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September 19, 2013

 

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.



 

GEORGE COCHERN

The following e-mail about George was received at 5:37 p.m. yesterday, too late to try and retrieve a photo. An obituary will hopefully be forthcoming.

Sept. 18th

Bill:

Chief Esquivel asked me to let the PBA and the Insider know of the passing of longtime Reserve Officer George Cochern. I was told by his grandson that he passed away today at 94 years of age.

According to his grandson, Mr. Cochern was the Chief of Reserves with Badge A100 as well as a professor at SJSU.

The grandson is Kevin Forras, 408-529-7272.

Thank you for your work with the PBA.

Lt. Rick Weger #2850
<RICHARD.WEGER@sanjoseca.gov>



 

PENSION NEWS

Nothing new to report this week.



 

POA NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE



Sept. 12th

Today, we received a counter offer from the City in response to our 6% one-year offer on September 3rd.  It calls for a term of one year and consists of a 3% salary restoration effective when the contract is ratified by the POA and approved by the City Council.  This means that the 3% is not retroactive back to July 1, 2013.  In essence, because the 3% would start in October, not July 1, we would receive the equivalent of a 2.25% restoration for this year.

Click here to see the City's offer...

<http://tinyurl.com/llterfp>

We will provide further communication when we have more information.

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>
 

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Sept. 13th

Many of you have not signed the SJPOA's petition demanding that Sam Liccardo stop playing games with public safety. You may use the POA's address: 1151 North 4th Street, San Jose CA 95112 when you sign the petition. Ask your friends and family to sign as well. Councilman Ash Kalra has our back. Make sure you have his. Click here to sign the SJPOA's petition now...

<http://tinyurl.com/ls2u9dh>
 

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San Jose Inside (Article)

Mayor, Councilman Liccardo's Police Department Plan Flawed from the Start -- By San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra...


<http://tinyurl.com/mlomznm>


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KPIX Channel Five (Video)

CBS 5: San Jose Home Invasion Suspect Search Leads to School Lockdowns




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37sRlqC2Vd8>


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Sept. 17th

We sent a letter to the City today informing them that the board of directors will be meeting to discuss the City's latest offer. Click here to see the POA's latest letter to the City...

<http://tinyurl.com/mcygdtr>


Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>

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Sept. 18th

Click and Read the Below Links and Share Far and Wide

San Jose Inside (Article)

Councilman Sam Liccardo criticizes SJPOA petition and doubles down on bogus plan. Leave a comment to let him know your thoughts...

<http://tinyurl.com/lgc6ftl>

 

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The Daily Fetch (Article)

Information on tomorrow's FPPC hearing of Jim Unland's complaint
against Chuck Reed, also analysis of Liccardo SJI article...

<http://www.thedailyfetch.com/silicon-valley/>


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Mercury News (Article)

SJPOA's Victim's Assistance Fund raises money for murder victim's burial (no membership money used)...


<http://tinyurl.com/mbxd7s7>


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SJPOA's Petition Reminder 

If you have not signed the SJPOA's petition demanding that Sam Liccardo stop playing games with public safety, please do so. You may use the POA's address 1151 North 4th Street, San Jose CA 95112 when you sign the petition. Ask your friends and family to sign as well.

Click here to sign the petition...

<http://tinyurl.com/ls2u9dh>



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

The Internal Affairs column in last Sunday's paper included this item about the POA's request that members send Councilman Sam Liccardo a message by signing an on-line petition...



Mercury News — Sept. 15, 2013

Should political figures start online petitions? You be the judge

You know that things have gotten well beyond ugly at San Jose City Hall when both politicians and union leaders start online polls to further their interests. It began last weekend when Councilman Sam Liccardo authored a blog that explained his plan to add 200 more cops over the next four years.

Liccardo, a likely mayoral candidate in 2014, included language that was mildly critical of proposals from the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, saying, “Let’s increase police pay at a rate that we can afford.” To drive his point home, he urged people to complete a hard-to-oppose online petition that endorsed his plan.

The next day, SJPOA President Jim Unland responded with a sterner message, labeling Liccardo a liar and saying that his police staffing proposal would never work. Unland argues that the city is losing police officers faster than it can hire them — in large measure because of actions by the council.

Unland urged his readers to sign a counter-petition, which he dubbed “Giving Sam Liccardo a dose of truth.” It ended with this admonishment to Liccardo: “Stop proposing political stunts to reinvent yourself in the public’s eye and take responsibility for your votes that are dismantling the San Jose Police Department and putting neighborhood safety at risk.”

The backdrop of all this is an ongoing political war between the officers’ union and City Hall over pay and benefit cuts the mayor and council members, including Liccardo, sought to balance budgets as pension costs soared and the economy slumped.

We won’t pretend to referee this death match. But in the interests of sanity, we’d like to propose our own online questionnaire. Call it a petition to end all petitions. Go to
<www.mercurynews.com/internal-affairs> and answer this simple question: “Do you think political figures should stop self-serving online petitions?”

Yes or no. We won’t even ask your name.


 

WEEKLY POLL

Last Week's Poll Results



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



 

MAIL CALL

Sept. 12th

A very touching closer (9/11 remembrance) in today's Farsider. Thank you. Yesterday when we were going through security at OAK enroute to Maui it was approximately the same time of the day that the first plane struck back in 2001. I noticed that the fittest and best dressed TSA employees had on military-style hats, white gloves and gold braid. Military bearing you would normally expect to see only at a Marine base. I asked one of them that I had never seen TSA dressed that way and why so? She replied, "911, Sir." With that the leader of the group started a brief remembrance, and the entire crowed at the airport as far as I could see stopped and remained silent. Thank God no one played Taps. Very moving. Here on Maui the paper published photos of several such events. Lest we forget.

Joe
(Devane) <lglbgle@att.net>

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Sept. 18th

Hi Bill and Leroy:

I enjoyed reading the Sept. 5th article by Ken Hawkes about “Looking Back at the Burglary Prevention Unit." It brought back some memories of when I was a young Milpitas PD officer during the late 1970s. My partner (street name of Danny) was on loan to BPU as the fence working at Felix Furniture. Like San Jose at the time, Milpitas was getting hit hard by daytime burglars. After the store burnt down I came over from Milpitas PD to help out with the fencing operation. We opened shop at an old gas station on Old Oakland Road calling it "Danny’s 4X4 Carpet Insulation." I went by the street name of “JC,” and my main job was to make sure we did not get ripped off by the crooks. I usually carried two handguns and a silenced MAC 10 machine gun, which was used more than once as a visual deterrent.


Ken was right when he said, “Not having a clue about how to manage the property or the crooks; the how-to book hadn’t yet been written.” We made it up as we went. Lt. Phil Norton was a great supervisor and I learned a lot from that man. He knew how to take care of us. If we needed something we usually got it the next day. No written memos, multiple forms to fill out or administrative permission. I’m not sure how he got some of the stuff we requested, but he did. We did not ask and he did not tell. Lt. Norton kept the admin away from us and the operation was kept very quiet in the law enforcement community. Not knowing we were working under cover, the FBI tried to tap our phone. On day, Danny and I were taken down in a felony car stop with a car load of stolen guns by four of San Jose’s finest. We did not carry police ID and we had fake drivers license. That meant a trip to lower level. That was fun!

Business was good. I usually had a full pickup truck of stolen goods to take to our storage unit every day. There were times when the storage unit was so full I had to use my home garage to store stolen cars, guns, TVs and stereos until we had space in the storage unit. We were so busy that the crooks had to call us to get an appointment to fence their goods.  We gave a little financial incentive to crooks who introduced new crooks to us. That built up our list of customers. After three transactions, the guys in BPU would tail the crooks and take them down while they were active in another 459. The crooks — many were career criminals — would be surprised months later when we filed the additional charges against them.

We could have easily kept gong for another year, but we ended up buying a hand gun from a crook who told us on tape he had used it in a 187. We found out that he was telling us the truth (that was a shock), and in order to take him off the street right away we had to close up shop. If I remember correctly we ended up making over 120 arrests. None of them went to trial because all of the transactions were on tape.

When I left the operation the guys in BPU gave me a San Jose PD belt buckle bearing my name and MPD badge number.  It is proudly displayed in my den along with my MPD badge.

Those were some great times.

Bob McKean
(Lt. Milpitas PD Ret.)
<cop2rn@aol.com>

 

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Sept. 17th

Bill,

Seldom is there a guy from the media world that 'gets it.' In the last 33+ years during my brief tenure on 'the Job'  I do not recall this simple reality of our profession stated any better.

Bruce
(Wiley) <BWiley@da.sccgov.org>

The Cops Amaze Me



By Bob Lonsberry
WHAM Radio 1180, Rochester, NY

Sept. 17, 2013

The cops amaze me.

Some days I honestly don’t know how they do it.

Like yesterday, at the Navy Yard.

We know about the bad guy, we know about his military record and his criminal record. And we know what he did.

But we don’t know much about how he came to stop doing what he was doing.

We don’t know much about how they took him down.

But what we do know is impressive.

Which gets back to the cops.

Yesterday morning about 8:20, the first 9-1-1 call came in of trouble in Building 197. Moments later, an alert was broadcast and officers began speeding toward the Navy Yard from across the District of Columbia.

Regular patrol officers.

Some from schools, some from speed-enforcement details, all from the first hour a new shift and a new week. Old, young, male, female, black, white. They just came. Primarily from the Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Park Police.

Officers whose lives were going from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye. Officers who went from the sleepy good morning of a Monday dawn to the real-world battlefield of an active shooter.

They began to arrive almost immediately.

And quickly formed up into an assault team.

They didn’t wait for the SWAT team. They didn’t stand back and wait for the armored personnel carrier. They formed up and went in.

Specifically, seven minutes after the first call, an ad hoc team of park police and district police with AR-15s ran into the building in their patrol uniforms.

They ran to the sound of the gunfire.

They closed with the enemy, and engaged him, and killed him.

And by every account some 10 minutes after the first word of trouble had breathed across the police radio, regular patrol officers had killed the gunman and ended his assault.

He fought the law, and the law won.

It’s impossible to calculate how many lives that saved. It’s impossible to calculate how much expertise that took.

It’s impossible to grasp the mindset of readiness that must permeate the men and women of law enforcement. Without notice, the police can be thrown into life-and-death situations where every second and every decision counts.

And sometimes, like yesterday, they must operate in an environment that is heartbreaking and troubling. The responding officers at the Navy Yard ran past the dead and dying, their blood pooling where they lay, in order to press their attack against a monster.

And that was just yesterday.

Every day it is different, every call it is different. Sometimes they are comforting heartbroken children, other times they are knocking on the door to inform someone of the death of a relative. Sometimes they are spat upon, other times they are vomited upon. They are hated and loved, cursed and praised, sometimes on the same call.

They see the carnage of the highways, the sorrow of abused and neglected children, the collapse of a battered wife. They talk the despondent off bridges, they catch the drunk drivers, they try to mediate family and neighbor disputes.

And half the time they do it while being cussed by one group or another. Maybe it’s the neighborhood people. Maybe it’s the pastors. Maybe it’s an activist with a cell-phone video.

The politicians trash them, the residents trash them, the police brass trashes them. They’re ready to lay down their lives for strangers, but heaven help them if anybody thinks they were impolite to a citizen. Heaven help them if they disrespected somebody’s culture.

They fight crime all day, every day, and usually it is a pretty low-key affair. Until there’s a glint of sunlight or a stumbling drunk or a dispatch on the radio.

That’s when it’s Superman time.

That’s when the next 10 minutes of your life are going to be some of the most important in your life.

Like yesterday at the Navy Yard.

Across a big city, the routine of the morning worked its way out. Until there was a cry for help, and the sirens began to roar, and a crew of men and women from at least a couple of departments ran toward the danger.

And killed it.

Before he could kill anybody else.

The cops amaze me.


Ed. — Several reader comments were attached to this piece. Click on this link to review them:
<http://tinyurl.com/kd3p2oy>



 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN



The Eye in the Sky

Ever tried a rolling aircraft cockpit check list? Check the magneto on the engine. Call ground control for an active runway while taxiing at a fairly high speed. Lower ten degrees of flaps and pull onto the shortest available runway. Contact the tower and advise, "This is Idaho 8 Quebec ready for take off."

"Idaho 8 Quebec, you are cleared for immediate take off."

Full power and lift off. Idaho 8 Quebec was the FAA designation for the SJPD aircraft.
 
"San Jose tower, Idaho 8 Quebec is requesting a downwind departure."

"Idaho 8 Quebec, you are cleared for a downwind departure. Climb and maintain 2000 feet."  
 
Once airborne and clear of the airport, the police work begins. Using our handpack radio we make contact with the ground units that requested air support. Officer Mike Miceli comes on the air and tells us he is following a known narcotics dealer and that he is heading north on Hwy 101 towards San Francisco. We now divide the workload between the two pilots on board. One flies the plane while the other follows the suspect vehicle. Lowering the flaps 20 degrees and reducing the engine RPMs to 1800 allows us to match the speed of the suspect vehicle.
 
At an altitude of 2000 feet we cross several airports near Hwy 101. First Moffett Field, then Palo Alto and finally San Carlos. We are now approaching the San Francisco TCA (Terminal Control Area = restricted air space) and request clearance to maintain 2000 feet and fly through the TCA.

"Idaho 8 Quebec, San Francisco tower, you are cleared through the TCA. Maintain 2000 feet and report leaving the TCA."  
 
As we approach the Golden Gate Bridge we still have the suspect vehicle under surveillance. We follow it across the bright orange bridge and into Marin County, all the way to the house which is the driver's destination.
 
The DEA is setting up on the known narcotics dealer's residence and requests that we take up a position in a large 360 degree pattern while keeping the house under surveillance. Day turned to night and around and around we fly. Part of our pattern was over the Bay. Now it is my turn to fly the plane while Bob Evans becomes the observer. The night was getting cold and we were getting tired. As our circling Cessna 172 passed over the Bay, the engine sputtered and the power dropped. I yelled at Bob, "Did you do anything to the aircraft?" He looked at the instrument panel and quickly pulled the carburetor heat control out. The carb had begun to ice-up due to the cold temperature and moisture in the air. Bob's quick action may have save us from going for a swim in the cold Bay. Or worse.
 
The DEA along with the SJPD Narcotics Unit raided the house and arrested the dealer. We were released and happily headed home. Only the officers on the ground and us in the air were aware of the mission. The bad guys were never to know about the eye in the sky, so the Air Support Unit was kept a secret.
 
Mike Miceli was on loan to the DEA for many months and was well aware of the value of the Air Support Unit. He utilized our services on many occasions and we always valued being part of his missions.

Thanks, Mike.

            
 

MEYER WEED



Meyer Weed posted two new topics to his or her blog this past week:

Measure B Update from AFSCME?

and

Meyer Weed Prediction: The Exodus Will Continue.

To review them, click on this link:
<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>



 

GOOD CALL, TOM...

Mike Thompson sent in this article from the Chronicle that speaks well about former D/C Tom Frazier who has been hired to oversee the OPD...

Oakland Police Czar Got It Right on Civilian Panel

By Chip Johnson, Columnist
San Francisco Chronicle — September 16, 2013

Oakland police czar Thomas Frazier has headed off a potential disaster by halting a plan by city leaders to give more clout to a civilian panel that hears citizen complaints of police abuses and has the authority to recommend disciplinary actions and termination.

It all centers on the hiring of eight civilians to free up the eight police officers now assigned to take complaints from the public about police conduct.

Currently, the officers report directly to the Police Department's internal affairs division. Under the planned restructuring, the civilian complaint-takers would work under the auspices of the city's Civilian Police Review Board instead of internal affairs.

The review board is a panel of mayoral appointees charged with investigating claims of police wrongdoing - and it can recommend punishment to internal affairs.

This new arrangement would have expanded that board's influence, but there were concerns among rank-and-file police officers that intake workers answering to a civilian board would be under pressure to embellish cases handed over for investigation to internal affairs.

Barry Donelan, president of the Oakland Police Officers' Association, said the plan would have eliminated "any objectivity in the process and ensured that you have an institution with a level of hatred toward the police."

Frazier's action allayed those concerns.

In a brief statement sent to city officials Friday, Frazier approved the plan to hire civilian intake workers but nixed the idea of placing the police complaint window under the auspices of the civilian panel.

His decision carries the backing of the U.S. District Court that oversees a court-ordered reform effort in the Oakland Police Department.

In a city where police operations, tactics and actions are publicly reviewed at nearly every meeting of the City Council, notions of objectivity and balance are very real issues.

Complaint over singing

This is a city whose civilian review panel in 1998 heard a complaint of excessive force and racial bias against an officer who sang a few lines of the 1970s pop hit about pina coladas to a handcuffed suspect detained for allegedly stealing a cookie at the Jack London Square theaters.

More than a decade later, amid the Occupy Oakland protests in the fall of 2011, three police officers were called before the civilian panel for their actions at an open house at police headquarters, Donelan recalled.

A complaint of police abuse to the civilian board was made against three officers, a police lieutenant, sergeant and an officer, who removed unruly Occupy activists from the gathering.

Upon review, the civilian panel recommended that all three officers be fired without even bothering to review three videotape recordings of the incident captured on lapel cameras worn by all the officers, Donelan said.

Upon review of the tapes, internal affairs cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.

Lack of objectivity

This is the kind of one-sided investigation that leads many officers to believe that the review board is little more than the city-sanctioned version of Pueblo, a police watchdog group that's about as objective as a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan. The group's director, Rashidah Grinage, is hardly an objective party when it comes to police abuse.

In 1993, her son, and husband, who used a wheelchair, and an Oakland police officer were killed in a shootout at her home that began when officers showed up to impound a dog.

"There is literally no daylight between them," said Donelan of the relationship between the board and Pueblo. "The (board) as it is right now is basically a group that has an ax to grind against officers," he said. "There is no objectivity and tremendous incompetence, and we're talking about cases that are fully investigated by internal affairs and the (Alameda County) district attorney's office."

Perhaps even more startling than Frazier's decision is the wisdom of city officials to place police accountability, a top priority of the court-ordered reform effort, into the hands of a civilian body that has not exhibited sound, objective judgments in cases of police misconduct.

So until Oakland city officials can show that they know how to run a Police Department it remains in the broader community's best interests to let Frazier call the shots.


 

JOE MAC RESPONDS TO NPR'S QUERY ABOUT THE NAVY YARD KILLINGS

Our former boss received (and responded to) the following e-mail from Linton Weeks, a national correspondent for National Public Radio.



<http://www.npr.org/people/95608292/linton-weeks>

Sept. 17, 2013

Dear Joe,

We have met a couple of times at Stanford.

I am writing something for NPR’s website about the Navy Yard shooting. Here is what I have so far.

In the aftershocks of a mass shooting event – like the one that occurred Monday at the Navy Yard in Washington in which 12 victims and the gunman died – inevitable questions recur: Why did the gunman do it? Is there anything we as a society can learn from the murderer about how to prevent such atrocities from happening again?

In this case, the monster, Aaron Alexis, is dead.

But what if Alexis had lived? Does it make any difference to society’s response – calls for more guns, calls for fewer guns, death penalty debates, mental health arguments – if the gunman survives the event?

In a research essay, Mass Shooters in the USA, 1966–2010: Differences Between Attackers Who Live and Die, published in Justice Quarterly in June 2013, criminology professor Adam Lankford of the University of Alabama looked at the life or death results of 185 rampage-style mass shootings. He found that whereas only 4 percent of murderers commit suicide, people who shoot large numbers of people were far more likely to die at the scene of the crime – some 48% of mass gunmen either committed suicide or were killed by the police on the spot.

In his research, Lankford explored the reasons for this behavior. But his findings also underscored that many mass shooters do not go to jail, nor are ever given a psychological evaluation or even questioned about motives or modus operandi.
But what about the ones who do go to jail? Have we learned anything from them?

Not much, says James Alan Fox, a criminal justice blogger and co-author of Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder, says,. “Although we often hear about a desire to study mass murderers with an eye toward prevention, there is little that we actually can learn from them. They’re not talking, or if talking, not insightful.”

In fact, Fox says, “there is little that helps us predict and prevent rare events like these.”

So Joe, do you have any thoughts on this subject? Something to add to my story? If so please jot them down in an email. That works best for me.

Thank you so much.

Linton

Following is JoeMac's reply to the NPR national correspondent...

 

Sept. 18th

Dear Linton,

My own somewhat maverick view: Good that we do not have a lot or research on those who lived because it would inevitably lead to all kinds of proposed, well meaning, solutions that have unintended consequences.

One thought comes to mind that is related to this last horrible example in the Navy Yard. Many years ago, behavioral scientists influenced public policy so that many violent criminals' records are private (disclosure of someone's criminal history is actually a crime in many states, including CA). The intent of the secrecy was benign. If a person's criminal record is known it would interfere with rehabilitation. It sounds logical, but there isn't any conclusive research proving it. And after all, shame could just as well be a motivator that influences an offender to reform, along with the knowledge that people will be watching him a bit more because of his record.

During my years as police chief, two of my detectives broke the case where a convict had been paroled into a program providing a good job by the business owners who were the only ones who knew he had been confined in a penitentiary for a decade for torture rapes. This monster was actually the "Trailside Killer" who terrified Californians for years with rape murders committed in state parks. In the meantime, he dated women with whom he worked. Heather Schragg didn't date him, but she was looking to buy an inexpensive used car and he said he knew of one for sale in Santa Cruz. Something about him made her uneasy, however, and she called her mother and told her of her misgivings, asking her mother to call her that night to make sure she was OK. Heather was never heard from again. Her mother reported her missing from San Jose, and even though Heather and Carpenter worked in Oakland, two San Jose detectives interviewed Carpenter because of his criminal record. The case was eventually broken and Heather's body was found buried in the Santa Cruz mountains. The detectives viewed him as a suspect because of his past record. If the young woman had known of his record she would be alive today.

Like the Navy Yard killer, misguided privacy enabled the killings. People are afraid to get in trouble for coming forward with information that would alert potential victims

I'm all for rehabilitation and have for many years denounced our criminal justice system. On the other hand, unlike the defense lawyers and judges I've seen first hand during thirty-five years of policing, the anguish of victims needs to be accounted for. Evidence exists that crime prevention can work if the public is educated to danger.

Joe
<mcnamara@hoover.stanford.edu>



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 14,  2013

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

New Articles

• Tale of a doctor who operated for free on a girl who years earlier had given him a glass of milk.
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/milk.asp>

• Are 'love bugs' the result of a genetic experiment gone wrong at the University of Florida?
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/lovebugs.asp>

• Rumor claims Halloween has been designated 'National Kill a Pit Bull Day.'
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/cruelty/pitbull.asp>

• Video clip shows a Russian 'Candid Camera' style mailbox prank gone horribly awry.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/mailbox.asp>

• Report claims an 8-year-old Yemeni girl was forced to marry a 40-year-old man and then died of injuries on their wedding night.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/yemengirl.asp>

• Family member runs caustic obituary about deceased parent.
<http://www.snopes.com/media/iftrue/obituary.asp>

• Has author J. K. Rowling announced plans to pen a new book in the 'Harry Potter' series?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/harrypotter8.asp>

• Social media rumor claims the Kern County Animal Shelter is moving and will be euthanizing hundreds of animals.
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/shelterclosure.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a Texas store closed on September 11 to honor an Islamic terrorist.
<http://www.snopes.com/rumors/photos/martyr.asp>

• Social media messages report singer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide by hanging.
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/mileycyrus.asp>

• Disturbing image warning: Photograph purportedly shows a Christian woman raped and murdered by Muslims in Syria.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/syriamurder.asp>

• Did Russian president Vladimir Putin pen an open letter to Americans?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/putinletter.asp>

• Photograph shows Detroit slums with downtown skyscrapers in the background.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/detroit.asp>

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


Worth a Second Look

• Legend claims the Milky Way and 3 Musketeers candy bars were given the wrong names when their wrappers were inadvertently switched.
<http://www.snopes.com/business/names/3musketeers.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


Fraud Afoot

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


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



Select Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos...


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What better venue than a London supermarket to be surprised by a flash mob? Have a look and enjoy this clip sent in by Don Hale. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44UC6muN8KY>


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This clip should qualify as a slice of aviation history. It's a tribute to Al Taddeo, a WWII aviator and member of the very first Blue Angels flight demonstration team from the late 1940s that first flew the Navy Hellcat for a few months before switching to the Bearcat. (9 Mins.)



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


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Can you spot the octopus? Imagine being on an underwater dive when one jumps out in front of you. This truly is a fascinating clip as it tries to explain how cephalopids like octopuses (not octopi), squid and cuttlefish manage to camouflage themselves. (5 Mins.)



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


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The Blonde Gets the Last Word

A trucker came into a Truck Stop Cafe' and placed his order. He told the blonde waitress, "I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards."

Not wanting to appear stupid, the brand new blonde waitress went to the kitchen and said to the cook, "This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?"

"No, said the cook, three flat tires mean three pancakes; a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up; and a pair of running boards are 2 slices of crisp bacon!

"Oh, OK," said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and set it down in front of the trucker.

"What are the beans for, Blondie?" he asked.

She replied, '"I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might want to gas up!"

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If you watched last year's HBO series "The Newsroom," you probably remember this scene where Jeff Daniels of "Dumb and Dumber" fame argued that the U.S. is no longer the world's greatest nation. We received the clip from a handful of readers and decided to include it despite it being laced with foul language. The title of the clip is "The Most Honest Three and a Half Minutes of Television." See if you agree, but keep in mind that Daniels received an award at the Michael Moore Film Festival.
<http://tinyurl.com/lxnzw3n> (3 Mins. 28 Secs.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K6m3Ua2nw&feature=youtu.be>


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The message in this short clip is to make sure you look like your passport photo or you might not make it through Customs. (46 Secs.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r3gXK0hX1k>


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If you are going to pull a heist in a jewelry store, don't pick one where the sales clerk is a former Marine. (2 Mins.)



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjZsZKcu_KQ>


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This is a must-see video for you aviation freaks who love the sound of a Merlin engine and believe the P-51 Mustang was among the best WWII fighters ever made. As a maneuverable, long-range fighter that could escort American and British bombers all the way to their targets and back, it saved countless airmen and aircraft during the war that would have otherwise been shot down by German fighters. Feel free to jump aboard and fly with the Horsemen of flying legends fame. (5 Mins.)



<http://vimeo.com/7743200>


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Our retired police artist who was among the top sketch artists in the nation during his career — Tom Macris — says he was mesmerized by this aging simulation video. Have a look and you may be too. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ3LETcl9Rc>


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We were frankly surprised to learn that Bob Kosovilka was an aficionado of fine art. At least that's the impression we got when we received the link below that will take you to a massive collection of artwork from the world's most famous artists. Then again, perhaps it was this Rembrandt masterpiece that piqued Bob's interest. Whatever the case, more than 5,000 artists and 100,000 images of their work can be seen on this site. Art lovers, have at it...



<http://www.mystudios.com/artgallery/>


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To lighten the mood, should President Obama follow Ronald Reagan's lead and add some humor to his press conferences and speeches? Couldn't hurt. Check out this compilation video from Don Hale of "The Great Communicator" communicating. (12 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrRTau5jusU>


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This clip from Bert Kelsey about a 240-year-old doll (automaton) is truly fascinating and worth a watch. Imagine trying to conceive and actually produce something like this in 1773. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUa7oBsSDk8>


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According to Tom Macris, some creative editing went into this clip of the original Star Trek bridge crew viewing an alien presence that strongly resembles Miley Cyrus on its big screen viewer. (2 Mins.)



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Lb3kFwJRQ>


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Some videos are worth repeating, and this one about Larry the Flagman easily qualifies. It's a segment from the "CBS Sunday Morning" show that we included in the Sept. 27, 2012 Farsider and chose to rerun as this week's closer. Some of you will want to keep a Kleenex handy. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNJ9umv10EM>


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C'ya


Pic of the Week

 

Whoever captioned this photo of Putin and Obama enjoying some
leisure time in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago is just plain mean...


 
   

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