AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PBA PRESIDENT
—SEPT. PBA MEETING CANCELLED—
Next Wednesday’s Sept. 20th PBA
meeting has been CANCELLED due to the repaving of the parking lot surrounding the
POA Hall. Although we could conceivably park in the Catholic Charities lot and
hoof it into the Hall, off-loading the ingredients Johnny Nguyen would need to
prepare dinner is a deal breaker. And even more importantly, there is NO WAY TO
GET THE BAR SUPPLIES IN.
We will see everybody at next month’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18th.
Dave Wysuph <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UPDATE ON RETIRED CHAPLAIN DAVE BRIDGEN
I just wanted to give you a quick update on Chaplain Dave.
He continues to have good days and bad days. He enjoys visits from friends and can often communicate, although sometimes very quietly. He loves to hear what’s going on in the Police Department and in the lives of his friends. He often drifts off to sleep while sitting in his chair, but it is OK to wake him back up to talk.
He loves to be dressed in PD-garb!! A few weeks ago, Sergeant Geeno Gular and Officer Cynthia Theobald from the Gang Investigations Unit spearheaded an effort to get Dave some new shirts and delivered them to him at Somerset. Betty Ruth and Dave decided to reciprocate and greeted his visitors and the other residents with pizza and cookies. Dave really enjoyed hosting the get-together, although it did tucker him out!! I’ve included a self-serving picture of Dave and Betty Ruth at the event.
Also, we decided to host a Root Beer Float for Dave’s friends and the Somerset residents on October 11th, at 2:00 PM. We have a simple flyer for the event. This morning, I asked Dave if he wanted me to send it to you for the Farsider, and his face lit up and he uttered a very audible “YES”. Thus, can you include the flyer in the Farsider, please?
Thanks for all you and Leroy do to keep us informed of all of the goings-on.
Gary (Johnson) <email@example.com>
On June 4th, 2017, Reserve Officer Philippe Rebboah's life changed. He was traveling southbound on Hy 87 approaching Capitol Expressway when his vehicle hit a large object in the roadway (later determined to be a deflated jump house). This caused his vehicle to spin out of control. His vehicle came to rest in the #1 lane facing oncoming traffic. He exited his vehicle and attempted to get to safety when two other vehicles swerved to avoid the jump house and struck each other. One of those vehicles careened off the other and hit Phillippe straight on, launching him several hundred feet down the roadway. Paramedics arrived on scene and immediately began their work. They transported Phillippe to Regional Medical Center where he underwent several surgeries.
His injuries were severe, with several broken bones, fractured skull, severed toe and still more surgeries in his future. However, if you know Phillippe you know that he has an iron will, strong spirit and is in tremendous shape physically (He was training to climb Mt Everest at the time of the accident). I talked to one of the CHP officers that had responded to the accident a few days later and he was shocked to find out that not only did Phillippe survive but was doing surprisingly well. Phillippe is now recovering at home and going through physical therapy.
Phillippe however could use some help from his brothers and sisters here at the Department (although he'd never ask and will probably kill me when he finds out I did this). With Phillippe unable to work his income has obviously started to suffer. I would like to ask if you can donate whatever you can to help a fellow officer out in their time of need. Phillippe has been with the San Jose Reserves for over 20 years and is also a retired Probation Officer. I know Phillippe would be one of the first ones in line to help us out if the roles were reversed.
Please click HERE to make a donation online now
Thank you and God Bless
Sgt. Dave Wilson #3316
Reserve Unit Director
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Ex-councilman Constant Shoots Down Rumors
Mercury News — Sep. 10. 2017
Nearly three years after former Councilman Pete Constant termed out, rumors are swirling that the conservative Republican might run for City Council in Roseville — unleashing the wrath of his political enemies in Silicon Valley.
“I can’t forget Measure B and how the fallout from that divisive, dishonest, and despicable measure destroyed our police department,” wrote John Moutzouridis, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, in a recent newsletter. “We, as an association, have an obligation to not allow Pete Constant to do to any other city what he did to San Jose.”
Former San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant
Constant enraged police union leaders over his support of pension cuts through 2012’s Measure B and his new role with a group called, “Retirement Security Initiative.” The group, which has former Mayor Chuck Reed on its board, advocates for “sustainable” pensions across the country.
Moutzouridis said in his letter that Sgt. Phil Mancini, the president of the Roseville Police Officers’ Association, called to tell him “Pete Constant is running for council.” But Constant told IA that rumor is simply untrue.
While he’s involved with the local GOP party and sits on two Roseville city commissions, Constant says he isn’t going to run for City Council there. “I think people are saying that probably because I’m so engaged. The natural assumption is I’d run for office,” he said.
Constant on Friday shot down another rumor — that he might become a lobbyist in San Jose. Constant said he’s a consultant for political candidates in Roseville, where he moved in 2015, but the former police officer doesn’t want to expand to the South Bay.
The rumor began after Constant was spotted meeting with the owners of Casino Matrix. During his time on the City Council, he fought for city casinos against what he believed was unfair treatment by City Hall.
With two rumors spreading in San Jose political circles over the course of a week, Constant said “it seems to be a high level of interest over a has-been.”
“It’s better to have been a has-been than a never-at-all,” he added. “I think it’s interesting that so many people have an interest in what I’m doing.”
• • • • •
Advocate Named Police Auditor
—Zisser to play pivotal role in helping bring department, community closer—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Sept. 13, 2017
SAN JOSE — Aaron Zisser, a South Bay native and former federal civil-rights attorney who recently consulted with the reform commission for the Santa Clara County jail system, is the new Independent Police Auditor for San Jose, the city announced Tuesday.
Zisser could play a critical role in reshaping the San Jose Police Department’s relationship with the community as it rebuilds staffing after a years-long exodus that shrunk the number of officers by one third in the Bay Area’s largest city.
His appointment was made after a closed-session meeting by the City Council.
Aaron Zisser speaks at a news conference Tuesday as
Mayor Sam Liccardo looks on at San Jose City Hall after
Zisser’s appointment as independent police auditor.
Zisser was an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 2009 to 2015, and served on the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints and BART’s Independent Police Oversight System.
In the South Bay, he spearheaded the survey of Santa Clara County jails that was at the heart of a multitude of reforms recommended by the blue ribbon commission aimed at improving the jails, which was formed in the wake of the murder of mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree in 2015 that led to the convictions of three jail deputies earlier this year.
“We’re honored to have someone of Aaron’s qualifications and abilities,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said, adding that Zisser “brings a breadth of experience and a familiarity with our local community.”
Zisser, a Saratoga High School alum who was born in San Jose and grew up in Campbell, praised the relationship between police and the Office of the IPA that he is now set to helm, calling it a “model” for other cities.
“It’s been frankly very humbling. I have a lot to learn,” he said. “I got to know the community working with the blue-ribbon commission, and was impressed with the culture of openness and inclusiveness.”
Prospectively, Zisser said he plans to bring to the office his experience with police bias issues and officer interactions with mentally ill people, and will closely watch the effect that increasing staffing will have on SJPD’s ability to carry out policing reforms.
“There are very good intentions by agency leadership of getting the job right, and wanting to be part of the community in a positive way,” he said.
Zisser’s appointment fills the void created when Walter Katz, a police watchdog who made a national name for himself in Los Angeles County, left the San Jose post after about a year to become a public-safety adviser to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Liccardo said a multi-month search that evaluated six candidates resulted in Zisser’s selection. The Rev. Jason Reynolds, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church and member of the advocacy group People Acting in Community Together, sat in on the interview panels and said he came away “impressed” with Zisser and his background working with disenfranchised communities.
“His engagement and vitality, and his desire to be here and really work in San Jose, was very important,” Reynolds said. “The IPA is a space for the community to go to, and needs someone the community feels comfortable with, who they will bring their grievances to.”
Katz’s unexpected departure left an array of initiatives — including a protracted community outreach campaign — up in the air. Longtime IPA senior analyst Shivaun Nurre, who had been the acting auditor, shepherded the office’s annual accountability report, which among several recommendations, called for more detailed reporting on the use of force by the department.
Some of that outreach was effective: In 2016, for the first time since the IPA’s office was created in 1993, a majority of police complaints were submitted to the auditor rather than directly to the police department and its internal affairs division. The office is now looking to bring internal SJPD complaints, initiated by staff, within its purview.
Katz’s appointment in 2015 was lauded as a home run after the departure of former Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell, a civil-rights pioneer who raised the profile and pedigree of the office.
The police department has largely agreed with many of the recommendations put forth by the office over the years, and Chief Eddie Garcia has led a parallel push to adopt more progressive policing policies since he took over last year.
“We’ve had a very positive relationship and have successfully implemented several initiatives for both my officers and the community with the previous IPA,” Garcia said, “and hope to continue that relationship with our new IPA, but only time will tell.”
Technically, the IPA office — forged as a compromise between city leaders who wanted a police commission and the police union who opposed additional civilian oversight — functions as an advisory body and cannot legally compel the police department to adopt its recommendations, which is why Cordell’s political pressure and Katz’s pedigree were essential to its success.
“Those are huge shoes to fill. LaDoris Cordell and Walter Katz did a lot with the mandate they had,” Zisser said. “They made (the office) into something that resonates with the community.”
Cordell lauded Zisser’s appointment, citing her time working with him in the jail-reform commission she led, and said he deftly balanced law-enforcement and community concerns while showing necessary political acumen.
“I watched him maneuver, being able to walk that fine line without alienating people, and get the job done,” she said. “He absolutely understands community outreach. He’s the person for the job right now.”
Zisser has a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Currently an Oakland resident, he said he plans to move to the South Bay with his wife Beckie and two young sons, Calev and Adlai.
I ran my landline and two cell phone numbers through the Carnival Cruise Line Telemarketer Data base and got a hit on one of my cell phones. I then went to the site and found the application was professionally done and easy to fill out. so I think I agree with you and Snopes that it is legit. I may give the court a call.
Craig (Shuey) <email@example.com>
Ed. — Craig’s missive was in reference to the item below from last week’s Mail Call column…
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!
• • • • •
I discovered that our phone number and my son's were included in the Carnival Cruise class action suit. Ka-Ching!
Scott (Seaman) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You and Craig aren't the only ones, Scott. A personal friend of mine who isn't related to the SJPD receives the Farsider, and he also read last week's article above. When I recently met him for lunch last Friday he said he also got a hit on one of his phones.
• • • • •
A couple of corrections to Kenn Christie’s Intel Unit history. Since I worked — and proudly, I might add — for both Sgt. Lloyd (not Chad) Ralston and Sgt. Maury (not Maurice) Bye, I wanted to correct the record.
John (Kracht) <email@example.com>
You would have also corrected me, John. I always called Maury “Bud.” Oh well.
• • • • •
My scrolling finger wants to thank you for eliminating the "Late Night Host Segment" from the latest edition of the Farsider. Your workload in publishing the Farsider I'm sure will be replaced with more meaningful and important information. Thanks for making my Thursday morning something to look forward to.
Bill Yarbrough, #1362(99) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sorry, Bill, but the only reason the late night show monologues didn't appear was because the shows were summer repeats. They are coming back starting today, so keep your scrolling finger in shape.
• • • • •
A few retired FBI agents are Farsider subscribers. One of them sent the following message to several of his fellow retirees and included us in the address bar…
I never thought I would see this in the FBI but here it is. Effective today, FBIHQ has opened a Reflection/Meditation Room near the Starbucks in the J. Edgar Hoover building. Those needing to reflect/meditate on whatever can go to this room with their supervisor's approval and spend whatever time they need to "clear" their minds. What a bunch of hooey. What have we become?
• • • • •
I hereby nominate Democratic Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who NEVER served in the military, as "A*****e of the Month" for calling the President's Chief of Staff (retired 4 Star General) John Kelly a “disgrace to his uniform.”
Kelly isn't just a retired United States Marine Corps general who has committed his entire life to his country. He's also a Gold Star father who lost his 29-year-old son, Marine First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, in 2010 after he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan. He was on his third tour when he died.
Said Congressman Gutierrez in regards to the DACA issue: "General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by 'just following orders.'"
General Kelly's response: "As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them. As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”
Is there a Second to my nomination?
Bill Mattos <email@example.com>
Few things piss me off more than a politician who has NEVER served in the military, yet publicly trashes the reputation of a career military man who honorably served his country for 45 years, lost his son in battle, and took on the job as Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. Disgusting, whether you agree with Trump’s policies or not. Click HERE if you want to know more about Gutierrez.
THIS is how the war with words was reported on the Fox News TV show “Outnumbered.”
IT’S “TIP-A-COP” TIME
SACRAMENTO JUDGE ON HOT SEAT FOR RELEASING DEP. FRENCH’S KILLER
Judge Sallie Kim Ignored Warnings Against Releasing Thomas Littlecloud
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 9, 2017
Judge Sallie Kim (left) let Deputy Bob French’s (right) killer walk free just before his murder.
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 9, 2017
Sacramento, CA – Federal Judge Sallie Kim did not heed a warning given by a U.S. Assistant Attorney that Thomas Littlecloud was a danger to the lives of police officer, and she released him anyway. Shortly afterwards, two California Highway Patrol officers were shot and one Sacramento deputy was murdered by Littlecloud.
A pre-trial detention hearing was held on August 24 for Thomas Littlecloud on charges of federal drug trafficking, counterfeiting, identity theft, and weapons charges, according to KCRA. He was facing a mandatory 12-year sentence.
At the hearing, Littlecloud’s defense attorney Galia Amram asked federal Judge Sallie Kim to release her client, despite the pending charges. Littlecloud also spoke at his hearing and told Judge Kim that he wanted to change his life.
He said, “I didn’t know, that, like my life mattered, you know. So, I make decisions for myself. It was only until I was sitting in jail, like, coming down, I realized all the people I hurt.”
Amram said that methamphetamine was Littlecloud’s biggest problem, and that he would need drug treatment.
In response, U.S. Assistant Attorney Brian Faerstein warned Judge Kim about releasing Littlecloud. He said that Littlecloud had been in and out of jail for 12 years, and cited case after case that showed Littlecloud fired guns at victims, and did whatever he had to do to get away from the police and justice, including ramming police cars.
Faerstein told Judge Sallie Kim that they had recordings of Littlecloud threatening to shoot police, and that it was a “consistent” pattern with him.
He said, “The defendant has three prior firearms convictions and yet, here again, he was carrying a gun and had another gun in his car in the same bag as where, you know, over 75 grams of pure meth was found. This is conduct that is continuing and it’s, it’s, he’s not learning from his past mistakes.”
However, Judge Kim refused to listen to prosecutors, or consider the evidence in front of her (Littlecloud’s criminal history), and released him. She said that she had “misgivings,” and it would only take “one violation” to send Littlecloud straight back to jail.
He was apparently supposed to go to the New Bridge Foundation drug and alcohol rehabilitation on Monday, August 28, but records show that he did not complete treatment. He also did not go back to federal court.
And on August 30, a multi-agency auto theft task force was conducting an investigation at the Ramada Inn and was going to search a room connected to an auto theft ring. Littlecloud opened fire on officers through the door and walls, striking two CHP officers.
He then went out on the balcony with a high-powered rifle and opened fire on deputies, fatally shooting Deputy Bob French. The deputy managed to return fire although he had been shot in his heart.
The suspect was able to flee to a vehicle and led officers on a pursuit which ended in a gunfight on El Camino Ave. Littlcloud was shot and later died at the hospital.
Deputy French was a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and was murdered exactly ten years after his parents were killed in a plane crash. He was survived by his girlfriend, three adult children, grandchildren, and a sister.
Click HERE and scroll down to read some of the readers’ comments.
PORTLAND DECIDED IT’S BEING MEAN TO GANG BANGERS, SO…
Portland Police Are Erasing Gang Database After Complaints That It’s Mean To Gang Members
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 8, 2017
Mayor Ted Wheeler (left) has announced that the gang database will
be eliminated in October after Danielle Outlaw (right) is appointed chief.
Portland, OR – The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) announced on Friday afternoon, Sept. 8, that it will stop documenting people as gang members, and will purge its gang member database in October, right after Danielle Outlaw is appointed as the new Police Chief.
The move appears to be done in the name of political correctness. Many agencies throughout the nation have gang member databases, and they are an invaluable investigative tool for officers, including officer safety.
The gang database would alert officers when they were out with a known gang member, and that database is now going away.
The database was also used to send social workers to try to work with the gang members to get them out of gangs.
The PPB said that the practice is being discontinued after strong concerns were brought up by residents about the gang member label, which have “disproportionately affected minorities,” according to OregonLive.
In their announcement, the PPB said: “The Gang Designation Policy … was developed to be an investigative tool to help police decrease escalating gun violence.
As times have changed, the Police Bureau in partnership with community members have realized being labeled a ‘gang member’ can have a negative impact on the person who may be making attempts to overcome the life challenges they face.
Today, new processes and technologies allow police to investigate crimes in a manner that our community supports and that will not have the unintended consequences of potentially harming those who may need services and help the most.
The policy will be rescinded on October 15th,
People from our community who engage in violent crime and those who do so on behalf of a criminal organization will continue to be a focus of enforcement efforts of the Police Bureau.”
OregonLive Reporter Carli Brosseau reviewed data and found that there was a total of 359 “criminal gang affiliates” listed in the database as of summer, 2016, and 81 percent were part of a racial or ethnic minority.
OregonLive also found in its review that gang member designations were not done as a result of a criminal conviction or an arrest.
They were done based on a person’s identification as a gang member, involvement in a gang member initiation, and/or a gang-related crime, or displayed two or more identifiers as a gang member.
Portland Police Captain Mike Krantz said, “Gang violence isn’t going to go away. There are still crimes attributed to known gang sets. There are still criminal gang members. That doesn’t go away because we don’t have a gang designation. We’re not pretending gang violence doesn’t exist. We’re just taking this one thing away.”
He said that the agency had been considering the move for the past two years. It comes after city auditors have closely scrutinized the Gang Enforcement Team and its work over the past year.
Police said that the Gang Enforcement Team would still remain intact, and will still respond immediately to investigate shootings or stabbings. Captain Krantz said police officers will still be alerted to a potential threat through a person’s previous criminal involvement.
Kirsten Snowden, Multnomah County chief deputy district attorney, said that the purging of the gang database should not affect “prosecutions resulting from gang violence.”
Police will actually be sending out letters to everyone in the gang member database to tell them that all documentation about their gang affiliation is being purged, according to the Portland Police Bureau website.
The group Black Male Achievement is one community group that has urged the PPB to do this, and Program Coordinator C.J. Robbins said that it took “courage” for them to take this step. Portland Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler was also happy about the announcement, and said “It was the right thing to do.”
THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL MOVEMENT TO REMOVE THIS COMMISSIONER FROM
Dallas Co. Commissioner Votes Against Honoring Murdered Officers, Says They Brought It On Themselves
Blue Lives Matter — July 8, 2017
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price voted against honoring police officers.
Dallas, TX – Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price voted to oppose a resolution to honor murdered police officers, blaming police officers for the assassinations.
The Wednesday vote was supposed to be largely ceremonial, but gained unexpected opposition as Commissioner John Wiley Price argued that law enforcement should not be honored, according to Fox4.
“I think it’s interesting in this country how you again try to frame the narrative with regards to other people who’ve lost their life at the hands of law enforcement,” Price said. “No life is more important than any other life.”
Price said that ‘unjust police violence’ was the cause of the terrorist attacks against law enforcement, according to Fox4.
Click HERE to watch the video clip. (2:13)
Sheriff Lupe Valdez argued that all officers killed in the line of duty deserve to be honored.
“It’s not that they died, because everybody dies. It’s how they died,” she said. “We need to continue as people in blue to make a difference so that both sides, both of us hurt when somebody dies — it’s not officers go home safely, it’s let’s all go home safely.”
Since being the only commissioner to vote against the resolution, John Wiley Price has refused to back down from his statements.
“Until we start to recognize all life, then no life is more important than any other life,” Price said.
Others have been voicing their disagreement with Price.
“It was to honor these fallen so I think he does owe the law enforcement community an apology. There’s a time and a place for everything,” Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata told Fox4. “Any other day of the week, I would agree with him. But on a day where we lost five officers who were murdered on the streets in the city of Dallas from hateful rhetoric — whether it’s from the police side of the community or the community to the police — is not the day that you do it.”
In April, prosecutors unsuccessfully prosecuted John Wiley Price, accusing him of using his public office to illegally take over $1 million. The jury deadlocked in the decision on four of the charges. Afterwards, prosecutors dropped the case.
Click HERE and scroll down to review some of the readers comments about this story.
HEY, MOSBY, YOU LOSE!
DOJ Clears All Six Baltimore Officers in the Freddie Gray Case
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 12, 2017
DOJ actually waited until an investigation was complete before
deciding that there wasn’t evidence to charge the Baltimore officers.
Marilyn Mosby charged them before there was an investigation.
DOJ Clears ‘Baltimore Six’ Of Criminal Wrongdoing
Baltimore, MD – The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday, September 12, that it will not be bringing federal charges against the six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray.
The six officers are Lieutenant Brian Rice, Sergeant Alicia White, Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer Edward Nero, Officer Garrett Miller, and Officer William Porter, according to The New York Times.
The DOJ’s announcement came after the Baltimore Police Department’s announcement that all of the officers except Officer Porter will face public trial boards, which are scheduled to begin on October 30. Officer Porter was not charged administratively.
The DOJ investigation focused on whether federal officers could determine that the officers had violated Gray’s civil rights. Tuesday’s decision showed that they couldn’t, according to NBC News.
In a press release, the DOJ said, “After an extensive review of this tragic event, conducted by career prosecutors and investigators, the Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that” the officers ‘willfully violated Gray’s civil rights’.”
“Gray’s unprovoked flight from Lieutenant Rice, which occurred in an area known for drug sales, gave the officers reasonable suspicion to briefly detain him. Miller’s discovery of a knife that appeared to be an illegal switchblade supplied probable cause to arrest Gray,” the DOJ report says.
“The evidence in this matter overwhelmingly contradicted reports from some civilian witnesses that Gray was either tased or beaten by the officers.”
The DOJ’s decision means that the officers are criminally cleared, and will not be held criminally charged again for Gray’s death.
Attorneys for the officers expressed relief over the announcement. Michael Belsky, Lieutenant Rice’s attorney, said, “These cases were never criminal and should never have been charged as such.”
There were actually two investigations by the DOJ, one of the officers, and one of the department. The investigation of the Baltimore Police Department “found a pattern of unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests of black residents, and the use of unnecessary force against them."
In January, the city of Baltimore agreed to make sweeping changes to its police department in order to avoid a federal lawsuit. The deal was made just as President Trump was about to take office, after the Trump administration had indicated a more “hands-off” approach to such arrangements.
Joe Murtha, Officer Porter’s attorney, said he was “relieved” when the DOJ “… determined that there wasn’t a basis to move forward with the civil rights action.” He said “it was a good decision.”
Five of the six officers have filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Mosby and Assistant Sheriff Samuel Cogen for malicious prosecution. Cogen wrote the statements of probable cause against the officers at a time when no probable cause appeared to exist. The DOJ’s investigation will most likely give even more credence to the officers’ lawsuit.
After Gray’s in-custody death, all six officers were criminally charged by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
The six officers had charges ranging from second-degree depraved-heart murder to manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. The most severe charges centered around the officers failing to seatbelt Gray in the back of the transport van, which is likely the policy violation which Officer Caesar Goodson, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt Alicia White are set to be fired for.
“To the extent that the officers violated department policy in failing to seatbelt Gray, those failures suggest civil negligence rather than the high standard of deliberate indifference,” the DOJ said in its report.
The state’s entire criminal case was built on the theory that officers could not assist each other with any part of an arrest without fully reviewing the other officer’s evidence and probable cause and making their own independent determination that the arrest was lawful. Impractical at any time, impossible with a violent or resisting suspect.
Lieutenant Rice, Officer Nero, and Officer Goodson were acquitted by a judge during bench trials last year. The remaining charges against Baltimore Police Officers Porter and Miller, and Sergeant White were then dropped by Mosby when it was obvious that she didn’t actually have a valid case against the officers.
Click HERE to read the readers’ comments regarding this article.
TRY TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THIS…
We find that by reviewing these images every year or two keeps us from getting too full of ourselves. Perhaps some of you could benefit from them as well…
Beyond our Sun, it’s a really big universe…
Antares, which is more than 1,000 light years away, is the 15th brightest star in the sky.
try to wrap your mind around this image of the ultra
deep field infrared view of the countless entire galaxies
billions of light years away taken by the Hubble telescope.
Below is a close-up of one the darkest regions (red square) of the photo above.
Feeling at least a little humble?
STORIES OF THE WEEK
What’s in a name?
Received from Jim Roach
This is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins. He is right on...
Dear Mr. Page...
I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend and, in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.
Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.
The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60s alive. Gone. It's offensive to us white folk
The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men's lives.
I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.
Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!
Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.
The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.
The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.
The Milwaukee Brewers. Well, that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.
So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the Government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do nothing Congress loves.
As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women's athletic teams to something other than the 'Beavers' (especially when they play Southern California . Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???)
I always love your articles and I generally agree with them.
As for the Redskins name, I would suggest they change the name to the Foreskins to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.
• • • • •
Received from Joe Devane
The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick. So he dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper.
"Is your daddy home?"
Small voice whispered, "Yes, he's out in the garden,"
"May I talk with him?"
The child whispered, "No."
So the boss asked, "Well, is your Mommy there?"
"Yes, she's out in the garden too."
The boss asked; "May I talk with her?"
Again the “No.”
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes", whispered the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?"
“He's busy," whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the policeman with a dog.”
Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"It's a helicopter,” answered the whispering voice.
"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
"The search team just landed in a helicopter."
"A search team?" said the boss "What are they searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle...ME"
• • • • •
Received from Bill Leavy
A husband and wife were shopping in their local supermarket when the husband picked up a case of beer and puts it in their cart.
"What do you think you're doing?" asked the wife.
"They're on sale, only $20 for 24 cans" he replied.
"Put them back, we can't afford them" demanded the wife.
They carried on shopping.
A few aisles farther on, the woman picked up a 40-dollar jar of face cream and put it in the basket.
"What do you think you're doing?" asked the husband.
"It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful," replied the wife.
Her husband replied: "So does 24 cans of beer, and it's half the price."
That's him, up above in Aisle 5.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Sept. 5 — 12
Sept. 5: It was announced today that President Trump is ending the DACA program, and may deport immigrants who came to the U.S. decades ago. Many people are outraged, while Melania was like, "Well, rules are rules."
Lot of celebrity babies are happening right now. It was just announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their third child. Kate's very excited about the baby. In fact, she said that she can already feel it waving.
I also want to say congratulations to Serena Williams, who just welcomed a baby girl. The doctor gave the baby to Serena, then Serena returned it, then the doctor sent it back, then Serena returned it again, and won the point. It was amazing to watch.
I read that a sailboat near Greece that was in distress was busted for carrying 1,500 pounds of marijuana. Actually, the boat wasn't actually in distress. Turns out it was just being paranoid.
Sept. 6: Today, President Trump announced a new plan to fund the government for the next three months. That’s right, Trump’s going to pay his taxes.
Today, Dennis Rodman offered to straighten things out between Trump and Kim Jong-Un. People were like, "Can't believe I'm saying this, but — let’s give it a shot!"
Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke out against Trump’s decision to end the DACA immigration program, calling it “cruel and misguided.” And so to get back at Disney, Trump deported all those singing dolls from “It’s a Small World.”
I read that some White House officials don't think Trump understands what ending DACA really means. In response, Trump said, "I know, but why don't you tell me so that I know that YOU know."
Former press secretary Sean Spicer will give his first paid speech this month here in New York City. They're saying you should get tickets now, cuz there's only all of them left.
Sept. 7: Well guys, it is official — football has begun! I saw that the Patriots will play a game in Mexico this November. And once they’re down there, the rest of the league will say, “OK, build the wall! Quick — we have a chance!”
Meanwhile, the New York Jets are 1000-to-1 long shots to win the Super Bowl. That means if you bet just one dollar... you will lose just one dollar.
Congressional leaders are still upset with President Trump’s decision on the DACA immigration plan. They called it “brainless,” “heartless,” and “cowardly.” All Trump needs are some ruby slippers, and he’s off to see the wizard!
Sept. 12: Hillary Clinton's book "What Happened" came out today, and I heard that it's almost 500 pages long. Unfortunately, the only person with enough time to read it is Hillary Clinton.
I heard that Hillary will actually be signing books at a Costco in Connecticut. It's going to be awesome when someone gets to the front and goes, "Oh, I thought this was the line for cheese samples. I'm sorry. Can you sign a cheese sample?"
If you pick up a copy of the book, you'll see that a lot of notable people wrote little blurbs in the back cover. I'll show you what I mean. For example, Vladimir Putin wrote, "Was like fairytale Cinderella book. Princess failed and pumpkin becomes president."
Next, Barack Obama wrote, "I'd say I got to hand it to you, but the last time I tried to hand you something, you lost it to Donald Trump."
And finally, President Trump wrote, "I loved it. Especially the end, I really did not see that coming. Enjoy."
Sept. 12: On Twitter last night, someone discovered that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz liked a tweet from a porn account. As you can imagine, that was one very embarrassing day for that porn account.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is blaming the porn tweet on a staffer logging on to his account at 1 a.m. By the way, if my wife is watching, two nights ago at 2 a.m., I got up to use the bathroom and hired a staffer. That's what that's all about.
Just a day-and-a-half after Hurricane Irma ended, Disney World managed to reopen today. That's pretty impressive. Disney's biggest obstacle after the storm was to get the robots from the Hall of Presidents to stop looting. That's the second time they had to shoot McKinley.
New $1,000 iPhone coming out. Are you excited about that? Really? You are? Now I know where the rich people are sitting.
With the release of its new high-end iPhone 10, Apple may soon become the first U.S. company to be worth $1 trillion. That's just from selling five new iPhone 10s. Five will get you there.
The new iPhone will be able to track stair climbing and mountain hiking. The big question is, will it have any features for Americans? That's not our thing. That's not — it has a "Shows Watched" feature.
Pope Francis said that in his early 40s he attended weekly appointments with a Jewish therapist. The Pope went to a Jewish therapist. The Pope said he went to a Jewish therapist so he could better understand his boss.
Professional children's clowns are upset that the Stephen King movie, "It," makes them look like murderers. That's true. And professional murderers are upset that it makes them look like children's clowns.
Sept. 5: Donald Trump decided to end DACA — a program that protects young undocumented immigrants from being deported. So, now, this means a lot of immigrants may get sent back to their native countries. When she heard this, Melania said, "I volunteer as tribute."
The announcement was formally made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who spoke about the young people facing deportation. And, during the announcement, he said, "This does not mean they are bad people." To which everyone replied, "No, YOU’RE bad people."
The immigrants who have benefited from DACA are called Dreamers. Sessions explained that the kids will still be Dreamers, but in more of a "Nightmare on Elm Street" sort of way.
Already the states of New York and Washington say that they have plans to sue Trump over this. And that feels like a way to judge whether you're a good president or not. Ask yourself, "How many U.S. states are currently suing me right now?" If it's more than zero, you could improve.
Journalists asked Russian President Vladimir Putin if he was disappointed in Donald Trump, and Putin replied that it was a naïve question to ask because Trump is "not my bride." That's a weird way to explain it. Putin said Trump is "not my bride." But a second later he was all, "More like my b***h!"
Of course, Putin and Trump aren't married. Trump would never marry someone who is only seven years younger than him. Not to mention, Putin's [breasts] just aren't big enough.
Is everyone excited for the Stephen King movie "It?" It's coming out this weekend. It's the one about the evil clown. Well, bad news. The World Clown Association has released a statement condemning the movie, saying that it's preventing clowns from getting work. I don't think I'm alone in saying it's hard to take you seriously when your organization is called the World Clown Association.
Sept. 6: Donald Trump tweeted about the hurricane in an odd way today. He wrote on Twitter, "Hurricane looks like the largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!" Who uses an exclamation point? How insecure is this guy that he even has to brag that his hurricanes are bigger than Obamas?
I understand it in a way. In Trump's defense, it's rare that he sees a natural disaster bigger than his administration.
In a speech today in North Dakota he compared the people facing hurricanes to the people in North Dakota who are going through a drought. Which the people going through the drought replied, "We didn't realize this was a competition." To be clear, both hurricanes and droughts are bad. I can't believe I have to explain that to the president of the United States.
I guess the good news is that despite the drought, the crops in North Dakota will still grow because of all of Trump's bull [bleep].
Donald Trump is now backpedaling a little bit regarding his decision to end DACA, the program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Last night Trump tweeted, "Congress now has six months to legalize DACA. If they can't, I will revisit this issue." Revisit the issue. I guess that's a threat.
Now let's get real with North Korean nukes, extreme weather, O.J. getting out of jail, shouldn't we all be preparing to leave the United States?
Sept. 7: We have some surprising news out of the White House. Because yesterday, Democrats proposed something to Donald Trump, and — you're not going to believe this — he actually agreed with them.
Donald Trump went against his own party and sided with Democrats in a deal to raise the debt ceiling. And because it's Trump, the debt ceiling will not only be raised, it will also be covered in gold leaf. And feature a tasteless painting of Donald Trump holding a sword and riding a lion.
Trump was actually agreeing with the Democrats. They must have been suspicious of this. They must have been in the Oval Office, like, “This is easy. Maybe a bit TOO easy — oh God, it's a trap, why is the door locked, help!”
Trump sided with Democrat leaders on combining disaster relief with an increase in the debt [ceiling] and the government funding measure all into one bill. It's basically like the “turducken” of national debt.
And this morning Trump continued to agree with Democrats when Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi talked Trump into tweeting out that immigrants affected by DACA should not be worried about being deported in the next six months. People are wondering how Pelosi got him to tweet what she wanted. I feel like I know exactly how she did it. She did the same thing that I do with my kids — all she had to do was tell Trump NOT to tweet. “You do not tweet that. Whatever you do, you do NOT tweet that. You’d better not tweet — ohhh, you tweeted it!” It’s Reverse Psych 101.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon gave an odd interview to Charlie Rose where he criticized the Catholic Church, saying they had been terrible on the issue of immigration and that they need illegal aliens to fill their churches. This is just in case you had any doubt that Steve Bannon is literally the Antichrist.
Now in the same interview he referred to himself as Donald Trump's wing man. I don't know. Steve Bannon as Donald Trump's wing man? Can you imagine sitting in a bar, someone sends you a drink. You look over and it's these two [shows pic of grinning Trump and Bannon]. You're like, “No, send it back! Send it back!”
Sept. 12: So, if you ever meet Ted Cruz on the campaign trail, you might want to think twice before shaking that hand. Ted Cruz likes pornography. Sounds like Kim Jong Un isn't the only one who likes to shoot off his Cruz missile.
It's crazy that this is the first time Ted Cruz has been caught looking at porn because, in every single photo, he looks like he just got caught looking at porn.
When asked to comment on this story, Ted Cruz said, "Don't come in here!"
This morning, at its annual keynote event, Apple introduced their new ultra-high-end iPhone 10, which will cost $1,000. The new phone comes with a face-recognizing camera called Face ID, which is a great feature unless you live in Hollywood and you have to buy a new phone every time you buy a new face.
The new iPhone is pretty incredible. Experts say it's going to revolutionize the way we ignore the person standing right next to us. It's called the iPhone 10.
Even Donald Trump weighed in. He said it's too chunky. It makes it a seven at best.
They say the new iPhone battery is good for up to eight hours of secretly liking porn videos on Twitter.
Sept. 5: Labor Day, in case you don't know history, was established all the way back in 1894 as a way to give Americans an extra day to dread going back to work after the weekend. And it's been very successful. We were off for two weeks. And it's interesting. When we left, we were busy reliving the Civil War. Now we're back with the good old-fashioned Korean War.
Pumpkin spice latte season is happening now, which is great news. My doctor's been saying I haven't been getting enough syrup in my diet.
Meanwhile, our pumpkin spice president was very busy. He was on the scene in Houston over the weekend to meet with Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. And watch this. He's with a group. They were serving meals to people who were displaced from their homes. They handed him a pair of latex gloves for health reasons because he's serving food. And here's how that went: "My hands are too big." His hands are too big for the gloves. Like O.J. They're too big.
This morning our president woke up and asked his staff, "Now that this hurricane is over, what's something horrible I can do to distract people from the Russia investigation?" Someone said, "You know, there are 800,000 innocent kids you could deport for no good reason." And he said, "Done and done."
President Trump has decided to do away with what's known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — DACA, they call it. It's a program that gives undocumented immigrants whose parents brought them into the country when they were children the chance to work and go to school legally. And this is what he wants to do away with. Mostly because President Obama's the one who ordered it. It seems like his main agenda is just to undo everything Obama did. I hope he doesn't bring bin Laden back to life.
The president's spokesperson said it was a difficult decision, the president's been debating it for months, but ultimately Donald Trump believes that if these kids want to be American they have to do it the right way. By marrying Donald Trump. And that's as simple as that.
Sept. 12: First an important health announcement. Pay attention to this: Sitting for long periods of time, even if you regularly work out, run or whatever, sitting is a primary cause of premature death. This is a big problem. Well, if you look around, we have like 200 people here. The only one standing up is me. By the end of the show, you will all be dead from sitting.
Hillary Clinton's new book came out today. It is called "What Happened." That's not a joke. That's what it is called. This is why Hillary lost. A real president doesn't write books. They write tweets.
Congratulations are in order for Hope Hicks, who today became the new White House communications director. She replaces Anthony Scaramucci, who returned to his former job harassing waitresses at Hooters.
Hicks is now the third White House communications director in less than eight months. Trump goes through them like he goes through buckets of KFC.
Sen. Ted Cruz, did you see why he is in the news? Last night his personal Twitter account liked a hardcore porn video . . . if he had done something this perverted during the campaign, he might be president right now.
Sept. 5: Former President Obama today criticized President Trump's decision to end the DACA program. Of course, the only reason Trump wants to end it is because he thinks DACA is Obama's middle name. "We must end the failed policies of Barack DACA Hussein Obama."
Incidentally, DACA is also what Hillary Clinton shouts at the bar when she wants another daiquiri. "Can I get a DACA?"
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently praised his running of the city, saying, "You'd assume they'd be having parades in the streets." Unfortunately, New Yorkers can't get to the streets because they're stuck underground on the subway all day.
Nintendo recently announced that its character Mario is no longer a plumber. Apparently, he was fired after coming to work on mushrooms.
Mercedes-Benz will debut plans next month for a self-driving electric smart car. The car is so smart, when you turn it on, it drives straight out of America.
Starbucks is adding a sushi burrito to the menu at some of its locations. So, yes, their bathrooms CAN get any worse.
Sept. 6: President Trump broke with Republicans today and struck a deal with Democrats on a short-term extension of the debt ceiling. And you know what that means! No, you don't. Neither do I, and this guy [picture of Trump] definitely doesn't know.
As Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean this morning, President Trump tweeted, "Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!" Hey, man, could you try not to sound so excited? It's a hurricane, not "The Game of Thrones" finale.
Today President Trump said, "It looks like it could be something that will be not good." I have to say, when a natural disaster is bearing down on our country, it would be nice to hear from a leader who knows more words than Tarzan. Hurricane bad. Much wind, not good. Cheetah save.
When asked today if he is considering military action against North Korea, President Trump told reporters, "Certainly, that's not a first choice, but we will see what happens." Which is scary, because Trump doesn't usually go with his first choice.
Sept. 7: President Trump tweeted this morning quote, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the six-month period, you have nothing to worry about — no action!” Incidentally, “no Action” was also part of Donald and Melania’s marriage contract.
President Trump held a press conference today with the emir of Kuwait. And journalists were all provided with translators so they could understand what Trump was saying.
President Trump called for a simplification of the tax system yesterday, and promised that under his plan, “95 percent of Americans will be able to file their tax returns on a single page.” Wow, that’s only one more page than Trump used.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have announced they are expecting their third baby. And this time, they’re going to name the baby something normal. That’s the name. Something Normal West.
Sept. 12: Hillary Clinton's new book titled "What Happened" was released today, as was Putin's new book "Me."
Sen. Ted Cruz's Twitter account last night liked a pornographic video about a woman who finds a couple having sex on her couch. "Ew, gross," said the porn stars after hearing that Ted Cruz watched them.
President Trump will reportedly visit China in November. "Oh, can you pick up my handbags?" asked Ivanka.
In a recent interview with Time magazine, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said that the key to her success is to, quote, "Think like a man and behave like a lady." Also, "Dress like no one is watching."
Apple today unveiled a special edition iPhone X, which will have two more hours of battery life than current iPhones. Wow, three hours of battery life!
Sept. 5: Harvey is an unprecedented disaster. I'm clear in saying that. That's true, right? Speaking of unprecedented disasters, Donald Trump. He went down to Texas and had a little trouble nailing the comforter-in-chief tone, like when he spoke to a group of locals and said, "What a crowd, what a turnout." That crowd was really excited to see Donald Trump. Or, they heard there'd be drinking water. Either way, pretty excited.
There's a man-made disaster unfolding in Washington because the Trump administration has announced they're ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The thing is, the vast majority of Americans like this program, so by canceling it, Trump has stepped in some deep DACA.
Earlier today, he tweeted, "Congress, get ready to do your job. DACA!" He loves the abbreviations. "DACA! MAGA! MAGA! DACA!" He's speaking in tongues at this point, is what is happening.
Sept. 6: Donald Trump did more things today. For instance, he traveled to North Dakota to talk tax reform. And by "talk tax reform," I mean rambled incoherently until they turned his mic off.
As Trump so sensitively mentioned, Texas is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. And they will be for years. Meanwhile, another hurricane, Irma, is bearing down on Florida. It's the largest Atlantic hurricane ever reported. Experts say it's the size of France. Hey! This is America! We measure things in Delawares.
Irma is a frighteningly intense storm, but don't worry, President Trump is tweeting at it. "Watching hurricane closely. My team, which has done— and is doing— such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!" That's a really oddly casual way to describe exhausted first responders racing to save lives.
Remember the 2016 campaign? If you really want to go back and relive every excruciating detail, good news — Hillary Clinton has a new book, "What Happened," which is better than the original title, "Anybody Wanna Buy a Barge Full of Unused Fireworks?"
Sept. 7: Republicans wanted to raise the debt ceiling to cover the next 18 months so the Democrats couldn't use it as a negotiating tool before the midterm elections. Democrats wanted to cover only three months, and they convinced Trump, possibly right at this moment when Chuck Schumer [shows pic of Schumer and Trump] appears to be saying, "Who's a good president? You are! You are!"
So why did Trump side with the Democrats? People at the meeting say he was anxious to get a deal done fast. In fact, a senior Republican source described Trump as being in "Apprentice" mode. Yes, he was in "Apprentice" mode, which explains why he kept calling Schumer "Senator Meatloaf."
Technically, I guess Steve Bannon wasn't fired, because on the day he left, the administration issued a statement: "White House chief of staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day." Yes, it was mutual. Same way my college girlfriend and I mutually agreed that she'd be happier having sex with Gary.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
• • • • •
Go to YouTube, enter the word “antifa” (without the quotes) and you will see numerous videos representing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. THIS clip is one of the Good ones. (2:58)
• • • • •
Attention CHP and all Bay Area Police and Sheriff's Departments: THIS is how you keep those idiot protestors from blocking traffic on our Bay Area freeways. (2:07)
• • • • •
What do you get when you combine a “People are Awesome” video clip with one from “Fail Army?” The answer is simple: THIS (4:05)
• • • • •
The way Mother Nature has been fooling around lately with Hurricanes and Earthquakes, let’s hope she doesn’t focus her attention on that "overdue" caldera (super volcano) under Yellowstone. Remember THIS clip from the Smithsonian channel that we ran last year? (3:29)
• • • • •
Don’t try to convince us there’s no such thing as real magic! We were provided with THIS performance from America’s Got Talent that proves it exists! (3:26)
• • • • •
Speaking of America’s Got Talent, it’s not every day we would go out of our way to watch a 12-year-old ventriloquist strut her stuff. Alas, it looks like this is one of THOSE days! (3:20)
• • • • •
Have a junk car sitting on your property? You can either donate it to Kars4Kids or some other charity, or you can call these guys. They are virtually guaranteed to get it RUNNING and they work cheap, according to David Byers! (3:08)
• • • • •
If you were a Bill O’Reilly fan before he was booted off the Fox News channel you can learn what the former King of Cable is up to now by clicking HERE.
• • • • •
It’s said that the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. An example of that cliché occurs every year in the UK during the Weston Park International Radio Control meet where RC pilots show off their giant scale and very expensive toys.
THIS is Part 1 of the 4-part video of the event. (21:45)
PART 2 (22:47)
PART 3 (24:29)
PART 4 (24:09)
• • • • •
If you have three-and-a-half minutes to spare, click HERE and watch how Boeing built from the ground up the 737 that you have likely made many flights on. It’s pretty amazing. (3:28)
• • • • •
Speaking of flying, keep this photo in mind the next time you feel like complaining about a delayed take-off time...
• • • • •
If you are a golfer and not familiar with a 28-year-old New Zealander by the name of Tania Tare you haven’t been paying attention. Have a LOOK at this upcoming star. (1:53)
Tania’s dream of playing in the LPGA is coming true this year. Here SHE is being introduced to her country’s TV viewers on a daily show called “One News New Zealand.” (3:24)
Click HERE to learn more about this 28-year-old native of New Zealand who spent a considerable amount of time here in California before moving to Florida to prepare herself for a future as a pro golfer.
• • • • •
Not to name names, but my former Cops-a-Field partner who retired as SJPD’s first police artist is bummed. “Well there goes my non-refundable deposit" he lamented after seeing THIS article.
• • • • •
We received an unconfirmed report that this is the first of 30 new school buses Rahm Emanuel has ordered for Chicago...
• • • • •
This “Just for laughs” clip received from Lumpy may be a set-up, but it should still be worth a minute-and-a-half of YOUR time. (1:26)
• • • • •
If you have an inquisitive mind you should find these 18 facts about space and time fascinating. If you don’t, you may want to pull into a brain station and top YOURS off. Jus’ sayin’. (17:43)
• • • • •
Lumpy, who lives a few blocks from the major flooding event in San Jose that left so many residents homeless, says he's ready for the next flood and to "bring it on."
• • • • •
This week’s Hope for Paws story: A homeless dog living on the railroad tracks gets RESCUED right before a train passes by. (5:18)
• • • • •
This video Sharon Lansdowne posted on Facebook is about a Peruvian circus lion that had been chained to the back of a truck for 20 years before it was finally RESCUED and returned to its natural habitat. (2:54)
• • • • •
Want to see what happens when a house cat eats a marijuana plant? You know you do, so click HERE. (0:47)
• • • • •
With all the craziness going on in our country and the rest of the world, choosing THIS Charlie Daniels clip titled “My Beautiful America” as this week’s closer was a no brainer. It should be candy to your eyes and ears unless you are a card-carrying member of Antifa. (4:22)
• • • • •
Pics of the Week
To counter the charges Hillary made in her
book, President Trump wrote his own...
Rumor has it that was Hillary's second book. The first one
she authored a few months ago sold very poorly...
THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 9/14/17
Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):
Steve Wininger — Address change
To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Abram, Fred & Connie
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
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