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September 26, 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.



 

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR GEORGE COCHERN SCHEDULED

We can confirm that a memorial service for former Chief of the SJPD Reserves George Cochern will take place on Friday, Oct. 18th, at the Venture Church, 16845 Hicks Rd in Los Gatos. (It was formerly known as the Los Gatos Christian Church.) The service will begin at 10:00 a.m. No further information was available as of press time.


 

POA UPDATE



Sept. 20th

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) ruled that Mayor Reed did in fact violate the Political Reform Act when he illegally transferred $100,000 from an Independent Expenditures Committee (IE) he controlled to another IE supporting Rose Herrera. The case revolved around an election law that prohibits "candidates" from doing what Mayor Reed did.

Jim filed a complaint with the FPPC at the time. The FPPC ordered the Herrera IE to return any unused money. Mayor Reed argued at the time that he was not a candidate because he was not running for any office and was termed-out as Mayor in December of 2014. Reed was hiding behind a semantic wall. He argued that he was an office holder, not a candidate. The law doesn't see it that way.

As was argued by the FPPC's Chief of the Enforcement Division, Gary Winuk, every office holder is a candidate but not every candidate is an officer holder. The Mayor's attorney's argument seemed to be, Mayor Reed doesn't believe he broke the law, so he didn't break the law.

The FPPC determined that Reed did in fact break the law. Unfortunately, the FPPC is not known for its teeth. They fined Mayor Reed one dollar. Call it a moral victory for us. The FPPC told Reed he was wrong. It turns out that lawyer Reed doesn't know the law as well as he thinks he does.

What Reed does know how to do is skirt the intent of the law. Let's remember the Independent Expenditure Committee that Reed controlled and used to help Herrera was set up as a ballot measure committee. Reed raised large contributions, some in excess of $25,000 dollars from developers, bankers, real estate investors, hedge funds, and others to pass Measures V, W and B. Reed then used that money, raised for ballot measures, to funnel over to an IE created to help Rose Herrera, thus skirting San Jose's campaign contribution limits.

Punishments are used to punish and deter. It is unfortunate that the one dollar fine did neither. The illegal transfer of $100,000 in a city council race can have a big impact on the outcome of that election. Election laws are in place to protect us from unscrupulous individuals who would steal elections if they could. While Reed was called on the carpet today, it is unlikely that future Reed's will be deterred from trying this again.

 



Sept. 25th

Notable News Clips Impacting You


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New York Times Reports on SJPD Exodus (Article)

<http://tinyurl.com/npsjepz>

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Calpensions Website (Article)

California Superior Court Judge Rules Retiree Health Care is a Vested Right

<http://tinyurl.com/nmutr8d>

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NBC Bay Area (Video)

New York Times Photo of San Jose Sparks City Debate




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXf-wkKEeVo&feature=youtu.be>

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SJPOA Petition

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.

<http://tinyurl.com/ls2u9dh>



 

PUSH IS CONTINUING TO ROLL BACK PENSIONS

Craig Shuey sent in a link to this Sacramento Bee story about Chuck Reed and the pension issue...

San Jose Mayor Leading Push to Roll Back Pensions

By Jon Ortiz — Staff Writer
Sacramento Bee — Sept. 24, 2013

A new push to ask California voters to let state and local governments roll back pensions for current employees is taking shape, with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed leading the charge.

In a telephone interview Monday evening, Reed said that he recognizes the economic pressure on state and local budgets has eased and that he hasn’t raised any money yet, but that he is convinced the need remains to dial back public pension costs.

“I’m not seeing signs that the public thinks this isn’t a problem that has to be dealt with,” the Democratic mayor said, noting that pension costs have been in the spotlight for financially struggling cities such as San Bernardino, Stockton and Detroit.

Language for the proposed ballot measure is still in the formative stages, he said, but it would ask voters to change California’s constitution to explicitly allow state and local governments to alter pensions going forward for current employees.

Reed said he has been meeting with mayors across the state, and his calendar shows that he has been in discussions with several pension reform crusaders, including Dan Pellissier, who led a group that unsuccessfully tried to put a pension measure on the 2010 ballot. That effort failed to raise enough money to gather qualifying signatures.

Unlike previous proposed measures that never reached voters, Reed’s measure wouldn’t mandate a one-size-fits-all change to pensions. Instead it aims to settle a state constitutional question about whether public pensions may be altered prospectively once promised to employees.

“I’m not trying to be prescriptive,” Reed said. “We need to empower local governments.”

The default assumption for years has been that the state and U.S. constitutions protect pensions as a contractual agreement and a vested property right. That has meant that rollbacks to pension formulas, including the less-generous package mandated in a pension law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year, affect only new employees. Reed’s measure would not address federal law.

Governments could enhance pension formulas retroactively, and did, until the new pension law forbade it this year.

Reed and others say that those changes, while necessary, don’t go far enough. They contend that the more generous pension formulas that have kicked in over the last 14 years and the Great Recession delivered a double-whammy to pension funds. Altering pensions for current workers, Reed says, is the only way to address projected shortfalls that run into the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for the union-backed Californians for Retirement Security, called Reed’s idea a “radical attack on the retirement security of teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public servants.”

“Because he is incapable of providing the leadership to solving pension issues at the bargaining table and in the Legislature,” Maviglio said in an email Monday, “Mayor Reed has decided to try to advance his political career by going to the ballot box in a costly campaign.”


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Guilty as charged and you are hereby fined the sum of one U.S. dollar. That is the essence of this story from last Saturday's paper...

S.J. Mayor Fined $1 for Not Intentionally Breaking Law

—Reed gave ally funds for re-election race, state watchdog says—

By Tracy Seipel
<tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 21, 2013

SAN JOSE — The state’s political watchdog commission has ruled that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his pension reform committee violated state law when it funneled $100,000 to an independent group that supported City Councilwoman Rose Herrera’s re-election.

But the Fair Political Practices Commission, which had proposed a $3,500 fine against Reed, on Thursday agreed the mayor had not intentionally violated the law and fined him $1.

FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel said that “while the letter of the law was certainly not adhered to by Chuck and the committee” there were still “many mitigating circumstances to consider that justified a minimal penalty.”

The case, filed against Reed in October by Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, alleged that a $100,000 campaign contribution to Herrera from the committee, called San Jose Fiscal Reforms, Mayor Reed, Chamber PAC and Issues Mobilization PAC Proponents, was unlawful because it was controlled in part by Reed.

Reed has always maintained that he did nothing illegal because he was not a candidate last fall and had not been a candidate since January 2011.

“They (FPPC) are trying to apply rules that apply to candidates to me because I am an officeholder,” said Reed. He contends the FPPC’s decision relied on “a vague and confusing’’ regulation to prohibit officeholders’ free speech and that restricting contributions and expenditures by an independent committee is unconstitutional.

Reed said he is considering filing an appeal in federal court.

Herrera, who won reelection to represent District 8, is a Reed ally who supports implementing the Measure B pension reform, which the police are trying to block in court.

Unland’s reaction to the FPPC’s decision was steadfast.

“It’s unfortunate that instead of owning up to his wrongdoing, he (Reed) instead is full of excuses,’’ he said.



 

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. 20th

Bill,
 
Reading the Farsider rang a bell in my old brain when I read the link to Al Taddeo and the original Blue Angels. Growing up in Portland and later the SF Peninsula, I had the occasion to meet him a few times (I was young and don't remember how many times), but he was a good friend of my father's. I called my mom and she said they both grew up together and were best friends since grade school. In fact, he was the best man when my parents got married in 1940. She also said he took them flying a couple of times in one of his training planes. It was his influence that got my dad to enlist in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He ended up as a navigator flying transports during the war. Had he lived as long as Al, he would also have been 94.
 
It made my mom happy just to hear the name and relive some old memories.
 
Thanks for the upper today,
 
Larry
(Lundberg) <lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>
 

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Sept. 23rd

Hi Bill,

I received a reply to my snail mail to Sandra Erickson asking her permission to thank her publicly for her donation to Rotaplast. She not only gave me permission for the acknowledgment, but after researching the work of Rotaplast, she doubled her gift toward our trip in March 2014. Please post this public and very heartfelt thank you.

"I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Sandra Erickson, widow of Officer Rich Erickson, for her very generous donation of $500 toward Saratoga Rotary's medical mission to Guatemala in March of 2014. After she sent her gift, she tells me she did some research on these types of medical missions and decided to double her gift. It's been forty years since I worked a couple of shifts where Rich was in unmarked uniform cars and I was working what was then called Beat 2. With the little that an "older" person like me can remember about someone you worked with over forty years ago, what I do remember tells me Rich would be very proud of what Sandra has done.

I cannot begin to thank Sandra enough. Upon the completion of the mission I will be sending her "after surgery" pictures of the two children her $1,000 donation saved from a life of darkness, not being able to play for fear the "evil spirits" within him or her would "infect" other children or pregnant mothers. In adulthood the children she has saved would not be able to find employment because of the open discrimination toward those with birth defects. On my two previous trips to Guatemala I witnessed the severe psychological damage a child, now 16, carries after all those years of being shunned. Their cleft lips, now corrected, but the sadness in their eyes told me they could not yet see a "normal" person living within.

Sandra, thank you. Because of your gift, two children will not have to live a life of being shunned. Your gift will literally save their lives. I am privileged to be able to see their transition with just an hour's worth of surgery. When I get back from our trip, I hope to be able to convey to you the overwhelming gratitude the parents of those two children send you. Thank you again."


And thank you to the Farsider for making Sandra aware of the needs of Rotaplast.  In Rotaplast's 20 years of existence, the dedicated volunteer medical professionals and Rotarians have provided free cleft lip and cleft pallet surgeries to almost 16,000 thousand families around the world. We couldn't do it with the generosity of people like Sandra Erickson.

Discount Tickets Available

We still have seats available for our Oct. 5th fund raising concert, and in honor of Sandra Erickson's gift, I am offering a $10 discount on all tickets purchased by anyone receiving the Farsider. At $38 for Orchestra seating and $28 for Balcony seating, this two-hour concert is a bargain, I guarantee you will love it or your money back. When calling in for tickets, use the code word "Farsider" and the box office at the Campbell Heritage Theatre will apply the discount. Their phone number is 408-866-2700. Every twenty tickets sold gives a life saving surgery to a poor child like Carlos a new lease on life.

Carlos

Bruce E. Hodgin <brucehodgin@yahoo.com>
Saratoga Rotary, Rotaplast Lay Volunteer
Long ago Badge 31, SJPD

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Sept. 24th

Bill,

Does anyone know what OB's stupid law is going to do to our insurance? Think the city will dump us or something? I know November (Open Enrollment) is coming. Just wondered how it was going to affect us?

Bert
(Kelsey) <bnjkelsey@sbcglobal.net>

Hi Bert,

I have had numerous conversations with other retirees over this issue. The consensus of opinion — including mine — is that the City only has to provide us with a health care plan as a vested right, but not any particular plan or type of coverage. Based on that logic, there is nothing to prevent the City from putting us on one of the Obamacare health care exchanges if it so decides. Should that happen, those of us over 65 will have the advantage of also being covered by Medicare. In my particular case, I would be willing to pay whatever is necessary to retain my Kaiser Senior Advantage (Kaiser + Medicare) coverage to ensure that I retain the same doctors. Readers who have a differing opinion are encouraged to share it with the rest of us.
 

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Sept. 25th

Bill,

Just returned from a trip to the Arkansas where I had the opportunity to visit the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock. Beautiful place. Thought I would send you a photo of the museum itself and a copy of a photo of Bill Clinton at the age of 8 that appears in the lobby...

Name Withheld by Request





Bill Clinton at Age 8

 

 

KEITH KELLEY CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE NEWS

The Keith Kelley Club is happy to announce



Seating will be limited to 250, so make your reservations early.

Saturday, December 14th

San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350 N. First Street

Member Free
Guest Ticket $70

Reservations/Sales begin October 1st

Ticket Reservations for Retirees:
Margie Thompson, Retiree Tickets
408-891-3760

Seating Reservations:
Ted Vasquez
408 772-1909

Remember, seating will be limited to 250, so get your reservations in early!



 

FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT



This is Bill's NFL schedule for the next few weeks...

Sept. 29th — Washington at Oakland
Oct. 7th —  NYJ at Atlanta (Monday Night Football)
Oct. 13th — St. Louis at Houston


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If you are an avid football fan, Bill thinks you may enjoy this clip of Johnny Carson talking with former Defensive Tackle Art Donovan who explains how the game used to be played. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HDRLnoAY9E>


 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

No submissions this week.



 

MEYER WEED'S BLOG



"Passing the SJPD Background = $500?"

<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 21,  2013

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

New Articles

• Work crew discovers a decades-old wrecked car with several skeletons inside.
<http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/lostwreck.asp>

• Are the red food colorants cochineal and carmine made from ground bugs?
<http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/bugjuice.asp>

• Did President Bill Clinton issue an executive order disarming soldiers on military bases?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/baseguns.asp>

• Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas?
<http://www.snopes.com/legal/bluebonnets.asp>

• Was the town of Paradise, California, named for the 'Pair-o-Dice' saloon?
<http://www.snopes.com/language/placenames/paradise.asp>

• Is the federal government planning to eliminate 16 states from the U.S.?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/16states.asp>

• Do cups of instant noodles pose a danger to consumers due to their wax linings?
<http://www.snopes.com//food/warnings/noodles.asp>

• Has the town of DeQuincy, Louisiana, made twerking illegal?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/twerking.asp>

• Was an Associated Press news article about the Washington Navy Yard shootings published the day prior to the events it described?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/navyyard.asp>

• Customer inadvertently receives crude reply from a company CEO in response to a complaint letter.
<http://www.snopes.com/business/consumer/bedbug.asp>

• Actor Jackie Chan is still not dead.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/austriadeath.asp>

• Has President Obama pardoned and released all the prisoners being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/guantanamo.asp>

• Has actor Mel Gibson's daughter married a Jewish man?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/melgibson.asp>

• Photograph shows President Obama not saluting the flag during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at a 2013 Korean War anniversary ceremony.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/photos/koreanwar.asp>

• Account of three animal rights activists who went missing after protesting the use of leather at a motorcycle gang rally.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/leatherprotest.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

• In the days when the "rabbit test" was used to determine if a woman was pregnant, did the death of the rabbit indicate a positive result?
<http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/rabbit.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



It appears that YouTube has modified its menu by removing the Small
and Large Player and leaving only the Full Screen as an option.


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Some might argue that the Dutch army has too much time on their hands based on this clip from Don Hale. With helmets worn for safety, behold the Dutch Army Bicycle Band. P.S. Keep your eye on the drummer. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lMCc2bcUNA>


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There's no question that cats can be jerks. Click on the link below if you require proof. Then again, if you are a cat owner you won't need proof. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJy-KCggrN4>


Want more evidence? Click on this link and have a look at this YouTube compilation video from the Huffington Post website. (2 Mins.)

<http://tinyurl.com/k8sjwhs>


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While we're on the subject of four-legged critters, check out these dogs dancing the salsa. Seems likely that it's just a matter of time before there is a new TV hit titled "Dancing with the Canines." (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd9gjgxrKsE>


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Before we leave the animal kingdom, have a listen to this catchy little song that accompanies this video about kittens and puppies. It's titled entitled "If It Fits, I Sits." (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDqUz2lG7-s&feature=youtu.be>


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Were Al Qaeda operatives responsible for some of the wild fires impacting California, Colorado and other states? Take a few minutes and listen to William Scott of the Economic Warfare Super Panel. Is he onto something, or is he a loon? We report, you decide. (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFHM0rd9cX8>


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How many times in your life have you seen this classic Norman Rockwell illustration titled "The Runaway?"


Rockwell's cover illustrations helped make the Saturday Evening Post one of the most popular magazines of the 1940s. Conversely, the Post made Rockwell one of America's most famous illustrators, and this link from Chuck Blackmore will show you his amazing collection spanning decades.

<http://tinyurl.com/cd3lug8>


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Every year, English teachers from around the nation are invited to submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year for the amusement of teachers across the country, and here are some of the past winners...

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it, and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E.Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.
 

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Based on this clip Paul Salerno received from a cop-buddy back in Connecticut, our friend and former Chief who has headed the San Diego PD for the past several years continues to enjoy himself. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOrK3pLzRRk#t=93>


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Here's a question for you aviation buffs: What would happen if an Airbus A-330 enroute from Toronto, Canada to Lisbon, Portugal with 306 souls on board was to run out of fuel midway over the Atlantic? Such a scenario actually occurred back in Aug. of 2001 and was made into a documentary by National Geographic. This is the story of the flight if you are interested to learn what happened. (47 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v25U2PvtWTg&feature=youtu.be>


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A handful of readers sent in a link to what is described as "Some of the Best Shots You'll Ever See." Here is one example. Click on the link below to see the rest...



<http://www.rense.com/general96/shots.html>
 

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When it comes to popping a brewski, Bruce Morton says he's in the process of working his way through this compilation video. (OK, perhaps he didn't come right out and say it, but we suspect we've given him an idea.) (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QmKHfYfovk>


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If the BART employees strike again and management makes good on its promise to operate a limited number of trains, you can bet the experience for riders will be similar to this scenario in China. (It says China, but we suspect it's actually Japan.) (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iEcRLrzPyA>


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For this week's closer we decided to reprise this performance from four years ago of a Barbershop Quartet Times 50. You won't find any introverts in this group of men known as the Ambassadors of Harmony. We invite you to sit back and enjoy. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmDGntpZC3I>


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C'ya



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Ronald Reagan speaks from the grave...


 
   

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