September 18, 2014
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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RETIRED OFFICER DAVID ALVAREZ
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
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
A service will be limited to family and close friends. Condolences can be sent
to Pat via her Facebook page or by email at
FORMER SERGEANT GEORGE SACHTLEBEN
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, Georges 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
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.
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
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
link that Marian Louise Cleary was born on June 19, 1929, and that she died in
Pollock Pines on May 27, 2014.
link to the guestbook shows only one entry from a grandchild.
We could find no further information.
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:
Channel 7 News:
Department in turmoil and current city leaders to blame say former San Jose top
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Ex-San Jose Police Chiefs Critical of Reed Administration
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Channel 2 Bay Area News:
Former SJPD Chiefs call out city in crisis.
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Sam Liccardo skips interview to go to gym
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(article): SJ Police Chiefs Call Out Reed, Liccardo and mercury News
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Radio segment available by clicking HERE...
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(article): Ex-Chiefs Vent About Turmoil at SJPD; Endorse Candidate for Mayor
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
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.).
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
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
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
Rene LaPrevotte (Retired Lieutenant of Police)
Diamond Springs, CA
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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, "Ill 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
A former executive with the New York Mets is suing the team for firing her
because she was pregnant and unmarried. She didnt 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
Clintons high-profile return to the state. Hell 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
youve 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
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
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
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
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
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
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. Im 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 youd 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 leagues handling of the Ray
Rice domestic violence incident. Thats right, Congress sent him a letter. They
would have sent a video, but they wanted Goodell to see it.
People who purchased Olive Gardens 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.
Its 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
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
Toronto Mayor Rob Fords brother Doug Ford has announced that hell be running
in his brothers place. I dont think its 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 dont 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
Were maternal figures typically
in Walt Disney's animated films because he felt responsible for his own mother's
Photograph purportedly shows an
terrorist arrested in Houston.
employees being forced to undergo 'Muslim Sensitivity Training' by demand of
The ten most widely circulated rumors and conspiracy theories associated with
Will President Obama be
a year early due to revelations over Benghazi?
Has the production of
beer been halted due to the brew's being contaminated with cocaine?
Disturbing image warning: Photographs show a
woman whose brain became infested with
after eating pork.
Article warns about the dangers of brominated
(BVO) in Mountain Dew soda.
forecast to cover most of the United States this winter?
Has the identity of notorious murderer 'Jack
finally been established?
Photographs show a venomous
known as an asp.
Iraqi woman in a U.S. grocery store is
by another patron after disdaining America's bombing of her country.
Don't forget to visit our
page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
Jilted woman spreads
in her former boyfriend's apartment.
Still Haunting the Inbox
Check out our 25
list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from
THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Large or Full Screen recommended for YouTube videos.
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.)
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.)
What's it say about President Obama's
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.)
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.
was John Wayne's final public appearance. He died two months later, on June 11,
1979, from cancer at the age of 72.
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
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.)
Here's proof that music is indeed an international language. We're not sure how
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.)
I'd pay almost any
amount of dough for a cat like
one and feed it caviar or lobster three times a day if that's what it wanted. (1
As skillful as some cats may be at massage, it may surprise you to learn that
not all of
excel at jumping. (4 Mins.)
This rescued dog is named
and while it may have a goofy looking face, it doesn't make her any less
lovable. (45 Secs.)
Don Hale calls
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.)
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
Two questions: What is
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.)
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.)
If you like air shows but missed the Air Races in Reno last week, perhaps
clip received from Dirk Parsons will satisfy your need for speed in the skies.
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
If you are a fan of the drifting fad,
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.)
If the Chief, Mayor, Council and citizens of San Jose disapprove of the free
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
She's young, she's attractive, and she is the fastest archer we've ever seen.
Russian lass and watch her use what looks like a semi-automatic bow and arrow.
Looks like GoPro video cameras are even being used to show off billiard
What's next? (2 Mins.)
Consider the slippery snow and the steep drop-offs and you can understand why
dirt bike ride atop a mountain is considered "extreme." (2 Mins.)
If someone would form a company and bring back the Cycle Skates that were
popular back in the 20s, I might consider investing a
Stranger mobility items that move a person from A to B have made millions. (1
The title of
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.
Like illusions? Check out
one we received from Chuck Blackmore. It may surprise you. (2 Mins.)
What can be accomplished with a computer, mouse and the appropriate software
never ceases to amaze us. Have a
at this time lapse representing the progression of a woman's life. Kudos to the
artist. (4 Mins.)
"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.
As is often the
case, the Aussies have it right. Listen to
automated recording received from Bob Moir that people hear when they call a
particular high school in Queensland, Australia. (2 Mins.)
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
Pic of the Week