Sept. 28, 2017
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THE OBIT AND SERVICE SCHEDULE FOR BOB BRADSHAW
Attached is a word document containing the full obituary for my father. The service has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia, Reno, NV, and everyone is invited. Thank you so much for all of your kindness, patience and assistance since my fathers death. My sisters and I are very grateful. Please let me know if you need this in another format or additional pictures, etc.
Kim Bradshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Robert Vernon Bradshaw entered this world on April 17, 1938, weighing a mere 5 pounds, 8 ounces. On September 14, 2017, after a year-long battle with lymphoma, he left us, larger than life. Our Dad, Poppa, Brother, Friend, and Patriarch; shaped, inspired, led and entertained us. We will miss the amazing man he grew to be, more than words can say.
Dad spent his childhood creating memories with his older brother Dick, in Southern California. Despite his initial size, Dad grew into a 6’3” powerhouse of a young man. Athletic his entire life, he played football in middle and high school (La Canada HS) and demonstrated his athletic versatility at Pasadena City College where he was a force on both the school’s tennis and boxing teams. During this time, he also became an MP in the U.S. Army.
It was after transferring to San Jose State University that Dad met the love of his life, Dixie. They married in 1960 in San Jose and welcomed three daughters, Debbie, Kelly and Kim, over the next five years. Their marriage was a true partnership and served as a strong foundation for all that Dad would go on to achieve in their nearly 52 years together, before Dixie’s passing in 2012.
Dad began his long and distinguished career in law enforcement in December 1960 at the San Jose Police Department. In his 20 years with SJPD he rose through the ranks to the level of Assistant Chief. At SJPD, he was part of a team that collaborated with Rockwell to develop innovative technological advances including some of the first computerization used in law enforcement. Also while at SJPD, he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. In 1981 Dad moved his supportive, California-born-and-raised family to Reno, Nevada to become the city’s Police Chief. It was in Reno that he earned his reputation as a pioneer and nationally-recognized expert in Community Oriented Policing, bringing the philosophy to the department in the 1980s. Although he “retired” from Reno in 1991. Dad’s official contribution to law enforcement continued for another ten years through multiple roles including interim Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol, interim Chief of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, and Police Chief in Concord, California (1995-1999). Regardless of department or role, consistent throughout his career, Dad was known for his values, his professionalism, and his belief that all organizations should prioritize responsiveness to their community. He was passionate and dedicated; if he believed in something, he fought for it, no matter what resistance he met, or the personal cost.
Always one to work hard, balance and stress relief were important to Dad too. Over the years he found joy in woodworking, reading, tying flies, remodel projects, and frequent trips to Hawaii with Dixie, his girls and the grandkids. After leaving law enforcement, Dad discovered a new passion in scuba diving, embracing all aspects of exploring the underwater world, traveling with family and friends to beautiful dive locations near and far. He spent several years working as a dive equipment service technician for Sierra Dive Center in Reno, and, at the age of 76, became a certified PADI Scuba Instructor.
Of all his passions, family ranked number one. As a husband, he was a true partner, encouraging and supporting his wife, Dixie, in following her own aspirations and dreams. He was an amazing caregiver to her as she battled cancer in the last five years of her life. As a father and grandfather, Dad reveled in his roles. The love and pride he felt for his daughters and grandchildren was at the core of everything he did. That he taught and gave us so much, including his quick wit, will help us keep his memory alive, and comfort us in our loss.
Robert V. Bradshaw is survived by his brother Charles Bradshaw (Helen Bradshaw); daughters Deborah Bradshaw, Kelly Bradshaw (Jerry VandeBurgt), and Kim Bradshaw; his grandchildren Hannah B. Lozier, Karley Rowe, Sydney B. Lozier, Kyle Daugherty, and Robbie Daugherty; as well as seven nieces and nephews, his cousins, and countless friends and dive buddies.
A memorial service will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno on Tuesday, October 10th at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Dixie Bradshaw Principal’s Fund <http://nevadafund.org/2043-2/bradshawdixie> or The V Foundation for Cancer Research <jimmyv.org>.
Here’s to ya, Dad! Love you forever.
On September 22, at approximately 2100 hours, the Campbell Police Department responded to a vehicle accident involving SJPD OSSD employee Patricia Darby. What happened is still under investigation. Patricia was found pinned inside the driver's side door, and the door was up against another parked car in the parking lot of her apartment complex. Patricia was located by her husband. Several citizens assisted with moving the parked vehicle to release her from being trapped. They performed CPR and shortly thereafter, Campbell PD arrived on the scene. The ambulance arrived and continued with lifesaving efforts. Patricia was transported to Valley Medical Center, and sadly died a short time later due to her injuries.
Patricia, a Police Data Specialist, worked for our department since 2015. We are so sad to have to report such horrible news to all of you. Please take a moment for Patricia and pray for support for her family and friends. Patricia was a part of our police family and we will give her the respect she deserves. We hope you can help her husband and two small children she left behind.
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Rest in peace, Patricia...
As police officers, facts are important. Facts are the very foundation of police work, facts are the cornerstone of positive police/community relations; put simply, facts matter. Recently, a deceitful, coordinated and misguided attack has been perpetrated upon the San Jose Police Officers' Association and the Police Department that we so proudly work for.
What makes these deceitful attacks all the more appalling, is that they are being orchestrated by a local union, FOP Lodge 52. A member of the SJPD who is a Board Member of FOP Lodge 52 and a misguided local reverend are attempting to decertify the SJPOA as your bargaining unit representative. They are intent on creating a division between our police department and the community we serve.
This is why facts are so important and why as your President, I am compelled to inform you, members of the POA, what the facts are about, what is occurring and ask for you to be on the look out for any more Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) shenanigans from Lodge 52.
During the month of September, other unions and/or organizations are legally allowed to try and de-certify the SJPOA as your designated bargaining unit per Employer-Employee Relations rules. Last week, the local chapter of the FOP placed THIS FLYER into the work site boxes of hundreds of POA members. This flyer is an affront to every dues paying member of our Association, and disrespects what we have collectively done to try to rebuild our police department. In short, union poaching is pathetic and those that defend it are just as pathetic.
FOP Lodge 52 did nothing to defend our pensions, had nothing to do with our recent contract successes and in fact, under previous leadership, were allies of former Mayor Chuck Reed. That's some sales pitch to join their union!
I addressed this bush-league attempt at union poaching with the Lodge 52 FOP President in THIS LETTER I sent him last week. I mentioned no individual and focused my attention on this flyer when I sought concrete steps to be taken to remedy this situation. State FOP President Roger Mayberry was and is very supportive of us, and is NOT supportive of FOP Lodge 52's recent actions.
A few days after my letter was sent to the California FOP President Mayberry, a local reverend sent THESE LETTERS (the first is to the Mayor and City Council, the second is to the California State President FOP). These letters defend a member of our department who is a leader in the local FOP who was never under attack and launches a fact-less and difficult to understand attack on our union, our department and myself. I am unsure how to appropriately characterize the reverend's letter, other than to call it completely false.
There are some individuals and organizations in San Jose, as there are some in the United States, that feast at the table of discontent and have built a cottage industry out of sowing the seeds of divisiveness between police officers and the residents we serve. Some of these professional apologists for criminals seek and receive funding for themselves and their organizations by portraying community/police relations as being in shambles. Facts don't matter, the truth doesn't matter. They make things up and attempt to drown out reality by repeating lies. Unfortunately, that is what the reverend's letter attempted to do.
What the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police did was wrong. They violated department policy by placing this decertify flyer into the work site boxes of hundreds of POA members without proper authorization. It was shady, sneaky and unprovoked.
I want to remind you that FOP Lodge 52 did not lift a finger to join the fight when Chuck Reed and his co-conspirators cut our pay, tried to take our pensions and were hell bent on destroying our department. They contributed no money to our legal challenge that overturned the infamous Measure B, they provided zero support for our efforts. Yet, each member of Lodge 52, that is NOT a SJPOA member had their pensions protected by the actions of the POA and our partners.
Did any of you get so much as a thank you? Me neither.
The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police did not lift a finger during our recent contract negotiations. They did nothing, contributed nothing, yet Non-SJPOA members reaped the benefits of your union dues when they received the same benefits from our recent contract as you did.
Did any of you get so much as a thank you? Me neither.
What the reverend attempted to do with his letter that defends what the local lodge did was also wrong. He attempted to disparage the POA and in doing so he attempted to disparage each of you and our department. He talks the talk about engaging in a constructive dialogue, but he doesn't walk the walk. Lobbing cheap shots from the cheap seats is no virtue. Our POA is committed to continuing to build bridges of understanding with those that want to build them with us, but we will condemn those that want nothing more than to continue to parrot a deceitful narrative that our police department and our union do not care about our community.
It is simply not true and the facts don't support that narrative. Our union will continue to be strong and advocate for polices, procedures and protocols that have the best chance of keeping you and the residents we serve safe.
Your President and Board of Directors
Remember, we have Mike Katherman Memorial shirts and hoodies for sale at the POA. Shirts are $10 and the hoodies are $25 while supplies last.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Rebuilding San Jose Police Force is on the Right Track
By Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
Mercury News — Sept. 224, 2017
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers
When I became mayor two-and-a-half years ago, our police department faced a crisis. While San Jose has long had the most thinly-staffed department of any major U.S. city, the Great Recession, layoffs, pay cuts and battles over pension reform all exacerbated our shortfalls. As a result, San Jose had lost about 600 officers in less than five years, and the losses would persist for another year.
Today, we see a different future. With the voters’ approval of Measure F’s pension reform settlement in November, we’ve halted the flight of officers from SJPD while saving more than $42 million this year on retirement costs. A new police contract and new recruiting approaches appear to be bearing fruit: Our most recent academy boasted 54 new recruits, the most in a decade, and by the end of this year, we will have added more than 100 officers to the force. In addition, we’re seeing substantial reductions this year in homicides and other violent crime.
This resurgence, combined with San Jose’s maintenance of the lowest violent crime rate of any major U.S. city during our leanest years, says much about the character and commitment of hundreds of our officers who stayed on through the back-to-back overtime shifts, canceled family vacations, declining pay and plummeting morale.
It also speaks to the leadership of Chief Eddie Garcia to right the ship, and of his recruiting team, led by Lt. Heather Randol, to revive SJPD’s ability to attract the best and brightest.
While the early results appear promising, we still have a long way to go. Increased media attention on policing nationally has created new challenges to recruiting, so we must continue SJPD’s efforts to broaden its recruiting strategy — such as we’ve seen for young military veterans, LGBT candidates, and for returning SJPD officers — without compromising the department’s high standards.
Those standards are critical: In other cities that have too eagerly boosted their ranks, communities have suffered the transgressions of rookies lacking the judgment of veteran officers. For that reason, we will sharpen our focus on accountability and on building community trust.
When we deployed body-worn cameras on every patrol officer last year, complaints of officers’ use of force plummeted. Chief Garcia also expanded mandatory training in violence de-escalation, implicit racial bias recognition, and street-level mental health crisis management.
He’s launched popular “Coffee with a Cop” gatherings, inspiring constructive dialogue in otherwise police-wary neighborhoods. We’ve boosted pay for multilingual officers to improve communication within our diverse community, attracting recruits fluent in eight languages to a recent academy.
Even with these recent gains, police staffing will remain too thin for several years more. We must continue to think smarter about how we can do more with less.
This requires a focus on crime prevention, such as by expanding our SJ Works program, which provided employment and job skills to more than 1,000 teens living in gang-impacted neighborhoods this year. We must double down on force-multiplying partnerships, such as District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s community prosecutor initiative that has deterred prostitution in the Washington neighborhood. We’ve doubled the size of our Community Service Officer ranks to improve response and investigation of burglaries and property crime.
We also must continue to invest in better technology, as we’ve enhanced officer access to data in the field, added tools like license-plate readers, deployed money-saving fleet telematics, and time-saving predictive analytics.
We’re on the right track, but there’s no time for sitting. Working together, we can rebuild America’s finest police department.
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This excerpt from the Internal Affairs column of last Sunday’s paper may be of interest to some…
Recruiting Trips are Bearing Fruit
Mercury News — Sept. 24, 2017
A recruiting sojourn to New York City last week quickly proved to be fruitful for the San Jose Police Department, with over 150 applicants who have cleared initial hurdles to join the rebuilding police force.
Police Chief Eddie Garcia himself joined the trip, helping make the sales pitch personally to nearly 200 prospective officers who attended a recruiting fair at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The SJPD recruiting unit, led by Lt. Heather Randol, oversaw the effort as scores of aspiring officers completed an entry-level 1.5-mile run and written exam. As of Friday, 158 of the New York applicants were still in the running, and if the typical 50-60 percent washout rate stands firm, the department could send as many as 94 prospects through the grueling backgrounding process.
All told, the trip marked one of the most successful out-of-state recruiting trips in the department’s history, and welcome news to a department trying to dig itself out of a staffing hole over the past decade that saw the department shrink by a third from nearly 1,400 to under 1,000 amid political turmoil of pension reform. SJPD is currently authorized to field 1,109 officers.
“Having the chief there sends a message that we care about hiring the best to wear the San Jose patch,” Randol said.
It’s a marked contrast from a year ago, when the department endured criticism highlighted by a San Jose Inside report regarding a pricey recruiting trip to Hawaii that yielded just a smattering of eventual officers and was deemed an unwise expenditure by Mayor Sam Liccardo. It remains a sore spot with Randol’s unit.
But a lot has happened since that May 2016 island excursion: The city and police union agreed on a contract that raises pay and stabilizes benefits, ending years of acrimony that helped drive out officers. It has made for a more receptive audience for Randol and her team, who in the past were routinely passed by when it came down to the numbers being offered by other law-enforcement agencies.
“The contract and salary now make us competitive,” Randol said.
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We found this quote of the week at the bottom of the I.A. column rather interesting:
“We just have to acknowledge that people we may honor for doing great things have also committed great atrocities or great sins.” — San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, on a proposal to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from the City Hall lobby, which he conceded should happen.
Could this also apply to Sam Liccardo’s support of Measure B that started the exodus of officers from the SJPD a couple of years ago? Just askin’.
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That San Jose seems to be inching toward civilian oversight of its police department that the San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley PDs work under is another reason to be glad you are retired. JoeMac fought against any semblance of a civilian review board throughout his tenure as chief. Can Eddie Garcia keep that beast in the corral?
Push to Expand the Powers of Police Auditor
—Officials are cautious of more civilian oversight—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Sept. 27, 2017
Social-justice activists intensified their campaign to expand the authority of San Jose’s independent police auditor Monday, calling on city leaders to champion a 2018 ballot measure that would dramatically increase civilian oversight for the police department.
“We just have a bark. We have no bite,” said Regina Alexander, a spoken-word minister at Bible Way Christian Church and leader for the multi-faith coalition People Acting in Community Together. “We need the bite for accountability. It makes no sense for institutions to investigate themselves.”
Alexander is referring to the IPA office’s role as an advisory body with no enforcement power over the San Jose Police Department, though the agency has in the past aligned with key policy recommendations including the collection of traffic and street stop data and the adoption of body-worn cameras.
Any change would require the city charter to be rewritten, which must be done through an election.
Jose Police Captain Jason Dwyer talks with
Marci Gerston, center, and Aaron Zisser, San
Jose’s new Independent Police Auditor.
Coalition leaders have ambitious goals for the Office of the IPA — created in 1993 as a compromise between city leaders who wanted a police commission and the police union who opposed additional civilian oversight — that include expanded jurisdiction over internal staff complaints about officer conduct, access to “all use of force data” and a more concrete role in disciplining misbehaving officers.
Advocates for the change also lamented what they consider a dearth of internal information about an array of officer-involved shootings that have occurred over the past few years, when San Jose outpaced Oakland in high-profile use-of-force instances. There have been eight so far in 2017.
Police Chief Eddie Garcia, who was in attendance at the PACT gathering in North San Jose on Monday, said he generally favors more community input on policing policies but cautioned that it must be weighed against protecting officers’ privacy and deterring proactive police work for fear of public reprisal.
“I don’t think this much expansion is necessary. Every police department should have independent oversight, but I don’t want my officers being unjustly judged,” Garcia said. “We don’t want them only responding to 911 calls. We have to strike a balance between being transparent, building trust, and ensuring all stakeholders are comfortable with what’s occurring.”
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association echoed much of the chief’s sentiment, noting that last year the department garnered 60 use-of-force complaints amid 300,000 calls for service, or .02 percent. POA president Sgt. Paul Kelly, in a statement, asked if there needs to be a policy that holds “family and friends of the suspect accountable” for not intervening enough to prevent “circumstances that justified the use of force incident.”
“Where’s that ballot measure?” Kelly wrote. “What is currently being proposed is a solution in search of a problem.”
Three City Council members — Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, Sergio Jimenez and Raul Peralez — attended the gathering and were receptive but noncommittal pending further study of how increasing the IPA’s jurisdiction would be done.
“This is what I hear from the community, and they want to see that from us,” Carrasco said.
Peralez, a former SJPD officer who just rejoined the force as a reserve, said the answer to the community demands required more nuance than a yes-or-no commitment.
“I’m with them, let’s expand, but we’re not yet on the same page,” Peralez said, asserting that some of the data demands conflict with the state Peace Officers Bill of Rights. “But we’re moving in the right direction. This is an opportunity to have an open dialogue.”
All three council members did unequivocally support doing a poll to gauge the viability of a ballot measure for next year to change the city charter.
Regina Salinas, of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit
High School, shakes hands with Aaron Zisser, the new
independent police auditor for San Jose, during his
first public meeting at a PACT event held at Bible Way
Christian Center San Jose on Monday.
PACT members punctuated their case with the emotional testimony of several San Jose residents who either have had family members killed by law enforcement or voiced their fear that police encounters are inherently deadly. Yeme Girma of the Campbell Seventh Day Adventist Church described how she aggressively instructs her black teen children on how to avoid police attention and suspicion, and how to stay alive during a potential police stop.
“My son is nearly 6 feet tall and that scares me. This is a fear shared by many in the country,” she said. “As things are, they’re not acceptable. We need to increase transparency for black and brown families.”
And waiting in the wings amid all of this was Aaron Zisser, the newly appointed independent police auditor. He takes over the post Monday from interim auditor Shivaun Nurre who herself was filling in for Walter Katz, who left the job after about a year to become an advisor to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Katz’s sudden departure stalled the expansion effort. But Zisser said he was expecting to dive into an era where his job could get larger if San Jose voters make it so.
“This was a topic during the selection process. I am standing by as a resource, and whatever the changes are, my job is to implement the mandate,” he said. “I’m glad to be coming into it.”
That '72 class photo brought back some memories. I remember working with Pearson, Ruiloba and Jesse Gonzalez; I can only assume it was as one of their FTOs, but I don't specifically recall. Dan Gutierrez was later a great partner of mine up in Narco. Some excellent cops in that photo, I say "some" because one of them went to prison. Charlie Rosseau went into the evidence room and stole several pounds of cocaine from one of my cases after it had been adjudicated and the drug was scheduled to be destroyed. He replaced the cocaine with something like powdered lactose so there wouldn't be a weight difference. He almost got away with it....Almost. The resultant investigation and trial preparation was the most gut wrenching of my career.
Russell Jones, #1502
I was surprised that only one error was spotted last week when Mike Thompson reminded us that Sgt. Chuck Molosky (circled in red) should have had a D after his name. He passed away in Nov. of 1998.
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This is in response to Dan Bullock’s missive from last week about running into PBA Treasurer Larry “Lumpy” Lundberg while enroute to Canada…
I am still in the bush of Newfoundland, but have the luxury of wi-fi and read the Farsider. I must take umbrage with retired D/C Bullock for calling me “nattily attired.” Rather than my normal T-shirt, sandals and shorts, I was wearing socks, shoes, long pants and a collared shirt. (No underwear?)
I should further note that i had no trouble getting my bag into the overhead bin. Removing it at the end of the flight after 10 first-class cocktails was another story.
Fear not, I left the PBA checkbook at home. I do, however, have the PBA debit card.
Lumpy (Lundberg)< firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Do you have the guts to publish this video about a Trump Train Set? I don’t think you do. If, however, you do believe in being fair and balanced and include it in the Farsider, please withhold my name and email address as I don’t want or need the aggravation that could come with some nasty emails from your readers.
I had to go out of my way to include your video, Mr. Nameless. Why? Because you sent me the clip as an Mp4 video attachment, which isn’t compatible with the Farsider. I had to convert the video and post it to my YouTube channel in order to produce a link in order to prove that I can in fact be fair and balanced. Readers can watch the clip by clicking HERE.
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Congratulations! I just read the Mercury and saw your letter. The letters I've written are a little too sarcastic and usually slam the Merc, which is why I don't make the cut.
Chris (Galios) <email@example.com>
No one was more surprised than me to see my letter in Monday’s Mercury News since it took on the paper’s own editorial. It could be that my letter somehow snuck past the liberal eyes of Barbara Marshman, the Editorial Page Editor. She is responsible for virtually ‘everything’ that appears on the paper’s Opinion Page….
ANOTHER PIC FROM YESTERYEAR
(L-R) Gary LaRault; Mike Destro; Jim Silvers; Lou (Chief) Cobarruviaz; Jack Woodall; Jack Morris; Charlie Blackmore;
Kenny Herrmann (D); Pete Guerin; and Paul Farlow.
This pic was submitted by Jim Silvers, but beyond the names he couldn’t provide any information as to where or when it was taken. He first thought it might have been in the 1970s, but when I informed him that each hash mark was worth five years of service, he changed his guess to sometime around 1990. Being the super sleuth I am, I reached out to Pete Guerin (on the right) for some answers. This was his response:
“Wow! I don’t even remember this photo being taken. My pithy answer is that it may possibly be an anniversary photo of our Academy class. We were all hired on Sept. 13, 1965. So based on the hash marks indicating 25 years, I would cautiously assume it was an anniversary photo taken in 1990 or thereabouts.”
HEALTH PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT INFO
At our Oct. 12, 2017 Association Meeting, Michelle San Miguel from Retirement Services will present on the available health plan for Open Enrollment. She will be able to answer any questions you might have with regards to benefit plans or the Open Enrollment process. Please plan on attending if you plan on making changes during this year's Open Enrollment in November. Meeting information is below, and as always, lunch is served.
October 12, 2017
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
San Jose P.O.A. Hall
1151 N. 4th St., San Jose
IT’S “TIP-A-COP” TIME
MARK THE DATE
NFL Banned Teams From Honoring Murdered Cops; Threatened Players Honoring 9/11
By Ryan Saavedra
The Daily Wire — Sept. 2, 2017
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attacked President Trump for showing a “lack of respect for the NFL” — regarding the president's recent comments criticizing players for not standing during the national anthem — because it violated the “constitutional rights of our players,” referring to the First Amendment.
This comes from the same commissioner who threatened NFL players who wanted to honor both 9/11 victims and five police officers who were murdered in Dallas.
The Dallas Cowboys wanted to pay tribute to the five Dallas officers who were MURDERED at a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016. The Cowboys had been wearing a special decal on their helmets that said “Arm in Arm” that specifically honored the police officers — that is, until the NFL stepped in and stopped it.
“The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement," Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, told TMZ at the time. “These are our friends and our loved ones ... it hurts to not have the NFL fully support us.”
Nationally syndicated conservative talk-radio host, Mark Levin, fumed over the decision by the NFL, calling it “embarrassing” and “disgraceful”:
“Let me tell you why the NFL won’t do this. Anyone have a Dailguess? I have a big guess: Because they don’t want any trouble from the leftists, from the Black Lives Matter crowd. I know exactly what’s going on here. Like Hillary Clinton doesn’t seek the endorsement from the cops union. Of course not. The Democrat Party’s gone. And the NFL top brass, like the NBA top brass, like baseball top brass, all liberal Democrats. Every damn one of them, pretty much.”
Even more disgusting was the NFL’s response last September to players who wanted to honor the thousands of Americans who were murdered by Islamic terrorists on 9/11.
“Avery Williamson, a starting linebacker for the Tennessee team, hoped to wear a pair of specially-designed cleats at his team’s home opener Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but he backed off when a league rep vowed to fine him for violating the league’s uniform code,” the NEW YORK POST reported.
Paul Nunziato, head of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, was outraged over the NFL’s threat towards Williamson.
“I’m making a goal line stand on this. Enough is enough! The NFL is out of bounds on this,” Nunziato said. “Kaepernick can wear ‘pig socks’ and not even garner a response from the NFL, but this guy wants to honor those who tragically died on 9-11 and he’s threatened.”
Six NFL players ended up wearing 9/11 tribute cleats on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack, including Williamson — the NFL decided not to fine them after public outrage reached peak levels.
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HOW MUCH DO YOU SUPPOSE JOE'S RIGHT HAND WEIGHS?
DOES THIS INCITE VIOLENCE AGAINST COPS? WELL DUH?
Wisconsin Senator Calls for Investigation Into Graphic Student Video Depicting Beheading of Police as Pigs
Senator Steve Nass wants the creators of this beheading
video to be investigated for inciting violence against police.
Video Shows Depiction Of Beheaded Police, Represented By A Pig
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 21, 2017
Madison, WI – A University of Wisconsin-Madison student has released a highly controversial video that incites deadly violence against police officers.
Eneale Pickett, the creator of the video, released the video to promote his clothing line, according to Channel 3000. He said that the video reflects his views of police brutality and racism.
In Pickett’s video, police officers are shown as pigs, and beheaded at the end. A black person is led to a noose made of an American flag, and it is placed around his neck.
Also in the video, people wear sweatshirts with statements on Pickett’s views of police brutality and racism. The messages include “F -- k the police, they the biggest gang in Amerikkka” and “I would ask for justice but she is helping the cops burn my body." Parts of a speech from President Trump after the riot at Charlottesville are also included.
Steve Nass, Republican state Senator, said that the video is “racist.” He also said, “It’s vile, anti-police. Unbelievable."
Senator Nass has asked UW-Madison officials to start a full investigation. He said, “Is this free speech? This is not free speech when you’re inciting violence. This is like yelling fire in a crowded theater.”
In a statement, the University of Wisconsin-Madison said in part “UW-Madison strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, while allowing everyone to share ideas and political views in exercise of their free speech rights. However, the university strongly condemns the glorification of violence such as that contained in the promotion of a student-produced clothing line.”
Senator Nass said, “I think the school needs to do everything under their administrative rules. If it were up to me, Steve Nass, I’d kick them out of school, tell them goodbye. You’re wasting space for good students who want to obey the law and not incite violence.”
This is not Pickett’s first attempt at creating attention for his “clothing line.” In 2016, he made hoodies that said “All white people are racist.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison police took the high road, and said, “We do not agree with the message, but we appreciate and respect people’s opinions and their right to free speech. UWPD is not investigating the video as no crimes have been committed.”
You can see the video below and then let us know in the comments if you think that this is inciting violence against police. WARNING: Disturbing Content. Click HERE to view the video. (1:45)
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YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA WHEN…
‘Impeach Donald Trump’ Billboard Pops Up on the San Francisco Bay Bridge
By Amy Graff
San Francisco Gate (Chronicle) — Sept. 25, 2017
Motorists on the Bay Bridge were greeted Monday morning by President Donald Trump's face, along with the word "impeach" in all caps, according to reports from KTVU and NBC.
The east-facing video billboard that will remain on the bridge through October 1 was paid for by the California-based Courage campaign that's asking Congress to start impeachment proceedings against the Trump.
In a statement, the campaign argues that Trump should be kicked out of the White House for "attempting to obstruct an investigation into potential wrongdoing by his presidential campaign, refusing to divest from his businesses, publicly supporting white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, and recent decisions to eliminate DACA protections for more than 800,000 young immigrants."
The 1.4 million-member Courage Campaign is a progressive grassroots advocacy organization that has helped organize more than 60 small groups form. The campaign provides these groups with the tools and framework to get out their messages.
The billboard was paid for by member's donations. President Donald Trump didn't react to the billboard on Twitter on Monday morning.
SFGATE reached out to the White House for comment on the billboard and will update the story if we hear back.
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But wait, there’s more: Just when KTVU erroneously reported that the billboard was coming down due to a large number of complaints from the public, it looks like the billboard is staying up for its one week run…
Trump Billboard to Remain, Despite Confusing Claims That it Must Come Down
KTVU Fox 2 — Sept. 27, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite an email sent to a progressive group telling them their IMPEACH Donald Trump billboard near the Bay Bridge was taken down, the company that manages the site told KTVU on Wednesday morning that the sign is up and will run for one week as planned.
Carly Zipp, spokeswoman for Outfront Media, told KTVU in an email: "It is not being taken down early because of complaints. It is running in its entirety. The ad is currently running. I double-checked with my SF team."
And as of Wednesday, the rotating billboard with a scowling Trump, was still staring at motorists traveling between San Francisco and Oakland. However the discrepancy over whether the billboard was up or not had many people scratching their heads. News trucks were sent out. Erroneous stories were published.
Zipp later said in an email that there was an "internal miscommunication" about whether the billboard was staying up or not.
The miscommunication came about 3:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, according to Madison Donzis, spokeswoman for the California-based Courage Campaign, which paid $1,500 to have the billboard up from Monday until Sunday. The group chose the Bay Bridge as the first spot in the state to test out the sign.
Donzis provided KTVU an email from Outfront Media, sent by employee Matt Molina, that read: "I am emailing you to let you know that we have taken down your billboard due to multiple complaints." The email said if there were any questions to call Zipp.
That prompted the Courage Campaign to fire off a press release on Tuesday complaining of Outdoor Media's alleged censorship. Executive director Eddie Kurtz said, "I just think it's outrageous that they did this," adding that it makes no sense.
On Wednesday, both Kurtz and Donzis told KTVU they were happy that the initial call to take down the billboard seems to have been sorted out, although they still didn't know for sure why they received an email stating the billboard had already been taken down.
"Yes, it's been really confusing," Donzis said.
WOULD-BE COP KILLER CALLS FOR SYMPATHY
“I Shot Him In the Freakin’ Arm. I Wasn’t Trying to Kill Him”
Karisa Daniels told a TV station that the reason she shot
a state trooper was because she didn’t want to go to jail.
(Click HERE and scroll down for the video interview.)
Karisa Daniels Says She Shot Trooper Because She Didn’t Want To Go To Jail
By Andrew Blake
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 21, 2017
Henrico, Virginia – A woman charged with shooting a Virginia State Trooper admits she did it because she didn’t want to go to jail for driving while high.
While in jail, Karisa Daniels made that statement to a TV 8News reporter that she shot Senior Trooper C.A. Putnam who had pulled her over for driving 87 mph, according to WRIC.com.
“I was under the influence and I was extremely high and, you know, just sitting in here today I’m like, ‘What have I done?’ ” Daniels said. “They got me on a ridiculous charge of capital murder – attempted capitol murder – and I shot him in the freaking arm, you know. I wasn’t trying to kill him.”
According to Daniels’ statement to the TV reporter, she stopped her car when the officer pulled her over on the highway. But she took off and fled as soon as he got out of his car.
“And I left from where he was at and then next thing I know he’s right behind me again.”
The pursuit ended at a dead end cul-de-sac.
“The next thing I know, I heard, ‘Put your hands up. Put your hands up where I can see them.’ And then I heard ‘pop’ and I’m like, ‘OK. So he going to shoot me if I run.’ So I turned around and I shot him,” Daniels said.
State Police said Trooper Putnam never fired his weapon. And according to WRIC.com, neighbors told the TV station they only heard one shot.
Daniels tried to run away but Henrico Police caught her at a nearby home and arrested her. She is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and using a gun to commit a felony.
“I turned around and I shot him and that is the worst mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” she said. “I can’t believe I did something like that, but I can’t take it back.”
Daniels, who has two children, also told the TV station she is a convicted felon who was illegally carrying a gun and driving with a suspended license.
HOT DOG VENDOR SCORES BIG BECAUSE OF A BERKELEY COP
Remember the case from a few weeks ago about the Berkeley Bike Cop who cited a hot dog vendor for selling dogs without a permit after a Cal football game? And to add insult to injury he seized all the money in the vendor’s wallet to book in as evidence? Looks like the vendor got the last laugh. Because the incident was captured on video and posted to Facebook and YouTube, a GoFundMe page was set up on behalf of the vendor who, as of this writing, is $92K richer. And funds are still coming in.
HERE is a KPIX Channel 5 video that provides a synopsis of the incident that is covered in the article below. (2:25)
Vendor Cited by Police Gets $87K from Supporters
By Rowena Coetsee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Sept. 26, 2017
BERKELEY » A Berkeley hot dog vendor who ran afoul of the law for doing business without a permit has generated so much public support that he’s now within reach of realizing his dream of owning a food truck.
A University of California police officer cited Rigoberto Matias on Sept. 9 following a football game for selling on the Berkeley campus without a permit and reportedly took cash from the street vendor’s wallet as evidence. But a disapproving customer captured the incident on video and posted it to Facebook, touching off an outpouring of sympathy among the those who watched it nearly 13 million times.
And when the same patron turned to the Go-Fund-Me website to raise money on behalf of Matias, donations flooded in, far exceeding the original $10,000 goal.
On Saturday, Martin Flores returned to the campus to present Matias with a check for $87,921 encircled by dozens of well-wishers and reporters, and videotaped the event on Facebook Live.
“It’s unfortunate that there are strict rules to get a license or a permit for somebody like Beto,” Flores said, noting that Matias represents many street vendors who work hard to support their families.
“People are violating all kinds of rules that we all accept on game days. People are jaywalking — we’re OK with that. People are drinking — we’re OK with that. But why are we going to pick on a young man who’s providing for his family? We must humanize our vendors, not criminalize them.”
This is a link to the GoFundMe page set up for the hot dog vendor. Click HERE to see what it is up to now.
THIS MUST BE AT LEAST A LITTLE EMBARRASSING FOR THE CHEROKEE SENATOR
Democrat Warren Confronted Over Her 'One Percent' Status
By Benjamin Brown, Fox News
Sept. 22, 2017
why she calls out the wealthy while living similar lifestyle
A Boston radio host called out U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week for criticizing America's "One Percent," noting that her net worth ranks her among the class she consistently attacks.
“How can you rail against the One Percent, when in a sense you are and live like the One Percent?,” Jeff Kuhner asked Warren on Monday in the hallway of the WRKO's studio, referring to the class of America's wealthiest people.
The Massachusetts Democrat responded with a brief history of her modest childhood, growing up with little money and how the opportunities in America allowed her to build her career.
“I had opportunities because America invested in kids like me,” Warren said, adding that those same opportunities are often no longer available to many people born in circumstances similar to hers as a youth.
But Kuhner continued to press the senator, accusing her of hypocrisy for her political rhetoric against the One Percent.
“You’re part of the One Percent and you rail against the One Percent, you don’t see the hypocrisy there?” Kuhner asked.
Warren has made a lucrative career in consulting for insurance companies and big banks, the Daily Caller reported. Estimates of the senator's net worth range from $3.7 million to $10 million, CNN reported.
The video of the confrontation is embedded in this Fox News link. Click HERE and scroll down to view it. (The sound may be muted. Simply use your mouse to adjust it using the volume icon in the lower right.)
IS THIS THE NEW U.S. ARMY?
Point Responds to Tweets of Cadet with Che Guevara
Tee Under Uniform
By Meghann Myers
Army Times — Sept. 27, 2017
Second Lt. Spenser Rapone posted a photo on Twitter of
himself posing with a Che Guevara t-shirt under his uniform
at his graduation from West Point in May. (Via Twitter)
The U.S. Military Academy released a statement Tuesday after a recent graduate posted photos of himself with pro-communist messages hidden under his uniform and dress cap while still a cadet.
The photos, posted by 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, show the then-cadet posing with a Che Guevara t-shirt under his uniform and “communism will win” written under his cap at his graduation from the academy in May.
“Second Lieutenant Rapone‘s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,” the statement from West Point said.
Rapone, who describes himself as an Army infantry officer in his medium.com profile, first posted a photo of himself on Sunday in support of pre-game national anthem protests all over the NFL.
The lieutenant is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, who said in a statement to Army Times that while they support freedom of speech for soldiers, they draw the line at political statements made in uniform.
“The 10th Mountain Division not only supports free speech, it trains every day to ensure our nation has the ability to protect it at all cost,” Lt. Col. Tonya Stokes said. “That being said, when our soldiers are in uniform, politics must be set aside. Our uniform represents every corner of our nation and it cannot be used to promote any single ideology.”
“As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform,” the statement said.
Per Defense Department regulation, active duty service members are not permitted to promote political parties or candidates while in uniform.
Click HERE to review the readers’ comments about the article above.
As one might expect, the actions of this rogue cadet have driven retired Lt Col Allen West up the wall. Click HERE to see what is posted on his website.
AND THE BEAT GOES ON, SORT OF…
Two Chicago Cops Forget They Don’t Work for the NFL
Two Chicago PD officers facing discipline after kneeling on-duty
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 21, 2017
Chicago, IL – Chicago Police Department is investigating two officers who were pictured kneeling in a photo, with their fists in the air, after they apparently forgot where they work.
To make things clear: police officers do not have the right to say whatever they want on or off-duty.
Department policies regulate officers’ speech. While the policies are more strict for on-duty speech, officers are frequently disciplined or fired for off-duty speech and photos.
The two Chicago police officers now find themselves in trouble after activist Aleta Clark posted their kneeling photo to Instagram.
Clark is known for selling t-shirts which says “Hugs No Slugs.”
Along with the photo of the officers kneeling with her, Clark posted the caption:
“That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes… then you ask them if they support Colin Kaepernick… and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel!”
Kneeling for the national anthem started with Colin Kaepernick saying that he was protesting the police. Now these officers are pictured apparently protesting themselves, or their fellow officers, or something. Do kneelers even know what they are kneeling for?
Clark then posted a video complaining that she tried to get support from the “European” officers, but no one would kneel. She is apparently referring to white officers as “European” because of the idea that white people don’t exist.
“You know what?” Clark said. “I actually don’t want you to kneel. I know exactly what kind of police officer you are, sergeant.”
Now the police department has responded to inquiries about the photo.
“We are aware of the photo, and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies,” Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun Times.
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NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID, EXCEPT…
the overpaid, ungrateful protesters in the NFL would look at this photo
of one of our nation’s true heroes, they might understand why we stand.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
The stars of Star Trek
The Iranian Ambassador to the UN had just finished giving a speech and walked out into the lobby of UN building where he was introduced to Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. As they talked, the Iranian said, “I have just one question about what I’ve seen in America.”
The General said, “Well, anything I can do to help?”
The Iranian said, “My son watches this show called Star Trek. The people in it are Kirk who is Canadian, Chekhov who is Russian, Scotty who is Scottish, Uhura who is black and Sulu who is Japanese, but there are no Muslims. My son is very upset and doesn’t understand why there aren’t any Iranians, Afghans, Egyptians, Palestinians, Saudis, Syrians or Pakistanis on Star Trek?”
General Mattis leaned forward to the Iranian Ambassador and whispered in his ear, “That’s because the show takes place in the future.”
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These old — as in 'very' old — brain pharts were sent in by JoeMac long after he retired. We included them in the May 19, 2006 Farsider, so it’s unlikely that many, if any, of you will remember them.
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why? Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," -- Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.
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"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." -- Mariah Carey
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"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," -- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for the Federal Anti-smoking Campaign.
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"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body," -- Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.
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"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," -- Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.
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"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." -- Hillary Clinton, commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.
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"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," -- A congressional candidate in Texas.
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"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." -- John Wayne
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"Half this game is ninety percent mental." -- Danny Ozard, Philadelphia Phillies manager
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"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -- Al Gore, Vice President
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"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." -- Dan Quayle
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"It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another" -- George Bush, US President
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"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -- Lee Iacocca
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"I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version." -- Colonel Oliver North, from his Iran-Contra testimony.
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"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." -- Joe Theisman, former NFL football quarterback and sports analyst.
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"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." --Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.
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"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." -- Bill Clinton, President
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"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." -- Al Gore, VP
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"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." -- Keppel Enderbery
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"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." -- Letter from the Dept. of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina
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"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." -- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Sept. 20 — 26
Sept. 20: Today is the third day of the U.N. General Assembly. Or as Trump calls it, “Boring Epcot.” (TRUMP) “There’s no rides! No monorail!”
During a speech today, Trump mispronounced the African nation of “Namibia," and instead called it "Nambia." Then Trump corrected himself and said, (TRUMP) "Sorry, I meant Narnia."
President Trump also talked about the possibility of Peace in the Middle East and said that “stranger things have happened.” Then he said, “For example...me.”
I saw that Coca-Cola is selling a new drink in Japan called "Coca-Cola Coffee Plus.” They say it’s great if you like Coke, love coffee, and hate blinking.
And, Chipotle just added queso to its menu, but customers are saying it tastes awful. Chipotle was like, “On the way up, or the way down?”
I read that farmers in Europe are close to growing a 3,000-pound pumpkin. Then Americans said, “Eh – let us know when you ELECT one.”
Sept. 21: Some good news for President Trump. A new poll shows that his approval ratings just rose three points. That’s right — it’s now at four points.
The U.N. General Assembly is still going on today. North Korea’s foreign minister said Trump’s speech sounded like a “dog barking.” But Trump didn’t respond — cuz he was chasing after a fire truck.
And in an interview today, Sean Spicer said that he has never “knowingly” lied to the American people. Then Spicer said, “Startingggggg NOW!”
Check this out, guys. Target is letting customers download an indoor map to help them find their way around the store. While if you get lost at Costco, they just tell you to forget your old life and move in.
I also read that Taco Bell will start serving alcohol at some locations. So the next time you think that YOU’RE having a bad day, imagine the guy who gets cut off by the cashier at Taco Bell.
Sept. 22: Today is the first day of fall — that special time of year when neighbors take turns blowing leaves into each other’s property.
Last night Kim Jong Un released a rare statement attacking President Trump and referred to him as a dotard. Then Trump said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words I don’t know will never hurt me.”
John McCain says he will not support the Republican healthcare bill, even though it was written by his best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham. You can tell Graham feels betrayed, because tonight, he released his own cover of “Look What You Made Me Do.”
This week, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of vodka overturned in North Carolina. The driver is fine. He said he’s shaken, but not stirred.
Sept. 25: We had a bunch of big football match ups yesterday. You had the Eagles against the Giants, you had the Patriots play against the Texans, and you had the president against everyone.
Yesterday, Trump tweeted that players standing with locked arms for the national anthem is OK. Incidentally, people standing with locked arms is also the plan for his border wall. “Red rover, red rover, don’t let anyone come over.”
It came out that Kylie Jenner is expecting her first child. When asked about it, Kris Jenner said, “I’m so excited about the new spin-off — I mean, addition to the family.”
There’s growing speculation that Mark Zuckerberg will run for president. He’s already got a great slogan: “Vote for me or I’ll retag you in every photo you’ve ever untagged.”
Another big story today: Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his sexting scandal. Weiner can get out in eight months with good behavior. So he’ll be serving 21 months.
Sept. 26: The big story is that for the third straight time, Senate Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare, because they didn't have the votes. Trump was like, "Well neither did I, and I still won!"
Actually, when he heard the GOP healthcare bill failed AGAIN, Trump said, "You won't believe it, but I think I gotta take a knee for this."
Trump said he's not preoccupied by his feud with the NFL, adding "All I do is work." Which would've been great if he hadn't said that from a Brookstone massage chair.
I saw that while discussing Puerto Rico, Trump said the Atlantic is "a very big ocean." Trump always sounds like he forgot about a class presentation and is just up there winging it. "The Atlantic is a very big ocean. A lot of people didn't know how big it was. It's one of the top five big oceans out there. It's very wet."
A new study says that a lack of sleep can actually make you happier. When they heard that, new moms were like, "You wanna say that to my face??"
Sept. 20: Twitter has just announced it has new controls to block people who advocate violence. But don’t worry, you can still follow President Trump on Facebook.
Yesterday Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Portland, Oregon. After his visit, Sessions said, "You know, dreadlocks aren’t so scary when they’re on a white guy."
President Trump is using his 2020 campaign fund to pay his legal fees, which experts say is "wrong but not illegal." Coincidentally, "Wrong But Not Illegal" is also Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan.
During a speech to African leaders today, President Trump accidentally made up the nation of "Nambia." Even worse, he promised to help Nambia in their war with Narnia.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is claiming that the $1000 iPhone X is a good value. Cook said, “It’s the last phone you’ll ever need for the next eight months."
Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to return to the next "Terminator" movie. In this one, Arnold goes back in time to erase all traces of him hosting "Celebrity Apprentice."
It’s come out that some species of frogs have sex orgies. These are followed the next morning by the frogs doing the "Hop of Shame."
Sept. 21: This afternoon, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lashed out at President Trump, calling him “mentally deranged” and “a frightened dog.” As a result, Kim Jong Un is now the Democrats’ top pick for president in 2020.
In an interview, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he never knowingly lied to the American people. Then he said, “Dammit, I just lied again. I can’t help myself.”
Sept. 25: Now it is President Trump vs. the NFL. He took on the entire National Football League this weekend with his tweets. President Trump is angry at NFL players for their silent protests during the national anthem. Trump said, “Silent protests have no place anywhere outside my marriage.”
The national anthem controversy has even caused a rift between President Trump and his longtime friend, Tom Brady. Now, folks, we should have seen this coming with Brady, because whenever anyone that beautiful turns 40, Trump loses interest.
President Trump has disinvited Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry from visiting the White House. Yeah, because no one likes Steph Curry. He disinvited him, not because of their political differences, but because Trump believes curry is from India and got confused.
Anthony Weiner had been sentenced to nearly two years in jail for sexting with a teenager. Weiner said, “Come on, Your Honor, by the time I get out, she’s going to be 20.”
Sept. 26: Today, the nominations for the Latin Grammys were announced. The two contenders for Song of the Year are "Despacito" and the song that will lose to "Despacito."
It's been revealed that a tweet President Trump sent out yesterday about Iran testing a ballistic missile was based on old news footage. Even worse, most of Trump's complaints about the NFL were based on the movie "Rudy."
An employee for the Buffalo Bills quit after the entire team took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday. Meanwhile, an employee for the Los Angeles Chargers quit after watching them play on Sunday.
In Boston, experts believe they have found Paul Revere's outhouse and they say they are excited to examine his fecal matter. These experts have been described as "single."
Trump announced he will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday and survey the storm damage. However, Trump may have to cancel depending on what happens on Monday Night Football.
Sept. 20: It was revealed today that Donald Trump is using campaign donations and money from the Republican National Committee to help pay for his legal fees tied to the Russia investigation. Trump using the campaign funds is not illegal but an unprecedented move by a sitting president and we all know how Donald Trump feels about anything unprecedented. He feels it's hard to spell.
This morning the president retweeted this graphic of an iceberg symbolizing his supporters. It says that the tip of the iceberg is how many Trump supporters the media tells you there are but the bottom is how many Trump supporters there actually are. This is the most attention Trump has paid to climate change since he took office. Is Trump really comparing his supporters to an iceberg? He's basically saying they're cold, detached and slowly disappearing every day.
Sept. 21: Congressional Republicans are trying to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new proposal called the Graham-Cassidy Bill. Yesterday Donald Trump tweeted his support for the bill saying, “I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions, it does, a great Bill, repeal and replace.” Now there are two things wrong with that tweet. One, it doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions. And two, he didn't have to capitalize the word “Bill.”
It is not a guy named Bill, he knows that, right? It's not like your great Uncle Bill, you know?
This is a man that has retweeted Nazis and racists. He can't even be bothered to read a Twitter bio. We're supposed to believe he has read an entire healthcare bill? No chance.
Meanwhile, today North Korea’s foreign minister responded to Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations saying that Trump’s threats to destroy their country are just “the sound of a dog barking.” Now that's not fair because when a dog barks, you actually understand what he is trying to communicate.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave a speech yesterday. And in that speech, he apologized for making the ctrl-alt-delete function on computers so complicated. But then he added, I mean, I'm as sorry as I can be about something that made me $85 billion, #sorrynotsorry.
Sept. 25: The American territory of Puerto Rico is in dire need of humanitarian aid, tensions with North Korea have never been higher, so of course President Trump spent this weekend tackling the biggest issue of all — football players.
Over the weekend, Donald Trump said NFL owners should respond to players kneeling during the national anthem by firing them. In a speech he said owners should say, quote, “Get that son of a b**** off the field right now, he’s fired.” And we can only hope and pray that’s what Americans are also going to say in the next presidential election.
Trump also criticized the league for making efforts to prevent concussions, saying they are ruining the game. I don’t think Trump realizes how dangerous the symptoms of these concussions are — headache, emotional instability, impulsive behavior. Basically they turn you into Donald Trump.
Once Trump got the NFL tweets out of his system he moved on to more important issues, like climate change, healthcare ... I’m kidding! He started ranting at the NBA.
Here is what the president tweeted regarding the Golden State Warriors’ upcoming visit to the White House: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Can you disinvite someone who has already turned down your invitation? Is that a thing you can do? I mean, if that’s a thing, I have a lot of girls to disinvite from my high school prom. Candace, Beth, Emma, you’re all disinvited. I know it was 20 years ago, I’m pulling the invite.
Trump’s withdrawn his invitation to the Golden State Warriors, making this the first time in history Donald Trump has ever shown a dislike for anything golden. .
Did you hear about London banning Uber? The city has banned the ride share service after its failure to report criminal offenses and carry out background checks on drivers. Uber is appealing the decision, but it doesn’t look good. Right now if you’re in London and go on the Uber app, it says your ride is 18 months away.
Sept. 26: After President Trump's inflammatory comments, last night in a show of solidarity, every member of the Dallas Cowboys, along with owner Jerry Jones, took a knee before the national anthem. The Cowboys knelt before the national anthem as a protest, but then stood while it was being played. Isn't that trying to have it both ways? Like, "I'm on a hunger strike but only between meals."
Their half-protest still upset many people. Conservatives immediately blasted the move, saying it disrespected the sacred minutes before the national anthem which are for [using the restroom] and buying nachos.
Yesterday officials confirmed that at least six of President Trump's closest advisers used a private email to discuss official White House business. In a related story, Hillary Clinton was hospitalized today after rolling her eyes so hard she threw her back out.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, from now on, "All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government-related work." Unfortunately, she made that statement in an email sent from "email@example.com."
Sept. 26: Thank you for joining us on a day of great relief for many millions of Americans. Because the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, a bill I've been speaking out against all week, it shall not pass. Senator McConnell decided to pull the vote. They didn't have the votes. I haven't been this excited about something being dead since Bin Laden.
We can really make a difference if we speak out. And I'm not planning to stop at healthcare. There is another threat on the horizon that is maybe even more disturbing than anything we've seen in Congress this week — pumpkin spice pizza. This is a real item on a menu at a real restaurant called Villa Italian Kitchen. And whether or not you think pumpkin spice is good on pizza, I think we can all agree that pumpkin spice is not good on pizza.
Sept. 20: President Trump tweeted this morning "Big meetings today at the United Nations, so many interesting leaders." While the United Nations tweeted, "Day two of this guy. Buckle up, everyone.”
During Melania Trump’s U.N. speech today, she spoke out against bullying. And then her husband took the stage to give the rebuttal.
A leader of a polygamous sect in Salt Lake City pled guilty today to food-stamp fraud. As he was taken into custody he said, “Don’t wait for me, honey! You either! Or you. And you. You, too.”
Sept. 21: According to The Washington Post, in July of 2016, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered to provide private briefings on the presidential race to a Russian billionaire who is close with Vladimir Putin. So Paul Manafort was the campaign manager for Donald Trump, and he met with a billionaire who was friends with Putin, who was in a movie with Kevin Bacon! I did it!
Some 7-Eleven stores are now offering what they are calling “restaurant quality” dishes. “Hey, we should try that!” said Olive Garden.
A teacher in South Carolina has been suspended after she gave her 5th grade class a homework assignment asking them to justify the KKK’s treatment of African-Americans. Also suspended — the kid who got an A.
Eighty years ago today, J. R. R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” was released. To give you an idea what 80 years feels like, watch the movie.
Sept. 25: North Korea said today that since president Trump has declared war on the country, it has the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers even when they are not inside their air space border. ”Oh, no you don’t,” said Trump to a black athlete kneeling.
After condemning NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem this weekend, President Trump today tweeted his support for NASCAR. Said Trump, “Oh yeah, I’m really into racing, I guess you could say I’m quite a racist.”
Melania Trump this weekend took her first solo trip abroad as first lady, and everything was going great until the Secret Service found her and brought her back.
According to Politico, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner used a private email account to correspond with other administration officials. In his defense, it’s always the same message: “Has anyone seen my retainer?” Those things are expensive. They’re expensive to replace.
Today was National Comic Book Day, so congratulations to the guy [shows photo of Anthony Weiner] with the most issues.
Sept. 26: Today was President Trump's 250th day in office. Or, as he put it, "longer than any President in history."
Senate Republicans announced today they will not hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare after they were unable to secure enough support. But Republicans plan to come back with a new plan where they just slash the tires on all the ambulances.
President Trump said today that getting relief efforts to Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria is tough because "It's an island." And then, proving he just learned it, yelled, "But Rhode Island isn't!!"
After President Trump called for pro-athletes to be fired if they didn't stand for the national anthem, Nike released a statement yesterday in support of "athletes and their right to freedom of expression." Then they introduced a new line of $400 "kneeling shoes."
A Sri Lankan man has been arrested for trying to smuggle $29,000 worth of gold and jewelry inside his rectum. His lawyer says he'll walk, but his doctor's not so sure.
Sept. 20: This week in Washington, D.C., the unthinkable happened. Republicans are trying to repeal and replace Obamacare, again. This is beyond beating a dead horse. This is getting damn close to bestiality, okay. I hope that horse has a safe word.
The U.N. is in town this week and Donald Trump hosted a lunch for African leaders. "I'm greatly honored to host this lunch, to be joined by the leaders of Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nambia. Nambia's health system is increasingly self-sufficient." Now, there is no such country as "Nambia." Despite that, they will soon have a better healthcare system than we do. I might move to Nambia. I hear very good things.
He went on to praise the African Republicans of Nambla, Wango-Tango, and Wakanda. "We must secure our supplies of vibranium." "I want to thank Prime Minister Chaka Khan, thank you so much for being here. So wonderful."
Sept. 21: I’d like to wish my Jewish viewers a happy Rosh Hashanah. I hope I'm pronouncing that correctly. I don't know, none of my Jewish writers are here today.
Of course, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. So happy 5778, everybody! I'm so glad it's 5778; 5777 sucked.
But things are looking up, especially with the Russia investigation. As you know, special counsel Robert Mueller has been unearthing all sorts of dirt on the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
It just came out that Mueller requested documents from the White House related to “13 different areas in which investigators are seeking information.”
It’s all collected on “Now That’s What I Call Collusion: Volume 45.”
Available wherever CDs are still sold. So I’m gonna say Starbucks.
Sept. 22: If you’ve been in New York City, you know that the U.N. has been in town all week. Diplomats from every nation on this planet have gathered in New York to spread their message of “we can park anywhere we want.”
The highlight was Trump’s big speech, where he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. That did not go over big with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who fired back he would “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” Earlier this week, their foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, called Trump’s speech “nothing more than the sound of a dog barking.”
Pretty sick burn on our president, to which I have to say: Knock it off, North Korea, NoKo. You are not allowed to insult OUR leader like that. Sure, I’ve had my problems with President Trump, such as everything he has said and done. But I’m not going to stand here as an American and let somebody from another country talk smack about our president! WE can do it, OK? Membership has its privileges.
Sept. 25: On Friday, Trump addressed the football controversy. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b**** off the field right now, out, he’s fired? Fired!” Wow. Son of a b****. That was unnecessary roughness. There should be a flag on that play, and I’m going to say a Confederate flag.
The blowback was immediate. Colin Kaepernick’s mom, after seeing the president of the United States call her child a son of a bitch, tweeted, “Guess that makes me one proud bitch.” Yeah! Moms! Colin’s mom is the coolest mom in sports! After that, she took the whole team to Dairy Queen and made it rain orange slices! Whoo!
Of course, there is one sport Trump still loves: “So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our country or our flag. They said it loud and clear!” What he’s referring to is some NASCAR owners threatened to fire any drivers who kneel during the national anthem. Now, I don’t know why NASCAR is responding differently than the NFL. It might be because there’s only one African-American driver in all of NASCAR.
Sept. 26: The GOP plan to repeal Obamacare is officially dead! Got nothing, no pulse! They pulled the plug.
They knew they could only afford to lose two votes and Rand Paul and John McCain were already "no's." Then last night, Maine Senator Susan Collins said she wasn't falling for it. One reason was the CBO score, which technically hasn't come out, but they did release an estimate yesterday showing that "the number of people with comprehensive health insurance would be reduced by millions." Yeah, nothing specific, just millions.
As this point, the folks at the CBO must be so tired of analyzing healthcare bills, they're just free-balling it. "What, a new bill? Yeah, let me run the numbers. Yeah, yeah everybody dies!"
So that's it. It's over! And, "The GOP Is already eyeing the next chance to revive the Obamacare repeal." What! What! Already? Graham-Cassidy isn't even dead yet! That's like bringing a date to see your wife in the hospital.
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This clip of Arizona police officer and former ASU football player Brandon Tatum was sent in by Lumpy. Based on the thousands of views it has received on Facebook and YouTube it appears to be going viral. In the video selfie Brandon articulates what he and tens of thousands of others think about the controversy surrounding the NFL. Do you agree with HIS views? (6:51)
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Want to know what it’s going to be like when your kids finally convince you to check into a — how shall we put it? — a home for the more mature? Click HERE for a preview. (0:42)
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Remember this coffee shop prank from the Oct. 10, 2013 Farsider? It was actually an ad for a remake of the movie “Carrie” that dealt with the paranormal. But it worked so well as a PRANK that we (and Steve Postier) thought it was worth revisiting. (2:23)
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Along somewhat similar telekinetic circumstances comes this video about some innocent pizza delivery guys who got the shock of their lives when THEY arrived to deliver the pie. (4:51)
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None of our nearly 1,000 subscribers is a bigger baseball fan than Noel Lanctot who would like to share a couple of videos with other fans of the sport. THIS first clip is accompanied by Sister Wynona Carr whose song was heard at the end of the Jackie Robinson movie “42.” (3:04)
The music accompanying THIS second clip is a 1981 song written and performed by Terry Ashman. The title: “Talkin’ Baseball.”
And that brings us to this final CLIP with a song by centerfielder John Fogerty. (3:51)
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So much for the recipe of the Big Mac “secret sauce” Micky D’s has been holding close to the vest for the past several decades. An outfit in Canada has replicated it and made it available on Amazon. It isn’t cheap, but our taste buds say it is spot on. If you are going to try and make one of those “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” at home that will match the taste of what you can get at the Golden Arches, you may need to get yourself a bottle of this sauce. P.S. The same outfit also offers their versions of McChicken Sauce and Filet-O-Fish Sauce, but we can’t attest to how close they match the originals from McDonald’s because we haven’t tried them.
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To reminisce for a moment, this scene about the funeral for Chuckles the Clown from the Mary Tyler Moore show circa 1975 remains one of my favorites. RIP Mary. (1936-2017) You were the VERY best! (4:29)
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Back by popular demand (ours) is this outtake of Tim Conway’s Elephant Story from the Carol Burnett Show. It was seen only by the live audience until the advent of the Internet several years later when blooper clips from the show became available. It has since received over 17 million views, making it the most popular clip from the Carol Burnett Show. The entire skit was ad-libbed by Conway; there was no script. What had Tim and Dick Van Dyke literally rolling on the floor at the end of the clip was Vicki Lawrence saying to Carol (in reference to Conway): “Are you sure that little (expletive) is through?” Click HERE and listen to Vicki's remark at the end. (4:55)
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This is Ray Jessel who broke up the judges on America’s Got Talent with a little song he wrote. See if it surprises YOU like it did them. (5:50)
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Not to be outdone by America’s Got Talent, Comrade Kosovilka sent us this clip of a 70-year-old whose singing brought the audience to its feet on this Russian (Ukraine?) version of the American talent show. Stick with him when he starts to sing and he will definitely surprise you when he breaks forth with a few lines of English. P.S. We would like to thank Bob for adding subtitles to the video. Without THEM we would have no idea what’s going on! (6:22)
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This Antiques Roadshow story may have you rummaging around your attic or basement looking for an old Indian rug. It truly is, as the disabled gentleman says, a “rags to riches” STORY. Good for him. (6:29)
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Correct us if we’re wrong, but doesn’t THIS horse resemble a Clydesdale on steroids, the kind of steroids that make your legs grow hair? (0:36)
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I love animals, but it’s hard for me to imagine wanting to be a mother to a baby RHINO. But hey, each to his or her own, right? (1:47)
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Need proof that our DNA and that of the great apes is nearly identical? We ran a clip of a monkey building itself a hammock last year, but it was a rather rudimentary hammock compared to what this 14-year-old female Orangutan created. Have a LOOK. (4:00)
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Welcome to Cat Island. Love them, come visit. Allergic to them, stay far, far AWAY. (4:41)
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This week’s Hope for Paws story: “Is Julia a wolf? A coyote? A dog? THIS rescue is a must see. (5:18)
P.S. I challenge you readers to make a $5 or $10 recurring (monthly) donation to Hope for Paws. You can do so with a credit card or through PayPal, the latter of which I chose for my $10 monthly donation. If it helps save a pooch it’s worth a couple of cups of coffee at Starbucks every month. <http://www.hopeforpaws.org/>
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Stanley Roberts of the “People Behaving Badly” feature on KRON 4 set out to document some of the action during the recent multi-agency Santa Clara County Traffic Crackdown. Here are a couple of minutes of what he and his cameraman RECORDED. (2:34)
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We’re going to stay with Stanley and follow him to a BART station where the emphasis was on FARE evaders. (2:17)
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Hop in the cab of THIS locomotive and join the engineer and conductor as they plow through the mountains after a snow storm. It’s a ton of fun providing the windshield doesn’t break! (1:51)
While we are talking about trains in less than ideal weather, here is a rerun from a couple years ago of a freight train that is derailed after it gets caught in the teeth of a tornado. The FOOTAGE is from a video camera facing to the rear. (0:43)
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Those of you familiar with the island of Kauai will recognize this as the Queen’s Bath, not the Pool of Death as it is referred to in this clip. Regardless of what it’s called, one would need to be an excellent SWIMMER to survive a dip in the churning water. (3:19)
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The nice thing about being an André Rieu fan is that I can always count on his concerts to close the Farsider with when nothing else jumps up and says “Put me in, coach!” This is Ravel’s Bolero from Andre’s “Live in Maastricht 5” concert. If it reminds you of the movie “10” with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore, join the club. Have a LOOK and listen if you are so inclined. (6:56)
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Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve