The Farsider

Oct. 13, 2016

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

 

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

 

SJPOA NEWS



Oct. 7th

Click the links below to watch the news clips:

Mercury News (OP/ED): Liccardo, Garcia: Measure F needed to restore police department (article)



KRON 4: Father thanks San Jose police Officer for saving daughter (article)

 



Oct. 11th


As I updated our membership at our General Membership Meeting last Tuesday and made my rounds to the briefings it was quite obvious that our department is sick and tired of being under this black cloud. And no, it's not a dream...we are asking our community to stand by our side and invalidate Measure B...again...and allow us to rebuild our department by voting YES on Measure F. Below are some items discussed at the meeting:

• Councilman Raul Peralez came in to show his support for our Police Department and stressed the importance of Measure F and its passage.

• Measure F MUST pass. I talked about what happens to our department if it doesn't pass. And it's all bad...

• Nominations for SJPOA President, Vice-President, and Board of Directors started. There were only 3 new Directors nominated on this morning.

• The Chief attended our Membership Meeting and talked about his discussion that he would have with the City Council (This is recorded and can be watched by anyone at anytime by going to the City of San Jose Website). Chief Garcia talked about keeping the staffing levels up in patrol and that he will continue to do this for officer safety. Our Chief talked about how the city needs to negotiate a wage deal that will keep our San Jose Officers here and recruit them back!

• We stressed that everyone look at their options related to Healthcare now that we have a Sutter Medical option. The comparable sheet and costs can be found on the City of San Jose Intranet Site - HR. We suggest you look into all of your options based on your family's doctors and what you want out of your health care.

• We are still engaged in MOA negotiations to include wages. Our next meeting with the city team is on October 17th. We will continue to voice to the city that along with the passage (hopefully) of Measure F, the police department will not survive without a significant pensionable wage increase immediately!

I will continue to update you as the days move forward. I know that there is a lot at stake and that there are many of you that have to make some life decisions for yourself and your family. I take that very serious.
 
As always, please take care of you and your family...stay safe.
 
Paul



Oct. 12th


We received the following email from Sgt. Lawrence Perry Birch, Jr., #3544:

Hello! I and several active and retired department members (as well as the brother of deceased Officer Jeffrey Fontana, Greg Fontana) are riding our bicycles in the Police Unity Tour (PUT) during the upcoming National Police Memorial Week (commemorated May 13 - May 16, 2017) to honor fallen heroes killed in the line of duty.

Officer Ashley Weger and Greg Fontana rode in 2016's event and as many of you know, Motor Officers Mike Katherman and Bryan Jett participated as escort riders for the ride to honor Officer Mike Johnson. Tragically, and ironically, Mike Katherman was killed while riding his police motor on duty on June 14, 2016, and will be remembered in this ride.
 
Click HERE to watch the video Mike Katherman made with his GoPro while riding his motor as an escort on the ride.

I am putting this information out there for two reasons.

First, anyone who would like to join us and ride his or her bicycle in this four day event covering approximately 240 miles total may contact me at
<3544@sanjoseca.gov>.

Rider registration opened on September 27th, and it fills up fast. A waiting list will be established once that happens. For info on the local PUT Chapter XIII, covering Northern California, click HERE.

You will find details on the ride route and registration there. I can forward you the rider information packet and registration instructions if you contact me.
     
Secondly, the ride is also the biggest fundraiser for the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C., so myself and other riders will need to raise funds to participate in the ride. Details will be forthcoming on how to donate for this worthy cause.

Thank you,

Sgt. Lawrence Perry Birch, Jr., #3544
<3544@sanjoseca.gov>


PENSION NEWS


This anti Measure F opinion piece by Councilman Oliverio was part of the Op/Ed page of today’s paper…

Measure F Pension Settlement Doesn’t Solve Cost Problems

By Pierluigi Oliverio
Mercury News — Oct. 13, 2016


When I ran for city council 10 years ago, I campaigned on providing 401K retirement programs instead of pension plans for new city employees. Coming from the private sector, where companies have largely abandoned pension plans in favor of 401Ks, this seemed fiscally pragmatic.

Then and now, public pension systems are costly and unsustainable. Costly, in that tax revenue spent on pensions inherently reduces the amount of money available to spend on day-to-day services. Unsustainable, since pension increases outpace tax revenues, even when taxes are increased. So essentially, voters raise taxes, but do not benefit from additional services.

The largest source of revenue for the city of San Jose is property tax. All property tax collected citywide in 2016 adds up to $277 million, which is not enough to cover the annual pension payment of $330 million. This is significant. So just when you think, “Wow, my property taxes are high, but at least the money is paying to turn on streetlights or pave my street”, in reality the pension bill must be paid first.

I have repeatedly asked city finance staff, “Will there ever be a day when property taxes cover the annual pension payment?”

Unfortunately, there is never an answer, so I am left to assume this means “Not in my lifetime.”

Faced with strong union opposition, I authored Measure W in 2010, which voters approved by 72 percent. Measure W allowed San Jose to offer what is called a second-tier pension for new employees. Common in most cities, second-tier allows for a less costly pension plan for new employees and has never been legally challenged.

Measure W allowed the city to abandon a 250 percent government match of the employee contribution and 80-90 percent of final pay in retirement for public safety, which resulted in a 93 percent payroll cost for pensions. Instead, the new and existing second tier offers a 100 percent match, 65 percent of final pay retirement, which lowered payroll costs of pensions to 22 percent.

As a 401K saver myself, I would gladly take the more generous existing city of San Jose 2nd tier pension over a private sector 401K.

Measure F not only increases the second-tier pension benefit substantially, but also provides an unfunded retroactive pension increase for 1,300 of the 4,600 city employees. Of those that will benefit most, only 5 percent are police officers.

If it is the desire to assist police officers specifically, as has been widely discussed throughout the community, then Measure F is a fiscally inefficient way to do that. Keep in mind that the City Council can provide wage increases for police on any given Tuesday without voter approval.

The voters of San Diego recently enacted pension reform as well, putting all new employees on a 401K plan but leaving police officers in the pension system. That approach, which prioritizes law enforcement, I would wholeheartedly support, but Measure F, I cannot.

Keep in mind that when retroactive pension increases are granted, the taxpayer ultimately pays the bill, and the final cost for Measure F is still unknown. As a councilmember, I was not provided the estimated cost documentation for these increases before city council voted to put it on the ballot, nor has it been available for public review. Seriously. The intention was to find out the definitive cost after voters passed Measure F.

Did you catch that? Would you choose to take on more debt with your mortgage without actually knowing what that total cost will be? For more information, go to
<http://protectpensionreform.com/>. The city cannot provide services to residents if the bulk of tax revenue is spent on retirement benefits that are substantially greater than those of the private sector.

Pierluigi Oliverio represents District 6 on the San Jose City Council. He wrote this for The Mercury News.


PBA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING REMINDER FOR NEXT WED.

 

The PBA will convene its Oct. general membership meeting and dinner next Wednesday, Oct. 19th, at the POA Hall. The bar will open at 5:00 and dinner will be served around 6:00.


MAIL CALL



Oct. 9th

Hi Bill,

I have just finished watching the 2nd presidential debate which has caused me to drink way more whiskey than I should, however, I am bound to pass on some information of importance for a very close friend.

Gary Keith's wife of 58 years, Judy, passed away on Friday evening. She was suffering from Alzheimer's and Gary has been caring for her full time for the last 14 years. As I write this, their 2 kids, Kerri and Dean, are with him, but he is having a pretty rough time. You will not likely find any obituary as the Keith family is pretty private. They are not at this point planning any formal funeral. Judy will be cremated and her ashes buried with her father in Iowa, as she wished. 

Gary does not have a computer and does not receive the Farsider, but he has authorized me to release this information because he knows that many of his friends who do receive your newsletter knew Judy and would like to be aware of her death. Should anyone wish to contact him I have his address and phone number as does Tom Mazzone
<rtm1319@gmail.com>, and, I suspect, a few others. I will be happy to pass them on to anyone making a request.

Thanks, Bill, to you and Leroy for all that you do. This is one of those times that we appreciate both of you and all that you do more than you can ever know.

Mike
(Maehler) <maehler@imaxmail.net>

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Oct. 7th

Bill,

Today’s Sacramento Bee piece by Phillip Reese about police staffing is an interesting read. What I found telling, however, is the second chart in the article listing SJPD.

Craig
(Shuey) <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

Craig is correct. The chart compares SJPD’s personnel woes to other agencies in the state. Click HERE to pull up the article
.

 

Oct. 12th

Bill,

The latest Trump sexual innuendo tapes and such is like looking at a statue. Moving around the statue, this side looks pleasing, that part is ugly and so on and so forth. Now transpose the word Trump and add Bill Clinton. You would be looking at the same statue. In regards to this particular topic, both are the same person, identical, same mind. Everyone in their right mind knows what's been going on with Bill Clinton since he was in high school. Hillary, of course, is now pounding Trump for his misuse of words and his low esteem of women. All the while Bill  is cowering in the background — please don't bring up my past again. Remember, Donald and Bill are of one mind when it comes to this topic. That means they think the same thoughts and do the same deeds. While Hillary is excoriating Trump at every chance and at every turn over this issue, she is still married to Bill and holds him dear. She's even going to make his her numero uno economic advisor. I'm so glad she is not a hypocrite or anything like that.

This proves that sleazy old white guys are all alike. LOL. That’s about it.

Dave Scannell
<silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>


NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE



Oct. 7th

Dear Vanguard Reader,
 
The October 2016 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine should have already arrived in the mail. Please click HERE, then on the image of the October Vanguard cover to download the PDF.




WE SAY DRAFT HIS (BUTT) AND SEND IT TO IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN

Tagger Known as “Liter” Arrested on Suspicion of
Defacing Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice

By Veronica Rocha, Staff Writer
Los Angeles Times — July 14, 2016


A man was arrested Wednesday after his moniker was found spray-painted on the face of a Vietnam War mural in Venice days before Memorial Day.

Detectives had identified Angel Castro, 24, earlier this month as one of four vandals who defaced the wall bearing the names of 2,273 soldiers declared missing in action or prisoners of war in Vietnam, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Castro admitted to participating in the vandalism during an initial interview with lead Det. Michael Thibodeaux, who later obtained a warrant to arrest him, authorities said.

Castro, who goes by the moniker “Liter,” was taken into custody in the Exposition Park area on suspicion of felony vandalism. He is being held in lieu of $95,000 bail.



Click HERE to read the rest of the story.



WELL HOW ABOUT THAT…


My now-retired Marine Corps nephew made it into the New York Times with this seven-year-old file photo. Knowing Dave, however, I’m sure he would have rather appeared in the more conservative Wall Street Journal. Oh well, win some, lose some…

Trump and the Nuclear Keys

By Bruce G. Blair — Oct. 12, 2016
New York Times


As the 1973 Yom Kippur war between Israel and neighboring Arab states intensified, I was in an underground missile launch center in Montana with a crewmate when we received an emergency message to prepare for nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Only at the president’s behest would we ever turn keys to fire up to 50 nuclear-armed missiles that could extinguish millions of lives in less than an hour. Once we closed our eight-ton blast door to begin alert duty, we took orders from no one else.

Click HERE to read the rest of the commentary.



WHY WE LOVE THE BRITS


From Joe Suske comes this tale of how some British SAS warriors used burkas to their advantage. Here’s the headline and the first few paragraphs of the article. Click on the link at the bottom to read the rest of the story.

BRAVE SAS heroes dressed up in BURKAS to carry out a daring raid on the Islamic State (ISIS) headquarters in Syria which led to an evil jihadi leader being vaporized, it emerged today.

Dressed to Kill: SAS Heroes Don Burkas for
Raid on ISIS Bunker to Take Down Jihadi Chief

 


Fearless special forces troops donned the full-length Islamic dress to sneak undetected through the terrorists’ de facto capital Raqqa and take down the terrorist commander.

The eight-man SAS squad also eliminated several jihadi fighters after lifting up their burkas and opening fire on the stunned militants, who had no time to hide from the hail of bullets.

Click HERE to read the rest of the story



D-DAY THEN AND NOW — NORMANDY BEACHES 1944 AND 70 YEARS LATER (NEW)

 



Received from Joe Suske


May 28, 2014: Today, as many around the world prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, pictures of tourists soaking up the sun on Normandy's beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion.

Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

Click HERE to review the high definition then-and-now pics.



LISTEN UP EVERYONE, STAND OR SIT UP STRAIGHT AND SAY “CHEESE”



OK, you can relax, but you are now police officers, so maintain your dignity.


It was March of 1971, and this academy class photo was taken in the old Health Building between the old City Hall and the PAB a few days prior to their formal graduation at the Leininger Community Center. The academy coordinator was then-Lt. Tom Scribner (not pictured), who is deceased.

Almost everyone in the photo, according to Craig Shuey, had prior law enforcement experience, but not enough to avoid the academy. Three of those pictured (Bill Wiskel, Roger Finton and Tim Jones) are no longer with us.


STORIES OF THE WEEK


Poor Morris returns from the doctor's office and tells his wife that the doctor told him he has only 24 hours to live.

Given the prognosis, Morris asks his wife for sex.

Naturally she agrees, so they make love.

About 6 hours later, the husband goes to his wife and says, "Honey, you know I now have only 18 hours to live. Could we please do it one more time?"

"Of course," she says, and they make love again.

Later, as Morris gets into bed, he looks at his watch and realizes that he now has only 8 hours left. He touches his wife's shoulder and asks, "Honey, please...just one more time before I die."

She says, "Of course, Dear," and they make love for the third time.

After this session, the wife rolls over and falls to sleep.

Morris, however, worried about his impending end, tosses and turns until he's down to 4 more hours.

He taps his wife, who rouses, and says, "Honey, I have only 4 more hours. Do you think we could..."

Before he finishes his sentence the wife sits up and says, "Listen Morris, I have to get up in the morning and go to work, you don't."

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Little Johnnie's neighbor had a baby. Unfortunately, the baby was born without ears.

When the mother and her new baby came home from the hospital, Johnnie's family was invited over to see the baby. But before they left the house, Little Johnnie's dad had a talk with him and explained that the baby had no ears. His dad also told him that if he so much as mentioned anything about the baby's missing ears — or even said the word "ears" — he would get the spanking of his life when they got home.

Little Johnnie told his dad he understood completely.

When Johnnie looked in the crib he said, "What a beautiful baby."

The mother said, "Why, thank you, Little Johnnie."

Johnnie added, "He has beautiful little feet and hands, a cute little nose, and really beautiful eyes. Can he see?"

"Yes," the mother replied, "We are so thankful. The Doctor said he will have 20/20 vision."

"That's great," said Little Johnnie, 'cuz he'd be screwed if he needed glasses."

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A defense attorney arrived home late after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution for a client who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed, and he was feeling worn out and depressed.                                  
                                                                                                                                                     
As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started in...

"You're late! Where have you been? Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it!"

Too tired and shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long soak in the bathtub while his wife continued to nag as he drug himself up the stairs.

While he was in the bathtub the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that her husband's client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all. Wright would not be hanged at midnight.                                                       
                                                                                                                                                     
Finally realizing what a terrible day her husband must have had, she decided to go upstairs and give him the good news.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                     
As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.               
                                                                                                                                                     
"They're not hanging Wright tonight," she said.

Her husband whirled around and screamed, "For the love of God, woman, don't you ever stop?"


THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

Oct. 10 — Oct. 11

—Several reruns since this week which are not covered—


Oct. 10: Last night was the presidential town hall debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the audience was made up of undecided voters — or as they’re also known, the worst people to be in line behind at Baskin-Robbins.

A man in the audience asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to say one positive thing that they respect about each other. At this point, both candidates claimed their microphone was broken.

Trump later tried to downplay the comments, saying it was just locker-room banter. People didn’t know what was crazier, his excuse or the idea that Trump’s ever been to a gym.

With the election just a month away, it seems like everyone’s encouraging people to vote. In fact, I saw that last week, some politicians in Arizona took part in a voter registration event at a strip club. The politicians said the hardest part was pretending they had never met the strippers before.

Facebook has a new “secret conversations mode” that lets you automatically set messages to delete — or as Hillary put it, “Like.”

Oct. 11: The president just signed a law that will require men’s restrooms in federal buildings to have baby-changing tables. Or as most guys will call that, “Finally! A place where we can eat a sandwich!”

In a new MTV documentary with Macklemore, Obama says that when he was a teen he drank and did drugs, adding, “I pretty much tried whatever was out there.” When asked what made him stop, Obama said, “Stop?”

Happy 41st wedding anniversary to Bill and Hillary Clinton! Yep, they celebrated with a quiet dinner. A really, REALLY quiet dinner. “Did you say something?” “No.” “Good.”

A new national poll found that Democrats now have a significant lead over Republicans in the congressional races. Republicans said, “And there’s only one man to blame for this,” and Donald Trump said, “Exactly: Billy Bush.”

Trump is still under fire for the lewd and offensive tape that was released last week which he referred to as “locker-room talk.” Well now pro athletes are speaking out against this, saying that’s not how they speak in the locker room. While Tim Tebow said, “I don’t even like to say ‘Billy Bush!’”


Oct. 10: I was looking forward to the presidential debate last night; 67 million people watched Donald Versus Hillary 2. Rarely is a sequel better than the original but this definitely was.

Anyone who expected Donald Trump to reel it in was way off the mark. He was on fire. He promised that if he was president he’d throw Hillary in jail. He called her the devil — not A devil, THE devil. Which I think might have been his way of coming on to her.

A lot of post-debate analysis registered surprise that with all that was going on with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton didn’t definitively win the debate. The truth is you don’t win a debate like that. You survive it. You board up the windows and you get in the basement. You curl up in a ball until it blows over. It’s like a tornado.

One of the fascinating things that happened on Friday was, before the Billy Bush tape was released, all the news was about Hurricane Matthew. I thought Hurricane Matthew was going to come to California and get us, there was so much news.

The minute that tape came out, Hurricane Matthew just disappeared from television. The only channel that continued their round-the-clock coverage of the hurricane was Fox News because they didn’t want to talk about the Trump tape. Even the Weather Channel was like, “To hell with this, let’s go with the Trump tape!”

More than 1 million people lost power in their homes. The only person mentioning disaster on a national level was Donald Trump.

The Washington Post on Friday leaked the behind-the-scenes 2005 video of Donald Trump chatting with Billy Bush on the “Access Hollywood” bus. Trump was caught on tape telling Billy about the time he tried to have sex with “Entertainment Tonight” reporter Nancy O’Dell. He says he took her furniture shopping. By the way, I want some follow-up, I want to know if that happened, and if it did, what did he buy her? A sizable item? A hutch or a dinette set? Are we talking ottoman?

So, of course, people were outraged. Trump apologized, Billy Bush got suspended from his job. Poor Jeb Bush. Billy Bush is his cousin; he has to be thinking, “Why in the hell didn’t he release this tape a year ago?”

Oct. 11: According to a new study, Americans are not eating anywhere near as much cereal. Everything else we’re eating a lot more of, but not cereal.

I find this news kind of depressing. Although I’m not entirely sure why. The cereal was never really breakfast, so much as it was a large box for a small toy.

Donald Trump lashed out at a number of Republicans on Twitter today, the ones who have been distancing themselves from him. He called Speaker of the House Paul Ryan a weak and ineffective leader. He called John McCain foul-mouthed. He also tweeted, “It so is nice the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.” This is how he’s been behaving with shackles ON?

A number of cable news outlets called it a tweet storm. During this terrible tweet storm I think we should take a moment to acknowledge Donald Trump’s thumbs because those chubby little baby carrots have been working so very hard lately, they’re worn down to the nubs and I applaud them for doing so much work.


Oct. 10: What a great time to be in Washington. The Nationals won yesterday. The Redskins won yesterday. And the Orange-skin lost.

After a video surfaced of Donald Trump and Billy Bush making lewd sexual comments about women, NBC announced Bush would be suspended from the “Today” show indefinitely. Bush could not be grabbed for comment.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said this morning that “Last night’s debate was a good night for democracy.” But I think what she really meant was, “Good night, democracy.”

After hearing Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence canceled a campaign event in New Jersey today. Even worse, he forgot to tell Chris Christie.

During last night’s debate, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of being hateful and racist — before adding, “Oh my God, he’s right behind me, isn’t he?”

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera said this weekend that he has additional embarrassing tapes of Donald Trump. And if Geraldo thinks they’re embarrassing, you know it’s bad.

Oct. 11: Donald Trump tweeted earlier today, quote, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.” What shackles are you talking about? The only thing that ever shackled you was the 140-character limit on Twitter.

And NOW you’re going to fight for America? Hey buddy, you’re not Rosa Parks. You know how I know? People LIKED what Rosa Parks said on the bus. Huge difference.

Hillary Clinton campaigned in Florida today with Al Gore. You’re making Al Gore go back to Florida? That’s so cruel. That’s like making Joe Frazier go back to Manila.

The Cleveland Indians yesterday completed their sweep of the Boston Red Sox and will move on in the ALCS. “I hate the Indians,” said Donald Trump, who wasn’t talking about baseball.

A new study estimates that Pokémon Go players took over 100 billion steps in the last three months. Unfortunately not one of them was toward a date.



WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



Click HERE for the most current update.





Notice how quick the liberal media turned on Sully...



 




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If we had a nickel for each time THIS moving moment from last week’s presidential debate showed up in our inbox this week we’d be able to buy a 60-cent Hershey bar. You do the math. (1:29)




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Along similar lines, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta haven’t lost a step when it comes to song and dance. In 2009, when the hit movie “Grease” (1978) was released on DVD, the two stars got together on stage to celebrate its release with an iconic song from the movie. Remember THIS? (2:59)




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Dirk Parsons says you should like THIS Rhythm Future Quartet if you enjoy jazz. The blonde-haired guitarist is 25-year-old Olli Solkeli from Finland who now lives in the U.S. If you want to be dazzled, says Dirk, pay close attention at the 1:45 mark. (4:25)




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Bruce Fair says THIS is a pretty good advertisement. As ads go, we think it’s excellent. Here’s to you, Heineken singers and dancers. (1:30)




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With over 8 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, this “Crazy Russian Hacker” has done pretty well for himself since relocating to the U.S. That many subscribers and the advertising his videos bring earn him a decent income. THIS video about Ziplock Hacks was posted just a couple of days ago and has already received nearly 1 million views. Have a look and you may find something useful. (8:48)




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Thinking of getting away from non-renewable fossil fuels that are bad for the planet and investing in in an electric car? Before you commit, give some thought to THIS new technology and go drive one of these marvelous little machines. But stop for a couple of burritos at Taco Bell first if you plan to take a ‘long’ test drive. (2:07)




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Probably would be a good idea to take whatever steps are necessary to avoid parking anywhere near THIS driver. (1:04)




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Behold the fastest professional TREAT catcher in the world, according to Sharon Lansdowne. Blink and you may miss it. (0:53)




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We were amazed to find that this world newspaper site is still working (we last published this in the Feb. 5, 2009 Farsider). The only hitch is that Flash software must be installed on your computer, which should apply to all Macs and PCs. Odds are it will not work on an iPad.


After you click HERE, position your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the front page of the newspaper in that city will pop up. Double click and the page gets large enough to read, and you can use the option bar to access different regions of the world. There are a total of 712 front pages from newspapers in 70 countries.

If you look at Europe and click on the appropriate orange dot on the left side of Germany, up will pop the front page of the current European edition of "Stars & Stripes."

These front pages change every day with the publication of new editions of the newspapers. Truly amazing stuff!

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This judge wasn’t clowning around last week when she set bail at $10K each for two college students who thought it would be funny to put on clown outfits and terrorize a couple of 14-year-old girls. But there’s a twist: THESE clowns were girls. (2:43)




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Here is an Inside Edition clip about THOSE drivers that cause us to grind our teeth and hold a finger in the air. They go by the title of “Toll Cheaters,” and we say lock ‘em up! (3:30)




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Come on, rain...

 

Pic of the Week




THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 10/13/16

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

No changes

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to
<bilmat@comcast.net>.



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