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November
15, 2012

 

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

 

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



 

POLICE RETIREES: DO NOT IGNORE THIS MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN


The POA President sent out a Membership Alert earlier this week that is nearly identical to the one below, so we have decided to post this one from the Retirees Assn. President only. Kaiser Senior Advantage members should read the footnote below...



Nov. 14th


Open enrollment for retirees will end at the end of this month. As you know, the City has introduced a new low-cost, high deductible Kaiser plan as the "new" lowest cost plan. This has resulted in a substantial cost increase for retirees wishing to remain with their current Kaiser plan or Blue Shield Plan.

In response to the City's actions, both Fire and the SJPOA have filed formal grievances with the City. We expect that the formal grievance process and possible litigation will take months to resolve.

Therefore, you must decide whether or not you want to enroll in the City's new high deductible plan. If you stay in your current plan, be aware that the City will be charging you more. This additional charge will continue until the grievances filed by SJPOA and Local 230 are resolved.

If they are successful with their grievances, they plan to immediately seek financial compensation for those of you who were affected.

If you can afford to remain with the current plan, do not enroll in the new high deductible plan. We are working closely with the POA and Local 230 leadership and legal teams on this matter on your behalf and will keep you posted on developments as they arise.

Jim Spence
<president@retiredsjpoff.org>

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We checked with Jim and inquired about retirees over the age of 65 who are covered by Kaiser and Medicare (a/k/a Kaiser Senior Advantage). For this group, he confirmed there would be no rate increase.



 

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION OR OTHER PROBLEMS?


This item from Chaplain Bridgen appeared in a recent Insider. We checked with Dave and asked if it also applies to police retirees who are having personal problems and he said it does.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27th, Dr. Gilmartin will be speaking on a survival guide for officers and their families. He will give you practical help in improving the quality of life, both personally and professionally. I have personally benefited from this seminar and you can too. There are two identical seminars at 0800 and 1700. I suggest you bring your spouse or loved one with you.

It will be held at the South Hills Community Church, 6601 Camden Ave. Please register at
<
www.drgilmartin.eventbrite.com>. The password is chaplain. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity!

Chaplain Dave
<revred@juno.com>

See Below ...
 




 

PBA MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY — THE FINAL ONE OF 2012
 


Margie Thompson, Ted Vasquez and Mike Diaz of the Keith Kelley Club will be attending November's PBA membership meeting next Wednesday, Nov. 21st, and will have Christmas dinner dance tickets available. Retired KKC members attend free, but a guest ticket — limit of one per member — will cost $60.

Because the PBA doesn't meet during the month of December, this will be the final meeting of the year. The time and location is the same: Anytime around 5 p.m. at the POA Hall on N. 4th St.



 

IT WASN'T FOR LACK OF TRYING
 


 

Nov. 11, 2012


We didn't get the results we wanted Tuesday night, but it wasn't for lack of trying. As most of you already know, Rose Herrera defeated Jimmy Nguyen in the District 8 Council race and Johnny Khamis defeated Robert Braunstein in the District 10 Council race. Both Herrera and Khamis will ally themselves with Mayor Reed.

We participated in this process at every level. We sent out 34 mailers in the District 8 race, and we were on radio and TV. We walked precincts as well, but in the end it wasn't enough. While our message of rising crime and depleted police staffing dominated the news for the last 3 months, the voters in these two districts made a conscious decision to stay the course the Mayor has laid out.

Politically, it doesn't change much. The Mayor will still have a majority on the Council, but instead of 6-5, it will be 7-4. We expect them to move quickly with their attempts to implement Measure B, and we expect to be in court on the issue early next year. With the work and distraction of the election behind us, Jim will renew our legal defense fund-raising efforts in earnest and John will take the lead on preparations for negotiations. We will be meeting with Fire and the attorneys on Tuesday to finalize our strategies on Measure B and the retiree healthcare low-cost plan issue. If you are not aware, we won our fight with the City to keep the Measure B challenges in the State courts, not in the Federal courts which is what the City wanted.

Any hope that some sanity and reason would come to the Council has been dashed. As we move forward with this fight we will continue to keep you informed of any developments.

POA elections end on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9 a.m. Please participate. You can cast your vote at
<www.sjpoa.com>.

Jim Unland, President
John Robb, Vice President


Ed. — On a related topic, see the Mercury News' Internal Affairs item under the "Trials and Tribulations of San Jose and the SJPD" column below.



 

PENSION NEWS


Joe Suske pointed us to this story in his local paper that could be pertinent to our issues if precedent means anything...

Redding Measure Curbing Retiree Health Benefits Suffers Setback

—Appeals ruling says city is bound to pay retirees—
 

By Jenny Espino
Record Searchlight — Nov. 8, 2012


Redding has suffered a substantial setback in its efforts to roll back retiree health care benefits for electric utility workers.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento ruled last Friday the city is bound to its obligation to pay future retirement benefits to its retirees, no matter that it might not be able to afford the benefit.

The court's unanimous decision on the Redding Electric Utility case — sure to have a widespread effect on local government looking to control labor costs — overrules a decision by Shasta County Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245.

The council will be briefed about the decision at its next meeting, scheduled Nov. 20.

City Attorney Rick Duvernay said the council has three options: It can seek a rehearing at the appellate level, petition the California Supreme Court to review the case or accept the decision.

"We are absolutely open to discussing a way to settle this issue outside a trial," said Ray Thomas, IBEW Local 1245 assistant business manager, hailing the appellate court for a "solid decision" that will set precedent.

But the city's next step is up in the air.

Councilwoman Missy McArthur, who with peers Rick Bosetti and Patrick Jones wrote the measure, expressed concern about heaping more legal bills on the city.

"At this point I don't have a strong sense of what we should do," she said, explaining the council needs to know what the cost will be to continue the legal battle and what the city's chances are to reverse the appellate court ruling.

City Manager Kurt Starman, who on Thursday was in Sacramento, was not shying away from a challenge.

"It is the city of Redding's goal to implement the provisions of Measure B in accordance with the voters' wishes," he said in an email. "This is a significant issue for the city of Redding and many other cities in California.

The case turned on a passage in the contract between the city and IBEW, which states the city agrees to fund 50 percent of a retiree's health care costs "for each retiree in the future."

City officials were aggressive in trying to roll back a benefit for current employees.

But Duvernay argued the city never had a lifelong intent to provide the benefit.

"The city has always maintained that city payment toward health care premiums for retired city employees is not a vested benefit," he said. "It was never promised as a guaranteed benefit for life and the city has reserved the right, subject to bargaining, to cancel or modify the group insurance program."

Thomas said legal expenses could have been avoided had city officials been more open to dialogue.

Negotiators were willing to give up the benefit for future hires, though under the contract they would have received the benefit if they worked for the city for 25 years.

The case stems from the city's 2010 decision to impose its final offer, after both parties reached an impasse.

The Measure B health insurance benefit is identical to the curtailed formula the council imposed on IBEW electric utility workers as part of its "last, best and final" contract offer ending labor negotiations that had gone on 21 months. It was an advisory initiative passed by voters.

It expressed popular support for the city moving all of its workers to a less-generous health insurance benefit based on years of service.

Only employees who worked at least 30 years for the city get the 50 percent coverage, under the plan imposed. Otherwise, it funds 2 percent of a retiree's health insurance for each of service to 50 percent.

The city has funded half of those costs since 1979, according to the court's ruling.

Neither Bosetti or Jones could be reached for comment on Thursday.

BEW-Electric members include REU linemen, troublemen, electricians, power plant workers, arborists, equipment operators and other rank-and-file utility workers. In 2010, their pay averaged 26 percent below comparable positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Co., according to a UC Davis study commissioned by IBEW.



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD


This item ties in with POA President Jim Unland's message above. It's from the I.A. column in last Sunday's Mercury News...



Mercury News — Nov. 11, 2012
<
www.mercurynews.com/internal-affairs>

S.J. Cops Grumble After Dismal Election Results


In any election, the losers aren’t necessarily on the ballot. San Jose Police Sgt. Jim Unland, the savvy president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, found himself on the defensive last week after election returns did not favor the cops. Unland is being challenged for the POA presidency by Jon Baker, a patrol officer and ally of Bobby Lopez, the ex-POA chief. The votes are due Nov. 20.
 


In an e-mail attack, Baker listed POA setbacks — the loss on binding arbitration in 2010, the Measure B pension reform, a 10 percent wage cut. He was particularly pointed about Tuesday’s results, saying the cops had poured an estimated $200,000 into a losing effort to unseat Councilwoman Rose Herrera. He argued that the POA spent money trying to beat Magadalena Carrasco for the Eastside Union High School District board while doing nothing to help the POA-endorsed Robert Braunstein in a close race in council District 10. An ex-POA board member who works part time in the bomb unit, Baker proposed firing political consultants Tom Saggau and Dustin De-Rollo, building a coalition on the council willing to challenge Mayor Chuck Reed, and halting dues increases for political battles.

Unland declined to comment on his competition, but when IA asked the POA president whether he was experiencing any backlash from Tuesday’s results, he said: “I think anyone who is predisposed to vote against me will vote against me.” The veteran sergeant has been president for one year. He says he’ll retire in January 2015.
 

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Seems logical that after the results of this survey are in, the majority of San Jose residents will say they are looking for a chief who will work for free. The article is from this morning's (Thurs.) paper...

Help is Sought in Hiring of Chief

—City asking residents what attributes they like in leader—

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 15, 2012


SAN JOSE — San Jose officials are inviting residents to offer suggestions for what the city should look for in its next police chief in a series of public meetings starting the last week of November.

“We’re really checking back with our community,” said David Vossbrink, a spokesman for City Manager Debra Figone.

Police Chief Chris Moore, 51, appointed in February 2011, surprised City Hall in September when he announced he’ll retire at the end of January after just two years leading the department where he is a 26-year veteran.

A search for a successor already is under way, led by Teri Black-Brann, whose public sector executive recruitment firm had led the last effort that ultimately settled on in-house candidate Moore after the retirement of former Chief Rob Davis.

That effort involved dozens of community meetings to gauge public sentiment at a time when the department was rocked by critics who accused officers of heavy-handed enforcement tactics against Latinos, Asians and blacks.

“The theme the last time was ‘culturally competent,’ a chief committed to community engagement and community policing,” Vossbrink said. “What we’re doing now is a double-check: Has anything changed?”

Civil-rights leaders have praised Moore’s efforts to ease concerns about the department’s tactics through community engagement. But Moore’s department has since been wracked by budget cuts, layoffs and low morale amid rising crime and a bitter fight over trimming generous but costly officer pensions.

Moore at one point faced a potential vote of no confidence from the officers’ union where some thought he didn’t fight hard enough against budget cuts.

After announcing his retirement, Moore indicated he was disappointed that the city couldn’t resolve its pension problem through negotiations with officers and that his departure was prompted by the City Council’s refusal to put a sales tax measure before voters this month to raise revenue. That in turn has led to some grumbling among city leaders that he was too unwilling to accept the city’s financial limits, with the city forced to cut staffing as employee retirement costs tripled in a decade.
 


Councilman Sam Liccardo, a former prosecutor who supported the city’s pension reform efforts, said, “We want a strong leader, and also someone who’s a collaborator, someone who recognizes our fiscal constraints and can manage the department without unearthly expectations of money falling from the sky.”

He said he would like a chief who can acknowledge the frustrations among the ranks “without succumbing to the temptation to become overtly political.”

But Councilman Ash Kalra, a former defense lawyer who has criticized the city’s budget approach, argued the city needs a chief who will stand up to budget-cutting pressure.

“We want someone who will come in and tell it to us straight,” Kalra said. “I think we really need to put the police chief who comes in in a position to be successful.”

Figone makes the chief appointment with ratification by the City Council. The first of four community meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Berryessa Community Center. Others will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28; Monday, Dec. 3, and Monday, Dec. 10, at other sites.
 

Police Chief Search


San Jose is inviting residents to four community meetings in November and December to offer suggestions for what the city should look for in its next police chief. Police Chief Chris Moore announced in September that he will retire at the end of January after two years on the job. Those meetings will be held:

• Monday, Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road.

• Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave.

• Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave.

• Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road.

Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at the meetings. Residents who are unable to attend a meeting but would like to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to
<info@tbcrecruiting.com>. The public can also provide input by taking an online survey, available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Links at <www.sanjoseca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=142>.



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




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



 

MAIL CALL

Nov. 8th

Hi Bill,

Did anyone ever stop to ask who assigned the colors red and blue to the states?

Blue is generally considered a conservative color. Would a conservative ever wear a red suit.

Or could it be the old "white hat-black hat" trick of the old time westerns. (For the younger generations the good guy always wore a white hat, the bad guy a black hat.) Had those movies been made in color would the good guy have worn red.

During that generation we were dealing with "red Chinese" the "red commies" the "red Soviet Union."  "Reds" were the bad guys. I guess we still are.

It has been said that a nation generally gets the government it deserves. I think that has proved true in California. I am reminded of the quote from Thomas Sowell, American economist: "When the people demand the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short term."

Bruce
(Hodgin) <brucehodgin@yahoo.com>
 

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Nov. 11th

Dear Fellow Retirees,

For those who don't receive or read the Mercury News, there was quite a hit piece against our POA and President Jim Unland yesterday. To put it bluntly, it really pissed me off. Jim has worked hard to protect our pay and benefits with trying to overthrow Rose Herrera. Unfortunately the POA was not successful in doing so, but that does not mean we need a change in leadership of the POA.

Everyone should read Jim's e-mail that was sent out today. If you did not receive it and want to, let me know and I'll send it to you. I voted for Jim to remain as our President of the POA and I hope you will also.

Respectfully,

Paul Gardner
<paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

The message that Jim Unland sent out to POA members can be read by clicking on the link below. It's in the form of a .pdf file that will show up on your desktop. A double-click of the icon will open the message.

<http://sjpba.net/images/Unland'sMessage.pdf>

 

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Nov. 13th

Bill,

Last week, like many of the Farsider folks, I received the Oct. Retirees' Association newsletter (the Billy and Spanner).I have to admit I was initially and pleasantly surprised to see listed at the very bottom of the newsletter the names of a large number of retired members who contributed their increased dues to the Association to fight the health care, Measure B and COLA attack from the City. Included in the list of contributing members were a wide variety of members, including former Chiefs, officers, and poignantly, widows of fellow and fallen officers.

However, after receiving the Billy and Spanner, I attended the monthly Retirees' Association meeting at the POA Hall. My feel-good position about the number of members listed in the Billy and Spanner was tempered when Association President Jim Spence informed the membership that the contributors listed in the Billy and Spanner represented only 37 percent of our members while 63 percent had looked the other way. Wow.

It seems unfair that only 37 percent of the membership should support the cause of fighting the City in its efforts to decrease our health care benefits, implement Measure B, and decrease or eliminate our COLA. My personal wine glass is half full, and I choose to believe that those who did not participate in the dues increase were simply overwhelmed by the busyness of their retired lives and forgot to send in their check. Those that have not joined the Association and those who have not sent in their increased retired association dues can still join the fight.

Current members of the Retired Association who have not yet sent in their increased dues amount can send their dues increase to the AORSJPOFF, P.O. Box 28041, San Jose, CA 95159-8041. And those that are not members can join the Association by going to
<http://www.gaylonn.com/assoc_2007/become_member.html>.

Regards,
 
Craig Shuey
<cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

Ed. — Craig and President Jim Spence are too polite to say it, but I will. Of the 2000 police and fire retirees eligible to become members of the Association, only 1200 have chosen to do so. And only 37 percent of that 1200 — or 444 — have voluntarily sent in the dues increase. Those are the members who are financially carrying the fight to protect the benefits of all 2000 police and fire retirees.

The temporary dues increase was $28 per month starting last January. Some members sent in a check for $336 to cover all of 2012. Others sent in a check for $56 to cover Jan. and Feb. with the understanding that the Association could get the City to begin deducting an additional $28 per month from their retirement checks starting in March, but through no fault of the Association, that never materialized. Let your conscience be your guide. As for me, I'm mailing in a check for $280 to cover the 10 months I owe as I was one of those who initially wrote a $56 check, then forgot about it.

For a list of those who have written partial or full $336 checks to cover the temporary dues increase for 2012, click on the Billy & Spanner link below. When the newsletter appears on your computer screen, scroll down to the bottom.

<http://tinyurl.com/b66cbq5>


(Note: It turns out that 24 police and fire retirees were inadvertently left off the list of those who had mailed in the dues increase. Alphabetically, their last names range from Wardall through Zwart.)

 

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Nov. 13th

Hi Bill,

I'm a retired NYPD lieutenant and currently an author. I think you and your readers might be interested in my latest novel, Precinct. (Please see a summary of the book below.)

Would it be possible to make mention of my novel in your newsletter?

Thanks in advance for your help and support.

Michael Grant
<mggrant08@gmail.com>

The paperback version link: <www.createspace.com/3724331>

Kindle link: <http://tinyurl.com/av2o9hg>

Barnes&Noble link: <http://tinyurl.com/azd2dwl>

All other e-reader versions (Apple iPad/iBooks, Sony Reader, Kobo, etc.): <http://tinyurl.com/a788wjp>

My home page link: <https://sites.google.com/site/michaelgrantauthor/Home>


Precinct Summary:
 

Captain Richard Leland is a rising star in the NYPD. Young, bright, and super ambitious, his goal is to be the police commissioner by the time he’s forty. He’s right on track, but then department politics rears its ugly head. All his carefully laid plans are suddenly thrown into jeopardy when his boss, Chief of Department Charles Drum, decides his young protégé needs more patrol experience — something that Leland has been avoiding at all costs because he knows that almost anything that goes wrong in a precinct could derail his promising career.

To his horror, Leland is transferred to the notorious Bronx precinct that cops call “Fort Frenzy.” With good reason, a wary Leland views his precinct assignment as a career minefield that at any moment could blow his hopes and expectations all to hell. His new boss, Assistant Chief Lucian Hightower, is an archenemy of Chief Drum and he’s not at all happy to see this “headquarters groupie” in his borough. Another major flashpoint for Leland is Kawasi Munyika, a loudmouthed political activist who is waiting for that one “cause” that will propel him into national prominence. Then, there’s the “Poet Bandit,” a psycho whose robbery notes contain poems, and the “Midnight Mangias,” a couple who break into restaurants and cook their own meals.

If that isn’t enough, Leland is forced to contend with angry cops, whacko cops, a radio car romance, a “cop fighter” bar that needs to be closed, and a beautiful, if contentious, community organizer who is a thorn in his side. Or is she?

Finally, it all comes to a head. Kawasi Munyika finds his “cause”—the boycott of a Korean grocery store. And Richard Leland is faced with his own personal Armageddon: Will he protect his career or will he do the right thing?

This book, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, offers the reader an insider’s unique view of the life of a precinct commanding officer and what goes on behind the walls of a NYPD precinct.



 


LOOKING TO GET A JUMP ON YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST?


JoeMac's website is up and running for those looking to avoid the crowds later on and start working on their Christmas list. All of his novels are available in hardcover, softcover and as an E-Book. Have a look by clicking on the link below...
 





<http://www.josephdmcnamaracopnoir.com/>



 

KEITH KELLEY CLUB CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE INFO

Note to PBA Members:

Margie Thompson, Ted Vasquez and Mike Diaz will be attending
November's PBA membership meeting next Wednesday (the 21st)
and will have KKC dinner dance tickets available. Retired KKC
members attend free, but a guest ticket will cost $60.



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

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

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

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

TABLE RESERVATIONS - Ted Vasquez -
<vasquezted@yahoo.com> or call (408) 772-1909. To reserve a table you will need to have purchased your dinner tickets and have the names of the eight people who will be sitting with you. Contact Ted to reserve your table.
 
ROOM RESERVATIONS – San Jose Holiday Inn – (408) 453-6200. Rooms can be reserved at the San Jose Holiday Inn for $89 plus tax per night. This includes 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. Right click the mouse again and select Paste.

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


NAME_____________________________________________________


ADDRESS__________________________________________________


CITY_______________________________    STATE__________   


ZIP CODE_____________   PHONE   (             ) ______________________  


EMAIL_______________________________________

 

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

Margie Thompson
116 Fox Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 10, 2012

The facts behind the legends, information and

misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Was a tradition of celebrating Veterans Day with ravioli dinners initiated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919?
<http://www.snopes.com/holidays/veteransday/ravioli.asp>

• Restaurant chains are offering free meals to U.S. military personnel in conjunction with Veterans Day.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/veterans.asp>

• Would uncounted military absentee ballots delivered after the voting deadline have won the 2012 presidential election for Mitt Romney?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/absentee.asp>

• Did George W. Bush accidentally vote for Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/bushvote.asp>

• An update on the Washington Redskins' predictive powers in foretelling presidential election winners.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/redskins.asp>

• Is it illegal to take a photograph of your ballot and post it to the Internet?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/picture.asp>

• Have Republican presidential candidates won every election held on November 6th?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/november6.asp>

• Did NFL quarterback Tim Tebow issue a Tweet about the 2012 election results?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/tebow.asp>

• Is Mitt Romney facing federal ethics charges?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/ethics.asp>

• Two television stations aired 2012 election "results" early.
<http://www.snopes.com/media/goofs/election.asp>

• Is FEMA advertising for Hurricane Sandy cleanup crews in New Jersey?
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/employment/femasandy.asp>

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


Worth a Second Look

• Have siblings been coincidentally killed in related automobile accidents?
<http://www.snopes.com/horrors/traffic/siblings.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

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


Fraud Afoot

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



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS


Curious about death? Click on the link below we received from Tom Macris and spend a few minutes with this neuroscientist as he shares his near-death experience. It may reinforce the belief that there is a hereafter. Or not. (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN8bsq2Ic-4>


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If he ever needed to hire a forklift operator, Lumpy would have chosen this guy until he realized he would have to spring for a round-trip air ticket from Såu Paulo. Watch as the driver picks up a Brazilian ten-cent piece off the ground and drops it into a standard plastic water bottle using his 30-ton forklift. (2 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1dvh1bREvA>


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Ken Hawkes suggests that if you or a member of your family plans to get a tattoo, sure that the guy with the vibrating ink pen knows how to spell since tats are a little like herpes in that they last forever.
 

For more examples of tattoos applied by idiots, click on the link below and view the slide show by clicking on the arrow to the right of the "Gaurdian Angel" image.

<http://tinyurl.com/8jny6yf>

 

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When we received a series of photos from Bruce Morton of a mother dog (a German Shepherd Mix) saving her puppies from a house fire, we immediately went to the Web to confirm the story. Sure 'nuff, that's what happened. The incident took place in Chile in Aug. after the fire was started by a car bomb. Sadly, one of the pups didn't survive, but the other did thanks to their mom. Below is one of the photos in the series. For the heartwarming story and the other pics, click on link below, but be patient as the page may take a few moments to load.



<http://tinyurl.com/97sf8fn>


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Only serious aviation aficionados with plenty of time on their hands should click on the link below. And we mean plenty of time. Have a look and you'll see what we mean...
 



<http://imageevent.com/okbueno/mopic>


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Dirk Parsons says he wants one of these flying toys, and I'm standing directly behind him in line and rummaging through my wallet for a credit card. (2 Mins
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTM8rcA7c04>


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And finally, if you want to travel back 150 years in time, have a look at these highly detailed pics of what the Wild West looked like back in the 1860s and 1870s. The link received from Joe Suske will take you to the same website that published those detailed photos of the Hurricane Sandy destruction that we included last week. Just remember to give the website a few moments to load the amazing photographs.
 



The Nettie, an expedition boat on the Truckee River, western Nevada, in 1867.

<http://tinyurl.com/ctq7534>

 

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