September 19, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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
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
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
Nothing new to
report this week.
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
We will provide further
communication when we have more information.
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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...
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Mayor, Councilman Liccardo's Police Department Plan Flawed from the Start -- By
San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra...
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CBS 5: San Jose Home Invasion Suspect Search Leads to School Lockdowns
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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
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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...
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Information on tomorrow's FPPC hearing of Jim Unland's complaint
against Chuck Reed, also analysis of Liccardo SJI article...
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SJPOA's Victim's Assistance Fund raises money for murder victim's burial (no
membership money used)...
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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
Click here to sign the
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
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
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
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.
Last Week's Poll
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
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.
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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
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.)
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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.
The Cops Amaze
By Bob Lonsberry
WHAM Radio 1180, Rochester, NY
Sept. 17, 2013
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
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
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:
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
The Eye in
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
"San Jose tower, Idaho 8 Quebec is requesting a downwind departure."
"Idaho 8 Quebec, you are cleared for a downwind departure. Climb and maintain
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
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
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.
Meyer Weed posted two new topics to his or her blog this past
Measure B Update from AFSCME?
Meyer Weed Prediction: The Exodus Will Continue.
To review them, click on this link:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
JoeMac's reply to the NPR national correspondent...
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
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.
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
• Tale of a doctor who operated for free on a girl who years earlier had
given him a glass of milk.
• Are 'love bugs' the result of a genetic experiment gone wrong at the
University of Florida?
• Rumor claims Halloween has been designated 'National Kill a Pit Bull Day.'
• Video clip shows a Russian 'Candid Camera' style mailbox prank gone
• 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.
• Family member runs caustic obituary about deceased parent.
• Has author J. K. Rowling announced plans to pen a new book in the 'Harry
• Social media rumor claims the Kern County Animal
Shelter is moving and will be euthanizing hundreds of animals.
• Photograph purportedly shows a Texas store closed on September 11 to honor
an Islamic terrorist.
• Social media messages report singer Miley Cyrus has committed suicide by
• Disturbing image warning: Photograph purportedly
shows a Christian woman raped and murdered by Muslims in Syria.
• Did Russian president Vladimir Putin pen an open letter to Americans?
• Photograph shows Detroit slums with downtown skyscrapers in the background.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
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.
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
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.)
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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.)
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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.
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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
"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.
(3 Mins. 28 Secs.)
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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.)
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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.)
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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.
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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.)
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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...
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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
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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.
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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.)
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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.)
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Pic of the Week
captioned this photo of Putin and Obama enjoying some
leisure time in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago is just plain mean...