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SERVICE THIS COMING TUESDAY FOR BOB BRADSHAW
The service for retired Assistant Chief Bob Bradshaw is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia, Reno, NV. Everyone is invited.
PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR DENNIS DUEY
I would appreciate your help in getting out the word about Dennis Duey (#1507), who this past week began receiving hospice care at his home in Oregon. After a decade of battling through one serious health issue after another it has now been determined that his body, no longer as robust as his tenacious spirit, can fight no more. During our most recent conversation I asked for and received permission to pass the word to his old friends and former coworkers, AND your weekly newsletter came instantly to mind.
It was just a few months ago that Dennis and his wife Robin got out from under the full-time job otherwise known as their cattle ranch and settled into a quiet, cozy spot on the Umpqua River about which Dennis had for so long dreamed.The unpacking had yet to be finished when he received word that his cancer treatment, the latest in a seemingly unending series of chemo regimens, had once again failed him. He was out of treatment options and given only months to live.
For those inclined to give him a call or drop him a line, his contact information is…
PO Box 503, Dillard, OR 97432
Thanks for your help.
David Fazo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We’re sure we speak for every member of the SJPD Family when we offer our most sincere prayers for Dennis and his family.
UPDATE ON GLORIA HALE’S SITUATION WITH ALS
Don Hale’s wife, who is now a quadriplegic as a result of ALS, recently sent the message below to her supporters…
it is utterly humbling to receive so much monetary support from you! Don and I are eternally thankful as my survival expenses are astronomical each month.
My new tobii device has been a challenge, especially using the internet. So thanks, thanks, thanks! I will keep you all in my prayers as i know we are not the only ones going through hardship. I love you!
Peace be with you...
Gloria Hale <email@example.com>
Don added the following to his wife’s message…
After seeing the message Gloria sent I thought I should give some context and background to what she wrote.
We are blessed to have a great Kaiser health plan, however, other factors impinge upon Gloria's care. She has outlived the general prognosis that ALS patients survive for three to five years after diagnosis. We are into seven years now and I am blessed to have her still in my life. We have had wonderful additional support from several friends and family members, however, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with our bills related to her care.
Her life support breathing machine that keeps her alive has a monthly co-pay of $385, and her speech generating device has a monthly co-pay of $300. These are the two most costly device expenses, but there are others like the oxygen concentration machine, a percussion vest that helps keep her lungs free of fluids building up in them, and a suction machine that clears her trachea of such fluids. Each of these also have monthly co-pays associated with them.
Our major cost is for caregivers who are needed to be at her bedside 24/7/365 to oversee and operate the machines above as needed. Gloria is a quadriplegic now and can neither move nor speak (without the machine), so round-the-clock bedside care is an absolute necessity for her survival. The cost associated with our two caregivers is $1,830 per week. The cost of a four-week-month is $7320.00 and $9150 for five weeks. So you can see the dilemma we face.
So far we have been able to keep up with our bills by liquidating our savings, however, that will soon be exhausted and another funding source must be found. Our daughter made a GoFundMe page that produced some money, however, we found that GoFundMe takes a big cut off the top and it has not been the answer to our needs.
We have several friends in our Police, Rotary, Navy League and our Family that have reached out to us in support of Gloria, and our gratitude is greater than mere words can express. We are humbled and thankful to everyone who has supported us.
I hope this explanation is understood in the context it is offered. We thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, kindness and generosity. We did not plan on this being our lot for these retirement years, but it is what it is. With God's help we look forward to our future.
Warmest regards to all,
Don and Gloria Hale
1085 Cloverbrook Drive
San Jose, CA 95120-1810
Don and Gloria in better times.
There are just some moments in life that will grab our attention, and although unexpected, they will leave a lasting impression. When our brothers and sisters from SFPD called recently asking for our assistance, the natural reaction was to answer, "Whatever you need." A family was in need after losing their 7-year old daughter, Karma Little, to cancer. Like so many other times, we as police officers answer the call. Especially when the request involves not only a child, but a child that loved the police and dreamed of becoming an officer.
When the phone call went out to assist SFPD with escorting Karma to her final resting place, we quickly realized it was not a matter of if we could, but how quickly we could respond. When something affects one's life, that individual thing is personal and should matter. To Karma's family and her extended SFPD family, everything mattered. Quickly orchestrating an operation grabbed the attention of several members from SJPD and I have to imagine, left a lasting impression.
On behalf of Karma Little's family and our brothers and sisters from SFPD, we would like to acknowledge and send a very heartfelt thank you to the following members for the willingness to assist at the very last moment. The initial call to Assistant Chief Knopf for permission to assist was met with, "Whatever is needed." The next call to Deputy Chief Mata was answered with, "It's the right thing to do." From there, the coordination between Motors Unit Commander Sgt. Steve Payne and Airport Division Commander Lieutenant Bruce Young made the task seem effortless. Without a doubt came the most pivotal persons with the actions they performed: Sgt. Mike Trudeau, Officer Mike Perea, Officer Vic Rodriguez, Officer Jaime Pickens, Officer Bryan Jett, Officer Jason Cook, and Sgt. Kermit France.
What went from one request to escort Karma to San Jose Airport along side her family so she could be flown home to her final resting place evolved into much more. The above mentioned officers were placed into a position that we in our profession know very well but it is seldom spoken of. They responded with strength and compassion. As mentioned above, Karma's dream was to be a police officer, but that dream was cut short. With honor and respect, the officers assisted in carrying Karma's casket from the funeral home to the waiting hearse, escorted the hearse and Karma's family with flashing lights to San Jose Airport. With a final salute, Karma's family was allowed to be present as their daughter was transferred to a flight for her final journey home.
As one can only imagine, for those officers who are parents, and even those who are not, the impact of this willing assignment was felt by all.
In a world filled with uncertainty and hostility the most noblest of actions should be and will be acknowledged. Although our interaction as officers are brief, the actions we take make a difference. On behalf of the POA, 'thank you' to the above officers for being the difference.
God Bless Karma Little, her family, and all of you!
Sean Pritchard and the Executive Board of Directors
Ed. — Patricia was a Police Data Specialist who died on Sept. 22nd in a traffic accident.
See last week's Farsider for more information <http://www.sjpba.net/Farsider/092817.htm>
Patricia Darby's Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 7th
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1336 Cherry Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
Refreshments will be served after the service at this location. Please take a moment for Patricia and pray for support for her family and friends. She leaves behind her husband, Gavin, and two young children, 6 year old Sophia and 4 year old Benjamin.
Click HERE to make an online donation.
Checks can be made payable to: SJPOACF. Please write "Patricia Darby" in the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at our office or mailed to:
1151 N. 4th St.
San Jose, CA 95112
God Bless Patricia
PENSION AND HEALTH CARE PLAN NEWS
The City recently sent Tier 1 employees a letter advising them of their opportunity to make a ONE-TIME, IRREVOCABLE election to become part of its Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA). This option was part of the Alternative Pension Reform Framework.
Here's some background: Measure B eliminated retiree medical benefits for Tier 2 employees. But as part of our Settlement Framework, we created a defined contribution plan for Tier 2 employees. Under it, employees contribute an amount of money to an investment vehicle which has tax advantages and can be used, post-retirement, to fund healthcare costs. Like all defined contribution plans, the amounts invested are subject to the whims of the market and are not guaranteed. All Tier 2 employees are automatically part of the VEBA. Their contribution rate is 4%.
Another part of the Settlement Framework is that Tier 1 employees are entitled to a one-time, voluntary election to enter the VEBA. If you choose to do so, it will have some immediate benefits upon final implementation (see below). Your retiree healthcare contributions would drop from 9.51% to 4%. But you would forego any guaranteed benefits under the current defined benefit retiree healthcare plan. You will also not be able to go back to the Tier 1 benefit if you opt-out. One-time means exactly that. If you opt-out, you will not have the current retiree medical healthcare plan at time of retirement.
If any Tier 1 member is considering making this election, he or she should take advantage of free financial consulting from the Parallel Advisors firm listed on the letter you received. There are many factors to consider, dependent upon your unique circumstances. Take advantage of expert advice.
The POA takes no position on whether you should opt-out or stay in Tier 1. It is entirely an individual decision and an important one.
Some other factors to consider include:
• A VEBA is portable (i.e., you can take it to another job) and has survivorship benefits
• It may be used to pay for post-retirement healthcare premiums, prescriptions, co-pays, and other healthcare related expenses, including dental care.
• If you elect to opt-in to the VEBA, the City will contribute funds to your individual VEBA account from the Retiree Healthcare 115 Trust in the amount estimated to be equal to your prior retiree healthcare contributions with no interest included. So if you've contributed $30,000 to retiree medical benefits over the years, that amount, without interest, will go to your VEBA. (This information is listed on the top-right corner of the letter you received.)
• Tier 1 members who opt-in will also pay 4% contribution rate.
The one-time election period runs from October 18, 2017- December 1, 2017. If you do not opt-out by 5:00p.m. on December 1, 2017, you will remain in the Defined Benefit Retiree Healthcare plan.
Lastly, the City is currently awaiting IRS approval of both the pre-tax nature of the mandatory contribution and IRS approval of the transfer of assets from the 115 Trust to the VEBA. Although it does not yet have final approval from the IRS, we are holding the opt-in pending the final IRS approval, as the opt-in needs to occur in the calendar year 2017 in order to be effective in calendar year 2018.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
—Mercury News Rule 2-A: Never let a crisis pass without slamming President Trump—
Question: Is there a Mercury News Editorial Board comprised of more than one person, or is Barbara Marshman who holds the title of "Editor of the Editorial Pages" the sole member of the “Board?” Try as we might we couldn’t find an answer to that question using Google.
Should the Bay Area Expect the Puerto Rico Treatment When the Big One Hits?
By the Mercury News Editorial Board
Mercury News — Oct. 2, 2017
Jose Garcia Vicente holds a piece of plumbing he picked
up as he shows his destroyed home in the aftermath of
Hurricane Maria, in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Monday.
The vegetation is lush, the ocean warm, the architecture, what’s left of it, distinctly island. But otherwise, seeing the devastation of Puerto Rico today in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Bay Area could well be looking into a distant mirror.
Or not so distant. When The Big One hits, we too could be pretty much on our own. Like San Juan. Not like Houston.
We’ll be better off, of course. We’ll have more capacity to help one another than impoverished Puerto Rico. But the devastation here would be beyond our ability to handle alone. For example, if the quake is on the Hayward fault, two dams could fail and put Fremont under water. Washington Hospital, the largest in the East Bay, sits right on the fault.
There are two reasons to doubt federal support. One is that President Donald Trump clearly had more enthusiasm for helping Texas and Florida than Puerto Rico, an island with no oil industry and no wealth of Republican voters among its 3.4 million mostly Hispanic U.S. citizens. Like Puerto Rico, the Bay Area is not exactly Trump country.
But the more urgent danger lies in Trump’s budget proposal. It slashes FEMA and other programs to deal with disasters that will become more common as temperatures warm, causing sea levels to rise and storms to be more extreme. This Luddite, anti-science bent will cause massive and avoidable hardship and pain. It is unconscionable.
The budget slashes spending on effective programs to prepare communities for disasters and help them recover. Many of them were begun after FEMA’s ineptitude contributed to the 1,800 deaths from Hurricane Katrina during the George W. Bush administration.
Besides cutting FEMA itself, the budget hits programs for rebuilding homes, hospitals and community facilities, for predicting and tracking extreme storms and for research and public outreach to help coastal communities prepare.
It cuts funding for development of an earthquake warning system — something already operating in parts of Mexico and other countries the president considers not-so-great.
In addition, the Trump administration has dropped standards imposed by the Obama administration to consider climate change when planning federal construction projects, such as elevating roads and structures in flood zones.
When Trump finally felt forced to comment on Puerto Rico last week, he mentioned in his first tweet that the territory owes money to “Wall Street and the banks” — as if this were a factor in helping citizens in danger.
The help on its way now should have been launched the day after Maria hit. It shouldn’t have taken tweets from, among others, Hillary Clinton to force the president to order a hospital ship to sail. He should have quickly allowed foreign ships to deliver supplies, as he’d done when Houston needed help.
Perhaps the Bay Area’s economic value to the nation would be seen as meriting swifter aid. But gutting disaster prevention and recovery programs will have effects far beyond the Trump administration.
Probably until there’s another Katrina.
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There is no doubt that the problem of dealing with the mentally ill is difficult for police and other first responders. Always has been, always will be. Can this help?
Response for Mentally Ill Suspects
—Authorities look for solutions, such as on-call, crisis-intervention teams that include clinicians—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Oct. 2, 2017
SAN JOSE — Jim Tourino watched helplessly as his 280-pound son, holding a knife above his head, charged at a San Jose police officer.
Staring at the 28-year-old mentally ill man coming toward him, the officer made a split-second decision: He fired his weapon, fatally wounding Tourino’s son.
Time after time, Joseph, in the throes of a violent mental breakdown, had been brought to psychiatric emergency rooms, but he always calmed down enough to avoid being admitted. On May 2, his breakdown unfolded not at a hospital, but in front of police outside the Tourino home on Mt. Frazier Drive.
“From (ages) 18 to 28, I tried to protect him,” Jim Tourino said. “I tried to protect society.”
This was the scene of a fatal shooting of a mentally
ill man by San Jose police on May 2.
With increasing frequency, police across the country are the first and last resort for situations involving mentally ill people. Those volatile encounters can quickly turn deadly: 1 in 4 officer-involved fatal shootings nationwide involve the mentally ill, according to one analysis. In San Jose, nearly a third of the officer-involved shootings over the past decade involved this group.
As the deadly encounters continue, police and county officials have begun looking for new solutions. San Jose’s officers already get crisis-intervention training to help them handle situations involving the mentally ill, but training can go only so far, they say. This year alone, six of the city’s eight police shootings have involved people with mental illness.
“The onus to deal with mental illness right now comes down to a police officer, and that is unfair,” San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “In a perfect world, a clinician responds rather than a police officer with 40 hours of (mental health) training.”
Answering that call is the primary aim of new programs from Santa Clara County, including on-call response teams featuring mental health clinicians who can answer resident and police calls. Two teams, based in East San Jose and South County, are expected to go live by November.
“When a local law enforcement officer gets a 911 call and it appears that person has behavioral health issues, we want that officer to contact our mobile-crisis team,” said Toni Tullys, director of the county behavioral health department.
For more serious calls, the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, set for a spring launch, will pair a licensed behavioral-health clinician and a crisis-trained law-enforcement officer. These ideas have garnered the support of police unions across the country.
According to a recent SJPD review of interactions with known mentally ill people, between mid-2012 and the end of 2016, city officers had repeat contacts with 5,800 people with known mental illness. Lt. Paul Spagnoli added that in 2016 alone, San Jose police referred 3,000 cases to the county’s psychiatric emergency room at Valley Medical Center.
San Jose police encounters with people with known mental illnesses or experiencing mental-health crises accounted for at least 31 percent of the 54 officer-involved shootings since 2009, according to department figures analyzed by this news organization.
That’s slightly less than the 40 percent estimated by the state and far less than San Francisco, which reported that during a recent nine-year period, 58 percent of the city’s police shootings involved mentally ill people.
“We see de-escalation as a silver bullet, but that is based on the understanding that you’re dealing with a rational person who will stop and listen to commands,” said Jim Dudley, a retired San Francisco police deputy chief and lecturer at San Francisco State University.
Vicki Showman welcomes the idea of having a clinician available in these tense encounters. Her daughter Diana was fatally shot by San Jose police in 2014, after approaching officers with a cordless drill painted black to resemble an Uzi, which she told 911 dispatchers she had.
“One of the frustrations we faced was we wanted our daughter in inpatient treatment,” Vicki Showman said. “We were told that when a crisis occurred, call 911. I would never call 911 again for any situation dealing with a mentally ill situation.”
She added: “Having someone less threatening who can offer creative solutions to whatever problem is occurring at the time could only help.”
Tullys said in October her department will open two new voluntary crisis residential programs — 15 beds apiece in San Jose and South County — that offer assessment, counseling, medication and therapy, and where the average stay would range from two to four weeks instead of the industry-standard 72-hour hold.
The agency is also unveiling an eight-bed crisis-stabilization facility in San Jose to provide immediate medical and psychiatric evaluation, treatment and monitoring for up to 24 hours to help the county’s emergency facilities.
“We’re trying to do things in the community to catch people before they need EPS,” Tullys said, referring to emergency psychiatric services, “and get people at a much earlier state.”
A couple of weeks before he was shot by police, Joseph Tourino tried to hang himself from a tree in his father’s front yard. Police had a history of responding to calls involving the son. But his father recalled just one instance when someone recommended long-term psychiatric care, and it was ultimately rejected.
Jim Showman said his daughter Diana was admitted twice to EPS at Valley Medical Center, but that each time she was released within 24 hours after calming down.
“It was understandable that they would let her be released,” Vicki Showman said, “but the underlying issues needed to be observed over time.”
“This is where a lot of tragedies happen,” said Kathy Forward, executive director of the Santa Clara County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “The flaw in the system is we wait for people to get so ill.”
The national police union push for more clinician help includes a legislative component to ease medical privacy restrictions so police and mental-health professionals can more readily share information and address one of Jim Tourino’s biggest frustrations: Different agencies had scattered pieces of his son’s profile.
“The biggest failure, in my thinking, was that we could not put a picture together to say, ‘This is going to happen if we don’t commit him,’ ” he said.
Jim Tourino is still looking for answers. He sympathizes with everyone who tried to help his son, every clinician, judge and police officer, including the one who shot Joseph.
“It’s not systemic to one piece,” he said. “The system itself is overworked, too, to the point where things fall through. When (Joseph) finally got to the point where he hanged himself, he should have never been back on the street.”
He added: “It should have been automatic. He has a history, we have time, let’s put him in a safe, highly managed environment while we do a real good evaluation and figure out what to do.”
Garcia said his officers need to go back to being a last resort in these situations.
“This is about what services are offered to an individual when they are 5150’d, and who tracks this individual,” he said, referring to when someone is put on a psychiatric hold. “And what services are there before they get to these moments of crisis.” It’s what Jim Tourino has been thinking for a while. But he knows it hinges not only on freeing up resources but a broad public commitment.
If not for his son, then someone else’s.
“I’ve got to believe that people like my son have a record,” he said. “Joseph is not a one-off.”
The San Jose Police Department must really be desperate for officers. I can't believe we sent a recruitment team three thousand miles in hopes of recruiting replacement officers. What could San Jose offer to make a potential recruit leave his home and relatives to come to San Jose? What would cause a qualified person not to join New York's finest? Is the San Jose Police Department scraping the bottom of the barrel? Is San Jose so desperate for recruits that the recruiters have to travel great distances and look under every rock in the hopes of finding someone willing to come to San Jose and become a Police Officer?
It is my understanding that most states east of the Mississippi are always looking for the brightest and best qualified to fill their ranks. The FBI, CIA, Secret Service as well as local, state and county departments would have first choice of recruitment. So why choose the San Jose Police Department?
San Jose no longer has high salaries or great retirements. San Jose almost has the highest cost in housing along with the highest cost of living in the U.S. San Jose also has one of the highest sales tax in the U.S. while California has the highest state income tax in the country. What sales pitch can be used to entice a well qualified person to join the San Jose Police Department?
Bay Areas police departments play musical chairs with qualified Police Officers. San Jose trains them, other departments pick off the best. As in the past, those who graduate from the San Jose Police Academy are free to choose other departments for employment. Who would expect an East Coast recruit to remain in San Jose?
It is my opinion that if we can't recruit in California there must be something really wrong with becoming a San Jose Police Officer. San Jose should find out what it would take to once again be the best and most sought after police department in the U.S. After all, we were once, and we should be the best police department in America again.
I was proud to be a San Jose Police Officer. Let's make the San Jose Police Department great again.
Bill Yarbrough <email@example.com>
We’re with you all the way, Bill. We even made you a hat that might help your cause. Something similar seemed to work for that guy who is always getting hammered by the media in the news…
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We didn’t think that Paul Gardner would mine us sharing this item that he posted on the 10-7ODSJ Facebook page on Oct. 1st. This is the first time we have seen Eric Lind since he retired and moved to the east coast a few decades ago...
An old friend has traveled out West to visit two of us who he taught how to sail. Eric Neil Lind mentored Paul Gardner and Gene Gaines years ago. Both Gene and I bought sailboats and sailed them for years. We have now learned that renting large expensive boats makes more sense in the long run, so we have sold our sailboats.
Eric now lives in North Carolina and still sails his Bristol 29.9 in the Atlantic. We were glad Eric was out here visiting relatives. We took him out for a sail the other day along with Damian Bortolotti, Will Montana and others on a 41 foot Beneteau.
Thank you Eric for all your experience sailing and rewarding Gene and I with the great adventures sailing provides.
Paul (Gardner) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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If you don’t feel safe in Fremont after you watch this video you can stay on our property. We have a guest cottage in the back that we are currently using to house our three Dobermans. It’s yours if you can find a way of moving the dogs out, but do be careful. They don’t take kindly to strangers.
Talking Points <email@example.com>
TP included THIS video news clip in his message. After watching it I wish he hadn’t.
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Following is a message that Lumpy sent to McDonald’s along with a cc to us…
Comment: I have been a loyal McDonald's customer for 40 years, but I will no longer be buying your products as long as you advertise with the NFL. I agree the players have a right to protest, but it is not appropriate to do so during the national anthem. It shows a lack of respect for our country and those who have served and continue to serve and protect our nation. Please consider another way to spend your advertising dollar.
Lumpy is working on letters to some of the other major corporations that advertise during NFL games. They all have “Contact” and/or “Customer Service” links on their websites. If you feel as strongly as Lumpy does about “Take a knee," go for it...
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Along similar lines…
I used the below listed information and number to leave my message and thoughts with Anheuser-Busch. It is a very well done phone system, easy and hopefully effective. Anheuser-Busch advertises during the NFL games and are major supporters of our military and veterans.
Perhaps you’ve heard that Anheuser-Busch is considering pulling their ads from the NFL because of disrespect to the American flag. They want to hear from the public. You can call 1-800-342-5283 to leave your comment. A brief recording will ask for your opinion of the NFL players showing disrespect for the flag and provide you with an opportunity to leave a brief message. It is very simple. Pass the phone # along to others.
Pete Guerin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Message: “I’m personally outraged by the NFL players and the league for allowing these BLM protests to take place when we are paying to watch a game, while at the same time insulting our flag and National Anthem. Protests are fine, but not on company time, and not as an insult to our Country and National Anthem.”
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Did you ever wonder if there was someone or something that looked like you? Enjoy these "look-a-likes!"
Thank you and Leroy for all the work and "love" you put into the Farsider. It is always a highlight of our week. I never forget my experiences at the PD and the special people I met there.
You two are the best!
Joanne (MacDougall) <email@example.com>
Click HERE to see more look-a-likes Joanne sent in from the animal kingdom
Thanks for the kind words, Joanne. Almost seems like yesterday when you, Leroy and I worked together to publish the Insider and the Watch Bulletin. Hard to believe it has actually been decades.
LATEST RETIREES’ ASSN. NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. Click HERE to view it.
IT’S “TIP-A-COP” TIME
NEXT WEDNESDAY IS CHAPLAIN BRIDGEN'S ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY
We should have mentioned when we closed last week’s Farsider that Andre Rieu and his orchestra will be performing at the SAP Center in San Jose on Oct. 24th, but it didn’t happen. We bad!
Click HERE for more info and/or to buy tickets.
NUMEROUS LAS VEGAS PICS PUBLISHED BY THE DAILY MAIL WEBSITE
It’s not unusual for the Daily Mail website in the UK to have the most coverage and largest number of photos of major disasters and attacks like the Las Vegas massacre. The link at the bottom of this item will take you to the following:
Vegas shooter's body is seen splayed on his hotel room floor next to assault rifles, ammo and a possible NOTE - as it's revealed he hid TWO cameras in a room service cart and his door's peep hole so he knew when SWAT was coming
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
• New photos show Vegas shooter's dead body on the floor of his hotel room after he committed suicide
• Next to his body are two assault rifles with bi-pods; one has a 'bump stock', making it effectively full-auto
• Something that looks like a note can be seen on a table, though police haven't mentioned finding one
• Dozens of spent shells litter the floor and in one corner magazines sit in neat stacks
• A hammer is also seen, which Paddock presumably used to smash open two windows in his suite
• It was from both of those vantage points that Paddock fired on a crowd of 22,000 attending a music festival
• He fired on the crowd for 9-11 minutes, killing at least 58 and injuring 527. His death brought the total to 59
• He put cameras in the peephole of his room's door and in a room service cart outside so he could see SWAT
• Cops blew open the door 72 minutes after his murder spree began and found Paddock had shot himself dead
• They are still not sure why the multimillionaire gambling addict would have opened fire on random people
• He had no criminal record, though in the two weeks prior to his death he carried out several large-figure bets
• In the week before he died, he also wired $100,000 to an account in his girlfriend's native Philippines
• Girlfriend Marilou Danley is back to being a person of interest and is en route back to the U.S. for questioning
James Wilkinson and Ashley Collman
For Dailymail.com and Reuters and Associated Press
Published: 3 October 2017 — Updated: 4 October 2017
Click HERE to access the article.
COULD IT BE TRUE? DID THE RAIDERS THROW THE GAME OVER THE “TAKE A KNEE ISSUE?”
The item below is finding its way onto Facebook and into numerous inboxes, and it’s backed up by some websites. Could it be true? Did the Raiders throw the game to punish its quarterback who refused to kneel for the National Anthem? Without a snitch, of course, the charge would be next to impossible to prove...
A new report from The Armstrong and Getty Radio Show (KGO Radio 810 M-F 6 to 10 a.m.) has sent shockwaves throughout the sports world after it was claimed that members of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may have purposefully allowed their star quarterback to get sacked multiple times after he refused to kneel during the National Anthem.
If true, this would essentially mean that an NFL football game was illegally thrown over anger that one of the team's star white players did not believe that kneeling during the nation’s anthem was the correct way to protest supposed racial injustice in America. In other words, an epic level scandal.
Click HERE if you want to hear A&G articulate
the charge that the Raiders threw the game.
During the anthem, virtually the entire team was seen kneeling other than the team’s coaches and star quarterback, Derek Carr. Unfortunately, this may have not set well with the team’s offensive line as they were apparently the players who spearheaded the entire idea to kneel as a team in the first place.
“This is one hell of a scandal with the NFL, could ruin the whole league,” claimed the show before detailing the fact that Carr was sacked two times in a row on the team’s second drive, and that the team’s usually dependable center snapped the ball at the wrong time in three different instances. Extremely capable receivers also made multiple “weird” drops of passes thrown by Carr that T.V. announcers noted at the time.
The radio show then revealed bombshell “insider information” from an “extremely reliable” source who claimed that members of the Oakland Raiders did indeed throw the game as a sort of punishment for Carr choosing to not use the National Anthem to make a political statement.
“He wants to stand alone, he can stand alone on the field,” one of the team’s offensive linemen said, according to the show’s source. Keep in mind, the offensive line is literally comprised of the guys whose job it is to protect the quarterback, in this case the star player who didn’t kneel.
Amazingly, the circumstantial (and possible direct) proof didn’t end there as the show then claimed that this same source also revealed that a local team reporter got wind of the story and asked a team official for comment. What he was apparently told in response has all the hallmarks of a team trying to cover up a major scandal.
“If you report on this, you will be blackballed, you will not get access to the Raiders period,” the reporter was supposedly told. “Your career covering the team will be over.”
While there are obviously major legal and ethical issues if this is true, it also paints a sad picture of a football league divided by a political and media establishment all too happy to cause as much racial divide in the country as possible. For as long as Americans focus on differences between each other, the global elites power remains completely unthreatened.
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The Armstrong and Getty Radio Show isn’t the only media source speculating on this would-be scandal. The following links will take you to some sites that also discuss the issue:
FOOTBALL JERSEYS SWITCHED AFTER CHARGES OF RACISM
Kaepernick and Lynch Jerseys Used as Doormats at Missouri Bar, Owner Accused of Racism
Fox News — Sept. 28, 2017
A bar in Missouri is taking heat for using the jerseys of Lynch (24) and Kaepernick (7) as doormats
A Missouri bar is facing a wave of backlash online after using the jerseys of Colin Kaepernick and Marshawn Lynch as doormats at the business’ entrance.
The SNAFU Bar in Lake Ozark is being called racist after placing the two NFL jerseys in front of the establishment's doorway, in an order that reads “Lynch Kaepernick.”
Jason Burle, the owner of the bar, told KOMU he didn't intentionally place the doormats on the ground in that order, but that he did decide to use the jerseys as doormats because he doesn’t agree with the NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice.
Burle told KOMU “it’s not a race thing,” but many people are outraged by the display, claiming the arrangement of the jerseys was in bad taste.
Taylor Sloan, who saw the jerseys outside SNAFU, complained on the bar’s Facebook page about the uncomfortable word association.
The exchange between Sloan and the bar became heated, with Sloan accusing Burle of using the “faux guise” of patriotism to espouse “hate, violence and American racism.” He also said he didn’t believe Burle saw a problem with how the jerseys were arranged, Fox59 reports.
Regardless of accusations, Burle stood by the display because the NFL protests angered him. He said they’re his way of standing up for himself and his family who served in the military.
“A lot of us military folks take that personal to heart," Burle said.
SNAFU was started as a way to give back to military veterans, says Burle. "We give discounts to veterans, we have a hall of heroes inside. We have flags that have flown overseas mounted inside."
After being called out by Sloan over the jersey placement, Burle sent a picture to KOMU Tuesday showing they had been switched so the Kaepernick jersey is on the left and Lynch on the right.
HAS BELLARMINE FALLEN VICTIM TO THE TAKE-A-KNEE VIRUS?
Reactions are Divided After Bellarmine Athletes Take a Knee
By Ramona Giwargis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Oct. 1, 2017
SAN JOSE — A day after a group of players on Bellarmine College Prep’s football team took a knee during the national anthem, opinions on the stunning student protest were as divided as the team itself.
While some criticized the students on social media for imitating NFL players and said the move disrespected American values, Vicki Hagberg said she couldn’t be prouder of her 16-year-old son, Ryan, who was one of roughly a dozen players who knelt during the anthem Friday night before the game. against Junipero Serra High at San Jose City College. Serra won, 48-0.
group of Bellarmine College Prep football players,
Hale (52), kneel for the national anthem before Bellarmine played
Junipero Serra High School at San Jose City College on Friday night.
“We’re in a situation right now with our current political climate that contributes to this divisive community,” said Hagberg, an African-American woman who is married to a white man. “People are afraid to speak for themselves nowadays. I feel like he spoke up for himself and for other people who were overlooked or treated unfairly.”
In a letter to the Bellarmine community, the athletes said they hoped the “peaceful protest” would show their “dissatisfaction with our society’s failure to uphold the values of justice, equality, and peace, and start constructive dialogue in our community.”
The students said they kneeled in support of marginalized groups such as minorities, women, immigrants and members of the LGBT community.
Vicki Hagberg’s husband, Joel, agreed that the protest was about social justice and shining a light on racial inequalities. He drew a contrast between President Donald Trump’s reaction to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and his sharp criticism last weekend of NFL players who have knelt during the anthem.
After white supremacists clashed with counter- protesters at an August rally in Charlottesville, Trump didn’t immediately denounce the violence and said “both sides” were to blame.
“It’s shocking to me to see him come out against a peaceful protest and then dance around the issue of race when it comes to what happened in Charlottesville,” Hagberg said. “This is about race and equality. It’s about how people are treated in this country.”
Ryan Hagberg said he wanted to kneel because he’s personally experienced racism. When he was 13, he stopped in front of someone’s house in his San Jose neighborhood to catch his breath while jogging — until the homeowner came out and yelled for him to get off his property.
“It was an older white man and I could tell he thought I was going to do something to him,” Hagberg said. “It happens tome a lot. Some people say racism doesn’t exist in America. I think it’s alive and it’s a problem that isn’t addressed enough.”
But many South Bay residents don’t see it that way. Some said the students at the school are simply mimicking the actions of ex-49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who started the protest more than a year ago— without thinking for themselves. Others said their actions disrespected the American flag.
Following Kaepernick’s lead, some scattered protests occurred at Bay Area schools such as San Mateo’s Serra High and Mission High School in San Francisco. But Trump’s attacks on protesting NFL players last weekend have now spurred a resurgence of kneeling during the anthem at football games. In Brentwood on Friday, Liberty High’s Michael Cole III took a knee before his team’s game against rival Heritage.
One Bay Area man took aim at Mike Janda, Bellarmine’s football coach— and demanded that he be fired.
“Your lack of leadership to direct the team you coach is disgusting. To allow those young men to kneel and demean our country is a total denial of your role as a coach,” Philip La Scola said in an email to Janda on Saturday. “Any player who I coached who wanted to kneel during the playing of the national anthem would immediately be told you either stand or you go to the locker room; you will not be playing today.”
La Scola — a Livermore resident and retired accountant who has three nephews who graduated from Bellarmine — said he stands by his comments.
“I think young people are being influenced by what they see on the professional level,” he said. “A lot of these kids are very impressionable.”
Despite the criticism, Janda said Saturday that he supports his students’ decision to kneel. He said the team had extensive discussions with school administrators before joining the protest.
“There was a lot of thought, preparation and discussion that went into this. It didn’t happen all of a sudden,” Janda said. “I’m their coach and I support both the players that knelt and the ones who chose not to. Their cause is one of justice and equality for all — and that’s what our school stands for.”
The students said in the letter to the Bellarmine community that the protest aligned with the Jesuit school’s values.
“As students of a Jesuit institution,” the letter said, “we are taught to be men for and with others and to seek justice and truth.”
Jonathan Hale, 17, a senior who chose to kneel on Friday night, said he’s gotten overwhelming feedback through social media on his decision — including some negative messages — but he doesn’t regret taking part in the protest.
“They’re saying we’re not speaking for ourselves, we’re spoiled, entitled, or we’re just doing this to get attention,” Hale said. “But we wanted to protest against the injustice to marginalized groups in our country. It’s only strengthened my resolve to do it again.”
WHILE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY
Entire High School Football Team Runs Onto Field with American Flags
By Todd Starnes
Fox News — Sept. 29, 2017
A Georgia high school football team ran onto the field Friday night waving American flags.
The National Football League could learn a lesson about patriotism from the Fannin County High School Rebels in Georgia.
At the start of Friday night's football game the ENTIRE team ran onto the field waving American flags. A number of people in attendance at the game sent us photos and videos of the incredibly patriotic moment.
Supt. Michael Gwatney told WSB-TV the flags were meant to show support for veterans and active duty military personnel.
“It was an awesome and unifying moment for the audiences on both sides of our stadium and reminded us that no matter what team we support, we are all Americans,” he told the television station.
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IS THIS A CASE OF WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER?
Chicago Police Officer Faces Discipline for Standing for America
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 29, 2017
A Chicago police officer is being disciplined for a photo of him
standing and making a political statement while in uniform.
Three Chicago Officers Disciplined
Chicago, IL – A Chicago police officer was disciplined after showing support for the American flag, the national anthem, President Trump, and the Second Amendment.
The officer, whose name was not released, is shown in the photo standing in front of a Chicago police SUV, in uniform, holding an American flag, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A poster is shown on display in front of him, which has the following messages: “I stand for the anthem,” “I love the American flag” and “I support my president and the 2nd Amendment.” The officer received a formal reprimand from the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday, September 27. On Facebook, It was under another message that read “2 sides to a story”.
This officer’s discipline came just two days after two Chicago officers in full uniform were reprimanded for posing in a photo that has since gone viral. In that photo, the two officers were kneeling and raising their fist inside a police station, with an “activist” in the middle.
The kneeling was in support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protest of kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Kaepernick has said that his protests were for police brutality and racial injustice.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that all three officers were given reprimands in violation of department rules that forbids them from participation in any ‘partisan political campaign or activity while on duty.’ He said that it’s among the least severe discipline that an officer can face.
Chicago Code Blue, a pro-law enforcement group, shared the picture of the Chicago police officer with the flag on its Facebook page on Wednesday, with a caption that read “We commend you for your courage. Will the mayor? That’s the question”.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that he wants ‘rank-and-file’ officers to try to mend the gap between Chicago residents and the police. He said that the the two black officers had the right idea but went about it the wrong way.
Mayor Emanuel added that he saw the kneeling photo a positive thing, because an activist felt comfortable enough with the officers to ask them to kneel.
That same activist blasted “European” officers for not kneeling.
In the end, all three of these officers took these photos knowing that they faced discipline and were violating department policies.
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HERE’S A RULING THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD OVERTURN
Federal Judge Rules Black Lives Matter Can’t Ever Be Sued – Dismisses Cop’s Lawsuit
Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 29, 2017
Baton Rouge, LA – A federal judge threw out a police officer’s lawsuits against Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson on Thursday, September 28.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson dismissed the officer’s lawsuit against Black Lives Matter, and said that it is “not an entity capable of being sued.”
He also dismissed the officer’s lawsuit against Mckesson, and said that Mckesson was “solely engaged in free speech” as evident by the officer’s claims.
The lawsuits were filed by an anonymous police officer who was injured by a rock thrown during a violent protest, according to AP News. The protest and rioting occurred after the officer-involved shooting and death of Alton Sterling, and was led by Mckesson.
In a 24-page ruling, Judge Jackson said, “Although many entities have utilized the phrase ‘black lives matter’ in their titles or business designations, ‘Black Lives Matter’ itself is not an entity of any sort.”
Donna Grodner, the officer’s attorney, had argued in a previous hearing that Black Lives Matter was liable. She said, “It’s organized. They have meetings. They solicit money. They have national chapters. This shows a level of national organization.”
In response to the judge’s ruling, Mckesson, who lives in Baltimore, said, “It’s clear that I did nothing wrong that day and that the police were the only violent people in the streets. The movement began as a call to end violence and that call remains the same today.”
Considering that the officer who was suing him was hurt during a riot, Mckesson’s statements are clearly false.
In his lawsuit, the officer had also included #BlackLivesMatter as a defendant, and described it as a “national unincorporated association” based out of California.
Judge Jackson also said that a ‘hashtag’ cannot be sued. He said, “For reasons that should be obvious, a hashtag – which is an expression that categorizes or classifies a person’s thought – is not a ‘juridical person’ and therefore lacks the capacity to be sued.”
The officer had sued anonymously “for his protection.” He is referred to as ‘Officer John Doe’ in the lawsuit.
The July, 2016 sniper attack where five Dallas police officers were assassinated and the murder 10 days later of three Baton Rouge police officers were reasons given for the officer’s anonymity.
In the officer’s lawsuit, Mckesson is not named as the individual who threw the rock at the officer, that caused injuries to his jaw and teeth, but as the individual who “incited the violence, and was “in charge of the protest,” after he was seen and heard giving orders to the crowd.
Mckesson was one of nearly 200 protesters who were arrested by Baton Rouge police officers after Sterling’s death. His charge of obstructing a highway was dismissed by the prosecutor, along with charges for about 100 others.
The prosecutor had enough evidence to charge them, but used their prosecutorial discretion to not charge the rioters.
A separate lawsuit filed by Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, against Black Lives Matter and Mckesson was dismissed on June 2. A judge ruled then that the plaintiffs could provide no support for their “proposition” that Black Lives Matter was an entity. All claims filed by Klayman against Black Lives Matter and Mckesson have either been dismissed or withdrawn.
The “Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization” (as they call themselves on their website) was founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, who accept donations through a non-profit, called Thousand Currents.
Thousand Currents is able to accept the money as a tax-deductible donation, and then give the money to individuals associated with Black Lives Matter without requiring them to form an actual business or non-profit entity themselves. Therefore, they can operate as a well-funded organization without actually forming a legal entity.
It appears that their method of operation allows them to call themselves an organization, but on paper they don’t exist, so they are immune to lawsuits, according to the judge.
Judge Brian Jackson, an Obama appointee
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AS A CHIEF SHE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WOULD HAPPEN
Calls for Director of Michigan State Police to be Fired After She Posted Meme Criticizing NFL
Blue Lives Matter — Sept, 27, 2017
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue Apologizes For Sharing Meme
Lansing, Michigan – The director of the Michigan State Police apologized Tuesday for sharing a Facebook meme that was critical of athletes who have participated in the NFL’s national anthem protests.
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue shared a “We the People” meme on Facebook that said athletes that kneel during the national anthem are “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans” and “a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, the director of the Michigan State Police, posted a meme on Facebook critical of athletes that protest the national anthem and now some are saying she should be fired.
That meme states:
We will not support millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our Armed Forces and Veterans. Who wins a football game has ZERO impact on our lives. Who fights for and defends our nation has EVERY impact on our lives. We stand with the Heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.
(Signed) We The People
Col. Etue posted her apology on the Michigan State Police’s Facebook page.
“It was a mistake to share this message on Facebook and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended,” she wrote. “I will continue my focus on unity at the Michigan State Police and in communities across Michigan.”
Col. Etue’s post was criticized by the ACLU for exercising her free speech.
“It is the sworn duty of the State Police Director to uphold the Constitution which protects all people in this State and to demonstrate respect for those principles,” said Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, on her Facebook wall.
“She undermines her own position and the trust of the community with these remarks and utter disregard of the people she represents.”
And organization called The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality called for Col. Etue to be fired, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“Etue’s words simply reflect the continued racist actions of the Michigan State Police, both in how they treat our citizens and in how their hiring demographics fail to even approach equity,” coalition spokesman Kenneth Reed said in a news release.
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WERE OR ARE YOU A FAN OF THE FORMER HOST OF THE “NO SPIN ZONE?”
We’ll tease you fans of Bill O’Reilly with the first three paragraphs of this Newsmax article. If it piques your interest you can click HERE and read the rest of it.
O'Reilly's Accuser Arrested for False Allegation of Crime
A 2015 arrest by Detroit police of a key accuser of Bill O'Reilly for giving a false report of a crime has raised serious doubts as to her credibility.
In April, O'Reilly was fired from Fox News shortly after Perquita Burgess claimed the host made sexually suggestive comments to her, including calling her "hot chocolate."
Burgess worked at Fox News for several weeks in 2008 as a clerical temp.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
sees a psychiatrist
"Doc," he said, "I've got trouble. Every time I get into bed, I think there's somebody under it. You gotta help me, I'm going crazy!"
Just put yourself in my hands for two years," said the shrink. "Come to me three times a week, and I'll cure your fears."
How much do you charge?"
A hundred dollars per visit."
I'll sleep on it," said Bob.
Six months later the doctor met Bob on the street.
"Why didn't you ever come to see me again?" asked the psychiatrist.
"For a hundred bucks a visit? Not me. I told my story to a bartender and he cured me after 3 beers."
"Is that so? How?"
"He told me to cut the legs off the bed!"
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This is an oldie but goodie that the late Doug Wright thought was amusing enough for the May 26, 2006 Farsider...
A 6-year-old and a 4-year-old were upstairs in their bedroom.
"You know what?" said the 6-year old. "I think it's about time we started cussing."
The 4-year old nodded his head in approval.
The 6-year old continued, "When we go downstairs for breakfast, I'm gonna say something with hell in it and you say something with ass."
With enthusiasm, the 4-year-old nodded his head again, and he and his brother went downstairs and sat down at the kitchen table.
Moments later the mother walked in and asked the 6-year-old what he wanted for breakfast?
"Aw, hell, Mom," he said, "I guess I'll have some Cheerios."
WHACK! The 6-year-old flew out of his chair, tumbled across the kitchen floor, got up on his feet and ran upstairs crying his eyes out with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear with every step.
His Mom locked him in his room and shouted, "You can stay there until I let you out!"
She then came back downstairs, looked at the 4-year old and asked with a stern voice, "And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?"
"I don't know," he blubbered, "but you can bet your sweet ass it won't be Cheerios!"
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and Good Grammar
Received from Tom McCready
On his 70th birthday, a man was given a gift certificate from his wife.
The certificate was for consultation with an Indian medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumored to have a simple cure for erectile dysfunction!
The husband went to the reservation and saw the medicine man.
The old Indian gave him a potion, and with a grip on his shoulder he warned, “This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say '1-2-3.' When you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life, and you can perform for as long as you want."
The man thanked the old Indian. As he walked away, he turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?"
"Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,' “he responded, "but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."
The 70-year-old was eager to see if it worked, so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine and invited his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes and said, "1-2-3." He instantly became the manliest of men. As his wife got excited and began throwing off her clothes, she asked, "What was the 1-2-3 for?"
And that, friends, is why you should never end a sentence with a preposition. If you do, you could wind up with a dangling participle.
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your hand if you can relate:
If my body was
a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer
model. I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is
getting a little dull, but that's not the worst of it. My headlights are out of
focus and it's especially hard to see things up close. My traction is not as
graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in
the best of weather. My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins. It takes me
hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel burns inefficiently. But the worst
part is, almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter, either my radiator leaks
or my exhaust backfires!
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
a/k/a Cookies for our Anti-Trump readers...
Sept. 27 — Oct. 2
Sept 27: President Trump has finally addressed the situation in Puerto Rico, and he said that he'll travel there on Tuesday. Trump said he's bringing lots of supplies — in case he gets bored or hungry on the flight over. "I need a coloring book! My binky!"
Trump's tax plan came out today, and it will significantly help wealthy people with children. Then Kim, Kylie and Khloe were like, "Ka-ching!"
Paul Ryan said that the tax plan will let people file their taxes on a postcard. Cuz if there's one group you can count on to fix the IRS, it's the Post Office.
Last night, a Republican named Luther Strange lost Alabama Senate primary. So now, "Luther Strange" will go back to his old job — a villain in a Batman comic.
Saudi Arabia just announced they will let women drive. Women say that they're excited, and can't wait to drive straight out of Saudi Arabia.
Sept. 28: This week, President Trump unveiled his new tax code, and he said that it will be “simpler to understand.” When asked how simple, he said, “Even I can understand it.”
I saw that yesterday, a little girl wore a pantsuit to Hillary Clinton’s book signing in New York. Hillary was like, “That is so sweet... now are you gonna buy a book or not?”
A musical based on Cher’s life will come to Broadway next year. But I dunno — what are the chances you’re gonna find people who like both Cher AND Broadway musicals?
A woman in Colorado says that after someone hit her car, they left an apology note, and half a joint. It got weirder when he came back later and said, “Did I accidentally leave my apology note here?”
A 45-foot-tall statue of a nude woman will be placed next to the Washington Monument. Which explains why the Washington Monument is like, “Think about baseball, think about baseball, think about baseball.
Sept 27: There are rumors that NFL legend Peyton Manning may run for Senate. Experts say there's no way that mixing the NFL and politics could possibly go wrong.
The winner of the Alabama Senate primary, Roy Moore, once equated homosexuality to having sex with a cow. Moore went on to say, "However, I also have some criticisms of it."
President Trump says his new tax plan would greatly simplify the U.S. tax code. It would divide everyone into two brackets: "taxpayers" and "President Trump."
It's been reported that morale is low among the Taliban. You know things are bad when THEY are too depressed to go to work.
Khloé Kardashian is reportedly pregnant. Khloe said she doesn't care if it's a boy or a girl just as long as it has over one million Instagram followers.
Sept. 28: Researchers say they may have figured out how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza. What they haven’t figured out is how the ancient Egyptians got Mexico to pay for it.
The other day in Australia, a wedding took place inside a Costco. Because it was Costco, the groom came home with 12 brides.
San Diego has started building a border wall. Not to keep out immigrants, but to keep the LA Chargers from coming back.
In Britain, a group of hikers had to be rescued from the country’s highest peak because they were too stoned to walk. The hikers were thousands of feet high, and then they started climbing the mountain.
In China, for the first time ever, a robot performed dental surgery without human assistance. Everyone was excited until they remembered that the robot was just supposed to vacuum the living room.
Sept. 27: Yesterday Twitter started testing a brand new feature to let some users post tweets with 280 character limits, which is twice the amount that is currently allowed. Yeah, cuz that was a big problem with Twitter — the angry unhinged rants from the president simply weren't long enough.
When he heard about this Ted Cruz said 280 characters, big deal. Let me know when you can like a porn video without the rest of the world knowing about it.
Two hundred and eighty characters. Can you imagine, 280 characters or, as Eddie Murphy calls it, one movie.
In political news, Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange lost in a special Republican runoff election yesterday. Now Luther Strange had been heavily endorsed by Donald Trump, particularly on Twitter. So of course, now that he lost, Trump has deleted all of those tweets. Trump hasn't dumped anyone that fast since his last wife… and his last communications director… and his daughter, Tiffany.
Luther Strange lost to a crazy populist candidate who actually pulled out a pistol on stage at his campaign rally earlier this week. Now, technically, it's still not clear if Luther Strange lost to that guy or just surrendered to him.
It was revealed that Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner apparently checked the wrong box on his voter registration form in New York and is registered as a female voter. We have a guy making important decisions in the White House who filled out a form and thought sex was a trick question. He's like, "You are not fooling me, I like ladies."
Monday it came out that Jared Kushner used private emails in his White House job. Today we learn he's registered in New York as a woman. Do you guys realize what this means? Jared Kushner is Hillary Clinton.
Sept. 27: President Trump tweeted this morning as part of one of his paranoid anti-media rants saying, "Virtually no president has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first nine months." He's right, no president has ever accomplished what he's accomplished. After nine short months we have more nuclear weapons pointed at us than ever before in the history of the United States.
The president is overcompensating a bit because he had a rough day yesterday. A candidate he worked very hard to endorse in Alabama lost his election. Senator Luther Strange lost his Republican primary runoff to Roy Moore by 10 points, which was very disappointing to the president. Usually when Trump goes all-in on a loser it's a casino with his name on it.
It was an embarrassing blow to his ego. He even went so far as to do something he never does, he deleted three tweets today, where he bragged about how well Luther Strange was doing because of his endorsement.
Roy Moore actually called for outlawing homosexuality and pulled a handgun on stage at a campaign rally. So, of course, Donald Trump today tweeted, "He sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race."
Sept. 28: Congratulations are in order for Khloe Kardashian, who reportedly has a baby in her. Khloe isn’t the only one in the family expecting. Her younger sister Kylie is pregnant, her older sister Kim is having a baby with a surrogate. It’s interesting, right? Three major hurricanes this month, three new Kardashians. There has to be a connection.
Of course no one is more excited than grandma Kris Jenner, who is about to sign three new clients.
I have to say, trying to keep up with President Trump every day has made me appreciate how easy it was to keep up with the Kardashians. They get married, they break up, they find a new rapper or basketball player, they have a kid, they post it to Instagram. It’s very straightforward.
Russia and the United States, with all that’s happening between us right now, have announced an agreement to team up to build a space station on the moon. Although I should say the Russians are calling it a space station; for some reason the White House keeps referring to it as a golf resort/casino.
Sept. 27: According to CNN, after the candidate he was backing for the Alabama special Senate election lost, President Trump was quote, "pissed and embarrassed." Incidentally, "pissed and embarrassed" is also the title of his Russian hotel tape.
While discussing the corporate tax rate today, President Trump said that "20" is his ideal number and he is "not negotiating that number." Which is the same thing he says when he orders chicken McNuggets.
A new study has determined that people in relationships can detect infidelity in their partner's voice. Especially when their voice says, "You're home early!"
It was reported today that Justin Timberlake may perform at the Super Bowl in February. And that the Jets will not.
Sept. 28: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today said there isn’t anything to clarify about Trump’s position on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, because the issue is, quote, “pretty black and white.” And then she winked so hard, her podium fell over.
Democrats are reportedly hopeful that controversial judge Roy Moore’s Republican primary victory in Alabama may boost their chances for a competitive Senate race in the state. In a related story, Wile E. Coyote says he really feels like he has a shot this time.
Police discovered over 3,000 pounds of marijuana in a car in Colorado after the owner admitted, quote, “It’s just a little, I can throw it out.”
Fast-food chain Arby’s is serving a limited-edition Cookie Butter Milkshake. And any customers who order it will also be limited-edition.
A woman in Italy recently married herself in a ceremony that included a three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids, and 70 guests. Did I say guests? I meant cats. 70 cats.
Oct. 2: President Trump today hosted the prime minister of Thailand at the White House. When asked “Where’s Thailand?” Trump said, “Usually about four inches below my belt.”
In a new interview, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he thinks President Trump’s heart is in the right place on race relations. Oh, sorry, I misread that — his heart is in the WHITE place.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will speak at a rally tomorrow against gerrymandering. Admission is free, but I would still pay $1,000 just to hear him say “gerrymandering.”
According to reports, the bakery based on the series “The Hunger Games” is expected to open in Times Square. Even worse: the new “50 Shades of Build-a-Bear.”
Today was World No Alcohol Day. “Robitussin it is,” said Steve Bannon.
Sept. 27: Today was a huge day for President Trump. In an attempt to get everybody to forget about his recent big failures, he unveiled his next big failure: tax reform. For those of you who think Trump's new tax plan is full of cuts for the wealthy and big corporations, well, yes. But, like any good reality TV star, Trump insists he's here for all the right reasons.
Trump could really use a win right now because things have not been going his way by any measure. The latest is the Alabama GOP Senate primary. Trump tweeted his support for Luther Strange. He did robocalls, held a rally for him. He went all in! Well, remember how Trump predicted we'd get tired of winning? Well, I think he's already there because he lost, badly. A spanking, really.
White House aides say the president is "embarrassed and pissed." Which coincidentally is replacing "In God We Trust" on all U.S. currency.
Oct. 2: As commander in chief, President Trump has nearly unlimited power to wage war at his fingertips — and that’s just Twitter.
This weekend, he launched an asymmetrical tweet assault against the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz. Here’s how it started: In response about the administration’s relief efforts, on Thursday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said this: “It is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place.” You know you work for the Trump administration when one of the worst disasters in history seems like a good news story to you.
And that first tweet was just the tip of the douche-berg. Because he sent out 20 tweets about Puerto Rico this weekend. He continued: “Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” Yes, Trump is blaming the victim. “I like islands that weren’t hit by a hurricane, OK? That’s what I like.”
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It’s pretty clear to us that you won’t find anyone on the planet who has done a better job of mastering a motorcycle than this guy. Click HERE and see if you agree. (4:00)
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Here is a grisly scene you don’t see everyday. Watch how the upper torso (above the seatbelt) of this stunt pilot is ejected from his open cockpit biplane when he crashes upon landing. To save yourself some time, use your mouse to MOVE the cursor to the 5-minute mark. (6:13)
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These three are back, and this time they have been abducted by aliens and are telling the Pentagon about THEIR experiences. (6:20)
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We think this clip is funny, but is worth watching several times as PBA President Dave Wysuph professes to have done. It must not take much to tickle his funny bone. What do YOU think? (1:51)
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This contribution from Eva Howsmon takes us back to a much more innocent and gentler time. It’s a shame that those of us who would like to go back and VISIT for a period of time cannot do so. (5:47)
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We don’t like to dispense medical advice because of liability issues, but THIS clip could prove helpful if you or someone you know suffers from asthma. (1:04)
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Mirror Spotted on eBay
Last bid: $125,000
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This first HOPE FOR PAWS story is about a severely matted poodle that gets rescued and makes a transformation of a lifetime! (4:02)
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Our second Hope for Paws story this week is about the rescue of a little blind dog. if you will pardon the pun, it's a MUST see. (3:40)
a happy update on little Fiona, click HERE.
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Looking for a post retirement job that will keep you in shape while putting some dough in your pocket? Think about becoming a professional dog WALKER. (0:19)
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Stanley Roberts of “People Behaving Badly” (KRON 4) and his cameraman captured these moments of the CHP enforcing the Vehicle Code on Hwy 17. Kudos to these traffic officers who manage to run up and down the mountain for HOURS at a time without going nuts! (2:27)
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We felt the need to temporarily get away from the constant reporting about the Las Vegas massacre, so we chose as this week’s closer a couple of clips that usually lift our spirits when things are dark and grim.
You may recall that one of the original flash mobs took place at the Central Rail Station in Antwerp (Belgium) in 2009 and that it paid homage to the song “Do Re Mi” from the “Sound of Music.” (There’s a link to it below if you missed it or want to see it again.)
The Central Station was the venue again last year when young folks packed the building and broke into dance to the music of “Grease.” Clicking HERE will give you a front row seat to the performance. (4:14)
And a click HERE will transport you back eight years to the original “Do Re Mi” flash mob. (4:14)
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Have a good week.
Pic of the Week
common that when people die their family and friends often say, “He has
gone on to a better place.” We will wager that no one has said that about Hefner.
P.S. That gal I circled in the back row looks very familiar, and I'm
99 percent sure I used to date her before she became a Playmate!
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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