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October 25
, 2012

 

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
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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.



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Did you know or suspect that the story about Mayor Reed receiving a traffic tag for making a turn without signaling would have legs? We did, and the Mercury News didn't disappoint. This is from last Friday's paper...

Police Send a Signal with Citation Banter

—Officers, dispatchers gleeful over ticket amid pension battle—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 19 2012
 


SAN JOSE — The officer who ticketed San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed for allegedly failing to signal a turn last month called the violation a “pet peeve” in a message to a dispatcher but hadn’t cited any other driver for it in at least five months, according to city records.

The citation drew widespread attention because it came amid a bitter feud between Reed and the officers’ union. The union is suing to block a measure the mayor supported to reduce pension benefits for cops and other city workers whose costs have more than tripled in a decade. In June, voters overwhelmingly approved the measure, which unions say is illegal.

The contempt for Reed within the police department is evident in message traffic among officers and police dispatchers following the ticket in which they revel in the mayor’s misfortune, refer to him dismissively as “the Chuckster” and cheer the officer who cited him as their “hero.”

But nothing in records the city provided suggests the ticketing officer, Kevin Kyono, targeted the mayor for a citation. Kyono later told dispatchers in text messages that he didn’t know who was driving the blue Toyota Prius hybrid until he looked at the motorist’s license.

“Turning w/o signaling is one of my pet peeves so I already had the ticket done when I realized it was him,” Kyono messaged dispatcher Kellie Carroll at 8:25 p.m. Sept. 11 on the officer’s laptop computer.

Kyono pulled Reed over near the intersection of Mabury Road and Capital Avenue at 7:39 a.m. and left the scene at 7:55 a.m. after a 17-minute interaction that Chief Chris Moore described in a department memorandum the next day as “an example of professional law enforcement,” an assessment he maintains.

Kyono declined to comment. But the chief said the frequency of various citations in a ticket book often just reflects what occurred in front of the officer during that period.

“Citations occur if it’s in front of the officer,” Moore said, adding that motorists who think they were cited unfairly can always challenge them in court.

Moore did chastise officers in his day-after memo for publicizing an image of the mayor’s ticket through social media as “incredibly disappointing and professionally embarrassing” and said he would discipline those responsible. An internal inquiry is ongoing and should be completed within weeks, he said.

Reed, who had no other violations on his driving record, has said little about the matter. His office said he was deciding whether to simply pay the fine or satisfy it through driving school. He was given a Nov. 8 traffic court date.

Given the tensions between the officers and City Hall, the ticket ignited public debate with some asserting it must have been issued for political payback and others suspecting mayoral attempts to have the chief intervene on his behalf — which Moore also insisted wasn’t the case.

According to the department duty manual, officers are issued citation books for six-month periods. Kyono’s ticket book didn’t show any other citations for failure to signal a turn — something many motorists say they witness routinely on the road.

The one other citation he issued that day was for “failure to obey cone pattern,” and the only other one he wrote that month was for “illegal dumping” on Sept. 14.

The other citations in Kyono’s ticket book were for an overly loud music player on Aug. 13, failure to stay in lane on June 19, unlicensed driver and speeding on May 17, petty theft on May 9, and two more for unlicensed driver and speeding on April 9 and 23. Records show officers and radio dispatchers cheered Kyono afterward for citing the mayor.
 


“Dude, that’s awesome! UR Hero!” Officer Michael Dunnett messaged Kyono at 8:53 a.m. that day. And dispatcher Carroll messaged at 8:31 a.m.: “Love it!!!!!”

Dispatcher Susan Blair said “lookee who got a tickee” in a string of texts in which she called Kyono “our hero,” asked him to “send me the picture” and asserted Reed had called the chief’s office.

Moore said in his memo the next day that “the only time I have spoken to the mayor since the incident was a telephone call that I placed to him this morning to apologize — not for the citation, rather for the unprofessional conduct of our personnel” for publicizing the ticket photo.


 

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Can the dust-up between the Mayor and the POA get any uglier? One of our readers sent us an audio recording of an interview Chuck Reed gave to KLIV radio after the article above was published in the paper. When asked what he was going to do about the traffic ticket, the Mayor stated on the air:
 


"I was planning to just pay the fine and go to traffic school, but with the recent revelations about what went on as the ticket was being written and afterward, I'm getting concerned that perhaps the police department deciding to selectively enforce the law based on who people are. That's a concern that shouldn't happen in the city whether it's the mayor or young black guys driving through our city. I think there's some interesting issues there so I'm rethinking what I'm going to do about it."

Was bringing race into the issue a responsible thing for the Mayor to say? Listen to the interview below and judge for yourself. The statement comes at about 60 seconds into the interview...

<http://kliv.gotdns.com/kliv/MP3_Audio/10_22_12_Mayor.mp3>

 

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Mercury News Columnist Scott Herhold devoted half of his column in last Sunday's paper to the burning issue of whether the mayor should pay or fight his traffic ticket...

Mayor Must Make Tough Decision



By Scott Herhold
<sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 21, 2012

A few short takes today:

One of the fundamental rules of politics is that truth and political truth are different beasts. Political truth — how something is perceived — ultimately trumps actual truth.

Consider the ticket Mayor Chuck Reed received recently for not signaling in a right-hand turn lane.

The truth is that this is a dubious ticket that the mayor can probably beat in his Nov. 8 traffic court date.

Mr. Roadshow’s traffic authorities say you’re not required to signal in a clearly marked right-hand turn lane unless it affects the decisions of other drivers.

The case of the cops was weakened when Officer Kevin Kyono said a failure to signal was one of his “pet peeves’’ — only to have it revealed that he had issued no tickets for that infraction in the past five months. Presumably, Kyono is the kind of guy who is also peeved at Halley’s comet.

Political truth, however, decrees that the mayor should not fight the ticket, and Reed’s office says he is deciding whether to simply pay it or go to traffic school as well.

Why? If the mayor contests the ticket, it will look like he’s evading his civic responsibility.

If he triumphs, it could be seen as getting a break because of his position. Even traffic school is questionable: It bespeaks a yearning for a deal. Better just to pull out the checkbook and bid goodbye to actual truth. In politics, it’s a fickle companion.

 

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"Ouch." The headline on the front page of the local section of last Saturday's paper has it right. Chuck Reed has indeed been stung...

Ethics Agency Stings Mayor
 

—Independent campaign committee’s donation to council ally deemed illegal because of Reed’s role—

By Tracy Seipel
<tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 20, 2012


SAN JOSE — Siding with the San Jose police officers’ union, a chief official with the state’s political watchdog commission on Friday declared that a $100,000 contribution to an independent committee that promotes the re-election of District 8 incumbent City Councilwoman Rose Herrera violated state law.

Gary Winuk, chief of the enforcement division of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, said the contribution from the committee called San Jose Fiscal Reforms, Mayor Reed, Chamber PAC and Issues Mobilization PAC Proponents is unlawful because it is controlled in part by Mayor Chuck Reed, and should be immediately returned.

In two separate letters to the committee’s attorney, Winuk also said that mailers paid for with those funds failed to fully disclose information that is required under state law, in this case that “major funding” was provided by that committee.

State law “provides that a controlled committee of a candidate may not make independent expenditures and may not contribute funds to another committee for the purpose of making independent expenditures to support or oppose other candidates,” Winuk wrote in the letter, referring to Reed.

But Reed on Friday refuted that, saying, “The government code section applies to candidate-controlled committees, and I am not a candidate.”

He said lawyers for his committee are fully cooperating with the FPPC, and “hope to come to a resolution on this matter quickly.”

Winuk told this newspaper that if Reed or anyone feels the FPPC’s interpretation of the law is incorrect, they are entitled to due process “and we will pursue the case as we would any other.”

Reed’s committee was the primary committee formed to promote the mayor’s Measure B pension reform campaign.

The FPPC letters are in response to a complaint filed Oct. 11 by Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, whose independent committee is supporting Jimmy Nguyen and trying to defeat Herrera, a key Reed ally supporting Measure B pension reform.

The measure was passed overwhelmingly by voters in the June primary, but employee unions, including the POA, are suing the city to block it from taking effect.

In a statement Friday, Unland said he was “grateful that the FPPC moved swiftly and sternly to crack down on the illegal funneling of campaign cash by Mayor Reed and the Chamber of Commerce to help Rose Herrera.”

Winuk’s letters said that the committee “must immediately demand” that the $100,000 it contributed to an independent committee supporting Herrera’s re-election be returned and that any independent committee-funded mailers sent from now on abide by the law.

An attorney representing the committee told Winuk in a letter that it “went to great lengths” to stop the distribution of three mailers after the complaint was filed, but that one of the three already had been sent to the post office.

The violations, Winuk’s letter said, could result in penalties of up to $5,000 each.

But attorney Lance Olson, who helped write the section of the law that applies to candidate-controlled committees, strongly disagreed with Reed’s interpretation.

In a statement issued Friday, Olson said that “all officeholders with open campaign committees are candidates by definition. The mayor is blowing smoke.”

California limits contributions to political campaigns, but a series of recent court decisions have eliminated those limits for independent political committees.

But by law, those committees are not supposed to operate in coordination with candidates or measures.

Matt Mahood, president and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber PAC received the FPPC letter and “recognized that we had some technical problems with our mailers and we have since corrected the disclosures.”

But he said the Chamber PAC, which has spent about $50,000 so far of the $100,000, will continue to spend money to support Herrera’s re-election.

The timing of the letters from the FPPC is crucial, with the Nov. 6 election less than three weeks away and mail-in voting already well under way. Unland sought a prompt decision from the FPPC in order to prevent money from being spent on Herrera’s behalf.

Winuk said his agency is trying to speed up and correct these kinds of issues “while they matter, before the election happens, so this is a good example of what we are trying to do.”


 

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This is how the contribution to Rose Herrera's campaign deemed to be illegal by the FPPC was reported on the Protect San Jose website. Click on the link under the headline below to read the story...

FPPC Rules Mayor Reed's $100,000 Contribution to Help Rose Herrera is Illegal

<http://tinyurl.com/8vasg3l>

 

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We found this morsel in the Internal Affairs column of last Sunday's Mercury News (the graphic of the councilman is ours)...
 





 

Councilman Constant Cries Foul When San Jose Police Follow His Political Activity


The times, they are a changin’, and perhaps in unexpected ways. Back in the 1960s, liberal anti-war and civil-rights groups complained — justifiably it turned out — that cops and other government snoops were monitoring their activities to intimidate them.

Fast-forward to present-day San Jose, long ruled by liberals, and it is the City Council’s most conservative member, Pete Constant — a retired cop, no less — complaining that the Police Department is keeping tabs on his political activities as vice chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Central Committee.

Constant, of course, is also among the council allies of Mayor Chuck Reed who have pushed to rein in pension benefits for cops and other city workers whose costs have more than tripled and forced city service cutbacks.

And he’s been backing candidates who pledge to support that effort against police-union legal challenges. When the San Jose Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit emailed Constant a second time to inquire about his GOP political activities, the councilman cried foul. Constant said police first contacted him about a month ago about a fundraiser at his West San Jose home for fellow Republican Johnny Khamis, a financial adviser who’s in a tight race for the District 10 council seat against sportscaster Robert Braunstein, who has been endorsed by the San Jose officers union.

Then on Oct. 15, the criminal intelligence unit’s Officer George McCarron emailed Constant to say he’s “putting together a few notes on upcoming activities in the city of San Jose and saw the ‘Neighborhood Precinct Walk’ ” event posted on the local GOP website.

“Can you tell me the estimated attendance and in which areas you plan to conduct the walk?” McCarron wrote.

“Thank you for your cooperation.”

Constant fired back an email to McCarron the next day telling him to butt out of his political business.

“Unless there is a specific threat to the safety of our membership, volunteers, or members of the public that is directly related to our activities, I ask that the San Jose Police Department cease monitoring the constitutionally protected political activities that I am engaged in,” Constant wrote back.

Police Chief Chris Moore, convalescing at home from recent hip surgery, insisted there’s nothing creepy going on and that his department just checks on community events to see if organizers might need police assistance.

“We do it as a matter of routine just to make sure we have sufficient resources,” Moore said. “People are free not to offer us that information.”

Constant isn’t buying it.

“That’s B.S.,” he told us, which means “bunco stuff” or some such (OK, we’re a family paper!). “There are hundreds of people out walking precincts in this election cycle and the Republican Party is the only one that has been questioned as to how many people are participating and where.” He said his informal survey of some Democratic colleagues on the City Council reveals they haven’t had similar police inquiries about their political activities.

“Maybe the person monitoring my political activities should be investigating burglaries,” Constant said, “which are the real concern of San Jose residents.”



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




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



 

MAIL CALL


It's doubtful that Chuck Blackmore will have any better luck getting the letter he sent to the Mercury News last Friday published than I did with my last attempt a few weeks ago. Since we hate to see words go to waste, we are including Chuck's letter here in the Mail Call column so it gets at least a little press...

Oct. 19th

Letter to the Editor:

A friend of mine recently retired from a large police department with over 1,000 police officer positions. He held the rank of deputy chief. The next senior captain was promoted to fill his place. Then the next senior lieutenant was promoted to fill the vacant captain's position. A senior sergeant was then promoted to fill the vacant lieutenant's position. Next, a senior patrolman was promoted to fill the vacant sergeant's position. Lastly, the police department hired a new entry level officer.  With the original retirement, four people were promoted to new positions, i.e. new jobs, and there was one new hire. Yet the police department still had the same number of  police officer positions. However,  according to the Obama administration, five new jobs were created. Really?

Charles R. Blackmore, San Jose

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Oct. 21st

Bill,

I never got a passing grade in Art class and can barely draw flies on a warm day.  Even if you disagree with this artist’s message, you can certainly appreciate his talent.

"Mean Dean"
(Janavice)
<djanavice@citcom.net>
 



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


This is a politically partisan video sent in by Dean. Since it was submitted with a narrative for the Mail Call column, it's fair game.
 

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Oct. 21st

Bill,

I was saddened to hear about the passing of John Percival. He was the man responsible for both Chuck Molosky and I becoming police officers. A long time ago, around 1960, I was working at the Sharin Gas Station at Montgomery and Santa Clara after dropping out of college due to a lack of interest. Molosky, who was a classmate and friend at good ol' Santa Clara High School, used to come down to the station at night to hang out as all the good looking girls and cars in town used to cruise by at one time or another. San Jose PD motor cops used to sit on the corner to bag red light runners, of which there were plenty. John Percival was one of them. Chuck and I were usually in an "avoid cops at all costs mode," but we would sometimes wander over and chat up John. He was one of the funniest guys I had ever met. We would have a great time listening to his stories and the police chases on the motor radio with John rooting for the good guys to win. These were the days before it became politically unacceptable to be involved in a high speed pursuit, and the crooks knew it. Chuck and I both found an interest in law enforcement from our friendship with John and resumed our college careers at the 'university' on Moorpark. The rest is history.

 I may have told this story a time or two over the years, and certainly to John. The time is appropriate to tell it one last time. That was over a half century ago.

Percy, may you rest in peace, with smooth seas and warm winds at your back.

Mike
(Thompson)
<mbtkht@gmail.com>  



 

SO WHO WON LAST THURSDAY NIGHT'S STAND-UP COMEDY COMPETITION?

 (See video clips at bottom of article)

The barbs Obama and Romney tossed at each other in the story below aren't nearly as humorous in print as they were in real life. That's why we are including links at the bottom of the story that will allow you to watch videos of the president and the presidential contender zinging each other. So who was funnier? You'll have to decide that for yourself...

Obama, Romney trade Jibes at Charity Dinner

—Gentle ribbing comes after day of campaign jousting—

By Jim Kuhnhenn and Kasie Hunt
Associated Press — Oct. 19, 2012


NEW YORK — President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney poked gentle but sharp fun at one another Thursday night during an esteemed New York Catholic charity dinner that has long been a required stop for presidential candidates. Romney mocked his own wealth while taking aim at the president for running up the federal debt while Obama noted the “nice long nap” he had taken during the first presidential debate.

The two rivals donned tuxedos and white ties to share the dais at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual gala that has drawn political leaders and other notables since the end of World War II. The event was a comedic pause in a contest that has drawn increasingly nasty and close with less than three weeks left before the Nov. 6 election. Tuesday, Obama and Romney sparred in a nationally televised debate in which each questioned the other’s character and truthfulness.
 



President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan on
Thursday at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith
Memorial Foundation dinner in New York


Romney spoke first at the dinner, which was set to raise $5 million for Catholic charities. Addressing the elegantly dressed crowd, Romney, a millionaire many times over, said “it’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.” Of Obama, Romney said: “You have to wonder what he’s thinking. So little time, so much to redistribute.”

Obama followed, noting his soporific performance in the first debate but also chiding Romney for his wealth.

“Earlier today I went shopping at some stores in Midtown,” Obama said. “I understand Gov. Romney went shopping for some stores in Midtown.”

Obama noted that he was preparing for the final debate with Romney on Monday, which will focus on foreign policy.

“Spoiler alert: We got bin Laden,” Obama said, referring to the military mission that killed the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

In a television interview earlier Thursday, Obama rejected criticism that his administration has offered a confused response to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, an accusation Romney has made repeatedly in the campaign for the White House. Of any breakdown that might have led to the killing of four Americans, Obama declared, “We’re going to fix it.”

Obama made the comments on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Host Jon Stewart turned serious in pressing Obama over the government’s changing explanation about the attacks in Benghazi. When Stewart suggested that even Obama would concede his administration’s coordination and communication had not been “optimal,” Obama said: “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it.” Romney has pointedly questioned Obama’s handling of the matter and his honesty about it to Americans. Those accusations led to the fiercest conflict of the presidential debate on Tuesday and will surely come to the fore again on Monday in the campaign’s final debate. Obama insisted information was shared with the American people as it came in. The attack is under investigation, Obama said, and “the picture eventually gets filled in.” The exchange came on a day when Vice President Joe Biden compared the policies of Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, to a gun pointed at Americans, and after Romney’s son said he was tempted to “take a swing” at Obama when the Democrat questions the GOP candidate’s honesty.

Ryan, speaking at a campaign stop in Ocala, Fla., before Biden made his comments in Nevada, accused Obama of sending a divisive message. “He’s basically trying to disqualify his opponent with a sea of negativity,” Ryan said. “He’s trying to divide this country, pitting people against each other. He’s trying to win this election by default. You know what? We’re not going to let him get away with that.”

The sharpness of the barbs is a reflection of just how tight the race is 19 days out. Hard campaign decisions are being made, state by state.

Romney aides said Thursday that no staff had been dispatched to Michigan or Pennsylvania, where they once suggested he would compete aggressively but has not.

Democrats are pushing the accusation that Romney is being dishonest, taking up Obama’s refrain since Tuesday’s debate that the GOP nominee is offering “a sketchy deal.”

“I don’t think they were just sketchy,” Biden said at a rally in Las Vegas. “I think they were Etch-a-Sketchy.”

Obama and Biden are to campaign together next Tuesday in Ohio after Monday night’s debate.
 

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Click on each of the links below to watch and hear the stand-up comedy routines...

Mitt Romney



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_79tx3auCg>

Barack Obama



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




 

KEITH KELLEY CLUB DINNER DANCE RESERVATIONS



The 2012 Keith Kelley Club’s Christmas Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350 North First Street, San Jose, CA   95112. The Retiree Cocktail Party will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the San Jose Room. This will be a hosted bar to include hors d’oeuvres and music.

The general membership’s no host cocktail party is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be a dual entrée plate of filet mignon and salmon, salad, vegetables, dessert and coffee starting at 7:30 p.m. Dancing will take place in the main ballroom and the San Jose Room for all members.  

As a retired Keith Kelley Club member, you will attend as our guest. Retired members are entitled to purchase one guest ticket at $60. Checks are to be made to the Keith Kelley Club. If you will be attending, with or without a guest, complete the form below and mail it accordingly.

DINNER TICKETS -  Margie Thompson -
<sssq@aol.com> or call (408) 891-3760. Margie will be handling the retirees' dinner ticket reservations. Follow the instructions in this letter to reserve your tickets. All reservations are due to her by Friday, November 30th.  

TABLE RESERVATIONS - Ted Vasquez -
<vasquezted@yahoo.com> or call (408) 772-1909. To reserve a table you will need to have purchased your dinner tickets and have the names of the eight people who will be sitting with you. Contact Ted to reserve your table.
 
ROOM RESERVATIONS – San Jose Holiday Inn – (408) 453-6200 — Rooms can be reserved at the San Jose Holiday Inn for $89 plus tax per night.  This includes a breakfast for two. Call (408) 453-6200 and mention the Keith Kelley Club to get your discounted rate.

PARKING - Parking is ample and free!  


Ed. — To print the form only and not the entire Farsider, use your mouse to select the text, then right click and select Copy. Now open a blank Word or text document, position your cursor in the upper left, then right click the mouse again and select Paste. You will then be able to print only the form.

       
[   ]  I WILL BE ATTENDING WITHOUT A GUEST
          
[   ]  I WILL BE ATTENDING WITH A GUEST – ATTACH CHECK     


NAME_____________________________________________________


ADDRESS__________________________________________________


CITY_______________________________    STATE__________   


ZIP CODE_____________   PHONE   (             ) ______________________  


EMAIL_______________________________________
 

Your dinner ticket(s) will be ready for pick-up on the night of
the party. Mail this reservation form (and check if applicable) to:


Margie Thompson
116 Fox Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 20, 2012

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

New Articles

• Rumor claims the Fox News television channel has been banned in Canada.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/foxcanada.asp>

• Diary entries recount efforts of a snow shoveler.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/follies/snowdiary.asp>

• Are hundreds of decommissioned bomb-sniffing Marine Corps dogs in need of adoption by the public?
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/marinedogs.asp>

• Did Barack Obama's net worth increase over $10 million from 2008 to 2012?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/networth.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows President Obama disembarking from Marine One and saluting while holding a cell phone to his ear.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/photos/cellsalute.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows Oprah Winfrey endorsing Mitt Romney for President.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/oprah.asp>

• Letter to the editor advocates moving a "Deer Crossing" sign to a road with less traffic.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/deercrossing.asp>

• Fake 'Mitt Romney Almost President' CNN Breaking News alert sent via e-mail spreads malicious computer code.
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/romneyalmost.asp>

• Item purportedly provides a list of "Paul Ryan's proposed budget cuts."
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/ryanbudgetcuts.asp>

• Prediction foretells calamitous results springing from the outcome of a presidential election.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/marching.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

• Has the outcome of the Washington Redskins home football games correctly predicted the winner of U.S. presidential election since 1936?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/redskins.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 AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

Don't forget to adjust the YouTube setting to Large or Full Screen.




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Humor trumps partisan politics, which is why we're including this:

Did you know that prior to the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden refused to practice by having someone stand in for Mitt Romney and said he could do it himself? Here's some extremely rare footage of Joe Biden practicing for the big night by debating himself.
(2 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUh6_koE7z8>


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Have a look at this NASA video sent in by Mike Thompson of the Shuttle Endeavor as it's being escorted by two F/A-18s along the California coast and you can periodically hear the communications between the NASA 747, the Hornet pilots and ground control before it finally touches down at LAX. This is truly historical footage of Endeavor's final flight. (15 Mins.)
 



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


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The theme of this clip sent in by Don Hale seems to be that there's nothing like a satisfying lunch after you've been stuck in a pit for what may seem like an eternity. (5 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOHw7lX3Gu4>


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Because we are light on Lighter Side entries this week, we thought we'd pull up a few items that those of you who subscribed after 2008 might have missed. These go back to 2007 and before...

For starters, there's this parody that shows how far the fairer sex has come in a few short generations. The video is titled, "Women, know your limits." We find it surprising that the clip hasn't been replicated on Saturday Night Live.
(2 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjxY9rZwNGU>


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The National Speed Trap Exchange is still up and running after five years. It's a comprehensive list of "duck pond" locations contributed by drivers. We navigated our way to Fremont and found it relatively accurate. Have a look and you should be able to easily navigate to your city or town...



<http://www.speedtrap.org/>


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Back in 2007 when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were vying for the Democratic presidential ticket, here's an ad that an Obama supporter created and posted on the Internet. (1 Min.)
 



<http://hytaipan.home.comcast.net/~hytaipan/media/serenity2.html>


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Why do many people find it so funny when news anchors completely lose it over something they are reporting, like this clip we ran in November of 2007? (1 Min.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXZ0fWkAghA>


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This item from the Oct. 11, 2007 Farsider is one of the most creative animations we've ever seen. Our original entry said that it took the animator three months to create. (3 Mins.)
 



<http://alanbecker.deviantart.com/art/Animator-vs-Animation-34244097>


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Leroy and I both agreed back in '07 that this short nature video about spiders on drugs was well worth a visit. Trust us, it still is. (2 Mins.)
 



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


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This clip of Uncle Jay explaining the news to children is as accurate today as it was back in the summer of 2007. (3 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvOaO4f_m38>


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We now return to the present...

Hop-scotching back to the present, you may have seen this clip in the Farsider before, but since the World Series has come back to the Bay Area — go Giants! — we thought we'd conclude this week's electronic fishwrap by reviewing the opening pitch of game three of the World Series in New York eleven years ago, not long after 9/11 when there was just one America, not two.
(4 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxR1tZ08FcI>


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C'ya


 

 Halloween Pic of the Week



Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine which of the retirees pictured below were created by Leroy so they could appear in the JibJab Halloween dance that can be viewed by clicking on the link under the photo. Pick only five from the following: David Byers, Carm Grande, Rodger Cripe, Pete Guerin, Ted Vasquez, Les Nunes, Joe Brockman, Bill Mattos, Rick Confer, Steve Marcotte, Bill Silva, Doug Zwemke, Tom Mazzone and Dom Brocato. This message will self-destruct in 120 minutes, or until you go to another website, whichever comes first.



(Be patient as the video make take a moment or two to load)

<http://www.jibjab.com/view/W2h2NjvQt0Hzh4mjWFyN>

 
   

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