some Bay Area TV stations, including NBC Bay Area News. (Click on the link below and give the video a few moments to load.)


 

<http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Jose-Mayor-Chuck-Reed-Gets-Ticket-169359546.html>
 

This is the story as it appeared in yesterday's paper...
 

Even the Mayor Can Get a Ticket

—Police say Reed, on his way to work, didn’t use turn signal—

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 12, 2012


SAN JOSE — Being mayor of America’s 10th-largest city doesn’t necessarily earn you a break from the black-and-whites when you’re motoring about town, as San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed found out Tuesday morning when a cop ticketed him for a traffic violation on his way to work.

Reed’s office confirmed the mayor got a ticket at 7:35 a.m. for failing to use his turn signal at the intersection of North White and Mabury roads, 2.3 miles from his northeast San Jose home, while driving his Toyota Prius hybrid to City Hall.

Reed’s spokeswoman said the mayor was in the right-turn lane heading south on North White Road when an officer in a standard marked San Jose police sedan pulled him over and cited him for a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22108. The Department of Motor Vehicles says that code section requires that “any signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.”

A DMV spokeswoman said Reed had no previous violations on his driving record.
 



“I am a cautious driver, and this was my first ticket in
decades,” Reed said in a statement through his office.


His spokeswoman said Reed hasn’t decided whether to contest the citation, which she said carries a $35 fine, or to consider traffic school as an alternative to resolve the violation.

Reed’s ballot measure to reduce city pensions whose costs have more than tripled in a decade drew national attention after voters overwhelmingly approved it in June. But he has invoked the wrath of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and other unions that have sued to block the measure, which they argue violates vested benefit rights.

Reed’s office said Tuesday he doesn’t believe the pension controversy had anything to do with his being cited for a traffic violation.



Image from the NBC Bay Area News link.

 

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Given the circumstances, this story from today's paper comes as no surprise...
 

Police Chief to Inquire About Traffic Ticket Leak

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mrecury News — Sept. 13, 2012


SAN JOSE — Police Chief Chris Moore said Wednesday he’s launching an internal investigation into who in his department leaked a photograph of a traffic ticket issued to Mayor Chuck Reed that quickly circulated online and among news reporters.

In a memorandum to the department, Moore issued a stern warning to officers that such conduct violates department policy.

“The individuals found to be responsible will be subject to discipline,” Moore said. “I must emphasize that this investigation has nothing to do with the traffic stop or the citation. It is solely focused on the inappropriate release of information via social media.”

Reed has drawn national attention and invoked the wrath of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and other unions for a June ballot measure to pare city worker pensions whose costs have more than tripled in a decade. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure and the officers’ union is suing to block its provisions, arguing it violates vested benefit rights. Reed was driving his blue Toyota Prius to City Hall at 7:35 a.m. when he was pulled over for allegedly failing to signal a turn at the intersection of North White and Mabury roads.
 


Department spokesman Jason Dwyer said the interaction between Officer Kevin Kyono, the only officer on the scene, and the mayor lasted less than 16 minutes. Moore described it in his memo as “low key and professional.”

“What occurred next was incredibly disappointing and professionally embarrassing to all of us,” Moore continued. “Some time after the conclusion of the stop, one of our officers took a photograph of the citation, and it was made available to the public via social media.”

Police said they do not have the ability to report how often turn-signal citations are issued compared with other traffic violations, but Dwyer said they are not uncommon. The department is considering requests to release dispatch records of the traffic stop.

But Moore added that contrary to a report circulated Tuesday, Reed didn’t call him “seeking my intervention.”

“In fact, the only time I have spoken to the mayor since the incident was a telephone call that I placed to him this morning to apologize — not for the citation, rather for the unprofessional conduct of our personnel,” Moore said. “I realize that we, as a department and a city, have been through an extraordinarily difficult period. That said, we must maintain our professionalism at all times.”

Contact John Woolfolk at 408-975-9346. Follow him on Twitter at <Twitter.com/ johnwoolfolk1>.



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

For the most recent releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>

 

 

MAIL CALL
 

Sept. 6th

Bill,

We recently spoke by phone several weeks back. I mentioned to you that I had filed a written complaint against Pete Constant for violating SJPOA bylaws. I wanted to bring to your attention that a POA Committee Hearing has been scheduled for my complaint against Councilmember Pete Constant.

I was wondering if you could share the date, time and location of the hearing with the Farsider readers. You can verify this by contacting SJPOA President Jim Unland, who scheduled the hearing date himself.

The hearing will be held on Monday, Oct. 1st, at 1:00 p.m. at the SJPOA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.

The hearing is open only to active and retired members of the SJPOA; it is not open to the general public.

Thank you for considering my request to make the Farsider readers aware of the hearing.

Take care.

Brian Chevalier
<lbchevalier@att.net>
 

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Sept. 6th

Bill,

I would like to remind everyone  to donate to the Retiree's Association legal fund or to the POA through the Protect San Jose website. We have an excellent chance of winning the POA lawsuit, but it takes lots of money for legal fees. If we run out of money to pay attorneys we lose regardless of the merits of our case.

Art
(Mogilefsky) <mogel@charter.net>

This is the Protect San Jose link where you can make a donation. Credit cards and PayPal are accepted...
 

<http://www.protectsanjose.com/theepicenter>

 

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Sept. 6th

Hi Bill
 
I read the article in the Farsider and the article in the Mercury News regarding Jeff Rosen's stance on the crime of tagging. The Merc article also quoted a comment from some high-ranking defense attorney with the Public Offender's Office, saying in effect that charging a tagger with a gang enhancement and possibly ending up with a strike on their record was beyond belief and shocking to the senses, or some crap like that.
 
I'd like to direct your attention, and that of anyone who is interested in such things, to an article in the Fresno Bee, dated August 26, 2012. This article dealt with the seemingly innocuous crime of tagging. Fresno has a population of about 476,000. The police claim that there are about 1,000 taggers, of which only 36 are known to be violent, inhabiting Fresno. Since 2009, the staggering stats indicate that there have been 174 shooting and stabbing incidents related to taggers, and of that number, there have been 10 homicides attributed to tagging crews.
 
It seems to me that Jeff Rosen is doing the right thing, and it is too bad that San Jose PD had to scuttle their graffiti abatement team. Looking at the statistics from Fresno, it is not a question of if, but when, we might experience the same type of violence attributable to tagging crews/gangs.
 
Just a thought.
 
David Byers
<dng_byers@sbcglobal.net>

This is a link to the Fresno Bee tagging story:
<http://tinyurl.com/9e5fy58>

 

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Sept. 6th

Bill,

I am contacting you in hopes of getting e-mail or home addresses for retiirees who were part of Vice and Intel.

I have been assigned to the Intel Unit for about six years so I only know the officers during that time. We have lost touch with many retirees, and I would like to be able to compile a list so we can continue to keep the retirees involved in our Vice/Intel activities. Could you ask them to contact me with their e-mail addresses? I would hate to leave someone out. This year we made an "Oops" and forgot to send an invite to the annual Intel/Vice party to the retirees, and it just wasn't the same without them.

Thank you,

Kimberlie Reckas, Analyst
<kimberlie.reckas@sanjoseca.gov>
San Jose Police Intelligence Unit, 408-277-4041

Ed. — I sent e-mails to those Farsider subscribers whose names I recognized as having worked in Vice or Intel, but I'm sure I missed some.
 

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Sept. 12th

Hi Bill,

I am forwarding the attached flier for insertion into the Farsider, if and when there is room. No hurry. The show isn't until October 19th. I am no longer producing the shows at Sacred Heart in Saratoga, but the Men's Club is continuing the tradition and it should be a great evening. Active duty officers will have to ask their parents or grand parents who the Kingston Trio are, but the Trio's music is loved by all, so bring the whole family.

Bruce
(Hodgin)
<brucehodgin@yahoo.com>

I thought I'd include the flyer now so those interested in attending can pencil in the event on their calendars and jot down the info needed to obtain tickets...
 





 

THE FACTS ABOUT THE BIN LADEN RAID BY ONE WHO WAS THERE


If you missed last Sunday's "Sixty Minutes" interview with one of the Navy SEALs who participated in the bin Laden raid and has written a book about it, you should consider clicking on the link below and watching the riveting story. He points out that many aspects of the raid are different than the mainstream media reports. I suspect that if the White House pushes the Pentagon brass to bring charges on the SEAL for disclosing so-called top secret material, there will be a revolt against the government, especially since the White House collaborated with a Hollywood producer to make a movie about the raid. The SEAL said he scheduled the book's release to correspond with the anniversary of 9/11, not as political fodder for what he described as the nut case extremists on the left and the right. Watch it and see if you don't agree that he is a stand-up guy.

The book — "No Easy Day" — is available on Amazon for $16.17 for the hardcover edition, and $12.99 for the Kindle version.

Below is a link to the Sixty Minutes interview...



<http://tinyurl.com/9ce3cgn>


P.S. Damn Fox News for learning and disclosing the SEAL's true name. It was a classic case of extremely poor judgment that begs the question, What in the hell were they thinking?



 

FROM THE "FACTS ABOUT THE EARTH YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW DEPT."


You have no doubt heard that the Earth is 70 percent water. That's a misnomer. The sentence should read that 70 percent of the Earth is 'covered' by water. So how much water is actually on the Earth? The answer may surprise you.

The drawing below shows three blue spheres representing relative amounts of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. While you may be surprised that these water spheres look small, they are only small in relation to the size of the Earth. These images attempt to show three dimensions, so each sphere represents "volume." Overall, it shows that in comparison to the volume of the globe the amount of water on the planet is very small — and the oceans are only a "thin film" of water on the surface.
 


Spheres representing all of Earth's water, Earth's liquid fresh water, and the water in lakes and rivers

The largest sphere represents all of Earth's water, and its diameter is about 860 miles (the distance from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Topeka, Kansas). It would have a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles. The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, ice caps, lakes, and rivers, as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

Liquid fresh water


How much of the total water is fresh water, which people and many other life forms need to survive? The blue sphere over Kentucky represents the world's liquid fresh water (groundwater, lakes, swamp water, and rivers). The volume comes to about 2,551,100 cubic miles, of which 99 percent is groundwater, much of which is not accessible to humans. The diameter of this sphere is about 169.5 miles
.

Water in lakes and rivers


Can you make out that "tiny" bubble over Atlanta, Georgia? (You might need a magnifying glass.) It represents the fresh water in all the lakes and rivers on the planet, and most of the water people and other forms of life on earth need every day that comes from surface-water sources. The volume of this sphere is about 22,339 cubic miles. Its diameter is about 34.9 miles. Yes, Lake Michigan looks way bigger than this sphere, but you have to try to imagine a bubble almost 35 miles high — whereas the average depth of Lake Michigan is less than 300 feet (91 meters).

Click on this link for more information:

<http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/2010/gallery/global-water-volume.html>



 


THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE DOOZY THAT HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED...

Despite the length of this item, we felt it was far too good not to share.
Scroll down to the Snopes update if you have no interest in it.

This is a miniature, fully-functioning 35-inch long replica 1932 Duesenberg in 1/6 scale by Louis Chenot.
 


No, it's not a real full-size Duesenberg, but rather a beautifully constructed 35-inch long working model made in 1/6 scale.

Louis Chenot spent the past ten years building this incredibly detailed 1932 SJ Duesenberg LaGrande dual-cowl phaeton. Not only does it look good, but the engine runs, the lights work, the top mechanism functions and the transmission and driveline are complete.

Lou started his research on this project over fifty years ago with the purchase of a book. Through the following years he collected many drawings and studied a number of Duesenbergs while they were being restored, taking photos and recording dimensions.
 


 

This is a photo of the finished car from the side on its specially made display table. The model weighs about 60 pounds.

Lou's 40-year career was spent as a mechanical engineer. In the 1960s he spent 7 years restoring a vintage 1930 Cadillac convertible that was on the show circuit for years, but now he prefers to work on smaller projects in the comfort of his home shop.


 

The bodywork is all metal, not fiberglass. Above is a photo of the car in Lou's shop before the brass coachwork was primed and painted. Lou is not adverse to remaking a part that doesn't meet his standards. He started over on the especially difficult brass radiator shell nine times.


Here the engine is removed from the model and sitting on its test stand. The transmission is in the foreground.

Most running models are built at larger scales like 1/3 or 1/4. Working in the smaller 1/6 scale magnifies the problems caused by miniaturizing certain parts. Remember that these scale parts are 1/6 as long, 1/6 as high and 1/6 as deep as real parts, making them 1/6 x 1/6 x 1/6 or 1/216th the volume of the original part. By comparison, a 1/3 scale model is 1/27th the volume, and a 1/4 scale model is 1/64th the volume. Further complicating the prospect of building a running engine at that size is the fact that fuel molecules and electricity don't scale. It is very difficult to get tiny carburetors and little spark plugs to work like the big ones.

A video of Lou starting and running the engine for the first time can be seen by clicking on the link under the photo below of Lou and his engine...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6TetkMpFIc>
 


Inside the straight-eight engine are all the correct parts custom machined to scale from steel, cast iron and aluminum. Here we see the block and crankshaft at the top. Arrayed below the block are the cast iron cylinder sleeves, pistons, wrist pins and assembled connecting rods.
 


Even though there would be no way to tell once it is all assembled, the cylinder head shows that Lou didn't cheat. The engine has 4 valves per cylinder (32 in total) just like the real one.
 

Here is the head (before painting) with the camshafts in place with 16 lobes on each shaft. (The apparent curve of the upper shaft is caused by the camera's wide angle lens.)
 


The gears inside the differential will never be seen by anyone, but Lou cut them as actual hypoid gears like the real one rather than machining simpler bevel gears.
 


Above is the dashboard and interior with the body primed but not yet painted. Note the detailed instruments and engine-turned finish on the dash.
 


The complicated convertible top mechanism is shown in the lowered position before the canvas top material was installed.


Louis Chenot (left) and Joe Martin inspect the progress on the chassis and engine at the NAMES show in Detroit in 2007.


Lou was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement award by the Craftsmanship Museum in 2009.

<http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/>


The model was nearing completion but the engine had not yet run. Now that the engine runs and the model is completed, Lou has been selected as the foundation's "Metalworking Craftsman of the Year." The award includes an engraved medallion and a check for $2,000. Lou is the 15th person to receive this coveted annual award. Because it is likely that this could well be the finest running model car ever built in this small a scale, Lou's award this year will be presented as the "Craftsman of the Decade." More can be seen of this car and some of Lou's other projects at...

<http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/chenot.htm>
 


P.S. The word doozy — as in "That is a real doozy! — refers to something that is extraordinary or bizarre. The term originated as a result of the Duesenberg of the 1920s and 1930s, which was one of the most expensive, luxurious and powerful cars money could buy. Models equipped with a factory supercharger could go from 0 to 60 in about 8 seconds, which was extremely fast for a car of that era that tipped the scales at around 7,000 pounds.



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 8, 2012

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Tweet purportedly reproduces actor Morgan Freeman's comment about homophobia.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/freeman.asp>

• Warning about e-mail messages containing an attachment entitled "Windows Live Update."
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/windowslive.asp>

• Video clip purportedly shows a suppressed Fox News broadcast about Barack Obama.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/foxvideo.asp>

• List purportedly summarizes some of the 923 executive orders issued by President Obama.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/executiveorders.asp>

• Is Mitt Romney's campaign slogan identical to one previously used by the Ku Klux Klan?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/slogan.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a dogfighting event sponsored by Heineken.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/dogfight.asp>

• Do cups of instant noodles pose a danger to consumers due to their wax linings?
<http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/noodles.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Are U.S. Social Security numbers assigned on the basis of race, a practice that permits employers to screen applicants and weed out those of color?
<http://www.snopes.com/business/taxes/blackssn.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
 

Remember to adjust the YouTube setting to large or full screen...




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Translation isn't needed for this foreign commercial about two guys who decided to attend a classic car show here in the U.S. The clip sent in by Lumpy should be worth a minute of your time. (1:16 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQfZY5rvXX0>


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Unless you travel to a gambling meca like Vegas or Reno you would have a difficult time finding cabaret acts like this one that are so popular in France. Check out this one we received from Chuck Blackmore. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hIc2ODfRxQ>


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Military organizations from different countries have their own way of memorializing their war dead. This clip from Ken Hawkes shows how it was done in New Zealand after some Kiwi troops lost their lives in Afghanistan. The unusual demonstration is called a "Haka," and a full written description can be found under the video. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI6TRTBZUMM>


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"Eastwood says his convention appearance was 'mission accomplished.' " That's the headline from The Carmel Pine Cone, Clint's hometown newspaper. Click on the link below if you're interested in reading the story...



<http://www.pineconearchive.com/120907-1.html>


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If the only thing that is keeping you from exercising is finding a partner that won't laugh while you try to firm up your body, Alice Murphy may have found the answer. (4 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiB3wlvWktw>


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And finally, if you want to see what it's like to fly like Rocketman and swim like a dolphin, check out this music video about the latest craze in watersports sent in by Don Hale (6 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd6C1vIyQ3w>


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C'ya


 

Pic of the Week:
 

Lumpy says this is the definition of a best friend. We suspect that
with a proper aim, the two could remain best friends all the way to
their teen years, at which point they will become regular friends.


 
   

Scrolling Box

 
This is the message box, using the scroller component.
 

 

 

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