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October 11
, 2012
(a/k/a 10-11-12)


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 web site 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.



We mistakenly said last week that Lou Emery was the oldest living SJPD retiree. What we meant but failed to say was that Lou had been retired the longest, no doubt due to an injury he sustained on his personal motorcycle that cut his police career short after 16 years on the job. He retired in 1964.



The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is a fraternal-social organization dedicated to the memory and history of the SJPD. It fosters camaraderie and remembrances of the SJPD as it was when it was served by the membership. As with any social, fraternal, service or military organization, not all members are intimately knowledgeable with respect to all other members. They do, however, have one thing in common: membership in a "special" organization.

Not all members of the PBA knew Lou Emery as he retired in 1964. Even so, he regularly attended PBA meetings, always sitting at a table commandeered by the other octogenarians (those over 80). Lou, who was also a member of the Retirees' Association, was a second-generation SJ officer whose father Walt was a 30-year member of the Dept. prior to his retirement and subsequent passing.

It is in this vein that we are requesting that as many members and their spouses as possible attend the Memorial Service and Reception at the POA Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct 21st., to bid the longtime member a "fond farewell."

President Dave Wysuph
Vice President Steve Windisch, Jr.
Secretary/Treasurer Larry Lundberg
Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir



Oct. 17th falls on the third Wednesday of the month, which means the PBA will be meeting next Wednesday at the regular time and place. Don't forget to bring your wet and dry appetites.




 We looked and looked but found nothing in-house or in the media this week that dealt specifically with the pension issue.



Proposition 32 is arguably the most important measure that will appear on the ballot for public employees. Virtually all unions and labor organizations in California — including the SJPOA — are urging a "No" vote. Likewise with the Mercury News and many other papers in the state.

On the other side is San Jose Council member Pete Constant, who was a guest on KGO Radio earlier this week urging a "Yes" vote on the measure. It was only a mild surprise for us to see this opinion piece on Prop 32 in yesterday's Mercury. Have a look and see if the cop-turned-council member convinces you to support the proposition...

Prop. 32 Will Reduce Special Interests’ Influence

Mercury News Guest Editorial
By Pete Constant — Oct. 10, 2012

The most corrupting influence special interests have over lawmakers is the ability for a lobbyist to hand a politician a check in exchange for a vote. Proposition 32 cuts that money tie by banning direct contributions to politicians from corporate and union treasuries — a ban that’s been held constitutional at the federal level for more than 100 years.

Proposition 32 bans unions and corporations from collecting political funds for political purposes from employees’ wages.

It frees corporate employees and public employee union members, whom supporters of Proposition 32 readily acknowledge will be impacted more, to choose whether to voluntarily contribute their own money for political uses.

The need for this reform could not be more evident or more urgent. San Jose residents know the price of the influence public employee unions have over candidates who receive union campaign contributions and then, when elected, return the favor by granting public employees generous pay and unsustainable benefits.

Public employee union leaders don’t find themselves at odds with corporations over pension reform or costly benefits in our cities and state. Their interests are at odds with the taxpayers and voters who are repeatedly asked to sacrifice more and receive less.

The state’s teachers union recently blocked a bill that would have made it easier to fire teachers accused of sexual abuse, drug abuse or violence. That union victory didn’t come at a cost to corporations. It came at a cost to parents concerned about the safety of children in our public schools.

Corporations, meanwhile, have used their monetary influence on Sacramento lawmakers to craft carve-outs in the tax code for their benefit and block sensible consumer protections that threaten their profits. These victories don’t come at a cost to public employee unions. They come at a cost to small-business owners and California residents.

Those who oppose Proposition 32 because they believe it reduces the power of unions more than corporations and wealthy individuals overlook how Proposition 32 will reduce both corporate and union backroom deals with politicians — often done in collaboration with each other and with no input from the people of California.

Proposition 32 moves us in the right direction, going as far as constitutionally possible to limit corporate and union influence on lawmakers. There are no “exemptions” or “loopholes” in the measure as opponents claim. If Proposition 32 tried to ban independent spending outside of candidate contributions, it would have been declared unconstitutional.

Proposition 32, like federal law, prevents businesses from circumventing the ban on corporate contributions to campaigns. To prevent corporations from funneling money through other entities, the Federal Elections Commission requires contributions originating from entities like LLCs or partnerships to be attributed to an individual and applied to their contribution limit. If California’s Fair Political Practices Commission plans to implement Proposition 32’s reforms effectively, it will do the same.

In the 2010 election cycle, state candidates received more than $70 million in contributions from corporations and unions. A Maplight.org study conducted around the same time showed nearly 80 percent of contributions to legislative candidates came from outside their own districts. Proposition 32 would help change that, ensuring that our politicians are funded by individuals and accountable to the voters in their own districts.

Proposition 32 isn’t a balancing act between well-funded special interests; it’s about putting individual voters first. It allows Californians to control how their money is spent on politics and cuts the money tie between special interests and politicians. That’s why voters across this state should make their voices heard in November and vote to reduce the power of special interests by voting Yes on Proposition 32.

Pete Constant is a San Jose City Council member. He wrote this for this newspaper.


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This article from the front page of yesterday's local section shows what Pete Constant and his fellow supporters are up against...

Prop. 32 Attracting a Wealth of Support

—Rich line up to back measure; critics say it will cripple unions—

By Steven Harmon <sharmon@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 10, 2012

SACRAMENTO — The main premise of Proposition 32 is that it would stamp out the influence of special interest groups, equally condemning corporations and unions to irrelevancy at the Capitol while ushering in a new day for regular folks.

But a look at who is behind the initiative shows that it’s hardly Joe Lunch Pail who has a rooting interest in the measure, dubbed “Stop Special Interest Money Now.”

Instead, it’s a virtual Who’s Who roster of the rich and powerful, a lineup of bankers, investors, venture capitalists, executives and other wealthy individuals, many of whom have a history of funding conservative causes and have been active participants in the power game in Sacramento. And apparently, they want the game to themselves, critics say.

“These donors don’t have a strong history of trying to reduce special interest influence in politics,” said Derek Cressman, regional director of Common Cause, which opposes the measure. “They’re looking to weaken the voices of an interest group they disagree with while doing nothing to diminish their own spending on politics.”

To be precise, labor is the main target, Cressman said. The measure ostensibly treats corporations and public employee unions equally by banning both from contributing directly to campaigns and prohibiting both from collecting dues for political purposes without employees’ permission.

But corporations collect their political money differently than unions. Rarely do they gather dues from employees; instead, they draw from profits. Unions, on the other hand, rely strictly on membership dues, and say they would be severely hampered — if not irreparably crippled — if they had to abandon their money-gathering methods.

Charles Munger Jr. is one well-heeled supporter
of Proposition 32, a measure unions say will silence
their voice in Sacramento leaving wealthy donors untouched.

The key wrinkle — the fine print that has fueled labor’s $43.4 million opposition campaign — is that certain, limited liability companies could continue to pour money into politics, as would so-called super PACs and the stealthy nonprofit organizations that are bankrolled by anonymous wealthy individuals and corporations.

Labor, led by the California Teachers Association’s $19.2 million, has made full use of their members’ dues to fight back.

Proponents of Proposition 32 say that labor is showing how desperate it is to maintain the status quo by pouring so much money into the campaign to defeat Prop 32.

“This is truly a battle between individual citizens and the special interests that have all the control,” said Jake Suski, spokesman for Proposition 32.

Wealthy individuals with business interests have been giving generously to the Proposition 32 campaign. Charles Munger Jr., a Republican activist and physicist who heads the Santa Clara County Republican Party, has contributed $1 million directly to Proposition 32, the campaign’s largest single donation from an individual. But he’s also given $22 million to the Small Business Action Committee, which is running its own TV advertising campaign in support of Proposition 32.

Munger has been a key political figure in California since 2000, having poured $38 million into pet political causes, including $12 million alone for the 2010 redistricting initiative. His half-sister, attorney Molly Munger, has contributed $28 million to her own tax initiative, Proposition 38, aimed at boosting funding at California’s struggling schools.

William Oberndorf, a Mill Valley hedge fund manager prominent in the school privatization movement, has poured $1.3 million into the Prop 32 campaign.

A. Jerrold Perenchio, whose Los Angeles investment firm would not be blocked from contributing to candidates under Prop 32, has supplied $250,000 to the campaign and another $550,000 to the Small Business Action Committee, a small slice of the $27.4 million he’s given to conservative political causes since 2000.

“Once you connect the names with who they are, and what their financial interests are, the rest speaks for itself,” said Larry Gerston, a San Jose State political science professor.

The largest sum — $4 million — spent on behalf of Proposition 32 came not from an individual but from the American Future Fund, a nonprofit organization which on its website says it’s dedicated to “conservative, free market ideals.” Under the 501(c)4 section of the Internal Revenue Service code, it does not have to reveal its donors, who can give unlimited sums.

The group, based in Iowa, has known ties to the billionaire oil tycoon brothers, David and Charles Koch, whose super PAC, Americans for Prosperity, has poured millions of dollars into campaigns favoring Republicans or conservative causes across the country — most memorably, as the backer of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who instituted far-reaching anti-labor laws.

One of the oldest rules in politics is to look at who is behind a campaign, said Melissa Michelson, political science professor at Menlo College in Atherton.

All the big-monied contributors to Proposition 32, she said, “will signal to voters that this is not the kind of measure that would be helpful to the average citizen, that it will probably just further the influence of the wealthy and big businesses.”

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Yesterday's Mercury News also listed the major donors that are supporting a Yes vote on Prop 32 as well as a No vote...

Donors in support of Prop 32

Charles Munger Jr., Palo Alto physicist: $23 million William Oberndorf, Mill Valley investor: $1.3 million A. Jerrold Perenchio, Los Angeles investor: $800,000 Edward & Margaret Bloomfield, Manhattan Beach retired investor: $800,000 Thomas Siebel, Palo Alto investor: $500,000 Larry Smith, Newport Beach executive: $260,000 B. Wayne Hughes, Malibu retired investor: $200,000 Lincoln Club of Orange County: $125,000 William L. Edwards, Palo Alto investor: $100,000 Robert Oster, Menlo Park investor: $100,000 George Hume, San Francisco businessman: $100,000 Tim Draper, Menlo Park venture capitalist: $100,000 Franklin Johnson, Palo Alto investor: $50,000 Charles Johnson, San Mateo investor: $50,000 Steven Laub, Atherton investor: $50,000

Donors against Prop 32

California Teachers Association: $19.2 million Service Employees International Union (state council): $6.7 million Professional Firefighters: $2.6 million Californians Working Together (AFL-CIO): $2.1 million American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees: $1.7 million PACE of California School Employees: $1.5 million Peace Officers Research Association: $1.5 million California Faculty Association: $1 million




Results from last week's poll...

For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:



Oct. 5th


This video encourages a no vote on Proposition 32. If passed, the proposition would, among other things, restrict a union's use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. POA President Jim Unland comments on the measure in the video. Please post it in the Farsider.


(Mogilefsky) <mogel@charter.net>


If you agree with Art and this ad for No on 32, you might consider forwarding the link to your civilian friends and relatives who reside in California.


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Oct. 8th

Can’t tell you how much it means to me to receive the Farsider. Being somewhat out of touch back here in God’s country, I would never know what is happening in that big city that I left back in 1979. Amtrak carried me through last week, but it was dark and, to my dismay, nothing looked familiar.

Please keep up the good work and continue to keep me abreast of my SJPD family. The information, the laughter and the tears are such an important part of my life.

Thank you again.

Alberta Anders

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, Alberta. We hear similar comments about no longer recognizing San Jose from many out-of-state retirees when they have had the opportunity to come back for a visit. Stay in touch with us and we'll stay in touch with you.

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Facing hernia surgery last week, Sharon Lansdowne received some well wishes from a close friend and sent him a reply that's a hoot. When it showed up in our inbox a few days ago we asked the retired San Jose cop if we could share it and received a green light. For the small handful of readers who may be unaware, Sharon is the wife of Bill Lansdowne, the former San Jose police chief-turned Richmond police chief and the current San Diego police chief for the past several years. Sharon says she is now at home and feeling great, thanks in part to some pain pills. This is what she wrote earlier...

Thanks so much for the kind words.

We've decided not to have the doctor or hospital involved in the surgery. We also thought about how hard it would be taking the bus to Temecula, wearing my bathrobe and all. Bill decided to learn how to do hernia repairs on the internet. We have sharpened some of our old butter knives and cleaned up the turkey baster.  He thinks a good rap on the head would make it so no anesthesia would be necessary. A couple of good belts of whiskey would help steady his nerves because he doesn't like the sight of blood. We have some old gauze left over from when we unwrapped the cat from his last surgery -- it looks pretty good except for a lot of black hair and some dried yellow and red stuff. I think I'm good to go except after he hits me the head I'll be unable to read the instructions to him. I really don't like the part about using the stapler and staples from Office Depot but the thought of him trying to sew is less desirable. He says he doesn't think he can fit that part of me in the sewing machine.

As you can see I really do need everyone to wish me good luck.




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Oct. 10th

For the really old timers:

An obituary appearing in the Tues. Merc was about the passing of  George Kemp,   an officer on the PD circa 1955-1959. He later went to Ames in Mt. View and later worked at the Mental Health Dept. at Valley Medical. I last saw him at a police officer's funeral at Oak Hill when he approached me and identified himself. He was sporting a long pony tail clasped with a rubber band and stated that he was there to pay respects to a (former) fellow officer.

Funeral info: Vigil on Thursday (tomorrow) from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral on Friday the 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Campbell Memorial Chapel. Private family burial at the National Cemetery in Gustine.

Bob Moir

Click on the link below George's photo to read the obituary and/or sign the guest book...





Want to sound well informed next time you are with a group of friends and the subject of the $16 trillion national debt comes up? You might be inclined to believe that China owns most of our debt based on what you hear from politicians, pundits, late night talk show hosts and the mainstream media at large, but you would be way off the mark. In fact, China owns less than $1.5 trillion of our $16 trillion debt. If you want to know the facts and this article is too lengthy to hold your attention, just scroll down to the red text...

US Debt Tops $16 trillion: So Who Do We Owe Most of that Money To?

By Greg Wilson
Fox Business Channel — Sept. 4, 2012

The Treasury Department reported Tuesday that the national debt had topped $16 trillion, adding fuel to Republicans' criticisms of President Obama's deficit spending just as the Democrats are kicking off their national convention.

Mitt Romney lamented "the enormous debt" being handed the nation's children, while House Speaker John Boehner called it a "sad reminder of President Obama's broken promise to cut the deficit in half."

But if you thought China's been doing most of the bankrolling, you might be surprised to learn who really holds our federal mortgage.

Fully two-thirds of the national debt is owed to the U.S. government, American investors and future retirees, through the Social Security Trust Fund and pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel. China, it turns out, holds less than 8 percent of the money our government has borrowed over the years.

“It is true that China is the largest foreign owner of our debt,” said Josh Gordon, policy director of the Concord Coalition, a Virginia-based nonprofit that advocates getting the nation’s debt under control. “But the vast majority of our debt is held by us.”

Economists differ on when the National Debt actually crested the $16 trillion mark, with some saying it occurred on Friday and others saying it happens on Tuesday. But none doubt that the federal government's tab is immense and growing. Just under $5 trillion of the national debt is owed to the Social Security Trust Fund and federal pension systems. A little more than $11 trillion is owed to foreign and domestic investors and the Federal Reserve, which buys up treasuries in order to drag down interest rates through quantitative easing.

China has actually decreased its holdings of U.S. debt over the past year, dropping from $1.31 trillion in June 2011 to $1.16 trillion a year later, according to the Treasury Department. Japan holds nearly as much, at $1.12 trillion. Those countries are by far the biggest foreign holders, but dozens of other nations, including Brazil, Russia, Taiwan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom hold trillions more.

Inside the U.S., private investors hold nearly $1 trillion in federal debt, while mutual funds, insurance companies and state and local governments hold nearly double that amount.

Yet China continues to be viewed as the poster child for financing our deficit spending, often demonized as if it is holding our debt over us. Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann joked during her failed campaign for the GOP presidential nomination that when it came to the debt, "Hu's your daddy," a reference to Chinese President Hu Jintao.

President Obama, during his 2008 campaign, criticized President Bush for taking “out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents…so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back.”

But Obama has been unable to slow the rapidly mounting debt. The nation owed $10.6 trillion on Jan. 20, 2009, when he was sworn in, and has added another $5.4 trillion since – more than Bush piled up in two terms.

"Instead of working in a bipartisan way to fulfill his promise, the president went on a 'stimulus'-fueled spending binge," Boehner said. "This debt is a drain on our economy and a crushing burden on our kids and grandkids."

Romney accused Obama of leaving Americans "worse off than when he took office."

"But it's not just this generation that's paying the price," he said. "The next generation has been saddled with enormous debt because of President Obama's policies."

Romney also had been critical of China, even mentioning the debt owed to the Communist country in his acceptance speech last week

"Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China?" Romney said at the Republican National Convention.

"There's a lot of China-bashing," said Burton Abrams, an economics professor at University of Delaware and a research fellow at the Oakland, Calif.-based Independent Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on politics and economics.

"You wouldn't get mad at a bank that gave you a low-interest loan to buy a home," added Abrams, author of "Wreckonomics: America's 10 Worst Economic Policies of the Last 100 Years." "But politicians like to find an external enemy to rally the troops against, and China's an easy target."

Gordon has a theory for why China gets blamed for doing little more than investing in the U.S. and allowing us to stave off the day of financial reckoning.

“If you look 10 or 15 years back, they probably weren’t in the top five,” Gordon said. “Then you had this very large country whose economy suddenly grew a pace not normally seen, and that came just as we were going into a cycle of massive deficit spending.

“Honestly, if it had been Great Britain, instead of a country with a record of human rights violations and one that has not been a traditional ally of ours, you might not have heard as much about it.”

This was our source for the information above. Clicking on the link below will bring up a video news clip about the massive debt from the Fox Business Channel as well as the article above.


If you are one of those who feel that Fox lies, Google the question "Who owns most of America's debt?" If you do, pages of links will pop up. Click on any that are current (summer 2012) and you will find that the figures noted above are correct.




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Don't forget to click on the Large or Full Screen icon on the YouTube menu at the lower right.

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We have passed along several clips over the past year of the short takeoff/vertical landing capabilities of the F-35B. This clip from Bill Yarbrough shows the amazing aircraft strutting its stuff as it undergoes suitability testing for carrier operations aboard the USS Wasp off the coast of Virginia. Contrary to what critics of the F-35 predicted, it did not burn holes in the deck or wash sailors overboard. (3 Mins.)


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While we are on the subject of aviation, here's a clip from Roger Coen showing how the Spaniards deal with fires using water bombers. It also makes for an excellent music video. (5 Mins.)


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The Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) in Ireland is arguably the most insane motorcycle race in the world. Since the first race in 1907 more than 230 racers have died practicing for the event or during the annual race. With a staggered start, the racers achieve speeds of 200 mph over the 38-mile course. Have a look at this clip sent in by Lumpy and you will see why it is pure insanity. (All of the riders who crashed in this video reportedly survived.) (5 Mins.)


Click on this link for more info about the Isle of Man TT...


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This clip about a one-wheel motorcycle is nearly as incredible as the video about the Isle of Man TT race above is insane. It is certainly worth a look. (7 Mins.)


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If you would like to see a 360-degree panorama from the top of the world without the pain and suffering (and possible) death of climbing Mt. Everest, click on the link below. Unfortunately, this won't work on devices like the iPad that don't support Flash software. But for everyone else, the view is spectacular, especially if you click click the Full Screen icon in the upper right of the picture. You can also use your mouse to pan up and down and left or right.


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Here's a little magic on the golf course for those of you who play the game. Try to imagine standing about 20 feet in front of a professional golfer teeing off with a 3 or 4 metal and catching the ball in your bare hand. (4 Mins.)


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This is a video clip of the 2006 White House Correspondence Association Dinner featuring George W. Bush and his alter ego, a/k/a Steve Bridges. Even those who hated Dubya and everything he stood for should find this entertaining. Sad to say, Bridges passed away in March of this year from natural causes at the age of 48. (11 Mins.)


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And finally, lovers of Barbra Streisand's politics will probably want to skip this video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie telling a delegation at the RNC about his experience at a prior White House concert. The video was posted on YouTube on Sept. 3rd and sent in by Don Hale. All that's left to be said is "Oorah." (3 Mins.)


Unfamiliar with "oorah?" Click on the link below...


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