The Farsider

Nov. 16, 2017

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 website 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.



RETIRED SERGEANT MICHAEL BROWN



Badge 2419
Born Nov. 7, 1957
Appointed March 1984
Retired June 2010
Died Nov. 8, 2017

Service scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29, 11:00 a.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
219 Bean Ave., Los Gatos




Below are two items about Mike. The first one is from District Attorney Jeff Rosen.
It is followed by a POA Membership Alert from President Paul Kelly

Nov. 9, 2017


From Jeff Rosen:

I have very sad news to share with all of you: DA Investigator Mike Brown passed away unexpectedly yesterday morning.  Mike was in Las Vegas celebrating his 60th birthday with his beloved wife – and our friend and former colleague - Victoria. While there he attended a course on investigating cold cases.  The combination of these two things is an apt illustration of his relentless pursuit of justice for people and his complete devotion to his family.

Mike was my favorite detective: smart, tough, funny, hardworking. I always felt that TV detectives were modeled after him. He was most recently assigned to our Cold Case Unit.

Mike began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981. In 1984 he joined the San Jose Police Department. Twenty-six years later he retired as a Sergeant after serving as detective for Homicide, Night Detective General, and Sexual Assaults. He came to this office in April, 2012. Investigator Bruce Wiley recalled working with Mike on the murder of an immigrant jewelry distributor. Mike’s tireless work – traveling back and forth to Southern California -  led to the arrests of five members of a Southern Californian organized crime outfit.

Bruce said: “He’s the finest detective I’ll ever work with. Mike was never about “Look what I can do!” It was always a team, always together, he led that way the whole time.”  

There will be a gathering within the Office for us to share our memories of Mike and celebrate his life. I’ll share more information about that with all of you in the days ahead.  

SJPD Chaplain Bryan Allen is with us this morning on the 3rd floor. Also, counselors from our Victim Services Unit and the Employee Assistance Program are available.

May Mike’s memory be a blessing to Vicky, his daughter Katie, and all of us.

Jeff
(Rosen)

 



Nov. 9th


In a million years, I never thought I would be writing this about my dear friend, 'Detective Sergeant' Mike Brown. There have been many tears shed since yesterday and more to come. Mike was in Las Vegas yesterday celebrating his 60th birthday with his wife and attending a class for his current assignment with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. I sadly report that Mike had a medical related emergency and did not survive.
 
I'm not going to go into all the great assignments he worked or give details about him to those who, unfortunately, didn't get the chance to hang out or work with him. I'm just going to say that I was one of the many who was privileged enough to be his friend for over two decades. We were partners as Night Detectives and also in Homicide. I knew no better Detective! As the days move forward, listen to a few of the stories about Mike. You'll soon realize he was one of a kind; a great man!
 
Mike constantly worked so damn hard and lived his life the same way. He was always wanting to laugh and take care of his family and friends at every turn. He will be missed by so many. Some are blessed to have been able to spend time with him so we can tell his stories over and over again to continue his memory.  
 
Please send your prayers to his wife Vicky and daughter Katie.
 
Mike's family has asked that you please refrain from contacting them at this time. They would like some time to deal with Mike's unexpected death. I will update you all regarding any services and how you can share your sympathies with the Brown family in the upcoming days.
 
Detective Sergeant…you will be missed. Rest in peace my friend, my brother.
 
Pauly K



RETIRED OFFICER RELLES (RAY) LOPEZ



Badge 2728
Born July 16, 1955
Appointed January, 1990
Retired June, 2011
Died Nov. 15, 2017

We have no information on the death of Ray Lopez beyond the fact that he died from pancreatic cancer yesterday morning (Nov. the 15th). Chaplain Jim Becknall is in touch with the family through Ray's brother, Bobby Lopez, another SJPD retiree who he himself is dealing with an illness in the form of Parkinson's. We hope to have more information on Ray's passing shortly.

UPDATE ON CHAPLAIN DAVE BRIDGEN

 

Nov. 15th, 4:30 p.m.


Hi Bill:

I just wanted to give you an update on Dave Bridgen. Last Thursday morning the staff at Somerset had trouble awakening Dave and called for an ambulance to transport him to the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. After numerous tests they determined that Dave was severely dehydrated and had an infection that had gotten into his blood. They began IV fluids and antibiotics, and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. At first, he was agitated and kept trying to pull out the numerous tubes he had in him, however his condition began to deteriorate to the point that he was unresponsive and in what appeared to be a deep sleep. This lasted from Saturday through Tuesday. On Wednesday morning I went to the hospital to check in on Dave and found him alert and talking a bit! Betty Ruth was at home waiting for some family to arrive, so I texted her a picture which I have included and she has OK’d for me to share). None of us could believe it!


Dave has been eating soft foods since last evening. This afternoon, Betty Ruth, their son Matthew and Dave’s sister, Jan, and brother, Dan, were going to meet with the doctor to determine the next steps in Dave’s care. Dave and Betty Ruth’s son, Mark, who lives in Tennessee, was going to join in the meeting by phone.

He has had a really rough time with his Parkinson’s. Please continue to pray for Dave and Betty Ruth and their family as they continue on this journey. At this time, they are still requesting no visitors until Dave regains his strength, but they really appreciate all of the support, prayers, kind thoughts and cards that they have received. They really feel loved!

Gary Johnson
<gj1901@comcast.net>



THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Once-barren S.J. Police Academy Now Overflowing

—Chief welcomes more than 100 recruits after just seven signed up last year—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 14, 2017


SAN JOSE — Around this time last year, when police Chief Eddie Garcia inspected and addressed police academy recruits at the substation in South San Jose, he was easy to hear.

Granted, the vocal Garcia isn’t exactly the kind of personality who needs a megaphone. But there were also just a little more than half a dozen cadets then.

Monday, when Garcia made those same rounds, he made a point to ask, “Can everyone hear me?” because he was outnumbered by more than a hundred recruits in training.

 

San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia, center, addresses more than 100 police
academy cadets at the SJPD substation Nov. 13, 2017. Around the same time
a year prior, the police department had one academy with just seven recruits.


The scene at the substation was unusual in the department’s recent history, with two concurrent academies — Class 30 will graduate in December and Class 31 in April— fielding 101 prospective officers between them. With fresh memories of a seven-member class last year, Garcia took a moment to take in the welcome sight that followed a decade in which the San Jose Police Department shrank by more than a third amid economic recession and an acrimonious, protracted battle over pay and retirement benefits.

“There’s nothing more positive and symbolic,” Garcia said of the robust academies. “We’re out of the darkness, and we’re rising.”

The police department is authorized to have 1,109 officers, but last year the staffing dropped to nearly 200 under that total. There has been a dramatic turnaround this year.

According to the latest official count, SJPD is fielding 1,016 officers including the two academies and new officers still in field training. After accounting for officers on disability, modified duty and military leave, the department has 818 sworn officers available for actual street duty.


Still, climbing past 1,000 officers, wherever they are in the training process, is a significant milestone for the department. When sworn staffing dipped below 1,000 in 2015, it marked the first time that happened in 30 years, when San Jose’s population was about 40 percent smaller than its current 1 million residents.

The upswing has generally coincided with a new police contract ratified in February, which instituted a 20-percent pay raise over 3½ years with assorted bonuses and incentives, bringing the department in line with surrounding Bay Area police agencies who had lured officers with more attractive compensation packages.

The national ratio of officers to residents is about 3.4 for every 1,000 residents, according to the FBI. San Jose has less than 1 officer per 1,000 residents, while Oakland fielded 1.76 officers and San Francisco staffed 2.6 officers per 1,000 residents.

San Jose has never had a high ratio in its history but still achieved “safest big city” status in the 2000s when about 1,400 officers were on the force. In his remarks to the current academies Monday, Garcia reflected on the hope the cadets represent for the department’s ongoing rebuild.

“This has been such a long time coming. For those of us who have been through the hardest times in this department, it’s really tough not to get emotional to see you guys out here,” he said. “You are going to be the salvation of this department.”

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New policy calls for a larger microscope…



Use-of-force Cases to Get More Scrutiny

—SJPD’s policy sets new criteria to look closer at a wider array of incidents—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 15, 2017


SAN JOSE — In a groundbreaking move inspired by public oversight, the San Jose Police Department will step up reviews of officers’ use of force and intensify investigations into the most serious cases, officials announced Tuesday.

Until now, the department only reviewed most nonfatal use-of- force encounters in response to a citizen’s complaint, filed with the department’s Internal Affairs unit or the city’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor.

Police supervisors and commanders will now be expected to launch force investigations on their own based on reports from the field. Those violent encounters will be graded on a new four-tier scale where a higher risk of injury or death triggers increased scrutiny. 
 

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NEW TIERS OF FORCE REVIEWED BY SJPD


Examples of how officers’ use of force will be divided in increasing order of severity:

• Category I: Any use of force not covered by the other categories that “causes a minor injury or complaint of pain”

• Category II: Taser use; impact weapon (e.g., baton) not to the head; OC (pepper) spray; projectile weapons where up to four rounds hit a suspect

• Category III: Impact weapon or projectile weapon that hits the head; projectile weapon where more than four rounds hit a suspect; kicks to the head; when two or more officers deploy less-lethal force to one suspect; when four or more officers use reportable force on one suspect; force that causes a broken bone; police dog bites; use of carotid restraint; when force causes a loss of consciousness; when force leads to a suspect’s hospitalization

• Category IV: Deadly force

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Chief Eddie Garcia said the policy was crafted in conjunction with the San Jose Police Officers’ Association to ensure maximum buy-in from his rank-and-file officers amid a national landscape marked by skepticism about police actions in minority communities.

He acknowledged that the department’s practices for reviewing violent incidents needed updating.


Chief Eddie Garcia


“This is long overdue. We had blind spots. Our policy was too reactive,” Garcia said. “This doesn’t mean we’re automatically going to find that (an officer) did something wrong, but we’re going to scrutinize it with a sharper lens.”

Push for more detail

The new policy could affect potentially hundreds of incidents a year in San Jose. A precise number of annual use-of-force incidents was not available from police because they have not been publicly cataloged by the department since 2009, according to the IPA’s office.

The police auditor’s office has for many years pushed the department to take a more wide-ranging, detailed approach to reviewing cases where officers use force. The IPA’s office contended in its annual audit report released in June that a disturbing number of incidents were escaping sorely needed examination.

“It appears that of the thousands of use of force incidents that took place between 2010 and 2015, not once did a SJPD supervisor or executive believe that a use of force was questionable enough to justify opening an investigation,” the report stated.

Over the past five years, the department has received between 60 and 88 formal complaints per year about officers’ use of force. The department already reviews all officer-involved shootings. There have been eight so far this year in San Jose — the most since 2015, when the city saw a 10-year high of 12. Four of the police shootings in 2017 have been fatal.

Aaron Zisser, San Jose’s new independent police auditor, credited the department for embracing one of the highest-profile recommendations made by his predecessor, Walter Katz. Zisser said he hopes that the new evaluation will also critique decisions made leading up to force being used.

“There are genuine questions still on how the police department is going to look at de-escalation,” Zisser said.

Garcia acknowledged the possibility that the increased attention could lead to more officers being reprimanded in use-of-force cases. However, he also noted that the awareness of the new policy could lead to officers becoming more creative and adept at finding less-violent solutions to physical conflicts on the street.

“All we’re trying to tell our officers is, when you have time, to come up with a plan,” he said. “We are trying to be more progressive, but we also want to ensure that we’re not stymieing proactivity by forcing this down our officers’ throats. Being proactive, and being fair and just, are not mutually exclusive.”

But Zisser noted that other large agencies that have taken such steps — like Oakland police and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department — have done so under heavy criticism or an order from a federal judge.

“The fact (SJPD) did this on its own without that pressure, that is progressive and positive. It’s worthy of praise,” Zisser said. “I look forward to seeing how the new policy plays out and, along with Chief Garcia, examining whether further changes are needed.”

Kudos for policy

Mayor Sam Liccardo lauded the new policy, which he said was vital to improving and maintaining credibility in the city’s neighborhoods.

“This new policy serves as the latest example of our collective commitment to ensuring that the San Jose Police Department remains a model for accountability and community trust,” Liccardo said in a statement.

Local civil-rights groups were heartened by Tuesday’s announcement. Derrick Sanderlin, a leader in the faith-based coalition People Acting in Community Together, said the new policy is precisely why community members want the IPA office to expand its oversight.

“It’s a fantastic step in the right direction,” Sanderlin said.

Sanderlin hopes that more community input will be considered for future policy revisions that affect many of the people his group represents.

“Only when the police department works with the community does it work effectively,” he said. “And a lot of us from the community want more.”

MAIL CALL



Nov. 12th

Hi Bill

I'm doing it again; raising funds for an orphanage in Mexico. Saratoga Rotary is sponsoring a concert on January 19, 2018 featuring "An Evening with Judy Collins.” Ms. Collins has been around a long time but still does about 150 live concerts to sold out audiences around the world. We are expecting the same attendance at the Campbell Heritage Theatre. Tickets became available last week and already close to 10% of the tickets have sold.

All net proceeds will be dedicated to finishing the safety wall around Villa Infantil, <
www.villainfantil.com.mx> to protect the thirty-seven children and three Catholic Sisters from fires, floods and possible kidnapping for ransom.

The flyer for the concert is attached.

Thanks, Bill.

Bruce Hodgin
<brucehodgin@yahoo.com>
Cell: 408-832-8579



For tickets, call the Box Office at 408-866-2700


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Nov. 13th


Bill,

That age old mantra is coming back. You can hear it getting louder and louder every day; sex and violence, sex and violence. Translated this time to mean sexual violence and mass shootings. Women, girls, men, boys; literally hundreds of allegations spewing up around the country from today and decades past; from Hollywood and beyond; from Newtown, to Orlando, to Las Vegas, to Texas. From everywhere. Something is happening, and people are not liking it. They're not going to take this much longer. There's a type of tectonic social shift underway. Where it's exactly going and how fast it will take to get there remains to be seen, but the drum beat is strong this time. Pressure is building on many sides. What was it that the Alan Cranston the actor was saying about Kevin Spacey? "He's a great actor, but he's not a good person."

We can argue forever left and right about this amendment or that right, or this point or that point, or this law or that law. We can have a never ending debate till hell freezes over, but the fact remains and will remain, multiple cases of sexual violence both in the family, in the work place, and on the streets. People don't feel safe in their persons. Someone put it in the form of a question: "What are we supposed to do? We just can't stand by passively while half our citizens are getting drugged, beaten, raped or abused, and the other half are being gunned down."

Exaggerated numbers, I got that. But the feelings expressed are valid. How DO we respond? The answer cannot be: to build machine gun nests into everyone's front yard, or to have teachers slinging AK-47s in every fourth grade classroom. What kind of people are we, anyway? We certainly have the right to govern ourselves.

In the final analysis after all the words and, feelings, opinions, and cards are played; all the arguments have been spoken and heard; all the tables have been pounded upon, all agendas have been bought and paid for, and pushed to there very limits; one critical question must be squarely faced and cannot be left unanswered, otherwise the Kevin Spacey Effect might come back to haunt us for generations. Like him, we're all great actors for our parts.

But are we good people?

Best,

Dave Scannell
<silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>

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Nov. 14th

Bill,

As you know there are several SJPD retirees in Northern California. As it turns out many are located in the Grass Valley area (these are the “Mountain Bubbas”) as well as the Lincoln-Rocklin-Roseville area (these are the “Flatlanders”). The Grass Valley group meets monthly for breakfast on the second Saturday of the month at Penney's Restaurant in Grass Valley at 0800. The Lincoln group meets the 1st Saturday of the month at the World Famous Sterling Cafe in Lincoln at 0800.  

However, this December the two groups will merge for a joint holiday breakfast at Awful Annies in Auburn on Saturday, 2 December at 0800. Anyone in the area (or out of the area) who like to join us for this once-a-year Holiday Breakfast is welcome — including many in the El Dorado area.

If you would like to attend and/or have your name added to our email breakfast notification, please contact me or Rick Confer at
<eodconfer1417@gmail.com> and we will add you to our list(s).

The breakfast includes lies, war stories and fond memories!

Regards,
 
Craig Shuey
<CVShuey1459@gmail.com>



This missive from Gary Leonard came via snail mail and included a CD...

Nov. 13th

Hoya Bill,

You may remember I was born and raised in Wyoming and have always tried to keep my “cowboy heritage” alive. In retirement I continue to recite Cowboy Poetry for different groups, e.g. Rotary, Senior groups, Ladies’ groups, etc.

One of my favorite Cowboy Poets is Larry Maurice
<www.larrymaurice.com>. The enclosed CD has two of his latest, and the one about our National Anthem is outstanding. I hope you can share both of these pieces with those who long for the Country to get back to normal. Now on Sundays instead of watching football I play Maurice’s CD and “stand up.”

When I show up to perform in my Cowboy hat I often get asked, “Hey Cowboy, where are your cows?” So I invented the “Hoya Invisible Cow Company." (Just because you don’t see ‘em’ doesn’t mean they aren’t there…)

Hoya,

Gary
(Leonard) <HoyaLeonard@gmail.com>

While it’s not possible to include a CD recording in the Farsider without transferring the file to a site like YouTube (which I don’t have permission to do since this is a commercial CD), I took a chance to see if someone already has made the transfer to YouTube, and whaddya know, Larry Maurice himself did. Click HERE to listen to the first cut of his CD titled “I Am America.” I couldn’t find the second cut on the CD titled “Stand Up.”





NOVEMBER'S BIRTHDAY BOYS

Last night's final PBA membership meeting of the year (there is no meeting in Dec.) was well attended but yielded only four birthday boys. (L-R) Pete Guerin; Dave Wysuph; Tony Pappalardo; and Bob Moir. We would like to say they appear to be getting younger every year, but you readers have already been exposed to more fake news that most people can handle. (Photo by Aubrey Parrott)



THE KKC CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE — TIME IS RUNNING OUT, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!


Regarding table reservations: Before requesting a table, be sure that the tickets are secured. We will be seating 8 per table. Send me an email or call me to reserve your table, or if you have any questions. —Margie
<sssq@aol.com> 408-421-3785

Ed. — Some people have inquired as to whether the word “Masquerade” in the flyer is suggesting that costumes be worn. When the question was posed to Marge, this was her response.

“Honestly, it's a theme, that's all. Costumes are fine, dressy is fine, naked is fine. People should join the Keith Kelley Club Facebook page. All questions are answered there.”



Copy and paste this ticket form to a blank page for printing, or send a
request to
<bilmat@comcast.net> or <Leroy@LeroyPyle.net>
and we will email you the form so you can print it.


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RELAX EVERYONE, THERE IS NO URANIUM SCANDAL ACCORDING TO SHEPARD SMITH


Has the Uranium One scandal been debunked? With O’Reilly gone from Fox News, Shepard Smith — Fox News’ highest paid personality to the tune of $7 to $8 million a year and the only liberal journalist on the conservative cable news network — has debunked the Uranium One scandal according to this piece from the Huff Post…

Shep Smith Breaks From Fox News Coverage, Tears ‘Uranium One’ Scandal To Shreds

—Since the segment, Uranium One has been mentioned over 40 times on various Fox News shows—

 

Click HERE to watch the video.


Fox News anchor Shep Smith broke from his network’s hyperventilating coverage of the “Uranium One” pseudoscandal to debunk allegations of wrongdoings by Hillary Clinton.

Smith, never one to blindly toe the party line, took to task President Donald Trump ― and, implicitly, his cable news network of choice ― over the “inaccurate” portrayal of the sale of a Canadian mining company with major U.S. holdings to a Russian company.

“Here’s the accusation,” Smith explained Tuesday. “Nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million. In exchange, Secretary of State Clinton approved the sale to the Russians — a quid pro quo.”

It’s a claim that has dominated Fox News in recent weeks after The Hill published a deeply flawed report about a “Russian bribery plot” involving the sale. Following pressure from the president and several Republican members of Congress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this week that the Justice Department would consider appointing a special counsel to review the deal as well as other matters involving Clinton and other Democrats.

There’s never been any evidence that Clinton acted inappropriately and, as Smith notes, “the Clinton State Department had no power to approve or veto that transaction. It could do neither.” Indeed, the State Department was just one of nine agencies that signed off on the deal and Clinton herself wasn’t even on the committee.

“The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale,” Smith said. “She did not. A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the president approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits, and none of the uranium was exported for use by the U.S. to Russia. That is Uranium One.”

Since Smith’s segment, Uranium One has been mentioned over 40 times on various Fox News shows.


DID YOU CARRY A TOURNIQUET WITH YOU WHEN YOU WERE ON “THE JOB?”

Penn. State Trooper Saves His Own Life With Tourniquet After Being Shot Three Times

By Ginny Reed — Blue Lives Matter


Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Seth J. Kelly was shot multiple times during a traffic stop, and used a tourniquet that he carried with him to save his own life.

Plainfield Township, PA - Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Corporal Seth J. Kelly was in critical but stable condition on Thursday, three days after he saved his own life.

After he was shot, Cpl. Kelly used the tourniquet he carried on his duty belt to staunch the flow of blood from his wounds after he was shot three times by a suspect.


The incident occurred Tuesday, Nov. 7, during a traffic stop on Route 33.

Fox News said Cpl. Kelly and a second trooper were arresting Daniel Khalil Clary, 22, who lives in Effort, Pennsylvania, for driving under the influence, when Cpl. Kelly was shot multiple times in his neck and shoulder area, and also in his leg.

Doctors performed a second surgery on Cpl. Kelly Thursday, according to WPVI.

"He's battling. He's certainly not out of the woods by any means, but... he is a very strong individual, and he displayed a will yesterday that he wanted to live and get through this," state police Captain Richard D'Ambrosio said at a press conference.

Cpl. Kelly carried a tourniquet on his duty belt, and used it after he was shot, applying it to one of his wounds, and "more than likely saving his own life," according to Cpt. D'Ambrosio.

He was assisting another trooper in arresting Clary for DUI, but Clary attacked them.

"The troopers were in a knock-down, drag-out fight along the side of the road with vehicles speeding by them, and it got very, very violent,” Cpt. D'Ambrosio said.

"Clary was tased, fell down but it had no effect on him," Cpt. D'Ambrosio said.

“Then Clary ran to front of car and pulled out a gun. He got on roof of car and fired at both troopers,” he said.

Cpl. Kelly was shot, but both troopers returned fire until Cpl. Kelly was no longer able to, police said.

He was then able to apply a tourniquet to his leg to keep from bleeding to death.

Most departments do not issue tourniquets, which is why Blue Lives Matter has given out over 400 tourniquets to active police officers.

If you are considering a tourniquet for yourself or to buy one for an officer, we believe that the the highest quality tourniquets are the SOFTT Tourniquets. However, they are also bulky. CAT-style tourniquets are the most common, but we suggest one with a metal windlass. RATS tourniquets are the most portable, so great for patrol, but may not work as well on a very wide legs (on overweight people.)

The suspect drove himself to a hospital. He underwent surgery and remains hospitalized.

Clary was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault, and other related offenses.

Cpl. Kelly is a 13-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police.

In a statement, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said: "Frances and I are praying for this trooper, the family and every member of the Pennsylvania State Police. This senseless act of violence is a reminder of the sacrifices made daily by all our brave men and women in uniform. Across Pennsylvania, our troopers are keeping communities safe by putting themselves in harm's way. We must never forget that. I ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in keeping all those affected, especially the corporal, in their thoughts today."


LISTEN UP, NFL, THIS COP AND FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU


Phil Norton thinks that this message to the NFL should be added to the thousands it has already received from disgruntled fans...

This Black Cop Proves That Not All Skinfolk Are Kinfolk



Click HERE to watch the video

Brandon Tatum is a police officer in Arizona, and a former college football player for Arizona State, who has become the darling of conservatives because of a video he made belittling those football players who are kneeling before the national anthem to bring light to police brutality and injustice in America.


In a six-and-a-half-minute clip, watched more than 50 million times, according to Alex Jones (yeah, he’s credible), Tatum, like many other people who choose to make the NFL protests about something they are not, says that it’s not the protest itself but the way people are protesting that he has an issue with.

“It’s not about the act of protesting, of believing in something and pursuing. It’s the way you’re doing it,” Tatum begins. “Listen, what does the American flag have to do with your perceived oppression? What does the national anthem have to do with these issues that people are bringing up? It’s a separate issue. The flag and the anthem have nothing to do with what you are talking about!”

So first Tatum is saying that black people are making up their oppression; then he’s saying that the flag has nothing to do with this so-called discrimination. On that he’s right. Flags can’t be racist, but people who choose to ignore oppression based on race (and their black lackeys) can.

He continues: “You’re talking about an anthem of hope and unity within this country … about a flag that represents hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears, sacrifice, and the thing that makes me most upset is that you have these people who turn around and take a knee and want to attribute all the negativity to the flag and the anthem and don’t want to attribute the positive.”

In the words of Kanye West, hannnh???? Didn’t Colin Kaepernick, who began this movement, say that he was kneeling during the anthem to bring light to the injustice of this country as it relates to its black citizens? So why would Tatum even fix his mouth to say the negativity is about the flag?

Tatum then notes that the flag gave black people “the opportunity to go from cornfields and picking cotton to the president of the United States of America,” and to go “from being segregated to you making millions of dollars to play sports. And you know who’s watching y’all? White people.”

Um. So the flag liberated people from slavery? Oh, I thought it was the tens of thousands of people who fought, bled and actually died during the Civil War and then the civil rights movement. Silly me.

“I’m sick of the lame excuses,” Tatum then says, and then has the nerve to of course bring up Martin Luther King Jr. “Because he did [his protesting] with respect, integrity.”

But as The Root writer Michael Harriot noted in the piece “How to Protest Without Offending White People,” 63 percent of people were against King’s tactics in 1966.

Tatum goes on: “You really care about black lives? You don’t need to be taking a knee. You need to be out there doing something in the community,” things like voting, passing legislation, joining the police and other productive endeavors.

“Do something about it!” Tatum bellows. “Quit taking a knee and protesting and crying like a baby, because all you’re doing is pissing people off. That’s all you’re doing.”

I thought Kaepernick was in the community donating millions of dollars and talking to young adults and volunteering. But I guess you can’t do both (that is, protest and be active in the community, which most community activists do).

The Tucson police officer then wonders what good has been accomplished since Kaepernick first took a knee last year. “Has unemployment changed in the black community? Has the abortion rate dropped? Has illegitimacy dropped? More entrepreneurs? More jobs?”

I’ll tell you what has happened (besides—dear God—pissing white people off!!!): More people have talked about injustice in America, and white people are being shown for the racists that they say they are not.

So there’s that.

IT PAYS TO REMEMBER…


To those of you who find it disconcerting that Gentleman’s Quarterly chose Colon (oops, Colin) Kaepernick for the cover of its magazine, it pays to remember that just because you get your mug plastered on the cover of a national magazine does not necessarily make you a hero or someone to be envied. Look who Time once featured on the cover of their magazine. And not just once, but nine times...





WHAT'S THAT?

You say you didn’t see this photo of these children greeting the president upon his arrival in China? How could that be with so many members of the Mainstream Media on hand to capture the moment...

 

 

STORIES OF THE WEEK

About those Phone-in Polls


You know those shows where people call in and vote on different issues or topics? Did you ever notice that there is always something like 10-20 percent of the people who vote and choose the option "I don't  know" or "No opinion?" It costs 90 cents to call up and vote and they choose "I don't know" or "I don't have an opinion."

"Honey, I feel very strongly about this. Give me the phone." (Dials the toll number and chooses the option "I don't know" or "I have no opinion." Then he hangs up, looks proudly at his wife and says, "Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe you are not sure of or have no opinion about!"

This is probably the same guy who calls those phone sex numbers at $4.95 a minute and says to the woman on the other end of the line: "Sorry, I'm not in the mood!"

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Award Show about Commercials

Can you believe how many award shows they have now? There's even an award show for commercials called the "Cleo Awards." That's right, an entire show full of commercials. I taped it last time it was on. Then I sat down to watch it and, out of habit, fast-forwarded through the whole damn show.

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I used to like Harold…


I was having trouble with my computer, so I called Harold the computer guy and asked him to come over. Harold clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. He then gave me a bill for a minimum service call.

As he was walking away, I called after him, "So, what was wrong?"

He replied, "It was an ID ten T error."

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, "An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again"

Harold grinned. "Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?"

"No," I replied.

"Write it down," he said, "and I think you'll figure it out."

So I wrote down I D 1 0 T

I used to like Harold.

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Parking frustration...

 


An attorney was in a sweat because he was due in court and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up toward heaven, he said out loud, "Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up sex and tequila."
 
Miraculously, when a parking place appeared a half minute later, he looked up again and said, "Never mind. I found one."

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

—Funnies for the anti-Trump crowd from the late night show hosts—

Nov. 8 — 14


Nov. 13: I saw that President Trump is wrapping up his two-week trip to Asia. Yep, Trump said he couldn’t wait to get home, put on his pajamas, and tweet in his own bed.

During the trip, Trump met with Vladimir Putin. And he called people who criticized the meeting “haters and fools.” Then he introduced his new speechwriter — Mr. T.

Trump said that he asked Putin if he meddled in our election, and Putin denied it. Is Trump the guy who should be leading that investigation? That’s like telling Kevin Spacey to keep an eye on Roy Moore.

It came out that Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with WikiLeaks during last year’s election. You can tell Don Jr.’s in trouble, cuz his dad just demoted him to “Eric.”

I heard that O.J. Simpson was kicked out of a bar in Las Vegas for being drunk and belligerent. Wow — just when you think you know someone.

A plane in India had to make an emergency landing after a passenger found out her husband was cheating on her mid-flight. The passengers were like, “Finally, some good in-flight entertainment!”

Nov. 14: President Trump is headed home after his trip to Asia. And I saw that at one point, 2,000 protesters in the Philippines were shouting, “Go home!” — while back in America, 60 million people were shouting, “Stay there!”

Trump just went on Twitter and bragged about a poll showing that he has a 46 percent approval rating. Really? That’s like posting a math quiz on the fridge where you got a D+. “I spelled my name right!”

Jeff Sessions testified again as part of the Russia investigation. And at one point, he was questioned about his stance on marijuana. You know, cuz it’s a little odd when a guy’s anti-weed, but seems to “forget” every conversation he’s ever had.

Another big story right now is this Roy Moore scandal. And get this — there’s apparently a “creep list” of men in Congress known for inappropriate sexual behavior. And if you’re a congressman who has to ask if you’re on it — you’re on it.


Nov. 8: Today was the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump winning the presidency. I want to put politics aside for a second and say on behalf of everyone: Oh my God, how has it only been a year?

Now the traditional one-year anniversary gift is paper. So if you want to get Trump something, you can't go wrong with a federal indictment.

Yesterday was an awful day for Trump and the Republicans at the polls. Ed Gillespie, who was running for governor of Virginia, lost his race. He had been heavily endorsed by Donald Trump for a month. Trump had been doing tweets and everything. Now, if you expected Trump to distance himself from Gillespie immediately after the loss, you are wrong. Trump waited a full 28 minutes before he distanced himself.

He tweeted: “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for.” He waited 28 minutes before tweeting that. He's like the Domino’s pizza of backstabbing. He will betray you in 30 minutes or less.

Trump's turned on yet another Republican. At this point there are now fewer people on the Trump bus than there are under it. Trump said that Gillespie never embraced him. The problem is not that Ed Gillespie never embraced Trump. The problem is that Trump's father never embraced Donald Trump.

If you felt in the past 12 months — which many of us have, loads of us have — that the country is going backyards, last night I felt that we were all given a little bit of hope because minority candidates had some historic wins nationwide. Like for instance, Hoboken, New Jersey, elected its first Sikh mayor. Helena, Montana, elected the first black mayor in the state's history. Seattle elected its first lesbian mayor. And in response to this, Trump has announced a temporary ban on all mayors.

Nov. 9: President Trump continues his diplomatic tour through Asia. Yesterday, in a joint appearance with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump gave China “great credit for taking advantage of the United States in trade negotiations.” Sounds like someone is looking for a new country to help him rig the next election.

He said China took advantage of the United States, but then he gives China great credit for it. That’s like someone stealing your bank card and you going, “What the hell! Although, I am loving some of these purchases you are making.”

Why is Trump complimenting China? I feel like this is part of Trump’s strategy to suck up to the Chinese people until they finally tell him how they built their wall.

Trump claims the United States’ trade deal with China is unfair. Of course it is. The United States sends China high-quality American-made products, and in exchange China sends back the Donald J. Trump signature suit collection.

Uber signed a deal with NASA on Wednesday to develop “Uber Elevate,” a new type of Uber that will use flying cars. They’re developing a flying Uber. And you thought you vomited in the backseat of Ubers before.

Los Angeles apparently will be one of the first cities to get flying Ubers. L.A. is perfect, because who is more qualified to fly you through the sky at 5,000 feet than an out-of-work actor-deejay-dog walker?

The salad dressing company Hidden Valley is now offering actual kegs of ranch dressing. The kegs cost $50 and a lifetime of medical bills.

When you buy one of these kegs, the cashier is legally required to put their hand on your shoulder and go, “Everything OK, man?”

Authorities in Colombia have seized 13 tons of cocaine, the largest bust in the country’s history. The Colombian police reported taking possession of $360 million worth of cocaine. So you could only imagine how much cocaine they actually seized. They were like, “Yeah, chief, that’s all we found, that was it, that’s all we got. I promise, haven’t seen nothing more — 13 tons of cocaine.”

And I want to warn our audience, doctors say that doing that much cocaine is almost as bad for you as one keg of ranch dressing.

Nov. 13: On Saturday Trump fired back at Kim Jong Un and North Korea after the country released a statement that referred to him as an “old lunatic.” Trump tweeted, “Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me ‘old’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’?” So in order to prove he’s not old, Trump reacted like a third-grader.

I mean, right now we are this close to Kim Jong Un and Trump doing “yo mama” jokes on Twitter. “Yo mama so stupid she couldn’t get into Trump University.”

Years from now we can only hope that we will look back at all of this and laugh. And we will be like, “You remember that time when Trump called Kim Jong Un short and fat? Haha. Anyway, how long do we have to stay in this bunker?”

While the president is on his [Asia] tour, the first lady is also traveling with him. During a public appearance with some school children at a zoo in Beijing, Melania Trump got photo bombed by a giant panda named Gu Gu. [shows photo] You can see it in those giant sad eyes, like, “Help me, I’m trapped.” Also, there is a panda behind her.

Researchers say that they’ve figured out how to get around Apple’s new face-scanning security feature. They did it by using a mask that mimics the user’s face. The mask they used is made of plastic, silicone, and makeup. Or as they call that here in Los Angeles, a face.

On the bright side, if someone has a mask of your face, getting your iPhone hacked is the least of your problems.

Nov. 14: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified for hours on Capitol Hill today regarding the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia. During his testimony, it seemed Jeff Sessions had a bit of a memory problem. At one point, he was called out for saying “I don’t recall” multiple times. He said he doesn’t recall how many times he said “I don’t recall.” I don’t recall the last time I saw someone who didn’t recall how many times they didn’t recall.

At one point Jeff Sessions regained his memory and said that the Trump campaign couldn’t collude with the Russians because it was a “form of chaos, every day from day one.” I believe him. That’s such a great alibi. “That campaign was such a turbulent crap storm, there’s no way we could’ve planned anything like that. We were far too disorganized to be evil.”

In the world of healthcare, the FDA has approved the first pill with a digital sensor that signals doctors when patients have taken their medicine. When she heard about this digital pill, even Alexa was like, “Are you sure that’s not invading your privacy?”

The doctors say they invented the pill to make sure that their patients are taking their medication. I still think it would be more effective if they went with my plan of making all pills taste like Cool Ranch Doritos.

Two photographs that went missing from the Museum of a Modern Art in New York were mailed back to the museum just a few days later by the alleged thief. Which is, you know, great for the museum. Got to be a bit of a blow to the ego of the artist. “Your photographs were so popular they were stolen! No, wait, they sent them back.”


Nov. 8: Today, Twitter doubled the amount of characters you can use from 140 to 280 characters. I think this means Twitter is now Facebook, right? They're basically the same thing — or is it possible there is anyone on the planet who thought, "You know what this year needs? More Twitter."

President Trump is either going to have to quit Twitter or someone is going to have to teach him more words.

I know it sounds crazy but I think I'm going to miss the way Trump would post a tweet that ended with “dot, dot, dot…” and we'd have to wait 23 minutes to see what the rest of his angry sentence was going to be. Now all that drama is gone.

Twitter decided to double the character limit on the same day Trump arrived in China, one of the only places on Earth where it is illegal to use Twitter. His little thumbs must be going wild.

Nov. 9: It was a beautiful day here in southern California. Very pleasant. You noticed the last couple of days have been very pleasant? Do you think it has anything to do with the fact that Trump is out of the country?

The president of the United States was in China today. Either that or they sent him to the Epcot Center and pulled it off.

He’s been around with Chinese President XI Jinping. He seemed to be enjoying himself. He loves Chinese food. He’s been having all his favorites. The No. 3, the No. 7, the No. 12 with mustard sauce.

Donald Trump has had harsh words for China in the past. He called them America’s enemy, he said they were responsible for the greatest theft in the history of the world, he said they created the climate change hoax, he accused the Chinese of raping the United States. They had a parade for him — all is forgiven, now everything is good.

It’s possible if we send him to Mexico, he’d tell them he isn’t trying to build a wall, he’s trying to build a racquetball court or something. His tune changes dramatically.

Nov. 14: President Trump is home. He returned home tonight after a 12-day trip to Asia. He had such a good time, he already made a dinner reservation for tomorrow night at Panda Express.

The president was very impressed with himself. He said the treatment he got in Asia was red carpet. He knows they put a red carpet out for the puppy bowl, right?

Donald Trump is back in Washington, where he has a lot of “Fox & Friends” to catch up on his DVR.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee had a hearing to discussion whether President Trump should continue to have the sole authority to launch a nuclear weapon, or whether his iPad should have some parental controls put on it.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on the subject of collusion with Russia. He was not forthcoming. Not since “Finding Dory” have I seen a character have this much trouble with their memory.


Nov. 8: Last night, Danica Roem became Virginia's first openly transgender person elected to the House of Delegates, defeating Robert Marshall, a conservative Republican who wrote a controversial anti-LGBT bathroom bill. So bad news, Robert. She did get to choose her own bathroom, and she chose the one in your old office.

President Trump tweeted today that, quote, "NoKo has interpreted America's past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. Do not underestimate us and do not try us." Strong words — except for NoKo. You're trying to talk about an existential threat to the world. Don't make it sound like a cool New York neighborhood.

President Trump and first lady Melania attended an opera performance with Chinese President Xi and his wife today in Beijing’s Forbidden City. Man, it makes me so happy to know that Trump had to sit and suffer through a Chinese opera tonight. That is his nightmare. I really hope Hillary's backstage right now living the life he wants to be living, eating a Big Mac and watching a Knicks game just to rub it in.

Nov. 9: President Trump declined to take questions from reporters following his joint statement today with Chinese President Xi, making him the first president to do so in decades. I guess he was afraid someone would ask the dreaded question, “Can you name that person standing next to you?”

According to a new poll, a generic Democratic opponent would beat President Trump by 10 points in 2020 election. Yeah, the generics do great. It’s the name brands [shows photo of Hillary] who have trouble.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently said that despite rumors, he is not considering running for president in 2020. He wanted to, but they keep misspelling his name on the banner.

Kim Kardashian posted an Instagram photo yesterday of Kanye West’s upcoming sneaker model, the Yeezy Mud Rat 500. Incidentally, Mud Rat 500 was also Steve Bannon’s AOL screen name.

An opera singer recently broke records by singing the highest note in the history of the Metropolitan Opera. While the record for WRITING the highest note still goes to my weed dealer, Travis.

Nov. 13: It was reported about an hour ago that Donald Trump Jr. carried on a 10-month-long secret correspondence with WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign and the months following. Wow, it’s going to be awfully hard to distance yourself from a guy named Donald Trump Jr. “He’s not even related to me. My last name’s not Junior. Everyone knows that.”

President Trump attacked his critics on Twitter yesterday, saying, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing?” Well, having a relationship with Russia will certainly never be as bad as having a president who uses the word “haters.”

President Trump met with President Vladimir Putin on Saturday and said he believes Putin’s claim that Russia did not meddle in the election. That story again: Bonnie believes Clyde.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that he believes the women who have accused Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriate sexual contact, adding that Moore should step aside. I’m proud of you, Mitch. That took a lot of chins.

Nov. 14: According to a national poll, only 16 percent of Americans believe that Republican Alabama candidate Roy Moore should stay in the Senate race following allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. 16 percent, or as Moore calls it, “old enough percent.”

A Florida man is refusing to give up his “emotional support squirrel” even though his condo association is threatening to evict him. Of course it’s stressful times like these when the comforting embrace of a squirrel helps the most.

Nestle is recalling its Hot Pockets Four Cheese Pizza Snack Bites due to misbranding. They’ll be re-released with the corrected name, Scalding Hot Yet Somehow Still Frozen in the Middle Pockets.   


Nov. 9: Today Donald Trump continued his world tour of government-mandated parades. This time: China. The main event! Or as they say there, the whole enchilada! The big kahuna!

The Chinese gave Trump a hero’s welcome. Then he and Xi walked the red carpet, where Trump was greeted by his biggest fans: totally not-staged adoring Chinese children. “Thank you. You’re all so good at making my hats. Thank you so much.”

Trump is in China to negotiate a tough trade deal. In the past, he’s accused the Chinese of currency manipulation, so he played his cards close to his chest — and immediately folded. [clip of Trump] “Both the United States and China will have a more prosperous future if we can achieve a level economic playing field. Right now, unfortunately, it is a very one-sided and unfair one. But I don’t blame China.” No, no. “I don’t blame China. Like everything else, I blame President Hillary Clinton. She has got to go.”  

Nov. 13: By now, you’ve probably heard of Alabama senatorial candidate and former judge Roy Moore. Last week, allegations surfaced that when Moore was an assistant district attorney in the 1970s, he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old. Which would be appropriate only if he were a 14-year-old assistant district attorney.

To defend himself, Moore went on the Hannity radio show to strongly ... make things much worse. [plays clip] Hannity: “Do you remember dating girls that young at that time?” Moore: “Not generally, no.” Oh, no, not generally. But specifically, you betcha!

Then Moore clarified, “I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother.” Wait a minute. How did you just make this creepier? Permission from her mother? She’s a 14-year-old girl, not a field trip!

You’d think all this would immediately disqualify him as a candidate. But according to a recent poll, Alabama evangelicals are MORE likely to support Roy Moore after sexual assault allegations. Oh, I see — so “Alabama evangelical” is like “Long Island iced tea.” It isn’t what it says it is, and it makes me want to puke.

Nov. 14:  A lot of Donald Trump fans here tonight. You know what they say: “While the cat’s away, the mice have to testify before Congress.”

In this case, it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions’ testimony to the House Judiciary Committee covered a wide range of issues, and Sessions had the same answer for a lot of them: “I don’t recall.”

Not a great memory. In fact, just to remember those answers, he had to write them on his hand.

President Trump is finally back from his 12-day trip to Asia, and according to him, the trip was a huge success, bragging to reporters, “A lot of people said it’s almost physically impossible for someone to go through 12 days.” Really? You know there are people who live in Asia forever, right?

And Trump isn’t the only one giving him rave reviews. So is his staff, noting that the president remained attentive during lengthy diplomatic rituals, including an hour-plus tour of a museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City. Yes, our president successfully completed the rigors of a fourth-grade field trip.  


WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



Click HERE for the most current update.




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A reader sent us this clip about a Crazy Car Salesman. But it looked familiar, so we ran it through the Archives. Turns out that we ran back in July of 2015. We were ready to dump it until a sign from above told us to run it a second time for those poor unfortunate souls who missed seeing it the first time around. If you think the late John Belushi from SNL has been reincarnated and come back to life as Frank “The Crazy Car Seller” Caeti, you won’t get an
ARGUMENT from us. (4:34)




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Here’s proof that even if you see something on YouTube with your own eyes, it may be false or misleading. This is a clip about a New York cop who is writing a parking tag on a Ferrari when the owner described as a “Saudi prince” shows up, gets in the car, begins to pull out and appears to run over the cop’s foot. Watch carefully by clicking on
THIS link. (2:40) Then click on the link under the pic below for the resolution of the case by the New York Post.



Click HERE for the resolution of this case.

 

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Diamond and Silk are back, and look who they just
ADDED to their ever growing “Bowl of Stupid.” (4:44)




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Joe Suske says talking on a cell phone comes natural to the feminine gender, and
HERE’S a short clip that proves it. (1:08)




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From our Archives...





This week’s first Hope for Paws story is about a little dog that had been abandoned in a remote cemetery and guarded by angels until Eldad and Lisa arrived to
SAVE it. (3:29)

 

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Story 2 is about Jacqueline and Eldad rescuing an Old English Sheepdog that had been reported near the railroad tracks. It was virtually
BLIND from too much hair having grown around the eyes. (4:48)



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If you have time and can handle one more story, this one is about a German Shepherd that is trapped in the L.A. River and is
RESCUED by Eldad and Annie. (6:07)

 

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If you can see your way clear to donate the equivalent of a cup of Starbucks once a month, please consider a recurring $5 donation on a credit card or through Pay Pal. The donation will help cover Hope for Paws’ expenses which includes the vet bills that follow the rescues. Click
HERE to donate.

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Also from our Archives...




 

   The Kiss...


He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard. Then he continued to fight the fire.

She was pregnant.

When the fire was finally out, the firefighter sat down to catch his breath and rest.

A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, "The Observer," noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman.

He watched as she walked straight toward the fireman. The reporter wondered what she was going to do.

As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired firefighter who had saved her life and the lives of her babies and kissed him, just as the photographer snapped this photograph...

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Is Kimmel trying to get back the fans he lost over his recent Trump and Obamacare rants by sending one of his roving reporters out to ask people on the street if Hillary Clinton
SHOULD be impeached? You be the judge. (3:10)




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When I sent this clip of a 3-D rendering to our first retired police artist (Tom Macris, not Gil Zamora) and asked his opinion, he said he had a bad experience with this type of 3-D art when dealing with victims. He recalls creating such a drawing of a hideous looking suspect who kidnapped and tortured a middle-aged female victim. When he was satisfied with his work, he turned the sketch around to show it to the
VICTIM, who thought the suspect was jumping off the page to get her which caused her to shriek before passing out from fright! * (4:31)


* What’s nice about having your own newsletter is that you can make up as much “goofy stuff” as you want and not care what anyone says!

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This is a different kind of love story from Steve Hartman’s continuing “On the Road” series that airs periodically on the CBS Evening News. It’s about a man and a goose who have
FORGED what the title calls “an unusual relationship.” (2:34)




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This well known country singer has the most amazing voice, and the words and images he chose for this recitation received from Doug Bergtholdt are just as amazing. His name is Charlie Daniels, and this video is well worth watching and passing on to your friends and relatives. It’s
TITLED “My Beautiful America.” (4:22)




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Adios…



Pic of the Week

Damn! One of my favorite actors, too? When will this madness stop?
 





THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 11/16/17

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

Rene Retuta — Added

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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cyndi
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, David
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barker, Ken
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barranco, Rich
Barrera, Ray
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Beltran, Phil
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Blank, Craig
Boales, Tina
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Borbons, Carl
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Maryann
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Bridgen, Dave
Brocato, Dom
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Marilyn
Brown, Ricky
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Buckhout, Craig
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Mary
Burke, Karol
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, David
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardin, Randy
Cardone, Lloyd
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Carter, Ernie
Cassidy, Kevin
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chavez, Ruben
Chevalier, Brian
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clark, Kevin
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Clough, Mark
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Conroy, Mike
Contreras, Dee
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Cossey, Neil
Costa, Mike
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daley, Brian
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
Deitschman, Tracy
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Dennis, Sandra
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
DuClair, Jim
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Scott
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Linda
Evans, Michael
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fagalde, Kevin
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Roscoe
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Johnson
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Francois, Tom
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Gay, Brian
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimaldo, Linda
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handa, Mitch
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harper, Glenn
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hinkle, John
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Dave
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hoskin, Wendy
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jepson, Cliff
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Jones, Wayne
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirby, Erwin
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Dave
Kong, Ernie
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Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Kunesh, Cindy
Kurz, Jennifer
Lagergren, Fred
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leak, Felecia
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Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Leroy, Jim
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
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Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
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Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
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Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mattocks, Mike
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McDonald, Joey
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
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Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
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Miller, Shirley
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Miller, Toni
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Monahan, Chris
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
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Moore, Don
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mulholland, Kathy
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nascimento, Mike
Nelson, Ed
Ngo, Phan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
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North, Jim
Norton, Peter
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Paxton, Bob
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Pennington, Ron
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Peterson, Bob
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Piper, Will
Ken Pitts
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Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Pringle, Karl
Propst, Anamarie
Pryor, Steve
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
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Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
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Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reed, Nancy
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Retuta, Rene
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrel
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Bill
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Julie
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ruth, Leo
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Frank
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spicer, John
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sumner, Ted
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tanaka, Ken
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
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Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thayer, Dean
Theobald, Cynthia
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trapp, Greg
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Lorraine
Tyler, Diana
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Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
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Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
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Vanegas, Anna
Vanek, John
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Rich Vasquez
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Vasta, Joe
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Videan, Theresa
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Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Mike
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
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Ward, Jean
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
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Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Werkema, Jim
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
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Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Caven
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Jerry
Wilson, Lee
Wilson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Womack, Kenn
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zalman, Ginny
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
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