October 11, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or
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.
A MESSAGE FROM THE
PBA REGARDING LOU EMERY
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
PBA MEETS NEXT WEEK
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.
PROP 32, YES OR NO?
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
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
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
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
up to back measure; critics say it will cripple unions—
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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
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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:
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.
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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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
Thank you again.
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
As you can see I really do need everyone to wish me good luck.
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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.
Click on the
link below George's photo to read the obituary and/or sign the guest book...
POP QUIZ: HOW MUCH
OF OUR DEBT DOES CHINA HOLD?
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
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
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
“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
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
"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
“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
“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
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.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 22, 2012
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Another scam spread by cell phone text message: free $1,000 Best Buy gift
• Warning about card-skimming thieves reading
information from RFID-enabled credit cards carried in pockets and purses.
• Did a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee eliminate Labor
Day as a holiday in favor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr?
• Text reproduces an October 1948 statement by President Harry Truman about
• Warning that chicken jerky treats from China are causing illness in dogs.
• Has Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit over a federal
mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives?
• Account charges that a football player at Lancaster
High School severely beat a gay student but was not charged with a crime.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Have the bodies of suicide victims been mistaken for Halloween decorations?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• 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
AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
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.
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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.
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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."
Unfamiliar with "oorah?" Click on the link below...
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Pic of the Week:
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