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Retired Officer Jose De La Cruz
We are sad to announce the passing of Retired Officer Jose De La Cruz, #3679. Jose passed away peacefully this morning with his family at his side after a long fought battle with cancer. Jose worked for the Monterey County Sheriff's Office before proudly lateraling to San Jose Police Department on November 26, 2000. He retired on December 5, 2013 due to his illness. Jose leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Irma, and his 18-year-old daughter, Tori.
Jose will be laid to rest this Saturday, Oct. 14, at 12 noon at the Alta Vista Mortuary, 41 East Alisal St. in Salinas.
The service is open to all. The family is requesting that sworn personnel wear Class A uniforms if possible.
The family’s point of contact will is Retired Officer Jeff Moore who can be reached at: (408) 528-5533.
A college fund has been set up for Jose's daughter, Tori, who just started her first year at Sacramento State. Please make donations payable to Jeff Moore and write "De La Cruz" in the memo line. Donations can be dropped off to Sgt. Pierce or Sgt. Bagon at BFO Patrol or at the POA office.
After last month’s cancellation, the PBA will be meeting this coming Wednesday, Oct. 18, for the first time in two months. The regular schedule calls for the Open Bar to be pressed into service at 5 p.m. with Johnny Nguyen’s buffet dinner getting underway around 6 p.m. All PBA members are encouraged to attend.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
A Drunk Tank by any other name is still a Drunk Tank: As a former Deputy Sheriff who, prior to 30 years of service with the SJPD, served penance in the Main Jail that included several evenings assigned to the Drunk Tank, I would suggest that lots of photos and video be taken of this new facility before the chaise lounges take on the look of something found in land fills and the facility takes on the smell of methadone and vomit…
Station Opens in San Jose with High Hopes
Aguirre, director of the Office of Reentry Services, left, and Supervisor Dave
Cortese try out the chairs as officials and media tour the Mission Street Sobering
Station in San Jose, California, Wednesday, Oct. 4. 2017. The facility is Santa Clara
County’s newest solution to public drunkenness: a state-of-the-art sobering station
where police will drop off severely intoxicated but otherwise mellow people to dry out.
Bay Area Newsgroup — Oct. 4, 2017
SAN JOSE — With two looming jail towers, police headquarters and a shuttered city hall building, Mission Street area in San Jose isn’t exactly a symbol of hope.
But starting at 5 pm Wednesday, the gloom began to lift, if ever so slightly.
Santa Clara County’s newest stab at reducing public drunkenness — a state-of-the-art “sobering station’’ — opened its doors in a room in county’s Reentry Center for former inmates, across from a police parking lot.
Beginning with Sunnyvale, Campbell and the sheriff’s office, officers will be able to drop off severely intoxicated but otherwise mellow people to dry out — at what officials hope will be a cheaper cost to taxpayers than an emergency room or jail.
It’s part of a broader effort by local officials to try to keep substance abusers and mentally ill people out of jail after a wave of litigation over jail conditions and the 2015 murder of bipolar inmate Michael Tyree by guards.
“We’re trying to become leaders in the nation about how to keep people out of the jail in the first place,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese said at a news conference, gesturing toward the jail towers across the street. “We want to provide a safe space.”
With gleaming white walls and shiny gray floors, the new station is a far cry from a typical stark concrete jail cell. Instead of thin mattresses, the station has spiffy maroon and light blue recliners intended to reduce dizziness compared to lying flat on a bed.
Cortese and the Reentry Center’s director Javier Aguirre tested the recliners Wednesday afternoon.
“All you need is a big screen,” said Cortese, adding he would like to watch ESPN. “I wouldn’t watch a Board of Supervisors meeting — it’s like watching paint dry.”
The new station will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as an option for police and paramedics who pick up non-violent drunks. It will start with five recliners and initially take drop-offs by agencies that make relatively few arrests for public intoxication.
A team of nurses and “recovery coaches” will offer warm drinks, snacks and referrals to detox programs, residential treatment centers and housing services.
By next summer, the station will be available for all law enforcement agencies countywide and expand capacity for up to 20 people at a time — still a drop in the bucket compared to the more than 1,000 current inmates who are mentally ill or have substance abuse problems, or both.
Starting in January, the plan also calls for officers to be able to summon vans to pick up the pedestrians they’ve stopped for public drunkenness, sparing them from having to drop them off. The program may eventually include people arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, as in San Mateo County, but it won’t initially, officials said.
An experienced nonprofit organization, Horizon, has a $2 million contract to run the station this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The group, now headed by Mark Cloutier, has been operating a sobering center in Alameda County for eight years. It also runs detox and residential services for men here.
The center is Santa Clara County’s second try at what has become a national trend toward decriminalizing public inebriation in favor of medical treatment. A previous sobering station, housed in a trailer in back of the Main Jail complex on Hedding Street, was run first by the city of San Jose and then by the county. It closed in 2003.
The sobering station will cost about $12 million to run through 2020. The county will pay for half and the rest will be funded by a federal grant intended to reduce Medicare and Medi-Cal expenses by providing more effective care to people like homeless alcoholics who frequently use costly services like the emergency room.
Sobering stations have replaced jail drunk tanks in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and San Francisco counties. And Contra Costa County plans to open a 24-bed facility by the end of next year.
Click HERE for a related article titled “A New Twist on the Drunk Tank
I really enjoy reading the Farsider each month. Thank you for all the work you guys do in keeping us all informed. My wife Suzanne and I have relocated to Austin, Texas where my son Geoff, also a former SJPD Officer, is now working for APD. Below is a photograph of three former narcotics officers exiting the restaurant after reminiscing over lunch at the South Congress Café in Austin last February.
Left to right is Russ Jones, Craig Buckhout and me.
All the best,
Ted Sumner Badge #1580 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you are only reading the Farsider once a month, Ted, you are missing out on a lot. ;-) We publish every Thursday. Good hearing from you! —B&L
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A word to my senior friends who have grandchildren. Be careful when you are in a rush to deliver a grandchild to school and your 5-year-old granddaughter helps you with your shoes. As the attached photo shows, she helped me put on two left shoes that looked very much alike. I am assuming it was a mistake caused by being in a hurry, but I will keep my eye on her in the future. She may be trickier then I thought.
After dropping the children off at school I spent a day running errands and was not aware of the shoe issue until my chiropractor asked me why I was wearing two left shoes? I told him about my 5-year-old granddaughter and he said he understood.
Harry (Mullins) <Harry Mullins <email@example.com>
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Old timers will remember the tumultuous times of the late ’60s and early ’70s; our days made merry by the likes of John Thorne, Jack Brito and the Mercury News ("Cops Call Blacks the Enemy"). There were the Brown Berets, the Community Alert Patrol and a host of attending organizations and disorganizations, and Jack Brito had a hand in most. The groups shagged our calls, they photographed, they recorded, they filed complaints. The only trophy I have on my office wall is one from I.A. that reads, "Number 1 in Internal Affairs Complaints, Summer of 1974." I beat out Dexter O'Day who was number two with only 62 complaints. Jack Brito's street creds suffered when Jack Jr. murdered a priest in St. James park during a trick roll. Thought you might want to publish Jack’s obit.
Ken (Hawkes) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Resident of San Jose
Jack Brito passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side. Born on Feb. 21, 1929, he was the eldest son of the late Joaquin & Carmen Brito. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters Cecelia Flores and Sally Guerrero, brother Edward Brito and grandson Daniel Brito Jr. He is survived by his brother Robert Brito, his children Jack Brito III, Peggy Brito Perez, Carmen Brito, Daniel Brito, Ginger Marquez (Gilbert), Tammy Correa and Raquel Brito. He had 18 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
At age 17 he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Korea. He was honorably discharged on August 27, 1947. When he returned home after serving his country, he took offense to the racial discrimination in employment, the unequal education system and the abusive practices of law enforcement. In his quest to remedy the general systemic inequality in his community he wasted little time, taking up the challenge by becoming a tenacious civil right advocate. To further this cause, he accepted positions with San Jose Unified School District and the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA). He was a member of United People Arriba, La Raza Roundtable, and Community Alert Patrol.
While his foes saw him as confrontational and abrasive, his friends respected him for these very same qualities, recognizing it was Jack’s often booming voice that made him the mover and shaker that he became. He eventually established and served as Executive Director of Casa Oasis, a pre-release residential facility for the state & federal prison systems. Through all this, he made time to host the weekly poker game.
There are many lessons to be drawn from his life as a strategist, planner, organizer, mediator, teacher, advocate, poker player, friend and father. He was one of a kind, a man to respect that lead a life to admire that can never be replaced.
Memorial Services will be held at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA (408) 297-2447, Saturday, Oct. 7th. Viewing for friends and family 3-5 p.m. Service at 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8th. Final viewing 9-10. Reception 12-3.
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Bob Moir spotted an obituary for Bob Guffey in the paper and felt it might be of interest to those who worked Homicide back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Said Bob: “He was the owner of a mortuary transport business that interacted with the police for several years.in the '60s and ‘70s on traffic fatalities, suicides, homicides and natural and unattended deaths. A very dedicated, sincere and compassionate caregiver who, along with his wife Caroline, worked very closely with the police around the clock to provide a service to the community. There was no community recognition for his service besides his military dedication and service.
April 25, 1927 - October 2, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Robert “Bob” Earl Guffey was born April 25, 1927 in San Rafael, California and died October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was one of 4 sons and 7 daughters born to Benjamin Haggard Guffey and Edna Guffey (Nee: Fox). Bob volunteered to serve during World War II. He was assigned the Pacific Theater of Operations with the 41st Infantry Division (Sunset Division) in Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines in 1944. Bob ended his service in the United States Army only to enlist a few years later in the United States Navy, where he spent another six years. Sometime in the late 1950’s he enlisted to the United States Air Force, continuing to serve his country until the mid-1960’s.
His civilian life included many years as a uniformed Cemetery Police Officer for Oak Hills Cemetery, San Jose, California. During one shift he met the love of his life, Carolina De La Riva. Their marriage lasted 34 years. His humor and loving-kindness endeared him to Carolina’s children, including Delilah, Johnny, Carl and Carol (twins) and Sara.
Bob and Carolina opened their own mortuary transport and body removal agency for the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office. They established a reputation of showing the utmost respect for the deceased regardless of the situation. In addition, they made it a priority to provide tender words of comfort to the family and friends.
Aside from his family, Bob loved the Lord, Jesus, and made time to spread the word of the Bible wherever he went. He was an ordained minister through Kenny Foreman’s church.
In addition to his surviving step-children, Johnny, Carl, Carol and Sara, Bob has a niece, Doris Guffey (Bethel Island, California), at least a dozen grand-children and another dozen or more great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Bayside Community Mortuary, 1610 Noche Buena Street, Seaside, California on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. A memorial service for Bob will be held at Greater Victory Temple, 1620 Broadway Avenue, Seaside, California, on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM. Those in attendance are invited to follow him to Oak Hills Cemetery in San Jose, California, for a gravesite tribute with full military honors beginning at 2:30 PM.
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I guess the angry white guy in Las Vegas was done arguing within himself. All debates were now off. Life did not turn out as he planned. From the outside everything seemed normal. Some might even say happy. The opposite was true for his inner most self. There he was hiding waves of swirling pent-up chaos. His search for his own core goodness had long ago past. When he could no longer contain his secret inner rage of conflicts, his anger demons broke loose, broke out and took control. He calculated his final destructive non-stop murderous end.
Dave (Scannell) <email@example.com>
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Have you noticed that the late night jokers (Kimmel, Fallon, O’Brian, Colbert and the others are doing what they can to avoid the Harvey Weinstein scandal? Is it not a classic example of Hollywood trying to protect its own? Seems like the only news networks that are carrying the flap are Fox News and OAN. Your readers may be interested in the OAN news clip below. (3:35)
Talking Points <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Click HERE to watch the OAN newscast. (3:35)
I read a few articles that said a number of Fox News viewers have been disappointed in its coverage with its recent firings and line-up changes, and that those who have AT&T or Direct TV are turning to the new OAN (One America News) network to satisfy their appetite for conservative news coverage Unfortunately, the new OAN network is not carried by Comcast, at least not yet.
Late breaking news: News reports stated on Tuesday that one of Weinstein’s victims reported his sexual harassment to the police, and they had her wear a wire in the hopes of catching the pervert in the act of asking her to participate in lewd behavior. According to the recording, he wanted her to go to the bathroom in front of him, then sit and watch him take a shower, presumably while he rubbed his rubber-ducky. THIS is the recording.
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Once more facts don't matter any more. Fact Checker just issued a report that in the 263 days since Trump took office he has made 1318 false or misleading claims. A record that dwarfs any of his predecessors by such a large margin it makes them look like saints.
Here is a major example. Trump is claiming that reducing the business tax rate would result in more job creations, higher wages and major increases to our GDP. That companies will uses their new found wealth to hire additional workers and increase salary levels, rather than what they've been doing since the 1970's.
As their profits have increased over the decades companies have not proportionally increased wages. Just the opposite has happened. Wages have basically stagnated for the rank and file with profits going to company executives' compensation packages. In the ’70s, CEOs earned on average about 30 times more than their average employee. Today they earn over 300 times more. Increased profits also have been used to purchase automation equipment in order to reduce head count and increase productivity. In our manufacturing sector automation is responsible for 86% of the job losses and only 14% have been lost to relocation to other countries. And of course the stockholders have benefited by seeing significant increases in their dividends.
Trump negotiated a deal with Courier company right after taking office claiming that the company president had agreed to save 1200 jobs (this was the initial number on the table the actual number finally agree to was 800) from being sent to Mexico where they were building a new production facility. Trump also made it sound as if Courier was abandoning its Mexico building plans. In return, Courier would receive $70 million over 10 years from Indiana state coffers (VP Pence's state where he had just left the governor's mansion). In reality the company announced this summer that its plant in Mexico was operational and that 400 out of 1200 jobs were being relocated as planned. The company also told its stockholders that the $70 million would be used to purchase robotics and other automation equipment, not on additional hires or wage increases Instead, the cash infusion would allow them to decrease headcount by about 800 employees with the associated cost savings adding more to the bottom line.
Here's a reality check on Trump' and legislators' claims from the financial news this morning.
• Smaller companies would spend tax cuts on tech and not on jobs, according to a Reuters survey. David Randall reports: "Small companies pay the highest taxes and they would be the main beneficiaries of such a Trump windfall. Reuters contacted the 100 largest companies by market value in the benchmark Russell 2000 index of U.S. small and mid-cap stocks as well as another 50 in the Russell 2000 with no analyst coverage. None of the companies that responded to Reuters queries mentioned boosting their headcount. The administration has said the tax cuts would largely pay for themselves by spurring more investment and creating jobs. But companies say they look to spend on technology that will allow them to improve productivity or make acquisitions rather than hire more workers."
• Trump keeps repeating this tax myth: The president insists the United States is the highest taxed nation in the world. It isn't. POLITICO’S MATTHEW NUSSBAUM: "He said it Tuesday during a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He said it at a White House event last Friday. He's tweeted it, repeated it in television interviews and declared it at countless rallies. It is his go-to talking point, his favorite line as he tries to lead the Republican Party to a once-in-a-generation overhaul of the federal tax code. It is also false — something fact checkers have been pointing out since 2015, when Trump first began declaring it on the campaign trail. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought for the second time in less than a week to defend the comment by saying, in effect, that Trump did not mean what he said."
Thanks for another migraine, MG. By the by, I often use Media Bias/Fact Check to determine if a political website leans right or left. This is what the Media Bias Fact Check site shows for Politico, which is why I take virtually everything I see on the Internet with a grain of salt, regardless of whether said item is pro or anti GOP or Democrat.
NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE ONLINE
The October 2017 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine will be arriving in the mail soon. Click HERE to download the Vanguard file to your desktop, then on the image of the newsletter to read it.
CHAPLAIN DAVE’S ROOT BEER FLOAT SOCIAL DEEMED A SUCCESS
Pete Salvi reported on Facebook that the Root Beer Float Social for Chaplain Dave Bridgen that was held yesterday (Wed.) drew about 80 people to the Somerset Garden Rehab facility where Dave is a resident. These are a few of the faces belonging to those who were in attendance…
GOV. MOONBEAM GIVES TRUMP THE ONE FINGER SALUTE AND GETS IN BACK IN
ICE Will Target California Neighborhoods in Wake of State’s New Sanctuary Law
By Stephen Dinan - Staff Writer
The Washington Times — Oct. 6, 2017
The head of the federal deportation agency said Friday his agents will now have to go out into communities in California even more frequently to round up illegal immigrants, now that the state has embraced a full sanctuary policy.
Tom Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made the comments a day after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB54 into law, canceling almost all cooperation state and local authorities can give to federal deportation officers.
He said the effect could be even more rank-and-file illegal immigrants snared because federal officers will now have to operate out in the community, rather than focus chiefly on prisons and jails.
“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community,” Mr. Homan warned.
Thanks to the law’s restrictions on the ability of the private prison industry to hold illegal immigrants in California, Mr. Homan said his agency will also have to ship those being detained to facilities outside the state, making it even tougher for their families to visit them.
The new law also voids a specific cooperation agreement ICE had with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office under the 287(g) program, which had allowed local authorities to identify and prepare deportable aliens within their jails to be turned over to ICE.
“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,” Mr. Brown said in approving the law.
Immigrant-rights activists also cheered the legislation, with Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, calling it a “stinging rebuke” to President Trump.
“With this and other steps, California is declaring that it wants no part in aiding and abetting Trump’s deportation force,” Mr. Sharry said.
Mr. Homan’s statement, though, suggests the paradox of sanctuary cities.
The goal is often to thwart immigration enforcement efforts, but that usually means protecting those who have come in contact with prisons or courts — including convicted criminals — that local authorities then refuse to turn over to waiting ICE officers.
Instead, the officers must try to arrest them at their homes or jobs out in the community — where their family or other illegal immigrants around them could also be arrested.
But it also takes more manpower — perhaps a full team of a half-dozen officers — to conduct an arrest in the community.
That means fewer illegal immigrants overall may be arrested, but more of them could be collateral arrests rather than the criminal targets all sides say should be the priority.
Republicans in Washington have called for a pushback against sanctuary cities and states, with a bill clearing the GOP-controlled House earlier this year.
Meanwhile a number of legal challenges — both for and against sanctuary cities — are making their way through the federal courts.
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This is how the story was reported on the Blue Lives Matter website…
Declares Itself a Sanctuary State, so ICE Director Tells Them to Get Ready for
Onslaught of Raids
Blue Lives Matter — Oct. 6, 2017
ICE promised more raids in California in the wake of the state’s ‘sanctuary state declaration
—ICE Director Tom Homan Will Detain Illegals Caught In California Out Of State—
The director of the nation’s immigration enforcement said his agents will “have no choice” but to conduct workplace and neighborhood immigration raids due to California’s new state-wide sanctuary law.
ICE Acting Director Tom Homan said that when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill to make California a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants, including those who have committed crimes, it undermined public safety and hindered ICE from doing its “federally mandated mission.”
“The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise,” Homan said in the press release.
Homan said the California law nearly eliminates all cooperation and communication with law enforcement officers in California.
“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community,” Homan said.
“ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California.”
The state law also prohibits immigration holds, which is when ICE asks local jails and prisons to hold a prisoner after that person would be released, which gives ICE a chance to respond and take them into custody.
The Hill reported that California’s new law allows for ICE agents to interview and arrest detainees in local facilities only if they first obtain an arrest warrant.
Supporters of the California law said it was necessary to protect against excessive enforcement measures.
“The California Values Act is a stinging rebuke to the nativism of President Trump and his drive to deport millions,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice Education Fund.
“Trump and Sessions are determined to bully state and local jurisdictions into turning immigrants over to ICE even though it diverts law enforcement from protecting the public. With this and other steps, California is declaring that it wants no part in aiding and abetting Trump’s deportation force,” Sharry said.
FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT BY A LAS VEGAS FIREFIGHTER
This item received from Russ Russell is drawing lots of interest on the Internet by police and fire personnel. Following are the first three paragraphs of the article. Click below to read the rest of the first-hand account…
with a New Approach, Police and Medics Stormed Through the Las Vegas Gunfire,
LAS VEGAS — Joe Geeb didn’t know if there was one shooter, or 30. When the call for a “mass casualty incident” blasted through the radio Sunday night, the Clark County fire captain had no idea what was happening on the Las Vegas Strip, but he immediately began thinking about how he would run toward the bullets, the mayhem and the carnage while everyone else was running away.
He quickly donned his flak vest and the helmet designed to withstand rifle fire and gunshots. Then he paused as a group of armed police officers created a protective bubble around him and other firefighters. Moving as one, the team hurled itself into the center of the chaos.
“I knew the officers had my back, and I would have had theirs,” Geeb said. “We’re going to go in together, and we’re going to come out together.”
Click HERE to read the rest of the first-hand account
WHY? BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
City of Modesto Sells Fallen Hero’s $9,000 Police K9 For $1
Blue Lives Matter — Oct. 5, 2017
Modesto Police K9 Ike will be staying with his family.
Modesto, CA – The city of Modesto decided that a fallen officer’s family needed his K9 more than the police department needed the $9,000 investment in the K9.
Modesto Police Sgt. Mike Pershall was off-duty when he was killed in a traffic accident. He was bicycling near his home on Tuesday, Aug. 22, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Matthew Gibbs, according to the Modesto Bee.
Gibbs was arrested at the scene and is pending charges of homicide and DUI.
Sgt. Pershall was 38 years old when he was killed. He left behind his wife Christine, and two sons, one in junior high and one in high school.
He had just been promoted to Sergeant on Aug. 8, and had been K9 Ike’s handler for two years. He was mourned by his department, who described him as a “born leader” who was passionate about his community.
Sgt. Pershall was also a Field Training Officer. Modesto Police spokeswoman Heather Graves said that he “led by example and was a positive role model for the new and young members of the department.”
The city of Modesto has invested $9,137 in K9 Ike, a Belgian Malinois. He is just three-years old An expected K9’s career usually lasts until they are about eight years old.
After Sgt. Pershall’s death, Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll asked the Modesto City Council to consider “the human factor,” according to WMTW.
He said, “It is not a good deal for the Police Department to lose the dog. But there is also the human factor. You have a wife and two kids who just lost their dad, and that’s the family dog. What is the right thing to do?”
The city council agreed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and K9 Ike will be retired.
He will then be sold to Sgt. Pershall’s family for the amount of $1, and will remain with the family for the rest of his life.
IF JASON BROWN WAS WITH THE NFL TODAY WOULD HE TAKE A KNEE?
Ex-NFL Star Left It All Behind To Help Others
—On the Road with Steve Hartman—
A former football star who was the highest paid center in the NFL walked away from his lucrative career in sports to feed the needy (video below).
Jason Brown signed a $37.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2009. He was drafted 124th overall in 2005, playing nine seasons in the NFL before getting cut by the Rams in 2012, according to Business Insider.
Five years later, at the age of 29, Brown had earned over $25 million of that contract. His career was far from over and several teams were interested in signing him, including an offer from the Baltimore Ravens.
But he walked away from it all to become a farmer in Louisburg, North Carolina, despite protests from everyone around him.
"My agent, he told me, 'You're making the biggest mistake of your life,'" Brown told CBS. "And I looked right back at him and I said, 'No I am not.'"
Now, his main job is to grow sweet potatoes and other vegetables for the needy. The former NFL star has donated 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers this fall.
“When you see them pop out of the ground, man it’s the most beautiful thing you could ever see,” he said of harvesting the sweet potatoes.
Brown went to the University of North Carolina, but didn’t know the first thing about agriculture. He learned how to run his 1,000-acre farm by watching YouTube videos on how to grow crops.
First Fruit Farm’s mission is to donate the first fruits of every harvest to food pantries feeding the hungry, according to Good News Network.
to watch the video. (2:59)
YES, KARMA IS REAL, AND IT HAS A NASTY BITE
Oct. 10, 2017
'Fifty Nine Meat Eaters Dead. How Many Animals Will Live Because of This?'
The owner of a vegan food truck in northeastern Pennsylvania has sparked outrage after writing dismissively of the deaths of 'meat eaters' in the Las Vegas massacre.
Delinda Jensen, 60, tells the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre that she has received death threats and abusive comments, and was forced to close down her business in the wake of her post Monday night.
Jensen wrote: 'Yes I am jaded. Fifty nine meat eaters dead. How many animals will live because of this?" In a second comment, she used an expletive to say she didn't care about "carnists."'
her words: Delinda Jensen (left), owner of the Mother
Vegan Cuisine food truck in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was forced
to go out of business after posting a message on Facebook dismissing
the deaths of ‘meat eaters’ in the Las Vegan massacre.
Her post came less than 24 hours after Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, opened fire from his Mandalay Bay hotel room on concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 and injuring more than 500 others before turning the gun on himself as a SWAT team closed in.
Jensen and her son and business partner, 28-year-old Kyle Jensen, have been laying low in the wake of the controversy unleashed by her post.
They have installed a security camera outside their Wilkes-Barre home and have made several calls to police because they feared for their safety after having threats and obscenities hurled at them by passersby.
Jensen, a former adjunct history professor at Maryland University, has deleted her Facebook account and hidden away her bright-green food truck, but she says that did nothing to stop the verbal abuse.
The 60-year-old tells the paper she's sorry for the post.
Hunkered down: Jensen and her son and
business partner, 28-year-old Kyle, have
deleted their social media accounts and
have been laying low since Monday.
'Was it poorly written? Absolutely. Do I regret it? Yes. I am so sorry I wrote that,' she said Thursday. 'Meat eaters or not, no one deserves to die like that. I wasn’t celebrating the death of those people. That’s not how vegans think — we are non-violent.'
Jensen noted that she wrote a second post after facing backlash to clarify her position, saying she 'did not delight' in the deaths of the victims, but by then it was too late. The follow-up read, in part: 'the consequence of this incident is, at least fewer animals will be consumed.'
The food truck entrepreneur lamented no longer having an avenue to apologize to the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy because she is afraid to go back on Facebook amid the firestorm sparked by her original status update.
Jensen, who is a recent convert to veganism, explained that she was trying to make the point that people who consume meat are responsible for the torture and slaughter of countless animals each year.
Her food truck, Mother Nature Vegan Cuisine, was offering people a healthy alternative to meat, according to Jensen, but as a result of what she described as 'a moment of stupidity,' her business has been destroyed.
Jensen had lost her husband to a suicide and says she has no other means of earning a living.
Her son, who has a degree in culinary arts, is optimistic that he will be able to find another job and says he is not angry at his mother for her outburst.
Click HERE for more photos and readers’ comments about this story.
NOT YOUR ORDINARY GORILLA
'Handsome' Gorilla Delights Female Zoo-Goers in Japan
By Ben Hooper — UPI
Shabani, an 18-year-old gorilla at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan has proven popular with Twitter users and zoo visitors who have dubbed him "too handsome" and "ikemen," a "good-looking man."
Zoo officials said young women hoping to get into the good graces of the gorilla with the chiseled features and brooding poses might be disappointed to learn he has two wives of his own species, Ai and Nene.
The gorilla is also said to be a doting and protective father for offspring Kiyomasi and Annie.
Zoo spokesman Takayushi Ishikawa told CNN Shabani's sudden popularity was "totally unexpected."
"It's a perfect example of the Internet society... we were very surprised by the phenomenon," he said.
Officials said Shabani now regularly has a crowd of about 100 people watching whenever he comes out to greet the public.
"He's more buff than most gorillas and he's at his peak physically. We've seen a rise in the number of female visitors. Women say he's very good-looking," Ishikawa told the BBC.
"He seems to have noticed his new popularity, but he's kept it very cool," the spokesman said.
Madeleine Smitham, a media relations officer at Australia's Taronga Zoo, Shabani's former home, said he wasn't always a heartbreaker.
"I have seen quite an early photo of him and he's not the handsome man that he is today," she told The Telegraph.
Ed. — After watching this video twice, I have come to the conclusion that this isn’t a regular gorilla; it’s the reincarnation of a human in a gorilla’s body. Not only that, but he’s pissed because he returned as an ape, and because he wound up in Japan where he can’t understand what the people are saying! Think I’m kidding? Click HERE and focus on his eyes, expressions and movements. (6:24)
STORIES OF THE WEEK
From David Byers
Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances.
While attending a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”
He then addressed the men.
“Can you name and describe your wife's favorite flower?”
Frank leaned over, touched Ann’s arm gently, and whispered, “Gold Medal-All-Purpose, isn't it?”
And thus began Frank's life of celibacy.
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Three stories about the Irish
Received from Joe Devane
Meanwhile in the city of Dublin…
A car full of Irish nuns is sitting at a traffic light in downtown Dublin when a bunch of rowdy drunks pull up alongside of them.
"Hey, show us yer teets, ya bloody penguins." shouts one of the drunks.
Quite shocked, Mother Superior turns to Sister Mary Immaculata and says, "I don't think they know who we are; show them your cross."
Sister Mary Immaculata rolls down her window and shouts, "Piss off, ya fookin' little wankers, before I come over there and rip yer balls off."
She then rolls up her window, looks back at Mother Superior quite innocently, and asks, "Did that sound cross enough?"
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I went into the confessional box after many years of being away from the Catholic Church.
Inside I found a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On one wall there was a row of decanters with fine Irish whiskey and Waterford crystal glasses. On the other wall was a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.
When the priest came in, I said to him, "Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be."
"You moron,” he replied, “you're on my side."
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An Irishman's first drink with his son…
While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I took me son out for his first pint. Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage.
I got him a Guinness. He didn't like it, so I drank it.
Then I got him a Kilkenny's and he didn't like that either, so I drank it.
Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn't. I drank it.
I thought maybe he'd like whisky better than beer, so we tried a Jameson’s. Nope!
In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast, Ireland's finest whisky. He wouldn't even smell it. What could I do but drink it?
By the time I realized he just didn't like to drink I was so wasted I could hardly push his stroller back home!
COULD THE SECRET TO PEACE WITH NORTH KOREA BE AS SIMPLE AS A HAIR
Nothing else seems to have worked.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
—a/k/a Funnies for the anti-Trump crowd—
Oct. 3 — 10
Note: The obligatory Harvey Weinstein jokes are in red...
Oct. 3: Today President Trump flew to Puerto Rico. He was like, "These conditions are horrible! How can anyone live like this?" Then an aide said, "Sir, this is LaGuardia. We’re just refueling.”
Today Trump went to Puerto Rico to survey the damage done by the hurricane. And Mike Pence will go there tomorrow to survey the damage done by the president.
But Trump had a nice visit to Puerto Rico. He said it gave all the First Responders a chance to meet with the Last Responder. Trump told Puerto Rico that the recovery effort really threw his budget “out of whack.” Puerto Rico said, "Well next time there’s a hurricane, we’ll just push the island out of the way, so it won’t get in the way of your budget.”
Scientists have invented a way for you to change channels on your TV with gestures. Yeah, it’s great for people who like watching sports completely still. “Wow! What a catch — nobody move! Oh, now we’re watching Lifetime.”
I saw that Epcot just celebrated its 35th anniversary. It was also the 35th anniversary of the first dad sneaking off to get drunk in Germany.
Oct. 4: We have former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the show tonight! I told her it's an honor to have her here, and I can't wait to chat — and she said, "Dude, I'm just here to see Miley."
That's right, both Hillary Clinton AND Miley Cyrus are here. Yep, one recorded a song about a wrecking ball — and the other got more votes than one.
But we're very happy Hillary's here. Backstage, I asked her if she wanted a drink and she said, "Anything but a White Russian."
It just came out that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron" and threatened to quit. You can tell the situation's a mess, cuz Trump started throwing paper towels at it.
It turns out Mike Pence gave Rex Tillerson a "pep talk" to get him to stay on as secretary of State. Cuz nothing screams "pep" like a talk from Mike Pence.
But after it came out that Tillerson called Trump a "moron," Tillerson held a press conference and called the president "smart." Then he said, "Do you think the moron bought it?"
Oct. 5: President Trump just overtook Pope Francis as the most followed world leader on Twitter. The Pope couldn’t believe it – he said, “We both have more than Beyoncé? That can’t be right.”
I guess they could tell Trump passed the Pope when a plume of orange smoke came out of the White House.
Trump has more Twitter followers than Pope Francis. But the Pope doesn’t mind; he said, “My boss only had 12 followers, and he’s still pretty popular.”
O.J. Simpson said that during the nine years he’s been in prison, he hasn’t really changed at all. Then his parole officer said, “Ohhhkay – I guess you’re going back to prison.”
Google just released a pair of headphones that can translate 40 languages instantly. They say it’s a great way to travel to a new country and find out everyone’s making fun of you.
A man from Italy just set a Guinness World Record by putting on 13 pairs of underwear in 30 seconds. On the downside, he’s now banned from Victoria’s Secret.
Oct. 9: Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts game yesterday after some of the 49ers kneeled during the national anthem. Also, because he heard the phrase “man on man” and got really uncomfortable.
I read that the cost of Pence’s trip to the game was $200,000 if you factor in the flying, security, and hotel rooms, plus the ice cream in the helmet Trump asked him to bring back.
Hey, you guys, today is Columbus Day. But I read that some cities are observing Indigenous People’s Day instead. While most people said, “Call it whatever you want, as long as we get a mattress for 30 percent off.” That’s all we really want.
In his speech today, Trump called Christopher Columbus a skilled navigator. Then, at his Comic-Con speech, he called Darth Vader a good dad.
Harvey Weinstein was fired by his company yesterday for being accused of sexual harassment. Not good. They said if he keeps it up, he’ll wind up with his own show on Fox News.
Oct. 10: President Trump is back to golfing, and he played with Lindsey Graham yesterday and said it was “wet and windy.” But luckily, some people from Puerto Rico came and threw their paper towels at him.
This morning, Trump went on Twitter and talked about signing an executive order on healthcare, saying that he’d use "the power of the pen." Or in his case, the "command of the crayon."
I read that the U.S. is suspending visa applications from Turkey. Trump was like, “Don’t worry, we’ll have them back for Thanksgiving.”
I read that Trump stages his photos so that you can’t see his double chin. In response, Trump was like, (LOOKS WAY UP) “Fake news!”
Another big story is this Harvey Weinstein scandal. Today, some very serious allegations came out about his sexual misconduct. You can tell they’re bad, cuz Anthony Weiner just unfriended him.
A coach for the Miami Dolphins had to resign after a video surfaced of him snorting white powder. Afterwards, the team was like, “So THAT’S why the 50-yard line kept disappearing.”
Oct. 3: There’s talk of including video gamers in future Olympics. Olympic gamers would be treated like all other athletes, except they’d be tested for "performance-enhancing ramen."
There’s a rumor that the Lakers are trying to sign LeBron James. They’re telling him, "The weather in L.A. is great, plus as a Laker, you get the entire playoff season off."
To raise money for Puerto Rico, celebrities have been posting pictures online of themselves from puberty. However, after one look at mine, Puerto Rico said, "Haven’t we been through enough?"
President Trump was in Puerto Rico today to survey the hurricane damage. Trump looked around then told the locals, "If I were you, I’d go stay at your second homes."
Germany has just rolled out a new law banning hate speech. The law is tricky to implement because everything sounds like hate speech when it's spoken in German.
Scientists have figured out how to generate electricity from tears. In fact, they say that soon, 10 percent of our renewable energy will come from people watching "This Is Us."
Oct. 4: In Pennsylvania, a pro-life congressman is accused of asking his mistress to get an abortion so his wife wouldn't find out about his affair. He defended himself saying, "Hey, when I said I'm pro-life, I meant I'm pro-MY-life."
Historians say that if Prince Harry marries his girlfriend Meghan Markle it will be groundbreaking for the British royal family. Not because Markle's of mixed race, but because they're not related.
It's been reported that last summer, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron" and then was talked out of resigning by Mike Pence. Pence's exact words were "Don't quit, that moron needs you."
Byron Scott, a former coach of the Lakers, had his home broken into and money and valuables stolen. Afterwards, Scott said, "It could be worse, I could still be the coach of the Lakers."
Former boxing champion George Foreman has challenged former action star Steven Seagal to fight him in the ring. And the winner will be our next president.
In France, someone has installed the first ever "Raw Oyster Vending Machine." It's being called innovative by seafood lovers, and the best idea ever by bacteria.
Oct. 3: President Trump finally traveled to Puerto Rico today amid criticism of his response to Hurricane Maria — 95 percent of the island is still without power. So to make sure the people of Puerto Rico don't miss out on his crazy tweets, Donald Trump went there to deliver them in person.
He was there to help. But as soon as Trump heard people speaking Spanish, he threatened to deport them all to Mexico.
But, he was finally there. He was ready to help. Of course, he was on his best behavior. I'm kidding! He complained about how much money it was costing.
There was this weird moment in a church where much needed supplies were unloaded. Donald Trump took out some paper towels and started to softly lob them into the crowd like he was shooting hoops. Now, I don't want to say he's out of touch, but when Trump picked up the paper towels, he was like, "This is fun! What are these things? What? Towels made of paper? Crazy!"
Officials have discovered yet another personal email account that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been using for official White House business, bringing the total to three. They have three accounts. How much emailing are these two doing that you need three accounts? Pottery Barn doesn't send these many emails. They keep finding more accounts. This is either a massive breach of protocol or Jared Kushner is like the rest of us and can't remember passwords.
Oct. 4: NBC News reported this morning that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson nearly resigned back in July due to conflicts with President Trump. But Tillerson held an impromptu press conference today to deny the story. Now Tillerson, you may recall, is the former CEO of Exxon Mobil. So, he's used to pretending that nothing is wrong after a damaging toxic leak.
Also in that NBC story, this is the best of it, it was reported that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron." Yeah. So I guess Tillerson isn't so much secretary of state as he is secretary of stating the obvious.
When reporters asked whether it was true that he called Trump a moron, Tillerson said quietly, "I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that." Which means he definitely called Trump a moron. That is basically an admission of guilt in any situation.
An article published today revealed that Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were nearly indicted for fraud back in 2012 for misleading investors. You know what they say — the apple doesn't fall far from the guy who stole a bunch of apples.
The charges were mysteriously dropped after the district attorney received a $25,000 donation to his re-election campaign from, you guessed it, Donald Trump's personal attorney. I know, can you believe that? Meanwhile, Eric Trump has an airtight alibi — he had been left at home with a coloring book.
Oct. 5: Following yesterday’s story that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a moron, this morning Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant, saying, “This is fake news put out by NBC. Low news and reporting standards.” Now, he may be right about NBC having low standards. They did air 14 seasons of “The Apprentice.”
After posting the initial story about Tillerson calling Trump a moron, NBC journalists then shot back, saying that Tillerson actually called him a [bleeping] moron. I take it back about them having low standards. I think this is NBC’s greatest comeback since “Will & Grace.”
Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of St. Nicholas beneath an ancient church in Turkey. St. Nicholas, of course, is the basis for the legend of Santa Claus. And they think they found him. Which means now when my son asks me if Santa is real, I can confidently say, “Yes! He is dead though. That’s why you didn’t get that bike.”
Oct. 9: On Sunday Republican Sen. Bob Corker got into a Twitter feud with President Trump that ended with Corker posting, “It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” It is funny, but Corker’s tweet is not entirely accurate. A day care center would imply that someone there is actually in charge.
But then late Sunday morning, Bob Corker gave an interview and he said it concerned him that Trump runs the White House “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice.’” Again, not entirely accurate. On “The Apprentice” only one person got fired per week.
In other White House news — I'm sure you saw this — yesterday Vice President Mike Pence attended the Indianapolis Colts game for about 15 minutes. Pence left at the beginning of the game in protest to football players kneeling during the national anthem. Now let’s be honest, Pence would have left anyway as soon as he saw an unmarried couple on the kiss-cam.
Actually, the real reason Pence left the game early was because he found the mascot’s outfit far too revealing.
It’s being reported that this planned publicity stunt by Pence cost taxpayers about $1 million. To which Puerto Rico says, hey, how is that budget coming along?
Also over the weekend, some shocking news out of Hollywood: After new allegations emerge that he had engaged in decades of sexual harassment, Harvey Weinstein was fired from his firm the Weinstein Company for violating the company’s very strict 27 strikes and you’re out rule.
Hurricane Harvey was like, “Dude, you’re giving me a bad name.”
The fact is, his behavior left room for only two options: fire him from the Weinstein Company or elect him president of the United States.
Do you remember AOL instant messenger? It was like the precursor to modern day texting. Last week AOL announced it will be shutting down AIM in December. I know. I know. This is devastating news for three of you.
The company released a statement. They said from setting the perfect away message to that familiar ring of an incoming chat, AIM will always have a special place in our hearts. They sent that statement in an email, which people will find three months from now in their Gmail spam folder.
But a December shutdown isn’t good enough for some people. Today Mike Pence said he wants instant messenger shut down immediately, because that little AOL guy is suspiciously close to taking a knee.
Oct. 10: The feud between Republican Sen. Bob Corker and President Donald Trump is getting worse. After Corker criticized Trump in a New York Times interview, Trump made fun of Corker's height today by tweeting this, "The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!" There are so many things that bother me about this tweet. But the worst thing has to be this apostrophe. What is that apostrophe doing there? There's no reason for it. It's like Trump is just mashing the keyboard.
So, Donny made fun of little Bobby for being short. If you're just joining us, no, I'm not reporting things my 6-year-old saw on the playground today. I'm sharing news from the White House.
Today Trump actually wrote a hand-written apology letter to Corker. But, when he went to give it to him, he was like, "Come on, little Bobby, can't you grab it? What's wrong? It's right here. Whoa, almost!"
In that tweet, Trump insinuates that the New York Times set up Bob Corker by recording him, but the transcript actually shows that they had Corker's full consent. When Trump heard that, he said, "Wait, what's 'consent?'"
Oct. 3: President Trump is headed to Las Vegas tomorrow. If it goes anything like his trip to Puerto Rico, I'm sure it will be great. Trump has said some not-so-nice things about Puerto Rico over the past week including a tweet that the Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them" — says the guy who has never carried a piece of luggage in his entire life.
At a news conference this morning, he regaled those who don't have power yet with hilarity like this: "Mick Mulvaney is here, and he is in charge of a thing called budget. Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack. We spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine." Oh, yeah. Next time you allow a storm to ravage your island, please think about, we're not made out of money; think about the cost. He really puts the a** in compassion, doesn’t he?
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are having a bad week. They sent hundreds of official White House emails from now a third private account. We found out about the first two last week. Most of the emails are reported to have come from Ivanka's assistant, Bridges Lamar, who is NOT a semifinalist on “Project Runway.” She is actually her assistant.
At least six of Trump's closest advisers have been revealed to have used private email addresses to discuss White House business. It’s crazy, considering Ivanka's father based almost his whole campaign on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. It was like they missed all that. Jared Kushner's defense is that he only used the email when people initiated contact with him. That's like getting caught with a hooker and saying, “SHE came on to ME!”
This is a real product: Spanx arm tights. You might be familiar with their other name, which is sleeves. Spanx is always coming out with new and exciting body parts for women to feel ashamed of.
Oct. 4: NBC News had a story this morning that claimed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insulted Donald Trump's intelligence. While normally the president is very thick-skinned about this sort of thing, I guess this morning it bothered him. He went on a tweet rage that started at 7:29 a.m.
NBC News reported that during a Cabinet meeting in July, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a moron. If Trump is upset Rex Tillerson called him a moron, wait till he finds out what the rest of the country has been calling him.
According to NBC, Tillerson was on the verge of resigning after that. But Mike Pence talked him out of it. The story was confirmed by CNN, which meant Rex Tillerson, now knowing Donald Trump sees this, had to call a quick press conference this morning to address it before our five-year-old president had a temper tantrum.
"First, my commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as secretary of state. The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post"… until today.
He's never considered leaving the post? If you work in the Trump White House and you haven't considered leaving, you're either asleep or you're Ben Carson.
This is the first administration where Cabinet secretaries regularly hold press conferences to announce they're not quitting. Usually happens just before they quit. I wish he would have said, "Of course I called him a moron. Everyone calls him a moron. We go around the West Wing going, 'How's the moron today?'"
Oct. 5: So this was the closest thing I could find. A group of Turkish archaeologists claimed they’ve uncovered the final resting place of St. Nicholas, Old St. Nick. How do you explain that to kids? “I have some good news about Santa and some bad news. Good news is he was real. Santa is real – and Santa is dead.”
Of course Santa is dead, you force a guy to eat a billion cookies in one night, what do you think is going to happen?
They found this tomb below the St. Nicholas church in Antalya. They believe the body inside is the fourth-century saint the church is named after, which makes sense. One of the archaeologists said, “We will reach the ground and maybe find the untouched body of St. Nicholas” – and thus the most depressing animated Christmas special ever was born.
It makes you wonder: If Santa is dead, whose lap have my children been sitting on? Just when you think the week wouldn’t get any worse, Santa’s dead and he’s rotting under a Turkish church.
President Trump is still fuming about this Rex Tillerson story. It was reported yesterday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wanted to resign earlier this year and referred to the president as a “effing moron” at a meeting. Trump tweeted multiple times yesterday, insisting the story was fake. Tillerson decided to hold a press conference at which he denied ever wanting to resign, but did not answer the moron question. That’s got the president’s little thumbs tingling. This morning he again tweeted, “Why isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the fake news networks in our country to see why so much of our news is just made up, fake!” I guess he’s moved on from Puerto Rico and Las Vegas.
The Senate Intel Committee, by the way, is busy right now looking into the fake news stories the Russians made up to help Trump win the election. The other irony is no one, no breathing human on planet Earth, produces more fake news than Donald Trump. This is Donald Trump’s rating on PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact-checking organization: According to them only 5 percent of the things that come out of his mouth are true. More than two-thirds, 69 percent, are either mostly false, false, or pants on fire false.
This is another chart, from The Washington Post. Over the last 232 days, Donald Trump has made 1,145 claims that are false or misleading. And that’s just the stuff he says in public. Donald Trump is a tornado of fake news. He’s the Michael Jordan, Elvis Presley, and Great Wall of China of fake news combined. Donald Trump criticizing fake news is like Hugh Hefner criticizing fake breasts.
Oct. 9: My wife and I went to a wedding in central California on the weekend. On the way home, our electric car ran out of, er, electric. I went and got a flu shot at Walmart while it was charging for three hours. And I got in a fight with the president’s son on Twitter. So just a normal, regular — you know, the usual weekend.
On Saturday morning, my wife woke me up with the phone in her hand because President Trump tweeted the following, “Late night hosts are dealing with the Democrats for their very unfunny and repetitive material. Always anti-Trump. Should we get equal time?” Which is an interesting question. Especially as the president tweeted this demand for equal time after watching Fox & Friends breathlessly drool about how great he is for three hours straight. As far as being repetitive goes, I agree with Donald Trump. I hate it when people are repetitive [shows clips of Trump repeating words and phrases].
We got that out of the way. Put the tweet up again. Because he took the time with those little thumbs to put the word “unfunny” in quotes, which means we have a president who doesn’t know how air quotes work. We basically have Joey from “Friends” running this country. I responded to President Joey. Then Little Joey — Donald J. Trump Jr., DJTJ— replied to me after I replied to his father.
People are pointing to the fact that Harvey Weinstein was a Clinton supporter — I'm not defending Hillary Clinton. Fact is, her campaign did take money from what turned out to be a high-profile man who has been accused of sexual harassment multiple times. Not just one. She took money from Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump, who donated to Hillary's campaign. Note to DJTJ Next time you are defending your father, you think it’s good to draw a comparison between him and a sexual predator? Don’t. Doesn’t help.
But anyway — I did make a promise. I did promise a Harvey Weinstein joke. Here it goes. What's the difference between Harvey Weinstein and the Pillsbury dough boy? When the Pillsbury dough boy offers you a roll, he doesn’t ask you to take a shower for it. There you go.
This is the number one Trump feud of the day, if not the year so far. Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, not to be confused with Ivanka, has a new book coming out tomorrow called “Raising Trump,” in which she talks about what a great job she did raising those kids. And there’s interesting nuggets in the book. She claims when pregnant with her first child, Trump told her he didn’t want to name him Donald Jr. because, and I quote, “What if he’s a loser?” And now every time they talk, he’s like, I told you we shouldn't — anyway.
Oct. 10: Last week we learned that Rex Tillerson was quoted as calling Trump an "effing moron" behind his back. Trump tweeted the story was false. Clearly this is still eating at the president. This morning in a new interview with Forbes Magazine, they asked him about it and he said, "I think it's fake news. If he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests and I can tell you who was going to win." Rex Tillerson, right?
No intelligent person would get into an IQ contest with his own secretary of state. At this point I'm not sure Donald Trump could finish the maze on the back of a Denny's kids' menu.
I would definitely pay $100 to watch Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump take IQ tests against each other. And I guarantee the next day, Kellyanne Conway would be saying that the lower the number, the better the score.
Oct. 3: President Trump visited Puerto Rico today, and boy was he surprised when he asked to speak to their president. "What? You have a Donald Trump, too? I want to meet him."
Politico has published a new profile on Robert Mueller and the ongoing Russia investigation, with one reporter saying that asking Mueller for inside information would “be like asking him to watch a porn movie with you.” “I’ll watch a porn movie with you!” said Ted Cruz.
According to reports, officials have begun reviewing emails associated with a third and previously unreported email account on Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s private domain. And this can’t be good: The email is ThisOnesforCollusion (at) javanka.biz.
Oct. 4: Former first lady Michelle Obama yesterday criticized the lack of diversity in Congress. Said Congress, "Not true! We have white men from 50 different states!"
According to ProPublica, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were on the verge of being indicted for felony fraud in 2012. "But I'm too pretty to go to jail!" said the one who isn't.
According to a recent report, the price of legal marijuana has dropped by almost 19 percent this year. Said marijuana users, "Nineteen percent... of what?"
Oct. 5: Vice President Mike Pence will visit Puerto Rico tomorrow. Pence will survey the damage caused when Donald Trump made landfall.
Vice President Pence said in an op-ed yesterday that the U.S. will “lead in space again” under the Trump administration. Space? It took him two weeks to figure out how to get to Puerto Rico.
According to reports, Netflix is raising its prices next month. Wow, that is gonna be quite a burden on whoever’s password I’m using.
Oct. 9: Vice president Mike Pence left the stadium before yesterday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers after several players on the 49ers kneeled in protest during the national anthem. Wow, dude, if you’re that easily offended, do not look to your right. You’ll be shocked.
Senator Bob Corker is continuing to escalate his feud with President Trump, telling The New York Times that Trump is on the path to World War III. Said Trump, “I have bone spurs, I can't go to World War III, I have bone spurs in my foot. Oh, you got to get me out of this. It's my right foot — no my left — it doesn't matter. I can’t go — my feet — it’s my feet! They’re all wrong!”
In an interview this morning, Kellyanne Conway defended Vice President Pence for walking out of an NFL game yesterday, saying, “It takes a lot to get that man’s blood boiling.” “But boiling it takes all the flavor out,” said Eric. “Don’t ruin your blood!”
And finally, today was Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Of course, in Canada, every day is Thanksgiving day. “Thanks for the ticket, Officer!” “Hey, thanks for speeding.”
Oct. 10: The New Yorker today released audio of fired Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein begging a model to come into his hotel room and watch him shower. And by the looks of him, I’m guessing that shower never happened.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today said that President Trump’s comment that he has a higher IQ than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was a joke and told reporters they should “get a sense of humor.” They should get a sense of humor? You’re the one who always looks like she just found a joint in her son’s Bible.
A CNN anchor said yesterday that Sen. Bob Corker’s recent criticism of President Trump was his way of “planting seeds” to call into question Trump’s fitness for office. You’re just now planting seeds? I think it’s harvest time.
President Trump gave an exclusive interview to Forbes and teased a new economic development bill that he says is “both a carrot and a stick." Incidentally, “carrot and stick” are also Trump and Melania’s Secret Service code names.
Oct. 3: Today, 13 days after Hurricane Maria, yet another disaster struck Puerto Rico: Donald Trump visited the island.
Trump addressed the devastation that this hurricane caused to him: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.” What!? The budget is out of whack? That’s like a fireman rescuing you from a burning building and saying, “You do understand what our water bill’s gonna be now, right? Do you have any idea how many sexy calendars we’re going to have to sell just to pay for this?”
Trump even took time to meet with victims of the hurricane. Although, he could use some help with the small talk: [clip of Trump] "We're going to help you out. Have a good time." Have a good time. You're at a disaster site, not working the floor at your casino! "You havin' fun here? Listen, I'm gonna comp you a half a gallon of drinking water. Enjoy your hurricane. Don't forget to tip your FEMA worker."
Oct. 4: Ladies and gentlemen, I have some shocking news. There's chaos in the Trump White House. I didn't know there were enough people left to qualify for chaos.
It all started this morning, when NBC News reported that over the summer, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly disparaged Trump by referring to him as a "moron" after a meeting at the Pentagon. Hold on there, Rex! Nobody calls our president a moron except me! And other world leaders. And, ultimately, history.
Of course, Donald Trump is dealing with huge issues right now — Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, sadly, North Korea — so, naturally, he kept his eye on the ball and let this Tillerson story pass. I'm just kidding! This morning he tweeted, “NBC news is #FakeNews and even more dishonest than CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting.” What's lovely is that in times of trouble, Donald Trump always is there — for himself.
Oct. 5: I am so worried about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Yesterday, NBC News reported Tillerson was on the verge of resigning his position this summer and had openly disparaged President Trump, referring to him as a “moron.” That’s usually something you say right before you quit. “Hey boss, can I have five minutes of your time? You moron.”
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, it looks like Congress might finally do something about gun control. Yesterday, congressional Republicans signaled that they would be open to banning gun conversion kits called “bump stocks,” which take advantage of a semiautomatic gun’s natural recoil, allowing it to bounce back and forth off a shooter’s trigger finger and unleash up to 100 rounds in seven seconds. It’s great for hunting – if you’ve got seven seconds to kill every animal in the forest.
Right now, these devices are totally legal because, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a bump stock “Is a firearm part and, therefore, is not regulated as a firearm.” Yes, it’s not a gun, it’s just a part of a gun. Like when your parents find your bong and you tell them, “Hey, there’s no weed in there now, so technically, that is a vase.”
Oct. 9: There's a lot to talk about — full docket tonight — ‘because this weekend brought us another bumper crop of Trump, a Trumper crop. Was it Sunday? On Sunday, Trump went after fellow Republican, Tennessee senator, and man reading the dollar menu, Bob Corker. You see, last Wednesday, Corker uncorked about how badly Trump needs his advisers. I’m pretty sure “Chaos” is Trump’s nickname for his iPhone.
In response, Trump tweeted: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO,’ and he dropped out— said he could not win without. . . my endorsement. He also wanted to be secretary of state, I said 'no thanks.' He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran deal!” “Also, and this is unforgivable, last year he worked very hard to get me elected. Thanks, Bob.” “Really, so good. He worked so hard. So amazing. I love you, Bob. Go to hell.” But at least he was able to get this off his chest and move on to more important . . . hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!” Yeah, Corker doesn't have the guts to run. And he’s qualified. Imagine how brave Trump must be.
Oct. 10: So far it has been a rough start to the school year for Donald Trump. His report card is definitely going to say, "Has problems working and playing well with others." And there's not much we can do. What can we do? Because the Oval Office doesn't have any corners. You can't put him in a time out.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in the middle of tense negotiations about North Korea and their nuclear program, when Trump tweeted that Tillerson was "Wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man." Everybody knows there is no better way to defuse a tense nuclear standoff than with insult humor.
Who can forget during the Cuban Missile Crisis when Kennedy tweeted, "Cueball @Khrushchev and Lil' Beardy don't have the [guts]. I double-dog dare you to push the button."
Today in an interview with Forbes, Trump defended his actions towards Tillerson, saying, "He was wasting his time. I'm not undermining. I think I'm actually strengthening authority." Yes, I'm not burning your house down. I'm lowering your heating bills.
Women now allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
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Like tens of thousands of others, curiosity drew me to YouTube searching for videos taken by people at the Las Vegas concert. Of those I reviewed, this one captured my interest because it was shot close to the front of the stage and shows how some in the audience didn’t have a clue that the noise they were hearing was automatic gunfire. It made me a little nervous to watch it the first time for fear that the girl standing in front of the camera was going to take a round to the head. THIS clip also shows how many rounds were discharged before the singer realized what was happening and immediately exited stage left. (2:14)
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Hillary Clinton and some others on the left were making some noise about the NRA’s push to legalize firearm silencers (a/k/a suppressors) shortly after the Las Vegas massacre. (Personally, the argument that the purpose of legalizing silencers is to save the hearing of gun owners is ridiculous in my opinion, but that’s another issue.) Actual silencers fall under the same ATF regulations as fully automatic firearms; they are legal to own as long as you have purchased a special $200 tax stamp from the ATF. The firearm expert in this video has a pen name of Hickok45. His YouTube channel has nearly 3 million subscribers and this clip alone has had over 8 million views. He points out that you can obtain a silencer for your handgun or long gun for under $20 if you are willing to risk a federal prison sentence. All you need to do is go to an auto supply store and pick one up. The more popular suppressors are made by STP and Fram. They also are used to filter oil, but that’s not as much fun as attaching them to a firearm and making it sound like a BB gun. Click HERE and listen to what Hickock45 has to say. (6:18)
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Lundberg thinks this is a good idea. The Farsider staff votes for armor piercing rounds instead...
police fire paint balls at fleeing vehicles so that other police
vehicles can see them and identify them at a later date if they get
away. The paint is bright orange and extremely difficult to remove.
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There’s no audio in this clip sent in by Dirk Parsons, but we think it’s safe to assume that the guy in the white T-shirt was warned by the owner or manager of the station not to SMOKE so close to the gas pumps. (2:34)
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Whether or not you believe that the spirit of mushrooms can save the world as the creator of this video proclaims, the magic lies in watching the time lapse photography used in the clip. Click HERE and see if you don’t agree. (2:24)
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Perhaps this form of Japanese artistry will keep earthquakes and tsunamis at bay, but we wouldn’t count on it. Click HERE and check out these giant straw animals received from Sharon Lansdowne. This is one example...
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Want to see an example of a fake website? Why there isn’t a law against these we have no idea. Or maybe there is, but enforcement is impossible because there are thousands of them on the Internet. Remember, Cyberspace is indeed a wild frontier.
In this example the site looks like it belong to Fox News and that it is featuring a story about liberals going after Sean Hannity. That’s what is known as “clickbait” — it’s designed to draw you in. But it is actually an ad for a substance that the site wants you to believe works like Viagra.
One easy way to tell if a website is legit or fake is to click on the links at the top of the page (e.g. Home, Video, Politics, U.S. or any of the others). When you do, nothing happens. The links are dead.
Don’t let yourself be fooled by fake websites. Click HERE to see this one.
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popular submission from readers this week…
Breaking News: The Chicago Police Dept. has replaced
all sirens with a recording of the National Anthem in an
effort to get all suspects to stop running and take a knee.
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Bill Leavy may have swapped his police badge for a firefighter’s jacket, then traded the jacket for an NFL official’s shirt, but he still has fond memories of “The Chase.” Have a LOOK…
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We have studied this clip very carefully and have concluded that it is real, meaning that it was not staged. Our only criticism with the caller to the radio show is that she may vote. Meet Donna the Deer Lady. (3:51)
There’s a follow up to this where Donna the Deer Lady calls back in to the radio show and explains herself. Perhaps she’s not as DUMB as many people originally thought! (5:43)
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Is Julia a wolf, a coyote or a dog? THIS week's rescue by Hope for Paws will answer that question. (5:18)
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Say hi to Miley, a Dalmatian that was expecting her first litter. During her pregnancy, however, Miley’s owner made the mistake of letting her watch the Disney movie “101 Dalmatians” and THIS is what happened. (1:19)
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To have a dog that was trained in first aid would be a real plus for those of us in our 70s. If my ticker gave out, for example, I would like nothing better than for my pet to administer chest compressions. Mouth-to-mouth, on the other hand, not so much. Watch THIS: (1:13)
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Tip of the Week:
Thinking of buying a sheep dog?
Stay away from those discount pet stores.
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Is this funny? If you look at the facial expressions of the people receiving the “touch,” it may be. For the person not receiving the touch, maybe, maybe not. Have a LOOK and see what you think. (5:14)
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I can remember being a big Beatles fan back in the ’60s as well as the Blues Brothers with Akroyd and Belushi several years later during the classic SNL era. Perhaps that is why this Brazilian band that calls itself the Blues Beatles hit the right notes with me. Keep an eye on the piano player and the guy with the sax and you may wonder how their instruments SURVIVED “A Hard Day’s Night.” (4:13)
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This is one of those amazing videos of a great song that is sung in unison by musicians from all over the world through the magic of electronics. It involved numerous artists from a grandpa in New Orleans to a drum group from Mexico and other artists from Italy, Brazil and South Africa, all of whom joined together to add their own flavor into the classic song “Stand By Me.” Click HERE, sit back and enjoy. (5:28)
If you enjoyed that rendition of “Stand By Me,” see what you think of this version of “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by clicking HERE. (4:14)
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If you can keep your eyes perfectly dry after watching this clip received from Dirk Parson’s that we chose as this week’s closer, you have a colder heart than we do. It features Jay Leno and one of OUR nation’s heroines. (7:02)
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