The Farsider

Nov. 23, 2017

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

 

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



HAPPY TURKEY DAY

 

The PBA Board comprised of Dave Wysuph, Steve Windisch, "Lumpy" Lundberg and Bob "Robillard" Moir put a lot of work into this Thanksgiving Day performance and will have their feelings significantly hurt if you don’t take 58 seconds to review it. No applause is necessary or expected, just a simple click right HERE will suffice.




RETIRED OFFICER DENNIS DUEY




Badge 1507
Born Oct. 5, 1949
Appointed Feb. 8, 1971
Retired Feb. 2000
Died Nov. 21, 2017

From Dave Fazo:

November 21, 2017


I just received word that Dennis Duey died early this morning. He was 68. I last spoke to him on Friday, after his wife Robin called to say his conditioned had deteriorated suddenly and he was not expected to live past the weekend. Though heavily medicated and struggling to maintain coherence, Dennis, whose bed had been positioned to allow him a view of the river he loved, understood the end was upon him and we were saying goodbye for the last time. It was a conversation I'd known was coming, but one for which it proved impossible to prepare.

It was just a few months short of forty-seven years ago I met Dennis on a morning in which we were sworn in, marched in to meet Chief Blackmore, and turned over to Stan Hall, with whom we were to spend the day on patrol. Or not. After imparting a bit of invaluable advice, the veteran sergeant directed us to unobtrusively make our way to our personal vehicles and call it a day. We'd been kissed off. It was, for two young men accustomed to hard-ass, clock-watching bosses, an unexpected introduction to a job that we would soon learn was like no other.

By week's end we were both working the midnight shift, sharing a locker, and comparing experiences at every opportunity. In a patrol division disproportionately staffed with young officers who were themselves inexperienced and untested, snubbing the newest guys was the natural order of things, which left Dennis and I isolated, our perception of the department largely dependent upon our respective training officers and each other. Having been the one to luck out in the training officer lottery it fell to me to use my extremely positive experiences (with Frank Kossick) to counter the dispiriting experiences that had Dennis considering resignation. To this day, I believe that had I not had a veteran officer to hold up as an exemplar of the quality of men Dennis could expect to work with in the future, he might've written-off the department that first month.

A country boy with no local ties, Dennis's first instinct had been to join the CHP so that he might, in time, live and work in a rural area. But his college instructor, E. Dale McCay, demonstrating his allegiance to the agency where he’d had his career, sold Dennis on San Jose PD, no doubt motivated to see his best and brightest charge put to good use.

I would love to be able to say the PD put to use everything Dennis had to offer, but in a department willing to deny its own definition of merit, much of Dennis's talent and knowledge — which included a law degree — went untapped. A proud, fair man, with a sense of justice second to none, the discrimination he experienced — in the name of fairness, no less — stung him for the rest of his life. Nonetheless, he soldiered on, continued to contribute, and retired in time for the first hunting season after his fiftieth birthday.

Dennis started out in life with less than anyone I've ever known; his only external advantage being three rough and tumble brothers who played key roles in his every fun, fruitful, or near-fatal adventure. That he did well for himself in life is, in part, a testament to the backwoods boot camp that left him resilient, resourceful, and competitive. The hardships of his youth, and the poor ways wisdom he acquired along the way, never left him. He was admirable for both his willingness to help others and his ability to repair machinery using only baling wire, recycled shoe laces, and crossed fingers.

Besides his wife Robin, Dennis leaves behind his son, Cal, and more friends than I could ever tabulate. In addition to the friendships he made throughout the police department, there are small, unique collections of buddies with whom he engaged in just about every activity that can be done out of doors and away from the city.

At this time there are no services planned, though a celebration of his life will be held sometime after the holiday season. Condolences can be mailed to Robin Duey at PO Box 503, Dillard, Oregon 97432, or emailed to
<daduey@hotmail.com>.

David Fazo
<davidfazo@gmail.com>


SERVICE SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR MIKE BROWN



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

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



SERVICE SCHEDULED ON SAME DAY FOR RAY LOPEZ



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

Per Kathy Ferrante (Ray’s sister-in-law) via Facebook


My wonderful brother-in-law Ray Lopez, #2728, passed away (last) Wednesday morning at Santa Teresa Kaiser. His family will have a short memorial remembering his life on Wednesday, November 29th, at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, 609 Main Street in Watsonville at 1100 hours. A private internment will be held at a later date. All his brothers and sisters who wear or wore blue or green/tan are invited.

DAVE BRIDGEN UPDATE


Gary Johnson posted the following update on Facebook at 9:22 p.m. this past Monday, Nov. 20…

Hey Everyone: I just wanted to let you know that Dave has been moved back to Somerset Senior Care on St. Elizabeth. As you know, he was in the VA Hospital in Palo Alto last week due to an infection in his blood. Heavy duty antibiotics knocked that out, and he got to return to Somerset over the weekend. I saw him this afternoon. Mornings seem to be best for him as he kind of fades in the afternoon. He is not eating nor drinking much liquid. Betty Ruth said that visitors are great now (he still loves the cops!). A suggestion is to go with at least one other person. He often cannot talk much, but perks up when he hears the cop stories and the banter. Thank you all for your continued support of Dave and Betty Ruth.  If you need more info, please feel free to contact me.

Gary added this note at 7 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday the 22nd…

They have a big shindig tomorrow at 11:30 am for Thanksgiving. It’s gonna be a turkey dinner with all the fixins. I’m not inviting you to eat, but if you have a chance to stop by and just say thanks to Dave for being there for us, that would be awesome!

Gary
<gj1901@comcast.net>

After Doug and Tina Boales visited Dave yesterday (Wed.) Tina posted the following note on the SJPD Facebook page along with the two photos that follow…

Doug and I visited Dave today and he was in great spirits...spoke about Veterans Parade…learned that Dave was an Army Sgt in Vietnam and stories about his service...showed him pics of our Foundation's Vietnam military vehicles and he lit up and could not stop talking. So glad we got to see him in such a good mood.

Tina Boales
<sj2540@yahoo.com>





POA NEWS



Nov. 21st


The San Jose Police Officers' Association will be kicking off its first annual 'Blue Christmas' Toy Drive. It will allow us to collect new toys for many children in our community that may not normally receive Christmas gifts. Blue Christmas cannot be a success without you. It will take all of us, our families, and our friends pitching in to make a Christmas wish come true to many children who really need it.
 
Through donations from our members, public and private sectors, we can all help spread the holiday spirit this season from our police family. Please consider purchasing a $10 to $20 new toy and then placing the unwrapped toy into one of our 55-gallon drums at one of the locations listed below. Our Board of Directors, along with members of our department, will get the toys to the families.
 
We ask that if you know of a specific family that has a child or children that may really need that toy for Christmas, to please email the SJPOA staff with the name and address of the family to:
<info@sjpoa.com>.
 
Starting Tuesday, November 21st, we will be placing red 55-gallon drums at the following locations:
 
• San Jose Police Officers' Association
• San Jose Police Department PAB - Jane's Kitchen 2nd floor and BOI 3rd floor
• San Jose Police Department PAC - elevator lobby entrance and 4th floor communications
• San Jose Police Department Substation
• Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
• San Jose City Hall

On Tuesday, December 5th and Friday, December 8th, between the hours of 4pm and 7pm, we will be hosting our annual picture with Santa event for our members and their families once again. This will be a great opportunity for families to bring their toy donations.
 
Also, the San Jose Police Officers' Association's Annual Christmas Open House will be held on Thursday, December 14th between the hours of 4pm and 10pm. Guests can also bring a gift to this event if they choose.
 
Let's come together to make this a great Christmas for some little ones that may not be expecting it. Thank you ahead of time for everyone's support.   


THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Police Distribute Kits to San Jose’s Homeless

—‘Care packs’ assembled by police cadets are filled with basic amenities for homeless—   

By Robert Salonga
<rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 23, 2017

SAN JOSE — Monica Corona Fuentes got an unexpected police visit on a downtown San Jose street Wednesday, stirring some nervous energy as two officers approached to chat.

But Sgt. Barry Torres and Officer Frank Orabuena were just checking in and telling them to clean up the sidewalk around their small encampment. They offered some suggestions for shelters and dining halls where Fuentes and her companion Jesus Gonzalez Fentanez could get a free and hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Then they handed each of them a small drawstring bag, bound together with a bandanna, packed with a long-sleeved shirt, socks, a flashlight and a card with city and county homeless resources printed on it.

 

San Jose Police Department Sgt. Barry Torres, left, hands out
backpacks with basic supplies to Jesus Gonzalez Fentanez, 57,
center, and Monica Corona Fuentes, 48, who are homeless,
in downtown San Jose on Wednesday.


“I really appreciate this,” Fuentes said, as she began to wrap the bandanna around her forehead. “They’ve always been good to me.”

She added that the flashlight was particularly handy for her, describing how she was traversing a dark trail the previous night on her way back to her makeshift home.

The encounter between Fuentes and the officers is among the best-case scenarios as police work to address quality-of-life complaints from downtown residents without virtually criminalizing homelessness.



Care bags for the homeless are gathered in a box.


Along those lines, the packs distributed Wednesday are part of a new San Jose Police Department initiative dubbed “Operation Care,” which evolved from a quiet gesture of compassion a few months ago into a full-blown drive that begins with police cadets who assemble the packs, and ends with the patrol officers who hand them out.

“The number one issue I deal with in community meetings in downtown core is homelessness,” said Capt. Jason Dwyer, who oversees the city’s Central Division. “It’s important to make this gesture because we know there will be enforcement. But there can’t only be enforcement.”

Dwyer added: “We’re doing this to build trust with the homeless population, and we’re always going to try to get them to be open to services. We want them to feel that when you see a police officer coming, they won’t always be there to write a ticket.”

Earlier in the month, a truckload of supplies were brought to the SJPD substation in South San Jose, where the police academies are administered. More than 50 cadets spent a lunch hour packing, stuffing, binding and boxing up the more than 300 care packs that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

That wasn’t just because it’s a great way to get a lot of manual labor done quickly. Academy director Sgt. Paul Fontaine says the initiative reminds prospective cops they will often be called out to address homeless issues, early and often in their careers, and that the basic nature of the supplies in the packs is meant to engender empathy for their circumstances.



San Jose Police Department cadets Eugene Chernyavskiy from
left, Kenneth Justo and Carlos Sanchez, help assemble care bags
for the homeless at the police academy on Nov. 9th in San Jose.


“It’s not a crime to be homeless,” Fontaine said. “Hopefully, the people who get these packs come away with a better feeling about police. And maybe the next interaction they have with an officer will be more comfortable.”

Dwyer echoed the sentiment.

“Recruits are a captive audience. We have to instill in them that the homeless are human beings, and need to be treated with respect and dignity,” he said. “That message is important for us to convey to them before they hit the streets.”

For Ray Bramson, San Jose’s deputy director of housing who oversees homeless response, the care packs offer another avenue to encourage some of the city’s more than 4,300 homeless residents to utilize public services designed to help get them off the street.

“More than what’s in the kit, it more helps as an initial step to help build better relationships, and increase trust,” Bramson said. “Officers are ambassadors and can connect them to city and county services. It’s a gesture to bridge to folks who will need much more help than what we’re currently providing.”

Bay Area homelessness nonprofit Abode Services helped design “Operation Care,” with funding from AT&T, the San Francisco 49ers, and Heritage Bank. The items in the packs were selected based on requests from homeless residents in the area and have minimal packaging to reduce street waste.

“The care packs offer a way of disrupting the normal way that police officers and homeless people are interacting,” said Louis Chicoine, executive director of Abode. “They’re a reminder of people’s humanity.”



Civil-rights Suit Filed Against SJ Department


—Charges filed from undercover stings targeting public sex between gay men were nullified against six targets in 2016—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 18, 2017


SAN JOSE — A notable gay-rights attorney has filed a federal lawsuit against the San Jose Police Department over undercover lewd-conduct stings that targeted gay men, more than a year after a judge threw out six related cases and deemed the “decoy” operations unconstitutional.

While the complaint filed last week in federal court seeks monetary damages of at least $1 million for five of the six defendants cleared by the June 2016 ruling of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jose S. Franco, attorney Bruce Nickerson is also seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, and is hoping it will help end the practice by police overall.

Nickerson has made a name for himself over the past 30 years defending gay men caught in the decoy operations where undercover police officers solicit and suggest sex acts in public places like city parks and arrest men who reciprocate interest.

“They’re invalid and discriminatory,” Nickerson said of the stings, “because they target male-male public sex and not also male-female public sex.”

San Jose police ended the stings two years ago when the lewd-conduct cases made their way through the court system and have not resumed them since.

“We have a responsibility to respond to complaints of crimes and are always looking for other ways to do so,” police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a statement. “We have not used these type of undercover operations in response to public complaints of unlawful lewd-conduct in the more than two years since these arrests occurred. We are still responding and enforcing the law by utilizing other techniques.”

The police department also pointed to its work with LGBT issues, creating several positions on the force to improve its accommodations of LGBT officers and launching a vigorous recruiting campaign to bring in more officers from the community.

“The LGBT community often gets forgotten in efforts to increase trust with the police, but in the past two years, we are doing more than ever to make sure that is not the case in San Jose,” Garcia said. “We created an LGBT advisory committee, established an LGBT liaison officer program and launched a first-in-the-nation, police recruiting campaign featuring same-sex couples.”

The San Jose case at the heart of the current lawsuit involved undercover lewd-conduct stings at Columbus Park, which police said was spurred by citizens’ complaints and officers’ own observations of unlawful activity in the park on Taylor Street between Highway 87 and Coleman Avenue.

Around the same time the San Jose cases were dismissed, a Los Angeles County judge threw out similar charges involving Long Beach police. Police in Mountain View, San Leandro and Manhattan Beach have stopped conducting such stings in response to lawsuits over the tactic, which were argued to be violations of constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and equal protection under the law.

One of the defendants told this news organization last year that the park was a meet-up spot and that any sex with an interested partner would likely happen elsewhere. Nickerson said the undercover nature of the enforcement is what is problematic, arguing that it preys on men struggling with their sexuality and looking for a safe place to explore it without retribution from their families and co-workers.

“The guys that this catches are those who are half in and half out, the most vulnerable. For them this is the only way to explore their sexuality,” Nickerson said. “If they were completely out, they would go to a gay bar. Because they have this need, they go to quasi-public places, and use signals to avoid offending members of the public.”

Nickerson also emphasized that lewd-conduct crimes in California are based on whether conduct would “offend the observer,” which he said in the case of undercover stings is muted by the fact the decoy officer is expressing — albeit falsely — sexual interest.

“I have no objection to uniformed cops doing patrol,” he said. “But when they go decoy, that’s what makes it invalid.”

The arrests, Nickerson added, can “destroy” the psyches of the men caught in the stings.

“It’s one thing to be arrested. What’s worse is to be arrested and deprived of your liberties because you’re gay,” he said. “That’s essentially what’s going on.”

Staff writer Tracey Kaplan contributed to this report.


MAIL CALL

 

Remember this item from the “Stories” column of last week’s Farsider?


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

Seems that we may have inadvertently insulted one of our readers...

Nov. 17th

Bill,

I always enjoy reading the “Farsider,” but last week’s insult of the Clio Awards show (not “Cleo”) crossed the line! Attached is a photo of our son, Daniel D’Arcy, receiving his 4th and 5th Clio Awards last month in New York City.


As one of the creative forces behind the success of JKR, we are quite proud of our world traveling, real life “Mad Men” guy. Pretty good for a kid from Los Alamitos Elementary School in Almaden Valley. You can see his accomplishments at
<www.danieldarcy.com> or LinkedIn. Small world, isn’t it?

Steve & Vickie D’Arcy
<svdarcy@comcast.net>

Good news, Steve. I have one of the new Tivo DVRs that allows me to pull shows out of the Trash and view them. Bad news: I have so many shows in the Tivo waiting to be viewed that I can't see myself getting around to pulling up the CLIO awards.

• • • • •

 

Nov. 20th

Bill,

I was a supervisor in narcotics for a couple of years in the early 1980s and wondered if anyone remembered a case that was handled by Officer Mike Caldarulo who is now deceased. It involved a guy who staged a fake motorcycle accident in the Santa Cruz mountains. He parked his motorcycle in the middle of the road and had his buddy sideswipe his motorcycle. He then laid down in the middle of the road and had his girlfriend cut off his leg with a meat cleaver so he could collect $100,000. He got the money and then jilted his girlfriend so she ratted him out. If anybody knows his name or how I might get it please let me know.

Thanks,

Owen Purser
<owen.purser38@gmail.com>

• • • • •

 

Nov. 22nd

Bill,

Oh what twisted times we live in. Now Charlie Rose is in a thorny situation of his own making. We all get to witness what it means to live in a free, but loose and polarized society where, at one time or another, everybody was guilty of some kind of infraction. Nobody is 100 percent innocent.

Did you ever have a bad thought? Are we looking at a sea change in attitudes, or just another drop in the human history bucket? Are the rules different at the Playboy mansion, at Hooter's, Victoria’s Secret fashion show or a WWE Smackdown than they are at CBS, FOX or Congress? Probably. Mixed messages all around.

From the slightest blink of the an eye — oh that offended me or that made me feel uncomfortable — all the way a hundred steps later to a first degree felony. The list is long and littered with excuses, escape routes and even unfair treatments on all sides. I know a guy who got five days off for saying good morning to someone. “He made me feel uncomfortable” was the complaint. Hyper-sensitivity! Exactly what we don't need. Justice in reverse.

If  you look around, it's fairly easy to see that we have a multi- shifting moral code. Shifting, as in either way you look at it, it's not very strict (who wants that?). Look at the preachers of hedonism. Or ask any apparel designer? They design for what will sell. And what sells? Everyone knows that answer. We can also speak about mind contamination and corrupt thinking (big topics for sure), but we want them, we like contaminated, misleading, low energy thinking. Ask any tabloid editor. So let's agree not to go there.

Safety first. Got that. It’s a must. That's for certain. But we're not robots. Innocent misunderstandings do happen. Can anyone define safety? Or uncomfortable? Or offended? Or fair? If you were abused or molested growing up, you would have a very different definition of those words, than say a "normal" person. So where do we draw the lines? That's where we're at now. That's the tricky part. Lines, where to draw them so everybody is treated equally and with respect, everybody is heard, everyone is safe and nobody gets unnecessarily castrated.

Best,
 
Dave
(Scannell) <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>


LAST CALL FOR KEITH KELLEY CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE TICKETS


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



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

 

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AN EVENING WITH JUDY COLLINS

Bruce Hodgkin and the Saratoga Rotary is raising funds for an orphanage in Mexico by hosting "An Evening with Judy Collins” on Friday, Jan. 19th. Ms. Collins has been around a long time but still does about 150 live concerts to sold out audiences around the world. All net proceeds will be dedicated to finishing the safety wall around Villa Infantil, <www.villainfantil.com.mx> to protect the thirty-seven children and three Catholic Sisters from fires, floods and possible kidnapping for ransom. For more information, contact Bruce at 408-832-8579 or <brucehodgin@yahoo.com>. And for tickets, call the Box Office at 408-866-2700.



BEARDS OK, BODY PIERCING NOT YET


I used to do a double-take when I would see a cop from another jurisdiction on TV sporting a beard. It has become more commonplace over the years, of course, but it will still take some adjusting to when I see the owner of the beard wearing a police uniform with an SJPD shoulder patch. My only concern with the article below is the possibility that police departments including the SJPD may someday hire people whose religion includes body piercing…



Religious Exemptions Instituted After Sikh Officer Needed to Grow a Beard for His Wedding

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com
Mercury News — Nov. 20, 2017


SAN JOSE — For Officer Simratpal Brar, the San Jose Police Department did an about-face just in time for his imminent nuptials.

Brar, who is Sikh, had to grow a beard for his upcoming Friday wedding to adhere to religious custom. But that ran counter to SJPD appearance policies that prohibited officers from having beards as part of its dress and grooming code.

In almost cosmic timing, the department just revised its duty manual to explicitly allow Chief Eddie Garcia the ability to grant exemptions for religious accommodations. Brar had already been cleared to start growing his beard while the policy revision was being vetted, but it officially was added to the duty manual Monday, just in time for Brar to become a groom exempt from the prescribed grooming.



San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia, left, meets
with Officer Simratpal bear at SJPD headquarters
on Nov. 20, 2017. The department updated its
growing and dress policy to allow for religious
exemptions, which allowed Brar to remain on
patrol duty while growing a beard for his
wedding in adherence to religious custom.


“I am very excited, and my family is excited,” Brar said Monday. “Having this policy in place is very personal. Being able to portray myself as a Sikh officer like this is really an amazing experience. We are a large established community. To be able to represent Sikh community is great honor.”

Garcia said his command staff and recruiting unit knew that to attract the widest range of prospective officers as it rebuilds from a decade of staffing losses, many of the department’s oldest policies would have to be updated.

“It was only a matter of time until someone would ask for an exemption from a religious perspective,” he said. “We wanted to be proactive about it, and really modernize a policy that’s, quite frankly, woefully outdated.”

City Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas, whose district encompasses a sizable Indian-American population and the temple Sikh Gurdwara-San Jose, said the move by the police department is invaluable to her constituency. The policy revision comes as the City Council is set to review a proclamation next week commemorating November as Sikh Awareness Month.

“We want to make sure that people of all faiths and background are recruited, and that our police department reflects our community,” Arenas said.

Garcia surmised that the SJPD grooming policy, which for men requires “neat, well-groomed” facial hair, has an allowance for modest sideburns, and prohibits goatees or beards, is largely a relic of police tradition. Other rationales that have been given for the standard is that equipment like gas masks and other face-hugging protection is obstructed by heavy facial hair.

“There’s a lot of traditions in police departments,” Garcia said. “We need to stay progressive, especially as we go on a hiring push.”

That notion was fatefully put to the test about a month and a half ago when Brar sent his supervisors a memo asking for an exemption from the grooming standard, and then a transfer from patrol to the Bureau of Investigations, knowing that adherence to the grooming policy there was relaxed enough to let him fulfill his wedding obligations.

“I said, ‘No, he’s not going anywhere.’ This is exactly why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Garcia said. “I needed him in patrol, and there’s no reason why we can’t allow this exemption for religious custom. It’s a reasonable accommodation we can do.”

Brar said his colleagues were immediately receptive and supportive of why he was breaking away from long-established rules governing facial hair. He’s undecided whether he will keep the beard. and while he will wear a turban at his wedding, he does not wear one on duty.

“Then making this policy exemption, it’s really showing of how diverse and accepting this department is,” he said.

Arenas said the exemption is key to ensuring that the police officers keep close ties to the people they are tasked to protect.

“This is a symbolic gesture that says members of this community can be who they are patrol and not have to stay behind closed doors,” she said. “It’s important to those police officers to stay connected to those communities.”

Brar always wanted to stay in patrol, and the transfer request was a means to try to straddle both parts of his life. He said he was pleasantly surprised when the department offered the exemption.

“I take both my faith and the badge very proudly, and being able to practice both is very important to me,” Brar said. “It’s a step forward not only with the Punjabi and Sikh community, but with the community as a whole.”


BODY CAMERAS, TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR, THAT IS THE QUESTION


Damn civil rights group can’t make up its mind about body cameras for police according to this article. (Idiots!)

Bodycam Advocates Now Claim Body Cameras Are a 'Threat to Civil Rights'

Ginny Reed — Blue Lives Matter



A civil rights group released a study that says bodycams
can alter the way a police officer writes a report.


Washington, DC – Civil rights advocates demanded accountability from law enforcement agencies through the use of bodycams in the wake of the Ferguson riots.

One at a time, police departments nationwide have implemented bodycams, at considerable expense, to satisfy their critics and provide more “transparency” in law enforcement.

The result? A new report from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said that bodycams pose a “threat to civil rights.”

The report, “The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence," was released on Tuesday, according to Newsweek.

A big concern listed in the report is an officer's ability to watch the footage whenever they want, including before they write incident reports.

“Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability," Vanita Gupta, current leader of the Leadership Conference, said,

Gupta is a civil rights attorney, former ACLU director, and former acting assistant attorney general of the civil rights division under former President Obama.

The report claimed that an officer's memory of an event may be altered by watching bodycam video footage, and reports written by the officer about the incident would then also be altered.

The problem appears to be that defense attorneys can't pick at minor differences between an officer's memory and what's recorded on video.

“Video’s power to improve policing lies in the fact it makes us all eyewitness to police-civilian interactions, ranging from tragic shootings to more quotidian but nonetheless disturbing stop-and-frisks, which are common and … often unconstitutional,” the Washington Post said in an opinion column.

“Video provides compelling evidence of police misconduct and can be used to train, discipline, fire and even prosecute officers. It’s also a potent tool for exonerating officers falsely accused of misconduct. Ultimately, the aim is avoiding illegal, inappropriate police-civilian interactions, because everyone involved acts differently knowing a camera is rolling,” they wrote.

Civil rights groups don’t have a problem with bodycam footage until it’s used to exonerate a police officer, or shows that suspects and victims have threatened police, or behaved badly during a recorded incident.

At that point, bodycams become a threat to civil and constitutional rights, according to Gupta’s assessment.

The Leadership Conference, in its report, called for police departments to institute "a clean reporting policy” where an officer would write an initial report before viewing the footage.

Some policing experts, such as Lance LoRusso, disagree.

LoRusso, a former police officer and current Atlanta attorney who represents police officers, said that police officers should view the bodycam footage before writing a report.

"This specter that every time an officer looks at the video they’re going to lie and adapt their statement just is infuriating because we want the officers to write the most accurate report they can,” he said.

Since one major purpose of bodycam footage is to keep all parties involved honest and “transparent,” the Leadership Conference’s one-sided approach doesn’t make any sense.


SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME, RIGHT KATHY?


Remember this “hilarious” pic of Kathy Griffin holding up the severed head of Donald Trump. While it may have been pretty damn funny to liberal millennials and the late night talk show hosts, we immediately saw it as a major league faux pas that would come back and bite her in her 57-year-old ass. Here’s the back story…

 

Bald Kathy Griffin Unhinged: ‘I’m on a Hollywood Blacklist; My Legal Bills Are Through the Roof’

 

See video below…


Kathy Griffin posted another unhinged video to her YouTube account Saturday where she admits she lost her mind.

Griffin complained about the continued fallout from her Trump beheading stunt.

Not only is she on Interpol, she is on a Hollywood blacklist and said her legal bills are through the roof.

Kathy Griffin posted a YouTube video to her channel Saturday dubbed ‘Kathy Griffin’s State of the Union’.

She complained about the continued fallout from her Trump beheading photo shoot.
“I just want you guys to know that I am fully in the middle of a blacklist, like I’m in the middle of a Hollywood blacklist. It is real. I’m not booked on any talk shows,” Griffin said.

“When I get home, I do not have one single day of paid work in front of me,” Griffin continued.

She also said she was unwilling to do the ‘club circuit’ as she has worked too hard in her life and she is above that type of work.

Griffin admitted that she has to turn down fundraising requests because she is buried in legal bills following the bloody Trump head photo shoot.

Griffin also sounded paranoid and said Harvey Weinstein hired a company to follow Rose McGowan around after she came forward about Hollywood sexual assault and implied she may be next.

Griffin reiterated that she has no work when she returns home from her tour and said she’s being targeted because she’s a woman.

She ended the video begging for a gig on a T.V. show.

Was this photo worth it, Kathy?

Click HERE to play Kathy Griffin’s State of the Union (5:13)



STORIES OF THE WEEK

A clear case of child abuse, or is it?



Received from Bill Mallett


A couple from Boston moved to a town in South Texas where they found jobs. The neighbors did not know the new family.

After the husband and wife would leave for work every morning the next door neighbors would hear a baby crying.

A week later the neighbors called the police and told them the couple always leaves their baby alone at home when they go to work and the poor baby cries all day long.

The police arrived and heard the baby crying. When they knocked no one answered, so they broke down the door. What did they see? THIS...

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Bad Parrott



Received from Tom Macris


A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. To his chagrin, the parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, John grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd killed the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly,

"May I ask what the turkey did?"

 

A moving story about elephants and their remarkable memories.


In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from college. On a hike through the bush he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.

The elephant seemed distressed so Mbembe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant's foot and found a large thorn deeply embedded in it.

As carefully and as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the thorn out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put its foot down.

The elephant turned to face the man and, with a rather stern look on its face, stared at him. For several tense moments Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away.

Mbembe never forgot that elephant, or the events of that day.

Twenty years later he was walking through a zoo with his teen-aged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over near to where Mbembe and his son, Tapu, were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, then lifted its front foot off the ground, held it in the air for a few moments, then put it down. The elephant did this several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at Mbembe.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant from which he removed the painful thorn 20 years earlier. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.

Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of the Mbembe's legs and swung him wildly back and forth along the railing, snapping his neck and killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.



Few people are aware that after Leonardo finished what would become his famous masterpiece titled the “Mona Lisa,” he and the model relaxed with a couple glasses of wine while he painted this sequel to the original. True story. Look it up!



THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

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

Nov. 15 — 21


Nov. 15: I read that Congress is debating if President Trump should have the power to order a nuclear strike. I guess right now, it’s an even split between “No” and “Hell, no.” They have a good plan though. They’re gonna replace the red button on his desk with the one that orders office supplies from Staples. “Why do I keep getting all these ink cartridges? Sad!”

Trump keeps tweeting that the Justice Department should investigate Hillary Clinton, instead of his ties to Russia. When asked if he knows who runs the Justice Department, he said, "Of course I do — Superman, Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck."

I read that the FBI is now investigating Russian embassy payments. And get this — there was one memo that was actually labeled "to finance election campaign of 2016." Even people who use the word “password” as their password were like, “Seriously?”

Scientists say that the trees this fall weren't very colorful because dry weather in August and September meant that the leaves fell earlier. They suggest that anybody who still wants to see something dry and orange just visit the White House.

Nov. 16: It just came out that as many as four elected officials have NOT been accused of sexual harassment.

Radio host Leeann Tweeden came forward and said Sen. Al Franken groped her without her consent. And she posted a photo as evidence. In fact, it’s so bad Franken’s already a front runner for president in 2020.

Meanwhile it’s been reported Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore would hang out in the mall in the ’80s and try to get teenagers’ phone numbers. He got a lot of numbers, but they were all for Jenny at 867-5309.

Two more women have come forward accusing Roy Moore of making unwanted advances at the mall, which explains that new slogan, “Amazon: So you don’t run into Roy Moore at the mall.”

Nov. 20: Tomorrow President Trump will pardon a turkey at the White House. Then he’ll spend the next week criticizing it for not thanking him enough.

It came out that national security adviser H.R. McMaster called President Trump an idiot, and said he had the intelligence of a kindergartner. And Trump said, “Oh, yeah? Then why am I reading at a first grade level? And tweeting at a sixth grade level!”

This weekend Trump sent a tweet where he criticized Senator Jeff Flake for saying bad things about, quote, “your favorite president.” People were like, “He said bad things about Obama?”

Al Franken said that he isn’t resigning, but will spend the next few days reflecting. Reflecting is a political term meaning “hope someone else gets busted and this whole thing blows over.”

Last night Charles Manson died at the age of 83. Which means today he met his new roommates, Adolf, Osama, and the Time Warner customer service reps.

Nov. 21: Today the White House held its annual turkey pardon and President Trump pardoned a turkey named Drumstick. Which was nice until he told the turkey, "Okay, now you pardon me."

But there were actually two turkeys and before the ceremony the White House tweeted out a poll asking people which turkey should be pardoned. Leave it to Trump to turn a fun annual tradition into "Sophie's Choice."

Before the ceremony, the White House actually tweeted out profiles for each bird. Kind of cute. This is real. Here's a profile for Drumstick. It says stuff like, date of birth, height, and wingspan. Well this is kind of weird, after they met Trump, the turkeys actually released a profile of him. Take a look, first it says, date of birth, June 14th, 1946. For height it says 6'2," and for height of tie it says, 6'4." For wingspan it says six feet. And for hand span it says, three inches. For mating call, it says, "Come on, Melania, I know you're not really asleep." Finally, for bird call, it says, "Tweet, tweet, tweet."

CBS just fired Charlie Rose after allegations of sexual harassment. Yep. They told him to clear out his desk, put on some pants and leave.


Nov. 15: As soon as Trump got home from his Asia trip he went back into Twitter attack mode. This morning he tweeted while in the Philippines, "I was forced to watch CNN which I've not done in months. And again realized how bad and fake it is. Loser." The "loser" seems oddly out of place, doesn't it? I think I know what happened, right. I think he was dictating the tweet, and Eric Trump walks by.

Trump said he accomplished a lot of things on his trip, but North Korea seems to have a different opinion because yesterday North Korea state media published a scathing review of President Trump's trip to Asia. They said Trump displayed his "true colors as an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject." Now you listen here, North Korea, we may not like him either, but that is the president of the United States you're accurately describing.

I can't believe Trump and Kim Jong Un are still going back and forth like this. Like the two of them have literally become the characters in every romcom you have ever seen. They're insulting each other so much you just know they'll actually end up together.

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered an earth-sized planet in our corner of the galaxy that is potentially habitable by humans. Yeah, they think the planet may have breathable air and drinkable water, which is impressive because we barely have those things here in Los Angeles. The planet in question orbits a star called Ross 128. It's part of a larger solar system that includes Chandler, Joey and Monica 128.

Nov. 16: Have you been following this story about the UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting? President Trump helped get them released and yesterday they publicly thanked him. So today, Donald Trump tweeted, “To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome.”

He also tweeted, “Have a great life! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!” This guy goes on one presidential trip to Asia and now he’s writing Chinese proverbs.

A piece of wedding cake from Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding is currently up for auction. The 12-year-old piece of cake is being marketed as a rare collector’s item. I can’t believe it lasted this long. Not the cake, the marriage.

This piece of cake is expected to go for over $1,000. What a rip-off. If I want to eat a 12-year-old piece of cake, I’ll go to the liquor store and buy some dusty Twinkies like a normal person.

Nov. 20: This weekend President Trump lashed out at NFL running back Marshawn Lynch after photos showed Lynch at a game in Mexico where he was standing during the Mexican national anthem, but sitting during the U.S. national anthem. By the way, “Marshawn Lynch stood for the Mexican anthem” is also the sentence that will start 70 percent of your Thanksgiving fights this year.

I’m surprised Donald Trump could even see Marshawn sitting down in Mexico, through that big border wall he built. Oh no, that’s right — it doesn’t exist.

Infighting continues within the Republican Party. On Saturday, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on mic when he made a remark, saying, “If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.” If? If you become the party of Donald Trump? He’s the president of the United States! That’s like the Catholic Church going, “Why does everyone keep associating us with Pope Francis?

Trump of course shot back on Twitter, saying, “Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the great state of Arizona, was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite president.” Favorite president? Jeff Flake said bad things about Rutherford B. Hayes?

Trump also attacked a man named LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China. After Ball failed to recognize Trump’s role in his son’s release, Trump tweeted, “[He] is unaccepting of what I did for his son. I should have left them in jail!” And there he is — America’s favorite president, ladies and gentlemen!

“I should have left them in jail!” At which point, Paul Manafort and the rest of Trump’s campaign staff were like, “Hahaha! OK, let’s not talk about leaving people in jail.”

Nov. 21: There was some big news out of Washington yesterday. It was announced that the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the Trump family's charity, is shutting down. He's shutting down his charity right before Christmas. If Trump wasn't going to be visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve before, he definitely is now.

Apparently, Trump said he's closing the foundation because he already has his hands full with too many other charity cases, like Eric, Donald, Jr., Ivanka — not Tiffany, she's out on her own and she knows that.

The attorney general says they can't shut down the charity because it's currently being investigated. I guess, when they heard Trump was doing something nice for other people, they were, like, "This sounds suspicious."

Today was the annual presidential turkey pardoning at the White House. The president pardoned two turkeys today — and then immediately criticized them on Twitter for not being grateful enough.

During the ceremony, Trump tried to make a joke about overturning Obama's pardons from last year, at which point the turkeys in front of Trump were like, "You know what, just kill us now."

Donald Trump's website is selling a Christmas version of its "Make America Great Again" hat. It's embroidered with "Merry Christmas" on the back. It's the perfect gift for someone who has everything. Check that. Hates everything. It's the perfect gift for someone who hates everything. This is the hat that says "I love Christmas" but can't stand snowflakes.


Nov. 15: President Trump, on his first day back in the United States after a 12-day trip through Asia, started the morning with a flurry of tweets. Trump took to Twitter today to brag about the stock market, attack The New York Times, promote "Fox and Friends," promote Sean Hannity, criticize three UCLA basketball players, send his condolences after another multi-victim shooting to the wrong city in the wrong state. And that's it, I think. It's like he never left.

He also lashed out at CNN. He wrote, "While in the Philippines I was forced to watch CNN, which I've not done in months, and again realized how bad and fake it is. Loser!" Who is he calling loser? He knows CNN is not a guy, right?

I get the sense he walks around the White House yelling at inanimate objects. "The lamp didn't turn on. Loser!"

The president hasn't weighed in on the biggest story of the week, Roy Moore. Donald Trump's in a real bind. On one hand, he doesn't want to support an accused pedophile for Senate. His other hand is grabbing a woman by the — you know what I'm saying.

Roy Moore is running for U.S. Senate in Alabama and there are many reasons he should not be a U.S. senator. The latest and most shocking are accusations of child molestation. He's been accused by five women of sexual misconduct and/or assault when they were young teenagers. They put him on a watch list at the mall. What man in his 30s is even willingly going to the mall in the first place?

Nov. 16: Astronomers have discovered a previously unknown planet only 11 light years from Earth that could possibly support human life. They call it Ross 128-b. Which sounds like a “Friends” spinoff where David Schwimmer is divorced from Rachel and forced to live alone in a sad apartment.

But it’s not, it’s a planet. It might have water, which would make it possible to sustain life. As far as they know, Donald Trump is not president there. Do you know NASA didn’t even start looking for new planets until after Donald Trump was elected president?

So they have a plan to test whether this new planet is habitable. This is interesting. They’re going to send Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey up there.

Meanwhile, here on Earth, the House passed the GOP-backed tax plan today, which is very good news for billionaires and also just your average run-of-the mill millionaires too. The bill would shift the tax burden from the wealthy to people who really should be paying more, like college students.  


Nov. 15: North Korean state media today called President Trump a coward for canceling his visit to the demilitarized zone during his trip to Asia. Listen, President Trump is a lot of things, but a coward is just one of those things.

Republicans are reportedly hoping that President Trump will pressure Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race. And Roy Moore still might not drop out, but at least he’ll know what it’s like to be pressured by an older man.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced yesterday that the Senate tax bill will include language to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate. Come on, Mitch. How can you destroy healthcare when your neck is six months pregnant?

Nov. 16: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling for an ethics investigation into accusations that Sen. Al Franken sexually assaulted a woman in 2006. Because Mitch McConnell absolutely will not stand for sexual harassment — by Democrats.

President Trump met with Republican lawmakers in the basement of the Capitol today just before they voted on the new tax reform bill, and nobody was more excited to see them down there than Eric. “Welcome to my basement, Father! Father, come. The bucket is a chair.”

President Trump reportedly joked to House Republicans today that he only likes between 30 to 40 percent of them. His kids were like, “Don’t worry, he says that all of the time.”

According to a new study, sweat might one day be used to unlock smartphones. So get ready to all be hacked by Steve Bannon.

Nov. 20: The White House has announced that President Trump will pardon two turkeys at a ceremony tomorrow, despite the fact that both turkeys lied under oath about meeting with Russian officials.

A Republican operative who is in contact with the White House told The Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working through the staff like Pac-Man, [shows photo of Trump sons] which should be of concern to Inky and Blinky.

According to reports, Donald Trump Jr. spoke briefly last year with a Russian banker with ties to Vladimir Putin while attending an event hosted by the NRA. Wait, hold on one second. Don Jr., OK … Putin … NRA! I won Evil Bingo!

Charles Manson passed away last night at the age of 83, leaving Trump scrambling to nominate a new head of his mental health task force.

Nov. 21: President Trump pardoned a turkey at the White House today, where he said, "I'm pleased to report that, unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of the year, Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him." Though I bet the turkey would feel more confident about that if they would stop calling him Drumstick.

CBS news today fired host Charlie Rose after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. It's too bad, but if you want to keep your job, you've got to get that number up to 16.

Starbucks recently released a limited edition juniper latte. Juniper, or as Betsy Devos calls it, the biggest planet.

Pringles has launched several new potato chip flavors including turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Or as single dads call it, "Thanksgiving!"


Nov. 20: You might remember that while he was in China, Trump asked China’s President Xi Jinping to release three UCLA players who had been arrested for shoplifting from a Chinese mall — easily the most scandalous thing to happen in a mall that didn’t involve Roy Moore.

Trump couldn’t resist tweeting, “Do you think the three UCLA basketball players will say thank you President Trump?” Imagine Thanksgiving at the Trump house: “Let’s go around the table and all say what we’re thankful to me for. I’ll start. Thank you, me.”

Trump also took a shot at Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake was caught on camera dissing his own party, saying, “If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.” Sen. Flake, that’s a little too hard on toast.


WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



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“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!” If you were once a fan of WKRP in Cincinnati and missed this Thanksgiving episode you missed a gem. And if you never saw even one episode of this series from the late 1970s, you missed seeing one of the funniest, well-casted shows of all time. Many feel it ranked up there with Cheers, Seinfeld and the Mary Tyler Moore show. In fact, it was produced by Mary’s company, MTM productions. Here’s the set-up for this clip: The lovable but bumbling boss of radio station WKRP had a novel promotional idea that called for giving away free turkeys to the citizens of Cincinnati. The clip starts with the station’s reporter covering the give-away from downtown. TAKE IT AWAY, Les…(4:49)


Some interesting facts about the story behind that “Turkeys Away” Thanksgiving episode as well as a few more pics of Loni Anderson can be found HERE. (4:33)


And for you purists, HERE is a link to the entire 25-minute “Turkeys Away” episode…




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We can’t help but feel there is a measure of truth in THIS job interview, and if we are right, our country is in a heap of that stuff you try not to step in when you go for a walk in the park.(2:50)




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Wanna go really, really, really fast, and over 600 miles on a single battery charge? You can if you have about $200+K lying around, or you can qualify for a $200+K car loan. Click HERE for the details. The new Truck is nice, too. And without a trailer in tow, it will out accelerate 99 percent of the cars on the highway in a race from 0 to 60. Click HERE for the details about Elon Musk’s new Roadster and Tractor.




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Wanna go for a bike ride? You know you do, so hop on the back of this guy’s mountain bike (or straddle his shoulders) and enjoy the scenery as you peacefully ride down the mountain. We guarantee you won’t crash, at least not in THIS video received from Bill Leavy. (4:01)


What’s that? You say the terrain was too bumpy and that you got a sore butt? That’s understandable, so hop on the back of THIS guy’s bike instead for a leisurely ride through town. (2:52)




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Unless you know this 102-year-old lady personally, you will never guess where she lives, what she does to stay fit, or where she does it. If you are going to try guessing, here’s a clue: She’s a lot closer to your proximity if you still live in the San Jose area than you might think. When you give up, which would be the smart thing to do, click on THIS link provided by Bill Yarbrough. You might be surprised. (1:30)




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Rob Reek thinks the Amazing Johnathan is worth a few minutes of your time. Click HERE and see if you think that it was. (7:08)




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After the woman gave birth to a baby, her doctor stood solemnly at her bedside.

"I have something I must tell you about your baby."

"What's wrong?" the alarmed mother asked.

"Your baby is a hermaphrodite."

"What's that?"

"It means your baby has both male and female parts."

"Oh my God!" the woman exclaimed. "You mean it has a penis and a brain?"

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This week’s Hope for Paws Trilogy:

First up is Watson, a three-legged cutie that needed BADLY to be rescued. (5:51)

 

 

Next is Amy, a frightened and injured Chihuahua that didn’t want to be RESCUED but was glad she was. (3:56)

 


And last are three dogs that were dumped on the STREET by their owner(s). Say hi to Charlie, Nessie and Dee-Dee. (7:24)


Please consider making a recurring $5 or $10 donation on a credit card or through Pay Pal. Odds are you won't even miss it. The donation will help cover Hope for Paws’ expenses which includes the vet bills that follow the rescues. Click HERE to donate.




When it comes to presenting nature videos, no one does is better than the BBC, especially if Sir David Attenborough has a hand in the presentation. (Yes, he was knighted by the Queen.) Even the National Geographic Society with all its resources has to take a backseat to the BBC. We cite as an example THIS amazing cut from the BBC “Earth” series titled the “Beaver Lodge Construction Squad.” (9:46)




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If someone gave you a pair of tickets to see an act that involved bubbles would you feel inclined to attend? If you ever have that opportunity, don’t be so fast to pass it up. Watch THIS clip and you may be amazed. (2:46)




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Friendship between Women:


A woman didn't come home one night. The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a girlfriend's house. The man called his wife's 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship between Men:


A man didn't come home one night. The next day he told his wife that he had slept over at a buddy's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over,  and two claimed that he was still there.

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If you have some time to spare and want to truly appreciate the beauty of some amazing places on this orb we call Earth, we recommend watching THIS contribution from Joe Devane. At least give it a start. You can always delete the clip if it doesn’t grab your interest. (13.30)




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Take a knee…my ass! That’s not a caustic remark. It’s the title of THIS song we chose as this week’s Thanksgiving Day closer. Happy Turkey Day to one and all. (3:08)




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Pic of the Week




THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 11/23/17

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

Maryanne Babiarz — Added

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to <bilmat@comcast.net>.



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