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October 18, 2013

 

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

 

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



 

RETIRED SGT. RON BONDI



Badge 1355
Born March 29, 1943
Appointed Sept. 23, 1968
Retired Oct. 4, 1997
Died Oct. 15, 2013

We were notified at 5:00 p.m. yesterday (Thurs.) by Chaplain Bridgen that Ron had passed away during the evening hours on Tuesday of this week after losing a battle with cancer. Dave said Ron's wife was putting an obituary together and would get it to us ASAP. We waited until press time at 8:00 a.m. today this morning hoping it would arrive. It didn't, but it should appear in the Mercury News in the next day or two. We will include it in the next Farsider for those who don't have the opportunity to view it.

Service this coming Tuesday

A service has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. this coming Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Santa Teresa Church, 794 Calero in San Jose, and it will be followed by a graveside service at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St., in Santa Clara.


 

SERVICE SCHEDULED FOR MIKE LOWRY

Arrangements have been made for a service at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7th, at the Dwell Christian Church (formerly Willow Glen Baptist Church) at 1292 Minnesota Ave. (at Hicks) in San Jose. This is Mike's obituary from today's (Fri.) paper...



Michael Lowry
July 8, 1942 - October 4, 2013
Resident of San Jose

Michael Paul Lowry passed away after complications following heart and cancer surgeries. He fought his hardest to recover until the very end, and never gave up.

Mike grew up in the hills of Los Gatos, California. He played football as an offensive lineman at Los Gatos High School, and was inducted into the L.G.H.S. Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Mike went on to play at Foothill College and San Jose State University, and lettered every year he played at SJSU.

After college, Mike married the love of his life, Bonnie. After a few years, they settled in Willow Glen where they remained for more than forty years.

Shortly after daughter Mary was born, Michael joined the San Jose Police Department and served the City of San Jose for thirty years.

Growing up in the country, Mike enjoyed the outdoors and all types of related activities in his younger years. Endlessly curious about the world, Mike was a voracious reader and serious history buff.

Michael was a man with a big personality, big intellect, and an even bigger heart. He was extremely funny, caring and generous, and was someone you could truly count on. He wanted to put everyone at ease, even his many visitors while in the hospital. He will be terribly missed by so many.

Mike is survived by his wife Bonnie, sister Sharon, daughter Mary and son-in-law Dallon. Also brother-in-law Joe, sister-in-law Sheila, many nieces and nephews, and even more friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th at Dwell Christian Church, 1292 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose California.

The family requests any donations be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

 

 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE POA TO ALL RETIREES



Oct. 14th

To our retired brothers and sisters, we need your help!

The City is planning on hiring retired police officers as independent contractors in a civilian capacity to conduct the backgrounding function of the Police Department's hiring process. The active members of the SJPOA are asking all of you NOT to participate.

As you know, the background process is critical to ensuring the high standards of the SJPD. The POA's position continues to be that this job is best done by active, full-time police officers.

Many of you know that last year Chuck Reed and his Council majority (Liccardo, Nguyen, Constant, Oliverio, Khamis and Herrera) outsourced the job of backgrounding Department applicants. They did so against the wishes of the POA and ignored repeated warnings that their outsourcing plan would not work. The POA went to arbitration over the issue of outsourcing police work. We lost that fight and Chuck Reed went ahead with his plan to outsource backgrounds.

The POA conveyed to the City our concerns about the selection process, quality control and the ability of this new model to handle this important work. The City told us that only hand selected retired SJPD officers with solid reputations would be used. The City hired two firms who, in turn, hired retired police officers to conduct the backgrounds. It didn't take long for the City to realize that they did not have enough retired officers to do the job. Before we knew it, retired officers from other agencies were doing the backgrounds of future SJPD officers. At this point, we could find no one who could or would explain the hiring and selection process. After one year, we have been told that the City has decided not to renew the contracts with the two outside firms.

Instead, the City has decided to hire retired officers directly as independent contractors in a non-sworn, civilian capacity to conduct the background checks.

We want to convey to our retirees how serious a breach in trust, brotherhood and solidarity we would take anyone's participation in this program. The active members of this Association consider you family. That sentiment must be a two-way street. We need you to have our back.

The actives have shown an incredible amount of unity over the last four years. As you know, we are in a fight that has devastated our ranks. Our pension costs have ballooned beyond anyone's imagination and every attempt at negotiating legal reforms to our pensions has been rejected by the City in favor of the unlawful Measure B. It is a reality that today's active SJPOA members are paying over twice the amount many retired members paid for retiree healthcare (9.5% of pay as opposed to 3.7%). That extra money supplements the retiree healthcare fund and keeps it solvent so that current and future retirees can enjoy the benefits they were promised. At the same time, active member POA dues were increased 50% while retiree's POA dues have been kept at $5 per month.

It is not easy for our active members to continue to make these payments. We are in the third year of a 10% wage giveback. Our last raise (1.5%) was in 2008 and 1.25% of that was immediately taken back to pay for retiree healthcare. Our active officers are taking home less today than they did in 2004. During that same time period, retirees have rightfully continued to receive their yearly 3% COLA. Many retirees take home more money than our actives.

Active members honor your service; you did your time here, paid your dues, and you have earned the retirement you enjoy today. We are happy for you and maybe even a bit jealous. Your work, dedication and sacrifice over the course of your careers built this Department. We are proud to carry on the traditions you began.

One of those traditions is UNITY. You stood together during the blue flu and other challenges. Our current members have shown the same UNITY. At a time when all of our members desperately need a higher wage, the active membership stood together and voted down a 3% wage restoration by a vote of 954 to 2, virtually unanimous.

There may be some retirees who will be interested in doing the background work. They'll make a few extra bucks, feel like they're still a part of things here, keep busy and even do all they can to find quality applicants. But at what cost? If retirees start to do this job, then what's next, the training unit, permits or perhaps the range? With every outsourced position, an active officer is bumped.

I want to remind the retirees who would consider taking this job of the assault the City has carried out against you. Chuck Reed and his Council minions are currently trying to the gain the authority to suspend your COLA, they have already suspended your SRBR payments and are fighting to take them away forever. They have moved you to a different healthcare plan resulting in increased costs to you. Think about it for a minute. We are asking you to stand with us, like we stood by you in challenging various parts of Measure B that threaten to take away rights from retirees. If any retiree takes the job, working for the City as a backgrounder, they are siding with the entity responsible for the attacks on their hard earned benefits. Please don't do it.

We can never allow the City to manipulate and divide us this way. If the active members of this Association ever reach a point where they view the retired members of this Association detrimentally, we are done. The damage wrought by such a turn of events would be devastating. As an active member who will soon join the ranks of the retirees, I can tell you that the actives would come out on top of that fight. The active members of this Association have shouldered the costs of the litigation over Measure B. This fight will cost the members millions of dollars. The outcome of this legal battle will affect actives and retirees alike.

Officer Devlin Creighton receives a disability retirement. He was hit by a motorist while on motorcycle patrol. He broke his neck and back. He was not yet a top-step officer at the time and lives off of a 50% retirement based on Step-5 wages ($49,200 per year). During this last year he was supplementing his income by working for one of the firms hired by the City to do the backgrounding for SJPD.

He was ready to sign up with the City as an independent contractor and continue that work. That is until he heard of our call to boycott the job. He came to me and told me that he would not cross the line. He understood the larger picture and would look for other work. It was not easy for me to make that ask of him. If he can support us, if he can stand shoulder to shoulder with us if he can forgo the temptation of the City's easy money, then surely you can as well.

We know that you support the active members and are there for us. You earned the peace that comes with retirement. What we are asking of you today is to stand with us and fight the tyranny coming out of City Hall. Do not sign up for this latest scheme by Chuck Reed to outsource our police department. Your active brothers and sisters need you to say NO to this latest divisive and destructive scheme being pushed by City Hall.  

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>

 

PENSION NEWS

The 64-dollar question is, will Mayor Reed's pension reform initiative make the Nov. 2014 ballot? And if it does, how will the voters react?

Reed Lines Up Pension Allies

—Four other mayors join push to place statewide initiative on 2014 ballot—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 16, 2013

SAN JOSE — San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and leaders of four other California cities struggling with soaring retirement costs announced Tuesday they will seek to get a pension reform initiative on the November 2014 state ballot.

“This initiative gives government leaders the flexibility to solve their pension problems so they can both provide critical services to the public and make sure that our employees and retirees are paid the benefits that they have earned,” Reed said.

San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe joined Reed in submitting the ballot initiative to the state Attorney General. All but Tait are Democrats.

Representatives of government labor unions blasted the effort, which Reed has been working on for more than a year, as nothing more than an attempt by conservative and corporate interests to punish public employees for financial woes they blame on Wall Street. They argue the public isn’t supportive of reducing the retirement security of cops, firefighters, teachers and other government workers.

“It will allow public employers to unilaterally cut the retirement benefits promised to current teachers, firefighters, police officers and school bus drivers,” said Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, which represents some 1.6 million current and retired public employees.

But the mayors argued the initiative still would let employees keep the benefits they earned to date while allowing government employers to negotiate changes needed to curb runaway costs and avoid further cuts to programs and services.

The proposed Pension Reform Act of 2014 would amend the California Constitution to give government agencies clear authority to negotiate changes to existing employees’ pension or retiree health care benefits. The changes would apply “going-forward,” allowing employees to keep the benefits they have earned to date but letting employers reduce what they’d earn for the remainder of their careers.

“We need to fix a very broken system,” Kampe said. “In Pacific Grove, pension costs have crowded out library hours, overdue street and infrastructure maintenance and other important services.”

San Jose’s story is similar. The city’s annual bill for its retirement plans more than tripled from $73 million to $245 million over a decade thanks to benefit increases, flawed pension fund assumptions and market losses. Career city cops and firefighters can now retire as early as 50 with pensions starting at up to 90 percent of their last salary with automatic 3-percent raises for life.

But to cover the ballooning cost of those benefits, the city has had to leave jobs unfilled and lay off workers, even police officers and firefighters. San Jose has lost about a fourth of its total workforce over a decade, even as its retirement costs continue to climb.

Reed sponsored Measure B on the June 2012 ballot to help San Jose deal with growing costs of retirement plans that remain some $3 billion underfunded. Voters approved it by nearly 70 percent. But city unions have sued to block it, arguing it violates a “vested rights” doctrine established through California court decisions that effectively forbids government employers from ever reducing pension benefits for current and retired workers.

Measure B attempted to work within that constraint by requiring current workers to pay more for their pensions unless they switch to a reduced plan for their remaining years. Measure B also reduced pensions for new hires. A San Diego pension measure that also passed overwhelmingly at the same time as Measure B required 401(k)-type savings plans for all new hires except cops and temporarily froze pay that counts toward pensions.

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has yet to rule on Reed’s pension measure. San Jose union leaders saw the new initiative as an acknowledgment Measure B is illegal.

“After wasting millions on legal fees, all the while knowing that his Measure B was unlawful, Reed now wants to change the Constitution so that he can break promises made to city workers,” said Robert Sapien, president of the San Jose Firefighters union.

Reed and the other mayors argued that if they’re forced to make changes only for new hires, they will be driven into insolvency. San Bernardino and Stockton filed for bankruptcy protection this year, due in part to their pension debts.

“If we fail to act,” Morris said, “then many other cities and counties will soon follow my city into bankruptcy.”

The measure will still face a tough road toward qualifying for the ballot and passing amid what is expected to be heavy union opposition. Pension reformers pulled out of a statewide ballot measure last year after complaining that Attorney General Kamala Harris’ ballot summary of their proposal was unfair.

Unions are gearing up for a fight over the latest effort.

Stanford University political science professor Bruce Cain said given that most privately employed taxpayers don’t have the generous pensions of government workers, “if it were to get to the voters, you’ve got to believe that it would have a shot.”

But he also noted that unions will put their most sympathetic faces into the fight, police and firefighters, making it a tough battle.

“You start picking on police and fire, they can sway public opinion,” Cain said. “People are grateful to have others willing to put their lives on the line to protect them.”
 

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Following up on Chuck Reed's pension reform initiative is this Calpensions article sent in by Craig Shuey...



"Pension Reform Initiative Would 'Empower" Cities"

<http://calpensions.com/2013/10/14/pension-reform-initiative-would-empower-cities/>


 

POA UPDATES

Subj: Discounts from Verizon Wireless

Oct. 17th

As many of you know, Verizon is going through an extensive audit on their discounts.  I have had countless retirees call because their discounts have been questioned.  Most of you have or will receive notification stating that you need to enter a "business email address" or send them a copy of a current pay stub.  Some of you have said that someone at Verizon has told you that as retirees you are not eligible for the discount.

I have contacted our sales representative and he did confirm that retired members are not (nor should have ever been) part of the discount program.  Obviously no one has been looking at it closely until now.  That being said, he also told me that many of you have sent in your pay stub and are still receiving the discount.  He is not going to try to stop this in any way.  Unfortunately, it sounds like a case by case basis as to whether they let it go or not, depending on who is receiving the information.

He also said that he is working on a plan specific to retirees that would not be as large of a discount but would afford retirees some reduced fees.  I will let you all know when I hear back from him on this.

Sorry that we can't be more specific on you receiving the discount but this is the most up to date information.

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

If you are interested in placing a wager on who will replace Chuck Reed as the next mayor of San Jose, you might want to put a couple of bucks on Councilman Sam Liccardo after you see the local luminaries he has drawn to his camp. This excerpt from last Sunday's I.A. column tells you who they are, and it does not bode well for Pete Constant and the other mayor wannabes...



Mercury News — Oct. 13, 2013

Liccardo Lines Up Guests for Campaign Kickoff

Next year’s race for San Jose mayor is still quite a ways off. But one contender sent word last week that an array of local political luminaries will be kicking off his campaign. Expected to join Councilman Sam Liccardo’s Oct. 24 launch at the SP2 restaurant will be former mayors Susan Hammer, Tom McEnery and Ron James and former vice mayors Blanca Alvarado , Frank Fiscalini , Shirley Lewis and Judy Chirco. District Attorney Jeff Rosen and former D.A. George Kennedy plan to be there, along with Assessor Larry Stone. Also joining the party are former council member David Pandori and former county supervisor Dianne McKenna, plus school board members including Magdalena Carrasco and Joseph Di Salvo .

Business types aligning with Liccardo include Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, Rocketship Education founder John Danner, and SunPower CEO Tom Werner .

Several of Liccardo’s City Council colleagues also are running to succeed Mayor Chuck Reed: Madison Nguyen, Pete Constant, Pierluigi Oliverio. County supervisor Dave Cortese also is expected to join the fray.

Of course, it’s hard to gauge the political coat-tail effect from prominent supporters. Reed had few marquee names behind his 2006 candidacy before he won the primary that June, beating presumed front-runner Cindy Chavez.

 


WEEKLY POLL
 

Last Week's Poll Results
 



For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>


 

MAIL CALL

The number provided by Paul Gardner in last week's Mail Call column for Yahoo users whose e-mail accounts are hacked was missing a digit. The full number for Yahoo Concierge Wayne Barber is 1-800-297-6798. If you use Yahoo for your e-mail, you may want to make note of it.
 

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This is regarding the Keith Kelley Christmas Dinner Dance information that was in last week's Farsider...

Oct. 12th

Bill,

I've had Retirees call me about the parking. Would you add this sentence in The Farsider and include it in the next letter announcement?
 
Parking will be validated free of cost.   

Thanks,

Margie Thompson
<sssq@aol.com>
 

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Oct. 12th

Bill

Thought this might be of interest in the "Farsider." I have done no research and am not sure about the costs listed for current motors?

Paul
(Salerno) <CALPAULY@comcast.net>

LAPD Tests New Electric Motorcycles

Article:

<http://news.msn.com/science-technology/lapd-tests-out-new-electric-motorcycles>

Corresponding Video:



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAgDl91LK_U&feature=youtu.be>

Interesting. While I still think Al Gore with his green agenda is a nitwit, I recently bought a fully electric Chevy Spark to replace a Honda Goldwing I sold to Bill Silva. (I decided I was getting a little too long in the tooth for the bike.) The Spark has a range of 85 miles before it needs to be charged and is a ton of fun to drive (0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds). And it gets the equivalent of 120 mpg. With $10K off the sticker price of $27K due to federal ($7500) and CA ($2500) rebates, it cost the same as my Goldwing did back in 2001. Plus I get to drive solo in the HOV lanes and piss off the other solos in their gasmobiles. Have a look at this lass reviewing the Spark EV...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTL8upQrBVE>


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Craig Shuey thought this notification might be of interest to some retirees...



Oct. 17th

To All Members:

A memorial tribute for Robert Koga, LAPD (retired) and lifelong law enforcement trainer, will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 1300 hours at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario. Please distribute this information to personnel in your agency and consider posting the attached flyer which is included at the bottom of this email.

Anyone planning on attending is requested to RSVP for planning purposes at
<www.kogainstitute.com>.

Discount hotel rates are available at
<http://tinyurl.com/mktubkx>. The Ontario Convention Center is immediately adjacent to the Ontario Airport.

For anyone planning on attending CPOA's CopsWest event, please note that this memorial tribute will  occur on the Saturday immediately before CopsWest, which is being held at the same location.


 

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND SJPD'S AWARDS' CEREMONY

—Tickets available from the website below—

Numerous SJPD personnel will be receiving awards ranging from the Richard Huerta Special Merit and Outstanding Police Duty awards to the Hazardous Duty and Medal of Honor awards and numerous citations in between.

To read more about the Awards ceremony and who the recipients are, click on this link:

<http://sjpba.net/images/Special_Edition_Insider_Major_Awards_Ceremony.pdf>

Dinner ticket prices, menu choices and other information is available from the website above. You can either type the link into your browser or click on it below. As noted, the password, if needed, is mac2013.

<http://sjpd-mac.eventbrite.com>


 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

—This space available—


 

MEYER WEED



<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>

Oct. 10th

Mayor Chuck Reed has spent a lot of time recently claiming that the City of San Jose has bent over backwards to negotiate with the SJPOA and offered a "generous" 3% non-retroactive pay raise. Reed has claimed that he had reliable information that the SJPOA membership was eager to accept the offer but were being denied the opportunity to vote on a contract by SJPOA President Jim Unland and VP John Robb.

Well, the SJPOA put the contract before the membership and the results are in.  The City's 3% pay raise was OVERWHELMINGLY rejected by a vote of 954 noes and an UNDERWHELMING 2 yes votes. Apparently 48 members abstained.

Thanks Chuck for "forcing" the membership to decide!



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 5,  2013

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox



Want to know the facts about this widely circulated photo
that has been described as a redneck village or mansion?

New Articles

• A 'Russia's Got Talent' video clip captures a horrifying incident in which a contestant accidentally shoots his partner in the head with an arrow.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/russiantalent.asp>

• Photograph shows a dead woman who collects the souls of people who don't share her image.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/bedghost.asp>

• Rumors claim Facebook is 'deleting all privacy settings' and 'getting rid of its privacy policy.'
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/privacyremoval.asp>

• Did Pentagon sources issue a warning to Russian officials to expect a 'radical change' in the U.S. government soon?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/radicalchange.asp>

• Photograph shows an "ancient mermaid skeleton" unearthed in Bulgaria.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/mermaidskeleton.asp>

• Photograph shows a "redneck mansion" composed of several linked trailers.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/redneck.asp>

• Video purportedly shows a woman wanted by the FBI for torturing a baby.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/babyvideo.asp>

• Did Vladimir Putin describe negotiating with Barack Obama as being like 'playing chess with a pigeon'?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/pigeonchess.asp>

• A fan tries to give away tickets to a last-place football team's game and ends up with more than he started with.
<http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/tickets.asp>

• Has the AMBER Alert system been discontinued due to the federal government shutdown?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/shutdown.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows Mount Rushmore obscured by a helicopter-suspended sheet due to the federal government shutdown.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/rushmore.asp>

• Controversy over a claim that Catholic priests may not conduct religious services on U.S. military bases during the federal government shutdown.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/shutdown.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Did a Samburu tribesman who was supposed to say "Just Do It" in a Nike commercial really say something else entirely?
<http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/nike.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

 

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Want a slo-mo look at the goal 19-year-old Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl scored in last week's game? You know you do if you are a fan of the team, or even the least bit interested in the sport of hockey. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x4yg5Jp2W4>


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We have presented many a flashdance here in the Farsider, some outstanding, all excellent. Although this one sent in by Alice Murphy is called a splashdance instead of a flashdance, it ranks among our favorites. We can't put our finger on why, but for some reason it reminds of Bo Derek in the movie "10." (5 Mins.)



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThjY6GizZqc>


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Say what you want about Nancy Pelosi, but the Democratic House Leader (future House Speaker in 2014 if the GOP doesn't get its act together) can sure carry a tune. Watch her belt out this tune by the title of "Take Ten Pills and You're Fine." (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U1ShwjleSE>


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Interested in a deluxe motorhome? You can have one like this if you can dig up enough cash or qualify for a $2.5 million loan. That's what actor Will Smith paid for it. Step in and have a look around. Tours are free. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V0WulksI0s>


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If "Life is like coffee" doesn't sound like a profound message, it may after you watch this short video. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.flickspire.com/_videos/flash/LILC/LILC.swf>


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This story about a poor little terrified dog starts out sad, but ends on a happy note after she is rescued and given the name of Holly. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhLriN3nBdE>


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We have included several links in the past to excellent color photos of various locations in the USA dating back to the early 20th century. This link received from Jeffrey Hunter will show you in high-quality color what Russia was like circa 1910. They may also make you feel good that you were born here in the good ol' USA when you were. (Be patient as the pics are large and may take a few moments to load...)



<http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html>


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Travel by air much? Alice Murphy says you might be interested in this "clever hand luggage" if you do. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5IEOMfMAQs>


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True to its title, this Ford-sponsored video is called "Insane Base Jumping-Falling with Style." (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7XyB9RxT0g>

And here's a behind the scenes (raw footage) look at that video clip. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwHyffcBrNY>

 

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Warning: Do NOT watch this clip immediately before or after a meal. It's about a guy showing off his redesigned slingshot. All goes well until...
(2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUii9q8HXEg>


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You football fans may be interested in this video received from Russ Jones. We ran this past Bill Leavy, who said he hadn't seen it and found it very interesting. (2 Mins.)

"Process for fines begins 'behind closed doors' at NFL office"



<http://tinyurl.com/kavbapp>

 

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Ever see a toddler who is master of the hoops? Little Titus could be the next NBA all-star unless this is as tall as he will ever be. Wouldn't that be a bummer? (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmMbm78sEB4>


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Space is all about perspective. The title of this video received from Tom Macris is "Some Strange Things are Happening to Astronauts Returning to Earth." If traveling from the Earth to the Moon piques your interest, you may want to watch this. (19 Mins.)

The Earth as seen from the Moon



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OsuiRmexWk>


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Speaking of the Moon, have you ever wondered what it would look like if it was the same distance from Earth as the International Space Station? Of course you haven't, but have a look anyway. You might find it interesting. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBDZtt0vWD8>


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Red Bull just released the full, multi-angle video of Felix Baumgartner's recent jump from space that also shows his descending altitude and air speed as well as other data. Click on the link below if you want to ride along with him. (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiFrxbHxV0>


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"Only Boys Aloud" is a Welsh choir comprised of male teens age 14-19, and their appearance on Britain's Got Talent is well worth a look and listen. The boys even had Simon Cowell rising from his chair. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AARrVAHnkdY>


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If your computer and Internet connection is sufficient to play large screen videos, check out this clip promoting Alberta, Canada. If not, click on the second link. The scenery is so spectacular that you may need to remember to breathe. (3 Mins.)



Large Screen
<http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ThFCg0tBDck>

Smaller Screen
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThFCg0tBDck>


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Before we return from Canada, check out this footage captured on home video of a huge pod of Orcas (Killer Whales) near Galiano Island, BC that was sent in by Stan Miller. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfyVMWuUQnw>


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Leave it to the Scots to come up with something as ingenious as the Falkirk Wheel. And this from the same country that invented the bagpipes? Go figure! (8 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tBH9SE-Kw8>


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If you are old enough to remember the late Paul Harvey, listen to this short commentary that was broadcast by 1200 ABC radio stations nationwide 48 years ago, on April 3, 1965. (3 Mins.)



<http://stg.do/9LDc>


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Is this item from the July 12, 2012 Farsider about WWII worth a third visit? We think so...

When Paul Gardner sent in this clip entitled "Return to Makin Island" we immediately recognized it as one of the most moving videos that has ever been in the Farsider. (A check of the Archives showed that we ran it last three years ago, on June 11, 2009.) Paul said in his email that even if it has been seen before, it's worth a second look. We agree. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6f_FvZpm3g>


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C'ya


 

Pics of the Week:

 After the government shut down and all the national parks were closed,
this is how the Feds decided to punish the visitors at Mt. Rushmore...



The monument could only be seen unhindered from the Canadian
side, where visitors all agreed that the famous political figures were
mooning Obama, Biden, Boehner, Reid and the rest of Congress...


 
   

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