December 26, 2013
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This is how Tuesday's (Dec. 24th) edition of the
Mercury News covered the Superior Court's tentative decision on Measure B. More
on this subject in the POA Update column below...
Ruling Splits Pension Reform
—Judge says San
Jose can’t force higher worker contributions but can reduce employees’ pay—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Dec. 24, 2013
SAN JOSE — In a landmark
ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge invalidated
key parts of San Jose’s voter-approved pension cuts but upheld other elements
that could still save huge taxpayer costs.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas’ tentative decision
released Monday prohibits the city from forcing current employees to contribute
significantly more toward their pensions, as called for in last year’s Measure
B. But the ruling allows the city to cut employees’ salaries to offset its
increasing pension costs.
That left each side claiming victory, even as both expected to appeal.
“It guts Measure B,” said Ben Field, executive officer for the South Bay Labor
Council. “Her decision affirms what we’ve been saying all along: The city cannot
break its promises to its employees and its retirees.”
But Mayor Chuck Reed, who championed the measure, argued the city got much of
what it wanted, saying officials will be able to implement the pay cuts to get
the savings they expect, roughly $68 million a year, or 7 percent of the city’s
“I think we’ll get very close to what we had hoped for,” Reed said.
The case stemmed from the unions’ lawsuit filed a day after 70 percent of San
Jose voters approved Measure B in June 2012.
The measure comes at a time when cities throughout California and around the
country are grappling with soaring costs for guaranteed pensions that have been
disappearing in private employment. Several cities, such as Stockton, San
Bernardino and Detroit, have filed for bankruptcy in part because of growing
pension costs and have been unable to legally roll back pension promises they
can no longer afford.
Reed is now working on an initiative that he argues would allow California
governments to negotiate changes in their employees’ future pension earnings.
The fate of pension reform is likely to factor in next year’s races to replace
the termed-out Reed, as five of his council allies running for the post seek to
defend the reform while a union backed challenger, Santa Clara County Supervisor
Dave Cortese, is against it.
San Jose, like many cities, in recent years saw its bills for employee
retirement costs balloon after it handed out enhanced retirement plans in the
past 15 years, allowing police officers to retire at age 50 with six-figure
pensions, for instance.
Measure B called for existing employees, from cops to firefighters to
bureaucrats, to pay 16 percent more toward their pensions to help cover some $3
billion in debt accumulated in the underfunded plans. Lucas ruled that invalid,
arguing the city had long held itself solely responsible for such “unfunded
liabilities” in the plan, creating a “vested right” for employees to have the
city cover those debts.
But the judge also upheld a section of Measure B that allows city officials to
obtain the savings by cutting workers’ pay if the extra pension contributions
were invalidated. Reed said city leaders will spend the next few months working
out how to make the pay cuts before July 1, when they were to go into effect,
saying the voters passed a measure to reduce employee costs and would want those
changes carried out.
“It would be much better if we could deal directly with the skyrocketing
(pension) costs, but there are limited things that we can do,” Reed said. “The
judge said all you can do is cut their pay.”
City leaders may find it difficult to go through with the pay cuts, however. The
City Council earlier this month approved 10 percent pay raises for cops, after
police officers began fleeing the department for better-paying cities. The cop
exodus has coincided with a huge increase in crime, above the California and
national averages, while arrests have dropped by half in recent years.
Sgt. Jim Unland, president of the Police Officers Association, vowed to take the
city to court if officials try to slash employee pay, saying the cuts need to be
approved by the unions at the bargaining table.
Overall, the city won the right to enforce 10 of the 15 disputed elements of its
pension reform plan. Those include allowing only medical experts to determine
which employees are granted disability retirement, changing the definition of
disabled employees to only those who cannot work and granting the right to stop
bonus pension checks to retired workers when the retirement fund does better
But in the unions’ favor, the judge also ruled San Jose can’t suspend annual 3
percent “cost-of-living” pension raises for retirees even if city leaders
declare a “fiscal emergency.”
The rulings only impact the contracts for current workers. Measure B changes
that forced new hires to pay more for their pension and other benefits were not
challenged in court and are already taking place.
After the appeal, Reed expects the issue to ultimately be decided in the
California Supreme Court.
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That Mercury News Columnist Scott Herhold
chose to write about the court's opinion was not a surprise. This column was
also in Tuesday's paper...
S.J. Pension Bout: A Win for
By Scott Herhold, Columnist
Mercury News —
Dec. 24, 2013
If you are scoring the
boxing match at home — and this is what we columnists do — you could say that
Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas gave San Jose union employees a 6-3 victory
Monday in her landmark decision on the Measure B pension reform.
It was a split decision, and I’ll get back to how I see the scoring by rounds in
a minute. For now, let’s ask the question that political aficionados really care
about: Just what impact will this have on the wide-open mayoral race in 2014?
Here’s my answer: Nada. Zilch. Niente. At least, almost nada, zilch and niente.
Here’s why: Even if Measure B is legally flawed, it was still approved by 70
percent of the voters in 2012. Voters are happy to point out the errors of their
elected officials. They take deep satisfaction in doing so. “I told you so” are
four of the most consoling words in politics.
They are much less likely to admit to mistakes themselves. For those who voted
for Measure B, its legal deficiencies won’t persuade them they erred. They’re
unlikely to change their finding that pensions of 90 percent for cops and
firefighters after 30 years were just a mite too sweet.
Money for lawyers
True, Supervisor Dave Cortese, who has labor backing and is the major
non-incumbent candidate, can claim that the city wasted a boatload of money on
lawyers. Then again, Cortese is a lawyer himself.
The candidates who voted to put Measure B on the ballot — council members Pete
Constant, Pierluigi Oliverio, Sam Liccardo, Madison Nguyen and Rose Herrera —
can say, hey, we didn’t win, but at least we got something. We let the people
decide. At this point, the average voter is so confused that he or she feels
like climbing deep into a mulch pile and asking what’s really top of mind: “What
are you going to do about porch-front crime?”
To be sure, Mayor Chuck Reed put a good face on things Monday. Reed calculated
that Judge Lucas upheld the city’s position on 10 of 15 counts.
“I am pleased that Judge Lucas has upheld a majority of the Measure B provisions
and has protected a vast majority of the targeted fiscal savings that will help
rebuild essential public services,” he said in a prepared statement.
Of course, not all the provisions were equally important: On the central issues
of switching a greater pension burden to employees and stemming retiree
cost-of-living increases, Lucas went with the unions.
Retiree health care? A split decision, although it’s too complicated for anyone
but an actuary to understand. On smaller matters like disability provisions and
the so-called “thirteenth month” check for retirees, the city won.
In all, the judge supported incremental change, not the most sweeping provisions
of Measure B. Employees can feel better about having ducked the worst bullets.
“For the mayor and his allies to see any substantive victory here is akin to a
football coach on the losing end of the final score to take credit for a victory
based on more first downs than the opposition,” said union attorney Chris
Platten, a man of good quote.
Meanwhile, we can let the campaign unspool. We’ll hear that the incumbents don’t
have a good answer to crime, or that challengers owe too much to unions. But
anyone who raises the pension issue fervently is going to sound so, well, 2012.
Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or
Follow him at <Twitter.com/scottherhold>.
Lucas Ruling on Measure B
Judge Patricia Lucas ruled
today that the major components of Measure B (up to 16% for Unfunded Liability
costs, elimination of COLA's, and the VEP) are invalid. In short, City workers
won and Chuck Reed lost.
Although our side did not prevail on the definition of disability for retirement
purposes or get all we had hoped for on retiree medical, the Judge rejected the
City's attempt to break its promise to workers and cut or eliminate our
The vested rights doctrine prevailed over Reed and his Council cronies attempt
to rewrite 70 years of California law.
The City is in spin mode and is trying to play this off as a good ruling for
them. It's not. For the Mayor and his allies to see any substantive victory here
is akin to a football coach on the losing end of the final score to take credit
for a victory based on more first downs than the opposition.
We will have more information for you in the coming days and weeks. One of the
most pressing problems created by this ruling is in the disability eligibility
language for retirement purposes. If the City were to implement the language,
all officers would have the same disability eligibility language as Tier 2
This is a tentative ruling that will most likely be appealed. The earliest that
the City can implement anything is July 1, 2014.
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POA members whose e-mail addresses are on file
with the Assn. should have received a Membership Alert that details the
particulars about the court decision. It's too lengthy to copy and paste into
the Farsider. If you didn't receive it, or are not a POA member and would like
to see it, send a request to
and we'll forward it to you in an e-mail.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It's unlikely that this opinion piece authored by
the Mayor of Cupertino brightened the mood of Mayor Reed and his compadres who
are supporting him on his statewide anti-public pension ballot measure. It is
not a puff piece. Read it and you will see that Mayor Wong is swinging for the
Chuck Reed’s State Ballot
Proposition is Unfair
By Gilbert Wong — Mayor of Cupertino
Special to the Mercury News — Dec. 24, 2013
Two weeks ago I was pleased to join a bipartisan group of more than 30
California mayors and other elected officials adamantly opposed to the
anti-public pension measure San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is attempting to place on
the statewide ballot.
We believe his measure unnecessarily attacks the 2 million California workers
who teach our children in public schools, patrol our streets to keep our
communities safe, fight fires and keep our water clean. We also believe the
proposed language will not save taxpayer money but will end up costing cities
more in the near term.
Most of all, we believe Reed’s politically motivated effort will greatly
exacerbate California’s retirement crisis and send middle-class families
plummeting in a race to the bottom.
It’s true that Reed is also a mayor, but don’t be fooled. While Reed may be the
spokesman for the effort to repeal the vested retirement rights earned by public
workers, its actual advocates are Wall Street hedge fund billionaires and
Case-in-point: News reports say a man named John Arnold has already bankrolled
Reed’s cause with $200,000 in seed money. Arnold is a Texas billionaire who
formerly helped run Enron — the company that fleeced Californians during the
energy crisis in 2000 and 2001 — and whose Arnold Foundation has spent $7
million funding anti-pension campaigns around the country.
Those of us opposed to Reed’s ill-conceived measure represent a majority of
everyday Californians who disapprove of efforts to renege on promises made to
public servants. In fact, a recent public opinion survey showed that 63 percent
of Californians oppose the idea that politicians could unilaterally cut
retirement benefits for current employees, which is the heart of Reed’s measure.
The Public Employees Pension Reform Act was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown
(it went into effect in January) and represented a reduction in public employees
benefits of at least $77.7 billion, primarily by requiring all current state
employees to pay for at least 50 percent of their pensions and by allowing local
governments to require the same.
In Reed’s own city, the pension changes in San Jose’s Measure B remain mired in
the court battle that is expected to cost San Jose taxpayers $5 million. A
similar measure, Proposition B, was passed in San Diego but also is caught up in
an expensive court fight.
Flaws in Reed’s proposed statewide ballot measure could result in expensive
legal costs for countless other California cities, likely increasing their
taxpayer costs in the short term rather than reducing them.
What’s most offensive about Reed’s anti-pension ballot measure is its direct
attack on hardworking middle-class Californians in the face of a looming
retirement crisis. Already, 42 percent of Americans say they cannot save for
retirement while also paying their bills. Thirty-seven percent feel that they
will never be able to afford to retire, and will have to work until they are too
sick to continue, or until they die. Six million Californians have no retirement
plans at all.
Public workers do not retire wealthy. According to CalPERS, the average retired
public worker in California currently receiving a pension benefit receives just
$2,600 a month. What’s more, public workers earn less over the course of their
careers than they would working in the private sector — $6,000 a year less in
wages, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Reed’s ballot measure would pull the retirement security rug out from under 2
million more Californians, threatening them with the possibility of retiring
into poverty. That’s not a recipe for saving taxpayer dollars, it’s a disaster
that would send our middle class plummeting.
Gilbert Wong is mayor of Cupertino. He wrote this for this newspaper.
Last Week's Poll
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After receiving an email from Jim Spence, Prez. of the Retirees' Assn., I just
made a donation of $400 to David Cortese as a show of support for the current
cops. We retirees must remember those who filled our spots and whose current
contributions help fund our pensions. It must be hell working there now. Let the
kids know we support them.
think it would be good if most of us would donate and let the POA know we did
it. United we stand; divided we fall. It was true in Ben Franklin's time and
still true today.
Jim Giambrone, Jr. #1815
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Merry Christmas, Bill. Thanks for all the hard work you and Leroy do to produce
the Farsider each week.
Regarding (last week's) clip of the Quebec teen-ager who sounded like Elvis when
he sung "Blue Christmas," he does in fact speak English. This is a link to his
appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
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Merry Christmas everyone.
You have no idea what fun it was to step out of the attic window onto the
roof of the upstairs porch with a broom in one hand and the window frame in the
other so I could brush the snow off the satellite dishes. Say what? I thought
the 'puter was a little slow this morning, so I walked out on the road to take a
look back at the house and saw both dishes were covered with snow. Went back in,
got the camera and took this picture. Then did the brushy thing with the
satellite dishes. So you had better appreciate my efforts or I'm going to tell
Santa. Oh yeah, it was 2 degrees and the wind was blowing. Great fun!
Best wishes for the New
Bruce & Jerry (Fair)
Living in the Land of Flat
Only a cop-turned-midwestern farmer would
think to use the Farsider to send his personal holiday greeting with an image of
his house to everyone instead of shelling out the dough for personalized
Christmas cards or expensive software. The only downside to his money-saving
idea is that Christmas was yesterday, but we're sure Bruce considers that a
small price to pay for the money he saved.
NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
Click on the link below to download the Dec. edition of the Billy & Spanner to
THE HISTORY OF
THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Measure B Ruled
(mostly) Illegal — An Open Letter to San Jose
Dec. 23, 2013
Dear Residents, Taxpayers and Voters of San Jose:
I am very sorry that you were lied to by this paper (San Jose Mercury News),
Mayor Reed and Mayoral Candidates/Council members Liccardo, Oliverio, Constant,
Nguyen and Herrera as well as the various local Chambers of Commerce and their
Many of us did our very best to educate you on the reality of City finances and
the merits and lack thereof regarding Measure B (Mayor Reed's Pension Reform
ballot measure) not to mention the strong probability that Measure B would be
judged illegal by a court of law should voters approve it.
We know full well that the ruling made public today is by no means final and
that the issues surrounding Measure B will most likely be litigated at great
expense to you for many years to come!
How much money are you willing to allow Mayor Reed, the City Council and future
Mayors and Councils to spend? Money that might be better spent on retaining the
very same employees and preserving the very same City Services that Mayor Reed,
the Council and the Mercury News swore to you would be saved and protected with
your votes for Measure B!
We have seen this Mayor and Council divert more than $2 million from the General
Fund to the legal defense fund. How much more money are you willing to allow
politicians to waste?
It is time to tell the Mayor and Council that you are fed up with their lies and
their wastefulness! Hold Reed and his supporters accountable!
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF DEC. 21, 2013
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Surprising as it may seem, two grandchildren of John Tyler, the 10th
President of the U.S. (elected in 1840), are still alive.
• Holiday display depicts a homeowner trapped by a fallen ladder while
installing Christmas decorations.
• Did a Japanese department store once create a Christmas display featuring a
smiling Santa Claus nailed to a cross?
• Photographs show monuments in Egypt covered with snow after a freak storm.
• About Dobri Dobrev, a 98-year-old man in Sofia who collects money for the
restoration of monasteries and churches.
• Was the modern image of Santa Claus created by the Coca-Cola Company?
• Rumor claims SpongeBob SquarePants is being cancelled at the end of January
• Update on Facebook video ads: once again, they're reportedly coming "soon"
to a News Feed near you.
• Were candy canes created as Christian symbols representing the blood and
purity of Jesus?
• Was a fourth-grade student suspended for saying 'Merry Christmas' to his
• Has Noah's Ark been discovered in eastern Turkey?
• A glurgerrific tale claims that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created
by a father to bring comfort to his daughter as her mother lay dying of cancer.
• Has Pennsylvania passed a law banning New Jersey drivers from their
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Does the name of Boxing Day come from the need to rid the house of empty
boxes the day after Christmas?
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
to go to Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos...
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The JibJab team put together its own animated
Year in Review video that recounts the highlights of 2013. But you will have to
pay close attention in order to remember everything because the events speed by
in less than…(2 Mins.)
YouTube also recapped 2013 in this special video.
It's possible, however, that you may need to be under the age of 30 and/or high
on drugs to understand what is going on with many of the images. Play the video
and see how many references you recognize. (6 Mins.)
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Is it just our imagination or does this lady who
explains why you should never mess with her purse speak with a slight Texas
drawl. Listen carefully and see if you can pick it up. (2 Mins.)
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This is arguably the most interesting item in
this week's digital fishwrap. It's a life-sized car made from more than a
half-million black and yellow Lego bricks. And believe it or not, it runs using
compressed air. The "Lego-Mobile" (our words) was put together in Australia by a
teenager with help and financial backing from several associates. Have a look.
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It's called "British Humor," and this clip from
the BBC's "One Ronnie" show is a perfect example of why its popularity is
spreading across the pond from there to here. Have a look at this clip sent in
by Don Hale and see what you think. It's about a poor bloke whose Blackberry
doesn't work. (3 Mins.)
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If ever there was a question as to whether or not
the crew of NCC-1701 was capable of singing "Let it Snow" without their
knowledge, this clip should provide the answer. That will make more sense if you
click on the link below. (1 Min.)
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Speaking of letting it snow, if you want to see
something amazing, click on the link below, enter an address as instructed
(don't worry, it's safe), then click the "Go" button. If Snowden and the NSA
issue has made you paranoid, then enter a neighbor or a friend's address. When
the next page loads, what do you see outside the window? After I entered my
address I saw snow falling on my Fremont digs for the first time ever. (If it
doesn't work for you, it's probably because you live way out in the sticks.)
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About a dozen e-mails were received from readers
this week about an "electronic skeleton key" that is allowing car thieves to
enter victims' vehicles as if they had the owner's key fob. The problem is
exacerbated by the fact that law enforcement has no idea how the device works.
If you Google "police stumped by car thieves" you will find several pages of
links on the subject, like the one below that will take you to a CNN news clip
about the mysterious device. (2 Mins.)
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If you thought this 1-minute stunt by Jean-Claude
Van Damme that we included in the Farsider a few weeks ago was impressive…
…you ain't seen nothing yet. Watch how Van Damme
gets upstaged by Chuck Norris and some of his friends...(1 Min.)
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So what happens when you combine the art of magic
and the game of golf? The short answer is this: (Even non-golfers should find it
interesting.) (4 Mins.)
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It must be something in the air that is
causing folks to send in lists that deal with puns and observations, like this
one from Joe Devane. Think of this as an extension of last week's punny torture
To write with a broken pencil is…..pointless.
You can tune a piano, but you can't…..tuna fish.
When fish are in schools, they sometimes…..take debate.
A thief who stole a calendar…..got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles…..U.C.L.A.
The batteries were given out…..free of charge.
When a dentist and a manicurist married…..they fought tooth and nail.
A will is a…..dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name…..and a dress.
A boiled egg is…..hard to beat.
When you've seen one shopping center…..you've seen a mall.
Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was…..resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off?…..He's all
A bicycle can't stand alone;…..it is two tired.
When a clock is hungry…..it goes back four seconds.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine…..was fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory…..which was never developed.
Those who get too big for their britches will be…..exposed in the end.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair…..she thought she'd dye.
Acupuncture:…..a jab well done.
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If those weren't bad enough, Bert Kelsey
decided pass along these observations as seen through a retiree's eyes…
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I planted some bird seed and a bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed
I had amnesia once -- or twice.
I went to San Francisco and found my heart. Now what?
Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.
If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses
Just what is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
Someone told me I was gullible, and I believed them.
Go ahead and teach a child to be polite and courteous. Just keep in mind that
when he grows up he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.
My weight is perfect for my height — which varies.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
How can there be self-help "groups?"
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who
can't get his pants off.
Is it me, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
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If watching this short clip gives you the
heebie-jeebies, imagine what it would be like if you were watching it in 3-D.
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Those of you interested in vintage aircraft
should take a few minutes and watch this excellent news clip about the
restoration of a British Seafire. It was a close cousin to the famous Spitfire
that saved the Brits from the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of London. (5
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This is an updated video of the Royal Edinburgh
Military Tattoo (it's the fourth time we have featured these Scots in the
Farsider). The performance, received from Chuck Blackmore, is how the BBC
covered the 2012 Opening Parade. (9 Mins.)
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What is the device in the pic below? We'll wager
that you haven't the slightest idea, so here's a hint: It's attached to a
helicopter. If you guessed a saw, you are spot on. Have a look at this clip sent
in by Dirk Parsons to see what it does. (5 Mins.)
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know it by looking at her that she slaved all day to clean the house and prepare
dinner for her loving husband. Or would you? (41 Secs.)
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As a card-carrying member of the Cherokee
Nation (true), I feel entitled to comment on the Washington Redskins
controversy. I'm not saying I authored the following, but I'm in full agreement
with the unknown writer who did...
I agree with our Native American population — I am highly insulted by the
racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a
professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as warriors,
but nay nay...
We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and
courtesy, we must move forward.
Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland
Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins
makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns, too.
The Carolina Panthers were obviously named to keep the memory of the militant
Blacks from the '60s alive. Gone, I say. Offensive to far too many people.
The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for
the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war
between the states that cost this country so many young men's lives.
I also am offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our
football team names. It's totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints,
the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. And the fact that there are
birds on their shirts does not protect either the Arizona or the St. Louis
Cardinals. Gone, I say!
Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged as
their way of life. We are talking about the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota
Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our
children. It is about the children, right?
The Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams promote a gay lifestyle for me.
That's a wrong message to send to our children.
The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. That is also a
wrong message to send our children.
The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing
childhood epidemic. That, too, is a wrong message to send our children.
The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Is there any question that
that is a wrong message to send to our children?
As for the Milwaukee Brewers, well, it goes without saying that their name
promotes alcohol. Most definitely the wrong message to our children.
We can easily solve this political correctness dilemma by getting rid of all the
teams' names and simply numbering them from "1" to "32."
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If cleanliness is next to Godliness and cuteness
is part of the selection process, this kitten could someday be elected to the
position of Pope. (2 Mins.)
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Moving on from a kitten that probably weighs no
more than a pound or two on a good day, we now head north and watch momma bear
and her two kids bonding in northern Manitoba, Canada. (2 Mins.)
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Apparently all it takes to become a YouTube star
is some time and an imagination in order to create something that close to 1.5
million will see. Have a look at how this young lady's appearance changes over
the span of five years. (2 Mins.)
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Sticking with the same theme for a moment, here's
a time lapse presentation of another young lady, but this one has been viewed by
over 4 million YouTube visitors. This video shows her age progression from birth
through the age of 12. Periodically you will see a large number in the lower
right portion of the screen. It reflects her age at the time the image was
captured. (3 Mins.)
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The Internet certainly has ushered in a new style
of mass advertising. To prove our point, check out this ad for Haynes Baked
Beans sent in by Dave Wysuph, our illustrious PBA President. It should be
nominated for some sort of an award in our opinion. (43 Secs.)
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So which one of these monsters will win a
pull-off? The 850 HP John Deere or the steam tractor rated at 18 HP? Even if you
know, you should find this clip sent in by Bert Kelsey interesting to watch.
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The Onion News Network looks at the plight of the
rich and how they are missing out on the joys of being poor this holiday season.
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Our final item for 2013 is this news report of an
Honor Flight that paid tribute to two USAF Majors who were shot down over Laos
in 1969, but whose bodies were not recovered and brought home for burial at
Arlington until 2012. (4 Mins.)
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Happy New Year from both of us,
Bill & Leroy
Tip: If you have a show-off neighbor, here's how
you can reduce your electricity bill next year.