Oct. 6, 2016

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its website solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.

 

RETIRED SERGEANT BILL PHELAN


(No photo available)

Badge 1118
Born Nov. 25, 1938 (77)
Appointed Sept. 1960
Retired March 1994
Died June 7, 2016


Notification of Bill’s passing closely coincided with the fatal on-duty motorcycle accident that took the life of Officer Michael Katherman on June 14.. Unfortunately, Mike’s line-of-duty death overshadowed Bill’s and we inadvertently overlooked publishing his obituary. We regret the oversight. Bill’s obituary (below) appeared in the Mercury News and the San Mateo Co. Times on June 19th.

William D. Phelan
Nov. 25, 1938 — June 7, 2016
A Resident of San Jose


Dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather passed away in Palm Springs surrounded by his loving wife and three sons.

Born and raised in San Francisco, attended San Jose State Police School while working part time as a Park Ranger at Stevens Creek Reservoir where he met his wife Geri "the love of his life" married 56 years with three sons Steve (Linda), Dan (Beverly), Ken (Vickie). Joined the San Jose Police Department in 1960 retired after 33 1/2 years. Greatest interest a licensed pilot flying his own Cessna and sharing adventures with his family and friends.

A funeral mass will be held June 21, 2016 at 10:00am at St. Christopher Church, 1576 Curtner Ave, San Jose then proceed to Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Rd. San Jose, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Society of Sacred Heart, 140 Valparaiso Ave Atherton or Parkinson Institute.

Click HERE to view the online memorial for Bill



RETIRED CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST MAY PARLEE



I.D. No. 677N
Born April 8, 1938 (78)
Appointed Oct. 11, 1988
Retired April 26, 1996
Died Sept. 27, 2016

Celebration of Life:
Saturday, Oct. 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Saratoga Prospect Center, 19848 Prospect Rd., Saratoga

 

Oct. 2nd

Bill,

A friend of ours said that May Parlee worked for SJPD in “Community Safety" (I'm thinking over in the building where the Reserves, Crossing Guards, etc. were located). She was a paid employee, not a volunteer. She was a 78-year-old retiree who passed away suddenly after seeing a doctor for a week or so. Our friend is Lark Suits, 408-378-5410. She thought the notice should be put in the Farsider. I'll let you take it from there.

Thanks,

Aubrey Parrott
<aparrottsj@yahoo.com>

May was a Farsider subscriber, and I was able to make contact with her son through the info Bird provided in his message.

Hi Bill,

I am Jim Parlee, the son of Retired Crime Prevention Specialist May Parlee, who worked for the SJPD from Oct. 11, 1988 to April 26, 1996. Her badge number was 677N.

My mom passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 78 years old (April 8, 1938 — Sept. 27, 2016).

Post-retirement, she continued to follow the news of the SJPD and its officers. She also continued to listen to her police scanner up to three weeks before her passing, with an emphasis on finding out what was going on in District Nora, which she represented (along with District Sam) while she was working in Crime Prevention.

I have attached a jpg image of my Mom's civilian ID card with this e-mail.

There will be a Celebration of Life service for my Mom on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at the Saratoga Prospect Center, 19848 Prospect Road, Saratoga.

I am working on my Mom's obituary. It should appear in the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday.

If you have any questions, please let me or my Mom's supervisor, Mary Ellen Bray, know.

Thank you.

Jim Parlee

 

May’s obituary from yesterday’s (Oct. 5th) Mercury News…

May Parlee



Apr. 8, 1938 — Sept. 27, 2016
Resident of Cupertino


May Parlee, 78, passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

May was born in New York and moved to Newington, Connecticut at a young age. In 1982, she moved to San Jose, where she worked a variety of jobs until 1988, when she was hired as a Crime Prevention Specialist for the San Jose Police Department.

May worked for the SJPD until 1996. Afterwards, she worked for Ernest Giachetti, DDS until she retired.

May is survived by her son Jim; sister Helen Morris; and nine nephews and nieces living in Campbell, Connecticut, Georgia, and North Carolina.

A Celebration of May’s Life will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, October 8, at the Saratoga Prospect Center, 19848 Prospect Road, Saratoga.

The California Cremation Society in San Jose is fulfilling May’s wishes for cremation.


DEWEY MOORE


We have not been advised of a service for Dewey Moore as of press time. When the information becomes available we will immediately pass it along.

SJPOA NEWS



Oct. 2nd

Please forward this to your friends and family.



With Measure F, We Can Move Forward
 

After years of pension battles, Measure F will allow us to move forward and focus on making our city safer.

Measure F is a landmark agreement — negotiated between the City and its employee unions — aimed at recruiting and retaining police officers and firefighters.
 
The agreement restores disability protections for officers injured in the line of duty and will allow the police department to recruit and retain officers. The San Jose Police Officers' Association strongly supports Measure F.
 
Police Chief Eddie Garcia has reviewed Measure F and he agrees — it will help bring back qualified police officers to San Jose.  (Watch the new TV ad featuring Chief Garcia HERE.)

 
San Jose is facing a dire shortage of police officers and fire fighters. We have lost over 630 officers since 2011. Let's turn the page on expensive lawsuits and lost officers. Measure F will end the fights and help bring back the officers.
 
Measure F has the support of the SJPOA, Chief Garcia, Mayor Sam Liccardo and six former mayors; nearly every member of the City Council; unions representing every City employee fire and the Mercury News.



Oct. 4th

 

Click on the links below to watch the news clips:

 

KPIX 5: New Data Shows Skyrocketing San Jose Police Overtime



MERCURY NEWS: Editorial: Measure F Will Restore San Jose Public Safety



MERCURY NEWS: Ash Kalra Denounces Opponent for Support from Outside “billionaires”




 

Oct. 5th

Click on the links below to watch the news clips:

KTVU CHANNEL 2: Excessive San Jose Police Overtime Affecting Officer Health



NBC BAY AREA: New Audit Puts San Jose Police Staffing Crisis in Numbers



MERCURY NEWS: San Jose: Audit, officials renew police staffing crisis
(Article only)

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Audit Report On San Jose Police Overtime



 

RETIREES’ ASSOCIATION NEWS



Oct. 1st

Members,

After years of pension battles, Measure F will allow us to move forward and focus on making our city safer. Measure F is a landmark agreement negotiated between the City and its employee unions aimed at recruiting and retaining police officers and firefighters.
 
Police Chief Eddie Garcia has reviewed Measure F and he agrees; it will help bring back qualified police officers to San Jose.
 

Watch the new TV ad featuring Chief Garcia HERE.


 

San Jose is facing a dire shortage of police officers and fire fighters. We need Measure F to help recruit these critical jobs to San Jose and keep them here for good.

It's time we turn the page on the expensive lawsuits and the flood of experienced police officers and fire fighters from leaving our city.  

Sincerely,

Mike Alford
<president@retiredsjpoff.org>

PENSION NEWS

Pension Battles Nearing an End?

—Supporters, opponents spar over a plan that would replace one voters approved in 2012—    

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 3, 2016


SAN JOSE — Measure F on the city’s November ballot promises to end years of acrimonious litigation over employee pensions by replacing a plan voters overwhelmingly approved four years ago with a union-backed compromise.

To some critics, it’s a potentially costly capitulation that would abandon the aggressive Measure B pension cuts that nearly 70 percent of city voters approved in 2012 to contain retirement costs devouring a growing share of the city’s budget.

“I think it’s critical that voters understand the true financial impacts that will be caused by Measure F,” said former Councilman Pete Constant, vice president of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, which sued to require the city to put the settlement agreement hashed out last year before voters. He was a leading Measure B backer on the council and is concerned Measure F doesn’t go far enough to protect taxpayers and increases pensions for a chunk of current employees.

But Mayor Sam Liccardo, along with a coalition of labor and business leaders who also supported Measure B, say rather than abandoning its pension reforms, Measure F will lock in the equivalent retirement savings from Measure B that survived a court ruling.    



Mayor is among those
who support Measure F.

 



Former councilman is
concerned Measure F
doesn’t protect taxpayers.


Beyond that, supporters say Measure F would avoid the risk of losing hard-won reforms in court appeals. And it would end the bitter fighting between City Hall and its unions that has proved a barrier to hiring, particularly in the Police Department, which has seen its ranks dwindle by a third since 2012.

“Now it is time to put politics aside and unite behind a fair resolution that saves taxpayer dollars while ensuring our city can attract and retain police officers and firefighters to make our neighborhoods safer,” Liccardo wrote in favor of the measure.

If passed by a majority of voters in November, Measure F will replace Measure B with a settlement the city negotiated with its 11 unions last year. Labor groups would drop their lawsuits.

Unlike Measure B, the Measure F settlement doesn’t touch current employee pensions. That was Measure B’s most controversial provision, but also was thrown out by a trial judge in 2013. Instead, Measure F brings new hires into a new scaled-back retirement plan, though one more generous than Measure B permitted and more in line with changes in state plans adopted after Measure B passed.

Measure F would maintain the elimination of retiree bonus checks. It also closes a defined-benefit retiree health care plan — a provision that wasn’t part of Measure B — that yields the bulk of savings for the city, as well as for employees, who share the cost.

But opponents argue the agreement has some hidden costs that aren’t being talked about. For example, roughly 1,300 current San Jose employees would get retroactive pension increases — only 5 percent are police officers. And any former city employee can return into the old pension system, regardless of when they left. The same is true for government employees hired before 2013 from other cities and agencies.

Critics also say the compromise lowers retirement age by three years. The mayor’s office said the retroactivity provision would increase the city’s pension obligations by $7.3 million, a cost to be split between the city and its employees. When voters approved Measure B, the city’s yearly costs for its employees’ retirement had more than tripled from $75 million to $250 million over a decade. Since Measure B in 2012, according to the mayor’s office, annual retirement costs have topped $300 million and are projected to reach $350 million by 2018. Part of the increase, the mayor’s office noted, is due to the city adopting more conservative assumptions about investment returns on pension funds. Despite concerns from some quarters, there is no formal opposition to Measure F. The Yes on Measure F campaign, led by Liccardo, had raised $578,500 as of Thursday. The mayor’s goal is to reach $1 million. With the exception of Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, most of the San Jose council members who had backed Measure B support Measure F, including former Mayor Chuck Reed.

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE, THE SJPD AND THE SJFD

Police Brass Push for Measure F

—Advocates claim initiative’s passage is only way to solve SJPD staffing crisis—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 5, 2016


SAN JOSE — A month after the city declared an emergency so the San Jose Police Department could patch together street patrols, police brass are more forcefully stumping for a ballot measure they say is the only hope to end a protracted staffing crisis.

The latest overture, presented to the City Council on Tuesday, is backed by a city audit that says “historic vacancies have caused overtime costs to skyrocket and officer workload to increase,” to the tune of overtime pay tripling to $35 million in eight years and now accounting for more than 10 percent of the annual department budget.

Officer James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said the newly released figures come as no surprise.

“Officers have been working dangerous levels of excessive overtime for years now. They don’t know when they’re coming home, when their days off are going to be, if any,” Gonzales said.

The audit found that officers in the city worked an average of 450 hours of overtime in 2015, increasing their work year by more than 20 percent. The City Council declared a technical state of emergency at the end of August that allowed Chief Eddie Garcia to override collectively bargained work conditions and reassign officers from investigative and other specialized bureaus to patrol.



SJPD says it has seen a net loss of 485 officers since 2012
when the pension-reform initiative Measure B was passed.


Mayor Sam Liccardo stressed the urgency by alluding to the approximately one dozen officers living part-time in recreational vehicles parked near police headquarters to accommodate unpredictable overtime shifts.

“The trailers in the parking lot where officers are sleeping, those are the symbols,” Liccardo said, “and a testament to the challenges they are facing every day.”

In its own report, the Police Department also stated that it has seen a net loss of 485 officers since 2012, when the pension-reform initiative Measure B was passed, accelerating an exodus of officers that began with austerity measures spurred by the Great Recession in 2008.

This November’s Measure F, which would replace many of the controversial provisions of Measure B, is not necessarily being viewed as a panacea to that attrition but is firmly being presented by advocates as the only hope to stabilize the department.

Under current attrition rates, and accounting for 20 recruits in each police academy, the department is projected to drop from its current number of 912 — the fewest officers since the 1980s — to 890 in July 2019. The department is authorized to field 1,109 officers.

The Police Department’s worst-case scenario entails Measure F failing at the polls, which officials say will drive away recruits and officers, leaving 739 officers by the same 2019 milestone.

The most optimistic projection has Measure F passing, thereby lessening the rate of resignations and beefing up recruitment under the idea that San Jose police pay and benefits would become competitive to other regional police agencies. This rosy timeline projects three academy classes of 45 recruits each year and a modest return of officers who left, all contributing to the ranks swelling to 1,167 by July 2019.

“We know there are officers who have left who are waiting for the outcome of this,” Garcia said, adding that the projections are based on conservative estimates of officers returning. “We can sell this department and the police work we do here.”

The department and advocates are banking entirely on the passage of Measure F as the only workable scenario with no alternatives. That raises the ire of Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who has championed a thrice-revived proposal to contract peripheral police services with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol, a plan that police officials have dismissed as impractical.

Oliverio also contends the ballot measure is not sufficiently narrowed to police since it would apply to other city employees, and says that the city has to be open to new ideas to provide police services while SJPD rebuilds.

“Measure F is being sold as only being about police, when approximately 5 percent of those benefiting from increased pensions are police officers. It’s a shame we cannot do what other cities do today; instead, the child pornography unit is cut and residents will wait 10 years for police staffing to increase to historic levels,” Oliverio said. “At this point, call in the National Guard, but then the powers that be would probably discredit our military personnel as not qualified.

But advocates of Measure F, which currently has no organized opposition, contend that the singular focus is not a political ploy, but rather a reflection of a harsh reality stemming from years of staffing losses.

“The scariest thing about our situation is there are no viable alternatives other than the passage of Measure F to get us out of this mess,” Gonzales said. “If it’s not passed, the number of officers leaving will increase, and that’s a scenario we have no solution for.”

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This view of the SJPD overtime issue is in addition to the one by KPIX in the POA Membership Alert above…



San Jose Grapples with Police Overtime, Officer Fatigue

By Jennifer Wadsworth @jennwadsworth
San Jose Inside — Oct. 4, 2016

 



San Jose Police have been forced to work mandatory
overtime as the city grapples with historic staffing vacancies.


San Jose’s police overtime costs have tripled in the past seven years to $36 million—10 percent of its law enforcement budget—as staffing vacancies reached all-time highs.

The officer exodus triggered by the Great Recession and goaded by voter-approved pension cuts in 2012 brought the number of street-ready officers down from 1,391 to 829. That’s a 20 percent drop from the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to a new audit up for review at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.


The drop in the number of sworn officers has brought the average overtime worked by San Jose cops from 225 hours in 2008 to 450 last year, according to the report by City Auditor Sharon Erickson. Police in Los Angles and San Francisco, by comparison, averaged about 100 overtime hours in 2015.


Despite officers in San Jose picking up an average of an extra shift each week, the city still falls short of covering the workload left by the number of vacancies. As a stopgap, the city suspended union rules to assign more officers to patrol last month.

Those reassignments took a toll on the agency’s investigative abilities. Five years ago, for example, the city’s Bureau of Investigations had to drop 12 percent of all cases because of a lack of resources. This year, the number of cases left uninvestigated because of a lack of staffing rose to 27 percent.

In a report to the council, police Chief Eddie Garcia noted that resignations have slowed this year because of a proposed compromise making its way to the Nov. 8 ballot. Measure F, a settlement reached by the city and its unions, would reverse some of the retirement and healthcare cuts voters enacted four years ago.

If Measure F fails, Garcia predicts that his department’s staffing will continue to plummet. If it passes, he expects to see the trend reverse within the next year.


“There are several impacts expected with the passing of Measure F,” Garcia wrote in a memo to the council. “These include, a better candidate pool in recruitment, current staff working past their eligible retirement date, fewer resignations and hiring a minimum of 45 recruits in each academy class moving forward.”

There’s a chance that Measure F’s success at the ballot could lure back officers who left. It would also make San Jose a competitive employer again, Garcia said, improving SJPD’s chances of recruiting from other agencies.

The police chief estimates that Measure F’s passage would help the city reach its authorized staffing level of 1,250 sworn officers by summer 2020.

In her report to the council this week, however, Erickson’s audit spelled out a number of recommendations to make the most of a depleted staff for the time being. She also cautioned about officer fatigue, urging the city to review and enforce weekly work limits for overtime and secondary employment. The weekly limit for all work, including side jobs, is 70 hours, and the daily limit is set at 16. But department policy exempts “mandatory overtime,” which leads to some inconsistencies.

“Our analysis showed that the amount of overtime worked by sworn police varies greatly,” Erickson said, urging a clear limit on work hours to prevent offers from over-exerting themselves.

More from the San Jose City Council agenda for October 4. 2016 by clicking on THIS link.

San Jose will vote on a resolution in support of the Native American tribes trying to protect their treaty-ensured rights against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed resolution also proclaims support for a local tribe, the Muwekma Ohlone, as they fight for federal recognition.

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Muwekma Ohlone settled in this region as far back as 13,000 years ago. Yet the federal government has refused to consider the tribe’s application to become officially recognized as a sovereign indigenous nation.

The city will vote on whether to support, oppose or take no position on the 17 statewide ballot initiatives, ranging from tobacco tax and gun laws to condom use by adult film actors.

Jennifer Wadsworth is a staff writer for San Jose Inside and Metro Newspaper. Email tips to
jenniferw@metronews.com or follow her on Twitter at @jennwadsworth.

There are several readers’ comments to this article. Click HERE, then scroll down to review them.


MAIL CALL



Sept. 30th

Bill,

Sorry to read that Bob's Big Boy closed down. Growing up on the west side of San Jose, I remember when the restaurant first opened. You could get the Big Boy combo which consisted of a burger, fries, and salad for $1.99. The place was always busy, but it was really hopping when blockbusters like Patton, The French Connection, Star Wars, or The Exorcist was playing directly behind at the Century Theater complex. One night while working swing shift B10 I had Code 7 at Bob's when American Graffiti was playing.  As I sat at the counter, a boisterous group of guys came in and jokingly said they'd just tied a chain around the rear axle of my patrol car...reminiscent of a scene from that classic movie. Time marches on, but we'll all still remember great spots like Bob's Big Boy, Tiny's, Spivey's, Mel's, Mark's, and the 5 Spot.

Ron
(Webster) <tucsonron1462@msn.com>

Excellent memory, Ron. Readers who want to relive the patrol car scene from "American Graffiti" can click HERE.




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Sept. 29th

Bill,

When you have a chance, you should take a couple of minutes and watch this dust up between Congressman Tom McClintock and White House Climate Change Adviser Christine Goldfuss. These hearings can be seriously entertaining. In fact, I’m thinking of flying to Washington so I can attend the show and sit in the audience with a large Coke and a bag of popcorn.

Talking Points
<talking.points@comcast.net>

Entertaining? Perhaps for some people. To me, it simply shows how mired the government is in B.S. THIS is the link for any readers who would like to witness this face off. (4:45)




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Oct. 1st

Bill,

The NFL disrespect for the National Anthem has gone out of control. It should have been nipped in the bud when this half-a-player QB for the 49ers tried to make an unintelligent point. Please read the letter below written by retired Marine Col. Jeffery A. Powers

Steve Postier
<stevepostier@att.net>

This is the headline from the letter Steve sent in: “Retired Marine Destroys NFL Players Who Disrespect America’s Veterans” — and THIS is the link to the letter for those who are interested in reading it.



For the record, those are not Hershey Kisses on these Kaepernick socks...




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Oct. 1st


OK, this is my current political rant. I am entitled by the First Amendment to spout it and you are empowered to ignore it. As a dogmatically registered Independent for many years, all current political parties dismay me and I have reached a point of political disgust overload. History shows there have been worst campaigns in our past, but this one is right up there.
                                   
For the past 7 1/2 years, people have blamed our President for anything and everything that they are upset about. The simple fact is, a President is not all powerful. Congress controls the funding with the Senate having advice and consent on a large number of upper administration appointments. The Courts decide what actions are legal and constitutional.
                             
In my opinion, many of the scathingly insulting comments, cartoons and opinions have been based on biased commentary many times found to be based on unfounded rumors.
                                     
Yes, our President has not been one of our better ones, and he has done a number of things I have not liked. History will place its judgment on him.  However, at the very least, the Office of the President deserves more respect than it has received. Congress is the institution that has shown itself to be a cadre of entitled egomaniacs who do not have the best interest of the country in mind.  Career bureaucrats, high paid lobbyists and rich global industrialist own them.
                                       
This President started with the Republican Congressional leadership, egged on by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, publicly stating it was their job to make sure he failed. With that attitude, all political parties descended into strictly partisan politics, which totally ignored the needs of the country in order to score partisan political points.
                                     
This is not what our Founding Fathers created. Our governance system was designed to be based on the give and take of compromise working for the greatest good for the most people. It is now a circus of politically correct pandering to a myriad of special interest groups. There are special interest groups based on ethnicity, religion, selfish personal gain and any other issue that can attract a following.
                                 
I am making my 2017 resolution earlier than normal. On my Facebook page I will ignore and delete any postings which are negative to any political person, party or issue. On my email account I will delete without reading anything sent along the same lines.
                                      
If you want a serious discussion on factual issues, I am your man. If you want to pander to half-truths and outright lying political cyber bytes, do not bother me.
                                       
I truly respect your right to say and post anything you wish; I just do not want to be involved with it. If this offends you than feel free to unfriend me or remove me from your e-mail list. I do not wish to lose your friendship on a personal basis, but I do not want to be involved in what I consider to be cyber political trash.
                                    
If you have read my rant to the end, I thank you.
                                
Harry
(Mullins) <hmullins08@yahoo.com>

Well said, Harry. But you do realize, I hope, that a few of us who remember you from decades past may have a difficult time taking you seriously…

 

 

“WAR CLOUDS ARE GATHERING AND A HARD RAIN IS SOON GOING TO FALL”


As this week’s Farsider is being prepared, much of the East Coast is looking at dark clouds off shore (Hurricane Matthew). That description could serve as an analogy for Victor Davis Hanson’s view of the world in general. This recent item by the syndicated columnist explains…   

2016 Mirrors Years that Sparked Wars



By Victor Davis Hanson
Syndicated Columnist


This summer, President Barack Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm.

The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip with help from his accomplices, fellow Serbian separatists. That isolated act sparked World War I.

In the summer of 1939, most observers thought Adolf Hitler was finally through with his serial bullying. Appeasement supposedly had satiated his once enormous territorial appetites. But on Sept. 1, Nazi Germany unexpectedly invaded Poland and touched off World War II.

Wars often seem to come out of nowhere. The instigators often are weaker attackers who foolishly assume that more powerful nations wish peace at any cost, and so will not react to opportunistic aggression.

Unfortunately, our late summer calm of 2016 has masked festering tensions that are coming to a head — largely due to disengagement by a supposedly tired United States. In contrast, war, unlike individual states, does not sleep. Russia has been massing troops on its border with Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently believes that Europe is in utter disarray and assumes that Obama remains most interested in apologizing to foreigners for the past evils of the United States. Putin is wagering that no tired Western power could or would stop his reabsorption of Ukraine — or the Baltic states next. Iran swapped American hostages for cash. An Iranian missile narrowly missed a U.S. aircraft carrier not long ago. Iranians hijacked an American boat and buzzed our warships in the Persian Gulf. There are frequent promises from Tehran to destroy either Israel, America or both. So much for the peace dividend of the “Iran deal.”

North Korea is more than just delusional. Recent nuclear tests and missile launches toward Japan suggest that North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un actually believes that he could win a war, thereby gaining even larger concessions from the West and Asian neighbors. Europe and the United States have been bewildered by huge numbers of largely young male migrants from the wartorn Middle East. Political correctness has paralyzed Western leaders from even articulating the threat, much less replying to it.

Aggressors are also encouraged by vast cutbacks in the U.S. defense budget. The lame-duck Obama presidency, lead-from-behind policies and a culturally and racially divided America reflect voter weariness with overseas commitments. It would be a mistake to assume that war is impossible because it logically benefits no one, or is outdated in our sophisticated 21st century.

Human nature is unchanging and remains irrational. Evil is eternal.

Unfortunately, appeasement is often seen by thugs not as magnanimity but as timidity to be exploited.

Someone soon will have to tell the North Koreans that a stable world order cannot endure its frequent missile launches and nuclear detonations. Someone could remind Putin that the former Soviet republics have a right to self-determination. Someone might inform the Chinese that no one can plop down artificial islands and military bases to control commercial sea lanes. Someone might make it clear to radical Islamic terrorists that there is a limit to Western patience with their chronic destruction.

The problem is that there is no other “someone” with the requisite power and authority except the United States. But for a long time America has done more than its fair share of international policing — and its people are tired of costly dragonslaying abroad.

The result is that at this late date, the tough medicine of restoring long-term deterrence is almost as dangerous as the disease of continual short-term appeasement.

Obama apparently assumes he can leave office as a peacemaker before his appeased chickens come home to roost. He has assured us the world has never been calmer and quieter.

Others said the same thing in 1914 and 1939.

War clouds are gathering. A hard rain is soon going to fall.


SORRY, PROTESTERS, NO FREE MONEY COMING FROM THE CITY SOME OF YOU TRIED TO BURN DOWN

Federal Judge Dismisses Ferguson Protesters’ Lawsuit of 41.5 Million Dollars



Oct. 3, 2016


A federal judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit that alleged police used excessive force against Ferguson protesters and violated their civil rights.

The St. Louis Post reports that U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey on Friday ruled in favor of summary judgment motions filed by police, police officials, St. Louis County and the City of Ferguson. The order appeared publicly in electronic court files Monday, the same day that lawyers for protesters filed a notice that they would appeal.

In his order, Autrey said that the protesters who filed the suit “have completely failed to present any credible evidence that any of the actions taken by these individuals were taken with malice or were committed in bad faith.”

Autrey wrote that protesters were told to disperse, and when they did not and officers were ordered to begin making arrests, those officers gave repeated warnings before they started arresting protesters.

Autrey ruled that many of the plaintiffs’ claims were not backed up by video evidence or other testimony.  At least three complainants were found to be lying after video was produced.

Plaintiffs Damon Coleman and Theophilus Green claimed that they were hit by less than lethal projectiles fired by three officers, Autrey found, but were unable to contradict statements by those officers that they were not carrying that equipment that night.

The arrests were among hundreds during protests that followed the Aug. 9, 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by then-Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.

STORIES OF THE WEEK


A woman and her ever-grumpy husband went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the husband passed away.

The undertaker told the wife, "You can have him shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury him here in the Holy Land for $150."  

The woman thought about it for a moment, then told him she would have him shipped home.  

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to fly your husband's body back to the U.S. when it would be wonderful to be buried here, and you would spend only $150?"

The woman replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

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Want to know why the USMC adopted the "The Few, The Proud" as a motto? It started with this "Dear John" letter a Marine deployed to Vietnam in 1967 received from his girlfriend back home....


With hurt feelings, Ricky asked his fellow Marines for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins, etc. In addition to the photo he had of Becky, he gathered all the pictures of the best looking girls he had collected from his buddies and mailed them to Becky, along with a short note...

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"In what aisle can I find the Polish sausage?"

The clerk looked at him and said, "Are you Polish?"

The guy (clearly offended) said, "Well, yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage would you ask me if was Italian? Or if I had asked for German bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a Taco would you ask if I was Mexican? Would you, huh? Would you?”

The clerk said, "Well, no!"

"If I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?"

"Well, no, I probably wouldn't."

With deep self-righteous indignation, the guy said, "Well then, why did you ask me if I'm Polish because I asked for Polish sausage?"

The clerk replied, "Because this is an Ace Hardware store.”


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THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

Sept. 28 — Oct. 4


Sept. 28: There are now about six more weeks left in the election. And we know that because this morning, Trump’s hair popped out and saw its shadow.

The second presidential debate is just 11 days away, and this one will have a town hall format. The first question will be, “Why’d you have to do this in OUR town?”

It’s reported that even the Taliban actually had a debate viewing party. So for the first time, it looks like they’re torturing themselves.

President Obama’s upcoming South by South Lawn festival at the White House will have a virtual reality psychological experiment that makes you feel like you’re in a small jail cell. Or as Obama calls it, “the Oval Office.”

Yesterday, a group of Democratic senators sent a letter to Yahoo asking why they took so long to report the hack of 500 million users. That’s how little faith they have in Yahoo email — they sent a LETTER.

Sept. 29: Hillary Clinton actually went to her granddaughter’s second birthday party instead of preparing for the first debate against Trump. I guess she figured being around a bunch of screaming toddlers might help her even more.

While speaking to students at the University of New Hampshire yesterday, Hillary Clinton said, “Isn’t this one of the strangest elections you’ve ever seen?” And then college kids were like, “Uh, we’re 18. It’s the ONLY election we’ve ever seen.”

Bernie Sanders is also campaigning with Hillary. Yesterday, he asked a crowd at one of her rallies, “Is everybody here ready to transform America?” Followed by his next question, “Does anybody here remember where I parked?”

Donald Trump is reportedly angry that his advisers are saying that he struggled during the first debate. Then his advisers were like, “Oh, so you CAN hear us.”

This week, a woman in Tennessee walked into her home and found two burglars having sex on her couch. When they tried to run away, she yelled, “At least steal the couch!”

Oct. 3: We're just four weeks away from Halloween: people pretending to be somebody else, going door-to-door for handouts, or as that's also called, running for president.

Yesterday, LeBron James wrote an op-ed in which he endorsed Hillary Clinton. LeBron says he and Hillary are all about the same thing: taking forever to finally win something.

Lady Gaga told People magazine that her new album was influenced by the men in her life. Taylor Swift was like, “Hey! Stay in your lane, pal.”

On Friday, Arnold Schwarzenegger was stopped in Germany by a police officer for riding a bicycle through a train station. Schwarzenegger may have gone unnoticed if he hadn't been frantically ringing the bell and shouting, "Get out of the way if you want to live!"

Simon Cowell was hosting an episode of the "X Factor" in Britain this week, and a lot of people thought he might have had a wardrobe malfunction. But turns out, he was just sitting on his foot.


Sept. 28: Hillary Clinton is campaigning with Bernie Sanders for the millennial vote. They’re trying to get millennials with the opening line, “Hey, our combined age is approximately one millennium.”

At the next debate, Donald Trump is threatening to talk about all of Bill Clinton’s affairs. Hillary’s not too worried, because the debate’s only 90 minutes.

Donald Trump is still being mocked for promising in the debate to “cut taxes bigly.” Trump has apologized, and promised in the next debate he’ll “speak more goodly.”

The organizer of the presidential debates is allowing social media users to vote on debate questions. That’s why, as of today, the No. 1 question for the next presidential debate is “hey, u up?”

Last night, Donald Trump told an audience that before Monday’s debate — this is a quote — “I pretended I was talking to my family.” Then he admitted he frequently accuses his family of deleting emails and creating ISIS.

Sept. 29: Hillary Clinton has vowed to crack down on hackers who launch cyberattacks. She said, “If anyone’s going to abuse U.S. government computers, it’s gonna be me.”

Yesterday, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was giving a television interview and was unable to name a single foreign leader. Hmmm… sounds like SOMEONE wants to be Donald Trump’s secretary of state.

A woman in Virginia got nearly 600 calls after C-SPAN accidentally posted her number on the air. In response, the head of C-SPAN said, “Wait, we have 600 viewers?”

This week, the FDA approved the first artificial pancreas. When they heard, all the “Real Housewives” said, “I don’t care what it does — if it’s fake I want it in me.”

Oct. 3: Donald Trump’s charity, the Trump Foundation, is no longer allowed to accept donations in New York. This is really bad news for anyone who thought, "I’d like to make sure my money gets to the people who really need it; I know, I’ll funnel it through Donald Trump."

Supporters of Donald Trump are saying the fact that he lost a billion dollars and then didn’t pay income taxes for 18 years means he is a "genius." They also say three marriages makes him a "feminist," so it kind of works out.

Tomorrow night is the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine. Experts expect a record number of people not to watch it.

This weekend, a person or persons spray-painted graffiti all over Donald Trump’s new Washington, D.C., hotel. Police have narrowed their list of suspects down to "50 percent of the country."

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Experts say LeBron’s endorsement will help Hillary Clinton win in Ohio and lose in Florida.

Oct. 4: Tonight is the debate between vice-presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. They’re going to debate the economy, foreign policy, and which one of them is Tim Kaine and which one is Mike Pence.

During the final push of the election, Bill Clinton criticized Obamacare in a speech and said it’s "the craziest thing in the world." It’s all part of Bill’s nationwide "Not Helping" tour.

It’s rumored that Donald Trump’s tax returns were leaked by one of Trump’s ex-wives. In other words, it could be anybody.

It’s come out that Donald Trump once rented an office to an Iranian bank that was later accused of terrorism. Today, Trump said, "How was I supposed to know that something wasn’t right with Jihadi Joe’s Savings and Loan?"

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a pair of socks meant to be worn with sandals from 2,000 years ago. Scholars say it’s evidence of the first German tourist.

He's going to be okay, but a Montana man was attacked by a bear twice in the same day. Afterwards, the man said, "That’s it, no more Tinder for me."

Over the weekend, a 102-year-old woman got herself arrested so she could check that off of her bucket list. Now, it all seems like a cute story until you learn that the arrest was for triple homicide.


Sept. 28:  There was big uproar on the internet last night when Rob Kardashian posted Kylie Jenner’s phone number on Twitter to all of his 7 million followers. Rob said he did this because he was angry that the Kardashian family didn’t invite his fiancée to a baby shower. I cannot think of something nicer than not getting invited to a baby shower.

This week a woman came home from a vacation in Florida to find the two burglars who had ransacked her house were still there having sex on her couch. The woman came home to find valuables missing and an orgy in her living room — that is normally called Airbnb.

If you ever wondered why your grandmother is so particular about covering her sofa in plastic, now you know.

Lord knows what she is going to do with all the stuff they didn’t steal. Do you know what I mean? I would say if you are walking through today, I would think twice about grabbing that free couch that has been left on the sidewalk.

Oct. 3: We're going to start by talking about everybody's favorite subject: taxes. Over the weekend, Donald Trump's private tax documents were leaked to The New York Times, showing that in 1995 he posted a loss of $916 million dollars. The only people with a more embarrassing loss in 1995 were the prosecution team in the O.J. Simpson trial.

He lost a billion dollars. Right now, Gary Busey is like, “Hold up, wait — didn't you fire me on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ for losing the Snapple challenge?”

Now, nobody knows where this leak has come from, but some are suggesting that the source of the leak was Trump's ex-wife Marla Maples, who leaked the taxes as revenge. Even Beyoncé was like, “Now that is making lemonade.”

These aren't the only leaked documents Trump has to worry about. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is supposed to give a big announcement where he said he will release documents to hurt both nominees. People are calling it the “October Surprise.” I don't like the name. I don't. October Surprise is the most ominous title we can give this?

October Surprise doesn't sound sinister; it sounds like your aunt's recipe for a squash casserole. I added a little nutmeg!

Assange says he has secret information about both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and that information may drastically change people's views of these candidates. Americans replied, “Wait, it's going to make us like them?”

Assange was originally going to make this announcement from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, but has since rescheduled it. I can't believe he rescheduled the October Surprise. You can't reschedule October Surprise, Julian. That’s like me texting my wife saying, “Hey, honey, your surprise birthday party has been moved to Saturday.”


Sept. 28: Every year, Intel comes out with a list of the most dangerous celebrities. These are people who, when you search for them online, you’re at risk of getting a virus or malware or the mumps, or whatever you get from the computer.

According to Forbes magazine, Donald Trump’s wealth is down $800 million from last year. He’s only worth $3.7 billion now, and I’ll tell you something, Mexico is going to pay for it.

But the good news is, while his net worth may be down, his self-worth is at an all-time high.

Yesterday was National Register to Vote Day. Singer Katy Perry got naked and told people to vote. The video got like 6 million views already. Hopefully it encouraged people to sign up. But here’s the thing: Anyone who needs Katy Perry to take her shirt off in order to register to vote should not be allowed to register to vote.

It’s our responsibility as Americans to register to vote, to go to our local polling places, and make a choice between two people nobody can believe are our only available options.

IMDb, which provides information about movies and TV shows, will no longer be allowed to include an actor’s age as part of their biography. Which is great news for people who have never heard of Wikipedia where you can get that information immediately.

What an important new law! I’m glad actors can now have their lawyers remove their ages from IMDb. Until now all they’ve been able to do is have their doctors remove it from their faces.

Sept. 29: According to the FBI, foreign hackers have made several attempts to breach voter registration websites in the United States with an intent to influence the outcome of the election or steal personal information. The FBI warned that that, quote, “Bad actors have been repeatedly trying to hack us.” It could be a number of suspects — Russia, China, Steven Seagal. Could be Matt Damon. There are a lot of bad actors out there.

The director of the FBI is warning individual states to make sure their dead bolts are thrown and locks are on. They’re using dead bolts and locks to secure voter registration websites? Maybe that’s the problem right there. Those are for bicycles.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has a new scandal to deal with today. According to Newsweek, in 1998 he spent $68,000 on a business venture in Cuba. Which was illegal because of the embargo. Trump, of course, denied the allegations. He said there’s no such place as Cuba.

Remember when Mitt Romney almost had to drop out of the race because he put his dog on the top of the car? They were simpler times.

Oct. 3: I don't want to dampen anyone's enthusiasm, but we've got to calm down because here in southern California, we're in the middle of what's called a heightened earthquake alert. True. It means the odds of a massive earthquake hitting us in the next day or two are as high as 1 in in 100. Or it could be 1 in 100 million. They've been telling us for years you can't predict an earthquake; now there's an alert all of a sudden?

Most of us ignore this stuff, but some people are taking it seriously. In San Bernardino, they closed city hall for the next two days because of this earthquake alert. And because they're lazy, they chose city hall. That annoys me. I don't live there but — you don't see businesses that have to turn a profit closing because of an earthquake alert. You don't see Color Me Mine closing shop. They have a lot of stuff that would break in an earthquake! City hall, they're like, to hell with it, come back Wednesday.

Our state fabric is denim. Our state bird, I don't know if you know this, is Chuck Norris. So he will never be endangered because he cannot be killed.

Denim is now the state fabric of California. Cotton is still the fabric of our lives.

The big story is Donald Trump might not have paid any income tax since Xena: Warrior Princess went on the air.

The New York Times got its hands on a tax document from 1995, which shows Trump declared a $916 million loss that year which would have allowed him to avoid paying any income tax for 18 years. The documents were sent to the Times from inside Trump Tower. The trump campaign said the Times illegally obtained the documents and we all know how much Donald Trump hates hacking. So that's no good.

The Trump campaign isn't denying the authenticity of the forms which is remarkable, considering the fact that they deny almost everything. This morning they denied Trump is running for president.


Sept. 28: A man in Washington State was fined this week for trying to drive in a carpool lane with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump glued to his passenger seat. Cops became suspicious when Trump’s mouth wasn’t moving.

Starting next month Uber will try to compete with New York City’s subway by offering unlimited carpool rides in Manhattan for $200. So your choice, New York: a crowded train, or dropping off a drug dealer in Queens before heading to work.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced plans yesterday to colonize Mars, saying the main requirement for early settlers would be that they are, quote “ready to die.” Said Hillary, “I’ll let you know November 9th.”

Sept. 29:  Donald Trump spoke at a rally yesterday and told supporters that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is the most unserious campaign in American history. Unserious? This is the person you’re calling unserious? [shows photo of frowning Hillary] She always looks like you just told her you wrecked her car.

In an interview yesterday, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson was unable to name any world leaders when asked who his favorite head of state was. Wow. This might have cost him the election.

America Online founder Steve Case endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today. Although the last thing Hillary wants to hear is “You’ve got mail.”

A woman in Washington, D.C., received 13,000 text messages after C-SPAN accidentally put up her phone number during their post-debate analysis. Replied C-SPAN, “We have 13,000 viewers?”

This Friday internet star Grumpy Cat will join the Broadway cast of “Cats.” A guy who’s going to see “Hamilton” was like, “I can’t wait.”

Oct. 3:  LeBron James endorsed Hillary Clinton over the weekend. Which Clinton says for her campaign is a real home run.

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will face-off tomorrow night in the only vice presidential debate of the election. The vice presidential debate is brought to you by white out.

Are you guys excited for the VP debate tomorrow night? Yeah, no, you're not. No you're not. Nobody is.

A new report has found that despite his recent string of gaffes, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has four times as many newspaper endorsements as Donald Trump. So if you’ve got weed, he's got papers.

In an interview this weekend, Joe Biden described his relationship with President Obama as an older brother-younger brother dynamic. The only down side is when Obama forgets to pick him up from soccer practice.

According to a new report, the Zika virus may be able to spread through sweat and tears, which means one way or another come Nov. 8, we're all getting Zika.

Oct. 4: The first and only vice-presidential debate of this election season was held tonight, and it was pretty much the same as the debate I had with my wife about painting the foyer. “Do we want eggshell or ivory?”

Eric Trump today defended his father’s recent 3 a.m. Twitter rant about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, telling reporters, “At least my father is up at 3 o’clock in the morning.” Why do you think that’s a good thing? You know who’s up that early? People who are wondering where they went wrong with their son.

The New York Times revealed today that Tim Kaine travels with six harmonicas in his briefcase. He carries so many because they’re constantly getting slapped out of his hands.


Sept. 29: We are still trying to figure out who won Monday’s presidential debate. Democrats say Hillary won, while Republicans are strong in their conviction that there are still two more debates.

Secretary Clinton is still struggling with millennials. By the way, if you’re not sure who millennials are, they’re the ones who never use the term “millennials.”

A recent poll shows Clinton has the support of just 31 percent of likely voters under 35. So Hillary’s doing everything she can to attract young people. That’s why, for the first time since July, she appeared on the campaign trail this week with that millennial heart-throb, Bernie Sanders.

Bernie! They really like him. He really connects with millennials, because a lot of his clothes are also 18 to 30 years old.

Oct. 3: Over the weekend, three pages of Donald Trump's 1995 tax return were leaked, revealing that he declared a $916 million loss from his three Atlantic City casinos. That's right. Donald Trump lost money on casinos. You know what they say, "The house always loses."

But here's the thing, as a real estate developer, he was able to use that loss to wipe out more than $50 million a year in taxable income over 18 years. Well, when life gives you lemons, don't pay taxes.

Now, the idea that Trump hasn't paid taxes in nearly 20 years is bound to be unpopular with — what's the word — people. But according to the former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump not paying taxes just proves how smart he is.

Yes, only a genius can lose $1 billion running a casino. How loose were his slots? Tell you what, I like you, I'm going to comp everyone's room forever.

It's not like Donald Trump does his own taxes. He's not there doing the numbers. Shouldn't we really be voting for his accountant? Jack Mitnick. Something about the "Mitt" that sounds so presidential.


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This race received from Dirk Parsons that pits Usain Bolt against James Corden, Owen Wilson and the rest of the Late Late Show staff is a hoot to watch. Click HERE and see if you agree. (3:39)

 




Let’s start by introducing you to JUNIOR the French Bulldog and his two friends who will serenade you with their rendition of “You Raise Me Up.” (3:02)




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Shoppers at Lowe’s in Anchorage found a surprise in the parking lot according to THIS news report from a local TV station. Can you say “Awww.?” (1:58)




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We can virtually guarantee you will never see more PANDAS in one place at the same time. This research base in China is showing off 27 of the cuddly little cuties. (1:28)




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Is “Didga” the smartest cat in the world? THIS clip will help you answer that question. (3:13)

 

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FOR THOSE UNAWARE, THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF "SPIN"






If you have an iPhone and you are running IOS 10.2, you may or may not know about this feature that enables you to use your phone as a high-tech magnifying GLASS if, for example, you are in a dark restaurant and trying to read the menu but have forgotten or misplaced your cheaters. (2:51)




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It’s amazing how color can bring people to life. These 100-year-old photos taken at Ellis Island of immigrants were colorized to render an image much closer to what they actually looked like. Click HERE, then slide your cursor from left to right or vice versa. A description of the individual accompanies each photo.




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Have you ever crossed the Sierra Nevada in the winter and seen the Rotary Snow Plow in action? The odds are you haven’t since it is only used about once a decade. Here’s a short PRIMER on what it looks like in action. (5:52)




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We’ve seen more exciting air shows than THIS one received from Dirk Parsons, but give North Korea credit; this is the country’s very first one. Unfortunately for the pilot of the interceptor below, the “tail strike” on landing may mean 6 months of hard labor or worse if North Korea’s loony president was watching! (10:57)




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Question of the week: Why didn’t THIS RV concept from 1974 catch on? The average price of a gallon of gasoline in May 1973 was 38.5 cents a gallon ($1.96 in 2012 dollars). By June 1974, it had risen to 55 cents or $2.53 a gallon in 2012 dollars. In 1974, that was a 42-percent increase. (2:18)




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Proud of your woodworking skills? Try building one of THESE Bigwheels from scratch if you answered in the affirmative. (0:49)




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If you live in a neighborhood that has been plagued by thieves STEALING packages from the porches, here’s a tip from Tom Mabe that can provide some revenge. Have a look. (2:05)




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If you have ever been to Turkey you may have experienced one of THEIR prankster ice cream vendors. Here are a couple of the better ones. (14:48)




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We have featured numerous acts over the past several years from this French night club, but none that have received over 20 million views like this one with puppeteer Allex Jorgensen and his partner Barti. Click HERE to watch the little wooden guy impersonate Little Richard with his rendition of “Lucille.” (5:08)




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Kudos to Stan Miller for sending in THIS beautiful video titled “Once in a Blue Moon.” With its accompanying musical sound track, this truly is something to behold and worthy of this week’s closer. (3:55)




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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barker, Ken
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barranco, Rich
Barrera, Ray
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Beltran, Phil
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boales, Tina
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Bridgen, Dave
Brocato, Dom
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Marilyn
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Mary
Burke, Karol
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardin, Randy
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Carter, Ernie
Cassidy, Kevin
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chavez, Ruben
Chevalier, Brian
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clark, Kevin
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Clough, Mark
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Conroy, Mike
Contreras, Dee
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Cossey, Neil
Costa, Mike
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daley, Brian
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
Deitschman, Tracy
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Dennis, Sandra
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
DuClair, Jim
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Linda
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fagalde, Kevin
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Francois, Tom
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimaldo, Linda
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handa, Mitch
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hinkle, John
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Dave Hober
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirby, Erwin
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Dave
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Kunesh, Cindy
Kurz, Jennifer
Lagergren, Fred
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leak, Felecia
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Leroy, Jim
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marks, Rex
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mattocks, Mike
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Miller, Toni
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mulholland, Kathy
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nascimento, Mike
Nelson, Ed
Ngo, Phan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Peter
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Pennington, Ron
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Peterson, Bob
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Piper, Will
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Pringle, Karl
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reed, Nancy
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Bill
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spicer, John
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sumner, Ted
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thayer, Dean
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unger, Bruce
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Mike
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Caven
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Jerry
Wilson, Lee
Wilson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zalman, Ginny
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug