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*NOTE: There was no Farsider last Thursday, Oct. 26th.
RETIRED OFFICER RAUL CAMARENA
Team Photo circa 1987
Born Jan. 16, 1942
Hired by the City and worked in the Finance Dept. from 1967-1974
Appointed to the SJPD Sept. 1974
Retired Nov. 1991
Died: Oct. 27, 2017
Retiree Louis Quezada posted the following on the 10-7ODSJ Facebook page this past Friday…
“I am sad to report the passing of Raul Camarena today after a long battle with bone cancer. He was 75. I had talked with Raul recently and he was doing fairly well as of a couple of weeks ago. Those who knew Raul were well aware that he was a fighter. Per Ginny Zalman, Raul will be cremated and his daughters will be scattering his ashes in a private ceremony. It is unknown at this time if a celebration of life will be held.”
I made contact with Raul’s daughter Yvette, a retired NYPD Police Sgt. She confirmed that her father was first diagnosed with prostate cancer about three years ago. It subsequently metastasized to bone cancer which took his life last Friday. In addition to Yvette, other survivors include daughter Tonia, son Carlos, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Yvette confirmed that Raul’s ashes will be spread in a private ceremony. No celebration of life is being planned.
Prior to being sworn in as a San Jose police officer, Raul worked as a police dispatcher, and he enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best. It was common knowledge within the Dept. that if you were involved in a complex hot chase involving several patrol units, Raul was the dispatcher you wanted to call the chase.
This team photo (circa 1987) included Raul. From left to right the team members were Tuck Younis; Dave Salazar; Virginia “Ginny” Zalman; Andy Galea; Raul Camarena; Louis Quezada; and Marty Bense. As a newly promoted Sergeant, this was Andy’s very first patrol team, according to Louis Quezada, who provided us with the photo.
SJPD FALLEN OFFICERS
On October 28,
2001, Officer Fontana was assigned as “71A4” in Southern Division. At 0415
hours, Officer Fontana and one of his teammates were traveling Eastbound on
Blossom Hill Road when the other officer noticed that Officer Fontana was no
longer behind him.
It was later assumed that Officer Fontana saw a suspicious vehicle and changed course to investigate. Officer Fontana followed the vehicle into a residential neighborhood. The vehicle made three consecutive right turns and pulled onto Calle Almaden, a dead-end street. Officer Fontana used his patrol vehicle to block its escape path. As Officer Fontana approached the vehicle, the suspect, fired one shot from a handgun, fatally striking Officer Fontana. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.
Shortly after, a 9-1-1 call was received from a resident on Calle Almaden reporting that an officer was down. Officer Fontana was the first unit assigned by Communications to respond to the call. When he did not respond to the radio traffic, arriving units responded and found him lying next to his patrol vehicle. Officer Fontana was pronounced dead a short time later.
Officer Fontana was the eleventh San Jose Police Officer killed in the line of duty.
WE MISS YOU, BOBBY. THE DEPARTMENT MISSES YOU!
Oct. 24, 2017 was the 9-year anniversary of the dedication of the Bobby Burroughs Police and Communications Center, also known as the PAC. Bobby, who was the Administrative Assistant to the late Chief McNamara throughout his SJPD career, enjoyed the reputation as the “Man who could accomplish anything.” That the Police and Communications Center wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for Bobby is rooted in fact.
The plaque on the side of the building reads:
“Sergeant Bobby Dean Burroughs (SJPD 1951 — 1980) was the driving force behind the concept, design and construction of this facility. In recognition thereof, the Mayor and City Council voted unanimously on April 1, 2008 to name this building in his honor.”
Click HERE to watch a brief video of the dedication ceremony
captured on video by Leroy Pyle, the Farsider Webmaster.
BELATED HALLOWEEN GREETINGS FROM THE “FARSIDER NINE” AND "THE PBA
MASH features Bob Dominguez, Phil Alfano, Dave
Hendrickson, Steve Marcotte,
and Mark Bell. Click HERE to watch the men with the wild and crazy feet. (1:22)
WILL SURVIVE features Bruce Morton, Doug Bergtholdt,
Don Tietgens, Mike Alford, with
a special guest appearance by Nancy Pelosi. Click HERE and watch ‘em go to town. (1:19)
can’t get any scarier than to open the front door and find the PBA Board and
the site’s Webmaster with their bags outstretched and saliva running down their chin in
anticipation of filling their bags with sweets. Click HERE for a truly scary experience. (1:13)
Thank you to everyone who helped support Reserve Officer Phillippe Rebboah!
Phillippe has had a remarkable recovery. He still gets fatigued easily, light-headed, and has some sensitivity to light. All his broken bones have healed and his shoulder, shattered in 7 places, is healing well.
He was very touched by everyone's generosity and wished he could thank everyone personally. He stated he can't wait to get back in uniform and back out with everyone.
Sgt. Dave Wilson #3316
Reserve Unit Director
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Show your support with pink SJPD patches and bears
which are for sale at the POA Office.
Patches are $5
Bears are $750.
HEALTH CARE INFO FOR RETIRED COPS & FIREFIGHTERS
We have received the 2018 medical plan rates for the various retiree medical plans. Below are links to six different documents that provide the cost breakdown based on the specific plan a retiree has. Pay careful attention to the description of the plan as you search for the one that applies to you.
Within each document is a legend at the bottom of the page. The legend will provide you definitions for the abbreviations used in the document. Pay attention to the column titled "Coverage Type." This will inform you on who is covered. Such as "MB" for member and "SP" for spouse.
Also pay close attention to the "Retiree Pays" column. This details your out-of-pocket costs for the premium. To the right of this column, you will see "Fund Pays," which lets you know how much the pension fund pays toward the premium and "Total Monthly Premium." Please note that "Total Monthly Premium" is NOT your cost. Rather, it is the total of your contribution plus the fund's contribution.
Also, for those who are signed up for Medicare Part B, the far right column of each sheet will tell you how much of reimbursement you qualify for if your selected plan's premiums cost the fund less than the maximum monthly contribution.
Below are links to the medical plan rate documents. Please click to view.
• If you do not have a spouse or child on your medical plan:
Member Only Non-Medicare & Medicare Plans
• If you have a spouse/domestic partner on your medical plan:
Member & Spouse/Domestic Partner Non-Medicare & Medicare Plans
• If you have a child/children on your medical plan but NO spouse/domestic partner:
Member & Child(ren) Non-Medicare & Medicare Plans
• If you have a spouse/domestic partner, and a child/children on your medical plan:
Member & Spouse/Domestic Partner & Child(ren) Non-Medicare & Medicare Plans
• If you and your spouse have a combination of Blue Shield & Sutter Health plans:
Member & Spouse/Domestic Partner & Child Split Plans: Blue Shield & Sutter Health Plans
• If you live in Hawaii or Kaiser's Northwest Plan Regions:
Kaiser Hawaii & Northwest Plans
If you have any questions regarding any of the plans, we encourage you to contact <RANI RAJAN@sanjoseca.gov> or by calling the main Retirement Services number at 408-794-1000.
Mike Alford, President
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
This item is generating a significant amount of criticism from many of the active and retired cops who frequent the SJPD Facebook page, despite the POA president’s explanation of how and why it came to be (see the POA News item that follows)…
Police Unions Unite to Ease Tension
—A coalition of officers has joined forces with the NFL team to address issues of social injustice—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Oct. 26, 2017
SANTA CLARA — Amid wide-reaching tensions hovering over the NFL about on-field national anthem protests, the team where everything started is trying to move the conversation beyond the current stalemate by joining forces with a group of big-city police unions.
Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers and representatives of police unions from San Jose, Oakland, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Long Beach and Portland will detail a broad agenda to address police-community acrimony across the country that are at the heart of the ongoing on-field protests that have far transcended the professional ranks.
That agenda is highlighted by a commitment from the 49ers to bankroll the production of a series of public-service announcements to be broadcast nationally to promote better relationships between law-enforcement and residents wary, and weary, of police violence.
In a joint statement, the team and the police-union coalition mentioned the collective need to improve a situation that has pitted NFL players against swaths of fans and in some cases their own management.
“The duty of law enforcement must also include actively participating in bringing our nation together and working to foster a more understanding and compassionate national dialogue around community and police officer relations,” the statement reads. “We believe that professional sports teams should utilize their capacity to reach millions of Americans to promote initiatives that help law enforcement professionals and the citizens they serve understand their respective experiences and to listen to one another with an open mind and heart.”
The need to voice that sentiment is born from the fall of 2016 when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat, then kneeled during the playing of the national anthem to protest the killings of unarmed black men and women at the hands of law enforcement. His gesture gained traction over the course of that season and was galvanized league-wide this year after President Trump insulted protesting players and suggested they be fired for insubordination.
Kaepernick is currently pursuing a collusion case against the NFL, alleging that the league has uniformly retaliated against him for his protest.
49ers CEO Jed York has backed his players’ expression from the outset, starting with Kaepernick, and in an interview last week said their broader point can’t be dismissed.
“A lot of these are common-sense issues,” he said. “When you actually sit down and talk to people and know where they’re coming from, it’s hard not to be sympathetic and empathetic.”
Safety Eric Reid was the first player to join Kaepernick in his protest, and has remained outspoken on the topic since.
“We just need to keep the conversation going,” Reid said after Vice President Mike Pence walked out on a 49ers game in Indianapolis earlier this month. When an opportunity presents itself to elect somebody into office at the state and national level, then we have to take advantage of those opportunities and put people in place who are going to do what we need done to fix these issues.”
Sgt. Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said he and his colleagues decided to take tangible steps after hearing rhetoric but no significant action from the league.
“We in law enforcement, and probably many people, have listened to them, seen them take knees, and talk about items they feel strongly about,” Kelly said. “Nothing’s been done. Not by the NFL, not by the owners, or the commissioner. We actually want to sit down and take concrete steps to keep law enforcement safer, and the community safer, and do that with their support starting with Jed York.”
The platform being put forth by the 49ers and the police unions is a medley of semi-related causes. Besides the PSA outreach component, they are throwing their support behind either legislation or federal regulatory changes to ban armor-piercing bullets, gun silencers, and most prominently, “bump stocks” that modify legal firearms to simulate automatic weapons. The devices gained infamy after they were used by Stephen Paddock, the shooter responsible for the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1.
The item even incurred the wrath of the National Rifle Association, which took an unusual pro-regulation stance when it backed additional regulations on bump stocks in the wake of the tragedy.
In the partnership statement, the groups also aim to “dedicate the necessary resources to strive to make every encounter between an American police officer and the citizens they serve to be grounded in mutual respect; to advocate for common-sense local, state and federal legislation that will contribute to the safety of all Americans, and to work together to improve the national dialogue around race, policing and violence prevention.”
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THIS is how NBC Bay Area covered the news conference between the POA and the San Francisco 49ers…
POA President Paul Kelly addresses the issue at a joint SJPOA/49ers news conference last week. (2:12)
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Anticipating there may be some disgruntlement among some San Jose officers who news broke about this deal between the POA and the Niners, POA President Paul Kelly tried to intercept the mainstream media by issuing this Membership Alert ahead of time.
Pledging to Fix the False Narrative
I wanted to ensure you heard directly from me about news that will break tomorrow morning regarding several police unions and the San Francisco 49ers owner signing a PLEDGE FOR A MORE UNDERSTANDING AND SAFER AMERICA. The unions signing this pledge include the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, SJPOA, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Oakland Police Officers' Association, Portland Police Association, Long Beach Police Officers' Association, Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Sacramento Police Officers Association and the Santa Clara Police Officers' Association.
I'm sure your first reaction to this will be what's on this pledge and that 'Kelly lost his mind', among other things. First let me say, we never do something without thinking through what the end game is and how whatever we end up doing can benefit our membership. This pledge is no different.
During last year's NFL season when Kaepernick decided to protest by taking a knee, and then followed this up with an anti-police rhetoric and actions, I was more than angry. I was also very frustrated because I believed the leadership from the 49ers and other teams should have done more to stand up for law enforcement. The false narrative that has been on display for so many years was being fueled again and police officers being angry about it was not going to keep us safer.
Fast forward to these last couple weeks. 49ers owner Jed York, his General Manager and team President reached out to Chief Garcia and myself to request a meeting to discuss the state of affairs between the team, the NFL and law enforcement. These discussions were not easy. Me and many other union presidents from across the country wanted nothing more than to tell them off, to boycott, and to keep blowing things up. That would have been the easy thing to do, but it would not have been leadership. It also would not have done one single thing to improve conditions for San Jose and the American police officer. We decided to go in another direction. But not before we voiced our frustration with what has been going on and seeking assurances that we could work together to start to rebuild the trust.
Tomorrow we are committing to advocate for the ban of "bump stocks", which turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. We are not compromising our commitment to the Second Amendment. But we are coming out in favor of commonsense regulations that will keep us safer. Approximately 30 members of law enforcement were injured in the Las Vegas massacre with one law enforcement member killed.
We're also committing to work with the San Francisco 49ers and hopefully other owners to start a national public service campaign with the goal of making every interaction with a police officer and the community we serve to be grounded in mutual respect. The 49ers have committed $500,000 to seed this effort.
The 49ers are putting their commitment in writing, stating it on camera, and will move forward with the many goals that are good for all of our law enforcement brothers and sisters in blue, but also for the citizens who need our help everyday.
All the 'talking' that we have heard from players kneeling, some NFL coaches, some owners, and the commissioner have been just that...talk. This is the start of actually DOING SOMETHING and not just talking about it.
This chaos created by false narratives needs to end. Now. It is important that the first step to fixing it happens right now, here in our own backyard.
Know that no matter what, I, and the SJPOA will always work toward ensuring your safety and that you are treated with the respect you deserve.
You ask how can I do it? How can Paul sit down with a team that has let us down and created a wave of negativism around the country?
If we are able to tell the true story of what you do every single day patrolling our neighborhoods, keeping families safe and standing up to the false narrative about our profession, then that's how I can do it. Our goal is promote the true narrative, the accurate one across the NFL and our nation, and what we will work for. Being angry is easy, trying to correct this false narrative about who we are as members of law enforcement is hard and it takes a strong and coordinated effort with committed partners like the ones that will be signing the pledge tomorrow.
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SJPOA joined 8 other law enforcement unions and the SF 49ers in signing a Pledge for a More Understanding and Safer America. The words understanding and safer are important to virtually everything we do as police officers. As members of law enforcement, any time we are able to bring more understanding to a situation or a crisis, the higher likelihood we have for a successful outcome. And we all know that any time our SJPOA has an opportunity to make your job and the communities we serve safer, we have a moral obligation to do so!
The other police unions we have pledged to work with have excellent reputations for standing up for their members' rights and have in their own communities dealt with their fair share of anti-police rhetoric, unfair scrutiny and some of the very same issues that we face.
We were joined in signing the pledge by the owner of the 49ers, the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Sacramento Police Officers Association, Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Santa Clara County, Oakland Police Officers Association, Santa Clara Police Officers Association, Portland Police Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association.
Here is some brief background on how this developed. 49ers owner Jed York reached out to the San Jose Police Officers' Association in an attempt to rebuild bridges with law enforcement. We told him fixing the issue wouldn't be easy. Police officers were mad. We were insulted. We were angry.
Fixing this issue requires rebuilding trust. It requires a sincere personal commitment by Mr. York. Money would not solve the issue. It would require his personal support correcting the false narrative about the American police officer being spread by anti-police individuals and organizations. There has not been one of us who has not said something along the lines of; "We have to fight back against the false narrative and lies being spread about cops".
Up to now, the NFL, political leaders and others have left the rank-and-file beat cop out of the national conversation about policing in America. We can not expect to influence the national dialogue about policing with no seat at the table. We can't be expected to correct the lies and misinformation about policing in America without a platform to do so. As I'm sure you would agree, you need the unions to have that voice because they are the true voice of the rank and file.
Jed York committed to funding that platform, funding a national public service announcement campaign and working with other NFL owners to amplify our message about policing in America. The goal of this campaign is to work to ensure that every encounter possible between a police officer and the citizens we serve be grounded in mutual respect. With this, it translates to cops being safer on the street by educating the public what they should and should not do when contact is made by a police officer. Again, more SAFETY for our cops not only in San Jose, but across the nation.
As these discussions were occurring, the mass shooting in Las Vegas happened. A massacre that killed 58 people, including an officer, and injured over 500 people including over 30 members of law enforcement. There were over 200 law enforcement personnel in attendance at that concert and their lives along with thousands of others will never be the same.
The issue of mass violence was on everyone's minds. As law enforcement, and the 49ers as the operator of a major entertainment venue, this was an area where we could work together to make things just a little bit safer for all of us.
Remember, the pledge is for a more understanding and a safer America.
We have stated continuously that we are unwavering in our support for the 2nd amendment. Unwavering. We stated that at the press conference as did the other law enforcement representatives, as did Jed York. The pledge looks at addressing a few key gun accessories, not guns!
Let's look at bump stocks
No major organization that we know of has endorsed this device. Not the NRA, not law enforcement leaders. There is a specific bill going through Congress right now that addresses bump stocks. It has bi-partisan support.
Whether you feel that a bump stock, or similar device, truly turns a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic rifle makes a small difference. The reality is that it exponentially increases the rate of fire. It allows you to fire hundreds of rounds in a minute. This device aided the Las Vegas shooter in firing rounds into a crowded space. He used this device to fire on many of our own law enforcement brothers and sisters.
Correcting the Anti-Police False Narrative
After nearly 5 years now of false narratives about how the American police officer does their job, false narratives of bias and on use of force, it's time to address this head on.
The pledge was about going beyond politics, protests and fist pounding. It was about creating defined goals and concrete solutions to a problem we have been dealing with for years. That is, an inability to have a seat at the table and offer our perspective of what it is like policing in America. It is usually the Police Chiefs or Police Commissioners and politicians and protesters that are talking about and making decisions about policing and community relations.
That changed with the signing of this pledge. We secured half a million dollars to help with our public awareness plan that will develop, produce and disseminate a series of public service ads aimed at correcting false narratives and educating the public on what and why the police do what we do. Every dollar will go towards these ads; absolutely no money will go towards advocacy of any legislation.
The pledge states; As such, those signing this pledge will dedicate the necessary resources to strive to make every encounter between an American police officer and the citizens they serve to be grounded in mutual respect.
The pledge further states; To partner with professional sports franchise teams, corporations, faith-based and community-based organizations to produce, promote and distribute a series of public service announcements designed to improve police and community relations.
For the last five years, law enforcement unions, including our own have boycotted concerts, performers, movies, directors and products. Yet our problem persists. We stand and put our hands on our hearts, some don't. Yet our problem persists.
We are problem solvers. The false narrative about policing will go on with or without football. What we are aiming to do is use the immense public platform of professional sports to deliver our message to the American people. We can shout until we are blue in the face that players should stand for our anthem or we can take action to educate our citizens about who we are and what our values are. We are choosing the latter.
We have inserted ourselves into the national conversation about community-police relations in a manner that is productive. Currently, it's a shouting match that is being had without the voice of the rank-and-file officers.
And as we move along, we will encourage the players that rather than take a knee, take a seat at the table. For those who continue to protest, without taking any real actions to provide solutions, their efforts will become minimized. Keep kneeling and you will just be left behind!
We could focus all our attention on the players. We could demand that they stand. But then what? What happens when they stand yet some still use their public cache to disparage police officers? How have we helped you while you're on patrol?
Our pledge also now commits at least one professional sports franchise to stand up and lobby for more resources in dealing with the mentally ill. This is an issue that few care about and is constantly on the back burner but affects every officer on the street every day. Here in San Jose we had 6 fatal officer involved shootings in a row just this year that dealt with a mentally ill individual.
And, our work does not end with the 49ers. Jed York has committed to working with us to get other sports franchises involved; to get other major organizations aligned with creating real meaningful programs aimed at bettering relations between communities and their police.
Does this all mean that we are not still offended and upset about what has been said by some athletes regarding law enforcement? Absolutely not. But we have an obligation to work through our anger and work towards improving the environment that police officers work in both today and for years to come.
We understand your anger but we must utilize that anger and channel it into something meaningful and productive. Again, I believe any President in my position has that obligation to all of you or I am not holding up the oath I took. A national campaign to educate the public about policing from the perspective of the beat cop will be meaningful and productive. This is a pledge with one NFL owner who understands, as we do, that there has been enough talking past each other and it's now time to start talking to each other.
We now have a seat at the table-a table we helped create.
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
Jim Werkema and I are involved in the dispute with the City over the higher class pay pension issue. We have done a lot of research on the issue, but still need one last bit of information. The City is claiming that HC pay was not treated as pensionable until a new computer programming error occurred on June 27, 1999. Their own Audit shows it as being treated as pensionable in 1998 and three prior past POA presidents recall it as pensionable in the 1970's and 1980's. The City has not responded to our requests to see how far back HC pay was being treated as pensionable and is sticking to the 1999 date.
Currently the City is only taking action on those employees that retired between 2001 and 2012 who had HC pay used in their highest years compensation calculations (61 of us from the Police Department). Most employees work a higher class assignment, have pension contributions legally withheld, but never retired with this extra pay included in their highest years calculations. If you did retire with HC pay included in your pension pay and are not already on their list, then we do NOT want to hear from you.
If you did work in an HC assignment prior to June 1999 (acting Sgt, Lt, Capt, or DC) them we would like you to send us an email with the following information:
• Name and badge number
• Rank worked,
• Approximate dates (year and how long worked - best as you can recall),
• Did you retire? Vest then retire?” Or quit and take your money with you?
These assignments could have been as short as two or four weeks and they still could have been paid at the higher rate and may have had the pension contributions deducted (even if you do not remember getting the short raise). The City cannot find some of the old policy on HC pay, so we really do need retirees who worked HC assignments prior to 1988 to come forward with what information they remember. We will use this information to request the City to conduct a sample audit. If they refuse, we have a plan B.
This HC issue affects all City employees, so if you know some firefighters or other retired people from the Federated system (who worked HC prior to June 1999) we would like to hear from them too. Please contact either one of us if you have any questions.
Joe Unland <email@example.com> 775 473-2303
Joe Werkema <JGwerk@msn.com> 408 665-0411
Don’t know if you saw this photo on Facebook of Brewer tubing down a river on Kauai last week. I can’t tell if he’s laughing or crying.
Joe (Wicker) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I consulted my experts, Joe, and the consensus is that he is
because he paid extra for one of those run-flat inner tubes!
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Carm Grande alerted us to an obituary for Dan Creed who had ties to Bay Area law enforcement and the judicial system in Santa Clara County. Following is a portion of the obit…
Daniel Edward Creed
Aug. 16, 1941 — Oct. 13, 2017
Resident of San Jose
…Dan worked as a ride operator at Playland at the beach, San Francisco Police Officer, Probation Officer, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney and in 1981 became a Superior Court Judge. Upon retirement at age 65, he became a traveling judge and served all over Northern California for seven more years…
Click HERE to read the entire obituary and/or leave a message in the Guest Book. When the page appears, click on “Read Full Obituary.”
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Every little bit helps.
In Arizona, the department of Motor Vehicle will issue you a new I.D. card or drivers license with a designation printed on the face that shows you are a veteran of the United States military. Your DD-214 discharge paper is all that is required.
Why is this important? Many companies give a veteran's discount for serving to protect our nation. It is the companies’ way of saying “Thank you for your service.”
One of the companies that give a 10% discount is Home Depot. In the past several months I have saved hundreds of dollars on my purchases at this store.
California has one of the highest sales tax rates plus a one percent additional tax on lumber. This 10% discount offsets these taxes. Many other companies also give veterans a discount on items purchased.
Be proud that you have served your country. Accept that companies’ gratitude for your service to the United States of America. Stand with your hand on your heart during the presentation of our flag and the national anthem. Those of us that stand with our hands over our hearts are the real Americans. Thank God for the nation that has given all Americans a place of freedom and security from all enemies foreign and domestic.
God Bless America.
Bill Yarbrough <email@example.com>
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I don’t know how you feel about the NFL’s attitude regarding its players, but I know there are lots of fans who agree with this short video clip. Would you consider running it in the Farsider?
Red State <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ask and ye shall receive, Red. Click HERE.
NEW BILLY & SPANNER NOW ONLINE
The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. Download Newsletter HERE
THE KKC CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE — SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR
Send an email to Margie Thompson if you have a question <email@example.com>
WELCOME SJPD ACADEMY CLASS 31 (YOU CHOSE WELL, GRASSHOPPERS)
COME JOIN JOHN HINKLE AND THE PENINSULAIRES FOR SOME OLD TIME ENTERTAINMENT
If you have been around the block a sufficient number of times that you are almost dizzy, you will recall that former San Jose cops Stan Miller and John Hinkle formed the Miller & Hinkle Law Firm and that they were known for throwing the most lavish and outlandish New Year’s parties for several years in the 1980s. Stan left the law firm several years and moved to Seattle where he spends his time tracking his property investments and enjoys his retirement. John stayed with the Miller & Hinkle law firm until recently when he felt it was time to retire. One of his hobbies is singing with the Peninslaires, Silicon Valley's Barbershop Chorus.
Click HERE for a sampling of the Peninsulaires’ music. (3:36)
Your Invitation to a Celebration of Americana:
For the best in Silicon Valley’s Barbershop Chorus, don’t miss the 2 p.m. Ice Cream Social or the 6:30 p.m. Cabaret Dinner Show on Saturday, Nov. 11th, at Nick’s Hall behind the First United Methodist Church of Sunnyvale, 535 Old San Francisco Rd. Click HERE for more information and/or to purchase tickets.
Click HERE to visit the Peninsulaires' website.
WILL THE ANTIFA GOONS MAKE GOOD ON THEIR NOV. 4th PROMISE?
Website Planning Nationwide Anarchy On November 4th
That headline just above was posted on the Anonymous Website, which is crazy in itself because Anonymous is made up of those clowns who wear the spooky Japanese masks…
Click on THIS link and form your own opinion about this website that lists certain cities that are targeted for an attack on the 4th. Is the threat of attacks at the major U.S. cities real or fake news? Looks like no one will know until Saturday the 4th rolls around.
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Don’t be concerned about Antifa’s appearance. They may look nasty with their hankies covering their faces or their hoodies pulled down over their heads, but all they really are is a pack of nerds who lean on each other for strength. This is what they look like after standing in front of a mirror for a half hour admiring themselves for looking like some evil soldiers from a science fiction movie…
This is what they look like before they put on their costumes and, in their minds, get ready to do battle…
And this is their fearless leader….
HOW DID A $98K GRANT FOR THE PANTHERS GET APPROVED IN THE FIRST
Oh, Berkeley? Never mind!
Amid Backlash, National Park Service Yanks $98,000 Grant for Black Panther Party Legacy project
members of the New Black Panther Party were charged with intimidating
voters in Philadelphia in 2008, Attorney General Eric Holder refused to prosecute.
Tammerlin Drummond — Bay Area News Group
Oct. 17, 2017 — East Bay Times
BERKELEY — A month after announcing its plans to green light $98,000 in federal funds for a project by a UC Berkeley professor documenting the Black Panther Party’s legacy, the National Park Service has pulled the plug amid a fierce backlash by conservatives who decried the history of what they labeled “a violent extremist group.”
At the time, the park service said the project would “memorialize a history that brought meaning to lives far beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Then, critics got wind of it. Conservative news outlets said it was outrageous for the feds to give taxpayer money to honor the Black Panther’s legacy. The Fraternal Order of Police fired off a letter dated Oct. 19 to President Donald Trump, expressing that organization’s “outrage and shock.”
Amid the criticism, the National Park Service has changed course.
“At present, I can confirm that the project in question will not receive funding from the National Park Service,” spokesman Craig Dalby said. He said the agreement had not been finalized and after further review the NPS decided not to move forward.
The quiet reversal, with no further details offered, in contrast to the initial public announcement, came after harsh criticism from conservative groups and websites.
Ula Taylor, the incoming chair of Cal’s African-American studies department, and the lead investigator for the project, could not be reached for comment. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said he could not provide any further information.
“The researchers put forth a project that was selected by the National Park Service,” Mogulof said. “In terms of why they were selected, the park service has the answer, not the campus. And in terms of why they rescinded it, they have the answer, not the campus.”
The National Park Service had announced its intentions to award the grant for the “Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation & Memory Project” without seeking other proposals.
“The project will discover new links between the historical events concerning race that occurred in Richmond during World War II and the subsequent emergence of the BPP in the San Francisco Bay Area two decades later through research, oral history and interpretation,” the park service wrote in the public notice. “Bay Area sites that shaped the BPP will be identified in an effort to memorialize a history that brought meaning to lives far beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.”
In response, Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, wrote to Trump, calling for a halt to the funding. He wrote that U.S. Park Ranger Kenneth Patrick was killed by Veronza Leon Curtis Bowers Jr., who was affiliated with the Black Panther Party. Patrick was on patrol in the Point Reyes National Seashore when he was fatally shot in August 1973, according to news accounts.
“It is appalling that Ranger Patrick’s own agency now proposes to partner with UC Berkeley and two active members of this violent and repugnant organization,” Canterbury wrote. “As far as we are concerned, the only meaning they brought to any lives was grief to the families of their victims.”
According to the proposal, the project sought to document “how the BPP impacted the visual arts, music, dance and styles of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s and underscore the vastness of its impact on American culture.”
A major goal was to provide information that would be useful to future scholars of the movement.
Taylor was the co-author of “Panther: A Pictorial History of the Black Panther Party and the Story Behind the Film.” She was the historical consultant on the Mario Van Peebles’ film “Panther.” Two of her consultants for the Berkeley project, J. Tarika Lewis and Billy Jennings, were members of the Oakland Panther party.
It is unclear what is next for the project now that the park service will not be providing funding.
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EASY WAY? HARD WAY? YOU CHOOSE!
Robber Tells Clerk 'We Can Do This the Easy Way or the Hard Way'
Store Clerk Chooses 'Hard Way'
By Sandy Malone — Blue Lives Matter
Surveillance video shows Speedway store clerk defending himself from a robber.
Cincinnati, OH – A Speedway store clerk delivered a knock-out punch to a would-be robber just after midnight on Monday.
“I work at Speedway. This dude tried to rob me. He tried to jump over the counter and he had a blade in his hand,” the store clerk told the 911 dispatcher when he called for help (video below).
“He’s still in here. I had to knock him out,” the clerk explained.
“Sir, is that male conscious and breathing? Is he? Or did you?” the dispatcher asked.
“He’s breathing. He’s leaking. Yeah, he’s bleeding,” the clerk responded.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested 52-year-old Andre
Young was convicted of using a bat to rob the same Speedway store in 2005, according to WLWT.
The video from the store surveillance camera showed Young attempted to get over the counter, but was pushed back by the clerk.
Then Young attempted to go around the counter, but video showed he was met by the store clerk’s fists.
The clerk delivered a couple of blows that knocked Young flat on his back, where he stayed while the clerk called police.
"The allegations are that the defendant went into a Speedway gas station, brandished a box cutter, and stated, 'We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,'" said Dave Wood, with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.
"The cashier luckily was able to defend himself, and incapacitate the defendant until police showed up,” Wood said.
"He has five prior felony convictions for aggravated armed robbery, robbery, robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery," Wood said.
Young told police he was holding the box cutter to cut something off his shirt.
When an officer pointed out it's not smart to carry a blade and try to jump a counter if you're not robbing someone, Young replied, "Man, I was drunk."
Young was arraigned on Tuesday, charged with aggravated robbery and assault, according to the Journal-News.
He appeared in court sporting a black eye, and walking with crutches.
Young was ordered held on a $175,000 bond.
FEELING A LITTLE SILLY MAXWELL? YOU SHOULD…
Only Kneeler Arrested for Assault with Gun After Making Up Story About Getting
By Andrew Blake — Blue Lives Matter
MLB player Bruce Maxwell was arrested for allegedly pointing gun at pizza delivery woman
Scottsdale, Arizona – The only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a pizza delivery person.
Scottsdale Police officers went to the home of Oakland A’s player Bruce Maxwell Saturday night after receiving a call about a person with a gun, according TMZ sports.
Police said that the alleged victim was a female food delivery employee who told authorities that Maxwell pointed a gun at her.
Maxwell was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct, TMZ reported.
Maxwell was kept in custody while awaiting his initial appearance before a judge, police said.
Earlier in the week, Maxwell claimed he was denied service at a restaurant in Alabama due to his kneeling during the national anthem during a baseball game.
Maxwell claimed the waiter identified himself as a Donald Trump supporter, and when the waiter recognized Maxwell as a kneeler, the baseball player claims that the server refused to serve him and his friend. Maxwell said such incidents were why he protested.
However, the waiter and a manager at the restaurant refutes Maxwell’s story.
“He is outright lying. This is really upsetting as he was given full service, I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was,” Matt Henry, a 42-year-old waiter at Keegan’s Public House, told Fox News. “This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer.”
Henry said that Maxwell was with two other people, one of who produced an expired driver’s license after ordering a beer. Henry said that Maxwell's friend was mad and followed him to the kitchen.
“He asked me, 'Don’t you know who Bruce Maxwell is?', and told me I was making everyone feel uncomfortable. Nobody was even paying attention to them,” Henry told Fox News.
“I didn’t know anything about him or the kneeling. All I know is a friend of mine 15 years ago lost his job for serving someone a drink who happened to be underage, so if anyone looks under 30, I’m going to card them,” Henry said.
The waiter said the other friend, who was a City Councilmember, then complained to the restaurant’s manager about Maxwell being uncomfortable. The manager swapped the waiter to another table.
The manager at the restaurant backed up the waiter’s version of events, according to Fox News.
“Matt came to me and told me that a guy wanted a beer but his ID was not valid and I told him he absolutely could not give it to him, we can go to jail for that in the state of Alabama," manager Anne Whalen said.
"It was his friend causing all the fuss, none of us even knew who this baseball player was. I told him I had no idea who he was going on about,” she said. “Eventually Matt just asked if we could put another server on the table so I did. … I can’t believe the story.”
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REMEMBER THAT 21 FOOT RULE WHEN CONFRONTING A BAD GUY WITH A KNIFE?
—Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger if you don’t—
NBC Bay Area’s Special Investigation Unit took on that 21 foot rule issue the other night during its late night news. Featured in the investigation was former San Jose cop-turned criminologist (Dr.) Ron Martinelli.
Numbers Show Police Training Drill May Be Causing Unnecessary Deaths
The 21-Foot Rule has been taught in Police Academies around the United States for decades, but it has never been tested scientifically - Until Now.
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STORIES OF THE WEEK
The Immigration debate has created a flurry of activity in local and national media and we often hear stories that break our hearts. This is one such story.
Latinos say they are worried by the crackdown on immigration.
In an attempt to seek some relief from this terrible situation, one Latino man posted the following note on the White House website:
“I’m terrified that Trump is going to deport my Latina mother-in-law who is here illegally and lives at 1801 S. Spring Street in Los Angeles 90023. Blue house on the N/E corner. She drives a white 2006 Chevrolet and gets home from work about 6:15 p.m.”
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After years of pouring his heart out to his therapist and spending a big chunk of his income on these sessions, a man finally decides to ask a question about a puzzling aspect of his therapist’s method.
"Doctor," says the patient, "I've been coming to lie on your couch once a week for 20 years, sharing with you the most painful details of my childhood, cataloging my every insecurity, delving deep into all my regrets and bad habits, weeping at the limitations to my personal growth. And all the while you’ve sat there, motionless, listening, observing, but never once asking a question or offering advice. Why? Why the silence?”
After a long pause, the therapist says, “No hablo Inglés.”
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The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, "Hello."
"Mrs. Ward, please."
"Mrs. Ward, this is Doctor Johnson at the Medical Testing Laboratory. When your doctor sent your husband's biopsy to the lab yesterday, a biopsy from another Mr. Ward arrived as well, and we are now uncertain which one is your husband's. Frankly the results are either bad or terrible."
"What do you mean?" Mrs. Ward asks nervously.
"Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other one tested positive for AIDS. We can't tell which is your husband's."
"That's dreadful! Can't you do the test again?"
"Normally we can, but Medicare will only pay for these expensive tests one time."
"Well, what am I supposed to do now?"
"The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don't sleep with him."
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THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
—Funnies for the anti-Trump crowd from the late night talk show hosts—
Oct. 18 — 31
Oct. 23: President Trump announced that he’s releasing thousands of files on JFK even though they were already set to be released. And he said, “Not only that, I’m declaring October 31st Halloween.” We’ll all be saying Merry Halloween again.
I want to say congratulations to John Stamos who just got engaged to his girlfriend. Hey John, congratulations. She’s just 31, and he’s somehow ... still 31. The guy can’t age! He looks fantastic.
Developers are working on a hyper loop that could get you from Washington, D.C., to New York City in just 29 minutes. And once you are here, you can take a subway from Penn Station to Times Square in just four hours.
I heard that people in Hawaii are stealing cans of Spam and reselling them. So if you think you’re having a rough day, imagine being the guy waiting on the corner for his Spam dealer. “Where is this guy? Come on, where is this guy? Come on, get here man.”
A couple in Orlando who ordered plastic storage bins on Amazon got a delivery filled with 65 pounds of weed. They were like, “Wow, Amazon Prime is even better than we thought.”
Oct. 24: Everybody’s talking about this big feud between President Trump and Republican Sen. Bob Corker. They were fighting AGAIN. Today, Corker said that Trump is a bad role model for children. And Trump said, “Not true! I’ve even proven that a child can be elected president!”
Corker also tweeted about Trump’s behavior and said, “Alert the day care staff.” Trump was so mad, he squeezed his juice box, and it went all over his tie.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he will not seek re-election, and said the GOP was headed in the wrong direction. Or, as Trump called it, “Flake news!”
Delta is hiring 1,000 new flight attendants, and it’s a very tough tryout. When pushing the beverage cart, you have to slam into at LEAST 12 passengers’ knees.
I read about a woman in Pennsylvania who celebrated her 94th birthday by jumping out of a plane. She thought she was just walking into the bathroom — but still, good for her to just experience that!
Oct. 25: In his speech Sen. Jeff Flake gave about Trump yesterday, he criticized Trump for 20 minutes without mentioning him by name. But I think people knew who he meant when he kept referring to “Tweety McTweetface.”
And Trump was tweeting again today. He said that his big meeting with Republican senators was “a love fest” with multiple standing ovations. They were mostly getting up to leave — but still, that counts as a standing ovation.
Trump sent three tweets about how the senators gave him a standing ovation. It’s a big deal for Trump — he hasn’t seen 50 people cheering him on since his inauguration.
Today when he was talking to reporters, Trump said he has “one of the greatest memories of all time.” Then Trump said, “And if you don’t believe me, ask my sons — Derek and Ron Jr. And my daughter, Girl Donald.”
Oct. 26: President Trump did an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox News last night. And at one point, Dobbs said Trump is “one of the most loved and respected” presidents in history. Even Trump was like, “Now THAT’S fake news!”
I read that Queen Elizabeth has made nearly $9 million in winnings from her race horses over the past 30 years. She lost most of it betting on cockfights, but still — that's a lot!
A Japanese company created a $150 noise-canceling ramen fork to cover up slurping noises. So, if you’ve got 150 bucks to spend on a fork — why are you eating ramen?
Oct. 30: Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was charged with fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering as part of the Russia investigation. I don’t want to say Trump’s nervous, but he just hopped into a white Ford Bronco and took off down the highway.
Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric are going to India to launch real estate projects for the Trump Organization. Yeah, it’s all part of a new business strategy called fleeing the country.
Ivanka Trump had a surprise birthday party this weekend. Because if there’s one thing you want to do when everyone’s facing indictments is jump out and yell, “Surprise!”
Oct. 31: President Trump gave out Halloween candy to kids at the White House last night. It was a chance for kids to take king-sized candy bars from fun-sized hands. A little weird, though. While the kids were trick-or-treating, the White House was playing trick or treason.
People are still talking about the former Trump staffers who got indicted, including a guy named George Papadopoulos. Well, today Trump attacked him on Twitter, and referred to him only as George. When asked if he was nervous trying to spell Papadopoulos, he said, "I was nervous trying to spell George."
To sway the election, Russian agents posted over 1,000 YouTube videos. But then even Putin was like "Oh, my goodness, these comments are so mean."
The hosts of the "Today" show dressed up as country singers. The hosts of "Good Morning America" dressed up as superheroes, while the hosts of "Fox & Friends" denied that it was Halloween. Yeah. It's a lie, spread by Hillary Clinton.
Oct. 23: The latest rumor in Washington is President Trump is looking for a replacement for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. After hearing the job entails constant trips out of the country, Melania volunteered.
Trump announced that he will release over 3,000 classified files relating to the Kennedy assassination. Spoiler alert: Apparently Hillary did it.
Harvey Weinstein just finished a week-long stay at a rehab clinic for sex addiction. Apparently he would’ve have stayed longer, but all the other sex addicts thought Weinstein was too creepy.
A couple ordered a package from Amazon and included with their stuff was 65 pounds of marijuana. It was only then that the couple realized that they’d accidentally signed up for “Amazon Primo.”
Everyone’s OK, but last Friday, Dr. Phil hit a skateboarder with his car. Dr. Phil was overheard yelling, “Quick, somebody, get a real doctor.”
Oct. 24: Bill O’Reilly revealed that he is mad at God for putting him through his sexual harassment scandal. Today, God refused to comment; instead, she just laughed.
President Trump and Republican Sen. Bob Corker are in a feud after Corker compared the White House to a day care center. When they heard this, 3-year-olds everywhere said, “Oh no — do not lump us in with that guy.”
The average ticket for tonight’s Dodgers-Astros World Series game is about $3,000. Isn’t that crazy? For that kind of money, you could see half of “Hamilton.”
The opening game of the World Series is here in Los Angeles and it’s 104 degrees outside. So, think of this: While none of us are at the World Series, at least we have air conditioning.
A California elementary school is under fire for putting up a Donald Trump scarecrow. Even worse, 30 percent of the crows still think the Trump scarecrow is doing a great job.
Foreign policy experts say that the president of China is now the world’s most powerful person. As you can imagine, that came as quite a shock to Beyoncé.
Nickelodeon has fired a male producer after multiple accusations of sexual harassment. He’s the creator of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob No-Pants.”
Oct. 25: In a late night vote yesterday, the Senate made it illegal to sue a bank. Which is why today, Harvey Weinstein petitioned to become a bank.
When asked about the 2020 election, Joe Biden said, “I haven’t decided to run. But I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run.” Then his wife Jill Biden said, “Welcome to my hell.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first game of the World Series last night. Last night’s game was the fastest World Series game in decades. Fans in L.A. were at the game for 2½ hours, and in traffic for 5½.
In the past week, several prominent men have been fired for sexual harassment and it’s being called “The Harvey Effect.” Of course, none of them will see any jail time and that’s being called “The Cosby Effect.”
Oct. 26: Woody Allen’s newest movie features a middle-aged man who is sleeping with a 15-year-old girl. The movie will premiere at Cannes in May, and be entered into evidence in June.
President Trump had the JFK files declassified. Trump said, “I can take the class out of anything.”
A fast food restaurant in Australia is celebrating Halloween by offering a hamburger in a blue bun, sprinkled with real ants and worms. Or as Arby’s calls that, “The No. 6.”
During last night's 11-inning World Series game, a Dodgers fan got arrested after he jumped into one of the bullpens. Afterwards, the Dodgers admitted if the game had gone one more inning they would have needed him to pitch.
Oct. 30: Today another Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos, pled guilty to lying to the FBI about meeting with Russians in 2016. The FBI would have issued an arrest warrant sooner, but they had a hard time spelling “Papadopoulos.”
This morning, while CNN and MSNBC were covering the Manafort indictments, Fox News did a story about the cheeseburger emoji. Just to keep you up to date, the cheeseburger emoji is still claiming it did not collude with Russia to hijack the election.
President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was charged with conspiracy against the United States. Apparently, his “conspiracy against the United States” was suggesting to Donald Trump that he run for president.
Last night’s Astros-Dodgers World Series game took over five hours, and then L.A. lost. Usually when people from Los Angeles endure something for five hours, at least they get new breasts out of it.
Oct. 31: Krispy Kreme locations are giving out free donuts this Halloween when you come in wearing a costume. Yeah, it’s the perfect way to kick off the "Holiday Diabetes Season."
There was a big Halloween Party at the White House yesterday. Some of the Halloween costumes at the White House were a little over the top. For example, Melania Trump went as "Happily Married Woman."
A recent poll came out that shows the approval rating for President Donald Trump has fallen to a historical all-time low of 33 percent. In response, Trump said, "You hear that? Historic! I’m in the history books! I did it!"
Today is Game 6 of the World Series. Based on previous games, this one is expected to last two full days.
Oct. 23: Over the weekend, Sen. John McCain appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump’s lack of military service. He said that during the Vietnam War a lot of rich people got out of the draft by claiming they had bone spurs. And as you may know Donald Trump famously got out of service in Vietnam due to bone spurs. Now, if you don’t know what bone spurs are, don’t worry, Donald Trump doesn’t know either.
But seriously, bone spurs can make walking very difficult, unless you carry a bag of golf clubs; apparently, then it’s fine.
McCain called Trump out for being a pampered rich boy but the good news is it looks like Trump will get out of the military again after suffering from McCain’s sick burn. Trump got out of going to Vietnam five times, and now he’s the president of the United States. So including the World Series, 2017 has been a great year for dodgers.
Speaking of people taking shots at Donald Trump, Snoop Dogg has taken aim at the president once again in his new single called ”Make America Crip Again.” A representative of Snoop explained that with “Make America Crip Again,” Snoop’s intention is to, quote, “unite, not divide.” Because what organization could be more unifying than the South Central L.A. street gang the Crips.
After this came out, the street gang the Bloods actually tried to recruit Donald Trump. Yeah. But he can’t, ’cuz you know he has got those bone spurs.
It was revealed this week that Justin Bieber has covered his entire torso with an elaborate tattoo. We have a picture of it here. I mean, come on. Like I needed another good reason to stare deeply into Bieber’s abs.
Did you guys see this conspiracy theory that was going around the internet last week? People claim that Melania Trump had a body double impersonate her during an appearance with her husband. And if you think that is weird, Donald Trump has been impersonating a president for almost a year.
Oct. 24: President Trump and Republican Sen. Bob Corker have now re-ignited their feud. In an interview this morning, Corker slammed Trump and his foreign policy. President Trump, of course, responded on Twitter. In a series of tweets, Trump called Corker a “lightweight,” he called him “incompetent,” and he mocked his height by once again calling him “Liddle Bob Corker.” So, looks like the first lady’s anti-bullying initiative still has a ways to go.
At one point, Corker told reporters that Trump’s legacy will be “the debasement of our nation.” Yeah, debasement. As in, when Trump starts a war, I’ll be hiding in de basement.
Then Trump responded by tweeting that Corker couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee. For the record, Corker is a sitting senator from Tennessee. He got elected twice. Before that, Corker was elected mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee. So, Mr. President, you’re right. He couldn’t get elected dog catcher, because he’s too busy getting elected to every other job in that state.
Today was the opening game of the World Series at Dodger Stadium, and it was one of the hottest on record, with temperatures around 97 degrees. That’s so hot. If it were one degree higher, it would be a boy band.
Oct. 25: Donald Trump has recently been feuding with Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker after Sen. Flake gave an impassioned speech against Trump. The president struck back today, tweeting, “The meeting with Republican senators yesterday outside of Flake and Corker was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for U.S.A.” A love fest. Yeah, ’cuz nothing gets the American people excited like visualizing a bunch of 70-year-old senators having an orgy.
Then Trump continued the argument after Jeff Flake said he had a lot of support in the Senate. Trump tweeted, “Really, they just gave me a standing O.” To which Mike Pence said, “That is a sin. Repent.”
Why is Donald Trump so proud of getting a standing ovation? Standing ovations aren’t sincere. They are just something that people feel obligated to do. I’m saying this as someone who gets a standing ovation every night.
Oct. 26: In an interview with Lou Dobbs yesterday on Fox Business, Donald Trump claimed he, quote, “started this whole fake news thing.” And I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Yep, yep, you did.”
During Trump’s rant about the media, he said, “What could be more fake than CBS and NBC and ABC and CNN?” I mean, yeah, what could be more fake? Just off the top of my head: Donald Trump's approval rating, his inauguration size, his concern for Puerto Rico, his concern for immigrants, his concern for hurricane victims, his golf handicap, his high IQ, his tan, his hair, him saying no one respects women more than him … and Fox News.
According to a new survey, 51 percent of Democrats say they have a favorable view of former President George W. Bush. Democrats say the quality they like most about Bush is that he is not on Twitter.
Meanwhile in another poll, for the first time a majority of Republicans say they support the legalization of marijuana. What’s going on here? I don’t understand, I’m so confused. Democrats like Bush, Republicans liking Kush.
Fifty-one percent of Republicans are in favor of legalization, although that 51 percent still insists on calling it wacky tobacky.
Amazon is introducing a new service called Amazon Key, which will allow delivery men to open your front door and put packages directly inside your house. I don't have a joke here. I just wanted to tell you how you’re going to be murdered. Sleep tight, folks.
Oct. 30: There was some huge news out of Washington, D.C., this morning. President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been indicted by the FBI and faces 12 different charges in connection with the Russia investigation. Now there’s talk that Manafort didn’t really get it when the FBI showed up at his door. He handed out candy and was like, “And who are you supposed to be?”
After the charges were announced, Trump responded by tweeting: “Sorry but this is years ago before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign, but why aren’t crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?” Trump says it was years ago, but this was still occurring in 2016. Which means even Donald Trump can’t believe that Donald Trump has only been in office for a handful of months.
Also, crooked Hillary and the Dems, I know there are larger issues here, but I just want to say, Crooked Hillary and the Dems is a pretty amazing name for a band, isn’t it? I would go see them. “I’m Crooked Hillary, these are the Dems. Are you ready to rock, San Antonio!?”
Now what he is trying to do with all of these tweets is trying to put it off on Hillary. You can’t get investigators off your case by simply telling them to investigate someone else. That would be like if I got arrested for murder, and my entire defense was, “Hey, you know who else you should look at? O.J. Simpson.”
Oct. 31: In the spirit of Halloween, let's talk about something truly scary — the Trump White House.
After Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos was arrested in connection with the Russia investigation, the White House is distancing themselves from him, with one Trump ally saying Papadopoulos was nothing more than a, "coffee boy." Honestly, I think that might be a typo. I think they meant covfefe boy.
The Trump ally minimized the role Papadopoulos had in the campaign, saying he "never had a role, never got paid, never a staffer, and never did anything." Now, that could be anyone. Ivanka, Jared, Donald, Jr., Eric.
Then President Trump also downplayed Papadopoulos' importance today by tweeting, "Few people knew the young, low-level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar." He says he doesn't know him, but then he paints a pretty descriptive picture. He's like, "Few people knew, the young, quick-witted, fair-haired, athletic but not overly-muscular volunteer named George." You know Trump just called him "George" in his tweet after about 30 attempts at spelling "Papadopoulos."
Oct. 18: We are broadcasting all this week from the Howard Gillman opera house from the Brooklyn academy of music. I love Brooklyn but I want to be honest the real reason we're here is to get as far out of North Korea's missile range as possible.
Tonight in the Bronx, the Yankees right now are playing the Astros in game five of the American league championship series. Apparently the Astros are now in the American league, which still doesn't feel right to me.
Let me just say something as a Mets fan. The Yankees may have more World Series rings than anyone but they'll never have what the Mets have, a mascot with a giant baseball for a head. That belongs to us.
Not only was tonight game five of the ALCS, the first game of the new NBA season for the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks and the Nets, according to Las Vegas, have the worst odds of winning the title this season of any teams in the NBA. The odds are 1,000-1. Which means if you were to bet $100 on the Knicks or Nets you would lose $100.
Oct. 19: Last night I wanted to feel like I live here so I did maybe the most New York thing a person can do. I put on a big, puffy jacket, went down to the subway, and forced people to buy my mix tape.
Went to see Bruce Springsteen last night on Broadway. And you're not going to believe this, he was great. Turns out he's really great. Bruce almost restored my faith in America last night. And then the president tweeted and it was gone again.
Have you seen these? This is a real thing, the dog parker, a place to park your dog. It was invented by a woman here in Brooklyn who describes herself as a dog mom. She said she wanted to go more places with her dog but wasn't comfortable going into a shop to get coffee without locking her best friend in a miniature prison.
The door is controlled by an app, you pay and the app opens the door, put your pet in and it locks, which is perfect if you want to steal a doghouse with a dog already in it.
A quick way to know you shouldn't have a dog is if you think locking it in an easy bake oven while you get coffee is a good idea.
Oct. 23: The Dodgers in the World Series. They are playing the Astros tomorrow night. The Dodgers haven’t been to the World Series since 1988. That is a long time ago. That is before anyone knew what a Kardashian was. Most people at that time thought it was an auto part.
Yesterday, the NFL announced that Justin Timberlake is going to do the Super Bowl halftime show. This will be his first Super Bowl halftime performance since 2004 when he was part of the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. Remember when Janet the Jackson exposing a breast was the worst thing about America? Justin Timberlake promised there would be no wardrobe malfunction because everyone on stage would be nude start to finish.
President Trump is planning to release a treasure trove, thousands of classified documents connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This is of intense interest to historians and conspiracy theorists. This is a bombshell. The real killer is not Lee Harvey Oswald. It was a 16-year-old Hillary Clinton. Isn’t that something?
The White House released a statement saying the president believes the documents should be made available in the interest of full transparency. His tax returns, however, will remain secret forever, no matter what.
Oct. 24: It was 102 in L.A. today. Not 100, 102. It is almost Halloween. It used to be cold here on Halloween. We don’t wear skimpy Halloween costumes to be sexy, we wear them to survive.
If the temperature holds up, Game 1 tonight between the Dodgers and Astros will be the hottest World Series game ever. The first two games are in Los Angeles. And then it moves to a cooler climate, the Gobi Desert.
This is the Dodgers’ first World Series in almost 30 years. Since 1988. It is a tough ticket to come by. The average ticket price for Game 1 was about $1,300. To put that in perspective, right now a ticket to the World Series is worth more than the Weinstein Company.
There is a major scandal in the world of the Iditarod. It turns out some of the dogs in the race are on drugs. Dogs belonging to the four-time musher tested positive for a banned substance. Officials became suspicious when one of the dogs stood on its hind legs and lifted the sled over its head in celebration.
These are powerful drugs. Opioids. These are the same drugs Santa uses to make his reindeer fly.
Oct. 25: For those who are visiting us, welcome to Los Angeles — home of the Dodgers who are in the World Series tonight. The Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Dodgers won the first game last night. It was the hottest World Series game ever, 103 degrees. I was at the game. They didn’t have to cook the Dodger Dogs, that’s how hot it was.
President Trump has been feuding with a couple of senators from his own party — Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee are on his list right now. The president decided to tweet about this today. He said there are NO problems in the GOP; in fact, they love him so much they cannot sit down when he walks in a room, “multiple standing ovations.” Who wants to be the one who tell him that people are required to stand when the president enters the room? That’s not an accomplishment. That’s like saying, “Every time I walk into a Starbucks, guy behind the counter asks me if I want coffee.”
Oct. 23: First lady Melania Trump visited a middle school in Detroit today where she began her anti-bullying campaign by speaking to the students and joining them for lunch. Meanwhile Donald Trump had lunch in the White House cafeteria and clapped when someone dropped their tray.
Red Lobster announced today that it will start delivering its food in New York City through a partnership with Grubhub. Because if there’s one thing that will make discount seafood even better, it’s 20 minutes on the back of a bike. Just think, that shrimp is going down 8th Avenue as we speak.
Playboy is featuring its first ever transgender Playmate in its November issue. And if you think that’s not natural, neither are any of the other Playmates.
According to Ivana Trump’s new book, President Trump once left his son Donald Trump Jr. stranded on a tarmac after he was five minutes late for a flight. Even worse, Eric’s been in an overhead bin for the last two years.
Oct. 24: A protester posing as a journalist threw Russian flags at President Trump as he arrived at the Capitol today. And, this is weird, Trump signed them and threw them back.
Sen. Bob Corker said today that President Trump will be remembered for, quote, “the debasement of our nation.” Said Trump, “Fake news! I never go down to debasement! That’s where we keep Eric.”
Tomorrow is Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s 8th wedding anniversary. Said Donald Trump, “Anniversaries go up to 8?!”
Oct. 25: President Trump today claimed he has a better recollection of his condolence call to the widow of a soldier than she does, pointing to his head and saying quote “one of the great memories of all time.” Trump then added, “If you don’t believe me, ask my wife Melatonin.”
Housing Secretary Ben Carson said today that rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria could take anywhere between “one and 100” years. And that’s just the kind of precision you expect from a brain surgeon. “What are my chances of survival, doc?” “Somewhere between one and 100 percent.”
A new poll has found that 51 percent of Democrats now have a favorable view of former President George W. Bush. That makes sense. I’d also have a favorable view of the flu if I suddenly found myself with the plague.
Amazon is testing a new service that allows couriers to unlock homes and leave packages inside. Learn more about the new service on a future episode of “Dateline.”
Oct. 26: Fox News host Lou Dobbs interviewed President Trump last night and told Trump he is “one of the most loved and respected presidents in history.” I don't know about that, but he's definitely in the top 45.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly told the Trump administration that if it were up to him, the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. would be between zero and one. Said Betsy DeVos, “So, 13?”
Starbucks has launched a limited-edition Halloween-themed drink called the Zombie Frappuccino. The way it works is, it has no caffeine.
Saudi Arabia yesterday became the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot. Oh, please, we made one vice president.
Oct. 30: Well, Trump was right. We have started saying Merry Christmas again. President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was charged today with 12 counts, including acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, money laundering, and conspiracy against the United States.
Now, I wouldn’t want to judge a book by its cover, but if the book is called, “This Book Is Full of Crime,” I don’t need to open it.
A source close to the Trump administration told CNN today that the indictments of two former Trump campaign officials have zero to do with the White House. To be fair, you could say the same thing about President Trump on any given day.
Following recent sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, Netflix announced today that “House of Cards” will end after next season. So I guess it is possible to get a president to step down over sexual assault allegations.
Oct. 31: After Hillary Clinton joked last night that she was considering dressing up as president for Halloween, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted, "That's cute. She can borrow my Donald Trump mask." That's Donald Trump, Jr. Just a chill, normal dude, who owns a mask of his father's face.
The White House released the official portraits of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence today. And they put one of Steve Bannon out on the front stoop.
In an interview yesterday, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the Civil War was caused by a lack of ability to compromise. Even weirder, he said that Pearl Harbor was an air traffic control issue.
I don't know why we ever thought there was a reasonable person working in Trump's White House. That's like going into a Hot Topic and asking to meet their rocket scientist.
Oct. 23: This weekend five former [presidents] teamed up at a benefit to raise money for hurricane relief. President Trump couldn’t be there to help the victims of flooding because — and this is true — he was working on his own water hazards.
On Saturday, Trump tweet-nounced an exciting new development: “I will be allowing, as president, the long blocked and classified JFK files to be opened.” That’s right, the documents will be released by the National Archives this Thursday... is what they WANT you to think. Are we expected to believe that a single national archives could release all these documents? And what is a national archive but a fancy word for “Book Depository?” Think about it. I haven’t.
Now, Trump’s not really throwing open the files. The release of the documents was actually mandated to occur this month under a 1992 law. So this was scheduled. And he’s taking credit for it. ”I’ve given it some thought, and I’ve come to the decision that I will be allowing Christmas to happen this year. You’re welcome, Whoville.”
Oct. 24: I
don’t know if you’re paying attention, but internal strife is tearing the
Republican Party apart at the seams. It’s like a new Civil War, only neither
side is trying to help black people.
The latest shots from Fort Trumpter are against Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker. Corker and Trump have been fighting, head to head like two rams, for a while now. You might recall that Corker called the White House “an adult day care center.” OK, clever. Not entirely accurate — with Trump, you also need a night shift.
Oct. 25: A lot of people have been talking about the fact that three Republican senators — Flake, McCain and Corker — have called Donald Trump unfit for office. Sure, scientists, psychiatrists, human rights activists and world and religious leaders have also said it. But, eventually, Republicans did as well. They’re late to everything. They just found out about “Gangnam Style.”
But Trump claimed everybody got along great at yesterday’s big Republican unity lunch: [clip of Trump] “I think we had a — I called it a ‘love fest.’ It was almost a love fest. Maybe it WAS a love fest.” Maybe it was a love fest, could have been a friendship orgy, we’re still checking.
And what is his evidence of this lovefesting? He tweeted that Republican senators gave him standing ovations. “Multiple standing ovations” and “Really, they just gave me a standing O!” Don’t you get it? You’re the president. They have to stand when you walk in the room. It’s part of the gig.
Oct. 30: Did you catch that World Series game? I have been told it’s amazing. I didn’t watch it because I was focusing on something else. See, it’s almost Halloween and this year is going to be super spooky for Donald Trump because special prosecutor and off-duty lurch, Robert Mueller, just announced the first indictments in the Russia investigation.
And who’s our first lucky winner? It’s former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, seen here [Shows image] looking innocent before proven guilty. I know it’s almost Halloween, but it really feels more like Christmas.
The charges were actually filed on Friday, but they gave Manafort until today to turn himself in. Wow, we white people really do get arrested differently. They might as well have sent him a formal invitation. “Robert Mueller requests the pleasure of your company in federal court. Please check one: Chicken, fish, squeal on Donald Trump?”
CAN IT BE TRUE?
Facebook work like a Time Machine? A friend of the Galios' says it
does. And we must say, this sure does look like a young Chris and Kathy!
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This clip of having some Halloween fun at the Denver International Airport was sent in by Alice Murphy. Thanks to the legalization of you-know-what in Colorado, it was probably easy for these baggage handlers to get high in the Mile High City. (Cease with the booing.) Click HERE and watch the Dinos having fun. (0:58)
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Now that “The Juice” is free of those pesky jailers and can date, he’s putting his pedal to the metal and is doing his best to make up for lost TIME. (4:52)
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Think things are bad here in the Golden State when it comes to firearms? Be glad you don’t have to live or travel under the thumb of the Mayor of the Big Apple. Pay attention to John Stossel as it may keep you from spending a little time in cuffs at an NYPD Precinct Station. (5:45)
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The singer at this Jewish wedding that took place in Italy is no Andrea Bocelli, but he’s pretty close! Have a LISTEN to this video sent in by Alice Murphy and see if you don’t agree. P.S. How pleased the future mother or mother-in-law is with the arrangement is up for debate. (4:26)
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Steve Postier brings up a good point: What are the odds that a video camera was recording when THIS happened? (0:30)
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Stanley Roberts of KRON TV’s “People Behaving Badly” feature has been tagging along with the CHP officers as they nail some carpool cheats.
Stanley also traveled to Mountain View recently to get the low-down on what could have been the perfect crime. Check THIS out. (1:58)
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Here’s a bouncy song from the ‘70s or ‘80s that should sound familiar. It’s performed by a foreign group (from Brazil perhaps?) that sings it the way it should be sung. In fact, given the design of the clothes and cheesiness of the performance itself, THIS performance looks like it may have been recorded back in the ‘70s or ‘80s. Remember “Paloma blanca?” (3:22)
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It’s been years since we have included this Dean Martin airline sketch in the Farsider. HERE it is again at the suggestion of Rick Confer. (4:18)
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Question: Can 24 people play a single piano at the same time? If one is to believe this video received from Don Hale, the answer is an emphatic yes. In fact, not only are they enjoyable to listen to, they are also a ton of fun to watch. Click HERE and watch these two dozen members of the Washington Conservatory nearly wear out a perfectly good Steinway piano. (6:24)
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This is a 2-part contribution from Steve Postier. The first part is an image of Hiroshima taken at ground zero after the bomb was dropped. What makes this photo unique is that you can use your mouse to pan left or right a full 360 degrees, zoom in or out, and move the image up or down. Give it a try as it’s a unique experience.
Click HERE and give the image a few moments to load.
Part 2 includes numerous other photos from around the world that work the same way as the Hiroshima photo. Click HERE and read instructions.
Click HERE, then select a photo to view and manipulate.
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After a long day on the golf course, I stopped
in at Hooters to see some friends and have some
Hot Wings and a beer. After being there for a
while, one of my friends asked me which waitress
I would like to be stuck in an elevator with. I told
him, "The one who knows how to fix an elevator.
I'm old, I'm tired and I pee a lot!"
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When it comes to interacting with other animals, cats just don’t give a damn. DOGS on the other hand…(3:22)
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The first of our weekly two-part Hope for Paws series is about a Homeless Pit Bull who gives birth in a den during a massive rainstorm. So how many puppies are there? Help Eldad COUNT them. (12:18)
Next up in the weekly series is this little homeless cutie who was living all alone near the railroad tracks before she was RESCUED. (5:18)
Hope for Paws is a rescue organization only, not a shelter. When Eldad and his assistant capture a stray, the first thing they do is search for a microchip. If one is found, every effort is made to contact the owner. If no chip is found, Eldad finds a foster home that will care for the dog until a forever home is found. There are over 100 foster homes in the greater L.A. area.
I vetted Hope for Paws and found it to be completely legitimate, as attested to by the nearly 2 million subscribers to the Hope for Paws YouTube channel. Eldad was an Israeli soldier before he immigrated to the U.S., settled in the L.A. area and founded Hope for Paws. I fully support what he does and chose to donate $10 per month to help keep his organization afloat. Most of the strays they pick up need medical attention, sometimes in the form of expensive surgery, and Hope for Paws picks up the full cost. Please consider joining me by donating $5 or $10 a month using a credit card or PayPal. I use the latter for a recurring $10 monthly donation. If you like animals, you will feel better about yourself knowing that you are helping save “man’s best friend.”
Click HERE to go to the Hope for Paws website where you can donate.
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It’s not easy being a baby Bison in Yellowstone. In fact, it can be a harrowing experience if you can’t keep up with your mother and the rest of the herd herd. Watch THIS. (4:09)
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Many of us here in the West tend to have stereotypical views of cities in foreign countries that we have not visited, especially those that were once inside what was commonly called the Iron Curtain. Comrade Kosovilka — who was born in Chicago believe it or not — has a wide range of relatives from several countries and sometimes thinks of himself as half German and part Austrian, Hungarian, Polish, Slavic, Romanian and Ukrainian. (Sorry, Comrade, but you sound like a human mutt!) Bob is especially in love with the Ukraine. Click HERE and note the absence of graffiti, no apparent poverty, and lots of smiles on the faces of Kiev. (On a personal note, I love Kiev, too. Especially their chicken!) (5:04)
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This clip, also received from Comrade Kosovilka, is what is known as Russian humor. And no, you do not have to be able to speak Russian to understand what's going on. Furthermore, try not to form an OPINION until the end of the clip. (3:44)
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The Music Man of “76 Trombones fame may not be pleased, but at least these two boys didn’t spend all their time growing up playing video games. Have a look at their skills with a Q-STICK and a billiard ball. (2:51)
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Doug Bergtholdt felt that the finale of this excerpt from South Beach Tow had the perfect ending. You will too if you carry one of those blue disability placards in your car or have a disability license plate. See if you AGREE. (3:34)
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We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again. The people who stand by the side of the road at rallies are just as crazy as the drivers and navigators inside the cars. These drivers make a NASCAR race look like a stroll in the park. (10:03)
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There’s nothing special about this clip beyond the fact that Madeline is one of the cutest, most expressive little girls I have ever seen. I’m of the opinion that she could be another Shirley Temple if she and her folks wanted her to be. What do YOU think? (0:42)
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This week’s closer that comes from Lumpy is one of those things you could have done when you had teens coming and going and all you and your spouse wanted to do was sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. Sorry, too late NOW. (0:38)
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Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
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Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve