The Farsider

Dec. 7, 2017

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

 

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

 

REMEMBERING A "DAY OF INFAMY"

With today being what FDR called “A day of infamy,” we thought it appropriate to include this item from the Feb. 7, 2013 Farsider as a remembrance of the lost souls who are interred aboard the USS Arizona.


The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor looks far different today than it did in the '50s. At the time it was nothing more than a platform with the American flag flying over a small bronze plaque memorializing the 1,177 sailors who perished on the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941. Only members of the military and their dependents were allowed to take a Navy launch to the platform at the time. As military brats whose fathers were stationed at Pearl in the mid '50s, Leroy and I were privileged to have visited the Arizona on occasion. It was not open to the public at the time.


It wasn't until 1958 that Congress voted for a bill that would make the Arizona a national monument. The bill was signed by President Eisenhower authorizing the building of the Arizona Memorial and Museum. But it was under the condition that only private funding be used. Ralph Edwards — the host of the then-popular TV show "This is Your Life" — jump-started the kickoff campaign that raised $95,000, and when funding slowed down, Elvis Presley gave a benefit concert that raised an additional $64,000. Eventually, enough money was raised to build the memorial and museum. Clicking on
THIS link will take you to a 10-year-old Honolulu Advertiser story that provides further details...




What few people are aware of is what takes place on occasion at the Memorial late in the day after all visitors have departed. Click
HERE to watch former shipmates who survived the war join their brethren entombed on the battleship.



POA NEWS



Dec. 5th


Remember that the 'Blue Christmas' toy drive is still ongoing through the holiday season, so please remember to donate a brand new unwrapped toy for the children that are less fortunate if you can. Thank you!


PENSION NEWS


We’ve been asked why we cover news about CalPERS and CalStirs since they are separate entities from the San Jose Police & Fire Retirement Plan. The answer is simple: When one leads, the odds are good that the other one will follow, especially with former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed who has his nose under both tents.



By Ed Mendel — San Diego Union-Tribune — Dec. 4, 2017

Will Brown pension reform lead to more reform?


Gov. Brown’s pension reform legislation five years ago, sold in part as a way to assure voters a proposed tax increase would not be eaten up by rising pension costs, got little love from pension critics.

CalPERS estimated the reform would save $29 billion to $38 billion over 30 years, not a major dent in a shortfall or “unfunded liability” of $139 billion. Some said the debt was much larger, concealed by an optimistic forecast for pension fund investment earnings.

In the view of critics, Brown’s reform fell short because the main savings, a lower pension formula with other tweaks, was limited to employees who would be hired after the reform took effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Significant savings could take decades.

What’s needed, said the critics, is a cut in the cost of pensions for employees hired before the reform. Legislation allowing cuts in the pensions current workers earn in the future was recommended by an influential Little Hoover Commission report in 2011.

But under a series of state court decisions known as the “California rule” the pension offered on the date of hire becomes a vested right, protected by contract law, that can only be cut if offset by a comparable new benefit, which could erase any savings.

A study by legal scholar Amy Monahan, cited by critics, argued imposing the highly restrictive rule, without finding clear evidence of legislative intent to create a contract, broke with legal tradition and infringed on legislative power. Only a dozen states have the rule.

“California courts have held that even though the state can terminate a worker, lower her salary, or reduce her other benefits, the state cannot decrease the worker’s rate of pension accrual as long as she is employed,” said Monahan of the University of Minnesota Law School.

The California rule was cited as courts overturned three measures approved by voters: A Pacific Grove limit on contributions to CalPERS in 2010; a San Francisco end to supplemental pension payments in 2011, and a San Jose option for current workers in 2012.

The San Francisco measure, approved by 69 percent of voters and backed by all 11 supervisors and labor and business groups, was upheld by a superior court before being overturned by an appeals court. The state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.

“This diminution in the supplemental COLA cannot be sustained as reasonable because no comparable advantage was offered to pensioners or employees in return,” said the unanimous ruling by the Court of Appeals 1st District division five in San Francisco in 2015.

Then in a surprising turnabout last year, employee challenges to minor provisions in Brown’s reform resulted in two unanimous appellate court rulings that would undermine or overturn the California Rule.

The first and most-publicized ruling came in a Marin County employee suit arguing Brown reform “anti-spiking” provisions violated the California Rule. Employees hired before the reform were no longer allowed to use on-call duties and other add-ons to boost pensions.

As if replying to the ruling in the San Francisco case, division two of the same appeals court said in the Marin ruling: “There is no absolute requirement that elimination or reduction of an anticipated retirement benefit ‘must’ be counterbalanced by a ‘comparable new benefit.”

The Marin ruling begins with background on the “emergence of the unfunded pension liability crisis” that quotes several academic studies and takes a long look at the Little Hoover Commission report that warned pension costs will cut services and force layoffs.

“While a public employee does have a ‘vested right’ to a pension, that right is only to a ‘reasonable’ pension — not an immutable entitlement to the most optimal formula of calculating the pension,” Justice James Richman wrote in an often-quoted line in the Marin ruling.

“And the Legislature may, prior to the employee’s retirement, alter the formula, thereby reducing the anticipated pension. So long as the Legislature’s modifications do not deprive the employee of a ‘reasonable’ pension, there is no constitutional violation.”

The state Supreme Court agreed last December to hear an appeal of the Marin ruling, but not until an appeals court rules on a consolidated Alameda, Contra Costa, and Merced challenge to applying Brown anti-spiking provisions to pre-reform employees.

A superior court ruling on the consolidated cases in March 2014 adopted an argument from the state attorney general: Pre-reform workers cannot have a “vested right” to pension increases that violate the 1937 act covering the 20 independent county retirement systems.

Oral arguments in the consolidated county cases are scheduled to begin Dec. 12 in the Court of Appeals 1st District, division four. The long delay reportedly was caused by scheduling conflicts among the 37 attorneys listed for unions, county pension systems, and other parties.­

In the second California Rule case on vested rights last year, the state firefighters union challenged the Brown reform ban on employee purchases of up to five years of additional service credit, called “airtime” because no work is performed.

Division three of the appellate court, referring to the Marin ruling several times, said: “The law is quite clear that they are entitled only to a ‘reasonable’ pension, not one providing fixed or definite benefits immune from modification or elimination by the governing body.”

The ruling in the firefighter case agreed with the Marin ruling argument that “should” have comparable new advantages in a key 1955 ruling on pension cuts (Allen v. City of Long Beach) somehow became a mandatory “must” in the series of California Rule cases.

When Cal Fire Local 2881 sued the California Public Employees Retirement System, it also was taking on the governor. Brown’s 12-point pension reform issued in 2011 called for a ban on “airtime” purchases allowed by legislation in 2003.

“Pensions are intended to provide retirement stability for time actually worked,” said point 10 of Brown’s plan. “Employers, and ultimately taxpayers, should not bear the burden of guaranteeing the additional employee investment risk that comes with airtime purchases.”

After the state Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the firefighter ruling, CalPERS gave the high court a 10-page brief that did not address the California Rule. The brief said airtime purchases by pre-reform employees are prohibited by state law, the Brown reform.

A 55-page brief filed by the governor’s office last month said the state intervened at the governor’s request. The brief argues that airtime purchases are not a vested right, but even if they were they could be ended. The Marin ruling and Monahan’s paper are among the citations.

If the Supreme Court upholds the appellate Marin and firefighter rulings, a major cost-cutting change may be difficult. Legislation needed to give employees in CalPERS lower pensions likely would face opposition from politically powerful public employee unions.

Brown leaves office at the end of next year. Chuck Reed, a former San Jose mayor now with the Retirement Security Initiative, has been a leader of groups that filed statewide pension reform initiatives in the past.

Last week Reed, a lawyer, welcomed the governor’s intervention in the firefighter ruling appeal. He is working on a friend-of-the-court brief, which can be filed after the Jan. 12 deadline for reply briefs from parties in the suit.


THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD


All in favor of the renaming of Almaden Blvd. to Obama Ave. raise your hand. Higher, we can’t see you. Higher. Sorry, Mayor, we can’t see any raised hands, only several fingers…

Op-Ed: San Jose Should Name a Street after Barack Obama

By Alex Shoor — August 29, 2017


Should the city of San Jose rename one of its redundant street names after President Barack Obama?

In the winter of 2008, I was walking through an economically depressed neighborhood of Cleveland, one like many others in America decimated by the mounting recession. For millions of Americans, it seemed like overnight retirement savings vanished, stable jobs disappeared and filled houses emptied.

Trudging through the cold, snow-covered streets that day, I’ll never forget the abandoned houses pockmarking the blocks. One had huge letters painted on the front defensively proclaiming, “NO COPPER HERE.” Initially, I didn’t know what that meant; I later realized times were so desperate copper pipes were being stolen from abandoned homes.

It was a dark time for Cleveland, and an uncertain, unsettling one for our country.

But there’s a radically different memory seared in my mind from that day, one that still touches the nerves on the back of my neck with a powerful twinge of inspiration and hope.

Walking toward one home, I spotted two boys wrapped in puffy coats, maybe 10 years old, gleefully and repeatedly jumping off the porch onto the snow below. They didn’t notice me until I came within earshot and mentioned, “I’m here on behalf of Barack Obama.”

Their reaction was unforgettable. Their faces lit up in instant recognition and they called out repeatedly, “Barack Obama!” as they raced inside to tell their parents “who I was with.”

For these two boys, Barack Obama was unlike most presidential candidates in American history. That’s because both boys were black.

As Barack Obama’s presidency appears in our rear view mirror, I wonder what impact it had on them as they grew up, knowing an African American finally was president of our amazing nation.

Though Americans have varied, sometimes divisive opinions about President Obama, this isn’t in dispute: he was the first person of color in our history to be president. This wasn’t just a huge accomplishment for Barack Obama himself or the African-American community, it was a historic milestone for our entire country.

If racism is America’s original sin, then Barack Obama’s election was a crucial step toward recognizing, and striving to move beyond, this shameful part of our history.

But noting his successful election victories doesn’t even touch on the grace and integrity with which he led America as President through eight, scandal-free years, a Great Recession, ongoing wars and other incredible obstacles. Moreover, he implemented policies which many Californians support and from which we benefit.

For these reasons, I ask city leaders to honor Barack Obama’s historic presidency by naming a street after him.

Some may question: Do we name places after people while they’re alive? Actually, there is precedent in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

San Jose’s main airport (Norm Mineta), train station (Rod Diridon, Sr.) and convention center (Tom McEnery) are all named after local political figures who are still quite active. Additionally, “Ronald Reagan” was added to Washington National Airport six years before his death and Houston’s main airport is named after the 93-year-old President Bush. There are already a handful of American schools named after Barack Obama.

A proposal to name a street after someone is the easy part; just as important is finding the actual street to name. A few options to consider:

• As new development occurs in a city like San Jose, say north of San Pedro Square or near a future transit station, San Jose could name a new street after Barack Obama.

• Alternatively, we could keep the name of an existing street and add a second, commemorative name as other cities do, like New York.

• We could rename an existing street that has the same name as another street in the same city. In Downtown San Jose, Almaden Boulevard and Almaden Avenue are only two blocks apart. We shouldn’t have two streets with the same name, especially when they’re so close together.

It reminds me of the first time I drove through Atlanta, where there are two streets named Peachtree. Like the Almadens, the Peachtree streets run parallel through the city center, two blocks apart. I got disoriented and frustrated trying to navigate them. I’d hate for similar confusion and distress to occur for folks visiting San Jose.

The city has guidelines on how to rename an important, symbolic street—such as Almaden in downtown San Jose—after an important, symbolic president.

In these times, once again dark with uncertainty, people could use a small, meaningful step forward that honors our nation’s history and its first African-American president.

That’s why I started a petition to propel this initiative, with more than 500 signatures and counting. Yours is welcome, too.

Like those Cleveland boys exhilarated by Barack Obama’s candidacy, what if naming a street after President Obama offers similar hope, as well as civic pride, to not only people of color living in Silicon Valley, but all of our residents? That’s a small change a lot of us can believe in.

 

Alex Shoor is a San Jose resident and advocate for diverse, inclusive communities.

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MAIL CALL

Nov. 30th

Greetings Bill,

Just read last week's "Farsider" and find myself at a loss.  I'm sure I missed something along the line.

There was mention that the long-held historic standards of the Department pertaining to personal grooming while in uniform had been significantly altered to allow for facial hair (beards) while in uniform. I'm completely blown away with the rationale. My understanding is that one of our (probably finest) current-day officers preferred to grow a beard, temporarily, so as to (TEMPORARILY) meet a family/religious custom of being bearded for his upcoming wedding.

1. The officer apparently has NOT been wearing a beard up to this point, and has seemingly been fine and happily performing his duties under that condition.

2. In many instances over past decades, individual officers have successfully performed their duties with a wide variety of (TEMPORARY) physical conditions — including avoiding shaving for awhile in at least a couple of cases — and the Department found an equal or better (TEMPORARY) assignment for the officer outside of uniform assignment. This was not unheard of, and in this current case, the officer could easily have been (TEMPORARILY) transferred to special duty with something of interest and professional enhancement and enjoyment to the officer .... "Crime Scene Unit" ... any of the many BOI specialties, also including short-term undercover training and work, Personnel or Training Units, etc., etc.  preference given to something the officer might prefer.

3. After the "TEMPORARY" need, the officer resumes his previous billet in uniform.

Where is the problem with this? What have I missed? The officer didn't sound like he was demanding or even suggesting "PERMANENT" waiver of the uniform standards ... as far as the article led me to believe. Are we merely altering things without an "actual need" just to be seen as trendy or trend-setting or give the appearance of inclusiveness, BEFORE and WITHOUT an actual case arising?

Kenn Christie
<chrissakiseime@aol.com>

You won't get an argument from me, Kenn, and I strongly suspect very few — if any — others. Seems to be a sign of the times. (Sigh.)

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Dec. 2nd

Bill,

I thought this was important enough to pass along. Not sure how many Vietnam Vets we have in our ranks.

Dave Walker
<davethreewits@sbcglobal.net>

This item should be considered a must read for those of you who served in Vietnam…

VA Study Shows Parasite from Vietnam May Be Killing Vets

Fox News



Click HERE read the story.

 

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Dec. 2nd

Hey Bill,

Here are a couple of photos of the Who’s Who of the Greatest Police Department. We had a breakfast get-together in Auburn on Dec. 2 and had a great time. The minds are still sharp, and we all had good laughs at each other’s expense. And not one lie was told.

Thanks to Craig Shuey for getting us all together.

Joe Wicker
<jpwicker@att.net>


(L-R standing) John Trussler; Walt Tibbet; Bill Silva; Joe Wicker; Joe Nunes; Craig Shuey; Dave Samsel; Rich Vizzusi; Ron Evans; Dennis Brookins; Rich Cadenasso; Tom Kennedy; and Rick Confer.

(L-R kneeling) Stan Russell; Gary Leonard; Dan Bullock.

We were told that to everyone’s amazement, none of these retired cops have been accused of groping anyone other than their spouse. Yet.

We were asked that this photo also be included. Not sure why, unless they think that without it readers might assume this was a meeting of the Auburn Communist Party...

 

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Dec. 5th

Aloha Bill,

I had a very nice thing happen last Thursday here on the Island. I belong to a group of mostly old farts that call ourselves the "We Just Don't Give A Sh*t Club.” It’s made up of guys from all walks of life and is really quite eclectic; one is a nuclear physicist, a couple are WWII vets, one is a Navy Commander, lots are cops from all over, some are Elks, some golf some don’t, etc. You can see what I mean about lots of different guys who come together just to talk stories, which are very diverse!

I have been nagging (read hammering ) Rob Reek to come with me to our Thursday lunch as the standards to join the group are very low. The cost is $20 bucks to buy a shirt and that's it, our membership is some where around 110 to 120 guys, because some are snow birds and only come a couple of weeks a year.

I finally succeeded in getting Rob to come with me to the luncheon which we hold at the Kona Brewery — we call it the Brew Pub, but everyone knows where we mean.

This Thursday was a larger than usual gathering, somewhere between 40 and 50 guys. There are only 3 rules: No talking Religion, no talking politics, and women are not allowed (you can talk about them, but you can't bring them).

Rob and I sat down at the far end of the table. Rob was introducing himself to some of the members when I noticed that one was a younger than usual man. I asked him why he would join a group of old farts like us? He said he wasn't joining, he was just bringing his retired San Jose Police Officer dad to the group to see if he would like to join. Rob and I of course perked up and asked who his dad was and where was he? He pointed down the table a ways and there was Charlie Roy. Turns out that he and his son, Jeff Roy, have moved back here where Charlie was born and raised.

Rob and I went down and met with Charlie and talked with him for quite a while. Turns out that when he lost his wife he moved in with family and had lost touch with the "Farsider,” so he has been out of touch for quite some time. I mentioned I was going to the Mainland to celebrate Jim Guido's 90th birthday. As it happened, he and Charlie came on the department together, so he wanted me to tell everyone hello, especially Bob Moir, which I did at Jim's party.

Anyway he would like to be added back on the "Farsider" mailing list. He uses his son's address that is
<j_roy123155@yahoo.com>. If you need to get in touch with him you can call him at 925-337-6706.

It was terrific talking with Charlie and his son Jeff, and they both may end up joining our club. Hope all is well with you, I'm heading for South East Asia for the month of December so will wish you Mele Kalikimaka now!

Aloha,

J.C.
(Jim Carlton) <jcarlton1333@gmail.com>

All that time spent getting reacquainted with Charlie and no one thought to snap a couple of pics? Shame on JC and Rob! (Charlie has again been reunited with the Farsider Family.)


CHECK OUT THESE YOUNG BUCKAROOS


At least they were relatively young 50 years ago. We opened the door to the Archives and this pic from the Aug. 31, 2006 Farsider jumped out and said look at us…


Top Row, left to right: Bob Lockwood Campbell PD).; Ron Lee (Santa Clara PD); Dwight Messimer; Don Black; Bruce Peterson; Keith Moyland; Paul Tomlinson; Art Mogilefsky; and Stan Wilson.
 
Bottom Row, left to right: Mr. Page; Jim Anderson (Santa Clara PD); Brian Bennert; Darrel Richter; Mona Bond; Pat Potter Oviatt; Jay Martin; Bob Traskowski; and Ron Thorpe (Santa Clara PD).


DECEMBER VANGUARD NOW ON-LINE



Dec. 4th


The December 2017 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine will be arriving in the mail soon. Click
HERE to download it to your desktop.



RSVP FOR RETIREES ASSN. CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON BEFORE DEC. 11



Annual Christmas Luncheon Info

Our annual Christmas luncheon is Thursday, Dec. 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the SJPOA Hall.

You NEED to RSVP in order to attend this luncheon. Reservations must be received no later than December 11th.

If you plan on attending, we need you to sign up on-line as soon as possible. You can do so by clicking HERE.

Location:
San Jose P.O.A. Hall
1151 N.4th St.
San Jose

December 14, 2017
Doors open at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be served from 12:00
Stop serving at 1:30
Please no toys
Dress is Business Casual


Cost: A $5.00 donation for each attendant. Cash or check and checks to be made out to AORSJPO&FF.  All money collected to be donated to the toy program in-lieu of bringing a toy like we have in years past. If something comes up and you are not able to make the luncheon, please let us know by sending e-mail to Jerry Ellis at
<dir_jellis@retiredsjpoff.org>.


2018 PBA VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER DANCE IS BACK ON


PBA President Dave Wysuph reported that Saturday, Feb. 10, has been secured for the 2018 PBA Valentine's Day Dinner Dance after all. More details to follow. In the meantime, PBA members who plan to attend should make a mark on their calendar.


WILL THE “TRAVELING BUTTS”  DO TIME FOR EXPOSING THEIR TRAVELING BUTTS?


What we have here are two married males whose claim to fame is traveling around the world and exposing their bare butts at famous sites. Turns out that the authorities in Bangkok,  (snicker) didn’t find the act amusing and threw their traveling butts in the pokey, where they could do serious time.

U.S. Couple Arrested In Thailand After Exposing Their Butts At Temple

—The men could reportedly face up to seven years in prison for the act—

By Curtis M. Wong — Huffington Post — Nov. 29, 2017



Click HERE to watch a video about these guys


Two American men have reportedly been detained in Thailand after posting a photo on Instagram of themselves exposing their buttocks at a Buddhist temple.

The men, who have been identified as Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, are known to their more than 14,000 Instagram followers as the “Traveling Butts.” The San Diego-based couple’s account, which has since been deleted, featured images of the pair with their pants pulled down at famous sites around the world.

Immigration officials arrested the Dasilvas, who are married, at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport on Tuesday and charged them with public indecency. A spokesman for immigration police told the Bangkok Post that the men admitted to posing for photos at the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, in Bangkok with their pants pulled down.

The men reportedly each paid a fine of 5,000 baht (about $150) but remain in custody.

In a statement to ABC News, the Thai government said the tourists could face jail time. “The charge would not be a normal public indecency charge. Instead, they would be charged with committing indecency in a place of worship, which carries a long jail term,” the statement read.

“This is a reminder,” it continued, “that everyone should have respect for Thai religion and culture.”

The deputy chief of the Bangkok Yai district police station told USA Today that police are considering additional charges against the Dasilvas under Thailand’s computer crimes act since they posted the photo online.

Together, the offenses could lead to jail time of up to seven years.

San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez said he’s been in contact with the Dasilvas, and is currently speaking with American authorities on what the next steps should be.

“Though I am very disappointed in their actions,” Murray-Ramirez told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, “I am talking to U.S. government officials to see what assistance we can give them.”


WOULD THEY PREFER NO POLICE AT ALL? PROBABLY

Civil Rights Groups Demand Court Ban Cops from Stopping Cars

by Ginny Reed — Blue Lives Matter — Dec. 1, 2017

 

The groups want the Iowa Supreme Court to ban
officers from pulling over people for minor offenses.


Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Several civil rights groups want police officers banned from pulling over people for minor offenses because they said that the practice unfairly targets black people.

The groups, ACLU of Iowa, Iowa-Nebraska Conference of the NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Iowa, and 1,000 Kids for Iowa, filed an amicus curiae brief with the Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday, Nov. 30, according to KGAN.

In the brief, the Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Waterloo Police Department, were highlighted, according to KCRG.

According to the brief, a 2014 study showed that "people of color" made up 10 percent of drivers, but 19 percent of traffic stops in Iowa City.

However, the author of that study, St. Ambrose University Criminal Justice Professor Chris Barnum, has released newer 2015 numbers which show a downward trend on disproportionate stops.

It's not clear why the civil rights groups ignored the more recent, more accurate numbers.

Barnum also said that census data doesn't actually show if there's any bias in making traffic stops.

"Depending on where the stops are made really determines to a great extent whether there’s disproportionality," Barnum said, according to Press-Citizen. He explained that if police have more patrols in high-crime areas, which have a denser population of people of color, then the numbers will appear more disproportionate.

The civil rights groups also mentioned the November, 2016 traffic stop of Jerime Mitchell in the brief.

Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones stopped Mitchell for a burned out license plate light. Mitchell tried to drive away and trapped Officer Jones between an open driver's side door and the truck.

Police said that Officer Lucas feared for his life when he shot Mitchell, who recovered but was paralyzed from the neck down, according to The Gazette. A grand jury investigated the incident at the request of Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden, and found that the shooting was justified.

Vander Sanden said that evidence was received that indicated Mitchell was on the verge of making a marijuana deal, and that he was profane and belligerent from the start. He also said that Mitchell attacked the officer.

In the brief, the civil rights group recommended that the Iowa Supreme Court come up with a test to determine when racial profiling may be a factor.

Click HERE to review the readers’ comments about this article.



HE’S TOO DUMB TO REALIZE HE’S HELPING TO GET “THE WALL” BUILT

 

20 Time Deported Mexican Laughs While Being Sentenced for
Sodomy, Kidnapping and Sexual Assault in Sanctuary State of Oregon

 

—Tells Victims’ Relatives: “See All You Guys in Hell”—

By James Wilkinson for DailyMail.com and Associated Press — Dec. 1, 2017


Sergio Jose Martinez is seen here grinning in court on Friday as he pleads guilty to 10 counts including sexual assault and kidnapping. He assaulted two women on the same night in July.

A Mexican man who was deported from the US 20 times has been convicted of 10 counts including sexual assault in Oregon.

On Friday, Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, was sentenced to 35 years in prison in a Portland courtroom after pleading guilty to kidnapping, sexual assault, sodomy and several other counts, KOIN reported.



Click HERE to view the newscast regarding this case.


Martinez smiled throughout the trial, and as he left, he gave one grim parting shot to his two victims’ relatives: ‘See all you guys in Hell.’

The first attack occurred early on the morning of July 24, when Martinez entered the Northeast Portland home of a 65-year-old woman through a window she had left open to cool the house.

Wielding a metal rod, Martinez told the woman to get down on the ground, where he bound and blindfolded her, threatened to murder her, and then sexually assaulted her, KGW reported.

He stole the woman’s purse and car; she called the police from a neighbor’s home, and they located the vehicle and put it under surveillance.

While they kept an eye on the car, however, Martinez was stalking his second victim in a parking garage on the corner of Northeast 21st Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street.

He approached her carrying a knife and made her get into her car; as he got in after her she attempted to escape, but he was able to grab her and start slamming her head into the ground.

The woman called out for help and as passersby approached, Martinez attempted to steal her car, then fled on foot when it failed to start. Police caught him minutes later.

Two relatives of one of the victims, and one of the victims herself spoke during the sentencing phase Friday, in which Martinez often grinned.



The smirking criminal told the victims' families he would 'see
you in Hell' after they blasted him in court. ICE said they plan
to deport him again once he's finished his 35-year prison sentence.


A brother of one victim told Martinez: ‘Sergio, no sentencing is enough. I rather you rot in Hell.’

Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt, the prosecutor on the case, said: ‘We had some very powerful victim impact statements that said it all.

‘It was really breathtaking to hear the far-reaching consequences of violent crime, the emotional injury.’

Under the agreement that spared Martinez a possibly longer sentence if he had been found guilty at trial, he pleaded guilty to 10 counts, including first-degree burglary, sodomy, sex abuse, kidnapping, robbery, and second-degree assault.

Martinez’s lawyer, Jonathan Sarre, said his client ‘suffers from some mental illnesses; often such people may do inappropriate things in these situations.’

However, he acknowledged that a doctor had declared Martinez competent to stand trial.

Martinez had been freed from jail in Portland a week before the attacks; he was in there for interfering with police and providing a false birth date.

He was released despite a request from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to hold him so the agency could take him into custody.

Oregon became America’s first sanctuary state when it adopted a law in 1987 preventing law enforcement from detaining people who are in the United States illegally but have not broken other laws.


STORIES OF THE WEEK

Understandable mistake…



Received from Alice Murphy


A mother sent her college daughter a text ending with “I love you,” which was followed by the emoji above.

The daughter texts back: “Why did you give me a poop emoji?”

Mom: “I thought it was a Hershey’s kiss,”

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Don’t fool with seniors



Received from Debbie Zearbaugh


Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double-pane, energy-efficient kind.

Today, I got a call from Home Depot who installed them. The caller complained that the work had been completed a year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.

Helloooo! Just because I'm a Senior Citizen doesn't mean that I am automatically mentally challenged. So, I told him exactly what his fast-talking sales guy told me last year — that these windows would pay for themselves in a year!

Hellooooo again! It's been a year, so they're paid for, I told him. There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally hung up.

He never called back. I bet he felt like an idiot.

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The Lawyer

 


A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him in an attempt to persuade him to contribute.


"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"

The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Uh...no."

The lawyer interrupted, "or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"

The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again.

"...or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident, leaving her penniless with three children?"

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I am so sorry, I had no idea..."

On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"

 

EVEN BACK IN THE 1990s TOM AND BILL WERE THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

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

Nov. 29 — Dec. 5


Nov. 29: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit tonight! Also getting lit tonight – the HR rep over at the "Today" show.

That’s the big story today. NBC has fired Matt Lauer from the “Today” show after he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. So if you were wondering “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” – he’s probably at a bar with Charlie Rose.

Actually, President Trump tweeted about Matt Lauer being fired and went on to attack NBC News executives and Joe Scarborough. Then Kim Jong Un was like, “Uh, did you guys not see that missile yesterday, orrrr…?”

Let’s get to some sports here. The Giants announced that they are benching Eli Manning this weekend. Eli’s not sure what’s worse – not getting to play for the Giants, or having to WATCH the Giants.

Instead of Eli, the Giants will start former Jets quarterback Geno Smith. You know things are bad when your solution is, “Let’s try the guy who was cut by the Jets!”

Nov. 30: Earlier tonight, President Trump and his family lit the national Christmas tree. Of course, Trump refused to light it until everyone agreed his tree had the most lights in history — “800 million billion.”

Trump also sent a thoughtful tweet about coming together, putting aside our differences, and remembering what the holidays are all about. I’m just kidding. He insulted the leaders of two countries on Twitter.

Trump lashed out at British Prime Minister Theresa May on Twitter, but he actually tagged the wrong Theresa May. When he heard that he sent an embarrassing tweet, he said, “You’re going to have to be way more specific.”

It came out that Trump wants to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He decided not to when he heard Tillerson was his Secret Santa. “Right after I get my present, you’re fired.”

Jerry Springer says he won’t run for governor of Ohio next year. You know politics has gotten messy when Jerry Springer’s like, “I can’t be associated with this.”

Dec. 4: The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump is expected to fire his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the coming weeks. Or as Rex Tillerson is calling it, a Christmas miracle.

Honestly, Tillerson says he’s not paying attention to the rumors. And as the former head of ExxonMobil, he’s used to ignoring lots of leaks.

It’s not really surprising that Trump would fire Tillerson. If you remember, Rex Tillerson, over the summer, reportedly called Trump a, and I quote, a (bleep) moron. I don’t have a joke here, I just wanted to relive that fond memory.

Meanwhile, the co-author of Donald Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” says that according to two secret sources, White House staffers are starting to express concern over the president’s mental health. Wow, that’s some great investigative journalism right there. Or he could have just checked Twitter!

I wish I could have seen the face Trump made when he heard people were saying he’s crazy. It was probably something like this: “Yeah, completely sane, completely sane.”

Anyone here have plans to travel over the holidays? Well, you might have to check your flights because American Airlines just experienced a computer glitch that has allowed all their pilots to take vacation at the same time, meaning that thousands of flights in December have no one to fly them. This is all part of American Airlines’ new campaign to make the rest of their services seem less awful. “Okay, fine. I’ll pay extra for my bags, but only if I get a pilot.”

This computer glitch could really screw things up for people flying on Christmas. It just gave time off to 15,000 pilots and eight tiny reindeer.

Have you guys heard about this robot Sophia? She’s one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence androids. Well, recently she announced, on her own, that she wants to have a baby. That may seem weird, but I bet she knows what she’s talking about. Her biological clock is an actual clock. If this happens, it’s gonna be a huge blow to single women with overbearing mothers out there. “So, I see robots are having babies before you.”

Dec. 5: The International Olympic Committee just announced that it has banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of doping violations. Or, as Putin put it, "Hello, Donald? Is time to return a favor."

Russia was banned from the Olympics. But Russia doesn’t mind — they said they’ll just invade some other teams.

It’s very interesting — athletes from Russia can still participate, but they won’t get credit for winning any medals. Yeah, Olympic events that don’t matter — or as most people call it, “curling.”

Robert Mueller issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank for documents on its relationship with President Trump. Trump couldn't believe it – he said, "I thought it was pronounced 'Douche Bank.' It was funny – that's why I joined! I’ve been a proud card-carrying douche since 1987.”


Nov. 29: Two properties associated with Donald Trump have decided to remove his name from their building. Sadly, neither one is the White House.

In a tweet this morning, Donald Trump suggested that Joe Scarborough is a murderer. This is a big step up for Trump. It’s the first time he’s connected a crime to a white guy.

Former Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior. Keillor issued an apology to his three living fans.

Longtime “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer was fired because he was caught engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior. Afterwards, Lauer said, “Maybe having all those people looking through the windows wasn’t such a great idea after all.”

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon is heading to Alabama to campaign for embattled candidate Roy Moore. It’s part of their “They Deserve Each Other” tour.

Nintendo has teamed with Kellogg's to make a Mario Brothers cereal. Kellogg's promises that the Super Mario cereal will “taste like plumber.”

A new study finds that men with thick biceps are more likely to live longer. The study also found that I died 10 years ago.

Nov. 30: A sixth woman has come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken of sexually inappropriate behavior. On the plus side, if Franken resigns as senator from Minnesota, he could still be elected the senator from Alabama.

Two large properties associated with Donald Trump have decided to disassociate from him. One is the Trump SoHo hotel, and the other is the Kremlin.

Matt Lauer got a public message of support from Geraldo Rivera. In response, Lauer said, “My God, now I’ve really hit rock bottom.”

Pope Francis visited a Buddhist country and made some controversial remarks. The worst was when the Pope saw a statue of Buddha and said, “At least, MY God has abs.”

An Ohio-based company made a cup holder for dip that attaches to a dashboard so you can eat chips and dip while you drive. I don’t have a joke about this, I just wanted to remind you we’re still the greatest country in the world.

Dec. 4: Economists project that the new Republican tax bill will lead to a $1 trillion deficit. It’s the first thing to lose $1 trillion since “The Emoji Movie.”

A new book claims that for Donald Trump, the four basic food groups are McDonald’s, KFC, pizza, and Diet Coke. When they heard, the American people were outraged and said, “DIET Coke?”

Trump created a lot of controversy by endorsing Roy Moore. Today, Trump praised Moore as someone who reaches out to young people.

President Trump endorsed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite the fact that Moore has been accused of molesting minors. When asked why he endorsed Moore, Trump said, “Us gross guys gotta stick together.”

Due to the harassment scandal, Matt Lauer’s wife has now left the country. She said, “I want to be where in the world Matt Lauer isn’t.”

Time Magazine has published a short list of nominees for Person of the Year, and it includes Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, and Robert Mueller. If it’s a three-way tie, that’s going to be one awkward photo shoot.

Dec. 5: A new report says Mike Pence's wife thinks Donald Trump is "totally vile." Coincidentally, Donald Trump’s wife thinks Donald Trump is "totally vile."

A spokeswoman for Roy Moore has defended him, saying there are plenty of women in Alabama that he didn’t sexually abuse. She said, "We prefer to look at the glass as 'half-ungroped.'"

Yesterday, another woman came forward with proof from the 1980s that Roy Moore pursued her when she was 17. Moore said, "What can I say? Back then I was into older women."

Russia has been banned from the Winter Olympics. But don’t feel bad, Russia – even though you won’t win any gold medals, you did win the U.S. presidential election.


Nov. 29: President Trump retweeted three videos from a far right British hate group called Britain First. The videos were meant to inflame anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments. For those of you that don't know, it basically is a racist gang that marches in the streets and wants Muslims out of the country. And I for one am just glad I now live in the United States where, thankfully, nothing like that could ever happen.

Britain First was founded by a man named Jim Dowson who got his start in a town called Dundonald which frankly is exactly what we all wish we could all say right now, “You're done, Donald, get out, go away, it's done, Donald.”

Nov. 30: The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump is expected to fire his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the coming weeks. Or as Rex Tillerson is calling it, a Christmas miracle.

Honestly, Tillerson says he’s not paying attention to the rumors. And as the former head of ExxonMobil, he’s used to ignoring lots of leaks.

It’s not really surprising that Trump would fire Tillerson. If you remember, Rex Tillerson, over the summer, reportedly called Trump a, and I quote, a (bleep) moron. I don’t have a joke here, I just wanted to relive that fond memory.

Meanwhile, the co-author of Donald Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” says that according to two secret sources, White House staffers are starting to express concern over the president’s mental health. Wow, that’s some great investigative journalism right there. Or he could have just checked Twitter!

I wish I could have seen the face Trump made when he heard people were saying he’s crazy. It was probably something like this: “Yeah, completely sane, completely sane.”

Anyone here have plans to travel over the holidays? Well, you might have to check your flights because American Airlines just experienced a computer glitch that has allowed all their pilots to take vacation at the same time, meaning that thousands of flights in December have no one to fly them. This is all part of American Airlines’ new campaign to make the rest of their services seem less awful. “Okay, fine. I’ll pay extra for my bags, but only if I get a pilot.”

This computer glitch could really screw things up for people flying on Christmas. It just gave time off to 15,000 pilots and eight tiny reindeer.

Have you guys heard about this robot Sophia? She’s one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence androids. Well, recently she announced, on her own, that she wants to have a baby. That may seem weird, but I bet she knows what she’s talking about. Her biological clock is an actual clock. If this happens, it’s gonna be a huge blow to single women with overbearing mothers out there. “So, I see robots are having babies before you.”

Dec. 5: Russia has been banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. And, this is nice — Russia was also banned from participating in the next presidential election.

Olympic officials first got suspicious that Russians were using performance-enhancing drugs when the Russians set a new speed record for skiing UP the mountain.

There's more news from the Trump-Russia investigation. It was announced that Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is currently under house arrest, had violated his bail terms by corresponding with Russian intelligence. Now, I'm no lawyer. But here's what you do when you're under house arrest: You do puzzles. You bake. You watch everything on your DVR. Here's what you DON’T do: the thing that got you under house arrest!

Manafort has had so much contact with the Russians, today he found out even he's been banned from the upcoming Olympics.


Nov. 29: More famous and powerful men accused today of inappropriate behavior, including, this was a shocker, Santa Claus. Apparently one of the children on his routes saw him kissing mommy, and I guess it's over.

As is Matt Lauer. Matt Lauer was let go from the "Today" show this morning because of unspecified allegations of sexual harassment. This morning my wife looked on her phone and said, "Oh my God, Matt Lauer," which, of course, I assumed he was dead. I guess this is better. I don't know.

And on top of all this, 75-year-old Garrison Keillor, the guy from "A Prairie Home Companion," was fired today from Minnesota Public Radio. Can you imagine being fired from Minnesota Public Radio? It's like having your library card revoked.

Meanwhile North Korea launched another missile yesterday. That apparently now they can reach every part of the mainland of the United States. Which is scary, of course. And I know it sounds terrible, but speaking for those of us who live here on the west coast, there's something comforting about the fact that it's not just us who have to worry about this anymore. Now we’re all in it together. Congratulations.


Nov. 29: The official Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit earlier tonight. And it will stand there until early January when I have to drag it out to the curb.

According to recent analysis, the FCC received more than a million fake comments in favor of repealing Net Neutrality. It’s the most fake comments ever found outside a high school reunion. “Oh, my God, you look greaaaaaat!”

According to reports, Disney’s Hall of Presidents is scheduled to debut their Donald Trump statue sometime before Christmas. Until then, they’re keeping him in the Haunted Mansion.

A couple in Arkansas recently named their baby Olivia Garten in honor of the restaurant chain Olive Garden. Olivia is joined at home by her older brother, Fred Lobster.

Dec. 4: The Senate passed a Republican tax bill just before 2 a.m. on Saturday. And if you’re wondering if that’s a good thing, try to remember the last time anything good happened to you at 2 a.m. on a Saturday. 2 a.m. on Saturday is when your drunk friend gets in the back of a police car because he thought it was an Uber and then barfs on himself. 2 a.m. is when your friend who’s into coke says, “I’m gonna get some more coke.”

A new poll has found that 48 percent of Roy Moore’s supporters plan to vote for him because “he’s the best person for the job.” What’s the job — male stripper for nursing homes?

Dec. 5: Following multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. John Conyers announced today that he would not seek reelection and endorsed his son to replace him in Congress. While President Trump has endorsed his son to replace him in the Russia investigation. “Take Eric, he’s the one you want.”

An Italian winery is releasing five limited-edition bottles of Hello Kitty-themed wine for the holiday season. It’s the perfect gift for your alcoholic niece.

According to a new poll, 71 percent of American men believe they face pressure to act interested in sports. “Not us!” said the New York Giants.

Tonight is Krampus Night. So, if you see someone crawling in through your window and terrorizing your kids, that’s Roy Moore.


Nov. 29: According to the chairman of NBC News, (Matt) Lauer was fired due to "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." Not to be confused with "appropriate" sexual behavior in the workplace. Because that does not exist.

We should have seen that Lauer had a strange obsession with women. I mean, just look at any of his actual Halloween costumes. Dolly Parton, "Baywatch" babe, Paris Hilton, and Lucy from Peanuts. Good grief. After looking at those photos, I think he could have been fired for sexually harassing himself.

Donald Trump weighed in on the Lauer story tweeting, "Wow." Wait a minute. Wow? I'm still not used to a president typing the word "Wow." That's like if the first draft of the Gettysburg address was "Holy guacamole, this war sucks. Wow."

Dec. 4: On Friday, former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and it turns out that’s against the law. [imitates Trump] “Did you know that? Lot of people don’t know that. Most of them work for me.”

But Flynn’s not the only one in Mueller’s crosshairs — because, in court, Flynn said that he’s agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s office. Woo-hoo! He’s singing like a canary! Well, actually, more like an angry shaved eagle.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the vice president and the FBI.” OK, here’s the thing — Trump’s not supposed to have known Flynn lied to the FBI. Because, the day after he fired Flynn, FBI Director James Comey says Trump told him to go easy on Flynn. That would be an admission to obstruction of justice.

It’s like when you’re trying to get out of one lie and you accidentally tell a much worse lie. “Baby, I couldn’t have been texting with my ex last night, I was too busy sleeping with your mom.”


HARDLY RECOGNIZE HIM ANYMORE...

 




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Fewer things are more frustrating than hearing the garbage truck in your neighborhood and having an icy driveway that won’t you allow to roll your trash bin to the curb. It’s even worse when you wife and daughter are watching from a window and laughing their
FANNIES off! (2:54)



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This 1992 TV commercial for Talens Rubber Cement sent in by Alice Murphy swept the Cannes International Advertising Film Festival several years ago, winning its Grand Prix award. If you choose to watch it, remember that “Prix” is pronounced  “
PREE.” (Note the adjustment at the 1:09 mark.) (1:20)




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It’s a given that environmentalists are very strong on alternative forms of electricity and saving wildlife, but as a group they are relatively quiet on the fact that those giant windmills kill many birds each year, including some that are protected by law. Now the environmentalists have another controversy on their hands. We’re talking about those solar power plants that are sending death rays into the sky and igniting birds in mid-flight. Talk about
SCORCHED tail feathers! (2:27)




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Why men shouldn't take messages...





This isn’t a cheery topic, but we did find it of interest because it’s about those who have lost their lives in the Grand Canyon, a place we have all visited at one time or another. It was posted a few months ago and is narrated by an interpretive guide who
WORKS at the Grand Canyon. (11:23)




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Have you ever played the trumpet? How about the trombone, tuba, French horn or cornet? All are difficult instruments to master, but not for these ladies. Have a look and
LISTEN. (6:34)




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Question of the week:





Another musical item worth a few minutes of your time was received from Comrade Kosovilka. The looseness (non-stiffness) of the men in the Red Army Choir reminds us a little of the musicians of the Andre Rieu orchestra who have fun while making
MUSIC. (5:28)




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Have you ever been traveling down the highway at 70 mph when a big juicy bug takes aim at your windshield and goes SPLAT! That doesn’t happen in this wing suit video, but it comes pretty damn close. P.S. You don’t have to understand what he’s saying to realize he has a death wish as big as his you-know-whats. Take a deep breath and have a
LOOK. (2:43)




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Displaying a Border Patrol buzzer to try and use a handicap placard that’s not yours for a prime parking spot at Sonoma Raceway is not recommended. Not only is it embarrassing if you get caught like
THIS guy, the citation will also cost you a ton of dough. (3:24)




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Here's some news you can use if you have an iPhone running IOS 11: You can access emergency services by pressing the iPhone’s lock button five times. I assume that the advantage over punching in 911 is that you won't look like you are trying to connect with a 911 operator. Click
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Sure, this group of boys and girls in a Chinese kindergarten class performing a basketball dance is impressive, but can they tear down, clean and put back together a 9mm Glock 19 in under 5 minutes like most American 5-year-olds? We don’t
THINK so. (0:57)




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The clip of the kindergartners above is not an anomaly. Check out this compilation clip of other Chinese 5-year-olds showing their skills with a basketball. If many of these kids grow up to be 6-6 or more, the
NBA could eventually find itself in a world of hurt. (1:47)




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Can you ride a hobbyhorse as well as these young Finns? Don’t laugh, this is  a serious
SPORT in Finland! (3:40)


Is this child’s play? Think of what square dancing looks like to other cultures and this begins to make sense. Watch
THESE three couples perform, and note that one of the ladies is wearing a helmet in case she is thrown off her hobbyhorse. $3:50)

 

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Hope for Paws rescues three little Chihuahuas that had been dumped on the street by their owner. MEET Marty, Brooklyn and Penny. (5:24)



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Boots ad Babs had been abandoned in an industrial area when they were rescued by Eldad and Lisa. THIS was one of the couple’s easier rescues.(3:30)





A Pit Bull Police Dog? If you have never heard of such a thing, watch
THIS clip and you will be able to say you have. (2:00)




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Leave it to the Dutch to come up with creative ways to advertise their products and corporations, like KLM Airlines.
THIS ad features their Lost & Found services. (1:43)




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Some kids would call Campbell a sissy or worse based on what he likes to do. Fact is, life for everyone on the planet would be far better off if more people were like him. Have a look at
THIS clip received from Alice Murphy. (5:45)




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We dare you to watch this week’s closer all the way to the end without looking around to see who has been cutting
ONIONS. Make that a double-dare, even triple dare. Remember, all the way to the end. (10:09)




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Pic of the Week

Seems that Mother Nature has seen to it that men and dogs
are easy to spot when they have been behaving badly...





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Gaumont, Ron
Gay, Brian
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
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Granum, Jeff
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Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimaldo, Linda
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
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Hale, Don
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Handforth, Terry
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Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
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Heckel, Rick
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Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
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Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
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Hober, Margo
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Hogate, Joanne
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Hughes, Gary
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Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
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Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
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Jacobson, Barbara
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Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jepson, Cliff
Jezo, Pat
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Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
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Jones, Wayne
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Katashima, Annie
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Kennedy, Tom
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Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
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LeGault, Russ
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Leroy, Jim
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Lisius, Jim
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Lockwood, Joan
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Lopez, Ruvi
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Malatesta, Jim
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Malvini, Phil
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Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
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Martinez, Victor
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Mattos, Paula
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McFall, Tom
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Mozley, Ron
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Mulloy, Dennis
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Namba, Bob
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Norton, Phil
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Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
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Rogers, Lorrie
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Romano, Marie
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Rosso, Ron
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Royal, Julie
Ruiloba, Louie
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Russo, Grace
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Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
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Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
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Sekany, Greg
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Seymour, Jim
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Sherman, Gordon
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Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
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Sly, Sandi
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Smith, Frank
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
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Spangenberg, Hal
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Spicer, John
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
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Sumner, Ted
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Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
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Tietgens, Don
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Womack, Kenn
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Woodington, Brad
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