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November 21, 2013


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



This is an excerpt from last Sunday's I.A. column that deals with the pension issue...

Unions Lambaste Reed’s Ballot Measure Revision

Mercury News — Nov. 17, 2013

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed last Tuesday submitted a slightly revised version of his statewide ballot measure aimed at cutting pension costs. And a coalition of union groups quickly fired off a statement proclaiming “the wheels are coming off the wagon of Mayor Reed’s pension scheme.”

The new version dials back a few minor provisions, including one that would have allowed the measure’s proponents to recover attorney costs if the measure is passed and goes to court. And there’s a change in the public officials signing on as supporters.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido no longer is listed. Reed said Pulido is still supportive but no longer has the time to campaign for it and has withdrawn his name. Standing in for Pulido, who didn’t have time to get back to us, is Vallejo Vice Mayor Stephanie Gomes , whose city went bankrupt a couple of years ago in part because it could not afford growing employee pension costs.

Reed’s team also parted ways with the PR group that helped with the initial roll-out as it looks to team up with a new firm for a signature-gathering effort.

“Even though Reed made cosmetic changes to it, the measure’s weaknesses — breaking the promise of retirement security to current public employees, increased short-term costs to state and local governments, and legal issues — remain the same,” the opposition’s leader, Dave Low , said in the “wheels falling off” news release. Low is the chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, which represents government workers and retirees.

But Reed said the wheels of his wagon remain very much on.

In a statement responding to the unions’ criticism, Reed said: “Over the past few weeks, we have received a great response from elected officials, organizations and individual citizens across the state who support what we are trying to do and want to get involved.”



Nov. 16th

Click to watch the news links below.

NBC Bay Area Investigates:

Chief apologizes for false gang stats


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NBC Bay Area Investigates:
Councilmember Ask Kalra calls for explanation of gang stats


Nov. 19th

After months of negotiations, the SJPOA's lead negotiator and the City's lead negotiator signed a mediated settlement agreement after a full day of mediation that took place last week. Attached for your review is the agreement that the SJPOA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve and recommend ratification by the full membership.

The entire settlement offer:

• Provides a 4% general wage increase effective the first pay period after ratification by the membership and approval by the City Council.

• Provides for another 3.33% general wage increase during the first pay period in July of 2014.

• Provides for a second pay increase of 3.33% during the first pay period in July of 2015.

• Provides for a one-time lump sum payment of 2% of your annual salary which would be paid within two pay periods following the ratification vote by the membership and approval by the City Council. (Note: This would equate to a 4% retroactive pay for the first six months of the contract between July 1 — December 31st)

• All terms of the contract will be closed with a re-opener clause for the "Transfer Policy" and the "Promotional MOA."

This pay restoration will compound to restore your pay to near 2009 levels by July 1st of 2015. The POA understands that such pay restorations have come too slowly as hundreds of officers have resigned their employment to work for other cities.  Please be assured that the POA will continue its work to bring wages and benefits to levels that will allow San Jose to retain and recruit police officers after hundreds have left the department. With Measure B still pending before the court and Tier 2 police officers purchasing private disability insurance to protect themselves and their families, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

This morning the City Council voted to move forward with the mediated settlement agreement, and the SJPOA and City have executed a Tentative Agreement that must be approved in public by the City Council and ratified by the SJPOA membership. A copy of this TA can be found here:

The POA board has scheduled a Special Membership Meeting for Tuesday November 26, 2013 beginning at 7:30 AM to brief the membership on the agreement and answer any questions. A ratification vote will begin on Tuesday November 26th at 8:00 AM.  

We appreciate all of the support we have received from the membership. Standing together we spoke with one voice and that has been important throughout this process. Thank you again for all of your support and for maintaining a united stance during these negotiations.

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This is how the paper covered the agreement between the POA and the City. The story appeared in yesterday's Mercury News...

City Strikes Deal with Police

—Officers’ union to vote on contract with 10 percent pay hike over 2 1 ⁄/2 years—

By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — Nov. 20, 2013

SAN JOSE — City leaders and the police union have reached a tentative contract agreement offering a more than 10 percent pay boost over the next 2 1 ⁄ 2 years to help stabilize a police force that has been bleeding cops seeking better compensation with other agencies.

It marks a significant milestone in negotiations between the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and the city, which have been locked in a contentious battle over pay and benefits blamed for driving officers away at a rate of nearly 100 a year over the past three years. There are currently just more than 1,000 sworn officers charged with protecting a city of 1 million residents.

“There’s no doubt people want to see more police officers,” said Mayor Chuck Reed, adding that at minimum the proposed contract “helps us slow the losses of police officers.”

While its exact budget impact will be analyzed in the coming weeks, the city estimates the agreement will cost in the neighborhood of $20 million. It essentially restores a 10 percent pay cut from a couple of years ago that police and other city employees took to meet budget cuts during the economic downturn.

According to the terms of the agreement, which still must be approved by union membership and the City Council, officers will receive a 4 percent raise immediately upon ratification, followed by raises of 3.33 percent in each of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years. They will also get a onetime 2 percent bonus.

Union leaders said officers will vote on the agreement from Nov. 26 until Dec. 3. It would then likely be presented for a council vote in mid-December.

If approved, officer salaries would eventually return to 2009 levels, when the average officer started at about $80,000 and moved up to about $107,900 after seven years on the job.

“It’ll help officers struggling to pay their mortgages, but I have mixed feelings,” said Sgt. Jim Unland, union president. “It means that in July 2015, our officers will be making what they made in 2009. It’s hard to be too excited about that. Will it stem the exo­dus? I don’t know.”

Unland also lamented that during months of negotiations, the city argued it could not afford the 10 percent restoration without triggering domino-effect cuts in other public services.

“We always maintained they had the money,” he said. “I hope this is a sign that the City Council is realizing that this police department is in crisis and they’re ready to take action to fix it.”

Reed said while the city was initially opposed to giving back to the officers the 10 percent pay cut over one year, council members ultimately approved it after union leaders agreed to have the pay increases phased in over 2 1 ⁄ 2 years. A private mediator brought in last week also helped city negotiators reach their decision, Reed said.

But the difficult decision of agreeing to the pay boost will beget more difficult fiscal choices likely involving cuts to other city services, said Councilman Pete Constant, a former San Jose police officer.

“We’re solving one challenge, the immediate pressing challenge, which is the right thing to do. But we’re creating another challenge,” Constant said. “But we’re going into this with our eyes wide open, knowing we shot a hole in our budget.”

The union had spurned previous salary increase offers from the city, saying they were too paltry to make the department competitive with other Bay Area agencies, many of which have been hiring away both veteran and rookie officers. The latter group became a sore spot for SJPD earlier in the fall when at least half of the recent graduating police academy class was revealed to be either taking or exploring jobs at other departments, many of which are headed by former San Jose police commanders.

An earlier push by the police union to restore the 10 percent cut was rejected by an arbitrator in July, but it left open the possibility that a deal could be negotiated separately. Tuesday’s development also doesn’t address union misgivings about reduced retirement and disability benefits for new hires, including the last graduate class.

Councilman Ash Kalra said he hopes the agreement, a draft of which he says he championed back in June, relieves some of the tension between police officers and the city.

“It’s great to finally be able to come to a resolution with our police officers,” Kalra said. “I hope this leads to a better relationship going forward in terms of city and police negotiations.”

Staff writer Mike Rosenberg contributed to this report.



One has to wonder what the hell is happening to public agencies like BART, the SJPD and several others that leave themselves open to criticism by the media and the public. BART is saying it missed a $44 million union giveaway in the tentative contract both the unions and management have signed. And our alma matter on Mission St. appears to have juggled some math and changed some definitions that make it look like gang-related homicides have decreased by over 40 percent in 2013. This is from last Thursday's paper...

Explanation Needed on Police’s Stats

By Scott Herhold, Columnist <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 14, 2013

Before and after he got the “acting” dropped from his title, San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel has enjoyed warm reviews.

In hard times, he’s demonstrated a better handle on morale. He’s gotten credit for more street patrols. Finally, he’s a hometown guy, which counts for much in my book. But one recent blotch, which police insiders have dubbed “Statisticsgate,” needs explanation. Since I no longer believe in naming anything a “gate” — it’s tired and usually inaccurate — I’ll call it the Case of the Curious Asterisk. So you can see it yourself, I’m including a chart the San Jose police put into an Oct. 26 news release about gang violence. You’ll see that its first line shows a 42.9 percent decrease in gang violence in the first nine months of 2013.

Now there are all sorts of statistical problems with this chart. In the first place, the apparent decline in gang-related homicides — from 14 in 2012 to 8 in 2013 — is of dubious statistical significance. A handful does not make a trend. Second, looking just at gang-related homicides misses the larger point that the homicide rate overall has increased. We are on a pace to have 46 homicides in San Jose this year, which would match the number in 2012, a two-decade high.

The asterisk*

The piece of the chart that has caused the biggest uproar, however, is the asterisk after the number “8.” It turns out that the police redefined what constitutes a gang homicide.

Under the new definition, it has to involve a suspect who “willfully promotes, furthers or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by a street gang with the purpose of furthering that gang.”

Just being a gang member involved in a killing isn’t enough to count.

You can debate the definition. For my money, it’s too conservative. But the statistical problem is that the police did not reclassify the gang-related homicides from 2012.

In effect, the chart compared apples and oranges. The 42.9 percent decrease was a mirage.

You can sometimes get away with this in a news release. Busy reporters fumble numbers. Nonetheless, the news release, which mentioned the redefinition, showed signs of an internal struggle over how to present statistics.

A big issue

This is not small stuff.

Gang violence is one of San Jose’s most intractable issues.

Esquivel has made it a priority. And the Police Department’s explanation — that it wanted a more accurate definition and used the asterisk to designate the change — lacks common sense.

I couldn’t reach Esquivel, who told me through a spokesman that he did not have time to comment on Wednesday. But the questions are obvious. Why was the department not more forthcoming about the effects of the new statistical criteria? Was it discussed at a meeting or in an email? Did someone actually direct subordinates to run with the 42.9 percent?

In any government fiasco — and the roll-out of Obamacare is a good example — a jagged line defines the boundary between incompetence and deceit. In the Case of the Curious Asterisk, I’d bet there were doses of both.



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Nov. 14th

The friendship of and "adventures" with Brian McNamara provide me with memories I will never forget. One of those involved Brian and Tom Mazzone in a "tail-dragger" Taylor Craft with oversized tires for landing on beaches and Hal Lail in his Aeronca Champ "tail-dragger" and me flying down the Baja Coast and camping for a week. He is missed.

Gary Leonard


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Nov. 14th

Hi Bill,

I don't know anything about the mysterious stories surrounding Brian, but I do have to give him some credit for my soon-to-be 45-year marriage to Al Bosco's sister.

Shortly after I returned from active duty, Brian and I were working adjoining beats. He was rooming with Al at the time, and I had a temporary rental a couple of blocks from the PD. Upon learning of my housing situation, Brian mentioned that he would soon be giving up his shared rental with Al and introduced us. A couple of months after that I moved in with Al at the infamous Cardiff Affair in Campbell, and about six months later Al invited me to his family's home where I met his sister. The rest, as they say, is history.

When Brian and I first met, the beat I was working was known as B-18, which was basically bounded by San Carlos, Market, Minnesota and Bird. Many of our civilian contacts would be with Spanish speaking parties. Our European heritage which was obvious by our blue eyes and pale skin was not ideal for this mixed race neighborhood. I first learned that Brian was fluent in Spanish during our first call together to assist in a dispute involving a Latino family. Brian's calm demeanor and ability to communicate directly helped resolve the problem quickly while I stood there and was only capable of saying in Spanish, "Hello", "Goodbye" and "What is your birthday?"

Later on, Brian would often fill on car stops. He would stand by quietly, and if the parties in the vehicle could not speak English well — or pretending not to — Brian would take over and privately relay what was being said to me. Several times those conversations included confessions of drug possession in the car, or cover stories about who owned the vehicle, or why they didn't have a driver's license or registration. The "victims" of Brian's fluency in Spanish were always very surprised when he would calmly introduce himself in Spanish and relay back to them everything they had said to each other. In addition to being beneficial to the car stop, it was also a lot of fun to watch.

I only knew Brian for a brief time, but he has always been remembered. He was a good cop, but more importantly, a good person. And he was always friendly, even when he had to take control of a situation.

Bruce Hodgin
Formerly Badge 31

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Nov. 17th

Hi Bill,

I just learned that almost anyone who served in Vietnam (also anyone who served in or near the Korean DMZ from April 1, 1968 thru Aug. 31, 1971) is presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange and is probably eligible for compensation if they have developed Diabetes type II or a list of particular cancers. I thought this information might be of interest to some of our members. 

"For purposes of disability compensation, the VA presumes that you were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides if you served in Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, including brief visits ashore or service aboard a ship that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam. You will also be presumed to have been exposed if you were in or near the Korean demilitarized zone anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971."


Steve Postier

On a different topic, Steve also pointed out in his message that he was unaware of the following CVC Health and Safety Code Section 118948 and thought some of the older retirees might also be unfamiliar with it.

118949. (a) It is unlawful for a person to smoke a pipe, cigar or cigarette in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, in which there is a minor.

(b) For the purposes of this section, "to smoke" means to have in one's immediate possession a lighted pipe, cigar, or cigarette containing tobacco or any other plant.

(c) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100) for each violation.


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Nov. 19th


Attached is a photo of some retired members of the Mounted Unit I used to ride with. Ran into them while looking for the trekking office in Kathmandu.

While Kathmandu is not Las Vegas, these boys seemed to be enjoying their retirement.


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Nov. 19th


There are no tickets left for this year's Keith Kelley Christmas dinner dance. We are sold out. Please place this notice in the Farsider.


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Nov. 20th

Good morning Bill,
I am sure you have had this question asked by others, but if so, I don't recall the answer. With all the talk about group and employer insurance policies being cancelled in the near future, where do we retirees stand? I was going to send this question to Jim Spence but thought you also might have some info.

Other than that, how are you hitting them?
Rich Couser

Hi Rich. "Big Bird" Spence (Retirees Assn. President) would be better versed on this subject than me, but based on conversations I've had with several retirees who keep up on the news, there is nothing to stop the City from doing away with our Kaiser and Blue Shield policies and placing us on the ObamaCare exchanges if it chose to do so, just like any other employer. While the City 'must' provide us with health care that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), there is nothing that forces it to provide us with any specific policy(ies). If you have been following the issue, you know that President Obama chose to extend the employer mandate for one year, meaning that employers have until Oct. 2014 to comply with the law, despite the argument that he didn't have the constitutional authority to do so. Several experts have predicted that the ACA will come tumbling down prior to or shortly after the Oct. 2014 deadline due to a large number of employers choosing to cancel their group health care plans and placing their employees on the exchanges. Time will tell. While it's likely that the price the City has to pay for our health care will rise, I'm relatively confident that we won't be tossed into the ocean of exchanges.

How am I hitting them? While I'm swinging for the fences, most of the balls are staying in the infield. But at least I'm making contact.



Having been on the Dept. for only 13 years, it's unlikely that many of you know Motor Officer Mark Hernandez. He made the news earlier this week after he was involved in a serious on-duty accident and had to be hospitalized. After you former motor officers read the account of the incident, you will probably realize that you would not have fared as well as he did due to the difference in the safety gear of new versus the old.

Police: Stronger Helmet Aided Officer Hurt in Crash

—Plastic shell gets credit for halting serious injuries—

By Robert Salonga
Mercury News — Nov. 20, 2013

SAN JOSE — A motorcycle officer who was seriously injured in a collision with a car while answering a robbery call continues to recover in the hospital as police credit a newer-model helmet for preventing additional injuries. Officer Mark Hernandez, a 13-year police veteran, was responding to a robbery about 11:30 a.m. Friday when he collided with a gray hatchback just south of the intersection of North Fourth and Empire streets near downtown.

“He’s recovering, showing a lot of progress every day,” said Sgt. Steven Payne of the SJPD Traffic Enforcement Unit. Payne said the Nolan N104 Highline police-model helmet that Hernandez was wearing, with its modular design that provides face protection that earlier-issue helmets did not, was crucial in preventing serious head and facial injuries. The helmet’s plastic-shell composition, as opposed to the fiberglass makeup of older models, allowed for the helmet to absorb more of the impact when the officer was thrown from his motorcycle and landed on the pavement, similar to how a car’s crumple zones lessen the amount of force transferred to the passenger compartment.

“It’s obvious by the marks on the helmet that he would have had facial injuries if he had not had this helmet,” Payne said.

Combined with newer issued Kevlar-reinforced pants, Payne said the officer suffered minimal external injuries. He noted that an officer in a similar crash two years ago wearing an older helmet needed reconstructive facial surgery afterward.

Less than a handful of the two-dozen motorcycle officers are still using the older-issue helmet and are due for imminent upgrades, Payne said.

At the crash site Friday, the hatchback was stopped facing southbound with significant damage to its left front end. The downed motorcycle faced north.

Police said the man driving the gray hatchback involved in the crash remained on scene and was cooperative with police. No citations or arrests were made, and alcohol or drugs have been ruled out as a factor. It remains under investigation.



Bill Leavy's schedule for the next four games looks like this…

Sunday, Nov. 24th — Indianapolis at Arizona

Sunday, Dec. 1st — Jacksonville at Cleveland

Sunday, Dec. 8th — Atlanta at Green Bay

Sunday, Dec. 15th — Seattle at New York Giants



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• Pet owners report that their dogs died after being given Trifexis brand parasite prevention tablets.

• The recent super typhoon in the Philippines and the approach of the holiday season has prompted recirculation of an old item about the salaries of top executives at large charitable organizations.

• Images purportedly show advertisements intended to encourage young people to sign up for health insurance coverage.

• Warning about pouches of Earth's Best brand organic baby food being contaminated with insect larvae.

• Photograph purportedly shows a man eating a dead baby served at an Asian restaurant.

• Much misinformation continues to circulate concerning the alleged adverse effects (supposedly including death) of the Gardasil HPV vaccine.

• Photograph purportedly shows a fetus at the 12-week stage of development.

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Seems that lots of groups are engaged in flash mob surprises. We're not talking about the a-holes who run into a retail store en masse and run out with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. We're referring to musical groups that entertain the public. This clip from Don Hale of British Army musicians who surprise shoppers in a London square with the "Colonel Bogey March" is what we're talking about. It's almost enough to send a Chris Matthews-type tingle up your leg. (3 Mins.)


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We're the first to admit that we've been pretty critical of Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi over the past several years. (Then again, what's not to criticize?) Having said that, we will acknowledge that she has a beautiful singing voice. Listen as she performs this song titled "Take Ten Pills and You're Fine" with the accompaniment of The Capitol Steps. (3 Mins.)


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According to the clip received from Bill Leavy, Hitler is pissed because ObamaCare will not let him keep his doctor. (4 Mins.)

* Warning: This video is recommended only for Republicans and right-of-center Independents. It should not be viewed by the 24 percent of you who, based on past polls, lean solidly to the left.


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David Pogue is a tech columnist and author who has written several how-to books on computers, cell phones, tablets and other forms of digital equipment. He's well known for his series of books called the "Missing Manuals" for various types of software and computer operating systems. In this short TED video he explains several simple tips you should know about your computer and your cell phone. (6 Mins.)


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Speaking of computers, how important are passwords? In this era of identity theft and computer fraud, pretty damned important. The link below sent in by Mike Boggess shows the 500 worst passwords of all time and should be worth a click and a few minutes of your attention.


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The two dark objects in the photo below are make-believe cops on Segways. In the car is Ken Block of auto cross fame taking on what is described as the Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course in his 650 horsepower 2013 Ford Fiesta that can go from 0 to 60 in 1.8 seconds. If you want to see something truly amazing, have a look at this video sent in by Paul Salerno. (6 Mins.)


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Language Warning: This is video of a road race on a public highway between a 600 horsepower Audi R8 and two superbikes. The footage was captured from a camera mounted inside the Audi. We can't see anything in the video showing what country the race took place in, but by the readers comments, it appears to have been Brazil. Wherever it was, it's unlikely there was much that law enforcement could do. Spike strips? Doubtful due to their speed and other traffic. You be the judge. (5 Mins.)


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Bruce Morton says, "We have a winner here, folks." But do we? While we are willing to admit that the skit is cleverly done and may produce some laughs from many of you, others may wish they could un-see the video after they see it. See for yourself and you'll understand what we mean. (2 Mins.)


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Here's a second clip we received from Bruce. This one is about two guys performing at a French cabaret who juggle and strip at the same time. (It's safe guys; they don't go past their skivvies.) (5 Mins.)


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This video from Alice Murphy should be easy to understand. if it isn't and you need some help, it's about a feature of the Japanese culture that says it is rude or considered to be in bad taste for a female to open her mouth wide. It's called "ochobo" mouth, and this makes it very difficult for a woman to enjoy a large hamburger. One burger chain in Japan has come up with a solution to the problem. It's called a "Liberation Wrapper." Have a look. (2 Mins.)


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Ever heard of an Ice Tsunami? This is how ABC News covered the unusual event earlier this year in which creeping ice damaged some lakeside homes up in Minnesota. (2 Mins.)


And this is the full footage sent in by a handful of readers of the creeping ice that was shot with a smart phone by the gal who narrates the video. Stick with it for a minute or two and it gets interesting, despite the fact that she needs to learn to hold her smart phone sideways when she uses it to shoot video. (7 Mins.)


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You've all seen those "You know you're a redneck when…" lists, right? Here's one that is titled "You know you're an EXTREME redneck when…"
• You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table…in front of her kids.
• The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in the tank.
• You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
• You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a different night.
• You wonder how service stations manage to keep their rest-rooms so clean.
• Someone in your family died right after saying, 'Hey, guys, watch this.'
• You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
• Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
• Your junior prom offered day care.
• You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner are 'Gentlemen, start your engines.'
• You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
• The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.
• You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
• One of your kids was born on a pool table.
• You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
• You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it.
• And finally, you think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk


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Like card tricks? This one by James Galea that was performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show is touted as one of the best if not THE best. After watching it, we're inclined to agree. (3 Mins.)


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Watch this clip submitted by Paul Gardner and you will see aviation history being made in the form of an unmanned combat aircraft launching from the USS George H.W. Bush, then making a few touch-and-goes and finally landing back aboard the carrier. You know that this had to amaze the ship's namesake who, as a fighter pilot in WWII, was rescued from the water after his carrier-based TBM Avenger torpedo bomber was shot down in Sept. of 1944. (4 Mins.)


This is a short 23-second clip of Bush 41 being rescued at sea…

And this is a brief story about the water rescue…


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Rod Dewey sent in an interesting e-mail detailing the story of a B-17 Flying Fortress named "All American" that collided with a German ME-109 on Feb. 1, 1943. The collision nearly severed the fuselage of the American bomber, but it managed to make it back to base and land safely. The incredible story and photos are too lengthy to include in the Farsider, so we went searching for a link to a website that told the gripping story. This is what we found…


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Want to see some spectacular high definition photos. Here's a link that will direct you to a site comprised of images with captions submitted for National Geographic's 2013 Photo Contest. (You may need to give the site a few moments to load.)

Baby Girl: Nyanga, an orphaned baby chimp from
the bushmeat trade, is rehabilitated at the Sanaga-
Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, Cameroon.




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Here's another link that will take you to a site with some more spectacular high-definition photos…


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We can't determine from this video if someone is having fun with a special effects app for their smart phone, or whether this is some sort of a strange ad for a handbag. Whatever the case, we think it's safe to say that the short clip has some shock value and is very weird. (46 Secs.)


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Along with Bill Whittle, Andrew Klavan is a regular on the PJTV website
www.pjtv.com> that deals with politics and current affairs. In this clip, Klavan says the way to bring peace to the Arab world is to give the Middle East to the Jews. Before you poo-poo the idea, listen to what Klavan has to say. (3 Mins.)


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Dirk Parsons says, "Even if I could get into this position, I'd be stuck there looking like an inverted "T" for the rest of my life." (This is the full Volvo truck commercial that has aired on several TV networks over the past week or two.) (1 Min.)


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Speaking of the Parsons surname, if you are a fan of the "Big Bang Theory" TV sitcom and are curious about the personal life of Jim Parsons who plays the role of Sheldon, give this link a look. (41 Mins.)


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Of the 7 billion people on the planet, are you typical? So what is typical? This video produced by the National Geographic Magazine shows that typical is relative. Pay attention because it goes quick. (3 Mins.)


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No words are needed in this compilation video from Steve Postier that shows how some cats love their owners' vacuum cleaners. And that's a good thing because no words are spoken. (4 Mins.)


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My late father, who was a Sergeant-Major in the Corps when he retired in '57, would stare in absolute amazement if he could see this current SgtMaj break dancing at the Marine Corps Ball. (4 Mins.)


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Steve D'Arcy says it was a nice gesture for Mike Tyson to return Evander Holyfield's ear. And for Dennis Rodman to return to North Korea on a one-way ticket is a bonus. (1 Min.)


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The title of this very short clip is "You can't get any closer to the ground than this amazing wingsuit flight." And that title is spot on. This is crazy! (35 Secs.)


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Question: How many of you are old enough to remember what Santa Cruz and the Boardwalk was like in 1937 and 1938? If you are into history and/or nostalgia, click on the link below and take a trip back in time to the pre-World War II era. (P.S. To my knowledge I am not related in any way to the filmmaker.) (4 Mins.)

The Giant Dipper


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Speaking of nostalgia, Johnny Carson left us in 2005 at the age of 79 while his band leader, Doc Severinsen, is still alive at the age of 86. If you were a fan of the old Tonight Show, you should enjoy this clip sent in by Dirk Parsons of Johnny and Doc babbling on about Thanksgiving with a focus on Doc being divorced. This show aired in 1979. (6 Mins.)


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Bob Moir missed this nostalgic video of the celebration in Honolulu when it was announced that the Japanese had surrendered and WW II was finally over. We first ran the clip in the Oct. 3, 2010 Farsider. For others who may have missed it, here it is once again as our final item of the week...

When World War II ended on Aug. 14, 1945 it was known as VJ Day (Victory over Japan). Here's a time capsule video of some 16mm Kodachrome film footage with sound that shows some of the celebration that took place along Kalakaua Ave. in Honolulu on that joyous day. You could count the number of major hotels on Waikiki on one hand at the time. And if you look close, you can see the trolley car tracks that ran down the middle of the street back then. As you watch the clip you'll hear Jimmy Durante singing "I'll be seeing you." It seems somehow appropriate that this film footage was shot just miles from where our country was attacked and brought us into the war. (4 Mins.)


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