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7, 2012

 

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PENSION NEWS

The paper has created another hot-button issue in the form of what is called "double-dipping," and to make its point, Bill Lansdowne, Lou Cobarruviaz and other notables have been targeted. This piece is from the front page of last Sunday's paper...

Pension Plus Pay Equals Scrutiny

—Former San Jose police chief is one of dozens of Bay Area ‘double-dippers’ raking it in—

By Thomas Peele and John Woolfolk, Staff writers
Mercury News — Sept. 23, 2012


When former San Jose police Chief William Lansdowne retired in 2003, he quickly pinned back on a badge in San Diego and now receives more than $400,000 a year in public money, benefiting from a government perk that California’s much-lauded pension reform does nothing to disturb.

Lansdowne is one of the state’s biggest beneficiaries of “double-dipping,” drawing both public retirement pay from San Jose and a public salary in San Diego. And when it comes to San Jose’s past police commanders, he’s far from alone: Former Chief Louis Cobarruviaz and two former captains each took home more than $340,000 last year by working as Bay Area police chiefs and getting San Jose pensions, an analysis by this newspaper shows.

Last week’s surprise announcement that current San Jose police Chief Chris Moore plans to retire at 51 raised new questions about why pension reform efforts in San Jose and Sacramento have done little to address double-dipping. Moore, who will begin drawing a pension of more than $150,000 early next year, said he has “no immediate second career plans.”
 


The newspaper’s analysis, based on a limited sampling of pay and pension data, shows more than 50 people double-dipping at Bay Area governments, including at least 10 inspectors at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and even former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, who receives two California pensions.

“You do the math and you say, ‘I might as well retire and I can look for another job doing something else,’ ” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, acknowledging the hard-to-ignore incentive especially for public safety employees who in many retirement systems can start drawing pensions worth up to 90 percent of their salaries by their 50th birthdays.

But it’s not just police and firefighters. Workers double-dip by receiving either both pension and paychecks, like Lansdowne does, or multiple government pensions, like Meese does, the newspaper found. How does this happen? They do it by crossing pension systems.

Police officers who retire from most Bay Area cities draw their pension from the state Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS. If they go back to work for another agency that is a CalPERS member, they can only collect their pension for a few months; it’s then frozen until they actually retire. But if they find a new job at a government agency with a separate pension plan, such as Alameda County, one of 22 independent county retirement systems in the state, they can double-dip. There, they can still get their monthly Cal-PERS check and their county pay, plus contributions toward a future county pension. San Jose’s stand-alone pension system lets Lansdowne and others do the same thing.

“There is no law against working for a non-PERS-affiliated employer and still earning a (CalPERS) pension,” said Brad Pacheco, a CalPERS spokesman.

State lawmakers considered limits on double-dipping across retirement systems during their pension reform discussions, but they proved to be too difficult to achieve because county retirement agencies have a great amount of independence, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. “It just got to be too unworkable.”

Former North Bay Assemblyman Joe Nation said something needs to change to stop public officials from receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year through double-dipping.

“This is something that people are generally going to find outrageous,” said Nation, who now studies public pensions at Stanford University.

The newspaper’s analysis shows double-dipping goes on across the region, with police grossing more than people in other jobs. Still, the data show only a sampling of the practice, in part because some county retirement systems, including those in Alameda and Sonoma counties, won’t release gross pension amounts without being paid.

Many of the county retirement systems remain shrouded in secrecy and are reluctant to release detailed pension data, said Karl Olson, a San Francisco lawyer who has successfully sued four of them to pry loose pension amounts. “They act as though the public is the enemy,” he said. Pension amounts are “definitely information they don’t want the public to know.”

Still, a sampling of available data shows:

• In Contra Costa County, retiring Clayton police Chief Daniel Lawrence combined his salary with a Contra Costa County pension to gross $282,000 last year. Former County Administrator Phil Batchelor receives pensions from both the county and CalPERS. He grossed $180,000.

• In San Mateo County, former Redwood City police Chief Louis Cobarruviaz grossed $350,000 last year by double-dipping a San Jose pension before retiring for a second time. Former county Administrator John Maltbie grossed $201,000 between two pensions.

• In Marin County, three police chiefs drew county pensions and city salaries last year, ranging from a combined $232,000 to $348,000.

• In Alameda County, where District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said she employs a “cream of the crop” team of retired police officers as inspectors, at least 10 of them draw pensions that push their combined gross pay from public sources to more than $230,000 each.

County 2011 compensation data show that taxpayers contributed an additional nearly $600,000 to the county’s pension plan for what will become those employees’ eventual second pensions.

Double-dippers even cross over to the federal government. Former San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy Don O’Keefe got a $149,000 county pension last year while working as the U.S. marshal for Northern California. A Marshals Service spokeswoman refused to provide his federal salary.

Former Alameda County Sheriff Charles Plummer has double-dipped since 1986, the year he began drawing a CalPERS pension after retiring as Hayward’s police chief. He continued to draw that pension during his 20 years in elected office. Last year, he got $95,000 from CalPERS plus an undisclosed amount from Alameda County.

“What was I going to do, not take it?’’ Plummer said of the pension payments he received while also being paid as sheriff. “I earned it.”

While reforming the disparate county systems is difficult, Nation offered a simpler idea to rein in double-dipping: raise retirement ages.

Many government workers may retire in name from a job after 20 years, but Nation said it’s too often clear: “They don’t really retire.”

Staff writers Daniel Willis, Matthew Artz and Joshua Melvin and Robert Sterling of the Marin Independent Journal contributed to this report. Contact Thomas Peele at
<
tpeele@bayareanewsgroup.com>.



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD


Combined with the double-dipping article above, this story about San Jose's woes accounted for half of the front page of last Sunday's paper...

San Jose Police Struggle to Find New Strategy

By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons, Staff writers
Mercury News — Sept. 23, 2012

As San Jose seeks a new police chief, the city also is searching for something far more elusive: a new strategy to effectively police a diverse population of nearly 1 million residents at a time of increasing crime with a shrinking department plagued by a deepening morale crisis.

Chief Chris Moore’s unexpected retirement announcement last week only intensified the spotlight on a troubled department already grappling with wrenching cutbacks and a contentious relationship with City Hall.

These are tough times for a force that has long prided itself on keeping San Jose among America’s safest big cities. Now the public is left wondering if there’s a way to reinvent a leaner department that can better protect the community.

“The resources just aren’t there that they had five years ago, and that has affected the way the Police Department does its job,” said Mark E. Correia, chairman of justice studies at San Jose State. “But that’s not unique to San Jose. This is the way that policing in America is today. We don’t have the luxury of having lots of officers anymore. That’s why organizations have to adapt and become much more strategic in how they fight crime.”

Experts and police say a top priority should be to restore the Violent Crime Enforcement Team, or VCET, which focused on suppressing gang violence and was disbanded two years ago in a round of budget cuts. Each year nearly half of the city’s homicides and a good percentage of violent crime are gang-related.

“If they’ve had to cut back on a gang suppression unit, well, that’s one of the last things that you should cut because that’s an area involving the most serious violent crimes. You cut back in that area, and the crime rate really will go up,” said Alex Gerould, assistant professor of criminal justice at San Francisco State.

That kind of targeted policing is credited with an overall drop in national crime rates and makes the most efficient use of a belttightening police force, Gerould said.

But police insiders say the idea of reallocating patrol officers to revive VCET wouldn’t work because the city’s patrol division already is stretched tight as a drum, tenuously held together with overtime pay. They agree that it’s a priority that needs to be revisited as soon as resources allow.

Meanwhile, the city’s murder rate, the primary barometer of crime statistics, is on pace to eclipse last year’s total of 39. That includes a grim 11-day span in August when eight homicides were investigated.

In August, Moore also told a city commission that the crime surge through the year’s first six months included double-digit spikes in burglaries, robberies, rapes and auto thefts.

This trend has come at a time when the department’s rank-and-file feel besieged. They have been forced to accept 10 percent pay cuts, have witnessed the layoffs of 65 colleagues in summer 2011 and have seen the bitter passage of Measure B in June. Overwhelmingly approved by city voters, the measure is intended to curtail the escalation of retirement benefit costs to the city.

In total, the country’s 10th-largest city is now protected by 1,050 officers — a 25 percent reduction since 2008. That includes 80 resignations alone since the beginning of 2011.

The department has 66 people going through its police academy and plans to begin another class in March. But by the time the first new recruits hit the streets in June, more veterans may have retired or resigned for other jobs.

Despite all the upheaval, San Jose State’s Correia said it’s important to remember that San Jose remains a relatively safe city, which is something that can get lost in the headlines about strife between City Hall and the department.

Still, crime has become a hot issue in San Jose and could influence city politics in the foreseeable future.

Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, doesn’t have much faith in the current city government’s willingness to improve the department’s fortunes, and he’s hoping for what he calls a more police-friendly City Council majority.

“I don’t think anything’s going to change in the next two years,” he said, referring to the election when Mayor Chuck Reed will be termed out of office. “We’re going see our department continue to deteriorate, and people will continue to leave. … We’re treading water here.”

Councilman Pete Constant, a former San Jose police officer, said the painful cuts and reforms the city has undergone will lead to better fortunes down the road.

“Once we get through this arbitration, that changes things considerably,” said Constant, referring to proposals that would sever new police and city employee hires from older, more costly benefit packages. “The cost per full-time officer will go down quite a bit.”

Constant laments the council’s unwillingness to trim recreation and library programs that were established in good economic times. Preserving them, he said, has come at the expense of the police.

The councilman said the Police Department is only now becoming a 21st-century force in the form of technology upgrades to reporting and dispatch systems. He added that going forward the department must be more open to handing off lower-level tasks to civilians and community service officers, a tactic opposed by the union.

“There’s a lot of tension between elected officials and the union. It’s a matter of regaining some communication between the two,” Constant said. “It doesn’t help with the implementation of Measure B. It’s going to be nasty. But we have to do it.”

Mario Maciel, superintendent of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, said that even in hard times the department needs to find ways to redouble its community policing efforts in the city’s diverse communities.

“Those relationships are the first thing to go” with depleted patrols, Maciel said. “They don’t get out of the car or attend neighborhood meetings. But (residents) multiply our eyes and ears. We need a leader and department that sees the value in that.”

Making these inroads, he said, could help residents be more patient during an era when police response times — particularly for nonviolent crimes — are expected to continue lagging.

“The community is tired of just hearing about everyone being understaffed,” he added.

But there will be a sense of limbo for the next few months as Moore effectively becomes a lame duck. Maciel is among those who think the next chief will be a pivotal hire — someone who will need to find a way to heal deep political and community fractures, as well as shape a smaller, more nimble force.

Diane Urban, a former San Jose assistant police chief who now heads the Hayward Police Department, was involved in pushing technology upgrades and other efficiencies in the department to stave off cuts.

Urban, who said she does not plan to be a candidate to replace Moore, empathizes with the tough circumstances facing her colleagues. But she also sees hope.

“They’re broken, but that department is incredibly talented,” Urban said. “With great leadership, that mighty giant will stand back up.”

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002 or
<rsalonga@mercurynews.com>. Contact Mark Emmons at 408920-5745 or <memmons@mercurynews.com>.

 

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The paper's Internal Affairs column from last Sunday included this excerpt about the public safety meeting hosted by the POA and other City employee organizations...
 



Public Safety Meeting Had Political Undertone

Mercury News — Sept. 23, 2012

We somehow doubt many believed it when union leaders representing San Jose cops and other city workers claimed their neighborhood public safety meeting was all about protecting residents.

It was, after all, at the same time as a City Hall discussion on the same topic and in the district of the one council member facing reelection.

But Michelle Hatfield, an organizer with IFPTE Local 21, a union representing public- sector professional and technical workers, spelled out the Sept. 18 meeting’s true purpose in an internal email to members that someone kindly shared with us. “This is part of our San Jose City Council District 8 campaign,” Hatfield wrote in the note, touting newspaper and television coverage of the meeting and urging volunteers to “help invite residents” to “at least two more” that are planned.



Rose Herrera

District 8 Councilwoman Rose Herrera is fighting for re-election against union-backed attorney Jimmy Nguyen , who opposed the June ballot measure she helped champion to trim generous pensions whose costs have more than tripled.

Nguyen and the unions argue the measure has sent cops packing and crime rates soaring. Herrera suggests the unions are fanning fears to scare voters.




 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

 

 

MAIL CALL

Sept. 20th

Leroy, Mike McElvy here.

I retired after 29.5 years about 3 years ago. My last 4 years was supervising the Background Unit. The Department went out for RPF for those companies wanting to do the backgrounds for the  San Jose Police Department. We have been selected to do those backgrounds.

I was wanting to know if you could put in the Farsider an article asking those retired officers with over 10 years on and who would like to do these backgrounds from civilian, records, dispatchers and sworn officers to give me a call at 408-838-0845.  They themselves will have to undergo a background by the department and be approved by our company.

The company is Cooke and Associates who has asked me to run this division of his company. Glen Cooke (retired officer Birdie Cooke's husband) is the owner of Cooke and Associates. He also is a retired officer from another department and a licensed P.I.

This is a hot topic as the POA is fighting against this move, however, the department is so short I don’t know how this will come out. It may be we only do all backgrounds except sworn, however this is not known at this time. The Retirees' Association will not do this as they work close with the POA and don’t want to create waives.

This will be a paid position from part to full time during the 12 week cycles.

If this is possible and and any of your readers would like more info, please call or e-mail me.

Thanks,

Mike McEvy #2044 Ret.
<mikemcelvy@yahoo.com>
Background Director, Cooke and Associates
 

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Sept. 23rd

Guys,

Check out our own San Jose PD Piper Sgt. Bryan Highland with the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe Band.

Jack Baxter
<drjoaquin1525@gmail.com>



L/R: Mike Apodaca, Lyle Lewinson, Terry McCarthy, Cliff Armas, Ron Vargas, Bill
Partridge, Charlie Ezelle, Mick Rose, Thom Macnamara, Ron Cody, Phil Bowater,
Geo Carroll, Brian Hyland, Jennifer Walton, Scott Walton, Pat Devine & Ron Esparza.

 

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Sept. 24th

Bill,

Would you please post this information once more in the next Mail Call column? If you can that would be great. You can leave my cell number off so that it doesn't get out there as I'd like to avoid any unwanted cell calls.

Thanks,

Brian Chevalier
<lbchevalier@att.net>

Done deal...

On Sept. 7, 2012, Brian & Lori Chevalier wrote:

Bill,

We recently spoke by phone several weeks back. I mentioned to you that I had filed a written complaint against Pete Constant for violating SJPOA bylaws.

I wanted to bring to your attention that a SJPOA Committee Hearing has been scheduled for my complaint against member Pete Constant.

The hearing will be held on Monday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. at the SJPOA Hall at 1151 North Fourth St. in San José.

I was hoping you could share the date, time and location of the hearing with the Farsider readers.

The hearing is open only to active and retired members of the SJPOA. It is not open to the general public. Thank you for considering to make a notification of this event in the Farsider.

Take care.

Brian Chevalier
<lbchevalier@att.net>



 

LOOKS LIKE IT'S SAFE ONCE AGAIN TO WAGER ON NFL GAMES


Our in-house NFL referee, Bill Leavy, is quoted in this article about the lock-out being over in this USA Today article that was sitting in our inbox this morning. The e-mail was time-stamped 2:12 a.m. today and sent in by Russ Russell...

Further Review

—Regular refs worked to stay sharp with tests, conference calls—

By  Mike Garafolo — USA Today Sports
Sept. 27, 2012


Three weeks into the NFL season, the league’s regular officials had been reduced to this, making rulings to one another on mostly hypothetical situations.

The NFL officials’ weekly rules-study conference call featured a test this week’s was No. 18 — and a review of the answers on the conference call. It was all part of a plan by Ed Hochuli, perhaps the league’s most high-profile official, to make sure he and his colleagues remained sharp and prepared for the moment an agreement was reached between their union and the league and the lockout was subsequently lifted.

Little did they know that in New York, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell involved, talks would progress and end with an agreement late Wednesday.

The progress during the day had led NFL Referees Association executive director Tim Millis to tell USA TODAY Sports: “I’ll certainly say it sure looks good.”

Replacement officials such as the one above,
working a preseason game Aug. 9, came under
fire for botching calls in the first three weeks.


The two sides appeared to have come to agreement on annual salaries and added officiating crews, but pensions were the final sticking point, Millis said. The referees wanted to continue their traditional pension plan, and the league wanted to replace it with a 401(k) plan. But Hochuli had more immediate concerns while on the conference call this week, as he kept getting disconnected. For the first 10 minutes of the call, he was merely talking to himself. Midway through the scheduled hour-long call, Hochuli was going over the way full-speed kneel-down plays should be handled when he cut out again. “Ed, we lost you,” one official said. No reply. “Earth to Eddie.” “I’m sure he’s still talking.” “Is he making an announcement?” “I hope he’s not yakking away to himself.” “Yeah, he went to commercial.” They laughed. And then they got serious for a moment. 

“Hey, while Hochuli’s not on here, did anybody hear anything about negotiations?”

Silence.

“That’s about as much as I get anyway.”

“Crickets. That’s all you got was crickets.”

Simultaneous Review

But the labor talks were continuing, and for the first time in a while there were signs that the regular officials could be back on the field soon.

Despite the debacle on the final play of the Seattle Seahawks’ victory against the Green Bay Packers on Monday and the face-to-face negotiations that began the following day, the officials remained sidelined until late Wednesday. 

While they sat and waited for the agreement, they did the only thing they could, which was play Tuesday night referee to the replacements who were taking heat for the calls they were making, and not making, on the field.

“Simultaneous catch,” Hochuli said, introducing a scenario. “I don’t know where I come up with that one, but I thought it might be relevant.”

Of course it is.

It’s all anybody interested in the NFL had been talking about after replacement officials ruled Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate had secured such a catch despite replays that showed Packers safety M.D. Jennings had the ball pressed to his chest before Tate got two hands on it.

The NFL issued a statement Tuesday in which the league concurred with the replay official’s decision not to overturn the ruling of a Seahawks touchdown.

Nowhere in the statement did the league say the initial call was correct.

“We use situations that occur as learning opportunities. Not to be critical, but as learning opportunities,” Hochuli said as a disclaimer. “So let’s look at the rule.”

Hochuli defined a simultaneous catch as one in which four hands secured the football at the same time.

It is not a simultaneous catch, he said, if one player has it in midair and another joins him in the act of possessing it. The player who had possessed the ball first (in the case of Monday’s game, Jennings) is the one who should be rewarded with possession.

 It also does not matter if the initial grab occurs before the player hits the ground.

“I will tell you I’ve worked over 450 games in this league. I have never seen a simultaneous catch,” Hochuli said. “To get four hands on the ball at the same time is a pretty unusual situation.

“I’ve seen simultaneous recoveries. That’s not uncommon. You unpile the players, they’re going after a loose ball, and there are two guys who are completely wrapped around the football, and you have a simultaneous recovery. You’re going to give the ball to the offense.

“But a simultaneous catch is a hard thing to have.”

He added, “I point that out only because if you’re going to call it, be really confident in what you’re doing. Do understand that rule that you’re going to get four hands on that football at the same time in order to have a simultaneous catch.”

Later, while the officials waited for disconnected Hochuli to rejoin them, they went over the rule again.

“We can rule on simultaneous catches in the end zone. That is reviewable,” referee Bill Leavy said. “And the way we would’ve (ruled Monday) night’s would’ve been an interception.”

Of a simultaneous catch, Leavy added, “Like Ed said, I’ve never seen one.” 

More Scenarios

They brushed up on a bunch of scenarios, real and imagined, likely and unlikely: coaches’ challenges after penalties that prevent a snap; blindside hits like the one by Tate against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in Week 2; backward spikes by panicked quarterbacks trying to kill the clock (it’s a fumble, by the way); fumbles into the end zone from the half-yard line; whether to “bridge” a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a muffed punt recovered by the kicking team; and onside penalties against overly aggressive defenses trying to disrupt a kneel-down.

That last one occurred Sunday when the Cowboys were kneeling away a victory against Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“End of that game, and, even if it didn’t happen, it doesn’t matter,” Hochuli said. “It’s a good learning thing for us.” 



 

HAVE YOU SEEN "2016" YET?


Lots has been said about the documentary "2016: Obama's America" because it is raking in tons of dough in movie theaters. While it hasn't yet been released on DVD (wait a few more weeks), you can find dozens of reviews of the movie from those on both the left and the right with a simple Google search. A handful of Farsider readers sent in the following review, probably because it was authored by political commentator Scott Paulson and appears on the CBS-Chicago website. I would be interested in hearing from those of you who have seen the movie on whether or not you agree with the review. Other readers may also be interested in your thoughts. For the record, I am waiting until it becomes available on DVD, so I haven't yet seen the documentary.

"2016: Obama's America" Movie is Disturbingly Necessary

By Scott Paulson


This past week, “2016: The Movie” about President Barack Obama opened in the Chicago area, and I chose to get more of an education about Obama by seeing the movie. After the inundation of canned hype for the movie on conservative talk shows across the Chicago radio dial that sounded more like commercials than honest endorsements of the movie, I was skeptical of what I was going to see.

While some talk show hosts sounded like they were genuinely impressed with the documentary and honestly endorsing the film, there were those who were obviously reading a commercial script which was not coming across as sincere to the regular listener – at least not to this often-skeptical listener. Perhaps in future promotions of the film it would be wise to have pre-recorded commercials done by the professional commercial-makers rather than having the likes of Mark Levin and Sean Hannity doing script after script to promote the movie. After all, the listeners aren’t stupid and resent any attempt at being conned. After many reads by the talk show hosts, the readings of the commercial script were no more enthusiastic than another Life-Lock commercial read – another commercial that ought to be professionally done.
 


Yet, I’m glad I saw the hyped-film because it was more informative than I had thought it would be and included less propaganda than I had predicted. If anything, it was nearly too informative as there was an enormous amount of information condensed into the nearly one-hour-and-a-half documentary. Fact after fact is put forth which shows that President Obama definitely has many skeletons in the closet that have not been released prior to the nation’s trust in him with the Oval Office.

To watch this movie and realize – or simply be reminded of – all that is unknown about President Obama is of concern. Much of the information has been ignored by the American media totally. When appropriately reminded as to what is still unknown about Obama to date, one has to ask: How can any logical-thinking person give a damn about Romney’s taxes while not asking any questions regarding our current president’s past?

The man influences the entire globe, but liberal Americans want to know how much Mitt Romney paid in taxes in the past rather than learn about the man who they have entrusted with the country. Unbelievable.

The movie undeniably links Obama to persons of suspicious-interest due to their past actions and statements, such as former radical activist and Chicago educator Bill Ayers. While the media and blinded-liberals cast such facts aside, the movie does not. No, this portion of the movie is not propaganda – it is the display of factual information about relationships between people that cannot be denied. Yet, the “left” does deny the facts that are right in front of them.

Quite disturbing is the talk of the United States economy in the film. The current national debt which has increased two-fold during Obama’s presidency and the horrendous economy is suggested to be part of the plan to strip the nation of democracy – reasonable cause to make citizens totally dependent on the government. The “left” is aghast at this suggestion of the current economy. They actually believe that Obama is unintelligent enough to let this economy just happen. Ironically, it’s many of the people on the “right” who know Obama’s not stupid, and much of what has happened to the United States in the past four years is part of Obama’s plan.

How could one so-highly educated and intelligent as Obama not know what he was doing when he incurred such debt? I left the movie thinking more strongly than I had in the past that the current debt and this economy was part of Obama’s plan all along. Increasingly making Americans dependent on the government is the plan. What’s more, he knew his blind followers would believe it was not the plan and, of course, was all Bush’s fault.

He must be laughing at his blind followers all the way to the “new America” they’re allowing him to create. My belief is that Obama continues to prey on his die-hard followers’ stupidity to accomplish his personal goals for America.

The most disturbing part of the film to me was the interview with President Obama’s half-brother George Obama from Nairobi, Kenya. How can Obama claim to want to help people when he has done absolutely nothing for his own family? It makes me wonder if he really cares about anybody if he can’t find it in his heart to help his own family.

As the closing credits started to role upward across the screen, the audience applauded. Me, I just walked out – reasonably upset.

Those who have already decided to vote for Obama will probably not even see the movie. It’s sad but they probably don’t want to know the truth when it is laid out so clearly for them in this documentary. The independents who are still deciding who they are going to vote for ought to see this film. I’m quite confident that any undecided voter who sees this film will know who to vote for after viewing this documentary. If you know you’re not going to support the “left” in this coming election, see the film out of interest if you like. But, fair warning, it’s disturbing – and quite frightening – to say the least.

About Scott Paulson

Scott Paulson writes political commentary for Examiner.com and teaches English at a community college in the Chicago area. The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CBS Local.

This is a link to the CBS-Chicago website with the movie review:

<http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/17/2016-obamas-america-movie-is-disturbingly-necessary/>




 

COME ONE COME ALL






E-mail Mike Amaral at
<MFlashback@aol.com> if you have any questions.




 

TWO MORE ITEMS OF NOTE

Contact Jack Baxter at <drjoaquin1525@gmail.com> for more info on either flyer.



and...





 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 22, 2012

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




Is this stylized version of the American Flag
really being sold by the Obama campaign?

New Articles

• Do bacteria on cut onions and potatoes cause more food poisoning than spoiled mayonnaise?
<http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/cutonions.asp>

• Image purportedly shows a stylized U.S. flag print offered for sale by the Obama campaign.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/photos/campaignflag.asp>

• A young Marine spends the night comforting a dying stranger in a hospital.
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/juststay.asp>

• Rumor claims the American ambassador in Libya was raped and murdered during an attack on the U.S. Consulate.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/stevens.asp>

• Rumor claims a worker at Pepsi has contaminated products by adding HIV-infected blood to them.
<http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/pepsihiv.asp>

• Are bridge reconstruction contracts in the U.S., including repairs on the I-635 in Texas, going to Chinese firms?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/bridges.asp>

• Did the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt prevent Marines stationed at the American embassy in Cairo from carrying live ammunition?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/cairo.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
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THE LIGHTER SIDE AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
 

Let's begin with some humor, but don't forget to adjust your YouTube setting to large or full screen...


If you were thinking of buying a new iPhone 5 when they again become available, this ad will have you salivating. The new iPhone 5: Taller and Better. Have a look. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNBP18nrRdw>


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Now let's move to something that's not the least bit humorous:

If the CPA who produced this clip received from Bob Moir is correct — and I for one believe he is spot on — we are in deep doo-doo regardless of who is chosen to occupy the White House in Nov. The video has received over 2.9 million views since it was posted on YouTube earlier this year. If you believe it to be factual, consider passing the link along to your friends. If you don't, write in and tell us why. (5 Mins.) The text that accompanied the video read:

"This is a non-partisan video produced by an accountant, Hal Mason, who retired after 27 years with IBM. He looks at the budget, its revenues and expenses, and very simply illustrates the problem. Amazingly, we get all the media talking heads blathering and shouting for hours, but they never provide clarity. This guy does it in a couple minutes."



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW5IdwltaAc>


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Citizens in this Russian city have found a unique way to get their roads fixed and the potholes filled in, but could it work here? Imagine you are approaching a pothole while you are driving down S. First St. and realize you are about to run over an image of Mayor Reed or Pete Constant. What would you do? (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48WoNWYUy7g>



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We have been unable to confirm the rumor that since Chuck Blackmore bought a Popinator a few weeks ago, he only leaves his easy chair to go to the fridge for another drink and the head to get rid of the last one. Is this cool or what? It's one of those gizmos that I don't need, but I want. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1cz8IasV4w>


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If there was anything good about the NFL lock-out, says Bill Leavy, it's that it gave him and the rest of the real officials the opportunity to stay up late and watch clips like this one presented by Conan. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khzSPpmCf1Q>

 

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This video of a water bed prank in a German furniture store that circulated around the Internet two years ago went viral again and should be worth a few minutes of your time for those of you who haven't seen it. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wm-Ge8LL7o>


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Hopefully your Internet connection is speedy enough to play this large screen HD clip without the video or audio stuttering. It's was received from Bruce Fair and about a guy who may have been told when he was a kid to go fly a kite, did so, and never looked back. He's not satisfied flying only one, he flies three at a time. If you flew a kite when you were young or flew one with your kid(s), this truly is an amazing clip. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg>


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If you don't believe that cats are better than dogs, Tom Macris came up with this short video that proves the point. (3 Mins.)



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyXJ1sAQtaY>


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This is a short video story from "CBS Sunday Morning" via Don Hale about a patriot known as "The Flagman." It should be worth a couple minutes of your time if you consider yourself a patriot. (3 Mins.)



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


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The Flagman clip above not withstanding, this one about the Duck Man also came from Don. We thought we'd place it last as it should leave feeling all warm and fuzzy, especially if you are an animal lover. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAqWC3Cpny8>


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C'ya

 

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This is a rare photo of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at the age of three...


 
   

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