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December 2
7, 2012

 

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

 

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



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Is SJPD at the Breaking Point?

Click on the link below for an NBC Bay Area news report that should worry the citizens of San Jose...






<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzf0v4e5AZE&feature=youtu.be>

We found nothing of substance in the Mercury News this week that would fit this column.



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

Dec. 25th
 

George Cochern — the former Chief of the SJPD Reserves who will be 94 on Jan. 16th — called to inform me that retired Lt. Dick Hill recently fell and suffered some broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken hip. He is resting, but not comfortably. This follows a previous fall in which his nose was "rearranged."

George said Dick was going "stir crazy" and would welcome visitors. He is currently residing at the Plum Tree Convalescent and Rehab Center at National and Good Samaritan Dr. in San Jose.

Dick spent 26 years as a San Jose cop and retired 32 years ago, in 1981.

Bob
(Moir)
<robillard1045@gmail.com>

Let's hope your notice generates a couple of visits, Robert. By the way, is your new e-mail handle something that those of us with good memories might think of as a belated confession? Just curious.

 

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The following message from Steve Postier was in response to this item from last week's Farsider...

Some on the far right of the political spectrum may agree with the content of this clip we received from Bill Yarbrough, while some on the far left may see it as an example of extreme conservatism bordering on paranoia. Many in the middle, on the other hand, could go either way. The title is "The Agenda to Grind America Down," and regardless of how you view it, there is no doubt that it is highly controversial. What say you? (7 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yYlytGy85A>

Dec. 20th

Hi Bill,

You asked, what say you? Well I believe everything he is warning us about is worrisome, frightening, and unfortunately true. It may be more difficult for the younger generation to see how our everyday lives have changed from how it was after WWII and to what our quality of life is today because you would have had to have lived or grown up when life was simpler, safer and happier. Kids and young adults today have never know a world where it was safe for children to play outside unsupervised until it was dark and we had to come in for dinner, when most children were taught to respect their elders and the police.

They were the days of traditional marriage, pride in our country, the pledge of allegiance, a prayer before team sports, no drive-by shootings and no graffiti out of respect for the property of others. It was unthinkable back then for anyone to believe they could demand to have their drivers license photo taken while they wore a head covering and scarf concealing most of their face or for Muslims to demand their children's school respect their rights to conduct the prayer rituals of their religion, or teaching classes explaining the role Muslims have had in shaping the world, or classes explaining Sharia law as cultural diversity while Christians had the right to prayer taken away. To be Christian is no longer PC, but apparently being all you can be as a Muslim is. It seems that the vocal minorities are having their way over the frequently quiet majority out of concern for being politically correct.

The American way of life past generations grew up in is, I believe lost, and I doubt we will ever go back to something even similar to what it was. It is very sad. If life in American continues to change as it is, is only those with the money ( read power) will run the country into the ground.

Sharia law is already becoming the rule of law in many countries with Muslims infiltrating more and more. Look at the UK and France, for example. Muslims' goal is to become the rulers and lawmakers, and I believe that America will someday be renamed The United Arab States of America or the United Muslin States of America. What the Communist Party started in secret to undermine our country many years ago the Muslims are now doing out in the open. It is not just the United States that is in peril, several European countries are also struggling with Muslim immigrants who are attempting to change the laws and lifestyle to suit them.

I don't know if there are any states left that are still run solely by Americans with traditional values that provide a refuge from all the craziness. Perhaps Montana. (I'll have to look into that.)

I'd like to see part 2 of Curtis Bowers report or investigation, or what he may have posted since this video. I also would like to know if he or other like minded people feel there is still hope for America. And if so, what is being done to turn things around.

You and Leroy keep up the good fight, and may God bless America and all true Americans.

Steve Postier
<stevepostier@att.net>


 

THE NRA AND VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES

By Leroy Pyle — Farsider Webmaster


By now we have all been inundated by the news of the Newtown tragedy with virtually every talking head expressing an opinion. The majority of those talking heads espouse a liberal point of view and blame guns and the NRA. In my view it's a knee-jerk reaction by the press whenever a gun crime of significance occurs; it's always guns and the NRA. Guns and the NRA. Guns and the NRA.

My opinion of the press was formed early on in my law enforcement career. As a rookie midnighter in the mid-sixties I caught a 10851 suspect in a Corvette. If I had not recognized my picture the next day in the paper, I would not have known from the narrative that it was my case. It was a great story, but it was far from the truth. And it has gone downhill since. I often compared the treatment of cops and guns by the press as similar. I don’t believe liberals trust the power that a police officer or a gun has. As a result, they cannot address either subject in anything but a negative way. That has always been my observation, and it has certainly been magnified lately in the Mercury News and other media outlets.

Many of you know I am a longtime NRA member and activist, an NRA firearms instructor in a variety of disciplines, and a past member of the organization's board of directors. The NRA was in the news recently for placing some of the blame for violence and mass shootings on the prevalence of violent movies and video games. The press reacted with scorn. Surprise! Had the NRA failed to respond to the chorus of talking heads, the accusation would then have been that the NRA was ignoring the problem and sticking its head in the sand.

As with law enforcement, the press has an agenda, takes a stand, and repeats it over and over through just about every newspaper, TV and radio station. There is not the slightest inclination towards fairness or evenness in my view, just the same old talking points over and over.

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre suggested that violent movies and video games may share some of the blame for the mass shootings:
<http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/nra-violent-movies-video-games/>. Again, the media walks in lockstep in its denunciation of such a claim. No thought, no reason, nothing but the derision it reserves for the powerful who do not agree with its agenda. People of like mind banding together in a common cause is generally accepted as the American way. Unless, of course, the media disagrees. Then you are labeled a “Powerful Lobby.”

I think it reasonable to consider the prevalence of violent games in society as a precursor to the violent acts of a sick and depraved mind. Take as an example this “freebie” that is available to anyone with a computer:
 



<http://freegames.thetechherald.com/onlinegames/3933/kindergarten-killer.html>


This is just one example of the many “freebies” available. Have you viewed any of the numerous violent games that are enormously popular today? This example is tame compared to the retail offerings. To make my point, take a quick peek at the example above by clicking on the link and see if you don’t agree that the subject of violence in the movies and in video games is a worthy topic of discussion. Especially when so many of these killing games are "played" for hours on end by millions of children and teens.




 

LATEST POSTING FROM "THE MEYER OF SAN JOSE" BLOG

By Meyer Weed
<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>

Dec. 20, 2012

Mayor Reed's Backroom Deal

When I wrote last week about the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) I had no idea that her contract was up for renewal. I say I had no idea for a couple of reasons. First, when Cordell accepted Mayor Reed's appointment 4 years ago, I thought she said she was only going to stay in the position for one 4-year term. Second, the IPA isn't all that interesting except when her antennae are up and she becomes the first city employee to get a "merit based pay raise."
 

 

According to the Merc, Mayor Reed "cut the deal" with Cordell himself. I know the City Charter gives the Mayor the authority to appoint the IPA, but Reed has emphatically stated on numerous occasions that he is prevented from  all negotiations for pay and benefits with employees by the City Charter, which grants that responsibility to the City Manager.
 
I wonder if Reed took into consideration that Cordell draws a County retirement from her years as a Judge? Or what type of retirement benefits she draws from her days as a Palo Alto City Council Member? Or as an assistant Dean at Stanford? Is she double-dipping, triple-dipping or quadruple-dipping to flex her biased-based auditing of SJPD? (Look for Asst Chief Rikki Goede's retirement and sick leave buyout next month to become fodder for Reed to ramp up reform efforts. (Congrats, Rikki, on your appointment to Chief of Piedmont!)
 
Reed has also stated numerous times that he stands on a platform of openness and transparency in City government. Where was the openness in the negotiations that took place between he and Cordell? Reed has had the opportunity to have wage and benefit negotiations between the City and its employee bargaining units open to the public_, but has he?
 
The same "public" that in Reed's words voted "overwhelmingly" in support of amending the Charter to limit the arbitration process embodied in Nov. 2010's Measure V for public meetings. The employees and their unions want public meetings, but when Mayor Reed has had the opportunity for open meetings, he said "No."
 
Is Mayor Reed lying? Reed says one thing but does another. Have we been down this road before? Yes. Too many times.
 
Reed said the Police Department was understaffed by 600 officers while his own budget authorizes 1420. He said that the pension's unfunded liability was $650 million when it was shown to actually be less than $300 million. Reed said passing measure V, W and B was necessary to "protect jobs and preserve essential City services," then he laid off hundreds of employees and cut services. To justify the all-around cuts he commissioned some friends at IBM to conduct an efficiency survey that concluded SJPD was overstaffed and could maintain current services with 600+/- officers.
 
How many times has Reed said the City's budget woes are the fault of officers who are retiring with 90% salaries and 6 figure sick leave cash outs? Have you ever heard him say the City owes $4 billion (with a "B") in Redevelopment Agency debt, most of which was incurred under Reed's Chairmanship of the RDA? 
 
Yeah, I guess I'm saying Reed is a liar, and that the IPA's new contract is just the latest proof.
 
I pasted the Merc's articles below because the paper purges its links shortly after publishing the articles.


Ed. — The articles referenced above were included in last week's Farsider. To view them, click on the link below, then scroll down to the Trials & Tribulations column...

<http://www.sjpba.net/Farsider/122012.htm>



 

IS WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE GOOD FOR THE GANDER?

The Journal-News — a Gannett newspaper serving White Plains New York — has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties it received through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). It goes without saying that this has irritated many gun owners, not just in New York, but across the nation.
 



Janet Hasson, Journal-News Publisher

As a result, an e-mail is spreading like wildfire among gun owners identifying the Journal News publisher, Janet Hasson, and tons of  other information showing contact info for her and her staff. First, here's a link to the story in Hasson's newspaper...

"The Gun Owner Next Door: What You Don't Know About the Weapons in Your Neighborhood"

<http://lohud.us/W1Ybx8>

This next article provides a link to the map displaying the names
of the gun permit holders accompanies the story.


"Map: Where Are the Gun permits in Your Neighborhood?"

(Give the page a few moments to load.)



<http://tinyurl.com/bwgju6h>

And finally, this is a link to a web page with loads of information for those who would like to send a message to the publisher and/or her staff as a show of support — or outrage...

"Sauce for the Goose, or Home Address and Phone Number of Journal News Publisher"

<http://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/sauce-for-the-goose/>


 

UH OH...
 

"DC Police Investigating ‘Meet the Press’ Incident"

By Eric Tucker
Associated Press — Dec. 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say they are investigating an incident in which NBC News journalist David Gregory displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine on “Meet the Press.”



"Meet the Press" host David Gregory

Gun laws in the nation’s capital generally restrict the possession of high-capacity magazines, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. Gregory held up the magazine as a prop for Sunday’s segment, apparently to make a point during an interview, even though D.C. police say NBC had already been advised not to use it in the show.

“NBC contacted (the Metropolitan Police Department) inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated,” police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in a written statement. She declined to comment further.

While interviewing National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre for Sunday’s program, Gregory held up an object that he said was a magazine that could hold 30 rounds.

“Here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now, isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said, ‘Well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets,’ isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?’” Gregory asked, referring to the December 14 shooting in which a gunman massacred 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

LaPierre replied: “I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that even if you had that” ban.

It was not clear how or where Gregory obtained the magazine, and an NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday.

“Meet the Press” is generally taped in Washington.




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF DEC. 22, 2012

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

New Articles

• Are all the reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh female?
<http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/reindeer.asp>

• Did United Artists mistitle the ELO album 'No Answer' due to a missed phone message?
<http://www.snopes.com/music/hidden/noanswer.asp>

• Video clip purportedly shows an eagle attempting to snatch a child from a park.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/eaglegrab.asp>

• Are more homicides in the U.S. committed with baseball bats than with firearms?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/baseballbats.asp>

• Woman attributes shooting a mugger six times to her gun's not holding more than six bullets.
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/justice/click.asp>

• Various rumors connected with the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/newtown.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Was the same pair of pants creatively gifted back and forth for 25 years?
<http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/pants.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
 

Remember when you were young and had fun flying a kite until it wound up in the jaws of a kite-eating tree? This 80-year-old Canadian has taken kite flying to an entirely new level. He flies three at a time with one tied to his waist while the other two are controlled with his hands. People in Vancouver who watch him perform are aware that he's deaf, so they wave their arms for applause. How he lands the kites at the end of his performance is just short of amazing. Have a look. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr9KrqN_lIg>


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Don't let anyone from the ACLU see this DUI video. If they do, it's possible that the organization might push to have it adopted. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52YQ05jEIMw>


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A few weeks ago I gave some thought to playing Santa so I could bring some happiness to underprivileged children. But just prior to signing up for the mandatory Santa Boot Camp, I watched this video and decided that the poor waifs were on their own. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pShS4t_6EE>


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This short video from Alice Murphy is a touching clip of a little girl's big brother helping her. It turns out that it's one of the classic segments that aired on America's Funniest Home Videos several years ago. (40 Secs)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHkr0ysHSeI>


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Don't scoff at this. The way things are going with Obamacare and the City of San Jose, this could someday become our dental plan according to Chuck Blackmore. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR8tIjTykbE>


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I didn't think I would want to stick around and watch all of this tour of the International Space Station by Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, but I got hooked after the first couple of minutes and stayed with it to the end. How inquisitive is your mind? Click on the link below and let's find out. (25 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY2b2APouQA>


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Lumpy says it's the surprise ending of this short circus act that makes it rather unusual. Take a look and see what you think. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB0jml3iLBc>


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If you can tolerate a few minutes of bagpipe playing, you might enjoy this flash mob video received from Don Hale of the Pacific Coast Highlanders surprising shoppers in a mall in Thousand Oaks on Dec. 20th. (5 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xrn43HikrA>


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I would wager that few of you who call yourselves automobile aficionados are aware of this story about "The Race that Changed Everything." It is well worth a look whether you are into cars or not because of the impact the race had on our nation. (8 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POXqGsgAtaY>


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And finally, Bert Kelsey wrote to say that although this video is of British origin, it is an excellent reminder for us to pay tribute to our troops. After reviewing it, I recalled including it in the Farsider last Christmas season. Even so, I felt it was well worth passing along a second time. The choir is comprised of the wives of British troops serving with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hR6O7VxKaQ>


That performance was updated and recorded a second time in Sept. This latest version should also be worth a few moments of your time. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0f4Gue4X68&list=UUF7fVjuFLb6ARgu9k-b8aVQ&index=3>


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That's it. We're calling it a year.



C'ya


Pic of the Week:

(Click on the link under these two plainclothes coppers)



<http://www.rubberchickencards.com/card/79iiN>

 
   

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