The Farsider

December 4, 2014 

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 web site 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 HOLIDAYS


In an effort to make up for ducking out last week (there was no Farsider), we thought we would put a belated Thanksgiving spotlight on Dave Wysuph, the President of the Police Benevolent Assn. (It’s because of the PBA that we have been able to bring you the Farsider each week over the past several years.)

In this short clip captured on video a few days before last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, Dave is seen warming up his happy feet for an upcoming performance on “Dancing with the Stars” in which he is hoping that Rosie O’Donnell will be his partner.

As for THIS one-minute clip, you will see that, according to Dave, it's all "about the bird."

 

POA UPDATES



Nov. 26, 2014

Chief's Staffing Projections Optimistic

Attached is a letter (click here) and attachment (click here) the POA sent to City Manager Ed Shikada. It was in response to Chief Esquivel's November 6, 2014 memorandum (click here) and subsequent City Council discussion on future police staffing projections.

In short, it highlights the Chief's optimistic projections of our Department's staffing going forward. Even the Mercury News called the numbers "an optimistic view of the agency's ability to retain officers and recruit new blood" (click here for full Mercury article).

Jim Unland president@sjpoa.com  925.785.8094



Dec. 3rd

Recently, our command staff appeared before the City Council and delivered their assessment of the current state of our Department. The assessment lasted two and a half hours and included statements by Chief Esquivel, AC Garcia and Q and A between the City Council and Esquivel and Garcia. It is interesting to note that Measure B was not mentioned once, by anyone.

I don't expect you to go through the ordeal of watching the entire 2+ hours, but if you want to, here is the link.

 

Here are my takeaways from the meeting:


Under-reporting


I don't know of any officer who has not been told by a property crime victim that they did not report the crime because they didn't want to wait the several hours it takes for us to respond. Unfortunately, under-reporting is not something easily quantifiable, but as police officers we know that under-reporting is real and is increasing in San Jose. Unfortunately, Sam Liccardo does not believe that under-reporting is a problem. San Jose's next Mayor spent most of his speaking time trying to convince himself and his colleagues that under-reporting was much ado about nothing. In fact, Mayor-elect Liccardo spent his time speaking about under-reporting and stayed away from discussing our recruitment and retention crisis as if it were the third rail. He did make passing mention of laterals and direct entries.

 

Under Reporting is Not Happening (click here) 



Laterals and Direct Entries (click here)

Lower the Hiring Standards

Councilmember Khamis spent his time asking about lisps, too stringent hiring standards and applicants who like the ganja. Khamis was looking for ways to circumvent the high standards that must be met to become a police officer in San Jose and his questioning of our standards is troublesome.


 
Are some of our (hiring) processes too stringent? (click here)



Marijuana (click here)

Jumping on the 'how can we lower our hiring standards' bandwagon was Councilmember Oliverio. It's important to note that according to DC Knopf, "The number one disqualifier is integrity."



Integrity (click here)

Chief Esquivel Remains Silent on Measure B

The exchange between Councilmember Oliverio and Chief Esquivel shows either the Chief's lack of knowledge or his inability to speak truth to power (most likely the second) when it comes to the real reason our Department is in the condition it is in. Remember, "Measure B" was not uttered once throughout this 2 ½ hour assessment of the Police Department. If there was ever a time for some straight talk about Measure B and what must be done to chart a new course for our Department, it was during this assessment. But the Chief just could not bring himself to deliver the medicine to a Mayor-elect, an outgoing Mayor, and a Council majority that has provided cover for every mistake he has made during his tenure. Thankfully, AC Garcia saw the Chief faltering and spoke up.



Why can't we hire laterals? (click here)

Alternatives to Solving the Recruitment and Retention Problem

Many of our Councilmembers refuse to admit the obvious; until they fix Measure B, we will struggle to recruit and retain officers and our staffing numbers will continue to fall. Rather than do that, they chase alternatives that may make a great sound bite but will not reverse our downward staffing trend. Liccardo wants to put his faith in analytics software and Oliverio wants to contract out with other agencies to do our traffic enforcement and/or install red light cameras because we no longer have the officers to do that kind of work.



Analytics software (click here)



Contracting out traffic enforcement (click here)



Red light cameras (click here)

I know it is natural for some of you to hope that now that the election is over, these politicians will stop their posturing, sit down and do the work necessary to turn thing around. It is clear to me that this will not be the case. They will continue to ignore the elephant in the room.

These people are running the 10th largest city in the nation and if it doesn't scare you, it should. 

Jim Unland <president@sjpoa.com>

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

A Conversation with San Jose Mayor-Elect Sam Liccardo

By Josh Koehn <josh@metronews.com>
San Jose Inside — Nov. 28, 2014

Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo says he will work with unions
and political adversaries after an unforgiving campaign.

The following is an interview San Jose Inside editor Josh Koehn had with Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo on Friday, Nov. 21, in his City Hall office. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Josh Koehn: In four years what are you going to point to as your accomplishments?

We will have launched a significant initiative to reach thousands of kids, engage them in after-school programs. Overwhelmingly kids in neighborhoods who have no access to—

Lower-performing school districts?

Yeah, East Side; Central San Jose. We will have made San Jose the safest big city in America again.

And what does that mean exactly, because despite what you and Dave Cortese were saying through the campaign, San Jose is still a pretty safe city? Can we acknowledge that now?

I wasn’t the one. Go through all my mail. Go through everything I said publicly. I was the guy telling everybody in the media, ‘Hey, please look at the data before you buy this stuff about somehow or another we’ve become Detroit.’ We had the lowest rate of violent crime of any major U.S. city last year. Now on the other hand, if there’s been a burglary on your street or worse on your own home, as far as you’re concerned crime is up 100 percent. So, I can assure you the fear mongering wasn’t coming from my campaign. What I was talking about was solutions. … I want to see a significant expansion of job opportunities for at-risk teens. In the book I talk about ways that we can do it that are within our budget, leveraging existing resources that we’re using today and essentially kill two birds. We can do things that are beneficial for the public, like restoring parks, and engage teens in doing some of that work and giving them the first three sentences of their résumé.

When you talk about restoring services, there’s also a restoring of relationships that has to occur. How does that work? Are they coming to you with demands, or are they coming to you hat in hand almost?

Nobody is coming hat in hand. Within 48 hours of Election Day, I reached out to several folks, including Ben Field and (police union president) Jim Unland and others, and said, ‘Let’s find a way to work together.’ We’ve got a lot to do. I do think that existing officers have done an incredible job. We’ve seen crime rates drop significantly in the last few years—

Despite the shortages in staff and the acrimony.

Despite what you may see in the mail from the police union. But we are perilously low-staffed right now as a department and it’s affecting everything from investigations to patrol. And so I’m hopeful with new leadership in the (police) union, we’re going to be able to find some small wins relatively quickly, that we can immediately utilize for retention and to attract new officers.

You should hear some of the things these guys have called you. I mean, you probably hear it through back channels. I doubt they say it to your face.

Well, I grew up in a family of five kids so they haven’t called me anything worse than I’ve already been called before. The best lesson I ever got in politics, believe it or not, it came from a Catholic priest. He said the beginning of all theology is recognizing that it’s not about you. I think it’s true in politics, too. If there’s success it’s not about me. And if people are angry and they’re burning me in effigy, it’s not about me, either. There are bigger issues here and we’ve got to work on them together. It’s a big city. I recognize not everyone is going to agree with me. That’s the way it goes. But I need to work with everyone.


This housing impact fee that was passed by the council—five years exemption I believe for downtown high-rises. How do you think that’s going to shake out not only in the short term, but also the long term?

So the exemption and reduction for high-rises started back in ’06 when Cindy Chavez proposed it. At the time, they couldn’t get any high-rises out of the ground. For all the reasons that I’m sure you’ve heard already—you’ve got an airport that prevents developers from making sufficient profit; you’ve got a high water table; and the market hadn’t been proved out. So, they cut the fees. We got the four towers out of the ground; two of them went through bankruptcy/receivership. That didn’t exactly prove the market. We’ve now got some more underway. If we get through this cycle and we say that three, four or five towers are up, and they’re all solvent, then I think it’s fair to say this whole things goes away and we move on and the market’s proved out. I guess I’m giving you an answer to a different question, which is why need it. I’ll tell you why we need it. This is the only way we can build housing in this city—the most fiscally sustainable way to build housing—because you don’t have to have fire and police and sewers in far-flung parts of the city. It’s the most environmentally sustainable way to build housing, certainly. You’re promoting alternative transportation by building on transit corridors and getting people close to work. And you’re significantly reducing the likelihood that folks who are living there are building freeways. All of those reasons—this is a critical, critical goal for us in our general plan. It’s all of those reasons, plus the revitalization of the downtown depends on it. So, there’s no question that people will continue to criticize me for saying we need more affordable housing. I’m advocating for a fee that should be on everything except for this kind of housing. But what’s important to recognize is I didn’t exempt all housing in the downtown. Most of the housing being built around here isn’t high-rise; it’s mid-rise. They have to pay full freight. We have a lot of mid-rise development underway right now and we’re going to keep having mid-rise.

Critics of yours would say that’s basically a handout to big developer buddies. What would you say to that?

I guess I would say there is no question I’ve always been an advocate for high-rise housing. And there’s no question that developers of high-rise housing have seen me as an advocate. No question about that. I think those same critics should take a hard look and see who has been taking the most bullets from the development community for pushing impact fees, inclusionary housing fees—and it’s consistently been me. The reason why I’m an advocate for high-rise is what I just described: the fiscal benefit, the environmental benefit, the incredible importance of high-rise housing and the revitalization of downtown; the fact that this is the only place where you can build 200 or 300 units to the acre and not have a neighborhood burning down City Hall; and critically recognizing the realty of the future of growth in this valley. We’re going to add 400,000 people in the next quarter-century. I don’t know where we’re going to put them if we’re not building incredible high-density in the core. It means we continue a pattern of sprawl, which has degraded our environment, filled our freeways with traffic and is eroding the fiscal position of the city. I don’t want to continue that pattern. That means you have to be for something if you’re against something else.

Do you support legalization of marijuana in California?

I want to look at the data and see what happens in Colorado and Washington and now Oregon and some other places where we’re seeing it pop up. … The most dangerous drug on the planet is alcohol. Do I think marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol? Of course not. Do I want a world in which we have more drugs that look like alcohol? No.

Alcohol makes you do funny things and act a little wild. Most people who smoke pot—

End up at Taco Bell.


If they even get off the couch. It’s more likely it’s a frozen pizza.

And I agree. For the great majority that’s the impact, it makes people more lethargic.

Or relaxed. Moving on. Where do you differ in your management style from Mayor Reed and how do you think it will be different over the next four years?

I have the benefit of having a lot more opportunities than Chuck ever had coming in. We had a about a year to get anything done and then we ran head-first into the worst recession of the last three-quarters of a century. The bottom fell out and then all of the conversations were about eliminating and reducing. As a Democrat those are hard conversations to have. Just by nature of the different circumstances that we have, I can talk about new initiatives like supporting after-school programs that Chuck could never talk about.

Rose Herrera. Is she going to be your vice mayor?

We’ll make a decision in mid- to late-December.

Lew Wolff. Baseball. How many more years are you going to give them until you give up (on the A’s coming to San Jose)?

The good news is we don’t have to give them anything.It’s not like we’re spending money. We’re making money on the option as we speak. We’re not paying for the lawyers to litigate this thing. So, it’s not like there’s a huge opportunity cost. It’s house money. Let’s let it ride. And by the way, they’re paying us some money for a piece of land that nobody else seems to be interested in currently. I don’t know many other cities that have a set of private investors ready to make a half-billion dollar investment in their city. It’s something that can produce an attraction for at least 30,000 people for at least (81) days a year. I know there are detractors, just like there were detractors of the arena. But I’m an unabashed supporter because 10 years from now, this thing gets over the goal line, everyone is going to look back and say, ‘Of course I was a supporter.’

As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday (Wed.), there were 37 readers' comments about this Q&A session, many of which slam the newly elected mayor. Click HERE for the original article that includes the comments below the interview.

 

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Reed’s Bad Policies Will Take San Jose Years to Overcome

By Bob Brownstein — Guest OP/Ed
Mercury News — Nov. 30, 2014

As Chuck Reed leaves office, it is essential to truthfully assess the damage he has done to San Jose. Unless problems are recognized, they cannot be fixed.

Worshipful praises such as those presented by Dave Fadness and William Baron (Opinion, Nov. 9) do nothing to heal the deep divisiveness that Reed incited or reverse the declines in public safety his mismanagement has generated.

Think of Reed as San Jose’s divider-in-chief. For decades, San Jose had been blessed with a pluralistic and collaborative political culture. The city’s mixture of business, labor and community groups arranged and rearranged coalitions to get things done. Reed brought the era of mutual respect and cooperation to an ugly end.

Numerous San Jose mayors had been opposed by police and fire unions. Only Reed treated the well-being of police officers with such disdain that hundreds have left the force. To low wage families struggling in our high cost region, Reed’s strident opposition to a city minimum wage increase seemed to send a contemptuous message: Live on $8 an hour, and like it.

He tried to force city unions to work without a contract even after they agreed to 10 percent cuts in pay. By using wildly inaccurate fiscal projections, such as the phony $650 million projection of pension costs, he created a climate of alarm and a politics of scapegoating enemies rather than solving problems.

The results can be seen in the precinct maps for the recent mayoral election. The city is split in two. The more white, affluent west supported Sam Liccardo.

The lower wage, more diverse east rallied to Dave Cortese.

Reed built this wall. It is his legacy. He has left us facing many long years to restore the spirit of teamwork that once prevailed.

Reed’s defenders highlight his role in achieving pension reform. But his reforms are an abject failure. Most of Measure B has been overturned in court. The police force has been decimated, and crime agonizes countless neighborhoods.

San Jose once selected the best of the best to be its employees. Now its recruiters return empty-handed whether they are seeking detectives or specialized technicians. Reed has left us with virtually insoluble staffing dilemmas. How does a city reduce crime without police? How does it hire talent without paying competitive compensation?

Finally, Reed has made a mockery out of the open government reforms and high ethical standards that were supposed to be his trademark. He delayed adopting the city’s Sunshine Policies as an ordinance for seven years so they could be waived at will while he was in office. Is that a commitment to open government? He signed ballot arguments for Measure W with claims so dishonest that the courts ordered them deleted. Is that a commitment to ethics?

When a sunshine complaint was filed against him over the Independence Branch Library construction contract, he failed to declare a conflict of interest and presided over the hearing at the Rules Committee. Is this a commitment to opposing corruption? Reed championed a multimillion dollar subsidy to the San Pedro Square Market project, a development proposed by former Mayor Tom McEnery, a political ally, and estimated to generate less than $50,000 a year in city tax receipts. Is that opposing cronyism?

San Jose residents are left with the task of turning Reed’s rhetoric into actual, functioning reforms.

Facing the truth of Reed’s years as mayor will be painful. But as Nelson Mandela has shown, truth itself can be a force for moving forward from a time of discord.

Bob Brownstein is director of policy and research at Working Partnerships USA and was former Mayor Susan Hammer’s budget and policy director. He wrote this for this newspaper.

 

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Memories of a Similar Cop Shooting



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Nov. 30, 2014

A decade before Darren Wilson shot an unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a state drug agent fatally shot a fleeing man in the back in downtown San Jose. In a trial late the next year, that agent, Michael Walker, was acquitted. The verdict ignored common sense. And the story haunts me still.

The details were different, naturally. It was a white cop and a Latino victim in San Jose, not the white-on-black story in Ferguson. The dead man in San Jose, Rudy Cardenas, was shot as he ran away after a long car chase. Brown was shot in the front after a tussle with the cop. One case went to trial. The other ended with a grand jury deciding not to indict.

But there are enough parallels between the two cases to offer lessons to those of us trying to make sense of the decision by the St. Louis prosecutor not to bring charges against Wilson and instead let grand jurors make the decision. The first lesson lies in the difficulty that a prosecutor faces in securing a verdict against a cop. The law, particularly in Missouri, is weighted in favor of the police officer using lethal force. Even when the facts point clearly toward manslaughter or second-degree murder, as it did in San Jose, juries are reluctant to convict cops. Rudy Cardenas, who was 43, when he died in February 2004, had a longer record than Michael Brown. When state drug agents mistook him for a fugitive parolee, he bolted. Agent Walker caught up with him on foot behind the Shires retirement high-rise at Fourth and St. James Street.

Unarmed

Walker later explained that he thought that Cardenas was turning to pull out a gun. But Cardenas was unarmed, the agent had cover and at least one witness described the man as running away “like Flo-Jo,” the Olympic track star.

After a two-month trial, the jury acquitted the likable Walker, 34. His attorney had asked them to put the badge on themselves mentally before they reached a decision. A cadre of officers attended the trial regularly, silently vouching for Walker’s reputation.

All this has led me to conclude that St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch would have faced a very difficult chore in trying to obtain a conviction against Wilson. If a jury in liberal San Jose couldn’t find Michael Walker guilty, a jury in St. Louis County would not convict Darren Wilson.

Skepticism

Yet the experience of covering the Walker case left me with a deep skepticism about the way these shootings are justified and described by the surviving officers.

In the Walker case, the agent’s story inflated over time: He first told San Jose police he “thought” Cardenas had a gun. By the time of trial, he was certain Cardenas had a gun, though none was found.

In the shooting of Michael Brown, it is the details that precede the fatal shots that raise the most questions for me. Was Wilson really “a 5year-old” tussling with “Hulk Hogan?” I doubt it. Both men were 6-foot-4. Did the officer really ask the two kids politely to consider walking on the sidewalk? I doubt it.

Yet trials create their own realities. They do not precisely reflect what happened on the street. In these kind of cases, justice becomes an elusive concept, dependent on our own experiences and prejudices. It is not just the facts of a given day that lead us to think the way we do. It is the litany of what happened to us before.


 

MAIL CALL

 

 

FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT




These are Bill Leavy’s remaining games for the rest of the season:

Sunday night (Dec. 7) — New England at San Diego at 5:30 on NBC
Sunday, Dec. 14 — Green Bay at Buffalo
Sunday, Dec. 21 — Indy at Dallas
Sunday, Dec. 28 — Carolina at Atlanta

He said he’ll let us know if he gets a playoff game.
 

 

THE NEW VANGUARD IS ONLINE

The December Vanguard is available online and can be accessed by clicking HERE




 

NEW BILLY & SPANNER NEWSLETTER ALSO AVAILABLE 
 

Click HERE to download the latest edition of the Retirees’
Association’s “Billy  Spanner” newsletter to your desktop.


 

LAST CALL FOR THE KEITH KELLEY CLUB 2014 CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
ROCKIN’ ROLL CHRISTMAS

—Just a handful of tickets left— 

This year’s Christmas Dinner Dance will be held on December 13th at the San Jose Holiday Inn, 1350 N. First Street, San Jose, CA. All Retired KKC members attend free of charge, guest ticket is $75. Send your dinner reservation to Margie Thompson, 116 Fox Avenue, SJ 95110 and include your check for $75 (for guest).  

Retiree Cocktail Party — 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Cocktails General Members — 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Dinner — 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Dancing — 9:00 pm to Midnight

Special room rates are $89 plus tax per night (includes breakfast for two).  Call 408.453.6200 for reservations and Mention the KKC.

Complete and Mail:

Name___________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Phone #_________________________________    

Email________________________________________

____   I’m Attending dinner dance            _____   Bringing A Guest?

Mail to: Margie Thompson, 116 Fox Avenue, SJ 95110. Tickets will be given at the door the night of the dinner dance.    

    

SO HOW DO YOU HANDICAP THE GOP RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016?


The following was received from a retired airline pilot friend who lives in Coronado, and authored the lead-in below about his friend Marshall Frank, who provided a perspective of the GOP’s presidential hopefuls. I’m pretty much in agreement with what Frank says. What say you? Feel free to comment.

Marshall Frank has been writing and publishing commentary since 1994. His articles have appeared in various newspapers in North Carolina and Florida, along with short stories in many magazines. True to his moniker “Frankly Speaking,” (the title of one of his books) Frank wastes no words in presenting his message as he hits sharp and hard but above the belt. No one would ever call him politically correct. His critics are hard pressed to pigeonhole him as a liberal or conservative, as his views vary depending on the issue. Because he is not running for office nor seeking a job, the muzzle is off. One critic said, “I don't always agree with Mr. Frank, but he sure makes you think.”

Rating the Republican Presidential Hopefuls for 2016.

By Marshall Frank
Nov. 12, 2014

Here’s a brief perspective on all the early possible candidates for 2016 in the Republican side.

Gov. Mitt Romney: Outstanding choice, outstanding human being and reeks of competency. But he lost. He’s had his shot and should move on, or eventually accept a position in the new cabinet. Adlai Stevenson was a good man who tried twice, and it just doesn’t work.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Moot issue. A waste of anyone’s interest because he is ineligible. Republicans and Obama critics in general made a huge issue about Obama being born outside the U.S. It would not only be hypocritical for him to run, the democrats would have a field day because Cruz was born in Canada. That’s life.

Gov. Jeb Bush: He may be a good guy, but it doesn’t matter. Too many folks are bushed from the Bushes. Time to move on to new names, new families, new thinking.

Gov. Chris Christie: One of the more prominent front runners because he’s tough and effective. But he’s not beautiful and can be overly gruff with people. People might like his hard honesty.

Sen. Rand Paul: Smart, young and full of logic and ideas on the domestic front. But does he have a handle on the foreign problems? He’ll probably join with Christie among front runners, but I don’t think he can win.

Dr. Ben Carson: Great guy, smart, and black besides. But he’s untested in the political waters with no experience in the government process. Though likeable, I don’t see his chances moving forward.

Speaker Newt Gingrich: One of the most savvy in the bunch, with lots of experience in government working with both sides of the aisle. I think he would be an effective president. But he lacks charisma, a deadly sin in modern times.

Gov. Mike Huckabee: Likeable, smart, honest, experienced, conservative appeal and tons of exposure from his TV show. I think he would be a very good president. But he would have to overcome the rash of demonizing he’d get from the left, labeling him a religious nut.

Gov. Susana Martinez: New Mexico governor with an excellent record. The only viable female in party circles who would stand a chance. I see her as a likely VP candidate based on her record, gender and Hispanic heritage.

Sen. Marco Rubio: The obvious is that Rubio would draw Hispanic appeal, but more from the Cuban community than the Mexicans where the immigration problems lie. Rubio is smart, handsome and charismatic. Another probable front runner.

Gov. Scott Walker: Not a front runner because he’s not a national figure as much as Rubio, Huckabee or Christie. But he’s established an effective record in a complex state, overcoming hard challenges and showing that his conservative style brings results to the state economy. He’s a doer, and people like that. I see him moving up to front status as the campaign rolls along. Also a good looking man with charismatic appeal.

Gov. John Kasich: Ditto from the Scott walker comments, another doer, very effective governor, a model for state governing. Good speaker, smart man, not as handsome as Walker. But he could move up too.

Gov. Rick Perry: Had his shot four years ago with too many gaffs that will be held against him. His excellent record as an effective governor won’t matter.

Sen. Rick Santorum: He’s no longer an effective national figure and will fizzle out fast if he throws his hat in the ring.

Cong. Paul Ryan: Ryan would be an excellent president, particularly on the domestic front. Very savvy when it comes to budget, economy and social issues, but he’s not a great speaker. I don’t see him as a serious challenge.

Gov. Sarah Palin: Forget about it. She’s dead meat. Her views, her record and her appeal is not enough to move her forward. The democrats have successfully demonized her out of contention.

Cong. Allen West: Great man. Not enough government service outside the military. His savvy on the international front would be a tremendous asset in the White House, and he would surround himself with true Americans on the domestic front. West would make a great president, but is he too rigid? Taciturn? Certainly an asset among the black conservative ranks.

Cong. Trey Gowdy: Could be a game changer, one of those surprises that suddenly emerges from the back of the pack. People love his direct, no-nonsense, style and in-your-face when it comes to law breakers and corruption. Look for Gowdy to rise to national prominence, especially if results come from his Benghazi investigation.

Donald Trump: Always interested in what he has to say, though his chance of being a president is nil to none.

Gov. Bobby Jindal: Likeable, but hasn’t got “it.” Wouldn’t be surprised if a nominee chose him for VP on the ticket.

Amb. John Bolton: An outstanding choice for Secretary of State, but he’d never make it to the presidency.

Secr. Condoleezza Rice: Utterly brilliant. Probably one of the most qualified persons in the Republican ranks to be president. Besides that, she’s black and female. Should be a winner if she throws her hat in the ring. But, she has one problem which will weight her down like Watergate weighted Nixon: Iraq. Rice is seen as one of the architects of the Iraq war, which the Democrats will use to render her political demise.

If it were a perfect world, my dream team would be:

Scott Walker/Condi Rice

I’m not holding my breath.

Other honorable mentions, who don’t stand a chance:

Gov. Jan Brewer

Sen. Scott Brown

Cong. Marsha Blackburn

Sen. Bob Corker

Sen. Lindsey Graham

We’ll see how this all plays out eighteen months from now.

 

THE BEST “TONGUE-IN-CHEEK” STORY OF THE WEEK AWARD GOES TO…

…this item that has shown up on numerous military and pro Second Amendment websites:

BREVARD, Nov. 24, 2014 – Retired Army Green Beret Smokey Taylor got his court martial this weekend and came away feeling good about it. Taylor, at age 80 the oldest member of Chapter XXXIII of the Special Forces Association, was on trial by his peers under the charge of “failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber” in the shooting of an intruder at his home in Knoxville, TN, in June.

Retired Army Green Beret Smokey Taylor

 The entire affair, of course, was very much tongue in cheek. Taylor had been awakened in the early morning hours of Jun. 17, 2014, when an intruder broke into his home. He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in hand.
 
When the intruder threatened him with a knife, Taylor warned him, then brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him right between the eyes.
 
“That boy had the hardest head I’ve ever seen,” Taylor said after his trial. “The bullet bounced right off.” The impact knocked the would-be thief down momentarily. He crawled out of the room then got up and ran out the door and down the street. Knoxville police apprehended him a few blocks away and he now awaits trial in the Knox County jail.
 
The charges against Taylor were considered to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and Vietnam .
 
“Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial,” said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of Asheville . “He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just wasn’t big enough to get the job done.”
 
Taylor’s defense attorney, another retired Weapons Sergeant, disagreed. He said Taylor had done the right thing in choosing to arm himself with a .22.
 
“If he’d used a .45 or something like that the round would have gone right through the perp, the wall, the neighbor’s wall and possibly injured some innocent child asleep in its bed,” he said. “I believe the evidence shows that Smokey Taylor exercised excellent judgment in his choice of weapons. He did nothing wrong, and clearly remains to this day an excellent weapons man.”
 
Counsel for the defense then floated a theory as to why the bullet bounced off the perp’s forehead.
 
“He was victimized by old ammunition,” he said, “just as he was in Korea and again in Vietnam, when his units were issued ammo left over from World War II.”
 
Taylor said nothing in his own defense, choosing instead to allow his peers to debate the matter. After the trial he said the ammunition was indeed old and added the new information that the perp had soiled his pants as he crawled out of the house.
 
“I would have had an even worse mess to clean up if it had gone through his forehead,” Taylor said. “It was good for both of us that it didn’t.”
 
Following testimony from both sides, Taylor was acquitted of the charges and was given a round of applause.
 
Meanwhile, back in Knox County, the word is out: Don’t go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.

Yeah, it's fake, but still a great story!

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Nov. 19 thru Dec. 3

The Senate came one vote short of granting approval to build the Keystone pipeline. Democrats say the pipeline could accelerate global warming. Then people who've been outside today said, "Sounds good to me. Let's accelerate that global warming."

Chef Gordon Ramsay believes that his restaurant opening in London was sabotaged this weekend after a competitor booked rooms using fake online reservations. Officials have narrowed it down to "everyone who has ever worked for Gordon Ramsay."

The Vatican is raffling off some of the Pope's belongings for charity, including a tandem bicycle. While the Pope appreciates all gifts he receives, even he said, “What am I gonna do with a tandem bicycle?”

Google has developed image-recognition software that can accurately capture what’s happening in a photo. But it still has some bugs. It described Kim Kardashian's recent photo as "Woman being chased by two Butterball turkeys."

President Obama will travel to Las Vegas to speak at the same high school where he laid out his immigration plan two years ago. So Obama's become that guy who graduated a while ago and still comes back to hang with the seniors.

The acting director of the Secret Service, Joseph Clancy, said they may make the fence around the White House taller because of the recent security failures. When asked if he had any other ideas, he said, "Uh, make the sidewalk lower?"

After signing a contract for $325 million this week, Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton celebrated with a $20,000 bottle of Champagne. So let the road to inexplicable bankruptcy begin!

When asked what made the Champagne so expensive, the bartender said, "I heard this guy just made $325 million."

I saw that on Small Business Saturday, the president went shopping at a bookstore and bought 17 books, including "The Laughing Monsters," "Being Mortal," and "Heart of Darkness." Or as the cashier put it, "You OK, man? Maybe a little 'Chicken Soup for the Presidential Soul?'"

Vladimir Putin bribed a soccer official with a Picasso painting so he would support Russia's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Putin was like, "It wasn't Picasso, just picture of what his face would look like if he said no." (Nose over here, eye up here, ear in forehead.)

A brewery in Oregon is coming out with a new Sriracha-flavored beer. That's right, beer that tastes like hot sauce. They said it's the perfect beverage for finding out if you're an alcoholic: "There's only one beer left and it has hot sauce in it — just give it to me!"

There are reports that President Obama has finally found a nominee to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. His nominee is named Ashton Carter. Which sounds less like a defense secretary and more like the member of a boy band.

A political action committee trying to raise money for a 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign is selling “Ready for Hillary” champagne glasses and Christmas ornaments. Because if one thing improves the holidays, it's drinking mixed with politics.

A brother and sister in Minneapolis are opening the world's first vegan butcher shop. At the vegan butcher, they promise to kill all the flavor but in a humane way.

According to a new study, the larger the age difference between married couples, the more likely they are to get a divorce. Or as gold-diggers call that, "the point.”

I don't know if you know this but Hitler was a painter and one of his watercolor paintings is being auctioned off. It's expected to sell for over $60,000. So if you're looking for a wedding gift for Charles Manson . . .

Yes, Charles Manson is engaged. And his future mother-in-law says she approves of her daughter marrying Manson. She said Manson has very nice personalities.

Tomorrow night President Obama will announce his new immigration plan. Obama's favorite part of his new immigration plan is that he gets to emigrate to another country. He's tired of all this.

Analysts say Obama's new immigration plan will focus on deporting violent criminals. So, this could impact your fantasy football team.

This is Cyber Monday, the biggest day of the year for online shopping. It was started by a bunch of nerds who were beat up on Black Friday: "I'm not doing that again." Ah, the safety of home.

Over the weekend a couple got married on the New York City subway — on the subway! The couple asked that instead of gifts you send Purell hand sanitizer.

Researchers are working on a Breathalyzer that can tell if you're driving while stoned. If the driver tries to dip the Breathalyzer in nachos and cheese, or tries to light it with a lighter, the gig's up.

For the first time, a major league baseball umpire has announced he's gay. The umpire did this by pointing at himself and yelling, "OUT!"

According to a new report, parents are naming their babies after characters from their favorite television shows. I was shocked and so was my son Cake Boss.

For the ninth year in a row, Florida made it through hurricane season without being hit by a single hurricane. So it's official. Even hurricanes don't want to go to Florida.

Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln wrote it on his way to the site of the speech on the back of an envelope. One guy on the back of an envelope wrote the great Gettysburg Address — while every night it takes six guys to write this crap!

Charles Manson is marrying a woman in prison. Manson is 80 and his bride-to-be is 26 years old. He swept her right off her feet. It's probably because he carved a swastika in his forehead. Chicks dig that.

The Manson couple met on a website called "OK Stupid."

If you're looking to get the Mansons a gift, they're registered at Bloodbath & Beyond.

Anyone ever flown JetBlue? No, that's not true. If you'd flown JetBlue, you would still be at the airport.

I hear JetBlue is reducing leg room by 1.5 inches. Know why? Because so many passengers on JetBlue look around and say, it's so roomy in here! I feel so uncomfortable with all this space!

It's the 105th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. It's all Lincoln this, Lincoln that, Lincoln with his big hat, oh sure! But you know who the unsung hero is? Lincoln's cue card guy.

There will be no Kardashian family Christmas card this year because they couldn't decide on an appropriate photo. I thought, when did the word "appropriate" ever have anything to do with that family?

The new season of "Duck Dynasty" premiered tonight. Try to contain your excitement, gay community.

Today is my friend Larry King's birthday. You know who else has a birthday today? Actress Jodie Foster. Larry King and Jodie Foster are very different, of course. One's a grizzled showbiz veteran who's bedded hundreds of women. And the other one is Larry King.

Today is also the holiday known as National Day of Monaco. Monaco is independent, but they're defended by France. In other words, they're on their own.

They celebrate Thanksgiving differently in Scotland than in the U.S. What happened was Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom, and the pilgrims came from the U.K. to America where they had the first Thanksgiving. In Scotland what they remember is this: Remember those people with the buckled hats who left? Whatever happened to them? And that's Thanksgiving, European style.

The CEO Of Netflix says network TV will be dead in 15 years. That's fine with me — I just need it to last another couple of weeks!

It's Cyber Monday, the day we're all supposed to buy stuff on the Internet. Remember, online shopping isn't as good as the real thing. Just like watching this show on TV isn't as good as seeing it live. Honestly, you're not missing anything.

Fifty percent of the nation is covered in snow. Record low temperatures, a very cold autumn so far. But on the bright side, you're one good ice storm away from getting out of Thanksgiving with the in-laws.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories. You hear that, wind? You're being advised to chill.

Germany has overtaken the United States as the world's favorite country. Germany is the most popular country in the world. That is one hell of a comeback.

The favorite country survey was based on more than 20,000 people in 20 countries. Isn’t it a little bit unfair that they did this before the McRib came back?

President Obama gave a speech on immigration tonight, and none of the big four TV networks aired it. Even television wants to distance itself from President Obama now.

The band One Direction is here tonight. Why do girls scream when they see their favorite pop stars? I wonder if long ago there was some handsome Neanderthal playing a gourd and all the women went "Ahhh!"

Yeah, One Direction, it's very exciting. I've already fainted nine times. Lots of tweens have lined up in the alley in the back of our studio. It's like tween skid row out there.

They say that on Thanksgiving, Americans consume more than twice their average daily calories. It implies we should eat less — or just eat a lot more the rest of the year and it wouldn't be twice as many.

I went back for seconds and thirds this year. I thought about going back for fourths, but I wanted to give myself something to shoot for next year, so ...

There was a lot of senseless violence on Black Friday. In Norwalk, sheriff's deputies had to go to Walmart after two adult women started fighting over a Barbie doll. They do say it's important not to lose touch with your inner child.

And in Houston, people were lying on top of flat-screen TVs to stop other people from buying them. Instead of a referee, the manager of the store has to come over and determine who has possession.

Today is "Giving Tuesday." And if you missed it, it's too late now. Sorry, orphans.

Giving Tuesday is a day to be generous and give. It was a big deal online today. Can you believe that we used to have to find ways to be charitable without hashtags in the past? I don't know how we did that.

The organizers say you can give back by volunteering, donating to charity, or by letting your ex have the stuff she left in your apartment back. Totally up to you.

This is the third year they've done this. Shouldn't they have Giving Tuesday before Black Friday and Cyber Monday? We don't have any money left.

Due to extreme weather in upstate New York, some drivers were stranded in their cars for up to 36 hours. It was intense. Some of them reported hearing that new Taylor Swift song on the radio as many as 100 times.

The dating site OKCupid is adding more gender and sexual orientation options on their website. But they still don’t have a category for “not desperate.”

Netflix announced yesterday that they are expanding to Australia in March. Of course, in Australia the computer buffering icon spins the other way.

Today is Vice President Joe Biden's birthday! Biden started the day with a dance party and a big piece of cake, and then he remembered it was his birthday.

Bono broke his arm in six places, and fractured his hand and shoulder blade in a bike accident in Central Park this week. But that's what can happen when you live your life too close to The Edge.

Today police in Israel seized dozens of weapons that had been disguised as Christmas decorations. Israeli police became suspicious when they saw CHRISTMAS decorations.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF NOV. 22 AND 29, 2014

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles as of Nov. 22, 2014

• Will a planet-dissolving dust cloud wipe out our solar system in December 2014?

• Is the Syrian "hero boy" video real?

• Images purportedly document a Hamas-organized mass wedding of adult men and pre-pubescent girls in the Gaza Strip.

• A pregnant woman was detained by security at a sporting goods store on suspicion that she was trying to shoplift a basketball.

• Photographs purportedly show the aftermath of a car fire caused by a GPS device.

• Article claims farmers are saturating wheat crops with Roundup herbicide as a dessicant before each harvest, causing an increase in wheat-related ailments.

• Was Tim Tebow arrested for soliciting a prostitute?

• A young woman named Elisa Lam died under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles.

• Purported e-mail from a dying black veteran named William G. Lillas spoke out on his deathbed about a number of issues in black culture.

• Is BMW giving away free cars on Facebook?

• Will the world run out of chocolate by 2020?

• Has Starbucks teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont over GMO labeling?

• Photograph claimed to be a 430-pound buck shot in Hartford, Michigan.

• Has the U.S. government imposed a 15-cent tax on Christmas trees?


• Did President Obama secretly meet with Ferguson protesters and urge them to 'stay on course'?

• Were Green Bay Packers receivers caught using 'performance enhancing gloves'?

• Did Chicago Public Schools plan to teach explicit topics to fourth or fifth graders?

• Did child actress Raven Symone accuse Bill Cosby of abusing her?

• Did Orly Taitz discover a hidden connection between Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and former Attorney General Eric Holder?

• Did the FDA bust Chipotle in the act of using cat and dog meat and force the chain to close all locations?

• Is a 179-year-old man living in India?

• Does the satanic leaf-tailed gecko have wings like a dragon?

• Did a busy NYC restaurant keep getting awful reviews until surveillance footage revealed the reason to be that customer smartphone use was ruining the restaurant experience?

• Is giant retailer Walmart now selling caskets and urns?

• Does Hillary Clinton want to ban beards because they are sexist?

• FSU student Jason Derfuss survived a campus shooting after a bullet intended for him lodged in a book he was carrying in his backpack.

• Can your answering a call from the number 96723345 enable scammers in Peru or Pakistan to clone your cell phone's SIM card?

• Was a retired Marine was forced to remove USMC decals from his car or be fined, while neighbors were allowed to keep their Obama stickers without incident?


New Articles as of Nov. 29, 2014

• Did Sarah Palin suggest that President Obama put immigrants on a boat back to Mexico?

• Are Keurig users at risk because the machines are prone to mold, algae, and bacteria growth?

• Have millions of Thanksgiving turkeys been recalled due to avian flu?

• Do Swedish people participate in the "Flogsta scream" every night at 10 or 11 PM?

• Did North Dakota name a landfill after President Obama?

• Some Lego sets in the 1970s were accompanied with a letter to parents encouraging gender equality.

• Does a photograph show a white businessman posing with a little black boy he hunted in Africa?

• Was an Arizona teen arrested under the state's new law against "self-rape?"

• Did a Colorado school change the Pledge of Allegiance to include "one nation under Allah?"

• Is Budweiser getting rid of their famous Clydesdale horses in advertisements?

• Did President Obama file federal charges against Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson?

• Was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt arrested for cocaine possession?

• Does the only known golden zebra in existence live at an animal sanctuary in Hawaii?

• Did the Department of Homeland Security uncover a terror plot targeting Black Friday shoppers?

• Did the New York Times publish an image showing Darren Wilson's home address, then redact it?

• Did Walmart donate $10,000 to the Darren Wilson Fund?

• Does a photograph show Mike Brown posing with a gun and holding money in his mouth?

• Did CPS take three small children from their parents over a home birth?

• Has President Obama ordered the Federal Reserve to adopt the euro?

• Will posting a status update protect your privacy on Facebook?

• Did a protester in Ferguson mistake his home for a convenience store and accidentally burn it down?

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Did the term 'Black Friday' originate with the practice of selling off slaves on the day after Thanksgiving?


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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We have reached a new milestone with the U.S. Debt Clock so let’s celebrate. For those of us over 60 it’s party time. For the younger set who will be responsible for paying off the national debt, not so much. Click HERE and you can view the milestone first-hand.




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Along similar lines, Don Hale found a “Countdown Clock” app for his smart phone that can be personally customized to count down to any event you can think of. Says Don, “I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Finally, a genuine "cheer up" gift. Click HERE to see what makes Don so happy.


For more information along with a link to the App Store where you can purchase it, click HERE. The cost is $1.99


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For the record, this image of a protestor has gone viral. It shows him holding up a sign reading “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he robs a store.” The sign is a Photoshopped rendition of the original.

 

This is what the original photo looks like as confirmed by Snopes… 

 

http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/fergusonsign.asp


On the other hand, check out the VIDEO in this item...

These are two back-to-back (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.) news reports from an Alabama TV station about an armed robbery suspect who was shot by a citizen while the bad guy was holding a handgun to the head of the store victim who was on his knees. What makes this interesting are the comments by the suspect’s family. (5:26)



 

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We weren’t sure what we were looking at until the camera panned down to the SIGN. Turns out to be an excellent description. (1:36)




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If you are an animal lover, Don Hale says this video will melt your heart. Is he right? Click HERE to find out. (6:49)




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Dewey Moore says this TV ad for the French-made Peugeot 208 GTi is better than a James Bond flick. Click HERE and see if you agree. (1:56)

 

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Feeling a little tense, stressed or otherwise uptight? This clip could be a game changer: Kick back, take a deep breath, click HERE and allow yourself to chill to the soothing music and images of this contribution from Don Hale. (3:46)

 

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This halftime show at a recent Eagles game was one the 4-legged star of the performance could sink HIS teeth into. (4:10)




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Remember the tune “Dueling Banjos” from the movie “Deliverance?” HERE'S a sightly slower rendition of the same song that has gone to the dogs. (0:55)

 

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Tip for the Ladies

Don't give-in to the temptation to argue and fight.
Just count to ten, remain calm, and after he goes
to bed, super-glue his slippers to the floor.




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Many will find this funny, even hilarious, but we’re the first to admit that not everyone will be amused at this Internet ad about a young girl whose mother throws her her first “MOON PARTY” to celebrate her… (2:19)

 

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Lumpy (Lundberg) claims he had an unusual experience last week when he went into Dick’s Sporting Goods to purchase some ammunition. As he was about to pay for his purchase the cashier said, “Strip down facing me.”

Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about this gun control wacko, he did as she had instructed.

When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, he discovered that the cashier was referring to how he should place his credit card in the card reader.

He was asked to shop elsewhere in the future. As he was putting his clothes on he told the manager that they should make their instructions to seniors a little more clear. And as he was heading for the exit he managed to get in the last word when he passed the cashier and said, “I didn’t look that bad, did I?”

 

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After suffering that embarrassment at Dick’s Sporting Goods, look at THIS short clip that was captured on a motorist’s dash cam as Lumpy was riding home on his BMW motorcycle. (0:27)




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One might think that THESE West African soldiers would learn not to monkey around by giving a chimp an AK-47. (0:42)

 

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As pranks go, THIS one should be worthy of an award, but only if none of the “victims” suffered a fatal myocardial infarction. (1:48)

 

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If you like historical films and have vacationed or live(d) in Hawaii, you may enjoy THIS documentary received from Alice Murphy of Oahu and The Big Island that was produced by the Ford Motor Co. back in 1924. (9:40)




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Speaking of historical films, this one of a 1920s vintage Dodge Brothers sedan maneuvering through muddy roads and fields to get to a gushing oil well may be a promotional film in light of the fact that “Oil Field Dodge” is painted on the side. The question is, could a modern 4-wheel-drive SUV like a Land Rover keep up with THIS 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive sedan? (2:46)




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Leave it to the Brits to come up with comedy like THIS short clip submitted by Paul Salerno of a car stop. (0:37)




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Many of you have no doubt seen THIS because it’s been floating around cyberspace for several weeks. For those who haven’t, Gary Leonard and a half-dozen other readers describe this as an “amazing card trick by Willie Nelson.” (6:03)




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This video that Don Hale calls a “real keeper” purports to explain the meaning of the lyrics of Don McLean’s hit song from 50 years ago, “American Pie.” If your memory of the ‘60s is still somewhat vivid you should enjoy THIS clip that has been sitting on the musical YouTube shelf for 7 years. (8:48)


This version of “American Pie” is performed by the musical group known as “Capitol Steps.” If you enjoy PARODIES you should enjoy Uncle Sam telling you to “Buy, Buy American Pie.” (2:40)


Last week we presented two FlashMob videos we felt were among the best available on the Internet. Similar to a FlashMob is another form of musical entertainment. LipDubs have people lip-sync a popular song, sort of like a karaoke, and when a LipDub includes hundreds of people it can be very impressive. This one is comprised of hundreds of citizens of Grand Rapids, Mich. lip-syncing to “Bye Bye American Pie” and has been hailed as “The Greatest Music Video Ever Made.” Even if you watched the video three years ago when we first included it in the Farsider, THIS video should be worth a second look. (9:49)

 

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A Special Holiday Treat for this week's closer

With Thanksgiving in the history books, we will soon be approaching the middle of the 2014 Holiday Season, so here's a seasonal treat. When five stalwart PBA members rehearsed their version of a Christmas favorite, our Webmaster was on hand to CAPTURE it on video. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause to Carl Borbons, Tom Mazzone, Jim Guido, Art Knopf and Tony Pappalardo as they perform the “Buttcracker” from Nutcracker Sweet.”



 

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Cheers!


Pic of the Week

Interview with 101-year old Hattie Mae MacDonald of Feague, Kentucky:



Reporter: Can you give us some health tips for reaching the age of 101?

Hattie: For better digestion I drink beer. In the case of appetite loss I drink
white wine. For low blood pressure I drink red wine. In the case of high
blood pressure I drink scotch, and when I have a cold I drink Schnapps.

Reporter: When do you drink water?

Hattie: I’ve never been that sick.

 

THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 12/4/14

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

No changes

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, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
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, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
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
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Britton, Rosemarie
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
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
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Kent
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
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
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
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
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
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, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Frechette, Dick
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
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Grimes, Eric
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Gummow, Rich
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Jensen, Janie
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Jezo, Pat
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Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
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Martinez, Victor
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