The Farsider

Dec. 28, 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.



RETIRED OFFICER CARLOS VALENCIA



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Born Oct. 3, 1961
Appointed Dec. 9, 1984
Retired Dec. 10, 2011
Died Dec. 24, 2017


Last Sunday, on Christmas Eve, Louis Quezada posted on Facebook's 10-7ODSJ page that retired Officer Carlos Valencia succumbed to cardiac arrest while being treated for double pneumonia at about 6:25 a.m. He had been admitted to the hospital two days prior, on Dec. 22. Ironically, his wife Gloria also was hospitalized for the same illness, but she recovered and has since been released. Louis, who is the designated liaison with the family, posted the following update on Christmas Day:

"I have some good news to report. Carlos’ wife Gloria has been released from the hospital and is now at home resting. I met with her and the family this afternoon and we began going over some of the arrangements. Because of the Christmas holiday, we won’t be able to solidify anything yet. Eric Grimes, Don Perrier, Gloria and I will be meeting at the mortuary tomorrow afternoon and should be able to report a date, time and location for the the service soon. Like all of us, Carlos was very proud to wear the San Jose Police uniform. So much so that he requested in his will that he be buried in it. Following his retirement from the SJPD, Carlos joined the SJPD Reserves where he served until he was hired by the Oakland School District Police in Nov. of 2015. The following August he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. And his bachelor's degree in Legal Studies from John F. Kennedy Law School in Pleasant Hill came earlier this year."

Louis’ most recent posting at noon yesterday included the following information:

Viewing and Rosary:
Tuesday, Jan. 2nd
Private Viewing for Family: 5:00 p.m.

Open Viewing for Everyone: 6:00 p.m.
Rosary at 7:00 p.m.
St. Catherine of Siena Church
606 Mellus Street
Martinez, CA. 94549

Flowers for the family should be sent to the church. Deacon Dave Holland
at (925) 413-9240 is the contact person at the church if asked by the florist.

Carlos was very active with the Knights of Columbus, and they will be providing the honor guard that evening.

Funeral Mass:
11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 3rd, same church

Following the funeral mass, the procession will be escorted by the
 Oakland PD and the Oakland School District Police to the cemetery:

Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1965 Reliez Valley Rd,
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 932-0900


"The San Jose Police Honor Guard and the San Jose Police Emerald Society will be providing the graveside ceremony. A reception will follow at the cemetery."

"We were all very proud of Carlos and are heartbroken by this loss. During my last conversation with Carlos, he told me that the proudest time in his life was when he was wearing a San Jose Police Uniform. Please join his family, fellow officers and his friends in celebrating his life next Tuesday and Wednesday."

Louis Quezada
<LouisQuezada@comcast.net>


THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD


Posted by Johnson Fong on Facebook’s 10-7ODSJ Page (Craig Clifton, Administrator)

For the first time in many years the 1st Row was completely filled with Rookie Officers. It was a joyful, reflective moment as each officer introduced themselves at the Briefing.





POA NEWS



Dec. 26th


There always seems to be some bad with the good, and sadly this email blast will reflect that.  
 
I first want to say that I truly hope you all had a great Christmas with your family and friends. Your POA had a busy holiday season, but one that we can all be proud of. During our first 'Blue Christmas' Toy Drive we were able to distribute approximately 700 toys to children across our city who truly needed some joy on Christmas. Along with the toys that were handed out, our members were able to have a positive interaction with families in need that I think everyone involved needed, including us. An anonymous person donated $2,000 in Target Gift cards right before Christmas Eve and we were able to hand out these gift cards to underprivileged families within 24 hours of receiving them with the efforts by Captain Troy, patrol officers and the support of Chief Garcia and Assistant Chief Knopf. And of course, a special thanks to the 'Angel' with a big heart who dropped off these cards.






Our Board of Directors fed some of our troops on Swing Shift and Midnight Shift on Christmas Eve knowing that they were not able to be home with their families on Christmas Eve night. Our 'Taco Man' Taco Truck served their famous street tacos with all the extras. 


On a sad note, we lost one of our police family members on Christmas Eve. Retired Officer Carlos Valencia passed after fighting medical issues for some time. Please pray for his family and friends during this tough holiday season. Rest in peace brother.


On Christmas morning, a tragic accident killed CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri. He was only 33 years old and left behind his wife and three children. He was killed by a drunk driver on Hwy 880 in the city of Hayward while working on duty. Godspeed to Officer Camilleri and many prayers to his family.


Moving toward and into 2018, please be safe, watch each others backs, and hug the ones you love.

Paul Kelly
<president@sjpoa.com>

Ed. — For those of you out of the area, the KPIX Channel 5 link below will tell you what happened in the accident that took the life of CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS2FXbw5P7o



HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Get in the mood by singing along and celebrating the onset of 2018 with Jim Spence, Pete Salvi, Micki Hippeli, Margie Thompson and Stan Wilson by clicking HERE. If you don’t know the words to “It’s Celebration Time,” try humming it…



MAIL CALL



Dec. 22nd

Bill,

I don't remember George Sachtleben being shot on duty and think Mike Thompson may have him confused with Rocky Bridges. Rocky was almost cut in half by a shotgun blast late on a Saturday night in the early 1980s when he came across a couple of suspects preparing for a robbery at a downtown Latin bar near Julian and Market Sts. Rocky had spotted the suspects next to an abandoned brick building on San Pedro St. north of Manny's Cellar when he was shot at. His vest probably saved his life. Many of us didn't hear about the shooting until we arrived at work the next morning for the annual Mercury News 5-10K foot race through the streets of downtown San Jose. The shooting suspects were able to escape and remained on the loose for some time before they were arrested during a takeover robbery (hostage situation in S/O jurisdiction at Murray's bar on Bascom south of Valley Medical Center). I'm not sure because of a fading memory, but I think the same suspects may have been responsible for a robbery, false imprisonment and brutal waitress assault at Uncle John's Pancake House which was located on Hillsdale just west of Almaden Expy. Lyle Rice was a robbery investigator during those years and might have more information.

For your readers not familiar with the history of the SJPD, Rocky Bridges was involved in another shooting in July 1985. He and his partner Henry Bunch were working dayshift patrol and were processing a male drunk driver at AIB (Alcohol Investigative Bureau). AIB was a room located between the police garage and Main Jail, adjacent to the Angela Davis courtroom. As Rocky was retrieving some paperwork from their patrol car the suspect grabbed Henry's gun and shot and killed him. Hearing the gun shot, Rocky ran into the room and shot the suspect, killing him too.  I attended many police funerals while working Motors, but rarely saw such a gut-wrenching flow of emotions as exhibited by Rocky during the funeral service for his friend and partner Henry Bunch.

Rocky retired from the department and went into teaching in the central valley area. When he succumbed to cancer in 2009, several members of the SJPD attended his funeral as a tribute to him.

Ron Webster
<tucsonron1462@msn.com>

Regarding the late George Sachtleben, I think I can clear up the confusion over his rank. Based on additional communication with Kenn Christie and a handful of others, it appears that George was a Captain when he left active duty  with the Marines and was promoted to Major when he joined the USMCR (Marine Corps Reserve). That would account for his gravestone at Arlington listing him as a Major.

Bill Leavy was the Mayor and City Council’s Security Officer when Rocky was shot. He and I were both were working out of the Chief’s Office when we visited Rocky at VMC the day after he took the 12 gauge round to the chest. When he pulled back the heavy bandage to show us the damage, Bill and I were amazed. There was literally a hole in his chest at least three inches deep and three inches wide. There is no question that his vest saved his life. Without it, the .32 caliber pellets from the 12 gauge shotgun blast would have, as Ron mentioned, cut him in half.


Several officers from the Dept. attended Rocky’s funeral in his hometown of Bakersfield, and all of the pall bearers were from the SJPD. THIS is a link to a Mercury News article about Rocky.

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Dec. 22nd


When Lynne Caro posted the video below on the San Jose cops’ 10-70DSJ page, I shared the link with someone I know very well. He added to the dialogue and posted it on the Armstrong & Getty Listeners Facebook page which caters to conservatives. (The A&G show airs on KGO from 6 to 10 a.m. M-F.) This is how my “friend” introduced the video clip.

Here are three dozen pundits, politicians and Hollywood swells who hate the fact that their statements about Trump having NO chance to become president will live forever on the Internet. But the real enjoyment starts at the 5:25 mark. That’s where reality sets in and the anguish begins. To see these people in disbelief and on the verge of a mental breakdown when Trump wins the White House sent a chill down my leg 100 times greater than the one Chris Matthews claimed he felt when Obama won the presidency! Click on the link under the pic...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXxkcrohG3Y&feature=youtu.be



NEW RETIREES’ ASSN. NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE



Dec. 23rd


The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. Download the newsletter HERE.



ATTENTION PBA MEMBERS — BRING ANOTHER COUPLE
TO THE VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER DANCE FOR ONLY $25

—Neighbors, Friends, Relatives, Your Choice—

Members: $25 per couple — Second Couple $25
(Maximum of one additional couple per PBA member)

$50 total for luscious Hors d’oeuvres, Open Bar, Wine on the table and Prime Rib & Salmon



Saturday, Feb. 10th
MUST RSVP by, Monday, Feb. 5th, but can pay at the door
Doors open at 6:00 — Dinner at 7:00 — Dancing to 11:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.

Hors d'oeuvres aplenty
Entrees: Your choice of Salmon and/or hand-carved Prime Rib
Hosted Bar with Wine on the Tables
Dancing to your kind of music following dinner

Make checks payable to the "SJPBA" and mail to:
SJPBA
P.O. Box 42
San Jose, CA 95103
Or pay at the door with a prior RSVP by Monday, Feb. 5th

 

Questions or to RSVP, e-mail President Dave Wysuph at <dbw1696@aol.com>
or Secretary/Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg at <lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>



THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN


Laurie McNamara (JoeMac’s widow) sent us a copy of the following press release from the city of Sunnyvale that expresses support for Phan Ngo, the former SJPD Dep. Chief who accepted the position of Chief of the Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety. A Mercury News article in last week’s Farsider spoke about Phan receiving a "No Confidence" vote by the SVDPS Public Safety Officers Assn.

City of Sunnyvale Endorses Chief of Public Safety’s Initiatives and Reforms Effort

Dec. 5, 2017

—Calls ‘No Confidence’ Vote by Public Safety Officers Association “Unfounded and Uncalled for”—


SUNNYVALE, Calif.  –  Sunnyvale’s City Manager and Mayor today voiced their unequivocal support for the public safety initiatives and reforms sought by Public Safety Chief Phan Ngo, calling a recently conducted ‘no confidence’ vote by the Public Safety Officers Association “unfounded and uncalled for.”

Chief Ngo’s public safety improvements, which include transparency, an Internal Affairs Modernization program, increased accountability, discipline process improvements, and strengthening emergency preparedness, were presented to the Sunnyvale City Council during its May 2017 Budget Workshop, and, in particular, the Internal Affairs Modernization program was included in the Council adopted budget for fiscal year 2017/18.

The Internal Affairs improvements have upset the leadership of the Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA), but the initiative enjoys the full support of city leaders, said Kent Steffens, Interim City Manager.

“The integrity and professionalism that Chief Ngo’s leadership brings to the Department of Public Safety and to the City of Sunnyvale is important to the modernization and progress of our public safety department,” stated Steffens. “The chief’s vision and determination will have a long-term impact for the betterment and safety of our officers and our community.

“We want to point out that we value, appreciate, and respect the many public safety officers who serve this city and put their lives on the line,” Steffens added. “However, we believe the PSOA leadership is being intransigent and resisting essential modernization efforts. This is not in their best interests nor the best interest of public safety officers and the public.”

A PSOA representative recently informed members of the City Council that officers took a vote of “no confidence” in the chief – apparently in reaction to his efforts to increase transparency and relations with residents, and hold all members of the Department to a higher standard of accountability. The representative did not disclose the number of members who participated in the vote or the number who voted for “no confidence.”

Steffens said that Chief Ngo is working to improve the department’s Internal Affairs process, promoting transparency, fairness, and organizational excellence. The term internal affairs refers to a division of a law enforcement agency that investigates allegations, incidents, and possible suspicions of law-breaking and professional misconduct attributed to officers.

In collaboration with Hillard Heintze, a highly regarded police and security consultancy group, Chief Ngo has taken steps to ensure the Department’s internal affairs review process is independent, unbiased, and consistent with modern best practices. The project includes outreach to numerous stakeholders within and outside of the Department, training, and ultimately adoption of a new and reformed Internal Affairs process. The Sunnyvale project is currently scheduled to be completed in 2018.

The chief has sought the involvement of public safety and the public safety officers’ association leadership in the process, which also includes community members and leaders. This collaborative effort is important to continuing to build trust between public safety officers and the community, Steffens added.

Other progressive initiatives by the new chief include an effort to update the city’s 9-1-1 emergency system, which recently suffered a power outage. The city and the chief are working on a solution to ensure backup power is available if the first system is out of service. In addition, the city and the chief are planning a dedicated emergency operations center as part of the Civic Center Modernization Project.

As part of his new leadership, Chief Ngo has significantly invested in community engagement. He initiated a Youth Leadership Academy that provides junior high school students lessons in ethics, leadership, and communication skills. Ngo is committed to continuing to build trust between public safety officers and the community.

Chief Ngo has a successful career track record and previously led Internal Affairs at the San Jose Police Department. He participated in an Internal Affairs Peer Review of the internal affairs process of 17 major law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. And, from this review, he worked with the City Manager’s Office and Police Administration at San Jose in modernizing the San Jose Police Department internal affairs process.

Asked for comment, Chief Ngo called the public safety officers association reported vote an aggressive and unfortunate tactic, but that he would not be deterred from implementing meaningful reform that will benefit department members and the community they serve, and continue Sunnyvale’s reputation for innovative public safety service. “I want to stress the Department’s members are dedicated, hardworking, and impressive first responders, and I am deeply honored to be leading such a fine group of men and women.”

ONE GUTSY LADY COP

Suspect Overpowers Officer Who Doesn't Quit Til She Wins

By Officer Blue — Blue Lives Matter



The officer was alone confronting a
much larger suspect but didn’t let up


Columbia, SC - A Columbia police officer was recorded fighting a suspect who was much larger than her, and had just assaulted a female and threatened others with a knife.

The incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the BP S-Mart in the 1000 block of Elmwood Avenue, according to The State.

Donald Songster Brown, 39, punched a female in the face and threatened people with a knife while not allowing them to leave the store.

Brown then left the store and was confronted by a lone police officer.

At the start of the video, Brown ignored the officer's commands, and she responded by deploying her Taser. The Taser failed, and Brown tried to walk away.

The officer wasn't about to let him get away, and she charged after him, grabbed him by the back of his neck and tried to take him down. Brown was able to slip his jacket and escape the officer's grip.

He continued to try to get away as the officer tried again to take him down. Instead the man overpowered her and threw her to the ground as the cameraman and numerous bystanders stood by and watched.

The officer got right back up and sprayed Brown with pepper spray. He continued to fight with the officer's attempts to control him, sending the officer to the ground again.

Finally, a bystander jumped in and tackled Brown to the ground and punched him as another good Samaritan kicked him in the head while he was on the ground.

The officer recovered and was able to place Brown under arrest.

Brown was booked on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.

You can see the video of the fight below:

Click on THIS link to view the video and/or review the readers’ comments.

 

 

WHAT’S THAT AROMA? . . . OH MY!


It’s understandable if some of you get aroused by this story from the Irish Mirror, a popular tabloid published in Ireland…

Villagers Claim Fumes from Viagra Factory in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork Have Arousing Effect on Locals

—One local joked: 'One whiff and you're stiff’—

By Anita McSorley — Dec. 5, 2017



The Pfizer factory in Ringaskiddy and inset, Viagra


Locals living in a Irish village claim there is "something in the air" which has an arousing effect on men - and even dogs.

Ringaskiddy in County Cork is home to pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's Viagra factory.

The factory made headlines in recent days after bosses announced that the little blue pill will be sold over the counter in the UK from spring.

And in the wake of that, locals have opened up about the strange effects they claim it's having on their small village.

Local Sadie O'Grady told the Sunday Times: “We’ve been getting the love fumes for years now for free.

“It’s amazing the number of people who come to this village, perhaps out of curiosity, and then never leave.

“They settle down here. As they say, there’s something in the air — not that we need it, of course. But for some fellas with problems in that department it can be a blessing.”

Her daughter Debbie O'Grady laughed: “One whiff and you’re stiff."

While Sadie's 18-year-old nephew joked: “I’d probably need something that has the opposite effect,”

Another local Fiona Toomey suggested even the dogs are enjoying the effects.

“Even the dogs here have been known to walk around in a state of sexual excitement,” she said.

But Pfizer bosses have rejected their claims, putting it down as an "amusing" myth.

A spokesperson told the newspaper: “Our manufacturing processes have always been highly sophisticated as well as highly regulated."

STORIES OF THE WEEK

Lunch at a Mexican restaurant



Received from Frank Smith


Two elderly Jewish men, Sid and Abe, were sitting in a Mexican restaurant  when Sid asked, "Do you know if any people of our ancestry were ever born and raised in Mexico?"

Abe replied, "I don't know, let's ask our waiter."

When the waiter arrived, Abe asked, "Are there any Mexican Jews?"

The waiter replied, "I don't know, señor, I ask the cook.”

A minute later he returned and said, “No, señor, the cook he say no Mexican Jews.”

Abe wasn’t satisfied and asked, “Are you absolutely sure?”

The waiter, realizing he was dealing with Gringos, replied, “I check once again, señor,” and returned to the kitchen.

While the waiter was away, Sid said, “I just can’t believe there are no Mexican Jews. Our people are scattered everywhere.”

The waiter returned to their table and said, “Señor, the head cook, Manuel, he say there is no Mexican Jews.”

“Are you absolutely certain,” asked Abe/

Señor, I ask EVERYONE,” replied the exasperated waiter. “All we have is Orange Jews. Grape Jews, Prune Jews, Tomato Jews and Apple Jews. We have no Mexican Jews!”

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A texting test



Received from Joe Devane


A group of women were at a seminar on how to maintain a loving relationship with their husbands. They were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"

All the women raised their hands.

Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"

Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.

The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband the words, "I love you, Sweetheart."

The women were then instructed to exchange phones with one another and read aloud the text message they received in response to the message.

Below are 12 of the replies. If you have been married for quite a while, you understand that these replies are a sign of true love. Who else would reply in such a succinct and honest way?
 
• Who the hell is this?

• Are you sick or what?

• Yeah, and I love you too. What's wrong?

• What now? Did you wreck the car again?

• I don't understand what you mean.

• What the hell did you do now?

• Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need.

• Am I dreaming?

• If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.

• I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.
 
• Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?

 

Time's up!



From the Farsider Archives


An old Italian Mafia Don is dying and called his grandson to his bedside.

"Grandson, I wanna you lisin to me. I wanna for you to take my chrome-plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me."

"But Grandpa, I really don't like guns, so how about you leaving me your Rolex watch instead."

"You lisina to me, soma day you gonna a be runna da bussiness; you goina have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big home and maybe a couple of bambino. Soma day you gonna coma home and maybe finda you wife in bed with another man. What you gonna do then? Point to you watch and say 'Time's up!' "


THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

—Late nite show hosts were off this week for the Christmas holiday—

With the Trump haters away,
others have their say...



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



Click HERE for the most current update.

 


The USGS reported that the killer earthquake that struck around 10:32 p.m. Tuesday evening measured 3.8 and was centered in the Alum Rock area of San Jose. Is everyone OK?




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On Dec. 21st, four days before Christmas, Eldad and Loreta from Hope for Paws responded to a call about a homeless father and son living on the streets. (The mother dog had been killed by a car.) Much like its human counterpart, the FATHER dog waited for the son to be rescued first. (6:40)



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A month earlier, toward the end of November, a good Samaritan called Hope for Paws about a little homeless dog, then waited until Eldad and Loreta arrived and HELPED with the rescue. (4:14)







Max would be the perfect Police K-9 if he
could just overcome his fear of heights...






Jim Silvers thought it was worthwhile including this clip from a hockey game in Canada where an American team was competing against the Canadian home team. During the playing of our National Anthem, the sound cut out. WATCH what happens. (0:49)




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The person in THIS video received from Alice Murphy can create a horse from an orange peel in 42 seconds. Can you beat their time? Can you even do it at all? (0:42)




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Speaking of orange peels, to use them to fool Baboons into thinking they are snakes is one way of amusing yourself if you live in Africa. Watch THIS clip received from Lumpy. (3:13)




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Trust us, this is a real gas! While we surmise that the subject matter of this sketch might offend some of you, we suspect that most readers will say it’s not a big deal. After all, it’s not as if any of you can completely avoid flatulence! Are we right? Anyone want to dispute that statement? If you are ready, click HERE and watch this sketch from the Sketch Company, especially those of you who are heavily into yoga. And if you are seriously offended, take it up with former Chief Bob Murphy's wife. We received it from Alice Murphy. (2:09)




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Is this funny? It was for the father who was parked and waiting to pick up his daughter from school. Listen to his comments and laughter as he records the action at an icy turn of the sidewalk and you may find his laughter contagious like his daughter DID when she got in the car. (5:45)












When a Chinese tourist visited Pyongyang in North Korea in 2012 he captured this footage that aired on China TV after his return. It gives the viewer a look INSIDE the capital city that few people get to see. (6:48)




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This chubby North Korean leader is such a doofus that we can’t tell if the subtitles in THIS clip are a true translation of the dialogue heard by the citizens of North Korea, or if the creator of the video is putting us on. (1:45)




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Better and faster than a typical roller coaster, this Alpine coaster in Austria lets you control the speed and is something people who have a need for speed should put on THEIR bucket list. (5:35)

 






We can’t tell if this clip is from Russia’s Got Talent, the Ukraine’s Got Talent, Latvia’s Got Talent or another former iron block country. What we can say is that the title — “How is this possible?” — seems to apply toward the end of the clip when the two strongmen incorporate a couple of KNIVES into their act. (3:43)




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Who's the idiot that handed OJ a knife
and asked him to carve the ham?





This is a music video that is really an ad for a little Russian SUV called a Neva, which Comrade Kosovilka calls a “piece of (crap)!" But he added that the vehicle which is made from Fiat parts and Russian engineering actually works!” Sharp eyed viewers might note the video also contains a few INSTANCES of gratuitous sexy shots to keep young males from falling asleep. (Ignore the Chevy bow tie on the first vehicle.) (4:22)




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Imagine pushing your grocery cart down a shopping aisle and all of a sudden a chorus of boxes containing chocolates begins serenading you with Christmas music. Never mind trying to imagine that, just click on THIS link and see it first hand. (1:52)




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You should find THIS clip interesting if you recall seeing the famous photo below of a lighthouse being swamped by an ocean wave that was posted on the Internet a few years ago. (2:26)




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Here’s an honest plumber who found and fixed the problem immediately when he could have poked around for an hour or two and charged the homeowner a ton of DOUGH. (1:26)




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Mother Nature is at it again in this video. In a word, this footage of a glacier calving is, dare we say, earthshaking? In fact, it is believed to be the largest glacial calving ever recorded with a camera. It is difficult to fathom the scale of the massive DISRUPTION of the ice on a computer monitor. Think of what you are seeing as being the island of Manhattan. (3:28)






This song is nearly as timeless as winter itself, and people will be listening to Sissle sing it 100 years from now. Spending 6 minutes and 36 seconds of your life by watching this video from beginning to end will be good for the soul, and if you believe in karma, you will be rewarded time and time again in 2018 by absorbing the message within. Click HERE and let us prove it. (6:36)




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Have a happy and prosperous New Year, everyone!


Pic of the Week





THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 12/28/17

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

Roland Ramirez — Added
Wei Sun — Added

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to
<bilmat@comcast.net>.



Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cyndi
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babiarz, Maryanne
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, David
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barker, Ken
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barranco, Rich
Barrera, Ray
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Beltran, Phil
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Blank, Craig
Boales, Tina
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Borbons, Carl
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Maryann
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Bridgen, Dave
Brocato, Dom
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Marilyn
Brown, Ricky
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Buckhout, Craig
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Mary
Burke, Karol
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, David
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardin, Randy
Cardone, Lloyd
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Carter, Ernie
Cassidy, Kevin
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chavez, Ruben
Chevalier, Brian
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clark, Kevin
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Clough, Mark
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Conroy, Mike
Contreras, Dee
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cook, Paul
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Cossey, Neil
Costa, Mike
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daley, Brian
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
Deitschman, Tracy
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Dennis, Sandra
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
DuClair, Jim
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Scott
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Linda
Evans, Michael
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fagalde, Kevin
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Roscoe
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Johnson
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Francois, Tom
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
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
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
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
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handa, Mitch
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harper, Glenn
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hinkle, John
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Dave
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hoskin, Wendy
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jepson, Cliff
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Jones, Wayne
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirby, Erwin
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Dave
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Kunesh, Cindy
Kurz, Jennifer
Lagergren, Fred
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leak, Felecia
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Leroy, Jim
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry 
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith           
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mattocks, Mike
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McDonald, Joey
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Miller, Toni
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Monahan, Chris
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Moore, Don
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mulholland, Kathy
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nascimento, Mike
Nelson, Ed
Ngo, Phan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Peter
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Paxton, Bob
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Pennington, Ron
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Peterson, Bob
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Piper, Will
Ken Pitts
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Pringle, Karl
Propst, Anamarie
Pryor, Steve
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Roland
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reed, Nancy
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Retuta, Rene
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrel
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Bill
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Julie
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ruth, Leo
Ryan, Joe
Ryan, Larry
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Frank
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spicer, John
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sumner, Ted
Sun, Jeff
Sun, Wei
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tanaka, Ken
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thayer, Dean
Theobald, Cynthia
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trapp, Greg
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Lorraine
Tyler, Diana
Unger, Bruce
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanegas, Anna
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Mike
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Werkema, Jim
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Caven
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Jerry
Wilson, Lee
Wilson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Womack, Kenn
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zalman, Ginny
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug