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Giving back to the community we serve is what YOU do best. Answering the call day after day, we have an opportunity to impact people's lives in more ways than we can count. It is you as individuals who continue to deliver the message that we too are more than just a uniform, a patch, a badge. We take the time to listen, we respond to those in need, especially when it involves the children of our community.
Clearly the holidays bring out examples of people, families, and children that are deserving of more than they may have in life. This year marks the 2nd Annual San Jose Police Officers' Association's Blue Christmas. Blue Christmas was conceived from a concept of ensuring children weren't left out and they too could feel the joy that sometimes they are lacking.
We are calling on all officers; we have in excess of 1,000 officers. Blue Christmas cannot be a success without you. That means we have the potential to reach over 1,000 kids throughout the city. Last year with donations from not only San Jose Police Officers' but also other city employees and members of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, we were able to deliver almost 700 new toys to children in need that you identified in your daily outings. Please consider purchasing a $10 - $20 new toy and then placing the unwrapped toy into one of our 55-gallon drums at one of the locations listed below. Our Board of Directors, along with members of our department, will deliver the toys to the families.
We ask that if you know of a specific family that has a child or children that may really need that toy for Christmas, to please email the SJPOA staff with the name and address of the family to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Nothing new found for this column this week.
This is in response to Middle Ground’s letter from last week. Aside from the fact that I don’t necessarily trust Fact Checker sites or the Washington Post, this is what it all comes down to for me.
Two years ago we were presented with two viable candidates for POTUS. Clinton had scandal swirling around her like flies: Whitewater, insider trading, Russian uranium deal and the Clinton Foundation just to name a few.
The Chinese and Russians must have been rolling on the floor laughing with the email controversy while they eavesdropped in real time. DOD folks I knew protected their security clearance religiously. They knew that if compromised, like with what Clinton did, they were done and they weren’t getting their clearance back. There is a young sailor assigned to a submarine who got a year in the brig for a much lesser offense.
Benghazi proved Clinton did not have the right stuff for President. Remember “What does it matter?” Really? In her position you can delegate authority, but you can’t delegate responsibility. People died and she lied.
Trump is everything you said in your response to Middle Ground.
On Election Day I had to decide — Criminal or Creep — who will be my President? Given my previous occupation I chose Trump.
Glenn Bytheway <email@example.com>
By the way, Bytheway (I have wanted to start a sentence like that for many years!) you are among the vast majority of the voters in the heartland between the West Coast and the Northeastern Seaboard who voted for Trump because they wanted what he said he would provide. But 'some people' are still determined to do their part in bringing Trump down. Middle Ground is up next...
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You provided a fairly lengthy response to my last week's post in the Farsider. I had written about President Trump’s unprecedented and increasing number of false and misleading statements and claims. I can’t cover all of your points since it would require a lengthy response, so I’ll just reply to a few of them.
My overarching point is that the topics you cited are among the ones that President Trump has either lied or misinformed us about well over a hundred times. So it's extremely important to ferret out the facts from the fiction here.
You had written, "Trump’s base does care about the facts, those facts being that the economy is booming..."
President Trump has surely seen some impressive economic data points in his first term. GDP growth has reached 4.2%, unemployment has reached its lowest point in half a century, and the stock market has reached new heights (at least this was true up until last month). The U.S. is now its 10th year of economic growth, and in its longest period of growth with 95 straight months of solid job creation. It's notable that 8 of these 10 years occurred prior to our 2016 election.
True to form a large percentage of the president's statements about the economy and his contributions are blatantly untrue. He has repeatedly bragged that “America’s economy is booming like never before” and "the GDP Rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in over 100 years!" (it's actually the first time in just 10 years not 100), and that he was able to produce a "turnaround of historic proportions — an economic miracle." The facts are that the U.S. economy did expand at a 4.2% annual rate in the April – June quarter of this year but then fell back to 3.5% in the July - September quarter. These are the best two quarters of his administration. But these GDP levels are far from being historic or some sort of miracle. There are several examples of where the economic growth was more impressive than what we're experiencing now. For instance, In 1984 the economy expanded by 7.2%. In the late 1990s we saw record economic growth that topped 4% for 4 years in a row. As recently as the second quarter of 2014 the economy expanded by 5.1% followed by 4.9% in the third quarter. Interestingly Donald Trump didn't find these 2014 GDP numbers to be very impressive at all. He tweeted that our country looks weaker and more pathetic than ever, listing the lack luster economy and the increasing national debt among the major reasons.
As for job creation, during President Trump's 19 months in office the country added 3.58 million jobs, while during the 19 months that preceded his inauguration 3.96 million jobs were added.
As you pointed out, the unemployment rate is now at a very impressive 3.7%. A rate not seen since 1969 during a decade that saw the unemployment rate remain below 4% for nearly 4 years in a row. The 3.7% rate comes in just below the unemployment rate of 3.8% the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded in December 2000. Since it high point in October 2009 the percentage of unemployed has been decreasing.pretty much steadily over the intervening 9 years as demonstrated in this BLS graph.
You also mentioned that wages are up and they are. Average nominal wages have been rising at a 2.7% pace. but because of inflation the cost of living has also increased 2.7%. The net result is that workers' purchasing power hasn't increased at all. In 2014 by contrast the real hourly earning rose by 1.3%.
Next you mentioned, "How long has it been since we’ve seen Al-Qaeda or ISIS in the news?"
Stories about ISIS have been in the news, they've just been relegated to the back pages.
Over the past eight months, President Trump has repeatedly touted his administration’s success in defeating ISIS and destroying its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria. In April, for example, he tweeted that “The United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS". Yet his own military leaders say ISIS is still "worryingly strong". A little over two months ago Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson held a news conference where he stated that "ISIS is well-positioned to rebuild and work on enabling its physical caliphate to re-emerge. ISIS probably is still more capable than al-Qaeda in Iraq at its peak in 2006-2007.” He went on to highlight a report just issued by the Defense Department's Inspector General, which states, "The US military estimates that ISIS still has between 28,600 and 31,600 active fighters in Syria and Iraq." A subsequent and separate UN report supports these numbers.
Middle Ground <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To prevent MG from replying to my comments this week with another 800-word response (yes, I counted them), I'm going to reply with just 44-words that he cannot possibly correct, starting now: "My New Year's resolution is going to be to obtain a large number of "Trump 2020" bumper stickers and attach them to the bumpers of cars owned by Middle Ground and other Trump haters, then sit back and read about them attacking each other!"
SAY "HI" TO THE NOVEMBER & DECEMBER BIRTHDAY BOYS FROM
LAST NIGHT'S PBA MEETING
—The San Jose Police Benevolent Assn. does not meet in December—
(L-R) Bob Moir; Dario Estrabao; Ralph Percelle; Marv Lewis; Chaplain Bryan Allen;
Ken Jacksteit; Outgoing PBA President Dave Wysuph; Tom Mazzone; and Terry Handforth.
(Thanks to Birthday Committee members Mike Fehr and Brian Bennert for their work in 2018.)
KEITH KELLEY CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE INFO...
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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…
This item from Dean Janavice arrived last Sunday on Veterans Day, and while it’s a few days late, it is still worth a look and a sincere thank you to the veterans...
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THIS ESSAY ON THE GOLDEN STATE IS MAKING THE ROUNDS
Ron Martinelli joined the SJPD in 1977, retired in 1992, then launched his second career as a Forensic Criminologist. That he has since been featured as a guest on Fox News and several other radio and TV stations is a testament to his success. The essay below that he authored earlier this year is in the process of going viral...
by Dr. Ron Martinelli
As I sit in the LAX terminal after concluding business in downtown Los Angeles for the past two days, I cannot help but reflect upon my journey from a once California native to a new resident of the Great State of Texas and why. You see, in my personal and professional opinion, the once great State of California has, in essence, become a third world country.
“The concept of the ‘third world’ has evolved to describe countries that suffer from low economic development, high levels of poverty and little to no ability to utilize natural or economic resources.” (French demographer Alfred Sauvey, 1952.)
While the reasons for California’s ever-spiraling downward status from 1st World economic prominence and prosperity to near 3rd World malaise are many; I will assert that when you combine uber-liberal politicians with rich elitist Hollywood Celebrities, dotcom CEO billionaires, disengaged millennials and illegal aliens; you in effect create the circumstances where your city or state becomes a 3rd World environment.
The process of California’s demise from the “Golden State” to 3rd World status has been slow but steady; supported and enabled by the aforementioned actors. While much of the legislated changes for the worse have been designed and voted in by politicians in Sacramento; municipal politicians and a complicit uninformed, naïve and entitled voting public must also share the blame. After all, when 51% of those on some type of government subsidy out-vote the 49% of the money earning and taxpaying citizenry, any state is doomed to failure. With California now a “Sanctuary State” and its libtard Democratic state legislature pushing for voting rights for illegal aliens, the state will never recover.
My observations during my short visit to Los Angeles underscored many of the problems Californians are facing as they follow lemming-like their Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, their Democratic legislators and urban mayors like Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles off the economic cliff.
Literally, nothing substantive is good about L.A. anymore. An ever-growing homeless subculture populates the downtown area. The intoxicated, drug influenced, mentally impaired and criminals are everywhere. They literally surround Civic Center, federal buildings and courts – the so-called foundations and protectors of the Rule of Law and society. How ironic to be surrounded by the failures of these very systems, liberal politicians and judges have created. Isn’t karma interesting to watch in real time?
The homeless, numbering in the thousands, sleep in the shadows of immense, gleaming edifices owned by multi-billion dollar international conglomerates and dotcom corporations. Business executives in Brioni suits and workers quickly pass by the unwashed masses, while holding their noses to screen out the stench of urine and feces. The obvious health and safety hazards to the public are too many to count.
Interconnecting Los Angeles city roadways and state highways designed to transport the commuting, tax-paying public to their job sites are a debacle. The ribbons of roadways are a mess of potholed, weed infested, trash-laden, graffiti vandalized passages filled with vehicles lined up bumper-to-bumper going nowhere fast. These are your tax dollars at work. While California voters grumble and groan, in the end, they just seem to accept their fate as one of the prices to pay for living the California dream.
You see, the working public has no time to get out and protest the outrageous and constant increases in taxes on gas, municipal services, vehicle registrations, rapid transit and a bullet train going nowhere. Only the unemployed, government subsidized masses have time to demonstrate in the streets to ensure that their subsidies continue. Since the liberal politicians in Sacramento know this dynamic and their power base all too well, the taxation without representation continues.
I was staying at a hotel near LAX and my mileage commute to downtown L.A. was a mere twelve miles. However, it took me every bit of one hour and twenty minutes to arrive at my destination. I then paid $20 for the privilege of parking my car in a public lot. Of course, this was after I paid $30 a day to park my rental car at my hotel. Nice. I’m seriously considering Uber next time.
Since I frequently travel throughout California on business, I will tell you that Los Angeles is a mirror image of all of the other large urban cities in the state. I have observed similar and even worse depressed and dysfunctional urban environments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County, San Diego and a number of other cities.
California is rapidly becoming a two-tiered society of the very rich and the very poor, similar to the 2nd and 3rd World countries I regularly visit. The middle class, small business owners and the retired are either being pushed out of state and/or escaping in droves to such tax-free, business-friendly and less crime-ridden states such as Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Lame duck Gov. Moonbeam and the state’s liberal Democratic legislature know this. They just don’t care because their power base is now assured. Just ask any of their castrated, powerless Republican colleagues.
There will never again be a Republican administration in California. The days of Ronald Reagan have long passed. The candidates lining up for the governor’s race in 2018 are Open Borders and Sanctuary State advocates Anthony Villaraigosa and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Governor Brown and his Democratic legislature are pulling out all the stops creating legislation that will allow illegal aliens in the state to vote in state and local elections. Republicans, conservatives, and moderates don’t stand a chance.
Here are just some of the things Californians have done in recent years to turn their state into a 3rd World mess:
1. Passed Proposition 47 which has since freed tens of thousands of felons from state prisons and county jails back into communities.
2. Prop. 47 eviscerated the parole enforcement agency and created a system where police on the streets can’t even enforce outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants anymore.
3. Police no longer arrest people for being under the influence of dangerous drugs. What would be the point; it’s just a misdemeanor.
4. They have reduced the crime of auto theft to a citable misdemeanor. Steal a car; get caught and get a ticket. Commit non-violent crimes, get arrested and you are out the same day with a promise to appear in court that will not ever be enforced. No warrant enforcement, remember? Amazing!
California’s new “Sanctuary State” status supports and enables its Open Borders mentality. Police in a number of cities such as San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles are ordered not to assist ICE with border enforcement. Remember the Kate Steinle murder case where her five-time convicted criminal and deported illegal alien was acquitted? Well, that’s the political mentality that created that circumstance. This is also an excellent example that liberal politicians in California are willing to sacrifice the innocent to demonstrate that they support violent illegal alien criminals.
What happens in California’s larger cities filters down to its medium and small-sized cities as well. I recently wrote about the city of Salinas that experienced an incredible 150% increase in its homicide rate from 2014 to 2015, which rated Salinas as one of the nation’s 30 most violent cities. Fifty percent of all of their murders were gang and drug-related, with the predominant population of gang members being illegal aliens. I can only wonder how Silicon Valley dot-comers’ who are paying over half a million bucks for a home and commute over four hours a day to San Jose like living in that violent environment?
Which brings me back to why my successful business owner wife and I escaped to Texas. The state loves us. No commute problems, no state taxes and we live in an area where there is little to no crime. Our area just outside of San Antonio has some of the best school districts in the U.S.; high employment, great people and lots of fun things to do.
My wife and I live a great life on a ranch with a river in our backyard where we can fish, swim, kayak and BBQ with family and neighbors anytime we want. The price? Less than you would pay for a one bedroom studio condo in any of the cities in California I’ve mentioned. New home buyers only need three percent down to purchase a home and veterans make no down payments. If you are a younger middle-class person, a small business owner or retired, you’d be nuts to remain in California.
With California over a trillion dollars in debt and 30% of their budget going to subsidizing illegal aliens at the expense of hard-working, taxpayers who have little to no voice on how their state is run, the state and the majority of their citizens are doomed. That’s what a two-tiered society eventually creates. One heck of a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!
The truth is blatantly obvious... and yet the left STILL turns a blind eye.
I say let this Titanic sink.
DEMOCRATS WIN BIG IN THE MID-TERMS — BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BIGGER...
While the Democrats are hootin’ and hollerin’ over what they claim is a big win in last week’s mid-terms, they aren’t talking about the misstep that cost them big time with the GOP adding to its Senate majority. How important were those wins for the Republicans? They were something that could haunt the Democrats if either of the two oldest Supreme Court Justices (Ginsberg, 85 and/or Breyer, 80) retire or are physically unable to continue while Trump is still in the White House. According to Marc Thiessen, who you may recognize as a Fox News contributor, it is because of the way the Democrats treated Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing…
Debacle Cost Democrats the Senate
By Marc A. Thiessen — Washington Post Columnist
Mercury News Op/Ed — Nov. 11, 2018
WASHINGTON » Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate.
And it gave Republicans an expanded Senate majority that will allow them to confirm an even more conservative justice next time around.
Today, Kavanaugh sits on the Supreme Court hearing cases. Meanwhile, Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, are packing up their Senate offices — thrown out by voters furious over their party’s brutal campaign of character assassination against Kavanaugh.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh, and he survived — but just barely. Two weeks before Election Day, Manchin was leading by double digits, but on Tuesday night he won by just over three points. Had he voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, he would likely have been toast as well.
The Democrats’ smear campaign also cost them the chance to pick up GOP seats. In Tennessee, Rep.
Marsha Blackburn was trailing former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen by five points in a CNN poll before the Kavanaugh hearings. She ended up winning by just under 11 points, as the Democrats’ mistreatment of Kavanaugh united Tennessee Republicans behind her. The Kavanaugh smear no doubt also played a role in energizing GOP voters in Arizona, where Republican Rep. Martha McSally appears to have squeezed out a narrow victory, and in Texas, where Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Rep. Beto O’Rourke by just 2.6 points in one of the reddest states in the union.
None of that might have been possible had it not been for the Democrats’ horrific treatment of Kavanaugh. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it, the failed effort to stop Kavanaugh was “like an adrenaline shot” for the GOP base. Republican voters were outraged to see a good man accused, without a shred of corroboration, of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, exposing himself to a college classmate and participating in gang rapes in high school. They were disgusted by Senate Democrats’ insistence that the burden was on Kavanaugh to prove he didn’t do it and by Democrats’ blatant disregard for the presumption of innocence. They were energized by Kavanaugh’s willingness to fight back and declare his treatment by Democrats a “national disgrace.”
And they punished the perpetrators of that disgrace at the polls on Tuesday.
Now Republicans have not only an expanded Senate majority but also a prolife majority. Reports indicated that Trump was close to nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and mother of seven, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Barrett became a folk hero among religious conservatives after Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, grilled her over her Catholic faith during her confirmation hearings as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit last year. “The dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein told Barrett, suggesting that her faith disqualified her. That outraged conservatives, who rightly castigated Feinstein for applying an unconstitutional religious test on Trump’s nominee. As Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman explained, Feinstein “insinuated an anti-Catholic stereotype that goes back at least 150 years in the U.S. — that Catholics are unable to separate church and state because they place their religious allegiances before their oath to the Constitution.”
Barrett was confirmed for the Circuit Court. But when it came to the Supreme Court, Trump calculated that with a razor thin- GOP majority he needed what was supposed to be a safer pick and went with Kavanaugh instead. Now, with an expanded, pro-life Senate majority, Trump no longer has to worry about losing a few GOP votes next time around.
At every stage of recent Supreme Court fights, Democrats have miscalculated.
Their mindless decision to filibuster Neil Gorsuch paved the way for Senate Republicans to get rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — which made it possible to confirm Kavanaugh by simple majority. And if Barrett ever makes it onto the Supreme Court, Democrats can thank their horrific, defamatory treatment of Kavanaugh.
The lesson for Democrats should be clear: Character assassination does not pay.
Quite the opposite, it backfired — big-time.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Ten indicators you have the least expensive health care plan.
From the Archives
10. Your annual breast exam is done at Hooters.
9. Directions to your doctor's office include "Take a left when you enter the trailer park."
8. The tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.
7. The only proctologist in the plan is "Gus" from Roto-Rooter.
6. The only item listed under Preventative Care Coverage is "An apple a day."
5. Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you donated to Goodwill last month.
4. The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges," and this is not a typographical error.
3. The only expense that is fully covered is "Embalming."
2. Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M's stamped on them.
And the number one sign you have the least expensive health care plan…
1. You ask for Viagra and they give you a Popsicle stick and duct tape.
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Shave and a Haircut
From the Archives
An old cowboy walked into the barbershop for a shave and a haircut. After he was seated, he told the barber he wouldn't be able to get all his whiskers off because his cheeks are so badly wrinkled from age.
The barber looked the face over, then picked up a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and told the old cowboy to put it inside his cheek which would spread out the skin.
When the barber was finished, the old cowboy told the barber it was the cleanest shave he's had in years. But he wanted to know what would have happened if he had swallowed the little ball?
The barber replied, "Just bring it back in a couple of days like everyone else."
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Mystery of the Dead Crows
From the Archives
When approximately 200 dead crows were found near Topeka there was concern that they may have died from the Avian Flu, so state officials had a bird pathologist examine the remains of all the crows. To everyone's relief, he confirmed that the problem was not the result of the Avian Flu.
After further investigation, the pathologist determined that 98 percent of the crows had been killed by impacts with trucks, and that cars were responsible for the other 2 percent. Officials then hired an ornithological behaviorist to determine the reason for the disproportionate percentage of the killings between trucks and cars.
He concluded that when crows eat road kill, they always assign a look-out crow to a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. His conclusion was that all the look-out crows could shout was "Cah." None were capable of yelling "Truck."
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Humor from across the Pond
Received from Tom Weston
As Air Force One arrives at the
Heathrow Airport, President Trump strides to a warm and dignified reception
from the Queen.
They are driven in a 1934 Bentley to the edge of central London, where they change to a magnificent 17th century carriage hitched to six white horses. They continue on towards Buckingham Palace, waving to the thousands of cheering Britons.
All is going well until the right rear horse lets out the most horrendous, earth shattering fart ever heard in the British Empire. The smell is so atrocious that both the Queen and President in the carriage must use handkerchiefs to cover their noses. As bad as it is, the two Heads of State do their best to ignore the incident.
The Queen politely turns to President Trump and says: "Mr. President, please accept my deepest regrets. I am sure you understand there are some things that even a Queen cannot control."
Trump, being Trump, replied, "Your Majesty, do not give the matter another thought. Until you mentioned it, I thought it was one of the horses."
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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Here is an eye opener. Watch this short video that shows U.S. immigration over the past 200 years. The year can be seen in the lower right and the country with the largest number of immigrants at any given time appears in the lower left. The message? The country most of us grew up in will hardly be recognizable in a few short years.
You may wonder why the map does not include the tens of thousands of slaves who were brought to the US in the 1700 and 1800s. The creators of the animated map did not consider them immigrants because they were brought to the US against their will.
HERE to view
the animated map.
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Care to try and explain in 100 words or less how or why this happened? Send your
response to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and we'll include it in next week's Mail Call column...
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Unlike the winds in California that have been responsible for an immeasurable amount of lost property, pain, suffering and over 50 deaths with more likely to come, this week’s history lesson that deserves to be remembered is about a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber that caught fire on the ground at Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota and threatened to radiate a significant portion of Minnesota and North Dakota had the wind been blowing in a different direction. The History Guy begins his story right HERE. (11:19)
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The tragic story of Korean Airlines 007 that was shot down by a Russian fighter in 1983 is told by Allec Joshua Ibay in THIS week’s commercial air disaster. (9:41)
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We’re giving Kitty Flanagan the week off and focusing on this comedian who’s a regular on SNL and who has developed a sizable fan base. Her name is Kate McKinnon, and if she doesn’t make you at least giggle, perhaps you should touch bases with a shrink. In THIS skit, she is on the far left and being interviewed with the other two by the NSA after having been abducted by aliens. (5:46)
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So what are the odds that she would be abducted and interviewed a second time? Astronomical, you say? Good choice of words. Check out THIS interview. (6:20)
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My clocks would be running an hour fast if I hadn’t seen THIS short video about trust on Nov. 3rd. (0:33)
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Want to see how far (fast) Pit Stops have come since 1950? Be careful not to blink when THIS clip segues to today’s Formula 1 stop. (2:09)
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Coen says he has a message for the Antifa crowd...
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Some people have questioned if the videos produced by the Dude Perfect guys are fake? THIS clip from the “Grunge” channel answers that question. (6:40)
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If you know who Bob Uecker is, then you probably know he was a major league ballplayer who, upon his retirement, spent the next three decades as a play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers. It also would be correct to refer to him as a comedian, as this video of his acceptance speech to the Baseball Hall of Fame attests. Baseball aficionado Noel Lanctot, who sent in the video, says to take note of all the BASEBALL greats in the audience. (18:25)
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You’d think a few would have arrived by
now since Trump was elected two years ago!
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My video library includes virtually every BBC nature program narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Fortunately, there are dozens and dozens of excerpts from the different programs available on YouTube, like this short clip of a Momma Panda that doesn’t realize she gave birth to twins. We think most of you will find it worth a LOOK. (3:54)
if You are a fan of David Attenborough, you may want to keep an eye out for a new BBC nature series that will feature Attenborough as the narrator. HERE is a trailer of the series titled “Dynasties.”
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It’s OK to feel sorry for this little Bear Cub, but don’t fret. THIS clip has a happy ending. (12:57)
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This Week’s Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenges
First up is the SANTA BARBARA PD that somehow managed to talk the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders into joining the SBPD cops in their challenge. Another ringer is Kenny Loggins, who gets pulled over at the beginning of the video and is caught dumping illegal contraband (plastic drinking straws). For the participants’ energy, versatility, choreography, tight editing and a great variety of music, we are scoring the SBPD a solid 10.00 (5:11)
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There are no special ringers in this HENRY COUNTY PD’s challenge, but the variety of clips that make up the video are fun to watch. You gotta love the cowboy on the horse and the Chief on the swing. Score: 9.0. (4:28)
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This entry from the ARCHDALE (NC) PD has a couple of NASCAR stars in the form of Terry and Bobby Labonte being chased by the cops. The clip also seems to have a spooky zombie-like theme which would make sense because it was posted on YouTube a week before Halloween. Score: 8.9. (4:10)
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A few weeks ago we presented the Las Vegas entry that had the cops lip-syncing to Elvis’ rendition of “Viva Las Vegas.” That video resulted in this strange entry of a single cop from the NORTH LAS VEGAS PD going on a pastry binge. The creator of the video says this one has more flavor. What do you think? Score: 8.5 (2:45)
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The exuberance and energy of these officers from the CHARLESTON (WV) PD coupled with the participation of the community makes this video worth watching. Score: 8.7. (4:39)
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This week’s final entry is about these crazy cops who roll Code 3 to a shoplifter call, chase the thief down on foot, bring him in and celebrate by singing a love song to a box of donuts that even has a judge getting down from the bench and joining in the celebration. You gotta love the CORINTH (Miss.) PD. Score 8.9 mostly for the humor. (3:48)
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News: Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif) has
newly elected New York Democratic Representative (and Socialist)
Ocasio Cortez under her wing and are in the process of co-authoring
a bill to make the Electoral College free for all Americans.
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If you have seen the iconic lighthouse photo below with the keeper of the light standing in the doorway as a huge wave is about to hit, you will want to watch THIS short video as it will introduce you to the photographer who took the photo and the lighthouse keeper himself. (5:01)
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Although there are still several weeks left in 2018, have a look at the actors who have passed SINCE the 1st of the year. (11:41)
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Give me 15 seconds of your time and I’ll show you an inexpensive ALTERNATIVE to Trump’s border wall. (0:15)
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One of the new millennial voters...
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This Week’s Hope for Paws Report
While Eldad was busy elsewhere, Lisa and JoAnn responded on a call of two homeless dogs by some railroad tracks. But when they arrived they found that of the dogs, the Poodle, had died earlier and that the Pit Bull stayed by her friend’s side and refused to leave. Lisa and JoAnn named the Pit Bull CASSANDRA and successfully completed the rescue. (3:14)
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Eldad, Lisa and Loreta responded on a report of a homeless dog that was living in an industrial area. The little pooch was named SHRIMP and ready to start a new life, but as they were enroute to the Vet they ran across another homeless dog they named CAVIAR and wound up rescuing it as well. And if two wasn’t enough, the crew picked up a third dog in need of rescue and brought DELPHINA along. Her future isn’t covered in this video, however, because Eldad plans on featuring her in her own video later on. (4:17)
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This week’s final story is about HENDRIX, a homeless dog trying to survive while living in an industrial area. He was scared and untrusting of humans, but he was no match for Eldad and Lisa. This is how they captured him so he could start a life of love, happiness, trust and security. (5:02)
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Tip: If you plan on traveling to China, think twice about walking across this see-through glass bridge from which you can look straight down 500 feet to the bottom of the canyon below. And if that’s not scary enough, an employee can push a button that will simulate cracking the top of many layers in the glass. So far there have been no deaths or injuries of the tourists; we can’t say the same for the guy in control of the BUTTON.
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For you adrenalin junkies, here are what are described as the “10 Scariest Attractions in the World,” and not surprisingly, the Chinese glass BRIDGE in the item above is included as one of the ten. (11:32)
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When it comes to magic, Alice Murphy says this guy is the best. Is he? Click HERE and see if you agree. (6:31)
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When I am asked the location of my favorite fishing spot, my standard rely is Costco, and occasionally Safeway. THIS is why. (3:03)
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For this week's closer we’re headed back to Russia for another outstanding performance by the Igor Moseyed Ballet troupe titled “Yablochko.” (?) The footwork, precision, timing and athletic ability of these dancers is absolutely uncanny. Click HERE and see if you agree. (7:15)
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If you enjoyed the Igor Moseyed ballet performances over the past few weeks, you may want to have a look at this rehearsal where the ensemble gets ready for an UPCOMING show. It is also worth watching. (5:30)
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Pic of the Week
The White House says this is first time since Trump has been
President that CNN has not engaged in fake news...
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