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CELEBRATION OF LIFE SCHEDULED FOR MANNY
Manuel “Manny” Becerra
July 10, 1945 - November 1, 2016
Resident of San Jose, California
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Manny Becerra, passed away on November 1, 2016 at the age of 71.
Manny was born in San Francisco on July 10, 1945 to Manuel and Josephine Becerra and married Janice Elaine Burkhead in 1969. In 1971 Manny graduated from the Redwood City Police Academy to start his career in law enforcement. In 1976 he transferred to the San Jose Police Department where he would serve for 30 years before retiring as a sergeant in 2006.
Manny is survived by his wife Jan of 47 years; his children, Helen, Brian and Heather; his sisters, Anna, Arely and Cathy; his brother, John; and grandchildren, Alex, Emma, Corlun, Emma, Zorina and Eva.
A celebration of Manny’s life will be held on Sunday December 4th, at the San Jose POA, 1151 North Fourth St, San Jose, CA 95112. An open reception will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
SERVICE FOR ROGER TODAY IN HAWAII — UNKNOWN IF ONE WILL BE HELD HERE ON THE MAINLAND
On Thursday November 17th (today) at 10 a.m., we will gather at the Kailua pier to do a traditional Hawaiian prayer and spread Roger's ashes to the sea, followed by a "Celebration of Life" at Humpy's restaurant in the private room. We will serve pupus (appetizers) and the bar will be open to toast a great friend and a wonderful person! It is unknown if his son Brian plans any kind of similar celebration on the mainland.
Jim “J.C.” Carlton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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The SJPOA has announced a $10,000 dollar reward for the arrest of the coward that shot at two of our officers. Please see the media coverage below and post the KGO 7 report to your social media accounts to spread the word and assist in capturing the shooter.
Please do all you can to be as safe as you can during these trying times.
KGO 7: San Jose police union offers $10K reward after 2 officers shot at (video)
Mercury News: San Jose police officers fired upon; union offers reward for arrest (article)
KCBS 740 AM (Radio broadcast)
KTVU 2: $10K reward offered for info on shooting targeting 2 officers (video)
KPIX 5: $10,000 Reward For Finding Gunman Who Shot At 2 San Jose Police Officers (article)
NBC Bay Area: San Jose Police Seek Information, Offer Reward After Officers Shot At (video)
Patch: $10K Reward Offered For Info On Attempted Murder Of 2 San Jose Cops (article)
San Jose Inside: San Jose Police Call Shots Fired at Officers an Attempted Murder (article)
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
This is similar to the Mercury News story that is covered in the POA Membership Alert above…
Officers Fired Upon; Union Offers Reward
—No injuries in Sunday shooting as search continues for gunman—
By Mark Gomez and Aaron Kinney — Staff writers
Mercury News — Nov. 15, 2016
SAN JOSE — Describing the actions of a man who fired several shots at two police officers on Sunday night as “cowardly,” members of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. The reward was announced just hours after the shooting. Neither of the officers was injured. They did not return fire, according to police. “There will be no limits to our efforts to ensure that this subject is brought to justice and apprehended,” said Sean Pritchard, a POA board member, during a news conference at lunchtime Monday in the neighborhood where the shooting took place. POA board member John Moutzouridis and San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia also attended.
San Jose Police Officers’ Association board members Sean
Pritchard, left, and John Moutzounds, center, stand with
Police Chief Eddie Garcia to offer a $10,000 reward.
The officers were on foot patrol shortly after 7:30 p.m. near Luby and Ripley drives in the neighborhood west of Independence High School when they approached a group of men. The men ran off, but one of them turned around.
“One subject produced a handgun and, in a very cowardly act, pointed that gun at two San Jose officers and fired multiple rounds, attempting to kill them,” Pritchard said. “We are asking today, the family, the friends, anyone that knows this subject, please come forward.”
Officers surrounded the area and did a search but did not locate a suspect, according to Sgt. Enrique Garcia. The shooting suspect is being sought for the attempted murder of two officers.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, 6 feet tall, 160-180 pounds and clean shaven. Police said he was wearing a black and gray Pendleton shirt over a white T-shirt with dark pants.
“I think our officers used unbelievable discipline to not have fired their weapons indiscriminately,” Garcia said. “If you’re an individual taking gunfire, to have that discipline is incredible.”
Sunday’s shooting marked the second time this year someone fired shots at San Jose police officers. On March 12, a man fired multiple shots at three officers with an AR-15 rifle, striking one of the patrol cars. The officers returned fire and eventually arrested the man, Steven Pedroza, of San Jose.
Pritchard said the neighborhood where the shooting took place has had recent issue s with gangs, and the officers are working “to do their very best to eradicate the gangs that plague this area and create a safe environment for this community.”
“We’re here today to make sure that this community and this neighborhood knows that we will not be daunted,” Garcia said. “We will be back to continue to keep this neighborhood safe. And also a message to those in the community, and the rank and file of law enforcement everywhere, that we will find the individual responsible for the shooting.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 911 or provide an anonymous tip at 408-947-7867. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.
This week nearly a dozen readers sent in THIS clip titled “Who’s laughing now?” And one of them called it the best political YouTube video he had seen over the past eight years. Talk about twisting the knife! (2:27)
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Several readers also sent in this clip of Chad Prather whose opinions are making him a YouTube star to those who lean right. Click HERE if you would like to hear him protest the protestors. It’ll only cost you a couple of minutes. (2:25)
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This is another clip about the election results that was received from multiple readers this week. It includes a couple of foul words, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone given the circumstances. (Don’t overlook the ad for a cruise to the Bahamas at the end of the clip if you are so elated about the GOP win that you would like to hob nob with some of the conservative elite. Click HERE to view the video. (5:12)
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Here’s one more clip that was received from several readers. If you laugh, it proves that laughter can in fact be contagious. Click HERE and you will see what we mean. (0:56)
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Been reading the different reflections from the members who responded to the Dow event on 7th street. As I recall the officers who were first on the scene with Bill Brown were the 7 to 3 crew which was made up of "H" and "A" units. We were supplemented by officers who were in the academy at the time. We made one trip down seventh from San Fernando to the end of the block, then back towards San Fernando. I also recall that we had gas masks, and that the only gas we had at that time were the hand-held canisters, but they did the job.
I also remember the crowds that surrounded us and the many objects that were thrown at us. We would have had our clocks cleaned if it were not for the Police School students and the PE jocks who were in the crowd kicking butt.
I was looking for the picture of our squad standing at the intersection of 7th and San Fernando after we made those two sweeps as it shows how outnumbered we were. Chief Blackmore had come down to talk to the crowd in an attempt to calm them down. We had taken our masks off by this time, but there was so much tear gas residue on the ground that we also got the experience of being gassed. The poor Chief was recovering from eye surgery and in real pain, but he was there doing his job.
The second day the majority of our unit was put into the Administration building to ensure it was not taken over by the protesters. In their attempt to enter the locked building they busted the glass door. One of our Captains — I think it was Howard Donald — was on the second floor with a bull horn ordering the protesters to disperse and dropping gas canisters out the window.
By this second day the department was really prepared. Everyone was called out, including the Detective Bureau. I'm not sure, but I think the Sheriff's Dept. was also there. I recall hearing a story of an incident that occurred on the second day that put an end to the protest. Our department had staged its officers on 5th Street in multiple platoons of about 50 to 75 officers each. Some plainclothes officers were around the corner watching the crowd when some of the protesters identified them as police officers and started to chase them. As they came around the corner of 5th and San Fernando they came face to face with several hundred uniformed officers ready to kick butt, and the protestors immediately turned around and ran back to seek the safety of the other protestors. A short time later the protest broke up.
Under the direction of then-Sgt Bill Brown, the department began training officers in crowd control. This expanded into VIP protection and and several other similar duties. The Crowd Control Unit of that time was made up mostly of "H" and "A" units because they were under Bill's command. Several of us were trained to use long guns in the event they became necessary.
The unit ultimately became a separate entity that was responsible for any and all demonstrations as well as VIP protection. Officers from throughout the department volunteered for this duty while other responsibilities were given to the MERGE Unit.
When Capt. Brown retired, I had the honor of commanding the Crowd Control Unit for the last 15 years I was on the department. Lots of good time and good memories.
Rich Couser <email@example.com>
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Thought you might be interested in this. It's an incredible tribute to the SJPD MERGE Unit.
Until recently, when he was transferred to R&D, my son, Jason, was Commander of the MERGE Unit. He recently submitted two of his guys for to the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) for “Swat Officer of the Year” awards. When CATO reviewed the nominations, instead of selecting Sgt. Justin Moro and Officer Mark Johnston for individual awards, CATO selected the MERGE Unit as “SWAT Team of the year!”
The attached nomination is a chronological account of the incident, including how a wounded SJPD MERGE Officer stayed in the fray despite a bullet wound.
I'll send a couple of photos of the Tuesday night awards as soon as I get then downloaded.
Take care and continued thanks for all your hard work on the Farsider,
Pat Dwyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Click on THIS link to review Jason’s nomination for Justin and Mark.
P.S. Pat has bragging rights not only because of Jason, but his wife Shirley, who has become an accomplished artist who has sold a half-dozen paintings. Click HERE and read more.
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Hawkes has an excellent memory. I see only one miscue. Dow Chemical demonstrations were in ’67 as I recall. I was standing behind the Admin. Bldg. door with Richard Huerta when a chair came flying through. Shortly after that tear gas came raining down from the 2nd floor overseen by Howard Donald. I gave some photos of this to John Carr Jr. for the SJPD Historical Museum. The history of SJ went to hell after this and still hasn’t recovered.
Mike (Thompson) <email@example.com>
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Re: the DOW Chemical demonstration:
What was amazing about this riot is that the H units had been on standby for several days at a nearby fire station for several previous days in anticipation of this riot. By the time the riot took place, however, the standby had been cancelled. So the administration came to our Academy Class at San Jose City College and assigned us as the riot squad. We were supplemented by only a few veteran officers and Sgt.Bill Brown. As Academy rookies we were very poorly trained, so it was pretty hairy for us. There were thousands of angry protesters all around us that are not shown in this photo. We formed up inside the administration building, and when the protesters started smashing windows as well as the windows in the doors, we hit the street. It was fun, scary and exciting all at the same time.
As I recall, I was about the third one back on the left side of the wedge. What was so disappointing to me was that this was all happening on the campus of San Jose State. I was still finishing up my degree at that time and had just attended classes on campus that morning. I was a psychology major and many of my classmates were part of the protesters. It was so ironic to be battling students that I had just been sitting in class with a few hours earlier.
Scott Phelps #242 <PSP007@aol.com>
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In response to the Dow demonstration photo, I dug up this academy pic. I was in the wedge and remember that day. I believe that the majority of this academy class was there as well. There are five names which I am having trouble remembering, however. I believe Amy (can’t remember her last name) is the fifth person from left in the middle row. I hope this pic will jog some memories.
As Lou Balesteri pointed out, the Wedge photo does not show how vulnerable we were in terms of our group’s size compared to the number of protestors who had surrounded us.
Mark Anderson #1285 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Front Row (L-R) Rich Weiser?; Larry Fernsworth; Ivan Chapel; Chuck Hogate; Bill Puckett; (Unknown); Al Bosco; Jay Wending.
Middle Row (L-R) Brian McNamara; Tom Anthony; Lyle Rice; (Pat? ———); (Lucy? ———); (Karen? ———); (Donna Mae); Ken Hawkes; Ron Rosso; Scott Phelps.
Top Row: (l-R) Bill Gergurich; Bud Davis; Mark Anderson; Roger Malcolm; Ken Womack; Darrel Holmes; Fred Dawson; Lou Balesteri; Bob Hollars.
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The Secret to Inner Peace:
I'm passing this on because it worked for me today.
A doctor on TV said that in order to have inner peace in our lives after this political campaign, we should always finish things that we start. Since we all could use more calm in our lives, I looked around my house to find things I'd started and hadn't finished.
I finished a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, an a box a choclutz. Yu has no idr how fablus I feel rite now.
Sned this to all ur frenz who need inner piss. An telum u luvum.
Cheers to ell my frins
Manoah “Rob” Robison <email@example.com>
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One would think that news people like this woman from CNN would have learned by now NOT to get in a war of words with people like Trey Gowdy as they always lose. Attached is a link to an example of what I’m talking about.
Pick Trey for Attorney General, Donald!
Talking Points <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TP makes a good point. What he sent in is one of several video clips available on YouTube that would prove his point. Click HERE if you want to see this one.
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Here’s one for you: Angels Camp Frog Jump, 1972: (L-R) Billy Sturdivant; Me; Dan Jensen; Jim Hellam; and Don Mills. Don’t recall the names of the “rats.”
Bud Davis <email@example.com>
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Have a look at this columnist from London’s Daily Mail and listen to what she had to say a few weeks prior to the election. She’s predicting a Trump win which causes severe anxiety for the CNN (Clinton News Network) anchor. I’ve played this twice and am about to go back and watch it a third time. YouTube should have offered it as a pay-per-view event.
Red State <red.state@comcast>
I’m beginning to confirm my belief that you and Talking Points are either friends or the same person, Red. Nevertheless, here’s the clip of Katie Hopkins you sent in. ENJOY what should be your fourth viewing. (5:40)
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BRUCE PETERSON’S DAUGHTER SPEAKS ABOUT THE FEARS SHE HAD ABOUT HER
KTVU News Anchor Frank Somerville, a strong police supporter, posted the following on his Facebook page two days ago…
Trisha Coder sent me this.
Her father was a long time San Jose Police Officer who died earlier this year. She loved her dad. But there was a part of her that hated what he did.
I thought the way she told her story was beautifully done. Here's what she wrote:
I woke up this morning to learn about another attempt on police officers’ lives. This time in San Jose where I grew up.
My father Bruce spent 30 years on the SJPD force. As a child I was both extremely proud of him and yet hated what he did. Because it scared me, at least once a day.
I would wake up every morning at 4:45 a.m. and hear him walk down the hall, his leather gun belt making that all too familiar sound.
Then the door would close and I'd hear his truck drive away.
And every morning I would pull the covers over my head and pray that tomorrow I would hear that same sound. That my Dad would come home safe tonight.
I lost my father this year.
The years of stress took a toll on his once very strong heart and it gave up the fight on March 29th.
At his celebration of life I heard from so many of his fellow officers about what an outstanding officer he was.
I didn't hear those stories growing up. Policemen didn't talk much about their jobs at home.
I didn't get to tell him before he slipped away exactly two minutes before I rushed to his hospital bed that he was my hero and that I prayed for him every night.
I miss him so much, and I can't even begin to tell you what the kids of officers these days must be feeling. Sheer terror.
My Dad bled BLUE, and I will forever stand up for what he did and for what all good officers do.
And now, instead of praying for my Dad's safety, I pray for the safety of all of the officers and their children. That they never be separated by tragedy. That their children are able to see their moms and dads walk through that door each night and hear their leather gun belts every morning.
I pray for peace and for protection.
God bless them all.
THE SJPD CHIEFS’ STEAM ROLLER ROLLS ON — CONGRATS TO TUCK AND ANDY
Dan Katz spotted this “good news” item in the paper and sent it in. I've lost count of the number of San Jose cops who went on and became Chiefs at other law enforcement agencies all over the nation. Well over a dozen, maybe close to two...
Los Altos: Police Chief Younis to Retire; Capt. Galea to Take Job
—Change to take place on Dec. 17—
By John Orr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Nov. 11, 2016
The City of Los Altos on Tuesday announced the retirement of Police Chief Tuck Younis and named his replacement, Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the residents of Los Altos,” Younis said in a release. “During my time here, we have made great strides in connecting and working with members of the public.”
Younis, who was chief in Los Altos for nine years, worked for 29 years with the San Jose Police Department.
Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan announced that Galea will become chief when Younis’ retirement takes effect on Dec. 17.
Galea is also a veteran of the San Jose Police Department, where he was deputy chief before coming to Los Altos.
In Los Altos, Galea oversaw the police department’s day-to-day operations, including patrol, traffic and investigations.
“Chief Galea brings years of experience and a lifelong commitment to public service and is more than up for the task of filling Chief Younis’ shoes,” said Jordan.
AN INSIDE LOOK AT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IN A CLINTON ADMINISTRATION
When the following showed up in my inbox earlier this week I treated it like most other items in that I needed to vet it before I was willing to take it at face value. As to the legitimacy of the author, that was easy. He claimed to have had the same job as my nephew Dave, a now-retired Marine who carried the Nuclear Football for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I forwarded the item to him and asked if the author was the real deal? This was his response…
Buzz Patterson was in fact an Aide with the same duties and responsibilities I had. We exchanged emails a few months ago because he's living very close to us. Of course i can't validate his claims, but his description of the job is accurate. I heard the same things about the Clintons from other former Aides and senior Secret Service personnel — all of whom i trust implicitly. Hope to see you soon!
Dave carrying the “Football” aboard Air Force One.
This was the email in question…
Item by the Officer Who Carried the Nuclear Launch Codes for Bill Clinton
November 12, 2016
SIMI VALLEY — “Hillary Clinton is a sociological pathological liar who will do whatever it takes for whatever reason as long as it benefits her,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson at the Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women Federated meeting at Sycamore Plaza. “Hillary is a very vindictive, evil profane woman.” Patterson, the man who carried the “nuclear football” — the top secret brief case containing the launch codes for America’s nuclear weapons from 1996 to 1998 — described life in the White House with Hillary and Bill to an audience of 50 individuals.
“I was by his (Bill Clinton’s) side 24/7 for two years, up to his impeachment in 1998. I had an office and bedroom in the White House, and I accompanied the First Family at all times. I was responsible for the White House transportation agency as well as the nuclear football."
Retired USAF Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Paterson addressing Republican Women Patterson described a few incidents with Hillary in the White House that began to change his apolitical stance: “I had the same security status as the President. I had amazing scrutiny and background checks done on me. I would take President Clinton to the most important (military) briefings. Hillary would get briefed also. She knew about classified information. What were the rules and how to classify information. So (later) when she had a private server and deleted 33,000 emails, she did so intentionally. She was playing the game. This angers me. If Hillary was a normal person, she would be in jail.” Hillary never wanted to see people in the hallways of the White House because she didn’t want to deal with the ‘niceties’ of greeting people. “I would see senior staffers diving into offices to avoid her glance. I wouldn’t play this game but would walk through the hallways proudly. She wanted to eliminate Air Force and military uniforms. She wanted to minimize all signs of the military in the White House. She wanted us all in business suits and sunglasses. Hillary still doesn’t like the military to this day. She disdains the military. They both do."
"My biggest challenge was to coordinate Air Force 1 and Marine 1 and all the transportation when the President traveled. Each city the President visits requires 500 White House staffers and 1,000 staffers to overseas cities."
"We were in Mexico City leaving our hotel on Marine 1 going to Air Force 1, and Hillary forgets her sun glasses; and she wants those glasses and is yelling for us to turn around. I incurred her wrath when we didn’t turn around."
"Donald Trump has a profane mouth, and I won’t defend what he has said. But Hillary is 10 times worse. I will be voting for Donald."
Patterson described another incident where President Clinton and the First Lady were fighting in a motorcade going to a fundraiser. “You should have heard all the vulgarities spoken by Hillary on the elevator. But by the time the elevator door opened, they were holding hands and smiling and waving."
"This is who they are. I never saw an intimate moment in the White House. They never held hands. They never kissed. This (marriage) is an arrangement."
Patterson described how President Clinton lost the nuclear codes — the most important document in the history of mankind. For a season, we went without the ability to respond to a nuclear attack.
Patterson says he holds President Clinton accountable for 9-11. "We knew from as far back as May 1996 that Osama bin Laden had a plot to hijack airplanes and fly them into the World Trade Center. We had eight chances to capture or kill Bin Laden, but we never chose to do so."
"One time we had CIA assets and Delta Forces outside Bin Laden’s compound, and the phone calls came in — but President Clinton wouldn’t answer the phone. He was too busy. He never pulled the trigger."
"I remember flying to a castle in Denmark and having to apologize to a Danish aide for Clinton staffers stealing china and crystal from the rooms. I was the ugly American who had to apologize for the young staffers in the White House who were immature."
After Patterson left the military, he wrote (2003) the New York Times best seller “Dereliction of Duty: The eye witness account of how Bill Clinton compromised America’s National Security.”
“Dereliction of Duty," a New York Times bestseller for six months, has a forward written by Al Santoli, a U.S. Army combat veteran and an Appendix written by Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense, as well as a chronology of President Clinton’s foreign policy from 1993-2001.
“I got out of the military 15 years ago when I saw the military evolve into a social engineering politically correct (not a war-fighting machine) and a political support factory for politicians. The Pentagon has turned into a social engineering project that does not serve us.”
Other books written by Patterson include: “Reckless Disregard: How liberal Democrats undercut our military, endanger our soldiers and jeopardize our security (2004) and “Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama is destroying the military and endangering our security” (2010).
Lieutenant Colonel Patterson served under four U.S. presidents. He rose up through the ranks during the revitalization of our military’s strength during the Reagan presidency. His tours of duty include service in Grenada, Rwanda, Haiti, the Persian Gulf, and Bosnia. He also served as a cadet group commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Upon leaving the Oval Office, President Clinton awarded Patterson the Defense Superior Service Medal.
“I support Donald Trump. Hillary is evil and we can’t afford eight years of her after eight years of President Barack Obama. The Clintons have a political machine that is very impressive. They circle the wagons and push back on any and every scandal. They are brilliant in terms of their effectiveness to do so.”
“The Clintons get such a free pass from mainstream media. Hillary’s mouth is much fouler than Bill’s, but I’ve watched Bill make advances to women almost every day."
“I am a Christian and a ‘No’ vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary. Bill Clinton is not a leader. He listens to the loudest voices in the room and is beholden to special interest groups.
George Soros controls Hillary Clinton. It’s all about cash and power. When Hillary was around, it was like a Nazi meeting -- but when she was not around, it was like a frat party.”
—Retired USAF Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson
THIS ITEM ABOUT OBAMA’S LEGACY IS RECEIVING LOTS OF ATTENTION ON THE
The Obama Era is Over
By Daniel Greenfield
November 9, 2016
Obama and his supporters loved talking about history. His victory was historic. They were on the right side of history. History was an inevitable arc that bent their way.
The tidal force of demographics had made the old America irrelevant. Any progressive policy agenda was now possible because we were no longer America. We Were Obamerica. A hip, happening place full of smiling gay couples, Muslim women in hijabs and transgender actors. We were all going to live in a New York City coffee house and work at Green Jobs and live in the post-national future.
The past was gone. We were falling into the gorgeous wonderful future of dot com instant deliveries and outsourced everything. We would become more tolerant and guilty. The future was Amazon and Disney. It was hot and cold running social justice. The Bill of Rights was done. Ending the First and Second Amendments was just a clever campaign away. Narratives on news sites drove everything.
Presidents were elected by Saturday Night Live skits. John Oliver, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee were our journalists. Safe spaces were everywhere and you better watch your micro-aggressions, buddy. No more coal would be mined. No more anything would be made. The end of men was here. The end of the dead white men of the literary canon. The end of white people. The end of binary gender and marriage. The end of reason. The end of art. The end of 2 + 2 equaling 4. This was Common Core time. It was time to pardon an endless line of drug dealers. To kill cops and praise criminals. To be forced to buy worthless health insurance for wealth redistribution to those who voted their way to wealth.
This was Obama's America. And there was no going back. We were rushing through endless goal posts of social transformation. The military fell. Then the police. Now it looks as quaint as anything from the 50s, the 70s or the 80s. A brief moment of foolishness that already appears odd and awkward. And then one day nostalgic. It wasn't the future. It's already the past. It's history.
Scalia died. Hillary Clinton was bound to win. And she would define the Supreme Court. Downticket races would give her a friendly Senate. And then perhaps the House.
But there is no right side of history. There is only the side we choose.
The Obama era was permanent. It was history. Now it is history.
Its shocking ascendancy has been paired with an equally shocking descent. The Obama era is done. It's gone. It's over. It was wiped from the pages of history in one night that left Congress and the White House in Republican hands.
It would have been bad enough if Jeb Bush had succeeded Obama. That would have been inconvenient, but not a repudiation. Instead Obama's legacy was dashed to pieces. His frantic efforts to campaign for Hillary did no good. The public did not vocally reject him. What they did was in its own way even worse. They brushed past him. They sidelined him. They gave him passable approval ratings while dismissing his biggest accomplishments. They forgot him. They made it clear that he did not matter.
And that is in its own way far more brutal and wounding. They didn't just destroy the Obama era. Instead they dismissed it as if it never existed.
Obama didn't make history after all. He wasn't a teleprompter demi-god standing athwart of history. He was Carter and Ford. He was there to be forgotten. He didn't change the world. He wasn't the messiah. He was merely mortal. Just another politician who will sag and age. Who will, in the end, be photographed like Bill Clinton, lonely and lost in a world that has passed him by.
The Obama era ends not with a bang, but with a whimper. With a national consensus that maybe he didn't really matter so much after all. And those to whom he mattered the most were his enemies determined to undo everything he did.
Obama once thought that he belonged to the ages. Now he belongs in the rubbish bin.
As of press time there are 43 readers comments about the above on the author’s blog. Click HERE to review them.
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Canada to Build a Wall
Received from Joe Devane
Sobering News Update from Canada: The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, obey the law, and live according to the U.S. Constitution.
Canadian border residents say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, liberal arts majors, global-warming activists, pampered athletes, movie stars, and "green" energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
"I went out to milk the cows the other day and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. "He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn't have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming. Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.
"A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions," an Alberta border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley Cabernet and some kale chips. When liberals are caught, they're sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.
Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.
In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the '50s.
"If they can't identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age," an official said.
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD's, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones.
"I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can't support them," an Ottawa resident said. "After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?
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Watch out for those slivers
Received from Joe Suske
A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger, a liberal Democrat, and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland near Colville, WA. There was a tall tree on one of the highest points in the tract, and she wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land, so she started to climb the big tree.
As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to the local ER to see a doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist, a liberal democrat, an anti-hunter, and how she came to get all the splinters.
The doctor listened to her story with great patience, then told her to wait in the examination room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited for three hours before the doctor reappeared.
The angry woman demanded, "What took you so long?"
He replied, "Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a "recreational area" so close to a waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but because of Obamacare regulations they turned you down.”
God bless America.
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• Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
• I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
• There is a significant need for someone to design a sarcasm font.
• How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
• Shouldn't one of a best friend's major responsibilities be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
• Was learning to write in cursive really necessary?
• I often have an extremely hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
• I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. (Stay strong, brothers & sisters!)
• Those geeks who gave us MapQuest need to revise it so the directions start on #5. I already know how to get out of my neighborhood.
• Wouldn't obituaries be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died?
• You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment during the day when you've made up your mind that you simply aren't going to do anything productive until it's time to go to bed.
• Can we all agree to ignore whatever comes along after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.
• I hate leaving my house confident and looking good, and then not seeing anyone of importance who I want to impress the rest of the day. What a waste!
• Shouldn't there also be an organization called Unplanned Parenthood?
• Even under ideal conditions, people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket or purse — but I'll wager that everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away in about 1.7 seconds flat with their eyes closed.
• I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
• It really ticks me off when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?). But when I immediately call back, it rings nine times, then goes to voicemail. What the hell did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
• And finally, if the first testicular guard ("Cup") was used in Hockey in 1874, and the first helmet was used in 1974, does that mean it took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important?
What is it they say about counting your chickens before they hatch? Someone on Facebook named Meghan posted the following a few days ago…
“I work at a bookstore and we typically get magazines early. Look what arrived a few days before the election.”
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Nov. 9 — 14
Nov. 9: Donald Trump is gonna be president. Republicans hope he’ll keep his promise to build the wall, and Democrats hope he’ll keep his promise not to accept the election results.
After the results came in, Donald Trump gave a big victory speech. He said he couldn’t have done it without the love of his life, his rock, his better half . . . FBI Director James Comey.
President Obama called Donald Trump last night to congratulate him, and even invited him to the White House for a meeting tomorrow. Of course, it was hard to understand Obama, ’cuz at the time he was chewing 80 pieces of Nicorette.
Trump also received congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin. They spent two minutes on the phone discussing politics, then an hour saying, “No YOU hang up!” “No YOU hang up first.”
I read that polls may have been off because the shift to cellphones made it harder to collect data from people. Then Hillary said, “They seemed to have a pretty easy time collecting data from MY phone!”
Nov. 10: It was a busy day today at the White House with President Obama hosting NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as President-elect Donald Trump. It actually got a little awkward when Trump walked up to LeBron James and said, “Nice to meet you, Mr. President.”
While President Obama met with Donald Trump, Michelle Obama met privately with Melania Trump. Michelle said, “It’s a pleasure to welcome you and Donald to the White House.” Melania said, “It is a pleasure to welcome you and Donald to the White House.”
So, Michelle actually had a nice time showing Melania around, although it got weird when they walked into the Lincoln Bedroom and Melania said, “Wow, what a lovely closet.”
There’s talk that Donald Trump may appoint Sarah Palin as secretary of the interior, which means she would oversee the National Park Service. When they heard that, bears were like, “Well, we had a good run.”
Later, the market went down when Trump announced he’s getting rid of Obamacare. The market went up when Trump simply assured everyone that he replaced it with “something terrific.”
Nov. 14: Last night on “60 Minutes,” Donald Trump gave his first TV interview since being elected — and get this, he said that he will only take $1 a year as president. All part of Trump’s unending commitment to never pay taxes.
Trump said that he would not accept the standard $400,000 salary that presidents get. That story again: Trump made his first deal as president-elect and lost almost $400,000.
After Donald Trump met with President Obama, Trump seemed surprised by the scope of the president’s duties. Trump said, “Who knew?” And Hillary was like, “I did.”
I want to say happy birthday to Prince Charles, who turned 68 today. His friends got him a cake, which was nice until Queen Elizabeth popped out of it and shouted, “Still here!”
Apple just released a new app that lets you read books with your kids on your TV. Or as dads put it, “Yeah, this ‘book’ is about the Patriots-Seahawks game, and it’s a thriller.”
Nov. 9: Two things happened last night: Donald Trump got elected president, and my job just got easier for the next four years.
Last night, Donald Trump was elected president. The first thing I did this morning was call my old high school bully and congratulate him.
For the millions who are disappointed for Hillary, remember, America has a special place for people who lose. Ironically, it’s the cast of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Nov. 10: Donald Trump will be the first U.S. president ever to have appeared in an ad for Pizza Hut. In fact, some pundits are predicting Trump will run in 2020 against Flo from Progressive.
Some people are admitting that it’s weird to say “President-elect Trump.” It’s especially weird for me because “President-elect Trump” happens to be my safe word.
Melania Trump’s home country, Slovenia, is said to be “very proud” of her. Then Slovenia admitted, “We really don’t have a lot going on.”
It’s been 48 hours since the election — I’m happy to report the healing has begun. I just unblocked three family members on Facebook.
Fishermen have found a 176-pound piece of whale vomit valued at nearly $3 million. Evidently, the whale had been watching the election returns.
A man is suing Donald Trump for $1 billion, claiming the campaign caused him “emotional distress.” That man’s name is Billy Bush.
Some analysts say a Donald Trump presidency could cripple the future of legalized marijuana. And to make matters worse, once it’s crippled, Trump will make fun of it.
Nov. 14: During the interview last night on “60 Minutes,” Donald Trump said, “I’m a very sober person.” After hearing this, half of America said, “So were we, until last Tuesday.”
Donald Trump’s children are helping him transition to the White House. Right now 10-year-old Barron Trump is interviewing the next head of the NSA.
Work has begun at Chernobyl on a giant concrete and steel arch that’s going to cover the site of the reactor that exploded in 1986. Even crazier, they want to make Mexico pay for it.
According to scientists, the moon is the closest it’s been to the Earth since 1948. Apparently, the moon is worried and wants to know what the hell is going on down here.
On “60 Minutes” last night, Donald Trump said he wishes his campaign’s tone had been “nicer” and more “on policy.” Trump said, “But then, I would have lost.”
Donald Trump has stated he wants to make it easier to sue journalists. He also wants to use the Second Amendment to shoot the First Amendment.
Nov. 9: People who voted for Trump are happy today. People who voted for Hillary are disappointed. But listen, no matter who you voted for, the important thing is you all got stickers.
It was a weird night to be watching the news. If you were flipping around, every news anchor on every channel was just going, “uhhh,” and then going to commercial.
When Hillary found out she lost she conceded with grace and dignity. When Gary Johnson found out he lost he was like, “Wait, the election was yesterday?”
Nov. 10: Today, Donald Trump headed to Washington to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. As his plane took off from New York, the fire department gave him a presidential sendoff by shooting water into the air. Now, apparently this is a tradition. I’m not really sure why they do this — all this did was remind us that we all needed to take a shower after this election.
It’s supposed to be a friendly sendoff offer — because nothing says “good luck on that plane” while making the runway really slippery.
What a lot of people don’t know is that those water cannons are actually filled with the tears of Democrats.
Not everybody was wishing Trump goodwill. There were protests in several cities including New York and Los Angeles. Here in L.A., protesters shut down the 101 Freeway. Traffic on the 101 was an absolute standstill as people sat trapped in their cars for hours — and then the protesters arrived.
California overwhelmingly went Democrat. So what this means is that these Clinton supporters stopped the cars of people who almost definitely voted for Hillary Clinton. Wasn’t their day bad enough?
So many people protested the results of the election. I saw some tweets that said this election is a total sham and a travesty, the Electoral College is a disaster, and we should wage revolution. The surprising part — this was all from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed after the 2012 election. So technically, all of those Trump protesters actually agree with Trump. See, we’re already coming together.
Nov. 14: Last night, the moon appeared larger than normal because it was closer to the Earth. Astronomers call it a super moon. You know what wasn’t super? Any of your Instagram photos of the super moon.
I have to imagine at this point, the moon is just getting really close so it can look down on us, like, “What the hell is going on down there?!”
Famed astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson mocked the hype and said if you had a 15-inch pizza that became a 16-inch pizza, would you call that a super pizza? And I think I speak for everyone when I say that depends what’s on it.
Meanwhile back on Earth, Facebook experienced a glitch over the weekend where it accidentally posted death notifications for millions of users who are still alive. Once they saw that their friends died, most people were like, so what do I go with here? The crying face, the angry face? Just a plain old ‘like’ button?
You think it’s bad when your friends don’t wish you a happy birthday on Facebook, imagine when they don’t say anything after you die on Facebook.
In other news, Donald Trump continued with his White House transition over the weekend, appointing RNC chair Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff. A lot of people are questioning this new appointment, and the biggest question people have is: Is it pronounced Rinse? Is it Rance? Reyoncé?
Rumors are circulating that Donald Trump has been telling his advisers that he plans to spend his weekends in his Trump Tower penthouse in New York City instead of the White House. I don’t think that’s what voters meant when they said they wanted a Washington outsider.
If he does decide to live in Trump Tower, presidential historians tell us this is the first time a sitting president will be living above a Niketown.
I love that Trump thinks he can just take off back to New York. Just imagine Trump on a Friday afternoon at the White House asking his national security adviser, “Hey, you think this ISIS briefing will be over by 6:00? It’s just I’ve got a thing.”
When Hillary Clinton found out Trump wasn’t planning on staying in the White House on weekends, she was like, “Since you’re not going to be there . . . “
Nov. 9: I had the weirdest, weirdest dream last night. Remember that guy who used to host “The Apprentice”? I dreamed we elected him president.
Last night Donald Trump reached out and grabbed America by the . . . Virginia.
As the evening went on and the results came in, every anchor looked like a child slowly realizing that no one was showing up to his birthday party.
Hillary under-performed among women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and young voters. Really the only place she did very well was among pollsters.
Nov. 10: It was another interesting day in America today. The transfer of power has already begun at the White House this morning. President Obama sat down with President-elect Trump, but Trump did a funny thing. He came in and said, “You’re fired.”
This is the first time they met. They never met before. That must have been so strange. “Sasha, Malia, come down, meet the man who questioned Daddy’s citizenship for the last eight years.”
They were to meet for 15 minutes, but it was 90 minutes. Trump had questions for Obama, like “How the hell do I get out of this?”
While their husbands were talking, the first lady met with soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump. Michelle said, “Welcome to the White House, Mrs. Trump.” And Melania said, “Welcome to the White House, Mrs. Trump.”
Vice President Joe Biden got together with incoming Vice President Mike Pence. Biden went over the primary responsibilities of being vice president, which are: not falling asleep at the State of the Union address . . . and that’s about it. So they covered that.
While our leaders try to make the best of this, millions of Americans were very unhappy about how this election played out. Thousands of protesters took to the streets last night in Chicago, New York, here in L.A., a number of cities. It’s somewhat refreshing to see people angry in real life instead of just on Facebook, isn’t it?
It was a busy bay at the White House. In addition to the Trumps, they welcomed the Cleveland Cavaliers to be honored for winning the NBA title this year. It happened to be on the same day. There was one awkward moment when LeBron James grabbed the basketball to sign it — turned out to be the top Donald Trump’s head.
Nov. 14: Hopefully by now you’ve come to terms with the fact that no matter how much you drink, the results of the election are not going to change.
I’ve been having dreams about this election. It’s in my head. Remember when the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” just got in there and you couldn’t shake it? It’s like that, except without the “don’t worry” part.
President Obama held a press conference today, his first since the election. At which every one of the reporters asked him about Donald Trump. A few of them tried to get Obama to say something insulting about Trump but he didn’t bite, he was very diplomatic. He says he hopes Donald Trump makes things better, plans to do everything he can to help them. In other words, “Good luck, dummies, I’m out of here!”
It’s hard to tell because he was standing in front of a podium, but I’m pretty sure he was wearing shorts.
Meanwhile, protests continue across the United States. This afternoon a group of student protesters for some reason decided to storm a local mall. It got a little bit crazy. The good news is this is the first time in almost five years that anyone under the age 21 has been to a mall. Good for Orange Julius, I guess.
During a “60 Minutes” interview, Trump said going forward, he will be “very restrained” on Twitter and Facebook. So, the interview was taped Friday, and then on Sunday — two days later — he went on a tirade against The New York Times on Twitter. But he didn’t use all caps! Baby steps. It’s something, right? Lowercase.
Facebook is now planning to weed out the bogus news stories that show up on your feed. Mark Zuckerberg has promised to crack down on what he calls fake news. He’s also calling BS on your happy anniversary posts. Nobody’s buying it.
Nov. 9: Donald Trump won the presidential election last night and then, out of habit, Kellyanne Conway said, “No, he didn’t!”
President Obama congratulated Donald Trump in a speech today and reminded the country that we “are all on the same team.” It’s just that now, half of us are on defense.
President Obama has invited Donald Trump to the White House on Thursday to discuss transition plans. And Trump is pretty nervous, he’s never been to a black man’s house before.
Apple began selling refurbished iPhones in its online store yesterday. Which is good news for the 40 million people who smashed their screens last night.
Nov. 10: President Obama and Donald Trump met at the White House today, where they discussed foreign and domestic policy. You know, things like which one is which.
Donald Trump visited President Obama in the White House today, which got Trump really excited to do his favorite thing: evict a black family from their home.
Bernie Sanders told reporters yesterday that he is prepared to work with Donald Trump. But then he warned Trump, “I keep the office hot and I don’t clean up my pistachios.”
A group of scientists say they have been able to give paralyzed monkeys back the control of their legs using new implants. Monkeys who got their implants were like, “My eyes are up here.”
Nov. 14: During an interview yesterday, Donald Trump told his supporters not to harass Latinos and Muslims. “Uh-oh,” said black people.
Donald Trump told supporters last night not to harass Latinos and Muslims, saying, “I will say right to the cameras, ‘Stop it’” — and then he winked so hard his wig unsnapped.
According to The New York Times, Donald Trump wants to continue holding large rallies after he takes office — and Hillary Clinton wants to continue hiking deeper and deeper into the woods.
A new study revealed that having a pint of beer every day can help prevent strokes and heart disease — so this one is on me, Justice Ginsburg. Keep going.
A new scientific study shows rats are capable of laughter if they are tickled the correct way. The rats were like, “Why aren’t you trying to cure cancer?”
Nov. 10: Trump is now receiving the classified daily intelligence briefing known as “the book,” making it the only book he owns that doesn’t have his picture on it.
Today, the transfer of power began when President Obama hosted Trump at the White House for the most surprising remake of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
Can you imagine how awkward that meeting was? The first African-American president sitting down with a president-elect who was endorsed by the Klan? A guy who spent five years, created his political career, demanding Obama prove where he was born, then denying he did it.
What did they talk about? What was the tour like? “All right, Donald, this is the Blue Room, this is the Red Room, and down the hall is the office I said you were fundamentally unfit for. Library’s downstairs.”
Of course, Trump wasn’t alone. Melania was there for a private meeting with Michelle Obama, to ensure the peaceful transition of speeches.
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We can absolutely guarantee that you will like this video of a true crime-fighting cowboy hero. Click HERE and we’ll prove it. (2:50)
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The lesson to be learned here is, “Slap a police horse in the face during a Trump rally and go to jail.” Click HERE to watch the video. (2:08)
Click HERE to learn the disposition of the arrest.
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There seems to be a stark difference between this guy making his first solo flight and the gal whose solo flight follows. If you had to do a ride-along with one of them, who would you choose?
Remember “The Odd Couple” from many years ago. My sister-in-law, who may still be in mourning over Hillary’s loss, thought some of you may enjoy this updated version of the show that CBS is planning to air again. NOT. (1:09)
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A well informed public is vital to a successful nation, and this clip from Marcia Morton shows just how informed segments of our society are. HERE is Mark Dice asking people if they plan to attend Martin Luther King’s funeral. After all, he was the first African American to Walk on the Moon. (4:36)
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Sure, you’ve seen this pic with a man’s head among the coffee beans before, maybe multiple times. But we’ll wager it will be a challenge for you to find it again. Any takers?
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“Fight the Trump Agenda — We're hiring Full-Time Organizers 15/hr”
Is this CraigsList item sent in by Dave Walker a thinly disguised ad for paid protestors, a/k/a rent-a-mob participants? Decide for yourself by clicking HERE.
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Every time we watch the local news of rioting in Oakland we are reminded of THIS 16-second clip that dates back to 2007.
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We’re headed back to the former Soviet Union for a few look-sees at some of Russia’s talent. One thing is for sure regarding THIS performance: The ladies’ dance is as culturally unique as the women are beautiful. (4:46)
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Most of you should recognize some of the Russian folk songs performed by the dancers and Red Army Choir is THIS clip we received from Bob Kosovilka. I’ll wager you have never heard a singer hold a note as long as the guy in the pic below! (If I admit to warming up to these Ruskies, will you promise not to notify the FBI?) (6:09)
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We’re learning a lot about the former Soviet Union with these clips coming in from Bob Kosovilka. For instance, we had no idea that military personnel from France, Poland, England and several other countries — including AMERICA — had marched with the Russians in this military parade. (5:21)
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The only way you can tell this is a Russian flashmob from one in the U.S. is that THESE college-aged dancers aren’t whining and carrying signs about an issue that have their panties in a bunch! This is another clip sent in by Bob Kosovilka, who said this city is in the middle of Siberia and that it was closed for many years. (3:55)
P.S. I’m thinking THIS is the same group that participated in THIS Russian “Puttin’ on the Ritz” flashmob, my personal all-time favorite of the dozens of flashmobs that have been in the Farsider over the past several years. (5:40)
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In a few minutes we’ll leave Russia behind and return to the good ol’ USA. But first, Bob says this was the best of his contributions this week and that he is “really hooked” on the violinist. (I can see why!) If you want to see and hear something that reeks of class, click HERE, then sit back and enjoy the tango. (3:54)
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In 2007, the U.S. Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team had the pleasure of strutting its stuff in front of a full house in Norway. This final clip of the week should make you former Navy personnel beam with pride despite the fact that the VIDEO is nine years old. And you can relax; no one dropped their rifle. (Hoping to prove that he’s a loyal American despite his Russian roots, this too was sent in by Bob Kosovilka.) (6:42)
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