November 1, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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WANT TO SHOW EVERYONE HOW SMART (OR LUCKY) YOU ARE?
By the time we publish next week's Farsider the
country should have a President-elect, providing the count isn't so close that
the results will be delayed by a couple of days or more. This could be possible
if power isn't restored to some of the swing states and ballots have to be
hand-counted at some locations.
We are proposing a little exercise that will give you the opportunity to show
how politically astute you are at selecting a winner.
Send us an e-mail and tell us who you think will win the election — AND — by
how many electoral votes. Something quick and simple like "Obama by four," or
"Romney by two." If you like long shots, you can even say it will be a draw with
each contender receiving 269 electoral votes. (If that was to happen, of course,
the House will vote to select the President and the Senate will vote to select
the Vice President. Can you imagine an administration with Romney as the
President and Joe Biden as his V-P?)
We will list in next week's Farsider the names of all of you who participates in
this exercise along with your prognostications. There will be no prizes for the
winner(s), just the satisfaction of showing everyone how savvy and/or lucky you
Click on this e-mail link to submit your guess and type "Election" on the
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL RETIREES
Oct. 31, 2012
Starting tomorrow, November 1, 2012, open enrollment will begin. Retirees have
until November 30, 2012 to sign up or change medical plans. As most of you know,
the City is trying to move police and fire retirees into a "high-deductible"
plan. The City wants this plan to be the "free" plan that retirees get which
would cause the retirees to pay for the Kaiser plan which is currently
considered the "free" plan. It would also mean an increase in costs to retirees
who have one of the Blue Shield plans.
We are obviously opposed to this and so is Fire. We are asking you NOT to do
anything during the first two weeks of open enrollment. Please do not sign up
for a plan or change plans. We will be getting the attorneys from POA, Fire and
Police & Fire Retirees Association together within the week to discuss our
options and the best course of action going forward.
Clicking on the link below should download a .pdf file of the Benefits Review
Forum Agenda to your desktop which you will be able to open and view with a
double-click of your mouse.
Jim Unland, POA
FROM THE RETIREES' ASSN. PRESIDENT
The following is a quick update on several important upcoming items and
updates on ongoing issues. Please read through these and make the member meeting
The Association is presenting a Special Event for our November 8th meeting. We
will be hosting representatives from Kaiser Hospital to explain our Medicare
Health Plan and the Kaiser High Deductible Plan. The High Deductible Plan will
have no monthly out of pocket expense to us, but the down side is the out of
pocket expense per visit along with the amount of money spent before your
deductible is met is huge. This is a meeting you will want to attend.
The month of November will be very busy for the Association members.
1. We will have our officer's election at the General Meeting. The candidates
are: President Jim Spence, VP of Police Mike Alford, VP of Fire Ray Storms,
Secretary Jerry Boyer, and Treasurer Larry Samarron.
2. Health Care enrollment for all of us
3. Election of Retired Police Officer on the City Retirement Board. The sole
candidate is Nick Muyo.
4. For our Police Officer retirees, the POA is having officer elections.
President Jim Unland, who has been supporting retiree issues, is being
challenged by Jon Baker. For candidates statements go to the POA website at
The September Benefit Review Forum meeting was a disappointment. All the members
were supposed to receive the detailed health plan details for the November
enrollment. Due to timing issues between the provider and city staff, the plans
were not ready. I did receive some of the information from Carol Bermello of
Retirement Services in early October. As of today, all of the Health Plan
options, rates and details are available at the Retirement Services website at
At the October Retirement Board Meeting the Association had two issues on the
agenda. Our attorney presented a request to the Board to have them disburse the
SRBR monies which have been held by the City Council Ordinance. I spoke on
behalf of the Association membership. I informed the Board that the Association
understood the situation which the City Council had placed the Board, but that
the excess SRBR funds were a benefit our members were entitled to. I informed
them that the Association was going to continue to fight for the disbursement,
even if it meant we would have to use the court system.
The second item on the agenda for the Association was the request for an update
on our request to increase our membership dues. The Board asked questions of
staff about the delay in implementing the request and listened to my
presentation on the Association's understanding of the mechanics of the process.
In the end, the Association agreed with the Board's recommendation to accept the
re-enrollment letter written by Retirement Services. The Board voted to split
the costs of this membership re-enrollment with the Association. Thanks to the
Board for assisting the Association to move ahead with our membership dues.
I'll keep you updated on all of these items as we know more information.
Jim Spence, President
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Looks like City Councilmember Rose Herrera who
is running for re-election may have a little mud on her face. No, wait. Not
hers. It's her husband (or live-in companion) who appears to have been caught
stealing and destroying campaign signs of Herrera's opponent, Jimmy Nguyen.
Here's the story as it was reported in yesterday's paper...
Strange Twist in
—Herrera’s husband says he was assaulted after removing signs—
News — Oct. 31, 2012
SAN JOSE — An increasingly hostile race between incumbent District 8 City
Councilwoman Rose Herrera and challenger Jimmy Nguyen took a bizarre twist
Tuesday with dueling accusations of campaign sign theft and assault.
Nguyen’s supporters released a videotape of Herrera’s husband that they say
shows him taking a Nguyen campaign sign and later preparing to dump that sign
and others in a public garbage can.
Software engineer Matt Wahlin, 58, admits he did remove some Nguyen signs, which
he said someone repeatedly placed on the couple’s front lawn in recent days. He
said he also removed signs that had been on public property in the area, which
he said is a violation of city rules.
But Wahlin said he was attacked Monday night as he was about to throw the signs
away in a garbage bin, located in a small park less than a mile from the home he
shares with Herrera.
“I was going around the corner, and I was blindsided and knocked to the ground
by at least one person,” Wahlin told reporters late Tuesday morning from his
living room. As he stood up after the attack, he said, two suspects shined a
bright light and camera in his face.
Wahlin showed reporters scrapes and bruises on his face, hands and left knee
that he said he suffered as a result of the confrontation. He filed a police
report Tuesday against his unknown assailants.
Political consultant Dustin DeRollo, who provided the videotape, said neither he
nor a Nguyen supporter touched Wahlin.
“There’s no excuse for stealing signs of a political opponent, and this
win-at-all costs mentality is not healthy for our community,” DeRollo said.
DeRollo and colleague Tom Saggau are the strategists behind a well-funded
government employee union campaign to defeat Herrera.
Unions are furious at Herrera for supporting pension reform, which voters passed
overwhelmingly in June. They are suing the city to try to block it from taking
DeRollo told reporters that after he and Saggau last week received reports of
Nguyen signs being stolen, and others found some that were cut up and stuffed
into two garbage cans near the tiny park, they decided to watch the area late
Sunday and late Monday nights.
The partners showed reporters a video of what appears to be Wahlin as he parks
his car, walks across the street, takes a Nguyen sign from public property and
leaves Sunday night.
A second video, taken Monday night, shows what appears to be a surprised Wahlin
confronted by De-Rollo and Duc Lam, who were waiting near the garbage can.
They said Wahlin was carrying cut-up Nguyen signs. Meanwhile, the angry and
stunned Wahlin demands to know who they are and tells them to get away from him,
holding something in his hand before the two men flee.
“I was scared, and I wanted these guys to get away from me,” Wahlin said. “This
is just an attempt to create one more distraction from really comparing the
Two years ago, Saggau was involved in a similar “gotcha” moment after
confronting City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio for removing a campaign a sign
that opposed Measure V, a contentious San Jose ballot measure to limit police
and firefighter pay and pension, which Oliverio supported.
Wahlin said he didn’t throw the signs into his own garbage cans because he was
worried someone might see them and accuse him of stealing them. Asked why he
didn’t report the illegal signs to the city’s Code Enforcement department,
Wahlin said he didn’t think it would be acted on before next week’s election.
“It’s outrageous. I don’t think there is any place for an assault against any
candidate or a family member,” Herrera said.
Nguyen could not be reached for comment, but his campaign consultant, Rich
Robinson, said the release of the video had nothing at all to do with the Nguyen
In a related matter, the San Jose Elections Commission on Tuesday night convened
a special meeting to consider a complaint by a former San Jose police officer
accusing Nguyen’s campaign of colluding with an independent committee linked to
the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, which is seeking to defeat Herrera.
But an evaluation by the commission’s investigator, an attorney with the San
Francisco law firm of Hanson Bridgett, determined that the complaint by former
police Officer Martin Monica related to POA communications director Kerry Hillis,
who has taken a leave of absence from his job to volunteer on Nguyen’s campaign,
does not include enough evidence to warrant an investigation by the commission.
The commission reviews complaints about alleged violations of city campaign,
ethics and lobbying rules.
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And this is how Mercury News columnist Scott
Herhold views the campaign sign story, as he wrote in today's paper...
Sidetracks Council Race
News — Nov. 1, 2012
Not in three decades have we had a local political race quite as wacky as the
battle between incumbent San Jose Councilwoman Rose Herrera and challenger Jimmy
Nguyen in Evergreen District 8. So let’s parse and savor a once-in-a-generation
folly. Keep in mind that there’s less here than meets the eye. In the last week
of a heated campaign, people act strangely. In a nutshell, here’s the story:
Herrera’s husband, Matt Wahlin, said he removed Nguyen lawn signs from his own
yard and public property nearby. He dumped them in a public garbage receptacle
in a park less than a mile away.
As he was about to put the cut-up Nguyen signs into the receptacle, he was
surprised — aha! — by anti-Herrera political consultant Dustin De-Rollo, who
filmed the action.
Wahlin, 58, came away with bruises and road rash on his face and hands. Although
no one called 911 immediately, Wahlin has now filed an assault complaint with
the cops. DeRollo says neither he nor a companion touched Herrera’s husband.
The take-away? This has all the signs of being a setup. The councilwoman and her
husband have fallen for it.
Instead of creating a contrast with the likable but inexperienced lawyer she’s
opposing — Jimmy Nguyen — this race increasingly reveals Herrera’s thin skin.
The topic is reasonably silly. Political pros will tell you that lawn signs
placed in public areas, like a median strip, have no impact. People get
irritated at what they see as litter.
The signs do matter when they’re placed in a real person’s front yard. Water
board candidate David Ginsborg, for instance, has profitably placed signs in a
number of front yards in my neighborhood.
Although campaign signs on public property are technically illegal, Wahlin
should have simply left them alone. Touching them is a political land mine.
(Wahlin has said the reason he did not call code enforcement was that nothing
was likely to be done in the last week of a campaign. That’s true. But let it
go). Not surprisingly, the story has a few gaps. In an early piece Tuesday on
KPIX-TV, Herrera and Wahlin talked just about taking down signs on their own
property, which can be legitimately removed. Later, it came out that Wahlin had
taken more than that.
A distant receptacle
Then there was the strange bit about why Wahlin had to dump the Nguyen signs in
a garbage can blocks from his house. Herrera’s husband said he didn’t want to be
accused of stealing the signs, but this made him look more guilty.
Even if you interpret all these things in a way most favorable to Wahlin and
Herrera, the whole story is a distraction for an incumbent who ought to win this
Yes, the public employee unions who have hired DeRollo are pouring an avalanche
of money into defeating Herrera, whom they believe betrayed them on pension
But in both this episode and in a piece that attacked a police union playbook,
Herrera has made the mistake of defining the race as a councilwoman against cops
That isn’t what this is about. It’s about an incumbent with a record — and a
position on pension reform that was overwhelmingly approved by voters — against
a naive newcomer.
It takes self-restraint to stick to that line. Herrera has not shown it.
Results from last week's poll...
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
We are quickly approaching the time when all members should cast their ballot
for POA officers. Voting will be by computer ONLY, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov.
6 through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Jim Unland is running for President again and deserves our vote.
Please encourage all PBA members to vote (early and often - like they do in
Our illustrious PBA President didn't provide a
voting link, so we can only assume that it will be available on the SJPOA
• • • • •
This clip from a Fox New interview last week reveals the very human side of the
outrage in Libya. I'm sure your readers will be moved by the words of the father
of Navy Seal Tyrone Woods who was killed in the Benghazi attack.
Readers should be moved. Those who are
interested in the truth should also be outraged that the mainstream media has
decided it is not in President Obama's interest to report what is now known
about the Benghazi tragedy based on testimony from personnel who were on the
ground during the attack on the consulate and the second attack that occurred
several hours later at the CIA annex about a mile away.
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This definitely passes the "smell" test regarding Benghazi. Now we'll see if the
mainstream media lets the truth out before the election.
Clicking on the link under the photo will take
you to an article with an embedded video that may take a moment or two to load.
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I recall in previous conversations with you that you are enrolled in Kaiser
Senior Advantage and that you were happy with it. I am not yet 65, but
approaching at the speed of light. Carol and I have been with Kaiser since 1969
and have been very satisfied. Both our kids were born at Kaiser, and my Dad
passed away at Kaiser after heroic efforts by their staff to keep him alive; we
had to say "no more." My Mom is currently on Kaiser Senior Advantage.
Anyway, I respect your opinion and wonder what are your thoughts about Kaiser
Senior Advantage? The City's costs drop, I think. Do yours/ours? How about
co-pays and the infamous donut hole? Any land mines with Kaiser Senior
Thanks in advance.
I can only speak as a single (no family
coverage), Craig. Beyond the nearly $100 that is deducted from my Social
Security check each month for Medicare (mandatory when you turn 65), virtually
nothing has changed for beyond the increase the less expensive Kaiser plan the
City put us on last year. This new plan increased my drug co-pay from $5 per
90-day prescription to $10; office visits jumped from zero to $25; and hospital
admissions that also used to cost nothing went up to $250 if an overnight stay
or longer is required.
My retirement check pay stub shows zero being taken out for my Kaiser coverage
while the Insurance Subsidy column (what the City pays) is $246.58 per month.
Bottom line: Nothing has changed for me under Kaiser's Senior Advantage plan
other than the additional cost of the co-pays that resulted from the City having
placed us in a less expensive plan..
Readers are encouraged to write in and share their thoughts on this subject. And
it doesn't have to be only about Kaiser. If you have a question about your
health coverage regardless of the plan you are on, send it in. Odds are another
reader can answer it.
Personally, I can't speak highly enough about Kaiser. The latest (Nov.) edition
of Consumer Reports rated Kaiser as the top health plan in the nation. I have my
own internist, dermatologist, cardiologist, urologist and other specialists.
Once you are referred to a specialist by your internist, you have the option of
keeping him or her on your case if you choose. It goes without saying that had I
taken better care of myself when I was younger I probably wouldn't need as many
doctors to help keep me off the obit pages. C'est la vie.
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This is exceptional. I wish everybody, whatever their political leanings might
be, could listen to this man's crisp, clear perspective on our government's
roots and its current path. Daniel Hannan is not a citizen of the U.S., but he
has strong ties to us that he explains. Skip to around the 9 minute mark if
you're short on time because right around there he starts getting specific to
our concerns. This is far from being a rant. Instead, it's a very calm, clear,
well reasoned analysis of our situation that comes from a historical
Ed. — Daniel Hannan is a conservative British
journalist, author and politician who is a member of the European Parliament.
I've been a fan of his since he began appearing as a guest on Fox News and other
networks a couple of years ago. Click on the link below for more on the British
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My e-mail is a bit long as I had the week off work to stew on this cover-up and
lack of coverage.
On 9/11/12 we are told a “Movie Protest” turned into an attack against our
Benghazi Consulate killing Ambassador Stevens, Ty Woods, Glenn Dougerty, and
I think these videos from 10/21 and 10/25 sums up the problem pretty well, and
they only address the Movie Protest lie.
Finally, the question gets asked by NBC on the 29th...
Please strap on your tin-foil helmet and let’s take the “I smell a rat” tour.
The Commander of AFRICOM, Gen. Carter Ham, who was responsible for the Embassy
Rapid Response Teams may have been relieved of immediate command because he was
unwilling to "stand down" when told to do so. If true, this serious command
change during the crisis was not addressed in Panetta’s press conference.
An interesting 9/11 Benghazi timeline built from attributed source reports:
Love Limbaugh or hate him, this caller on his show speaks about the mechanics
of diplomatic security breach monitoring and response protocols.
The guy below who is called “th3j35ter” (The Jester) makes Interesting
observations at the link below that you will not see anywhere else It includes a
YouTube video of the US Embassy in Cairo that will make you think hard about
some past U.S. events and the possible links among groups like Wikileaks,
Anonymous, and Al Qaeda.
Ed. — Mike is the son of retiree Sharon
Lansdowne, who is married to San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne. The Young
family is living in the Middle East, where Mike is working for a private
An item below addresses the issue or question about AFRICOM Gen. Carter Ham
being relieved of duty on the premise that he wanted to send military help to
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This should send a message to Obama about how the military feels about him,
not that he would care.
The body of Paul's e-mail included a list of
Generals and Admirals who have endorsed Obama and Romney. It's far too long to
include here, but we found a Website showing the same list...
While we were searching Google for the
endorsement list, we also found a site showing which Hollywood celebrities have
endorsed the two presidential contenders...
GENERAL HAM PROVE TO BE A BENGHAZI WHISTLE-BLOWER?
We received several e-mails this week with links
to various sites alleging that AFRICOM Commander Gen. Carter Ham has been
relieved of duty for wanting to send help to Ambassador Chris Stevens and the
three other Americans who lost their lives in the Benghazi attack. Snopes,
TruthOrFiction and the other urban legend websites are of no help on this issue.
Like Fox News and other media organizations interested in the facts, it appears
that all news outlets are being stonewalled by the White House. So are the
allegations factual? A Google search shows several websites that speak to the
issue. Below are three of many. Google his name and you will find several more
AFRICOM General Carter Ham
(Could he be the perfect whistle-blower?)
SIMPLE MURDER OR AN ACT OF TERRORISM?
Hypothetical question: Suppose you have a son in
the Army who is assigned to a recruiting office and he is shot and killed by an
American youth who has been radicalized as an extreme Islamist after spending a
year in Yemen. Should the youth be prosecuted by the state for the crime of
murder, or should the Federal government prosecute him for murder as a
terrorist? If you say it doesn't matter, consider this: If the Army recruiter is
deemed to have died from an act of terrorism, he will be awarded the Purple
Heart, which has certain benefits. If his killing is considered a simple act of
murder, he would not be eligible for the medal and benefits.
The question is not unlike the Fort Hood shooting by Major Nidal Hasan in which
he killed numerous military personnel after shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is
great.) The Federal government classifies this case as "workplace violence," not
an act of terrorism. So no Purple Hearts will be awarded to the families of the
slain victims or the numerous personnel who were wounded in the shooting. Again,
certain benefits come with the awarding of a Purple Heart.
We highly recommend you pour yourself a brewski or a glass of wine and watch the
following film. It's a moving documentary about the recruiting office killing
that is narrated by both the father of the victim and the father of the shooter.
After the film starts, adjust the YouTube setting to large or full screen.
KELLEY CLUB CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE INFO
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
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 -
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 -
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, use your mouse
to select the text, then right click and select Copy. Now open a blank document
and right click the mouse again and select Paste. You can now print the form
[ ] I WILL BE ATTENDING WITHOUT A GUEST
[ ] I WILL BE ATTENDING WITH A GUEST – ATTACH CHECK
ZIP CODE_____________ PHONE ( ) ______________________
ticket(s) will be ready for pick-up on the night of the party. Mail this
reservation form to:
Jose, CA 95110
FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT
This is Bill's schedule for the next few weeks...
at the New York Giants this Sunday (Nov. 4) at 1 p.m. local time
New England on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. local
at Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. local
at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day
AND DEATH IN SILICON VALLEY" BOOK SIGNING ON NOV. 7th
JoeMac is having a book signing for his latest
novel, "Love and Death in Silicon Valley" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7th at Kepler's
Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. For more information that includes a
brief synopsis of the story, click on the link below...
NEEDED FOR THE BAKER-TO-VEGAS RUN
Submitted by Sgt. Lisa Gannon
April 13-14, 2013:
About the event: 120-mile point-to-point relay race with 20 different legs.
Legs vary in length from 3 to 10 miles. Each leg differs in terrain (hills vs.
flat) and temperature (hot vs. cold) as we run through the night. San Jose PD
has won the Mixed Division two years in a row! We take this event seriously and
it is well-organized. If you are a runner, it is well worth your time and
Cost: Runners who are active PAAF members run free. Non-PAAF members will pay
$100 each. All participants will arrange their own travel and accommodations.
5-mile time trial: Will occur the last week of January on the Guadalupe Creek
trail. Don’t be intimidated by the words “time trial.” Please come out and run.
I will use the results from the time trial to match runners up with a specific
leg based on their strength and running ability.
Team Composition: I need 20 sworn runners (5 of which MUST be female) and at
least 2 male and 2 female alternates. Retired officers are welcome.
Volunteers: If you want to go and help the team, I have a job for you. You can
drive a course shuttle van, the airport shuttle van or help with logistics. This
is a great way to be a part of the event and see why it is the largest
law-enforcement event of its kind.
Fund raising: The team needs about $3700 to pay for race-related expenses. PAAF
has paid the entry fee this year and is our major sponsor, but we still need to
raise funds to pay for van rentals, insurance, gas, team dinner, T-shirts and
sweatshirts. My goal is to have all of these expenses covered so runners and
volunteers just need to book their travel and show up. Please call me if you
have any community connections or fund-raising ideas.
Contact: Lisa Gannon #3164 (Team Captain) if you have any
questions or you are interested in running or volunteering! Chacha Ramon is the
Co-Captain this year, and she is always happy to talk about the race. Call her
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 27, 2012
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Scam alert warns phone users not to return hang-up calls from phone numbers
beginning with 375 or 371.
• Is Donald Trump revealing information documenting that Barack and Michelle
Obama were on the verge of divorce?
• Prayers are requested for Heather Brown, who remains in a coma after giving
birth to a son.
• Does Mitt Romney's son Tagg own a company that manufactures voting
• Did evangelist Billy Graham place full-page advertisements in U.S.
newspapers regarding the 2012 election?
• Has the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential
• Alert warns that parking lot carjacking are placing flyers on the rear
windows of cars.
• Has Joe Biden endorsed Mitt Romney for President?
• Are venomous 'two-striped telamonia' spiders lurking beneath toilet seats
in public restrooms?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Is there a Halloween haunted house attraction so scary that no one has ever
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to
separate the unwary from their money.
LIGHTER SIDE AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Strong language warning; discretion is advised:
Here is a classy campaign ad that liberal film maker
Michael Moore helped produce and had posted on the MoveOn.org website. Have a
listen. Or not. (2 Mins.)
For confirmation, this is the link to the MoveOn.org website page for Michael
• • • • •
Are you curious as to who has a polling advantage
in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is often referred to as a "must-have" state? Here is
a presidential poll sponsored by a major Cincinnati newspaper that could give
you a clue. Five to ten seconds after you submit your answers, you will see a
graphic of the ongoing results...
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Since Lance Armstrong is persona non grata in the
world of professional cycling and may be looking for work, we suggest he apply
for this job as a human-powered helicopter test pilot.
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This video clip sent in by Bob Moir is not for
the faint of heart. It's a compilation of mostly European dash cam footage from
close calls to what are no doubt fatal traffic accidents and everything in
between. The underlying message is Slow Down and Live. Discretion is advised.
• • • • •
Speaking of traffic accidents, Stan Miller may
have it right. This could very well be the luckiest truck driver in Russia.
• • • • •
Someone upstairs seems to be looking after old
people if one is to believe this half-minute video we received from Bruce
Morton. (34 Secs.)
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How good is your memory? We included this
Hitchcock-like video clip in the Farsider in July 2011, but Don Hale is willing
to wager you forgot how it ended. Any takers? (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
Although it only runs a half-minute, former San
Jose cop-turned-Secret Service agent Ken Banner says this is one of the best car
repair TV ads he's seen. (34 Secs.)
• • • • •
Planning to attend one or more black-tie affairs
this holiday season? If so, this clip from Phil Norton will show you how easy it
is to tie your own bow tie. (1 Min.)
(Note to Phil: If Leroy and I are pushed into attending a formal event and
can't get by wearing a boo tie, we ain't going.)
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There were not a lot of stories about the Vietnam
war that had a happy ending. This one sent in by Don Hale is an exception to the
rule. If you will take a few minutes and listen to this Brigadier General tell
one about the rescue mission of a downed airman, you might be inclined to
compare it to the Benghazi attack. We did. (8 Mins.)
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Pic of the Week
God bless 'em...
Soldiers Guard the Tomb of the Unknowns during Hurricane Sandy