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RETIRED OFFICER JIM BAGGOTT
Photo from the 1983 SJPD
Born March 30, 1949
Appointed April 1972
Retired Oct. 1993
Died Nov. 21, 2016
celebration of life will be held in Jim’s honor at
Paine's Restaurant, 421 East St. in Hollister on
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Retired Officer Jim Baggott passed away peacefully at his home in Hollister last Monday.
We made contact with Jim’s son, Brian, a Capt. with Palo Alto Fire. He provided us with the following information.
Prior to his career as a San Jose police officer, Jim was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who served as a U.S. Navy Helicopter Gunnersmate (door gunner). Upon his return, he joined the San Jose Police Dept. and served for 21 years until a back injury forced his retirement in Oct. 1993. During his tenure with the SJPD, Jim moved from Patrol to the MERGE Unit where he served for three years. He then transferred back to Patrol before being assigned to the FTO Program, where he suffered a back injury. Light duty at the Mounted Unit saw him through the rest of his career which concluded with a service-connected disability retirement in Oct. 1993.
Jim was an avid golfer, outdoorsman and owner of a custom cabinet business for many years in Morgan Hill. Most recently, he and his wife Jocelan traveled around the west coast as amateur gold miners.
According to the obituary that Brian provided, Jim is survived by his loving wife Jocelan Sinclaire; sister Sharon Bryant and family; daughter Krista Erwig and family; and son Brian Baggott and family.
Jocelan and Jim
Son Brian and Jim
RETIRED SERGEANT TOM KINNEY
No photo available
Born Feb. 10, 1921
Appointed Nov. 21, 1945
Retired April 1, 1975
Died in Sept. 2016
(exact date unknown)
Based on information from Gary Johnson via Bob Moir, Tom was residing in a retirement facility in the town of Murphys, CA when he passed away in Sept. of this year. Until his death, he was the oldest living SJPD retiree. Bob recalls that most of Tom’s career was spent in the Juvenile Bureau and the Motor Unit. He was married to Josephine, but we have no information about her status. If anyone has any additional information about the retired sergeant, please consider sharing it with the rest of us.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SCHEDULED FOR MANNY
This is a repeat from last week's notification for those who may have missed it...
A celebration of Manny’s life will be held on Sunday December
4th, at the San Jose POA, 1151 North Fourth St, San Jose, CA
95112. An open reception will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Manuel “Manny” Becerra
July 10, 1945 - Nov. 1, 2016
Resident of San Jose, California
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Manny Becerra, passed away on November 1, 2016 at the age of 71.
Manny was born in San Francisco on July 10, 1945 to Manuel and Josephine Becerra and married Janice Elaine Burkhead in 1969. In 1971 Manny graduated from the Redwood City Police Academy to start his career in law enforcement. In 1976 he transferred to the San Jose Police Department where he would serve for 30 years before retiring as a sergeant in 2006.
Manny is survived by his wife Jan of 47 years; his children, Helen, Brian and Heather; his sisters, Anna, Arely and Cathy; his brother, John; and grandchildren, Alex, Emma, Corlun, Emma, Zorina and Eva.
More ambush type shootings at our police family across the nation plagues us again. Police Officers continue to get shot at and killed just because they wear the uniform and badge. But along with that, we have had many 'leaders' across the country that use the media to promote their own political agendas and thus create more violence against our law enforcement community. National press gives the anti-police movement lots of air time, yet when a police agency needs national support they get no time. We all must continue to be vigilant and speak the truth.
Lets’ please give our thoughts and prayers to the family of the murdered San Antonio Police Detective, Benjamin Marconi, and the injured officers out of St. Louis, Gladstone Missouri, and Sanibel Florida.
As always, please stay safe and take care of each other!
Paul Kelly, POA President
police veteran Det. Benjamin Marconi, 50, was shot and
killed on Sunday, Nov. 20th, while on duty in San Antonio, Texas.
For more information regarding this Membership Alert, see the
Trials and Tribulations of San Jose and the SJPD column below.
Today the SJPOA has released the video below to the media and public that asks the question: "When did shooting at cops become OK? Where's the outrage and protests when a cop gets killed?"
If you have Facebook, please click HERE to share this link with your friends, or you can share our YouTube link by clicking on THIS link.
Too many police officers will be missing at their Thanksgiving dinners for no other reason than they wore a uniform.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
This is how the local TV stations covered the POA video on their newscasts last night...
And this is how the story was covered in today's (Nov. 24) Mercury News...
Focuses on Cop Killings — Civil Rights Leaders Alarmed
—San Jose police union releases YouTube piece, spotlighting spike in deaths in past year—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Nov. 24, 2016
SAN JOSE — Heading into the holiday weekend, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association released a provocative online video calling attention to a national spike in officer killings in the past year and contending a lack of outrage about the trend.
It also alarmed local civil rights leaders who called the web video divisive and insensitive to minority communities fearful about the election of Donald Trump as president.
Titled “When did shooting at cops become OK?”, the minute-long video posted to YouTube and released early Wednesday cites that 56 police officers in the United States have been shot to death so far in 2016, marking a 70 percent rise in such killings during the same period in 2015. Since the video posted, a 57th officer died.
At a news conference Wednesday at its San Jose headquarters, a mock Thanksgiving table was set up, adorned with portraits of American law enforcement officers recently killed on the job.
“We owe it to them to have their memories discussed at the Thanksgiving table,” union president Sgt. Paul Kelly said. “Enough is enough. I’m not going to continue to be quiet when officers are getting ambushed across the nation.”
The latest killing was confirmed Wednesday in Detroit after a Wayne State University police officer was shot in the head while stopping someone on a bicycle Tuesday night. On Sunday, a San Antonio police officer was shot during an apparent ambush. In the greater Bay Area, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace was fatally shot Nov. 13 by an auto-theft suspect in Hughson, about 10 miles southeast of Modesto.
Backed by a somber piano track, the union’s web video asks, “Where is the outrage?” and “Where are the protests?” interspersed with news footage about a Nov. 13 encounter where an alleged gang member shot at two gang-enforcement officers at close range in East San Jose. The officers were not hit, and the man suspected in the shooting was arrested four days later.
That was the second time this year that someone fired at SJPD officers. On March 12, during a car stop, a man fired at three officers with a rifle. The last department member shot and killed in the line of duty was Officer Michael Johnson in March 2015.
The video ends by saying “The San Jose Police Officers’ Association believes All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter.”
Those slogans were created as a protest to “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations over the killings of unarmed black men by police, dating back to the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Police advocates accused people in the movement of unfairly vilifying police.
Silicon Valley De-Bug Director Raj Jayadev, one of SJPD’s most prominent critics, said the video only serves to inflame the very tensions the union is trying to quell.
“Any time an armed force with a license to use lethal force says it is ‘drawing a line in the sand’ — it should be understood as a very serious threat to the public,” Jayadev said. “If their goal was to ratchet up the tension between the police and the community, and further build distrust and suspicion — they nailed it.”
Kelly said a national animus against police contributes to the recent rise of fatal officer shootings, which he said was becoming “the new normal” and has been fueled in part by what he called “false narratives” and misinformation about police shootings. The union is also advocating for federal legislation that would designate the targeting and killing of a police officer as a hate crime.
Walter Wilson, a board member with the African American Community Service Agency, took issue with the union’s characterization of violence against police, citing statistics showing that while the country has seen a spike in the past few years, officer deaths have consistently trended downward since the 1970s.
“This is political grandstanding, and it’s not helpful or useful,” Wilson said. “Where’s their press conference when a black man is killed on video with his hands up? All lives matter, sure they do. But do they matter equally? The answer is no.” Kelly, the union president, warned people not to lose sight of the lives at stake amid all the charged rhetoric being exchanged.
“I don’t understand why we even need to get into the words, the acronyms, or the hashtags,” Kelly said. “We’re talking about human life.”
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Sues Police for Partially Blinding Him in One Eye
—Filing alleges officers needlessly hit plaintiff with a rubber bullet—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 19, 2016
SAN JOSE — A man has filed an excessive force lawsuit that alleges San Jose police needlessly blinded him in one eye with a rubber bullet during a suicidal episode inside an East San Jose mini-mart last December. The federal complaint filed in late October seeks unspecified damages from the City of San Jose, former Chief Larry Esquivel and 30 unidentified defendants, most of whom are presumed to be San Jose police officers present at the Dec. 15, 2015 encounter at the Shop-N-Go at South Jackson and Alum Rock avenues.
Benjamin Cooper, the plaintiff, contends that he was in the store and threatening to hurt himself with a knife, and was seen pressing the weapon against his throat, according to the suit. The store clerk called 911, and arriving officers cleared out other occupants of the store.
Cooper followed them outside and reportedly paced back and forth with the knife against his neck. Both police and the plaintiff agree that the officers repeatedly ordered Cooper to drop the knife, and at some point the officers fired “less than lethal” rounds at Cooper.
The suit states that Cooper was hit in his left leg, chest, and right eye, and that he permanently lost vision in that eye, “which causes him pain and has exacerbated his condition related to anxiety and panic attacks.”
The suit’s main point of contention is that Cooper did not pose a threat to anyone’s safety but his own, and that police did not attempt to de-escalate the situation, as they are generally trained to do when dealing with a person who is mentally ill or experiencing a mental-health crisis.
“Mr. Cooper was not a danger to the officers or anyone else at the scene. I don’t see how they’re going to deny that fact,” said Che Hashim, one of the attorneys representing Cooper. “Hopefully this will shine a light on the need to train the police and re-evaluate the use of these non-lethal devices. They totally blinded this guy, his eye is un-openable, and that can’t possibly be helpful to his mental state moving forward.”
San Jose police deferred questions about the suit to the City Attorney’s Office, which declined comment as it usually does when asked about pending litigation.
Neither the suit nor police accounts of the encounter specifically mention whether any of the responding officers were trained in crisis intervention, which the department declared earlier this year would be an eventual requirement for all of its officers.
Dennis Kenney, a professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an expert in police training, said the encounter highlights a routine dilemma for officers when dealing with people who are threatening no one else but themselves.
“The ideal way to handle that situation would be to talk the guy down, into surrendering, but that’s not always feasible,” Kenney said. “You can’t disarm him by force, since the guy’s got a knife, it puts (the officers) at risk. The problem with a Taser is that it’s not 100 percent, and if you miss, then the individual cuts his throat.”
“The moral and legal obligation on police is to do something. They can’t just walk away,” Kenney said. “But the choices available to them aren’t good. My guess is they wish they aimed better.”
Kenney also noted that over the years, police have increasingly become first responders to mental health crises, which he said isn’t always the best match for the problem.
“I empathize, but this is less the responsibility of the police, and more on family and the social-service network around them,” he said. “Blaming that failure on police probably doesn’t get you very far.”
This is Brittany Hughes, and I have a feeling she might be auditioning for a spot on Fox News. What do you think?
Red State <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You could be right, Red. But what do the readers think? If they watch the clip by clicking HERE perhaps they will agree. Or not. (3:28)
But Brittany may have to get in line behind Tomi Lauren, who’s a commentator on The Blaze. She, too, may be hoping to jump on the Fox News train. Here are HER final thoughts about the election. (3:14)
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Assistant Chief Dave Knopf and these two Deputy Chiefs, now Chief Hober and soon-to-be Chief Ngo, have been especially good friends to me over the last two years.
You and Joe spoke with pride of the thirty chiefs coming out of SJPD, and you listed them in the Farsider, late summer 2014, but I haven't managed to find it.
This good news, and the passage of Measure F, give us important things to celebrate, even as the national news takes our breath away almost every day.
Thank you again for your friendship and your unique service.
Laurie McNamara <email@example.com>
Laurie has an excellent memory, but I fear I may have missed one or more in the following list of former SJPD cops who went on and became Chiefs elsewhere. Any reader who can name someone who should be on the list below and isn’t is encouraged to let me know at <firstname.lastname@example.org> so I can add them to the list.
SJPD personnel who became Chiefs
of other law enforcement agencies:
(alphabetical by first name)
• Andy Galea — Los Altos, CA
• Bill Clark — Newport, WA
• Bill Lansdowne — Richmond, CA; San Diego, CA
• Bob Allen — Capitola, CA
• Bob Bradshaw — Reno, NV; Concord CA; Nevada Highway Patrol
• Bud Bye — San Jose-Evergreen Community College District
• Chris Ebert — Marion, IA
• Dan Ortega — Salinas, CA
• Diane Urban — Hayward, CA
• Eric Sills — Greenfield, CA; Soledad, CA
• Gary Leonard — Grand Junction, CO; Alexandria, VA; Sandy City, UT; Greenfield CA; West Sacramento, CA
• Gus Kettman — Palm Springs, CA
• Jay Propst — Boulder, CO
• JR "Junior" Gamez — Redwood City, CA
• Ken Tanaka — West Valley/Mission College
• Lee Brown — Multnomah Co., OR; Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; New York City, NY
• Lou Cobarruviaz — Redwood City, CA
• Manny Martinez — Daly City, CA
• Mike Maehler — Longmont, CO; Concord, CA; Mountain View, CA; Sunnyvale, CA
• Pat Dwyer — Sunnyvale, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Hayward, CA
• Pete Decena — San Jose State University PD
• Phan Ngo — Sunnyvale DPS
• Rich Couser — Contra Costa Community College District, CA
• Rich Gummow — Juneau, AK
• Richard Cadenasso — Elk Grove Unified School District Police, Elk Grove, CA
• Ruben Chavez — Livingston, CA
• Russ Russell — San Juan Bautista, CA; Coalinga, CA; Parlier, CA
• Scott Seaman — Los Gatos PD
• Tom Frazier — Baltimore, MD
• Tom Navin — Capitol Police Dept., Carson City, NV
• Tuck Younis — Los Altos, CA
• Walt Tibbett — Alameda, CA
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If the crowd control photos have run their course, feel free to deny this request.
Included are two photos of the Santa Clara S/O and the SJPD crowd control crews standing by. The street looks like it is one near San Jose State. I would appreciate any information that can be provided about the photos. I think that looks like a young Glenn Terry in the front of the SJPD formation wearing what is now called a suicide bomber vest.
This is what happens when you are living in the woods of rural Oregon. When the fall rains and snow set in you are housebound and have limited choices for reducing the boredom factor. I can work on my hobbies. I can watch TV, but I strongly suspect that what is on television is a plot by space aliens to sap us of our intellectual prowess prior to invasion. I can clean guns and sharpen my edged weapons. I can wrestle with the hound (he wins). I can eat and drink, but doctors have told me to slow down in that area. Finally, if all else fails I can engage my wife in conversation (I usually lose at that too).
Harry (Mullins) <email@example.com>
Any readers capable of providing Harry with some info he is seeking? Here are the photos he sent in…
The tear gas man doesn’t look like Glenn to me. But he and Maggie receive the Farsider, so he will likely recall if he was wearing the vest if he sees this pic.
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Someone needed to speak up when the following missive appeared on the Letters Page of the Mercury News on Monday of this week…
Since yours truly didn’t hear the spinning of any other hard drives, I took on the task.
NOVEMBER RETIREES’ ASSN. NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE
The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. Click HERE to view it.
HAS IT REALLY BEEN 43 YEARS?
Academy Class 1973
To the best of Jeff Dooley’s recollection, here are the names of many members of the Nov. 1973 Academy class. Several of those pictured, however, didn’t make it through the FTO Program, so their names do not appear.
Front Row (L-R): Bill Clark; (Unk); Armando Eleman; Russ Royal; Terry Handforth; Carl Borbons; Jeff Dooley; Rich Frazier; Steve Miller (RIP).
Back Row (L-R): (First six unknown); Janie Jensen; Ciro Cardelli (tall blonde in back); (Unk); Terry Eisenberg; (Unk); Vic Martinez; Chief Bob Murphy; Greg Sekany; John Quinn; (Unk); Mike Costa; (Unk); Joe Ryan; (Unk); Will Rendler; Bruce Anderson; Ron Ledesma; Joe Asencio; and Don Hale.
FINAL CALL FOR KKC CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE TICKETS
There are only a few days left for members to secure their tickets.
The cut-off is this coming Monday, November 28th, at 5 pm.
Rooms can be reserved at the San Jose Holiday Inn for $99 per night which
includes breakfast for two. Call (408) 453-6200 and mention Keith Kelley Club.
2016 Christmas Dinner Dance
Saturday, December 3rd
San Jose Holiday Inn
1350 North 1st Street, San Jose
Retired Members Party — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
General Membership Cocktails — 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Dinner — 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dancing — 8:30 to Midnight
Tickets can be obtained at <www.KeithKelleyClub.com> or from:
Communications – Mariana Ramirez
Office of the Chief – Dana/Anau
O.S.S.D. – Veronica Andrade
Retirees – Margie Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Table Arrangements – Ted Vasquez – <Vasquezted@yahoo.com>
Tickets are free for members and $75 for guests
Call 408-421-3785 for questions or email
— Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be given to charity—
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KELLEY 2016 CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
“Goodwill to All”
THE BIRTHDAY BOYS FROM LAST WEEK’S PBA MEETING
The Nov. and Dec. PBA Birthday Boys (the PBA doesn’t meet in Dec.) L-R: Terry Handforth; Pete Guerin; Tony Pappalardo; Ralph Percelle; Chaplain Bryan Allen; Ken Jacksteit; Jim Guido; Bob Moir, Marv Lewis; Tom Mazzone; Tim Knea; and Fred Lagergren. (Photo by Ernie Alcantar)
ANOTHER SAN JOSE COP CHOSEN FOR A CHIEF'S JOB
Sunnyvale Taps Ngo as Chief of Police
—SJPD veteran’s new duties also include commanding the city’s fire services—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Nov. 22, 2016
SUNNYVALE — Phan Ngo, a veteran San Jose police commander with over a quarter century in law enforcement, has been tapped to serve as the next chief of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, city officials announced Monday.
Ngo, 50, who has spent the better part of the past decade as a deputy chief in all four SJPD operational bureaus, said he is relishing the task of commanding not only police but also fire services in Sunnyvale’s relatively unique integrated emergency- response model.
“It’s exciting; I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Ngo said. “My experience has always been with law enforcement, but I’m going to roll up my sleeves and learn the fire discipline part of it. I know they have a strong team on the fire side; I’ll lean on smart people there.”
Ngo was selected after Sunnyvale conducted a national search to replace outgoing Chief Frank Grgurina, who is retiring in December after a 30-year police career. Provided he passes a routine background check, Ngo is set to take over Jan. 2, with an annual salary of $215,000.
Ngo, 50, of Saratoga, a
27-year member of the San Jose
Police Department, was tapped to
serve as the next chief of the
Sunnyvale Department of Public
Safety, announced Nov. 2, 2016
“Phan is a seasoned leader with an incredible breadth of experience which is a tremendous asset to any organization,” said City Manager Deanna Santana, who chose Ngo. “He is well known for collaborating and achieving results, so I have deep confidence in his ability to lead our integrated public safety services.”
In a 27-year law enforcement career, entirely with SJPD, Ngo worked as patrol officer, robbery detective, hostage negotiator, patrol supervisor and commander, gang enforcement and vice unit supervisor, gang investigations commander, internal affairs commander, and deputy chief in all of the department’s major bureaus: investigation, administration, field operations and technical services.
Ngo was also notable as a champion for San Jose’s large Vietnamese population; it heartened community members to see one of their own represented in the highest ranks of the police department.
San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia lauded Sunnyvale’s selection of Ngo.
“I’m very happy and excited for Phan as he begins his new journey. There’s always a sense of pride when command staff from the San Jose Police Department move on to lead other departments,” Garcia said. “I’ll miss Phan, but I know we will work together as county chiefs.”
Garcia was referring to a steady presence of former SJPD commanders currently serving as chiefs in the greater Bay Area. At the moment, department alumni are leading police departments in Daly City, Hayward, Piedmont, Redwood City, Monterey, San Jose State University, Sand City, Soledad, Tracy and Watsonville, and Los Gatos and Los Altos recently had SJPD veterans at the helm.
Pending a routine background check, Ngo will soon join that vaunted list, which he said has been buoyed by good community relationships with police that appeal to cities in search of new leadership.
“We’re successful because we have the support of the community,” he said. “That culture bodes well for any command officer here.”
Still, Ngo said it was “bittersweet” to leave the only department he has known.
“The San Jose Police Department has been my home for 27 years. The city has been great to my family,” he said. “It’s been a great ride. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life and to continue making Sunnyvale one of the safest cities in the country.”
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NFL COMMISSIONER
With fourteen NFL games on Sunday and the 49ers on that list, there's no question that some players will protest during the National Anthem. However, Marine Colonel (Ret) Jeffrey A. Powers is sick of it. So he wrote this letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. It was posted on former Congressman Allen West's website...
I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium. I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. Fourteen of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for.
They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special!
They are not!
My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this! You will fine players for large and small infractions, but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.
What would happen if they came out and publicly disrespected you or the refs?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem.
Isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?
Why is taunting not allowed, yet taunting America is OK?
You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes, yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fists in the air.
They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!
You condone it all by your refusal to act.
You are just as bad and disgusting as they are.
I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL.
I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines.
I applaud those who have not.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles. They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7, often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces, not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.
Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. Others wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds of both vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high-paid protesting pretty boys and you look in the mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!
Time to change the channel.
Colonel Jeffrey A. Powers U.S.M.C (Ret)
IT IS INDEED A CHANGING WORLD
Here’s a helpful Mercury News article that tells you how to beat a test for marijuana. What’s next? How to beat a DUI arrest for weed if they come up with a way to test for it?
You on Drugs?
—What you need to know if you need to pass a workplace drug test for cannabis use—
By Lisa M. Krieger <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Nov. 20, 2016
The best way to beat a marijuana test is simple: Don’t use drugs in the weeks leading up to a test. It’s also a good idea to delete any Facebook photos that proudly show off your smoke-blowing skills.
What does a test do?
It looks for evidence of the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, THC. The most common type of test — because it’s quick, simple and costs under $25 — is a urine test. You’ll be given a specially designed secure cup, usually with a temperature- gauging strip. It will get sealed with tamper-resistant tape, then sent via express delivery service to a testing laboratory.
If you use cannabis, this is what you need to know:
• A urine test detects usage in the past 1 to 3 days in infrequent users — up to 30 days for habitual users.
• A saliva test detects usage in the past 24 hours.
• A hair test detects usage in the past three months.
Any pre-test advice?
Southern California cannabis entrepreneur David Atkinson, who has advised weed-smoking musicians who hold day jobs, recommends drinking a lot of fluids to dilute any lingering THC — and not giving urine first thing in the morning, when THC is most concentrated.
It is possible to cheat on a test? It’s not possible to mask a positive urine sample by adding other substances. That has led some users to buy synthetic urine and then use a heating pad to increase the temperature of the urine to 98.6 degrees. “Detox kits” are also available on the internet that claim to help flush the body of THC. If you’re unsure whether you’ll pass the test, you might want to first test yourself in the privacy of your home. Walgreens and CVS sell off-the-shelf “home drug tests,” ranging from $14 to $20. If you fail, ask to reschedule the test to a date you know you’ll be weed-free.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
A fleeing Taliban terrorist, desperate for water, was plodding through the Afghan desert when he saw something far off in the distance.
Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the image only to find a very frail little old Jewish man standing at a small makeshift display rack selling ties.
The Taliban terrorist asked, "Do you have water?”
The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5.”
"The Taliban shouted hysterically, "Idiot Infidel! I do not need such an over-priced western adornment. I spit on your ties. I need water!”
"Sorry, I have none, Just ties, pure silk, and only $5."
"Pahh! A curse on your ties. I should wrap one around your scrawny little neck and choke the life out of you, but I must conserve my energy to find water!"
"Okay," said the little old Jewish man. "It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie from me, or that you hate me, threaten my life and call me an infidel. I will show you that I am bigger than any of that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a restaurant. It has the finest food and all the ice-cold water you can drink. Go In Peace.”
Cursing him again, the desperate Taliban staggered away over the hill.
Several hours later, the Taliban crawled back, almost dead and gasped, “Those bastards wouldn't let me in without a tie.”
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Received from Dirk Parsons
There was a lady in her 90s who became a sort of local celebrity because she had recently gotten married. The local news station decided to interview her and asked questions like how did it it feel to be a newlywed in her 90s?
"This isn't my first husband, so it's not much different than the others," she replied with a smile.
"Oh? How many husbands have you had?" the interviewer inquired.
"This one will be my fourth," she replied.
"I was married in my 20s to a banker, then in my 40s to a circus performer. After that, I married a preacher."
"What does your current husband do?"
"Oh, he's a funeral director."
The interviewer laughed and asked how she came to marry these men from such different backgrounds and jobs.
"It always made sense to me," she replied. "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go."
(We can hear you. Stop with the booing!)
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An elderly nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them in an attempt to correct their ways. She decided she would pack a lunch and sit with the workers so she could talk with them.
She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating. After sitting down with the workers she asked: "Do you men know Jesus Christ?"
They shook their heads and looked at each other very confused.
One of the workers then looked up into the steelworks and yelled out, "Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?"
One of the steelworkers yelled down, "Why?"
The worker yelled back, "Cuz his wife's here with his lunch."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Nov. 15 — 22
Nov. 15: President Obama actually said yesterday that if things get better under President Trump, he’ll be the first to congratulate him. Well, technically, he’ll be the second because Trump will congratulate himself first.
I read that Donald Trump doesn’t want to live at the White House full-time. He’s thinking about commuting from New York City. It’s all part of Trump’s plan to make America great again, and to make traffic in New York City worse than ever.
Trump apparently wants to commute to Washington, D.C., by helicopter. Trump asked the pilot if he’s got those radio headphones so they can talk to each other in the air and the pilot was like, ”Nope.”
Donald Trump has reportedly asked for his adult children to get top-level security clearance so that they can see classified documents and explain them to him. Trump is trying to get top-secret security clearance for his kids, which explains why today Vladimir Putin asked Trump to adopt him.
Nov. 16: President Obama was in Greece yesterday to meet with the Greek prime minister. Yep, Obama went to the birthplace of democracy to say, “Spoiler alert!”
Obama began his final foreign trip in Athens, Greece, while back in the White House Joe Biden held his final toga party as vice president.
Yesterday Donald Trump and Mike Pence reportedly received their first presidential daily briefing of sensitive national intelligence. Or as Trump asked Putin, “Do you prefer email or fax?”
Carrie Fisher claims in her upcoming book that she had an affair with Harrison Ford on the set of “Star Wars.” And Jabba the Hutt was like, “You said you don’t date co-workers. What’s the deal?”
Snapchat’s parent company has filed paperwork to sell its stock publicly. Now comes the hard part — teaching its parent company how to use Snapchat.
Nov. 17: Ted Cruz is actually being considered by Donald Trump to be attorney general. Though it will be pretty awkward when he shows up on his first day of work and Trump goes, “I said ‘Tom Cruise.”
Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Mike Pence had lunch together. Pence was like, “I’m eager to discuss the issues facing our nation.” While Biden said, “If you tell the waiter it’s your birthday, you get a free piece of cake.”
Ricky Martin announced that he is engaged to his boyfriend, who happens to be Syrian. Ricky got down on one knee and said, “Will you help me make Donald Trump’s head explode?”
Carrie Fisher said that she went public with her affair with Harrison Ford because she felt like she waited an appropriate amount of time. Specifically, she said it was “a long time ago in a Winnebago far, far away.”
There’s a new workout where people crawl like a baby. It’s a new thing, because it strengthens your core while working your shoulders and hips. In response, babies were like, “Have you seen our bodies?”
Nov. 21: Donald Trump claimed that he decided to settle the Trump University lawsuits so he could focus on running the country. Then he went back to tweeting insults at the cast of “Hamilton.”
Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see “Hamilton” over the weekend, and was booed by people in the audience when he entered the theater. And if the crowd wasn't mad enough already, Pence waited until a quiet scene to open up a bag of Skittles.
The TSA just released a list of Thanksgiving leftovers that you can carry on and others you have to check, saying you can bring turkey on the plane but not gravy. Which will explain things when you’re at airport security and you see a bunch of people chugging their gravy next to a trash can.
I read about a woman from California who is driving by herself across the country to visit every single Costco in the U.S. So far, she’s traveled 2,000 miles — and that was just walking through one Costco.
Nov. 22: A new report finds that protecting Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City taxpayers over a $1 million a day. Then Trump was like, “Thank God I'm not a taxpayer!”
Right now, the focus is on who Trump will appoint to his cabinet. In fact, C-SPAN aired a live feed of the elevators at Trump Tower that captured potential cabinet members going up to meet him. It even caught the moment when Ted Cruz was approaching the elevator and everyone inside frantically hit the “door close” button.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was being interviewed yesterday and said she’s “very confident” that Trump isn’t breaking any laws during his transition. Then Americans were like, “Uh . . . we weren't even suspicious until you said that."
Victoria’s Secret will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open all the way through Black Friday. Because if there's one thing people want to do, it's stuff their faces all day, then try on some lingerie
Many Americans are planning to deep-fry their turkeys this year. But to save myself some time, I just stuffed my turkey with a Samsung Galaxy.
Nov. 15: There are reports that Bill Clinton encouraged Donald Trump to run for president. When asked about it, Bill Clinton said, “It hasn’t been this tense around my house since … well, you know…”
Donald Trump has announced that as president, he’ll take a salary of $1 a year. And he promises he’ll earn every penny.
Apple has changed back their design of the peach emoji to look more like a butt after people were upset the new design no longer looked like a butt. So you see, people – sometimes democracy DOES work!
President-elect Trump tweeted that he would have won the popular vote if he had campaigned more in New York, Florida, and California. Trump explained, “I just got tired and ran out of terrible things to say.”
Nov. 16: President Obama was in Greece today and he visited the ancient Greek Acropolis. Obama said, “I wanted to get used to seeing a once-great democracy in ruins.”
Experts say one of the biggest threats facing Donald Trump’s presidency could be North Korea. Evidently, Kim Jong Un is so incompetent and unstable, they’re worried Trump will give him a Cabinet post.
A United Airlines pilot made a speech over the intercom warning his passengers not to make political rants. He said, “Please continue, as always, to focus all your rage on United Airlines.”
Donald Trump said the transition is going well and he has spoken to “many foreign leaders.” Then someone had to explain to Trump that Barack Obama is not a “foreign leader.”
In the U.K., they’re launching an official Quidditch League, with eight teams competing across the country. It’s the first sports league where everyone has an equal chance of being a loser.
In Mexico, for the first time in years, a 1,100-pound man has finally left his bed. And the guy on the bottom bunk is very grateful.
Nov. 17: During President Obama’s visit to Greece yesterday, huge anti-Obama protests broke out. However, Obama was able to quiet down the crowd by saying, “Wait till you see the next guy.”
A woman has been charged with filing a false police report after posting that she had been kidnapped on Facebook. People grew suspicious when the woman “liked” her own kidnapping.
Ben from “The Bachelor” has called off his wedding. Apparently, Donald Trump wants to interview him for secretary of defense.
An artificially intelligent sex robot is expected to hit the market next year. Because that’s what guys want in a sex robot — intelligence.
According to a new study, marijuana users are twice as likely to suffer from a heart condition known as stress cardiomyopathy. But they’re three times as likely not to care.
Nov. 15: President Obama announced this week that, after meeting with Donald Trump, he plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do in order to help ease the transition. When asked how long he thought the transition would take, President Obama said, “Four years.”
Obama is going to walk Trump’s team through all this. So, basically, Obama is going to be going around the White House saying, “OK, now hit control-c. OK, now hit ‘P’ to print.”
It was reported that Trump’s team was unaware that they needed to replace the entire West Wing staff. Trump’s team basically thought the White House was like a Best Buy that occasionally gets a new store manager.
Former President George W. Bush announced that he and his wife, Laura, went to an animal shelter last week and welcomed their new dog, Freddy, into their family. Yeah, apparently even the Bush family needed an emotional support dog after that election.
Nov. 16: McDonald’s is unveiling something called a Nutella burger at its locations in Italy. This goes against the traditional way of eating Nutella, which is with two fingers in the dark while crying at 3 a.m.
A woman in New York recently sued KFC because her bucket of chicken wasn’t as full as it was depicted in the ad. She’s suing them for $20 million. This is the first person who has eaten an entire bucket of KFC and was like, “That wasn’t enough.”
And she says that she’s angry that the bucket in the ad wasn’t realistic, right? Does this woman understand how advertising works?
The craziest, most unbelievable story of National Fast Food Day has got to be the one that has come out of Russia, where Burger King just debuted a new item in honor of our president-elect called the Trump burger. It comes with a very spicy sauce, onion rings, and jalapenos; just like Trump’s election, it’s really hard to swallow.
Nov. 17: Today was the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event, which encourages people to stop smoking and help their loved ones do the same. That’s right, quit smoking a week after Trump was elected. Good luck with that.
Now, I am all for anti-smoking campaigns but the Great American Smokeout just makes it sound like a really fun barbecue. They should call it something like “The Great American Oh My God, Please Stop, You Are Going to Die.”
If you have a loved one who is still smoking now, now is a great time to help them quit. Then again in two weeks. And then again right after Christmas, the holidays are always stressful. Then there’s New Year’s Day . . .
There’s exciting news from the world of technology, experts say that in the future sex with robots will become so popular that it could replace sex with humans by 2050. So, basically, in the very near future, instead of texting “U up?” you’ll be texting “U on?”
Apparently this will even go beyond sex, and you’ll actually be able to seduce the robots. What? The whole point of having sex with a robot is that you don’t have to seduce it! I don’t talk my microwave into heating up my coffee. “I’m going to put this cup of coffee inside you for about 90 seconds, OK? And I want to you get real hot!”
It’s going to be awkward when the robots need repairs. Do you just show up to the Genius bar with a human-sized duffel bag like, “Hey, uh . . . this is 900 iPods.”
A study published in the journal Menopause revealed that as they age, women tend to have better memories than men. There is no way this is true. Back when I was single, every woman I met in a bar couldn’t even remember her own phone number. They were always giving me the wrong ones by accident.
Guys, this explains why your wife is like, “Did you remember to bring home milk?” And you’re like, “Who the hell are you?”
Nov. 21: Mike Pence got a rude greeting when he attended the musical "Hamilton" over the weekend. He was booed going to his seat and the cast addressed him directly at the end of the show. And this looks bad for Pence. I mean when the theater kid picks on you, you know you truly are the least popular kid in school.
Many Trump supporters called for a boycott of the show telling people you can't go to see "Hamilton." To which 2,000 freezing tourists in line for tickets say, "Yeah, we know."
The New York Times reports that Trump's wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron will stay in Trump Tower instead of moving to the White House in January. Apparently Melania doesn't want to pull Barron out of school, and when she was asked about it she was like, "Yeah, yeah, it's because of Barron's school. That is why I don't want to live with Donald."
Nov. 22: Experts predict that this will be the busiest travel week in a decade. According to a Google analysis of historical traffic data, the best time to leave for Thanksgiving was 6 a.m. Last Sunday.
The best time to leave from Thanksgiving is right after someone mentions the election.
Today, the stock market hit an all-time high. Which is great news, because if there's one thing we've learned over the past decade it’s that if Wall Street executives are doing well, regular Americans are doing well.
The Dow Jones industrial average topped 19,000 today for the first time. When they heard that, Americans everywhere nodded in approval as if they actually know what the Dow Jones industrial average is.
A man in England has broken a Guinness world record by bungee jumping 240 feet to dunk a cookie into a cup of tea. That has to be the most British thing ever. It's pretty cool, but what made him even want to do this? Of all the things to do with your life, there is absolutely no reason to make tea time “totally x-treme.”
Nov. 15: Dr. Ben Carson has reportedly told Donald Trump that he isn’t interested in serving in the Trump administration. And just like at the debates if his name is called, he won’t answer.
High school students across the country walked out of class today in protest of Donald Trump. Which is weird, since he’s living proof that you can do none of your homework and still become president.
Residents of a town in Missouri this week are complaining about the creation of a “bondage club” that operates next door to a church. The town filed a restraining order, but that just got them more excited.
The card game Uno this week was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Uno or, as it’ll be called in Trump’s America, One.
Nov. 16: One of Donald Trump’s potential attorneys general is reportedly already working on a plan to make Muslims register with the government. Does anyone see a problem with that, or do you “Nazi?”
Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Mike Pence had lunch together this afternoon. And just to [tick] him off, Biden told the waiter it was their anniversary.
According to a new poll, almost 60 percent of Americans believe Donald Trump should compromise with Democrats. Like, instead of a wall at the Mexican border, maybe a beaded curtain?
Nov. 17: Hillary Clinton made her first appearance since the election last night and told the crowd, “There had been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again.” Oh, sure, NOW you’re relatable.
Vice president-elect Mike Pence was seen today using a selfie stick while posing with a group of House Republicans. Of course, right after using the selfie stick, Pence had to go to confession.
The Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” came out today. Spoiler alert: They’re in a gold tower.
According to a new report, Donald Trump’s transition team still has not contacted the Pentagon. Apparently, they can’t find that shape on the phone. “I’m having no luck here. I’ve called Triangle like 50 times. They keep putting me through to Square. Square said he was Circle.”
Nissan is now offering a limited-edition version of its Rogue SUV to promote the new movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” featuring a collectible helmet, because nothing says “great car” like a complimentary helmet.
Nov. 21: After the cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence following a show this weekend, Donald Trump demanded they apologize and tweeted, “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.” To which Muslims replied, “Two tickets to the theater, please!”
Donald Trump spent the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Fore!” yelled Trump at a random woman he saw.
Nov. 22: According to reports, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus tried to get Donald Trump to cancel today’s meeting with The New York Times because Trump could face questions he wasn’t prepared to answer. It’s the same reason he canceled yesterday’s meeting with Highlights Magazine.
President Obama today awarded 21 people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Said Obama, “You’re free! Quick, go before he sees you!”
Donald Trump said this afternoon that he was “surprised” one of his top picks for secretary of defense is not in favor of waterboarding. Man, you think you know somebody. And then they turn out to be a decent human being.
When asked this afternoon if he reads The New York Times, Donald Trump told reporters, quote, “I do read it. Unfortunately. I’d live about 20 years longer if I didn’t.” “Got your paper, sir!” said Mike Pence.
Apple’s top designer has created a special Christmas tree that does not feature any lights or decorations. Said the designer, “I . . . didn’t know this was due today.”
Nov. 16: Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow and a number of major retail stores are breaking with recent tradition and will be closed on Thanksgiving this year. Although of all the Thanksgivings to decide to shut down for, why would you pick the one right after the most contentious election in 100 years?
This is the year we need you to stay open so we have an excuse to leave dinner and get away from our relatives.
Office Depot is one of the stores that announced they’ll close on Thanksgiving Day. Which, see, now that makes sense. Could you imagine leaving Thanksgiving early to go to Office Depot? “Sorry, the printer’s out of ink!
President-elect Donald Trump is in the process of building his Cabinet right now and it’s going to be a solid gold Cabinet full of all the finest snacks. This is kind of nutty. One of the names on Trump’s short list for attorney general is Senator Ted Cruz. Who, of course, was Trump’s bitter rival on the campaign trail. This is going to be like if Tupac hired Biggie to be his head of security.
Nov. 17: Today is National Unfriend Day, a.k.a. NUD. We started back in 2010. We try to encourage those of you on Facebook to decide which of your Facebook friends are actually friends and eliminate those who don’t make the cut. My mission is to simplify your life and to bring meaning back to the word “friend,” which has been cheapened. Also I like saying the word “NUD.”
It’s the social media equivalent of cleaning out your fridge. That guy who sat behind you in freshman biology class who keeps posting about his 5K, he’s a container of old beans. Throw him out today. That woman from accounting who posted 30 pictures of her bird today, she’s a tub of cream cheese that has green forming on it.
Unfriend every classmate, co-worker, neighbor, every lady from church who you don’t know who has ever annoyed you. I won’t be happy until you log into Facebook and see a blank white screen, and that’s the goal. Today is not the day to make friends.
Donald Trump today had his first official meeting with a foreign leader as president-elect. He met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York. The meeting actually got off to a rocky start. Trump asked the prime minister if he could teach him how to do the crane kick from “Karate Kid.”
Hillary Clinton was in our nation’s capital last night. She confessed there were times in the past week she just wanted to curl up and never leave the house again. That’s when Bill stepped in and said, “Oh, yes, she will.”
At the end of the speech, Clinton said America is still the greatest country in the world — and then she got on a plane and flew to Sweden, where she will live out her remaining days on Earth.
Donald Trump is planning a victory tour of the states he won. He’s planning on holding a series of rallies starting sometime after Thanksgiving. Maybe this is where he reveals it was all a prank.
Trump’s transition continues its transitioning. Don’t know a lot about what’s going on, but I do know that his team has not yet called the Pentagon, possibly because he knows more than the generals. Or maybe he’s never going to call them. He’ll just launch a literal tweet war: “@Pentagon, please bomb Syria. #LyingNewYorkTimes.”
Trump doesn’t even believe in the existence of global warming, having tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” and calling global warming “very expensive BS.” Of course, “Very Expensive BS” is also the motto for Trump University.
Chinese officials have responded to Trump’s accusation with a strongly-worded statement, and I’m going to read this in the original Mandarin: “Nuh-uh.” I hope I’m pronouncing that correctly.
They added that the Chinese will continue to fight climate change, quote, “whatever the circumstances.” Just hold on — things have gotten so bad now that China is telling us to care about the environment?! Have you SEEN Beijing? No, you haven’t, because it’s hidden behind their air.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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Many of you have likely seen this clip where members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle group shielded a fallen soldier’s funeral from members of the Westboro Baptist Church and their hateful signs and chants calling for more dead soldiers. If you haven’t, you can watch it by clicking HERE. (1:46)
We would like to see members of the Patriot Guard confront these radicals who are chanting “What’s better than 11 dead cops? 12 dead cops!” From what we can tell by this short video that was posted on YouTube two days ago following the nationwide shootings of multiple police officers, these appear to be students, not followers of the BLM movement. (1:21)
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Is the secret to President Obama’s popularity rating of 56 percent due to how well he ran the country, or how well he came across on the many TV shows he appeared on? Here’s a video that featured HIM and some other Washington Big Wigs back in May. Is it funny? You be the judge. On a scale of 1 to 10 we’ll be generous and give the wannabe Hollywood star a 7. (4:02)
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Seated at the table at this bistro in Argentina enjoying the tango exhibition are President Obama and Michelle. At the 4:30 mark, protocol dictates that Barack accept an invitation to show off his dancing skills. We’re not saying he has had tango lessons, nor are we saying he has. YOU be the judge. (6:33)
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Think of a female version of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, but swap his trumpet for a clarinet and you have Doreen. No one does it BETTER in our jazzy opinion. (5:45)
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It didn’t take much imagination to know this was coming. It’s about someone else who is upset over how the presidential ELECTION turned out. (3:49)
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Here’s a penguin STORY like no other as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Seems this little bird travels 5000 miles each year to spend some time with its rescuer. (1:55)
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This is one of those creative ads with a surprise ending, and if it wasn’t for its title, you would have no idea who the advertiser was until the very end. Trust us, it’s WORTH a minute and 20 seconds of your time. (1:20)
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Speaking of creative ads where the product isn’t known until the very end, check THIS one out, especially if you are fond of felines. (1:15)
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If this Christmas ad featuring Buster the Boxer that we received from Tom Macris and the one above are typical of what the public will be seeing THIS holiday season, we will be in for a treat over the coming weeks. Kudos to the companies that produce them. (2:10)
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The origin of the Paddington Bear dates back to 1956 when author Michael Bond spotted a teddy bear on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve. After he bought it for his wife, it inspired him to write his first book, “A Bear Called Paddington, which was first published in 1958. Since then, the little bear became wildly popular, especially in the UK. It’s even being used in commercials like this one for Heathrow Airport sent in by Dirk Parsons. Ads don’t get much cuter than THIS one. (1:10)
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There’s a small strip of sand in Santa Monica called Muscle Beach, where people work out to flex and show off their physical attributes. But it doesn’t hold a candle to this spot in the Ukraine where crowds gather to watch the physically fit work out. And if you are wondering, the answer is yes; THIS clip was sent in by Bob Kosovilka, our in-house Ukrainian, who titled the subject of his email, “How to feel disgusted about yourself.” Watch it and most of you will likely agree. (4:33)
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If you are prone to seasickness, you may want to skip THIS clip about a Seafarer’s life. Sharp-eyed viewers will note one CGI scene that was “borrowed” from the movie “The Perfect Storm.” (4:47)
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Here’s a guy who unquestionably earned his way into the Guinness Book of World Records. What he did was AMAZING! (1:41)
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If you were a fan of “Home Improvement,” “Last Man Standing,” and/or any of Tim Allen's movies, you may find THIS interview of interest. (5:42)
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If this performance by the Swiss Top Secret Drum Corp isn’t the best we’ve seen, it certainly ranks up near the top. This is their third appearance in the Farsider OVER the past 4 years. (5:53)
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When I was seven, my Marine Corps’ father who had recently returned from the Korean conflict took me to work with him during Christmas vacation. To pass the time, I would hang out with a couple dozen Marine volunteers in a base warehouse where they were reconditioning toys that had been donated to the “Toys for Tots” program. Back then they were asking for used toys; today they are requesting new ones, probably because there are an insufficient number of Marines for the time-consuming job of making used toys look like new. Whatever the case, I’m happy to see that the annual program is still going strong today. Check out THIS moving half-minute “Toys for Tots” commercial. (0:31)
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Clips of the Week
PBA President Dave Wysuph, Vice President Steve Windisch Jr., Secretary-Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg and Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir have a holiday greeting they would like to share with all of you. Click HERE and give them a listen…
The greeting from last year’s Thanksgiving greeting featured Ken Hawkes, Bill Leavy, Fred Esparza, Carm Grande and David Byers. Click HERE and watch them strut their stuff.
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Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
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Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
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Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
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Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
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Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve