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RETIRED ASST. CHIEF JAY PROPST
July 31, 1934
Appointed April 26, 1957
July 31, 1989 (vested)
Dec. 5, 2014
Upon hearing on Tuesday of this week that Jay Propst had
passed away, we made contact with his daughter Sharon
Tengberg, who told us that her father was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer toward the end of Nov. and that he
succumbed to the disease two weeks later. She also
provided us with the following obituary.
Jay Howard Propst was born in San Jose, CA on July 31,
1934 to Clyde and Monte Propst. He was the younger
brother of Virginia, and together the family resided in
Los Altos, CA.
Following his graduation from Campbell High School, Jay
worked part-time as an ambulance driver while attending
San Jose State University. During a stop one day at
O’Connor Hospital a student nurse caught his eye. He had
arranged to meet her on a blind date, but was surprised
when an even cuter student nurse showed up. Although it
may have been the “wrong” girl, she was the right one
for Jay. He and Anamarie Krieg married on Oct 9, 1955,
and together they enjoyed 59 years of marriage. Their
children arrived first with Sharon in 1957, and two
years later with Steve in 1959.
Jay followed the career path of a police officer. He
started as a motorcycle cop at the San Jose Police
Department in 1957 and left 22 years later as the
assistant chief of police of the 1,100 member force. His
titles over the years included patrol officer, detective
of homicide and robbery; field detective; commander of
internal affairs; and operations commander. In 1979, Jay
left his position as the Assistant Chief of Police of
the SJPD to become the Chief of Police in Boulder, CO,
where he served until his retirement in 1992. His
character and integrity earned him the respect of his
fellow police officers as well as the community. The
Boulder newspaper wrote that Chief Propst was “A Cop
with clout. A cop’s cop. A man’s man.”
Jay enjoyed outdoor activities such as deep sea fishing,
golfing, spending weekends on his boat “Gotcha” on the
Sacramento Delta and SF Bay, watching the Giants play
baseball, attending car shows, traveling with his wife,
and spending time with his grandchildren and great
grandchildren. He was a soft spoken, tender and beloved
man with a quick wit and dry sense of humor. He will be
Jay is survived by his loving wife Anamarie; his sister
Virginia Propst; his daughter Sharon Propst Tengberg
(Van); his son Stephen Howard Propst; his seven
grandchildren Jennae Tengberg Porter, Blake Tengberg,
Brett Tengberg, Shardae Tengberg, Brady Tengberg, Morgan
Propst, Nathan Propst; and six great grandchildren with
one on the way.
He passed away peacefully with his family by his side
due to Pancreatic Cancer. A private, family service will
be held on Dec 13th in Murrieta.
The family has suggested that the best way to honor Jay
would be for you to do something nice for a police
officer in your local neighborhood.
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Sharon provided us with her mother’s mailing address
should any of you like to send her a sympathy card. For
more information, Sharon can be contacted via email at
24198 Via Llano
Murrieta, CA 92562
REMINDER: THERE IS “NO” PBA MEETING IN DECEMBER
Show up at the POA Hall at 5 p.m. next Wednesday and the
only person you are liable to see is another member or
two who forgot that there is no meeting in Dec. The next
monthly membership meeting will be held on Wed., Jan.
This memo should have no impact on any retirees with the
possible exception of those who have chosen to join the
Facts About POA's Position On Body Worn Cameras
departments throughout the nation are in various stages
of deploying Body Worn Cameras ("BWC") and our
Department is no exception. The POA recognizes that BWC
will be implemented but prior to that implementation the
POA is meeting and conferring with the department on
policies, procedures and protocols to ensure BWC are
implemented in a thoughtful manner.
Prior to implementation, San Jose must have in place
written policies that address issues surrounding
privacy, video storage, access to stored video, public
record act requests and a myriad of other important
issues identified in our discussions with the
Department. Jurisdictions that have moved too quickly to
implement BWC without thoughtful policies, procedures
and protocols in place are encountering difficulties
Our goal is to make sure that we have appropriate
policies, procedures and protocols in place to ensure
that this important technology is implemented
correctly. Some police departments have rushed to issue
cameras without sufficient forethought and have suffered
serious setbacks. The City of Seattle, for example, is
considering scrapping its program, only a few months
after it started because it did not sufficiently
anticipate the effect of cumbersome public records
HERE to read about the Seattle PD’s BWC issues from
the Seattle Times.
HERE to read the Mercury News article about body
By way of background, the Department has been
investigating cameras for more than a year. In March,
the POA sent the following letter because we were
concerned that the Department was not allowing
sufficient time for the important and mandatory meet and
confer process in its roll-out plan.
HERE to read the March 27, 2014 letter.
As it was, we received a copy of the Department's Draft
Policy in mid-September.
We met with the department on October 6, November 12 and
December 2 to discuss the Draft Policy. On December 2,
we presented 13 proposals on issues ranging from
officers' rights to review recordings, use in secondary
employment, admonishments regarding the accuracy of the
cameras, to adequate training. The meetings have been
constructive, although we have not yet received
responses from the Department to our proposals. We
assume we will receive those at our next meet and confer
session, presently scheduled for Monday, January 5,
Unfortunately, our thoughtful approach to the
implementation of BWC has come under attack by the
politically appointed Independent Police Auditor,
LaDoris Cordell. Ms. Cordell's recent comments to a
local blog (click
HERE) were shameful, untrue, and actually quite
pathetic. Had she the common sense to fact check her
inaccurate comments she may have thought better than to
perpetuate lies. I say may have, because I am unsure
what the IPA's true motivation actually is with regard
to BWC. Is it to see in print her remarks denigrating
the POA for doing our job, or is it to fan the flames
created in her own mind of some vast POA conspiracy to
The Independent Police Auditor allegations that the POA
is delaying implementation are untrue:
Jose's independent police auditor, LaDoris Cordell,
applauded the department and Police Chief Larry Esquivel
moving forward on acquiring body-worn cameras,noting
they can help protect citizens from potential abuse as
officers and the city from false claims and lawsuits But
called the POA's attempts to delay implementation
all political," Cordell said. "It has nothing to do with
the efficacy of cameras. It's shameful.
There is no excuse for the IPA making baseless
accusations toward the POA and she ought to be ashamed
of herself. We certainly hope the IPA does a better job
of gathering facts with regard to her actual job because
she failed to gather any facts prior to recklessly
attacking the POA for thoughtfully working with the
Department on this new technology.
The letter below was sent to the IPA today from incoming
POA President Paul Kelly.
HERE to read the letter
The fact that the department has only recently created a
Draft BWC Policy is not a reason to shortcut the
important meet-and-confer process that is critical to
protecting our members' rights. When all is said and
done, it will be our members who have to wear the
cameras. Accordingly, the POA will not be pressured by
a political opportunist pushing for a politically
expedient implementation until all potential issues have
As we continue to discuss the complex issue of BWC's
with the Department, we welcome and encourage any member
with concerns or comments to call one of us so that we
are able to address them on the front end.
Paul Kelly (408) 687-0668
James Gonzales (510) 552-8218
Councilmember Liccardo issued a memo that will be
considered in January of 2015. The memo seeks to open
negotiations on pension cost savings and other items and
further delay key components of Measure B.
The Mercury News sought comment from us and Fire Local
230. Below is our entire statement sent to the reporter:
"It is refreshing to see that Mayor-elect Liccardo
recognizes that the roll of the dice that Measure B was
has come up snake-eyes and that it is well past time to
come to the table and negotiate a global settlement of
all outstanding issues to create legal pension cost
HERE to read the Liccardo memo.
Incoming SJPOA President
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
Mayor-Elect Sam Riccardo says it’s time to kiss and make
up with the POA, but will either side pucker up? This is
from today’s paper and relates to the POA item just
Liccardo Tries to Solve Police
—Retirement cuts helped drive hundreds of cops to
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Dec. 11, 2014
SAN JOSE — As promised, incoming
Mayor Sam Liccardo has made his first order of business
to try to solve what continues to be the biggest issue
at City Hall: the feud with rank-and-file cops.
Liccardo on Wednesday said the city will seek to return
to the negotiating table with its police union with
renewed hopes of ending a legal battle over pension
reforms voters approved in 2012.
The retirement cuts, which have helped drive hundreds of
cops to other better-paying cities, were the main point
of division in this year’s mayor’s race as both
candidates fought over how best to restore the
short-staffed police department.
But Liccardo, in his latest proposal, did not offer any
meaningful new concessions and it’s unclear whether the
latest effort will generate any results after years of
agonizingly slow progress between both sides.
Public safety unions, though, signaled they were also
willing to try and resolve the dispute over the pension
reforms and called Liccardo’s announcement “refreshing.”
The unions said it’s clear the mayor-elect recognizes
“that it is well past time to come to the table and
negotiate a global settlement,” according to a joint
statement from incoming police union President Paul
Kelly and firefighters union President Joel Phelan.
Liccardo already has met with union leaders since his
narrow win in November over his labor-backed opponent,
county supervisor Dave Cortese. Liccardo thinks he has a
window for negotiations during the post-election calm
after a heated campaign. He also wants to send a message
of encouragement to cops who are thinking about leaving.
“As police officers are mulling their options, we
certainly want to ensure that our workforce is aware
that the city leadership is focused on finding a
resolution,” Liccardo said. “We need to negotiate as
long as it takes to get to a resolution.”
The downtown councilman’s proposal will be the first new
item of business taken up by the new City Council when
it is seated in the new year, starting with a committee
meeting Jan. 7. It calls for laying out a process to
bring both sides back to the bargaining table for the
first time since last spring in hopes of settling the
lawsuit unions filed to block the pension reforms.
The proposal also concedes that two key aspects of the
reforms — requiring existing employees to pay more
toward their pensions and making it harder for injured
cops to receive a disability retirement — would be
delayed another year, until July 2016. But those
provisions already had been tied up in a lengthy ongoing
court process and it is unclear if they would be legally
settled before 2016.
Liccardo is also continuing to offer smaller giveaways
from earlier this year to help ease the tensions between
cops and City Hall. Those include bumping up bilingual
pay for officers and allowing retirement-age cops to
work part-time while collecting a piece of their
pensions, but the union had brushed aside those plans
before the election, saying they did not solve their
underlying concerns over Measure B.
to use this rant in the Farsider if you wish. Venting
has relieved my blood pressure a little.
I have been spending way too much time watching the
news. Much to my surprise, I have been informed by all
the major news channels and the usual conflict-oriented
talking heads that police officers go out to shoot down
people of color with or without provocation.
Yes, I have heard several more intelligent people
suggest that if people would just respond to a police
officer's command and argue about it later less people
might be hurt. I know there are racist police officer,
lawyers, judges, paramedics, landlord, firefighters,
priests, school teachers, truck drivers, moonshiners,
race car drivers, surfers, cooks and hookers. Yes, I am
tired of the overblown hyperbole about racist cops
shooting to kill.
As a former
police arrest-control tactics and baton instructor I
have a new approach I suggest should be taught to
officers. If the person you are contacting refuses to
peaceably be arrested or tries to attack you, get in
your patrol car, leave the area and ask dispatch to call
one of the news services' talking heads to respond. They
are, after all, experts on police tactics. If you doubt
that, just ask them.
If none are available, perhaps Al Sharpton, Jessie
Jackson or Eric Holder could be contacted to ensure
there is a sensitive and diversity based response to the
Meanwhile, do not wait in the area. Go get a cup of
IS DARREN WILSON’S FINANCIAL FUTURE SECURE FOR THE
Doesn’t seem that the mainstream media wants to
acknowledge anything in the way of public support for
former Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson, which could
explain why it took us a little time to dig this story
out of cyberspace…
are Supporting Darren Wilson in an Incredible Way that
will Drive the Race Baiters Crazy
—After resigning from the Ferguson, Missouri, police
force without severance pay—
Norvell Ros — December 2, 2014
Western Journalism website
crowd-funding is proving to be both a comfort and a
source of substantial funds for Darren Wilson.
After resigning from the Ferguson, Missouri, police
force without severance pay, Wilson apparently has no
job prospects; and he still faces all sorts of daunting
challenges — both legal and safety-related — despite not
being indicted by the grand jury in the August death of
But Darren Wilson and his new wife will reportedly be
receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from online
donation efforts organized by an anonymous supporter. In
fact, according to a post on dailymail.co.uk, the amount
of money pouring in from crowd-funding could soon exceed
The woman who founded the movement to support Darren
Wilson has spoken out and revealed that the Ferguson
police officer could have a $1 million war chest.
The supporter said that she knew of at least $500,000
from two donation funds set up in his name but that was
a ‘conservative estimate’ – and the total could be seven
Shortly after then-officer Wilson shot and killed
Michael Brown in a confrontation on a residential
Ferguson street, other crowd-funding sites were launched
that reportedly raised a good deal of money for Wilson
before the sites were shut down as violent protests over
the killing intensified.
It’s likely that Darren Wilson will need whatever money
can be raised on his behalf for more than everyday
living expenses. Not only is Eric Holder’s Justice
Department continuing its investigation into whether
civil rights charges will be filed against the former
Ferguson cop, but the parents of Michael Brown have
indicated they may sue Wilson in civil court.
The effort to secure online donations for Darren Wilson
is not the only crowd-fundingcrowdfunding initiative
related to the Ferguson shooting and the resulting
unrest, wh well documented vandalism, looting, and
A downtown Ferguson bakery, Natalie’s Cakes and More,
which was badly damaged during the rioting, has
reportedly received over a quarter-of-a-million dollars
in donations from hundreds of supporters.
Plus, there’s an online effort to raise money for an
independent film about Ferguson and race relations in
America. With a crowd-fundingcrowdfunding site set up at
indiegogo.com, the project is billed as a “response to
the growing problem of racial disparity due to the
onnization of black men.”
Currently, the effort to crowd-fund “American Race” has
not been nearly as successful as either the Darren
Wilson donation initiative or the bakery project.
Supporters wanting to see the film made have pledged
only about $6500 — a quarter of its $25,000 goal.
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then scroll down after the page loads if you want to
read some of the readers’ comments about this story.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Dec. 4 thru Dec. 9
Obama went to the hospital because of a sore throat, but
it turned out to be acid reflux. Some say it was an
overreaction, but then Obama said, "Uh, did YOU have to
spend the last few months hugging Ebola people? Call me
when that happens and we’ll see if I over-reacted."
Obama went to the hospital this weekend because of a
sore throat. Everything is fine, but it was a little
awkward when they asked what insurance he uses, and he
said, “Blue Cross. No, I mean Obamacare.”
Last week my wife and I welcomed our second child,
Frances Cole Fallon. Now I live with three females. Or
as Obama put it, "Who's laughing now, funny man?"
There are reports that North Korea has banned all
newborn babies from being named Kim Jong Un. Which is
why my wife and I played it safe and went with “Frances
Umpire Dale Scott recently became the first major league
umpire to come out as gay. Well, he says he's out, but
another ump said he was safe, so now we have to wait to
see what the replay says.
Umpire Dale Scott came out during an interview with
Referee magazine. It's a huge shock — you know, that
there's something called Referee magazine.
Starbucks is offering a limited number of sterling
silver gift cards that cost $200. They say it's a very
classy way of saying, "I know nothing about you.”
New research has found that 84 percent of vegetarians
and vegans ultimately return to eating meat. It turns
out the way animals are treated is nothing compared to
how people treat vegetarians.
official today. China has surpassed the U.S. and now has
the No. 1 economy in the world. After hearing this,
China's children asked, "So now can we take a lunch
North Korea ordered people with the same name as Kim
Jong Un to change their names. If you have his name, you
have to change your name. And to avoid even more
confusion, they're deporting all chubby lesbians with
Today two men dressed as Batman and Captain America
tried to rob someone at a gas station. They're being
charged with attempted robbery and mixing Marvel with
This morning President Obama met with Britain's Prince
William in the Oval Office. It was a meeting between a
symbolic ruler with no real power and the future king of
Facebook revamped its search feature. Now you can search
for any post that has ever appeared on your page. It's
helpful if you want to waste time this year remembering
exactly how you wasted time last year.
McDonald's has released a video showing how its Chicken
McNuggets are made. Apparently the McNuggets die
naturally after being fed the McRib.
A village in Alaska has been without mail for days
because its only postal worker quit. So if you want to
reach anyone in that village, you will have no choice
but to email, call, text, Facebook, tweet, Skype, or
Some people are mad over the Discovery Channel's "Eaten
Alive" special about a man getting eaten by an anaconda
because the snake didn't completely swallow him. This
proves there are two things America will not stand for:
false advertising and portion control.
Scientists say they're getting closer to developing a
pill to replace exercising. Americans heard this and
said that it better come in cool ranch flavor.
This week Apple stores are holding free computer
programming classes for children. Or as that's called in
China, a job fair.
McDonald's released a new video showing how it makes
their Chicken McNuggets. Apparently it turns out that
McNuggets aren't made out of chicken. They're made out
of people who ask too many questions.
out that President Obama has acid reflux. He had a sore
throat, went to the hospital, and they diagnosed it as
acid reflux. Talk about irony — it's not covered by
Prince William and Kate Middleton are in New York City.
We have got to do something about immigration.
People say we need royalty. We have royalty in the
United States — the Kardashians.
On CBS tonight we are following the great holiday
special, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Good news:
Rudolph is out of rehab and his nose is no longer red.
Princess Kate and Prince William are in New York City.
Last night they went to a basketball game in Brooklyn
and saw the Cavs play the Nets. They sat at courtside.
Where do they get that kind of money?
After the game in a gesture of friendship, LeBron James
put his arm around Princess Kate. You're not supposed to
do that. You can't touch royalty, as I continually
remind my staff.
While the prince and princess are in New York City they
will be visiting people who are less fortunate — you
know, like the Jets.
There was a
press conference in England announcing the new James
Bond movie. It's going to be called "Spectre." they
unveiled Bond's new car. It's not even out yet. They
have not even made it and Jay Leno has two!
The Bond girl this time is Monica Bellucci. She is very
beautiful. She's the oldest Bond girl ever. She's 50.
You know they are going to make a big deal out of that
and give her a name like Ivanna Playbingo. Or Miss
Menopausy. Anita Supplement. Havna Hotflash. Eileen
It was a great week for Jimmy Fallon. He welcomed a baby
girl. Congratulations, Fallons! In this modern society,
your little girl can grow up to be anything she wants.
Except of course a late-night talk-show host.
A marine biologist in California discovered a very rare
12-pound lobster. He said he planned to return the
lobster to the ocean. But today he was seen buying 12
pounds of butter.
According to a survey, the most popular Christmas song
of all time is "Silent Night." The least popular? "Joy
Behar to the World." Or "We Three Kardashians." What
about "I Saw Mommy Kissing Bill Cosby."
The British royals are here. Prince William plans to
stay out of the spotlight. To avoid the crowds he is
going to a Jets game.
Today Prince William went to Washington, D.C., and he
met with President Obama. He said, "It feels weird being
in the White House because I'm not an American." And
then Prince William said, "Yeah, me too."
The meeting with Prince William took place at the White
House because Prince William wanted to see where the
president spent his days, but the golf course was
covered in snow.
A man in Dublin punched a hole in a $10 million painting
by Claude Monet. And today he was sentenced to five
years in prison. For punching a painting? There are
going to be more fists going where they shouldn't.
Why would an Irish dude walk into a museum and punch a
Monet? If he punched a Rothko, I'd understand. Am I
right, art majors?
I don't care for Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock. That
impressionist stuff started with Marcel Duchamp. I'm
getting more cerebral, but I'm out of here in nine days
so if I want to talk about Marcel Duchamp, I'll do it.
And I won't do any more jokes about Taylor Swift
breaking up with all those dudes.
I want to check my Twitter feed now to see if anyone's
angry at me for that Rothko comment.
Seacrest is here with us tonight. You may know Ryan from
the majority of things on television.
I like Ryan Seacrest a lot. But do you really need to
promote New Year's Eve? I feel like the calendar does a
pretty good job of that on its own.
The birthrate in the United States is at an all-time
low. Whereas our death rate is still holding strong at
The trailer for the new "Terminator" movie came out
today. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as you may know, is back.
Said he'd be back, and he is. A man of his word. In this
one he goes back in time to stop Phil Collins from
launching a solo career.
President Obama was diagnosed with acid reflux. His
approval rating is so low that he's starting to get
pushback from his esophagus.
Apparently the president had a sore throat. His doctor
said he needs Zantac. Sadly, that's actually the best
news President Obama's gotten in a very long time.
So now, Joe Biden is just a heartburn away from the Oval
A nor'easter is hitting the East Coast right now. Why do
we say "nor'easter" instead of "northeaster"? The only
people who should be allowed to say "nor'easter" are
people who make a living catching and/or processing cod.
The Weather Channel is calling the winter storm "Damon,"
after Matt Damon. So if anything bad happens, it's on
At the White House yesterday, they kicked off Computer
Science Education Week. Students gave tutorials on
computer code and President Obama sat down and wrote
one. All his program does is draw a box, which he's
hoping he can crawl into and hide in for the rest of his
Every year Americans spend millions of dollars on
Christmas gifts for their pets, which makes no sense to
me. Your pet doesn't know it's Christmas. In fact, your
pet doesn't even know it's a pet, so giving your cat a
sweater is about as useful as giving your microwave a
Bieber has reportedly dyed his hair platinum blond.
Apparently he wanted to go platinum one last time.
There is a new student loan calculator app that can
determine how long students will be in debt based on
their major. For example, if you’re a creative arts
major, you can’t afford the app.
This weekend a silver plate crafted by Pablo Picasso was
stolen from a Miami art fair. Police are describing the
suspect as a man with one big eye, one tiny eye, a giant
sideways mouth, and two noses.
A flight headed from San Francisco to Phoenix had to
make an emergency landing in L.A. today after a
passenger gave birth midflight. The parents called the
birth a miracle while the airline called it a second
The woman gave birth in the middle of a flight. I'm
happy to report that the mother and child are doing
fine, while the guy who was sitting next to her is not.
A church in Alabama will start hosting their Sunday
services at Buffalo Wild Wings so they can reach a wider
audience. And no audience is wider than the people who
eat at Buffalo Wild Wings.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF DEC. 6, 2014
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Did St. Louis County prosecutor
Robert McCulloch run a charity that sold shirts to
raise money for Darren Wilson?
• Did two of Pepsi's 1990 'Cool
Cans' spell out the word 'S-E-X'?
• Did Sarah Palin tell Sean Hannity that Alaska has "all
sorts of Eskimos and other foreigners?"
• Did Walmart donate $10,000 to the
Darren Wilson Fund?
• Did a woman
kill three shoppers at Walmart on Black Friday in
order to get the last big-screen TV or game console?
• Did a protester hold up a sign saying "No
mother should have to fear for her son's life every
time he robs a store" in Ferguson, Missouri?
• Is President Obama's 16-year-old daughter
• Does a GoPro-captured video document a
bear chasing a cyclist through the woods?
• Was a student forced to remove a
pro-military wristband because it might offend
• Whitney Hayek was
missing from her home in Emerald Isle, North
Carolina, but has since been found.
• Was Deandre Joshua murdered after testifying before a
grand jury in Ferguson?
Facebook reporting pictures of users with guns to
the Department of Homeland Security?
• Is dog whisperer
Cesar Millan dead?
• Was singer
Jay Jon found dead shortly after releasing the song
"C.O.P." on YouTube?
• Does a "Welcome
to Idaho" sign warn potential criminals about gun
• Are claims made about
Mike Brown's family in a viral image meme true?
• Celebrity death hoax: Singer
Axl Rose was found dead in his West Hollywood home.
Timberland's CEO said he doesn't want black people
to wear their boots?
• Was a
flying horse captured on video above Jeddah, Saudi
• Did the
Koch brothers donate a large sum of money to NPR and
force the broadcaster to discontinue coverage of climate
• Did a man jump out of airplane
without a parachute and survived by landing on a
your online service about to cancel the accounts of
users who don't forward or repost a particular message?
• Did the
CDC apologize because this year's flu vaccine
• 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 a bank attempt to collect credit card service fees
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our
25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of
what's circulating in the on-line world.
• 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
or Full Screen recommended for YouTube videos.
• • • • •
Few videos have gone as viral on cops’ groups and
THIS one. By actual count, eleven readers sent us
this clip with an audio track that was lifted from the
1999 movie “Any Given Sunday” featuring Al Pacino. While
the movie was about football, the audio fits well with
the video compilation about the dangers cops face on the
HERE will take you to a YouTube clip of the same
speech from "Any Given Sunday."
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Frosty can have an evil side.
WATCH what he does to some unsuspecting folks
walking down the sidewalk, and pay special attention to
the gal giving Frosty the one-finger salute in the photo
below. She’s my favorite. (1:09)
• • • • •
Stan Miller recommends you
WATCH this musical review if you are looking for
cheap flights over the Christmas holidays. (4:17)
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Wow! This is incredible. Talk about crazy stunts. This
guy bails out of an airplane without a chute, falls
thousands of feet through a hole in a roof and lands on
a trampoline that breaks his fall. It’s amazing. Watch
P.S. If you believe what you just saw, MIT Professor
Jonathan Gruber has your number. This so-called stunt
was covered in the weekly Snopes update above. Click
HERE to read about it.
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Steve Postier and Bert Kelsey both felt the following
was worthy of inclusion in this week's Farsider...
A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who
was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was
fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon
invited him to live with our family. The stranger was
quickly accepted and was around from then on.
As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family.
In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents
were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from
evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger...he
was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for
hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.
If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or
science, he always knew the answers about the past,
understood the present and even seemed able to predict
the future! He took my family to the first major league
ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The
stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to
Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us
were shushing each other to listen to what he had to
say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and
quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger
Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions,
but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them.
Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home —
not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time
visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that
burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother
My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol, but the
stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He
made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes
He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His
comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive,
and generally embarrassing.
I now know that my early concepts about relationships
were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after
time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was
seldom rebuked — and NEVER asked to leave.
More than 60 years have passed since the stranger moved
in with our family. He has blended right in and is not
nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you
could walk into my parents' den today, you would still
find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone
to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
His name? We just call him "TV."
He has a wife now. We call her "Computer."
Their first child was named "Cell Phone."
Their second child was known as "i Pod."
And just born last year was a grandchild who was named "i
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Having trouble selling your house? Install a roller
coaster to show it off properly like this owner did in
the Netherlands and you will probably unload it in a
jiffy. Have a
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This kid’s reaction to missing his second practice putt
is almost identical to Tom Macris’ reaction over a putt
MISSED the last time we warmed up on the putting
green at San Jose Muni before heading over to the first
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If you enjoy looking at illusions, you should find
THIS one sent in by Alice Murphy interesting. (1:45)
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Buying an ice cream cone from
THIS vendor in Turkey isn’t as easy as it may seem.
Then again, the show may make it worth a short wait.
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You may have heard about a Saturday Night Live skit
dealing with the Ferguson riots that didn’t make it onto
the show. While a portion of it aired on Bill
O’Reilley’s “No Spin Zone” yesterday, you can click
HERE if you want to see the full skit. (4:50)
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Sharon Lansdowne sent in
THIS short clip that explains why Scotsmen are not
as welcome on Australian construction sites like they
might be in…say…the Castro District of San Francisco.
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This second contribution from Sharon is unusual in that
it meets all three criteria for a winning video; it is
interesting, educational and humorous. The
CLIP is all about owls and should be worth a few
minutes of your time (4:20)
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Here’s a Christmas song sent in by Bob Tenbrink and
Alice Murphy that is gaining steam on the Internet like
it has each year for the past three years around this
time. It even includes the lyrics so you can sing along.
So clear your throat, click
HERE and go for it. (3:35)
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When it comes to singing Christmas songs, of course, no
one does it better than Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood
and Reba McEntire. They are as much a feast for the eyes
as they are for the ears, so have a
LOOK and listen. (4:20)
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From Bill Leavy and Don Hale comes our final item for
the week. It’s a moving new commercial produced by the
Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in the United Kingdom has
gone viral worldwide over the past several days. The ad
is set on Christmas Eve of 1914, when troops fighting in
the trenches of World War I agreed on a series of
In the commercial, the fighting soldiers can be seen
greeting each other, then playing a game of soccer and
ultimately returning to their posts after exchanging
Reviewers have unanimously agreed that the ad is among
the best they have ever seen. “This advert is wonderful,
the best by far this year,” one wrote. “The best part
about this is that it really happened,” wrote another.
According to The Blaze, the proceeds from the items
featured in the commercial will go to benefit
organizations that help the armed forces.
HERE to watch the video.
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