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A FITTING FAREWELL
With several photos from last Thursday's Memorial
Tribute, Friday's paper painted a portrait of Joe
McNamara that would have caused him to blush, something
I seldom saw in the 38 years I knew the man. Other than
misnaming his wife Laurie as "Pat" in one photo that was
corrected in a later edition of the paper, misspelling
Cobarruviaz and a few other typos that I corrected
below, the story was a fitting tribute to SJPD's third
longest reigning Police Chief (15 years, 1976-1991)
behind John Newton Black (28 years, 1916-1944) and John
Raymond "Ray" Blackmore (24 years, 1947-1971).
Most Important Legacy is Us"
—McNamara an architect of community policing and the
modern S.J. police department—
Mercury News — Oct. 5, 2014
motorcycles line up in front of the California Theater
before a memorial tribute
to former San Jose Police Chief Joe McNamara on
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
SAN JOSE — He was the architect of the modern San Jose
Police Department, and in many ways, the modern American
police department, where community trust is equally if
not more important than patrolling the streets.
He was also a prolific crime novelist, the “boy chief,”
preternatural and ahead of his time with his ideas about
where policing and political sensibilities about drugs
and crime were headed. He will be remembered for
advocating drawing down police militarization and
reaching out to minority communities decades before
Laurie McNamara, wife of former San Jose Police Chief
is escorted by the honor guard during a Thursday
memorial tribute for
her late husband at the California Theater in San Jose.
chief from 1976 to 1991.
Chief Larry Esquivel
legacy left by trailblazing police chief Joe McNamara,
who died at the age of 79 on Sept. 19 at his Carmel home
after a bout with pancreatic cancer, is in the eye of
the beholder. And there were many among the 200 cops,
former cops and a who’s who of San Jose dignitaries who
attended a public memorial held Thursday at the
California Theater in downtown San Jose.
Retired Chief Chris Moore
McNamara ‘is’ the SJPD,” said former Chief Chris Moore,
at the helm from 2010 to 2013. “His most important
legacy is us.”
coaching tree of a great like Bill Walsh, McNamara’s
influence in American policing might be embodied in how
he spawned 28 officers who either succeeded him or
became police chiefs in other cities. At the time of his
death, he was a research fellow at the Hoover
Institution at Stanford University, the last in a long
line of stints as a police academic.
Retired Chief Rob Davis
intellectual approach to policing was seen by many as
too high-minded when he assumed command of SJPD in 1976
— a post he would keep for 15 years — but is viewed as
standard practice today. That included raising conduct
standards, infusing the ranks with female and minority
officers, and integrating technology and data mapping to
lower the crime rate despite having the lowest
cop-to-resident ratio of any large city. He broke the
assignment mold by helping institute a rotation system
that ensured that officers became versatile instead of
Former Mayor Tom McEnery
was certainly a man for his time,” said former Mayor Tom
McEnery, who led the city from 1982 to 1990.
praised McNamara’s political instincts, deftly
advocating his department’s needs eloquently and
thoroughly, to the point where 10-minute meetings
routinely expanded to 90.
“Joe McNamara knew who he worked for. He didn’t work for
mayors or city managers,” he said. “It was always the
department, the department, the department.”
For former Chief Lou Cobarruviaz, who followed McNamara
and served from 1991 to 1998, the arrival of “Chief Joe”
was a transformative event in the history of the
department and for his own career. He was already on the
force for 11 years and during those years he noted there
was an environment of open hostility toward the growing
minority communities in San Jose that led to tension and
unrest on the streets.
Cobarruviaz recalled being on the verge of leaving
police work altogether, but saw McNamara lay down a firm
line on repairing community relations and refuse to
promote anyone who wasn’t on board with the new
“Things started to change,” he said. “I stayed on the
job and had a wonderful career.” To the collection of
police leadership in the building Thursday, that was the
inception of community policing. He drew fierce
resistance for the first few years, but eventually he
would be seen as one of the most revered figures in the
history of the department.
Karen McNamara Rust
tributes poured in mostly from those who knew him as
chief, daughter Karen McNamara Rust recalled a man who
was a doting grandfather and tennis enthusiast who
imbued love for the sport to his whole family, all the
way down to his grandson. She remembered the avid reader
and writer, with an office at Stanford packed to the
ceilings with news articles, and the nature lover.
“He was one to literally stop and smell the roses,” she
He is survived by his wife, Laurie; a son, Donald; two
daughters, Lauren McNamara Barrus and McNamara Rust; and
four grandchildren. McNamara Rust said this past summer,
all of the grandchildren were gathered at the Carmel
home for a rare instance, since two of them live in
“He sat and watched the kids play with a train set,” she
said. “You should have seen the content look on his
Laurie McNamara with Chief Esquivel
death, an outpouring of tributes have surfaced in
national media, including The New York Times and the
Washington Post, where journalists and law-enforcement
leaders drew attention to his progressive politics that
made him an outlier in the police chief fraternity. He
was one of the first prominent American police heads to
declare the country’s so-called “war on drugs” a
failure, and later argued that legalizing marijuana
would be more effective in weakening drug cartels.
And going back to the 1980s, McNamara was long warning
that terrorism on American soil was a concern that
needed to be guarded. It was all part of a global
approach to local policing that Scott Seaman, a former
SJPD captain and recently retired chief for Los Gatos
and Monte Sereno, says is why so many of his disciples
went on to great heights.
“His DNA is embedded in all of us,” Seaman said. “He
fundamentally and forever reshaped and led the creation
of the finest police department in the country.”
~ ~ ~
Photos taken by Laurie as
Joe was attending
what would be his final
FBI, IACP and PERF
conference in San
Francisco on May 26, 2014.
"It was very important
for him to be there,"
said Laurie, "and he
thoroughly enjoyed it."
PBA MEETS NEXT WED., OCT. 15
Bar Opens at 5:00 — Dinner at 6:00
Seems like it's only
been a month since the PBA held its last general
membership meeting. Amazing!
SJPOA Releases TV/Web Commercial In Mayor's Race
"A San Jose Crime Quiz"
Today, the San Jose
Police Officers Association is releasing "A San Jose
Crime Quiz" in response to the evasive and inaccurate
information coming from the Sam Liccardo for Mayor
campaign. This is a quiz we know voters will not flunk.
"There were three mayoral debates this week and not once
did Sam Liccardo take responsibility for his dismal
voting record on public safety, and this commercial
accurately tells the voters the facts," said Jim Unland,
President of the SJPOA.
• Sam Liccardo voted against reinstating the Burglary
• Sam Liccardo has overseen 911 emergency response times
soar to over 20-minutes for priority 2 calls such as
gang assaults, in-progress burglaries and domestic
• Sam Liccardo's policies have driven over 400 police
officers to leave the police force.
The commercial can be
viewed by clicking
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF
THE CITY AND SJPD
Cortese is trailing Liccardo in the two-man mayoral
race. If Dave pulls out a win, it will show that money
is only one of a number of factors on who gets elected
to political positions. We would like to think that the
'major' factor is the intelligence of the voter, but
that's just a pipe dream as it's been proven wrong time
after time. Pity.
Liccardo Has Cash Lead
—Coupled with Cortese campaign, total funds on pace
to set record—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Oct. 7, 2014
SAN JOSE — With voting
getting underway in the San Jose mayor’s race, new
campaign reports out Monday showed for the first time
how the two candidates — and the special-interest groups
backing them — are faring in the all-important race for
cash. And they may be headed toward a record spending
Councilman Sam Liccardo, the top fundraiser in the June
primary, has reeled in $827,000 since then, beating
county Supervisor Dave Cortese, who has raised $537,000
after gaining the most votes in the primary. Those
totals are set to surpass figures from the June primary
and perhaps all-time records for any mayor’s race.
Liccardo’s supporters are generally more moderate and
include local businesses while Cortese’s backers
typically lean further left and include public workers
“We’ve had more than
2,400 donors so far, and thanks to their support, our
campaign is building momentum each and every day,” said
Liccardo, whose campaign, focused on fiscal
sustainability, spent $430,000 in the last quarter.
The campaign finance reports, which also include
fundraising figures for the City Council candidates, are
critical because the funds allow the challengers to
bombard voters with the advertisements that often help
determine election results. The bulk of the ads are just
now about to hit mailboxes and airwaves, as mail voters
— which make up about 70 percent of the local electorate
— will start receiving their ballots Tuesday for the
Nov. 4 election to replace termed-out Mayor Chuck Reed.
“I’m very confident we’re going to have plenty of
money,” said Cortese, whose campaign, based on restoring
the police force, spent $225,000 in the last quarter.
“If our message reaches the likely voters, we feel
confident we’re going to win the election. It’s really
that simple for us.”
The direct contributions to the candidates, limited to
$1,100 from individuals, tell only half the campaign
cash story. There are also special interest groups that
can solicit and spend unlimited funds as political
action committees, or PACs — and already, they’ve spent
nearly $1 million on the mayor’s race on top of the
candidates’ own funds.
Public worker unions — including cops and firefighters —
have spent more than $545,000 total this year on
independent expenditures to back their preferred
candidate, Cortese, and on attack ads against Liccardo.
Organized labor is the outside group most heavily
invested in the race, as Cortese has vowed to settle a
lawsuit the unions filed to block voter-approved pension
reforms that would take money out of city employees’
wallets to help restore services cut last decade. It’s
the biggest difference between the two candidates, as
Liccardo strongly supports maintaining the 2012 Measure
B pension overhaul, which has contributed to an exodus
of police officers.
On the other side are wealthy business executives who
have spent more than $350,000 so far this year on
independent ads supporting Liccardo. Those CEOs and
others want to keep City Hall under the relatively
business-friendly leadership provided by Reed.
In both cases, the vast majority of money funneled into
the PACs has come from outside San Jose. The bulk of the
PAC funds were spent leading up to the June primary,
though both sides have plenty of cash left to launch
fresh waves of ads.
The race could break records for political spending on a
San Jose mayoral contest. The last time a seat was open,
in 2006, labor pick Cindy Chavez benefited from more
than $1.5 million between her campaign and PACs but
still lost to business- backed Reed, who was aided by
about half as much cash. In the June race, Liccardo had
more than $1 million in direct and independent spending
benefit him while Cortese had about $800,000. There are
also three City Council races to replace termed-out
politicians, though the smaller districts — each
covering 10 percent of the city — and $500 contribution
limits have produced much tinier hauls than the mayoral
As was the case in the primary, the most money in the
City Council races is pouring into the battle to replace
Liccardo, representing the downtown District 3.
Businessman Don Gagliardi raised $57,000 last quarter
and still has $74,000 left, more than double any other
council candidate, after receiving contributions largely
from business interests. The leading vote-getter from
the primary, San Jose police officer Raul Peralez,
backed by unions, has raised less money overall but in
the past quarter got more cash than any other council
candidate, with $62,000.
In the District 1 faceoff to replace Pete Constant
representing the western edge of the city, Assemblyman
Paul Fong, the primary winner, has outraised retired
Apple executive Charles “Chappie” Jones, $55,000 to
$42,000, with the help of organized labor and
union-backed politicians. Fong has already spent more
money than any other council candidate, but the local
Chamber of Commerce PAC has separately doled out a
$50,000 check backing Jones for a TV ad, which is rare
in council races.
The least amount of money is coming into the central San
Jose competition to replace Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen,
representing District 7. Franklin-McKinley school board
member Maya Esparza, the union-backed candidate overcame
raising the least amount of money among four challengers
in the primary. She brought in nearly $33,000 in the
last quarter. That beat challenger and primary
front-runner Tam Nguyen (an attorney with no relation to
Madison), who reeled in $22,000, primarily from a large
Vietnamese community in the district.
• • • • •
Well this is a little
awkward. Many news-watchers have been wondering why it
has been taking so long for the SJPD to complete its
investigation on the Ray McDonald domestic violence case
and turn it over to the D.A.'s Office. Now we know...
SJPD Rethinks Rules
Governing Off-Duty Work
—Official says department must avoid image of cozy
alliance with 49ers—
By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — Oct. 7, 2014
SAN JOSE — The San
Jose Police Department is looking at tightening the
rules that dictate cops’ off-duty work after officers
responding to the domestic violence call at 49ers star
Ray McDonald’s house arrived to find one of their own
Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia told this newspaper on
Monday that Sgt. Sean Pritchard, an SJPD veteran
assigned to the gang-suppression unit and a member of
the 49ers security detail, has been barred from any
further work for the team pending an Internal Affairs
inquiry into why he was present for the Aug. 31 police
response that ended with McDonald’s arrest.
Pritchard, who could not be reached for comment, is one
of nearly 20 San Jose officers who, in addition to their
regular shifts, also work as part of the 49ers security,
doing everything from working at games to guarding
players and others.
Pritchard’s presence at McDonald’s house complicated the
police investigation into the domestic violence call,
and it was one reason it took a month to forward the
case to District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office, sources
said. It also raised questions about whether the
department can fairly investigate 49ers players when
some of its officers work for the team. Garcia said in
an exclusive interview that the other officers can
continue working for the 49ers as the department
evaluates the off-duty work rules. “If we find out
something during the course of the investigation, there
may come a time when we don’t allow officers to work for
the 49ers organization,” he said. Garcia said he
recognizes how the involvement of Pritchard, whom he
called an “excellent officer,” could create a perception
of an overly cozy relationship between SJPD and the
team. However, he said he believes in the integrity of
his department and is withholding further judgment until
the Internal Affairs investigation is complete. All
off-duty work must be approved by the department.
“We suspended him working for that company because of
that (public) trust,” Garcia said. “We hold all our
officers to a very high standard. We’re getting all the
facts as to why that individual officer was there. I
certainly feel and have the utmost confidence that we
would be able to investigate any situation without there
being a conflict of interest.”
Garcia would not say if Pritchard was on duty at the
time McDonald is suspected of assaulting his pregnant
fiancee or confirm that he was there ahead of responding
officers. But sources said that McDonald called
Pritchard, who was the first officer there.
The episode has sparked a broader conversation about
whether law-enforcement agencies should be taking
outside jobs with well-resourced, highly influential
organizations such as the 49ers and by extension, the
“Honestly, and bluntly, I think arrangements like this
are major issues, and they don’t get enough attention.
Sports teams are big business, and they can play
hardball when it needs to with fans and communities,”
said Eugene O’Donnell, professor of law and policy
studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New
York. “It’s important to have enough separation so that
the NFL people and normal people are treated the exact
same way. Is there too close a relationship?”
The Pritchard case comes more than two years after a
city audit warned that there wasn’t enough oversight of
outside jobs, risking officer fatigue and conflicts of
While the 49ers have no significant official presence in
San Jose, many team members live in the city, where the
high-profile arrests of players including Aldon Smith
and Chris Culliver have drawn headlines. Garcia said 17
SJPD officers work in some kind of off-duty capacity for
the team, most of them coming on after the organization
relocated to the South Bay.
Pritchard’s job with the team’s security detail —
through a private contractor — was not neatly defined.
Sources say it included escort duties that put him in
regular contact with players and other VIPs in the 49ers
organization. He apparently traveled with the team as
well. It fell into the category of unarmed, plainclothes
security work, which requires the least licensing from
the state agency that oversees security guards and
O’Donnell, a former prosecutor and NYPD officer, said
police agencies need to be more wary about officers
taking jobs with sports teams, which may expect implied
favors in exchange for the unique glamour of an
association with the team and access to celebrity
“It’s very worrisome. … The cops have to be detached
from these kinds of relationships,” he said. “When
officers are getting free meals and stuff like that,
these people really are friends of the badge, not of the
person. Too often, these relationships are about what
the officer can do for you.”
When the 49ers were asked about employing off-duty San
Jose officers, the team issued a general statement.
“The 49ers work with various security firms to protect
the stadium, its visitors and our employees,” the
statement read. “Like most security firms, the firms we
partner with hire off-duty and retired police officers
for their expertise and experience.”
I saw this message in The Farsider and have provided the
Back in the early part of
September I made a request as to what the strength of
our PD is now? And what is the total number of street
officers that are patrolling the streets? How many
shifts do we have, and with any overlapping, what is the
maximum numbers of officers at any one time? Then what
is the population of SJ for comparison in relation to
how many men are trying to support how many people at
any given time? I requested this info from the POA
office but never received a response. Perhaps you can
find out for me.
Leo Plinski #1215 (Ret.)
We have about 470 officers working patrol now. That
number was around 450, but we have had several officers
pass FTO and are out on their own now. The number has
historically been between 550-600. We are utilizing paid
overtime cars to make up the difference.
We still have 3 shifts and 16 districts. With T.O.,
vacation, sick, disability and family/military leave, it
is not uncommon for us to deploy 4 officers per district
instead of the desired 7 or 8. The only overlap that
occurs is from 2200-0030 hours when Swings and Midnights
are out at the same time.
The City of San Jose has just under 1 million citizens,
and our full-department staffing stands at 999 including
So far this year we have had 57 officers resign and
another 34 retire. There are numerous other officers in
the testing stage with other agencies and an additional
69 applications pending for retirement.
91 officers have resigned or retired this year. Our
department was only able to hire around 55 for the
entire year. We are in dire straits. And make no
mistake, if Liccardo is elected Mayor, more will leave.
Hope this helped,
Jim Unland, President
San Jose Police Officers’ Association
• • • • •
I was friends with Diehl, or JD as we called him, for 45
years. I was working on a short remembrance to send you
when I saw the letter posted by Anonymous in the Oct 2nd
Farsider. I immediately trashed what I was working on as
nothing could be said in addition to those excellent
remarks. I would, however, like to forward a photo of JD
circa 1970-75 that was shared with me by another SJPD
old-timer. (JD is in front with the shovel.) Sally and I
are going to miss our visits with him on our trips out
Russell Jones, 1502
• • • • •
Some positive comments
were received this past week regarding the letter we
published last week about the late John Diehl that was
written by a retiree who preferred to remain anonymous.
We forwarded the feedback to the author, and on Monday,
we received the following reply:
Thanks for forwarding the comments and the photo. Below
is an email I (and others, perhaps you) received today
from John's sister.
My brother asked me to send this message to you and ask
that you share it with other people. Thank you for this.
Because of the nature of
the message, I sent the author the following…
Does the sister know about the Farsider, and if so,
was it her intent for John's note to appear in it? I
don't have a problem with that; I just want to be clear
that she wants to share it with all of John's friends
who receive the newsletter. If you have contact with
her, please confirm her intentions.
The author replied.
The people you reach with the Farsider were important to
John. His decision to compile a list of friends for
personal receipt of his farewell message I took as his
way of acknowledging their place in his life; his
direction to those recipients that they share his
message I interpreted as unconditional. I can understand
why he wouldn't want to directly request its inclusion
in the Farsider (a bit pretentious for him), but given
the circumstances, I can't see any reason to keep his
words from the people who cared about him.
As for John's sister, I replied immediately to her
email, explaining to her what the Farsider is and
letting her know I intended to have John's message
included in it. I also pasted a copy of my Farsider
contribution (which covers the same ground as John's
message), so she can understand that the events
surrounding his departure have already been circulated.
My reply to her was five hours ago. If she has any
objections I'm sure she'll let me know directly. I'll
let you know if I hear anything.
Four days have since
passed. This is JD's note that was attached to his
• • • • •
Been out of pocket for 14 months. Had a massive
"stroke." Gradually getting better. Still read the
Farsider every week, when possible. Missed it for about
7 months when I was in hospital (and in a coma for a
couple of months).
Saw the enclosed article in our local Las Vegas Review
Journal today. Wish I would have known some of the facts
outlined therein. My dad was a WWII Vet, and when he
died all we got (and asked for) was a "flag."
Perhaps you (and others) already know of the benefits
extended to prior Military fellows.
Hope all is well with you, Bill.
Take good care of yourself.
Russ L. Russell
Damn, Russ, we had no
idea of your health issues. Given what's been going on
lately (six deaths reported in last few weeks), I'm sure
I speak for many when I say it's good to still have you
HERE to view the article Russ sent in regarding the
benefits available for deceased military veterans.)
• • • • •
The Flea Market is currently looking for a retired Lt.
or Capt. who would like to run the security department
at the Flea. Probably a two or three day workweek with
Sat./Sun. being two of the days. Any interested parties
can contact me.
Bay 101 Casino
• • • • •
Can you include this video to make a point without
disclosing my name? I have a friend who receives the
Farsider and is way out their in Left Field, and it's
important to me that we remain friends. If you need a
name, call me Disgusted in the USA and don't print my
Long time no hear. In this day and age, it's not unusual
for politics to present a threat to friendships, so
HERE'S your clip.
NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE
The October 2014 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of
the magazine are in the mail and will be arriving soon.
HERE to view the Vanguard online..
The following six photos
and captions received from Joe Suske show the before and
after effects of the drought over the span of three
short years. 'Nuff said…
Before: The Green Bridge passes over Lake Oroville near
the Bidwell Marina in 2011. Notice the trees and shrubs
that grow right against the man-made lake's edge.
After: Fast forward to
2014 and even the massive pillars holding up the bridge
can be completely seen at the lake's edge, where a wide
swath of parched dirt spans between what's left of the
water and the tree line.
Before: The marina at
Oroville Lake, here in 2011, is the picture of serenity.
Recent serious storms in Northern and Southern
California have helped give the state a very small
reprieve during the 3-year drought, but the effects have
been described as a 'drop in the bucket.'
After: Much of what
was once an engorged reservoir is now gone at Oroville.
Shockingly, only a handful of Central Coast dams have
fallen below the historically low 1977 levels.
Before: Here, the Enterprise Bridge spans Lake Oroville
in Butte County, California in July 2011.
After: Here, the
Enterprise Bridge spans the same reservoir, which has
dwindled to a mere trickle in 2014 as California is
forced to draw alarming amounts of water from its
DOES THIS UNKNOWN AUTHOR HAVE A
POINT? WE REPORT, YOU DECIDE
For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour,
let's do some math. At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would
make $31,200 annually. An E1 in the military makes
$18,378. An E5 with 8 years of service only makes
Hmmmmmm. So you're telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper,
that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at,
deploying for months in hostile environments, and
putting their collective asses on the line every day
protecting your unskilled butt?
Here's the deal, Baconator: You are working in a job
designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to
work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with
their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen
this as your life long profession, you have failed. I
worked at a movie theater as a projectionist when I was
17 years old. I made $3.25 an hour. I didn't bitch. I
was happy to have some money to screw around with. I
also knew that I didn't want to be doing that when I was
30 years old and raising a family!
Pull your heads out of your bottoms and stop being
content with your McJob. Leave that for the kids who
really need it so they can learn a basic work ethic and
realize that's not what they want to do with their
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Oct. 1 thru Oct. 7
After all the recent
security breaches at the White House, Julia Pierson, the
director of the Secret Service, resigned today. She said
she'll miss being in the White House, but knowing the
Secret Service, she should be able to come back any time
she wants. The door is always open, literally.
This week a reporter asked Mitt Romney if he would run
again for president in 2016, and Romney said, “We'll see
what happens.” Incidentally, that's also what he says
anytime his wife asks him to dance.
In a new interview, Mitt Romney referred to Hillary
Clinton as an “enabler” of the president's foreign
policy. Which would be a big deal if that wasn't the
definition of being secretary of state.
During a routine stop at the JFK airport, Customs
officials recovered 3.7 pounds of cocaine hidden in a
woman's platform shoes and purse. She might have gotten
away with it if she didn't hide the drugs in the two
things they always search at airports.
After all the recent security problems at the White
House, Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret
Service, officially resigned yesterday. When asked what
she'll do next, Pierson said she just wants to go home
and spend some quality time letting strangers in her own
house for a while.
With so much speculation about the 2016 presidential
election, the website ElectHillary.com is being sold for
almost $300,000 and the website
ChrisChristiePresident2016.com is being sold for almost
$50,000. Meanwhile, the website “Biden4Prez” is just a
Tumblr set-up by Joe Biden. He'll take whatever — 50
bucks, 25 bucks.
General Mills, maker of Cheerios, announced that it
plans to cut up to 800 jobs. The CEO said, “Our earnings
report is nothing but zeros! Wait, I'm sorry, I just
spilled some Cheerios on there. Never mind — no layoffs.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson stepped down after
two major security breaches at the White House. It turns
out Pierson's first job was actually as a costumed
character at Disney World. I'm guessing the character
was Sleeping Beauty.
Pierson told her colleagues that the Secret Service
actually needed to be more friendly and inviting like
Disney World. I guess that's why all White House
intruders got a $30 photo of themselves hopping the
Scientists are suggesting that Pluto should be
considered a planet again eight years after it was
classified as a dwarf planet — and Americans are
suggesting that scientists cut the crap about Pluto and
figure out how to stop Ebola.
A group in Russia has nominated Vladimir Putin for the
Nobel Peace Prize. When Putin heard this he said, "I'm
all about achieving piece — piece of Ukraine, piece of
Poland. I hope to win many more pieces."
On Saturday the San Francisco Giants beat the Nationals
in Washington in 18 innings. It was the longest
postseason game in baseball history — proving that even
in sports, it takes forever to get something done in
The No. 1 movie from this weekend, “Gone Girl,” made $38
million. It's about a wife whose husband tried to make
her sit through an 18-inning baseball game.
Today is Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. He celebrated
the way he always does: having someone take a bite of
his cake before him.
Vladimir Putin turned 62 years old today. It must be
tough buying him a gift. What do you get for the man who
The White House dismissed former Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta's criticisms of President Obama, saying he has
faced some of the most difficult issues of our time.
That would be a great defense if EVERY president didn't
face the most difficult issues of their time. That's the
At the Eiffel Tower they've installed a new glass floor
that lets tourists see what's going on hundreds of feet
below them. It celebrates France's favorite pastime:
looking down on people.
The Secret Service let
an armed ex-convict ride on the same elevator as
President Obama. No word yet on which NFL player it was.
Today the Secret Service director submitted her
resignation. Actually she jumped the White House fence,
ran across the lawn, dove through a window, and handed
it to the president.
The Secret Service maintains they can use lethal force
to stop someone from entering the White House. After
hearing this, President Obama invited tea party leaders
over for lunch.
The gay rights group GLAAD has released its annual
report on TV. The History Channel got a very poor grade
from GLAAD, which is why today the History Channel
announced its new show, "Gay Hitler."
The head of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned
yesterday. We found out that she once worked at Disney
World. She said she preferred working at the White House
because people didn't have to wait in line to get in.
We also learned the new head of the Secret Service used
to work for cable company Comcast. So now intruders can
only sneak into the White House between the hours of
10:00 and 2:00.
The NFL announced possible sites for next year's draft
have been narrowed to two locations. It's either Rikers
Island or San Quentin.
Kanye West is in the news again. He was spotted smashing
his iPhone in a fit of rage. Kanye was mad that Apple
stole his idea of saying "I" before everything.
We're having a special
night. Everybody here in the balcony is a White House
Autumn is a beautiful time of year. At the White House,
squirrels are rounding up nuts on the lawn, which is
more than the Secret Service is doing.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned. She
hopped the fence and thanked President Obama.
A few weeks ago President Obama was riding in an
elevator, and it turns out a guy on the elevator had a
gun. This is pretty scary stuff. Not as scary as riding
in an elevator with Ray Rice, but still scary.
The Obamas celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. It
was a quiet late-night supper. It was just the Obamas
and a couple of White House fence jumpers.
They're doing everything they can to tighten security at
the White House. Today, on the roof of the White House,
they added one of those fake owls.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned, and
in her closing statement she said, "I'm leaving, not
because of the breaches in security, but I don't think I
can take the pressure of the upcoming
Evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has been nominated
for the Nobel Peace Prize. He will not be able to attend
the ceremony. That week he will be invading Poland.
The New York Jets were defeated 31-0. And NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell did nothing about it. Again!
Jets coach Rex Ryan is so desperate to forget the loss
that today he gave himself a concussion.
Native Americans were so embarrassed about the game that
they're demanding the Jets change their name.
In New York City, here's a sure sign it's autumn. Go to
St. Patrick's Cathedral. You can tell it's autumn
because they've replaced the holy water with cider.
Geno Smith, the Jets' quarterback, was supposed to be
preparing for a game against San Diego, and instead of
going to the team meeting he went to the movies. Maybe
it's time to do some concussion testing on Geno.
People are upset because it now takes longer to get fast
food. The average time to get your order is three
minutes, four seconds — and people are outraged. Do what
I do. While waiting, send out for a pizza.
Today is the
"International Day of Older Persons." It's a day we
entertain, amuse, and inspire the elderly. Or as CBS
calls it, "a regular ol' weekday."
Justin Bieber punched a photographer in Paris. All I can
say is he's your problem now, France.
Bieber is in France. He should go over the border to
Germany and save that monkey that he left.
If this show was a monkey, I would leave it in Germany.
A new study claims half of all married women have a
back-up husband in mind. Here's what they're not telling
us. Half of all husbands also have a back-up husband in
A study claims that olive oil can repair damaged hearts.
The study was conducted by Popeye.
An Australian man tried to rob a gas station with a
boomerang. Police expect he'll return to the scene of
In Oakland, California a dog is officially running for
mayor. He’s a German shepherd mix named Einstein. He
even has a poster. The dog promises to lick his
The world's oldest clown, Floyd "Creaky" Creekmore of
Montana, passed away at age 98. He leaves a very big
pair of shoes to fill.
I'm nervous about his funeral because if too many of his
co-workers show up, it could be a real circus there.
All of Creaky's co-workers will be attending the funeral
in a tiny little car.
This week Forbes magazine came out with their annual
list of richest Americans. I was shocked. There are
still magazines. It's like papery Internet with old
stuff on it.
A man in Scotland spent 18 months panning for gold to
make into a wedding ring for his bride-to-be. That's
lovely. But he's not doing anything to dispel the
stereotype that Scottish people are stingy.
Do you all feel safe
right now? Are you aware that you're in the presence of
the most dangerous person on the Internet? According to
McAfee, my name, of all the names in the world, is the
most dangerous name to search online. Last year I was
39th. But I really stepped up my game this year. I am
now at the top of the virus heap.
I'm dangerous. Sometimes I even walk into Costco without
my membership card.
I've never been No. 1 at anything before. All these
crazy news reports today are starting to make me feel
like the TV equivalent of the Ebola virus.
In California yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the
first state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags at
grocery and convenience stores. I think it's very
interesting that a guy named Brown is forcing us to buy
Facebook is reportedly thinking of ways to incorporate
health into their array of services. Here's how it'll
work: If you get a cut or a bruise or something, take a
picture of it and post it. If it gets more than 100
likes, you're cured.
Facebook is planning to form support groups where you
can post your symptoms online and then other Facebook
users will weigh in with totally uninformed opinions
about what it is.
Facebook probably figures they already control us
emotionally, so why not get involved physically, too?
One great way to improve your health is to stop spending
the whole day on Facebook.
Today is Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday, as
those of you who are friends with him on Facebook know.
Putin turned 62 today. To celebrate, he took a trip to
Siberia — you know, the place they send other people in
Russia as punishment? That's where he had his birthday
It's interesting that in spite of all of Russia's
troubles, Putin has an 80 percent approval rating, which
I guess is something that happens when your pollsters
carry machine guns.
In just a few hours there's going to be a total lunar
eclipse. The moon will be a coppery red color. They call
it a blood moon. I like that kind of thing but never
enough to actually wake up to see it. I'd rather look at
it on my computer the next day.
Today the director of
the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned. She’s being
replaced by the White House’s new state-of-the-art
security system — a scarecrow.
Julia Pierson resigned but she remained in good spirits
on her way out. She even politely held the door for some
weird guy who was coming in.
LeBron James' childhood will be the subject of an
episode of a new children's TV series. Hopefully it'll
help teach kids a valuable lesson — that they can do
anything they put their mind to as long as they're
amazing at basketball.
Scientists in northern California and Oregon found that
marijuana gardens are threatening the salmon population.
I don't see the problem, really. Everyone loves baked
After a photographer was accused of harassing the royal
baby Prince George, lawyers for Prince William and Kate
Middleton said that their son “must be permitted to lead
as ordinary a life as possible.” They then added, “Now
get away from our castle!”
North Korea has reportedly been digging a tunnel all the
way to South Korea. They’re making good progress because
to dig the hole, they’re using the same team that
shovels food into Kim Jong Un’s mouth.
In a recent statement, Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine
“has always been and would continue to be the closest
sister nation to Russia.” And sometimes sisters fight
when one sister steals the other sister’s boyfriend
Well, the husband of one of the “Real Housewives of New
Jersey” has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. He
says he’s disappointed in the judge’s decision, but 41
months away from his wife is better than nothing.
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said it seems like
President Obama has lost his way. Apparently, it’s
gotten so bad that this morning Obama was seen asking a
White House intruder for directions.
The New York Post says that Oscar Wilde is responsible
for Kim Kardashian’s rise to fame because he was the
first person “famous for being famous.” When asked her
thoughts about it, Kim said, “Is Oscar the one that
lives in a trash can?”
A cat in Florida had its life saved by a blood
transfusion from a dog. Unfortunately, it later died
from exhaustion after chasing itself around the house.
Today is Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. When he got his
presents he said, “You didn't have to get me anything. I
could have just taken it.”
Tech experts say Facebook is planning to launch a
service that lets users send each other money using the
site’s messaging feature. Said moms, “Oh, so NOW you’re
happy I’m on Facebook?”
Archaeologists in Arizona have discovered the remains of
a 1,300-year-old village. They found dwellings, stone
tools, and hundreds of ballots cast for Senator John
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND
UPDATE AS OF OCT. 9, 2014
The facts behind the
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• A man was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border with
50 turtles under his pants.
• Video clip purportedly shows a
chameleon changing colors to match sunglass frames.
• Video shows a 'Russia's
Got Talent' contestant accidentally shooting his
partner in the head with an arrow.
ISIS militants going door to door, marking the homes
• Passengers on an airliner diverted to Cuba thought the
hijacking was a 'Candid Camera' stunt due to the
coincidental presence of Allen Funt, the show's host.
• Is ISIS
stomping on babies if their parents refuse to
convert to Islam?
• Is New York artist Lana Newstrom raking in millions of
• Did a Mayor in Belgium refuse a demand by Muslims to
remove pork from school cafeterias?
• Has the CDC announced trials of an
Ebola vaccine that works only on white people?
• Has KFC banned hand wipes in response to
complaints from Muslim customers?
• Does MTV have a new reality show that features
Prayer request for Christopher Hamrick, who was
badly injured in an automobile accident.
• Reporter covering a
boy's disappearance finds the child hiding in bushes
Angry dad sends a letter to Chipotle after a manager
requested his wife not change diapers on the dining
• 920 chickens were
beaten to death by a poultry plant intruder.
• Was reporter Meg Kissinger
warned not to speak with the crowd at a speech by
Atacama skeleton stumps scientists: Is it human or
• Has President Robert Mugabe announced plans to
kill all white people in Zimbabwe?
Finally found, twelve years after her disappearance:
Sabrina Fair Allen.
• How to send holiday cards to service members and
veterans through the 'Holiday
Mail for Heroes' program has changed this year.
• Will the payment of federal tax refunds for 2014 be
delayed until October 2015?
• Pranksters affixed a license plate
stolen from a speed trap camera van to their vehicle
and drove through the trap, resulting in the unit's
issuing tickets to itself.
flashlight apps harvesting data from smartphone
Sperm bank sued after white woman gives birth to
• Did Fox News
win a court case allowing the network to lie with
• Did Sarah Palin demand that President Obama
• Was a woman hospitalized after a
potato she used for contraceptive purposes grew
• Did mainstream news sources
refuse to cover a recent beheading?
• Was a couple kicked off a bus for
offending Muslims by singing a nursery rhyme?
• William Tyrell, 3, is
missing from his home in New South Wales.
• Don't forget to visit our
Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Are the soles of
Vans shoes adorned with the Star of David so that
wearers will "stomp on Jews"?
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• Check out our 25
Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our
Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used
by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS
Large or Full Screen recommended for YouTube videos.
• • • • •
Have a flashlight app on your smart phone? If you do you
may want to watch
THIS Fox News Bret Baier clip received from Paul
Salerno But before you delete anything from your phone
or other device we suggest you review the Snopes entry
below because it doesn't quite "sync up" with what the "cybersecurity
expert" is saying. (6 Mins.)
HERE to review what Snopes had to say about this
If you are still interested in this, clicking
HERE will give you a look at the SnoopWall website.
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Think twice before you decide to
LISTEN to what this Islamic insurgent has to say.
It's pretty damn frightening. (2 Mins.)
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This quiz was sent in by a fan of Bill O'Reilly's.
Although you only have to get 15 of the 25 answers
correct, we feel that if you miss more than three,
SHAME on you!
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We say more of
and less of this…
Broadway and voiceover
actress Lea Salonga, the singing voice of Jasmine in
Disney's "Aladdin", performs "A Whole New World" with
opera group Il Divo. Lea has also provided her singing
voice to the character Mulan in Disney's "Mulan" and "Mulan
II". (3 Mins.)
HERE to learn more about the beautiful Filipina
singer and actress.
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"Help! I've fallen and can't get up!" But fear not, this
baby elephant doesn't need to purchase a $100 Life Alert
medallion and pay a $30 monthly subscription fee.
Besides, where's he going to get that kind of money?
It's doubtful that
THIS zoo in Zurich, Switzerland pays that well. (2
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This isn't pretty, but it does have a
HAPPY ENDING. Have a look at India's version of the
ASPCA at work. (2 Mins.)
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We're a little surprised that
PETA hasn't protested or sued the owner of this
smart phone for being cruel to frogs by taunting them.
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There go the Brits showing off again with the discovery
of "Graphene." So what is it? Suffice to say it's
TECHNOLOGY that can revolutionize items like smart
phones and other electronic devices, much in the way
that the old technology of transistors and silicon chips
have made today's electronic gizmos available. (5 Mins.)
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It's one thing to watch the on-deck activity from a
carrier while it launches and recovers aircraft, it's
quite another to watch the same footage with the
accompaniment of an excellent musical score. Check out
THIS 3-minute clip if you are so inclined.
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I was the son of a career Marine, but my Dad never put
me through this drill when I was three, and he was a D.I.
at Pendleton a year before Pearl was attacked. I'm also
sure that Marines didn't wear their hair like this
father back in the 1940s. Having said that, I judge
THIS clip to be a 9.5 on the cuteness scale. Oorah.
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Speaking of the Marines, we're guessing that
THIS clip is a little embarrassing for the
former Soldier who was unaware that the cop he was
dealing with was a former Marine.
(Language warning) (6
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Imagine you are a sailor and the captain orders everyone
to abandon ship, so you and two dozen other crewmen
climb inside this sealed lifeboat and prepare to launch
yourself into the ocean. Hold on, because here we go.
THIS was a test by the Chinese of a prototype
lifeboat launch platform, and it had to surprise the guy
or guys who were aboard and opened the rear hatch after
the boat settled. (1 Min.)
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There are several ways to gain an advantage in an
automobile race. Here's one with a
NEW TWIST that took place in the UK. (1 Min.)
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This is one of the most profound Web presentations we
have ever seen. Why? Because it shows just how tiny you
and I are in the overall scheme of things. We have
presented similar items before, but none on such a grand
scale. Imagine a star so large that it can accommodate a
million of our suns. Do your curiosity a favor by
HERE and begin scrolling through the photos that
take you from the earth alone to other galaxies as seen
by the Hubble telescope that focused in for four days on
what appeared to be nothing.
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With the advancement of computer generated imagery
(CGI), is it just a matter of time before movie
producers can ignore the insane amount of money demanded
by top movie stars and create their own?
HERE's a 45-second example of how far CGI has
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If I was the Commander in Chief, I would have fired
whoever was responsible for briefing me on the correct
protocol when proposing a toast to the Queen of England.
How was I to know it was a major gaff to speak while the
British National Anthem was being played? It's not
something that was taught at Community Organizer School.
Whatever the case, over 2 million viewers have seen this
video of the President's
FAUX PAS that was posted on YouTube by the London
Telegraph. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
Sharon Lansdowne was shocked to learn what went on
inside her computer at the end of the day after she puts
it to sleep or turns it off for the night. Click
HERE and you may be shocked, too.
• • • • •
These guys are good. If you want some simple tips that
can make your life a little easier, watch
THIS short clip received from Alice Murphy. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Spectacular is one way to describe
THIS film. Here's the other: "The Ridge" is a brand
new film from world-class bicycle skills rider Danny
Macaskill. For the first time in one of his films Danny
climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native
home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a
death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin
Ridgeline." (7 Mins.)
• • • • •
Here is some more candy for the eyes and ears in the
form of a short time-lapse film of Norway. You are
unlikely to see a more visually impressive nature video
THIS. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
Like the horrific story about the cat lady who died and
became several meals for her dozens of cats that were
locked in the house, this Russian could suffer a similar
fate if he was to croak. Judging by his size, however,
PUG BABIES should be able to grow to full-size by
the time their "plate" was empty. (30 Secs.)
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We can guarantee that you horse lovers are going to
THIS video about a pony with a broken neck that not
only survived, it gave birth to a newborn. (3 Mins.)
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In closing, some of you — perhaps many — will choose not
to listen to what Prince Ea has to say. But if you will
give him a chance, I think you will agree that he is
delivering an important and profound message to those
who have allowed the digital age to govern their lives.
GIVING HIM at least 60 seconds of your valuable
time. What have you got to lose? (3 Mins.)
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