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September 18, 2014

 

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.


 

RETIRED OFFICER DAVID ALVAREZ



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Born March 29, 1948
Appointed April 2, 1976
Retired: April 13, 2002
Died Sept. 14, 2014

The following information was provided by David's wife, Pat, who is also a retired San Jose police officer.

David was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in April of this year. By August it had metastasized to his brain and by September to his intestines. He entered hospice care on Sept. 7th and passed at 6:30 a.m. this past Sunday in Pat's arms. "Through it all, his spirit never wavered. He was brave, kind and grateful throughout his ordeal no matter how hard the treatment was on him or how grim the outlook," Pat said.

David was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy as a radioman aboard the USS Midway and the Oriskany from 1967 through 1971. Both ships were aircraft carriers.

David was also a pilot who loved flying his Stearman biplane that was based at the Watsonville airport. His flying experience made him a natural for the SJPD's Fixed-wing aircraft unit to which he was assigned for a period of time.

He loved his motorcycle and made many cross country trips on his Harley with his friends in the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club.

"He was a good man, a good cop, a good friend, and the only man I ever loved. We were lucky to have been married to each other twice," said Pat.

David and Pat were in the same Academy in April of 1976. After 13+ years, Pat vested her SJPD retirement and became a member of the DA's Bureau of Investigation, from which she retired as a Lieutenant in 2008 after 19 years of service.

A service will be limited to family and close friends. Condolences can be sent to Pat via her Facebook page or by email at
<pcat1@earthlink.net>.

 

FORMER SERGEANT GEORGE SACHTLEBEN


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Because George resigned (not
retire), his records have been
purged by Police Personnel. No
date stats are available.

Jack Baxter received the following message on Monday of this week and forwarded it to us:

This is Karl Sachtleben, George’s son. I regret to inform you that George passed away last night in his sleep at his house in Eureka CA. His sister Sue, her daughter Lisa, and I were with him.  

He was doing pretty well until about a week ago and then he deteriorated quickly. He told us not to feel bad, that he was ready to go and that he was not scared. He wants to be remembered as a brave Marine, and he was brave.


Jack added the following:

George was a decorated Marine Corps Officer who held the rank of Major serving in Vietnam before becoming a police officer. He was very proud of his service in both the Corps and our Department. He started at San Jose PD on November 1st, 1971 after coming from a department on the peninsula where he had worked for several years.

During his tenure with the SJPD George was assigned to Patrol, K9, Merge, FTO, SAIU and Night Detectives. He worked several of these assignments as both and Officer and a Sergeant.

After leaving our department early, he purchased a lakeside resort in northern Michigan before returning to California later and making his home in Eureka. He enjoyed training and working with his search and rescue dogs and drove all the way to Placer County to work with us on the search for Christie Wilson, Pat and Debbie Boyd's daughter who was the victim of a homicide.

George was solid and true and will be missed by his many friends.

Jack
<drjoaquin1525@gmail.com>
 

MARIAN CLEARY

Joan Lockwood, Secretary of the San Jose Retired Employees Assn., was notified by Retirement Services that Marian Cleary had passed away. She was a Communications Dispatcher who retired on April 1, 1971 and died on May 27, 2014.

Marian was the widow of the late Capt. Bob Cleary, who passed away several years ago.

According to Bob Moir, she was a radio dispatcher for 17 years before retiring to Pollock Pines with Bob. "This was during the era of 'Big B' Fletcher, Ron Murrell, Jimmy Tompkins, Betty Cunningham (before she became a matron/APW), George Burton in the late '50s and early '60s," said Bob.

We searched Google for an obituary but could only find a notice via
THIS link that Marian Louise Cleary was born on June 19, 1929, and that she died in Pollock Pines on May 27, 2014. THIS link to the guestbook shows only one entry from a grandchild.

We could find no further information.

 

POA UPDATES



Sept. 12th

Former SJ Chiefs Speak Out

Six former San Jose Police Chiefs have endorsed Dave Cortese for mayor and four of them sat down with the media to deliver an unprecedented warning and criticism of current city leadership. They called for a new direction and an end to the war being waged on public safety that has driven 911 response times to 20 minutes and caused 400 officers to leave SJ. Special thanks to Chiefs Lansdowne, Wheatley, Davis and Moore for their honesty and courage to speak out today.

Watch the videos below by clicking on the highlighted text:



ABC Channel 7 News: Department in turmoil and current city leaders to blame say former San Jose top cops.



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NBC Bay Area News: Ex-San Jose Police Chiefs Critical of Reed Administration



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KTVU Channel 2 Bay Area News: Former SJPD Chiefs call out city in crisis.



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NBC Bay Area News: Sam Liccardo skips interview to go to gym



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The Daily Fetch (article): SJ Police Chiefs Call Out Reed, Liccardo and mercury News

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KCBS Radio: Radio segment available by clicking HERE...



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Bay City News (article): Ex-Chiefs Vent About Turmoil at SJPD; Endorse Candidate for Mayor

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

I anticipated including in this column a Mercury News article about the press conference held by our four former Chiefs, but it never materialized; the paper chose to ignore it. While the odds of the following letter to the editor appearing in the Mercury News are virtually nil, I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. It was sent to the paper yesterday (Wed.).

MAIL CALL

Sept. 11th

Joe Suske forwarded the following letter to the editor of the Sacramento Bee that showed up in his inbox. He felt the letter by a retired SFPD lieutenant that deals with the subject of militarization of police was pertinent. So did we.

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Apparently the Sacramento Bee's Editorial Board is the latest to jump onto the hysterical: "Militarization of the Police Department" bandwagon.

Having been a police officer in San Francisco for 35 years, I have quite a bit of insight that your Editorial Board is lacking. During my tenure with the SFPD, I went to the funerals of twenty-eight of my colleagues who were killed in the line of duty. Belatedly, lessons were learned from many of those unfortunate deaths.

One was the murder of Officer James Guelf, who was killed on Nov. 13, 1994 by a heavily armed gunman who was wearing full body armor and armed with (among many other weapons) an AK47 assault rifle. Officer Guelf had expended all the ammunition in his department-issued six-shot revolver during the shootout, then stood-by helplessly with his empty pistol as the gunman walked up to him and assassinated him on the street. The SFPD later issued sixteen-shot Beretta 9mm pistols in the wake of Jim's murder, the very same pistols used by the US Army & US Air Force.

"Militarization?" I suspect some would say so.

Recall the LAPD shootout in February of 1997 where two gunmen entered the North Hollywood branch of the Bank of America wearing full body armor and armed with assault rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition? During that half-hour firefight, the LAPD had to commandeer military-style AR/15 rifles and ammunition from a local sporting goods store to remain in a "competitive" firefight with the drugged-up bank robbers. The LAPD later issued semi-automatic rifles to its members in the wake of that fatal firefight, so that their officers might never again have to face fast-firing rifles with handguns.

"Militarization?" If you say so.

The recent Sacramento Bee's editorial was entitled: "Local Cops: Officer Friendly or GI Joe?"

If anyone thinks that today's streets are the same as they were 50 years ago when "Clancy the Cop" could kick a miscreant kid in the seat of the pants, then take him by the ear to the kid's father for a proper butt-kicking, well you didn't take notice that on just one weekend this past Summer there were seventy people shot-down on Chicago's streets. That's seventy in one weekend. In one city!

During the riots in Ferguson, Missouri the officers standing on the skirmish lines came under gunfire from roof tops in the area. This is undisputed because it has been reported in the national media. Is it "militarization" to protect those officers with armor, or supply them with a firearm (rifles) that will even reach a rooftop from a block away? Maybe so, but if the other 105 American police officers who were killed in 2013 had been afforded the same safeguards, there might be fewer police widows and fatherless kids across the Country today.

Don't let meaningless sensibilities get any more cops killed if it can be prevented with surplus military tackle that would otherwise be sent to the crusher for destruction. It's way past the time to climb aboard a different bandwagon!

Rene LaPrevotte (Retired Lieutenant of Police)
Diamond Springs, CA

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Sept. 11th

Hello Bill,

My sister, Lisa Tomaino forwarded me the Farsider and I was able to read about the low attendance level for this upcoming academy due to graduate in November.

I wanted to let you know that I have been participating in the SJPD Oral Boards for approximately 15 years (I've been a VOLT volunteer for the SJPD for 18 years now) and I can tell you that our recent interview experience was quite sad regarding the quality within the pool of recruits that we interviewed on 8/24/14.

The passing score was raised to a minimum score of 80 on each of the four grading elements. My Oral Board interviewed 14 candidates that day and we ended up failing at least 6 on one element or another. That was new for me as I personally never experience that many failures before.

We want the recruits to be successful, but so few of them took the pre-test seminar offered by Retired Officer Wayne Jones. Some had great preparation for this career, then they would fail the communication part of the Oral Board. Some were just so ill prepared it was a waste of resources to even have gotten them as far as the Oral Board. The Recruiting Unit needs to review their screening methodology.

I want this community to know that I will continue to volunteer for the Oral Boards because I want to see the Police Department staffed back up to the levels for a city this size. I've met so many wonderful, dedicated police officers and I'm happy to help keep the pipeline full, but the City needs to come to the plate on this and offer a graduation and retention bonus plan, just like what happens in the private
sector.   

Yesterday, I sent an email to Sam Liccardo asking him to explain his thought process on how he plans on getting the funds to hire new officers by pension savings. He never fully explained this to my satisfaction, and he needs to be more transparent when he makes bold statements like this. With billions of unfunded pension and health benefits at risk, he doesn't have much wiggle room in my opinion to find "pension savings" unless he's looking to reduce the benefits altogether. If that is his answer back to me, and I will let you know what he says if he responds, then I'm voting for Cortese.

Thank you for your time.

Sharon Rossell
<sjrossell@yahoo.com>

 

LIVE OVER IN THE VALLEY?

If you reside over in the Valley in proximity to Valley Springs and you will have your grandkids over from Oct. 10th through the Halloween, consider taking them to Walt's Haunted House in Valley Springs. Info can be found on THIS website that Leroy just finished putting together.

 

KEEPING UP WITH OUR IN-HOUSE NFL REFEREE

Bill and his crew will be working the Baltimore at Cleveland game this coming weekend, Miami at Oakland in London on Sunday the 28th, and Arizona at Denver on Oct. 5th. That's as far as his schedule goes as of now.

 

NEW SJPD HISTORY BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE ON MONDAY

John Carr Jr. and Jarrod Nunes — both sons of retired San Jose cops — have put together an excellent book that details the history of the SJPD. This is the third such publication in the past 31 years. The first was the SJPD Commemorative Album that was published in 1983. It was followed 20 years later by a second similar book: "San Jose Police Department 1849-2003: A History of Excellence." This third book provides a more comprehensive and updated history of the Dept. from 1849 through the present. We had the opportunity to review its content before it went to press and can highly recommend its purchase for anyone who has worn the SJPD badge. If you don't buy a copy for yourself, get one for your kids and their offspring.

All sales will benefit the SJPD Historical Society. It will go on sale on Monday, Sept. 22nd, and be available at most book stores as well as on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also shave 5 percent off the $21.95 cost by purchasing the book at the POA Office.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Sept. 10 through Sept. 15

Yesterday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary after a close race against an opponent named Zephyr Teachout. I know what you're thinking: Is Zypher Teachout a man or a woman? And the answer is . . . probably.

Mike Tyson was in Canada yesterday and actually met up with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Of course, it got weird when someone yelled, “Loved you in ‘The Hangover!’” and they both said, “Thanks!”

Joe Biden will be in Baltimore this weekend to celebrate the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Yeah, 200 years — or, roughly how long it takes today's pop singers to finish the national anthem.

There were no injuries this week when a truck in San Diego overturned and spilled thousands of oranges on a highway. But it did mark the first time in 20 years people in California were yelling, "Look out! OJ is on the highway."

During a speech last night, President Obama announced that the U.S. will lead a huge multinational coalition to fight the terror groups in Iraq. Of course, most people just turned it off because they thought it was a rerun.

The number of single people in the U.S. is at its highest level in 38 years. I think the makers of Hδagen-Dazs and the makers of Hot Pockets just high-fived each other.

This week President Obama gave a big speech from the White House where he outlined his plan to quote, “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terror group ISIS. When asked how, he said, "I’ll build their website."

British Prime Minister David Cameron went to Scotland this week to persuade citizens of the country to vote “no” on leaving the U.K. He said, “It's never worked out for anyone . . . well, except for America, Canada, Australia, India, and . . . I'll stop talking now.”

Alex Trebek is bringing back his mustache for the new season of “Jeopardy,” 13 years after he shaved it off. Or in other words, my mom's letters finally worked.

A former executive with the New York Mets is suing the team for firing her because she was pregnant and unmarried. She didn’t fit in with the team — you know, because this year she actually delivered.

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iowa this week, three days after Hillary Clinton’s high-profile return to the state. He’ll spend two days there — one campaigning and another stuck in a corn maze.

Actually, Biden will be in Iowa to help a group of nuns called “Nuns on the Bus” kick off their voter registration tour. Biden says it's his way of giving back, while the nuns say it's God's way of testing their faith.

In a recent interview, Texas Governor Rick Perry revealed that he has spent the last 20 months preparing to run for president. Then Hillary said, “Call me when you’ve spent 67 years.”

Tonight President Obama will make a prime-time speech about how we're going to deal with violent extremists and their sickening behavior. And when he's done talking about the NFL, he'll talk about ISIS.

The NFL is, of course, coming under a lot of fire. Today it came out that law enforcement sent a copy of the Ray Rice video to NFL headquarters back in April. Then the NFL commissioner apologized, saying the video got buried in the stack of other illegal things NFL players are doing.

Microsoft plans on renaming its smartphone. So far their first choice is the “Microsoft iPhone.”

The New York Times had to issue a correction after an article referred to Dick Cheney as president of the United States. The Times apologized to Dick Cheney and changed his title to "former president of the United States."

Apple is now saying that the new Apple Watch needs to be charged every single day. Also charged every single day: someone in the NFL.

The National Organization for Women is calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. They made their demand in a video that Commissioner Goodell said he will watch in five months.

A young violinist from Lithuania played violin for three hours while she was undergoing brain surgery. Yeah, she was undergoing brain surgery and she played the violin the whole time. Man, those are some strict parents.

Ben & Jerry's has introduced what they're calling a marijuana-friendly ice cream. They're calling it "ice cream."

South African sports officials have ruled that Oscar Pistorius is free to run competitively again. Shortly after the announcement, he was signed by the NFL.

The FBI debuted its new facial recognition software which will archive the faces of tens of millions of Americans every day. This groundbreaking, amazing new software is called Facebook.

New York City is now selling something like 10 prime parking spots. Each parking spot will cost you a million dollars. In a related story, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will pay you a million dollars for the spot he's in.

Earlier tonight President Obama spoke to Americans. Obama is getting tough with ISIS. He's now going to force them to sell their NBA team.

Here is Obama's 3-part plan. First, we're going to gather intelligence. Next, we're going to launch air strikes. And third, his plan is to lose the midterm elections. So he's got a full plate ahead of him.

Did you get the new iPhone yet? The iPhone that I have is outdated. It has two pieces and a hand crank.

In New York City today it was cloudy — just like Roger Goodell's future.

Tonight's the premiere of Thursday Night Football here on CBS. CBS Sports has cameras everywhere — on the sidelines, in the end zones, in the blimps. The only camera the NFL is not interested in is the one in the elevator.

They're now selling parking places in New York. You can buy a premium parking place for $1 million. When President Obama heard that, he said, "Hey, wait a minute. I'll give you $2 million if you will take the place I'm in."

Don't get the wrong idea. These New York parking places are not only for the wealthy. Anybody with $1 million can buy one. By the way, I understand there's a parking place available in the players' lot at the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.

It turns out that country singer Larry Gatlin is a global policy genius and he's writing policy memos to president Obama. I think I'll wait to hear what Kenny Chesney thinks.

You know who's upset now with ISIS? Al-Qaida. It's because ISIS is getting more attention than al-Qaida. So now, Saturday night will be Ayman al-Zawahiri bobblehead night.

There was a guy out in front of the theater early today. He's out there usually selling fake Rolexes. Now he's out there selling fake Apple watches.

President Obama announced in his speech the other night that he's sending 475 military advisers to Iraq. Not only that, but he's also sending 475 military advisers to the NFL.

In his speech the other night, President Obama announced that he's counting on the support of an international coalition. Right now, we can't get the support of the International House of Pancakes.

Justin Bieber was booed by an audience at a fashion event in New York. He's being rejected by people who used to love him. Now he knows how that monkey he left in Germany feels.

Two 90-year-old lesbians were married today in Iowa. That was tonight's installment of "Things I never guessed would happen in Iowa."

Pictures of the happy lesbian couple haven't been made public. But if you see two 90-year-old lesbians in Iowa, odds are it's them.

At yesterday's big Apple event, music guests U2 gave away their new album for free. I suppose that means they are working "pro Bono."

It's a hot day here in Los Angeles. It was so hot, I saw lizards doing the ice-bucket challenge.

It was so hot, the Real Housewives injected their foreheads with cold lemonade.

It was so hot, CBS nearly replaced me with a camel.

It was so hot, people came to this show just for the air conditioning.

President Obama was on TV tonight. He gave a prime-time address to detail his plan to stop ISIS. And also to give his pick for tomorrow night's game between the Ravens and the Steelers.

The president reassured Americans that while we face no immediate threat from ISIS, we've got a ton of bombs sitting around so we're going to use them.

Guess who we may be partnering with to fight ISIS. None other than Iran. Iran used to be our enemy back, like, last week, but now we may be upgrading our relationship to frenemy.

It's never good news when the president addresses the nation in prime time. He never comes out and says, "Great job, everybody. I'm throwing y'all a pizza party."

A new condo development in New York is charging a million dollars for parking spots. A million dollars to park your car — wouldn't it be cheaper to just get a ticket every day for the rest of your life and park wherever you want?

Apparently Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are fighting. That's according to my source, which is a group of 12-year-old girls I ran across in the street.

Usually when you hear Katy Perry versus Taylor Swift, it's a drunk bachelorette party argument over what karaoke song to sing.

In L.A. it's over 100 degrees. Heat warnings remain in effect. The National Weather Service is advising residents of Southern California to strongly consider living somewhere else.

Not only are we having a heat wave, but we are in the middle of a major drought. Because of the heat, health officials are urging people to drink as much water as possible. But because of the drought, other local officials would like us not to.

Last night ABC broadcast the Miss America Pageant. It's the annual competition in which women parade their almost naked bodies in front of a panel of judges and whomever is deemed to have the best one gets a scholarship so she can never have to parade her almost naked body around for money again.

Floyd Mayweather fought on Saturday night, and he won a unanimous decision, but it did not go without incident. In the eighth round, Mayweather claims his opponent bit him through the glove into his fingers. It's only a matter of time before boxers are required to wear gloves on their teeth.

Today the New York Times had to issue a correction after it mistakenly referred to Dick Cheney as a former president. Of course, George W. Bush made that same mistake all the time.

A federal investigation has found the Department of Homeland Security is “ill-prepared” for a potential disease pandemic. I’m not sure I agree. They did a great job of wiping out Bieber Fever.

Yesterday Mike Tyson traveled to Toronto and met with Mayor Rob Ford. It was a meeting between one of the most dangerous heavyweights ever and Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson and Rob Ford had a meeting. If you’d like to see a transcript of their conversation, just have your cat walk back and forth on your keyboard.

Congress sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding "the highest level of transparency" concerning the league’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. That’s right, Congress sent him a letter. They would have sent a video, but they wanted Goodell to see it.

People who purchased Olive Garden’s 7-week unlimited pasta pass are being told that they must show their ID in the restaurant to prevent fraudulent use of the cards. Unfortunately, by week 5 none of them will look anything like their IDs.

It’s been discovered that a healthy 24-year-old woman in China has lived her whole life without a major part of her brain. Scientists are calling her “the lost Kardashian.”

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus received 4 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours. Meanwhile, the new Blackberry keeps driving by your house to see if you’re home.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s brother Doug Ford has announced that he’ll be running in his brother’s place. I don’t think it’s a good sign that in the Ford family, Doug is known as “the crazy one.”

Al-Qaida has issued an online message denying allegations that their organization is in decline — although I don’t think it helped that they posted it on Myspace.

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 13, 2014

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

New Articles

• Were maternal figures typically
absent in Walt Disney's animated films because he felt responsible for his own mother's death?

• Photograph purportedly shows an
ISIS terrorist arrested in Houston.

• Are
Home Depot employees being forced to undergo 'Muslim Sensitivity Training' by demand of CAIR?

• The ten most widely circulated rumors and conspiracy theories associated with the
9/11 terrorist attacks.

• Will President Obama be
leaving office a year early due to revelations over Benghazi?

• Has the production of
Coors Light beer been halted due to the brew's being contaminated with cocaine?

• Disturbing image warning: Photographs show a woman whose brain became infested with
parasites after eating pork.

• Article warns about the dangers of brominated
vegetable oil (BVO) in Mountain Dew soda.

• Is record-shattering
snowfall forecast to cover most of the United States this winter?

 • Has the identity of notorious murderer '
Jack the Ripper' finally been established?

• Photographs show a venomous
caterpillar known as an asp.

• Iraqi woman in a U.S. grocery store is
told off by another patron after disdaining America's bombing of her country.

• Don't forget to visit our
Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Jilted woman spreads
grass seed in her former boyfriend's apartment.


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25
Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


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



Large or Full Screen recommended for YouTube videos.


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Is
ISIS in Juarez and ready to come across the border? Listen to this Fox News Insider report from a Texas sheriff we received from a handful of readers and decide for yourself. (3 Mins.)




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THIS public service announcement titled "Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover" began running in the UK last summer. Given what's happened lately, we would bet that it is no longer being aired. Any takers? (2 Mins.)




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What's it say about President Obama's
SUPPORT on the Far Left when he loses Michael Moore? Chilling and scary are adjectives that might apply if you work in the White House. (40 Secs.)

 

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Over the past few months we have included video clips of John Wayne expressing his love and patriotism for America. At the 1979 Academy Awards, host Johnny Carson flashbacked to the year before when Bob Hope hosted the awards and paid homage to The Duke. The year you see on the screen refers to the Oscar year, which is always a year behind the Academy Awards.
THIS was John Wayne's final public appearance. He died two months later, on June 11, 1979, from cancer at the age of 72.




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If you know what a PT Boat is and how important it was to the war effort 70 years ago, you might want to watch THIS video received from Don Hale. It's about the restoration of PT 658 that was rescued from the mud of the San Francisco Bay. (5 Mins.)

 

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Here's proof that music is indeed an international language. We're not sure how
THIS was accomplished, but musicians from around the world managed to synchronize their playing and come up with this excellent rendition of La Bamba. It is definitely worth a look and listen. (4 Mins.)




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I'd pay almost any amount of dough for a cat like THIS one and feed it caviar or lobster three times a day if that's what it wanted. (1 Min.)




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As skillful as some cats may be at massage, it may surprise you to learn that not all of
THEM excel at jumping. (4 Mins.)




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This rescued dog is named
MARNIE, and while it may have a goofy looking face, it doesn't make her any less lovable. (45 Secs.)




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Don Hale calls THIS clip about a squirrel with an appetite for bird food cute and funny. It also provides another use for that little jar of Vaseline that you keep in your medicine cabinet. (3 Mins.)




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Who says a human can't become friends with a Moray Eel? Perhaps that's a rhetorical question as it's unlikely that anyone actually said it. But if someone did, they should watch
THIS 1-minute clip.




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Two questions: What is
THIS? And would it taste as good as lobster if it was broiled and served with melted lemon butter and a baked potato on the side? (3 Mins.)

 

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Meet the
HOUDINI of the equine family. Without padlocks, there doesn't seem to be a door or a gate on the property that it can't open. (2 Mins.)




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If you like air shows but missed the Air Races in Reno last week, perhaps
THIS clip received from Dirk Parsons will satisfy your need for speed in the skies. (4 Mins.)

 

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James May, co-host of the popular "Top Gear" automotive TV show in the UK and the US, finds out which will win a shootout between a Superbike, a V-8 Supercar and a Formula 1 race car. It's not a drag race. Instead, it's a five-lap race around a track, and for the F1 to be declared the winner, it must lap the Superbike and the Supercar. You might be surprised by the
WINNER. (6 Mins.)




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If you are a fan of the drifting fad,
THIS clip received from our NFL referee might get your blood flowing. But as Bill points out, the people watching these Beemers (or Bimmers if you prefer) burn up their tires are nuts to stand where they are regardless of how skillful the stunt drivers are. The five cars are BMW's M235i, each powered by a twin-turbo in-line six that pumps out 300 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque, all delivered to the rear wheels, hence the driving. The demo took place in Capetown, South Africa in early Aug. (2 Mins.)




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If the Chief, Mayor, Council and citizens of San Jose disapprove of the free
MRAP the city is giving back to the government because they feel it "militarizes" the SJPD, we are going to assume that one of these puppies is out of the question. Pity. With its high energy laser, it would make an excellent response vehicle for our MERGE Unit. (4 Mins.)

Speaking of the "militarization" of the SJPD, does anyone remember the flooding of Alviso in the early '80s when San Jose cops had to use a military amphibious vehicle borrowed from the National Guard Armory to rescue the residents of Alviso?

 

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She's young, she's attractive, and she is the fastest archer we've ever seen. Check out
THIS Russian lass and watch her use what looks like a semi-automatic bow and arrow. (2 Mins.)




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Looks like GoPro video cameras are even being used to show off billiard
TRICK SHOTS. What's next? (2 Mins.)




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Consider the slippery snow and the steep drop-offs and you can understand why
THIS dirt bike ride atop a mountain is considered "extreme." (2 Mins.)




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If someone would form a company and bring back the Cycle Skates that were popular back in the 20s, I might consider investing a
FEW BUCKS. Stranger mobility items that move a person from A to B have made millions. (1 Min.)




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The title of
THIS short 30-second clip is "How to avoid getting hit by a train," and we will wager that most of you will watch it at least twice.




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Like illusions? Check out
THIS one we received from Chuck Blackmore. It may surprise you. (2 Mins.)




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What can be accomplished with a computer, mouse and the appropriate software never ceases to amaze us. Have a
LOOK at this time lapse representing the progression of a woman's life. Kudos to the artist. (4 Mins.)




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THIS "Ultimate Workers Fail Compilation" video we received from a handful of readers looks familiar, but we were unable to find it in the Archives. Even if it is a repeat, it should be worth a chuckle or two.




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As is often the case, the Aussies have it right. Listen to THIS automated recording received from Bob Moir that people hear when they call a particular high school in Queensland, Australia. (2 Mins.)

 

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Saving the best for last, here's a new Old Blue Web Designs digital trip back to the '60s, courtesy of Alice Murphy. It features great graphics, interesting facts and music from Elvis, Chubby Checker, the Beatles and several other artists who made the 1960s a special time. If you were a teenager or in your early 20s back then, this is a
MUST SEE and hear.




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C'ya


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This is the message box, using the scroller component.
 

 

 

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