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RETIRED SERGEANT HANK SCHRIEFER
Born June 30, 1941
Appointed Jan. 1963
Retired Aug. 1993
Died May 6, 2018
SJPD Capt. Randy Schriefer — Hank’s youngest son — provided us with the following obituary about his father and mother…
Henry G. “Hank” Schriefer
June 30, 1941 — May 6, 2018
Henry “Hank” Schriefer, 76, and Anne Witbeck “Onie” Schriefer, 78, from Penn Valley (Lake Wildwood), CA passed away in the comfort of their home just six weeks apart. Hank and Onie enjoyed a 54-year marriage and are survived by their sons Scott and Randy Schriefer, daughter-in-laws Lisa Choquette and Kelly Schriefer, granddaughters Madelyn and Emma, and Onie’s sister, Cynthia Jackson and brother-in-law Bill Jackson.
Hank was born and raised in San Diego before moving in 1963 to San Jose where he was hired by the San Jose Police Department. During his 30-year career with SJPD he excelled in high profile assignments such as the H-Cars (now known as MERGE), the Detective Bureau and the City Attorney’s Office. Following his retirement and move to Lake Wildwood, he worked for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department as a background investigator for 17 years. Just as he did at SJPD, Hank made his mark as being dependable, selfless and meticulously detailed; he was a “cop’s cop.” Affectionately referred to as “Papa Momo” by his granddaughters, Hank was the consummate patriarch not only to his family, but also to those he entrusted with his friendship. He was an avid golfer, chef, fisherman, woodworker, friend, partner, father to Scott and Randy, grandfather to Madelyn and Emma, and a devoted husband to his beloved wife Onie.
Anne Witbeck “Onie” Schriefer
Sept. 18, 1939 – March 24, 2018
Onie grew up in Menlo Park and attended Menlo Atherton High School. She attended Jose State University where she earned a degree in Education and soon established herself as a compassionate grade school teacher in the San Jose Unified School District. Onie’s niche was in the classroom where her passion for learning and creativity could be discovered. She had an infectious personality and enjoyed many long-standing friendships dating back to early childhood. Upon moving to Lake Wildwood, her gentle, kind-hearted personality fit right in with the “Lady Niners” golf club at Lake Wildwood. She quickly became a well-liked, approachable personality both on the golf course and in the clubhouse. Onie had a love for family, friends and a good book. She enjoyed volunteering in her granddaughters’ classrooms and capturing young minds with her infectious storytelling. She was simply adored by many.
Hank and Onie will forever be remembered for their consummate acts of selflessness and kindness. Their impact on the lives of many will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life may be held this summer near their home in Lake Wildwood.
Randy can be contacted at <Randall.firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
Sunday, May 13 through Saturday, May 19
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
May 15 is the day set aside nationally each year to honor all fallen law enforcement personnel. Click on THIS link for that day’s schedule as well as the rest of the week.
Click HERE to search for a fallen officer or to take a virtual tour of the Memorial
Click HERE to honor the Officers Killed so far in 2018
Click HERE for general information about the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund
We also pause to reflect on our other friends and coworkers who are no longer with us…
SJPD Memorial List as of May 8, 2018
(Alphabetical by last name)
Former Officer David Adams
Retired Officer Virginia Adams
Retired Sergeant Harley Adams
Retired Communications Dispatcher Roy Adams
Retired Reserve Officer Dave Aguilar
Officer Tom “Wings” Alexander
Retired Officer Jim Aligo
Retired Police Data Specialist II Pat Alesse
Retired Officer David Alvarez
Retired Secretary Doreen Amburgy
Retired Reserve Officer Keith Anders
Retired Sergeant Andy Anderson
Retired Sr. Police Data Spec. Beverly “Jill” Anderson
Retired Officer Frank Ankenbauer
Retired Officer Dick Anthony
Retired Captain Joe Azzarello
Retired Reserve Officer George Argall
Dispatcher Teresa Arruda
Lieutenant Cecil Ayer
Retired Officer Jim Baggott
Retired Sergeant Bill Bailey
Former Dispatcher Sally “Sally Dally” Bailey
Former Officer Lloyd Baker
Retired Sergeant Buck Ballard
Retired Captain Gordon “GG” Ballard
Retired Officer Gordon Ballard, Sr.
Retired Sergeant Jim Barnett
Retired Officer Ernie Barozzi
Retired Lieutenant Terry Bauleke
Retired Sergeant Manny Becerra
Retired Officer Bill Bennett
Retired Lieutenant Mark Bennett
Lieutenant Arnold “Arnie” Bertotti
Retired Sergeant Curt Bishop
Retired Sergeant Tony “Ants” Biskup
Retired Sergeant Don Black
Retired Police Chief John N. Black
Retired Police Chief J.R “Ray” Blackmore
Retired Sergeant Terry Blackwood
Officer John Bledsoe
Retired Officer Bill “Curly” Bond
Retired Sergeant Ron Bondi
Retired Officer Richard “Kentucky” Boone
Retired Officer Bud Bosque
Retired Officer Harold Bounds
Retired Asst. Chief Robert “Bob” Bradshaw
Retired Sergeant Curt Brandt
Former Reserve Officer Reggie Bravo
Officer Delia “Dede” Bravo-Carney
Retired Sergeant Dave Brickell
Retired Chaplain Dave Bridgen
Retired Officer Richard “Rocky” Bridges
Retired Captain William “Joe” Brockman
Retired Police Records Clerk II Wanda Brooks
Retired Captain Bill Brown
Retired Sergeant Gene Brown
Retired Sergeant Mike Brown
Former Officer Phil Brown
Retired Police Chief William Brown
Retired Officer Gordon Bruce
Retired Sergeant Ralph Brune
Officer John Buck (Line of Duty)
Sergeant John Buck, Jr.
Former Officer Runyon A. Buckalew
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Buffington
Officer Henry Bunch — Line of Duty
Former Typist Clerk II Betty Burk
Retired Sergeant Chuck Burde
Retired Sergeant Bobby Burroughs
Retired Dispatcher George Burton
Retired Officer Wilbert “Ed” Bush
Officer John Cahill
Officer Mike Caldarulo
Retired Officer Johnny Calderon
Retired Officer Raul Camarena
Retired Sergeant Bill Campbell
Retired Analyst Kathy Campbell
Retired Officer Art Campos
Former Officer Dan Campos
Retired Assistant Chief George Cannell
Retired Senior Dispatcher Alice Cano
Retired Sergeant John Canuel
Retired Sergeant Charles “Charlie” Cardona
Retired Records Clerk Velma Cardona
Retired Officer Gilbert “Bulldog” Cardoza
Former Fiscal Officer Bob Carlsen
Retired Sergeant George Carter
Retired Assistant Chief Joel Carter
Officer Desmond Casey — Line of Duty
Retired Sergeant Glen Castlio
Retired Officer Dean Cates
Retired Staff Analyst Evelyn Cava
Retired Police Records Clerk II Gloria Cavazos-Ramos
Retired Officer Ivan Chapel
Former Sergeant Hal Chapman
Retired Alviso Chief Pat Chew
Former Officer Steve Chesley
Police Data Specialist II Rosemarie Christensen
Retired Captain Bob Cleary
Retired Reserve Chief George Cochern
Former Officer Harold L. Cole
Retired Radio Dispatcher Don Coleman
Retired Chief of Detectives Bart Collins
Former Officer Billy Collins
Retired Lieutenant John “Jack” Collins
Retired Sergeant Anthony “Tony” Colón
Retired Dispatcher Jimmy Compton
Retired Sergeant Joe Conversa
Police Data Spec. II Marilyn Cordes
Retired Sergeant Jim Cornelius
Retired Officer Kent Cossey
Officer John Covalesk — Line of Duty
Sergeant Julian Covill
Retired Police Data Specialist Lillie Cox
Retired Officer Andy Crawford
Retired Officer Bill Creamer
Retired Officer Joe Cressa
Retired Reserve Officer Chuck Crowell
Officer Alejandro “Alex” Cruise
Retired Officer Betty Cunningham
Retired Officer Marvin “Marv” Curtiss
Police Data Specialist Patricia Darby
Retired Sergeant Larry Darr
Retired Officer Don Davis
Retired Officer Jose DeLaCruz
Retired Senior Identification Officer Pete DeLuca
Retired Deputy Chief Don “D.O.” DeMers
Former Sergeant John Diehl
Retired Deputy Chief Howard Donald
Retired I.D. Technician Peggy Donald
Assistant Police Chief Ross Donald
Retired Sergeant Ron Dowling
Retired Officer Dennis Duey
Retired Officer Bob Duffy
Officer John Duncan
Retired Sergeant Leo Dunn
Officer Pete Dupont
Retired Sergeant George Dwyer
Retired Officer Joe Earnshaw
Retired Sergeant Hugo Edes
Supervising Public Safety Disp. & Res. Dep. Chief Stan Edwards
Retired Reserve Officer Phil “Duke” Ellington
Retired Officer Paul Elorreaga
Former Sergeant Bob Emerson
Retired School Crossing Guard Winnie Emerson
Retired Officer Lou Emery
Retired Sergeant Jim Emmons
Retired Officer Walt Emery
Retired Officer Anton “Rich” Erickson
Sergeant Gerald “Gerry” (and Carroll Ann) Erickson
Retired Officer Richard “Dick” Erickson
Retired Sergeant Joe Escobar
Retired Officer Bob Evans
Retired Sergeant Dave “Porkchop” Evans
Former Officer Mitch Fagan
Officer Joe Falcao
Retired Sergeant Roy Farley
Retired Sergeant Fred Farnsworth
Retired Lieutenant Bob Fazio
Former Legal Adviser and Reserve Officer Royce Fincher
Retired Officer Roger Finton
Retired Sergeant Fred Flesner
Retired Comm. Supervisor Beatrice “Bea” Fletcher
Officer Bill Fletcher
Retired Reserve Officer Robert Flinn
Retired Reserve Captain Charles “Chuck” Flores
Retired Sergeant Dave Flory
Officer Jeffrey Fontana — Line of Duty
Retired Police Records Clerk Maxine Fontes
Officer Tom Fowler
Retired Typist Clerk II Frances Franco
Retired Airport Officer Ross Frantz
Retired Officer Don Franzino
Retired Reserve Officer Glenn Fudge
Sergeant Gordon Fujino
Retired Secretary Sally Funkhouser
Retired Sergeant Walt Gadsby
Retired Dispatcher Claire Gallagher
Retired Data Specialist Marietta Games
Sergeant Paul “Beans” Ganshirt
Senior Account Clerk Darleen Garman
Former Reserve Officer Ray Garringer
Retired Sergeant Roy Garringer
Retired Messenger Clerk Salli Gathers
School Crossing Guard Jan Gephart
Retired Sergeant Ken Geppert
Retired Sergeant Hans “Westgate” Gerdts
Retired Lieutenant Bill Gergurich
Former Officer Cliff Gerlach
Retired Police Records Clerk Nina Gillette
Retired Officer Will Givin
Retired Senior Office Specialist Fran Goff
Former Crime Data Analyst Mara Graves
Retired Officer Ray Gray
Retired Secretary Ruth Grayson
Retired Captain Leon Green
Retired Captain John Guerin
Retired Sergeant Mike Guerin
Retired Sergeant Pete Guerin (Sr.)
Retired Sergeant Lovell Guptill
Retired Officer Terry Guyton
Retired Sergeant Stan Hall
Retired Captain Lewis “Lew” Haller
Retired Police Records Clerk Betty Hanson
Retired Lieutenant Stan Hardman
Retired Dispatcher Ken Harness
Former Officer Bob Harpainter
VOLT Volunteer Bob Harris
Officer Marty Harris
Officer Tom (and Judy) Harris
Retired Captain Charles Hartell
Retired Officer Joe Haslemann
Retired Officer Jim Healy
Retired Officer Rick Heckel
Retired Sergeant Al Heiken
Retired Sergeant Jim Hellam
Retired Deputy Chief Eusevio “Ike” Hernandez
Retired Deputy Chief Luis Hernandez
Retired Lieutenant Kenny Herrmann
Retired Policewoman Janet Hickey
Retired Typist Clerk Rae Hildebrand
Retired Lieutenant Richard “Dick” Hill
Retired Lieutenant Art Hilscher
Retired Dispatcher Betty Hixon
Retired Sergeant Jim Hober
Retired Sergeant Fred Hoffman
Retired Officer Vern Hoffman
Retired Officer Chuck Hogate
Retired Captain Mel Hornbeck
Former Sergeant Howard Hornbuckle
Retired Assistant Police Chief Stan Horton
Sergeant Steve Howard
Sergeant Morris Van Dyck Hubbard — Line of Duty
Officer Art Huckabay
Officer Richard Huerta — Line of Duty
Retired Captain Lyle Hunt
Former Police Woman Eunice (Long) Huntwork
VOLT Volunteer Diana Hurst
Retired Police Data Specialist II Sonia Husa
Retired Officer Ray Ireland
Retired Reserve Captain Ralph Izzarelli
Retired Police Data Spec. II Shirley Louise Jackson
Former Officer John Jacob
Retired Senior Analyst George Jacobson
Former Sergeant John Jaeger
Retired Sergeant Merle Johns
Former Reserve Officer Alfred “AJ” Johnson
Officer Michael Johnson — Line of Duty
Retired Captain Tom “TJ” Johnson
Officer James “Tim” Jones
Retired Sergeant Ken Jordan
Officer Michael Katherman — Line of Duty
Retired Officer Bill Keeney
Retired Officer Frank Keffer, Sr.
Retired I.D. Technician Betty Keiser
Officer Keith Kelley
Retired Sergeant Bert Kelsey
Former Officer George Kemp
Senior Police Records Clerk Verna Kennelly
Former Officer Mahlon Kent
Former Sergeant Gus Kettman
Retired Sergeant Don Kidder
Retired Secretary Bernice King
Retired Sergeant Marty King
Retired Sergeant Tom Kinney
Retired Officer Steve Kirkendall
Retired Deputy Chief Elmer Klein
Retired Analyst II Dick Kleiner
Retired Officer Dick Knell
Retired Lieutenant Art Knopf
Retired Sergeant Ken Kocina
Sergeant Ted Korth
Retired Officer Vic Kosik
Airport Officer Dick Kountz
Retired Lieutenant Floyd Kuehnis
Retired Photographer John Lancaster
Retired Officer Ken Lanch
Officer Carter (and Marsha) Langdon
Officer Jim “Red Dog” Larson
Former Officer Jerry Law
Retired Officer Bob Ledford
Retired Sergeant Ray “The Deacon” Lee
Former Officer Larry LeFall
Officer Michael Lewandowski
Retired Dispatcher Ralph Libby
Officer Charles “Chuck” Lintern
Retired Sergeant Bob Lira
Officer Jim Lisius
Retired Sergeant Dave Longaker
Account Clerk II Marion Lopaus
Retired Officer Dan Lopez
Retired Officer Relles “Ray” Lopez
Retired Officer Herman Lorenz
Retired Officer Mike Lowry
Former Officer Dave Luna
Former Officer Tom “TB” Lyons
Former Chaplain John MacDonald
Retired School Crossing Guard Johanna Machado
Retired Sergeant Bill Maddox
Public Safety Dispatcher II Keao Mai
Retired Officer Roger Malcolm
Retired County Dispatcher Belinda Maldonado
Former Reserve Officer Tim Malley
Typist Clerk II Beth Malnburg
Retired Sergeant Jim Manthey
Former Officer John “Jack” Marlo
Sergeant Elliott “Tiny” Mars
Former Sergeant Floyd Marshall
Retired Sergeant Jay Martin
Retired Dispatcher Jean Martin
Reserve Officer Pete Martin
Retired Airport and Reserve Officer Bob Marotz
Retired Reserve Officer Ray Martinez
School Crossing Guard Eleanor Maruca
Retired Reserve Officer Lou Masella
Retired Sgt. John Mattern
Retired Disp. Thaddeus “Tedd” Casimer Matusiewicz
Retired Officer William Mauldin
Senior Police Data Specialist Frances McCabe
Retired Captain E. Dale McCay
Retired Sergeant O.D. McClinnan
Retired Sergeant Earl McClure
Former Officer Garth McCormick
Retired Lieutenant Glenn McCourtie
Sergeant Mark McDaniel
Retired Deputy Chief Ed McKay
Retired Deputy Chief Bill McKenzie
Former Officer Brian McNamara
Retired Police Chief Joe McNamara
Retired Sergeant Dan McTeague
Police Property Specialist Tarr Mehary
Retired Officer Bob Meheula
Retired Lieutenant Lloyd Meister
Lieutenant Ed Melz
Retired Office Specialist II Chris Mendoza
Senior Police Records Clerk Shirley Merrill
Retired Sergeant Liz Michaelsen
Retired Sergeant Art Miller
Retired Officer Dorothy Miller
Retired Sergeant Herb Miller
Retired Sergeant Jess Miller
Retired Sergeant Roland “Rolly” Miller
Former Officer Steve Miller
Former Sergeant Carl Mills
Officer Jose “Joe” Molina
Retired Sergeant Charles “Chuck” Molosky
Retired Officer Ann Moore
Retired Lieutenant. Bruce “Blue Eyes” Moore
Retired Sergeant Dewey Moore
Retired Sergeant Don “Santa Clara Sam” Moore
Retired Assistant Policewoman Sharon Moore
Officer Rogelio “Roger” Moreno
Retired Exec. Admin. Secretary Bonnie Morganthaler
Retired. Chief Dispatcher Ron Morrill
Retired Police Records Clerk Ruth Morrison
Retired Dispatcher Antoinette “Fi Fi” Morse
Retired Officer Ken Morss
Retired Officer James Morton
Retired Sergeant Gene Moss
Retired Sergeant John Mosunic
Retired Officer Fred “Moon” Mullins
Retired Officer Pat Murphy
Retired Sergeant Charles Murray
Former Officer Joshua Murray
Retired Chief Communications Dispatcher Ron Murrell
Retired Chief Dispatcher Hank Murtha
Retired Officer Len Myers
Retired Sergeant Tom Nagengast
Retired Typist Clerk II Amy Nagareda
VOLT Volunteer Marynell Naughton
Retired Officer Annie (Hally) Navin
Former Officer Glen Neece
Former Crime Prevention Spec. Marlin “Cotton” Neufeld
Retired Sergeant Rex Newburn
Reserve Officer Jack Nichols
Retired Police Data Specialist Helene Norman
Officer Alvey “Al” North
Retired Dispatcher Linda Norwood
Former Reserve Officer Terry O’Connell
Former Officer Tommy O’Connell
Retired Sergeant Dexter O’Day
Retired Officer James O’Day
Retired Dispatcher Ed “Radio Ed” Oiseth, Sr.
Retired Secretary Carolyn Page
Retired Police Records Clerk II Phyllis Papa
Former Officer David Parbst
Retired Crime Prevention Specialist May Parlee
Retired Officer John Patrick
Former Sergeant John Percival
Retired Sergeant John Periman
Retired Officer Bruce Petersen
Retired Officer Charles “Chuck” Petersen
Retired Lieutenant Fred Petersen
Retired Dispatcher Shirley Petersen
Retired Steno Clerk Carole Peterson
Retired Sergeant Courtney “Court” Peterson
Retired Sergeant Bill Phelan
Former Sergeant Arthur “Art” Philpot
Retired Officer Joe Pinkston
Retired Police Data Specialist Betty Poe
Retired Sergeant Bill Poelle
Retired Lieutenant Dave Pollock
Retired Typist Clerk II Charlene Poole
Retired Captain Eddie Pracna
Retired Assistant Chief Jay Propst
Retired Officer Dante “Dan” Provasi
Former Dispatcher John Puckett
Retired Officer William “Willie” Puckett
Park Ranger Todd Quick
Retired Typist Clerk II Phyllis Quirley
Former Officer Dennis Radabaugh
Former Officer William Radunich
Retired Officer Frank Rafferty
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Ralston
Retired Officer Anthony “Tony” Ranada
Retired Latent Print Supervisor Ken Raney
Retired Secretary Pauline Rasmussen
Retired Sergeant Hal Ratliff
Senior Steno Clerk Constance Ravenstein
Retired Police Data Spec. II Carlotta Redmond
Retired Officer John Reinert
Sergeant Richard “Rich” Reyes
Retired Sergeant Jack Richards
Retired Officer Ed Ricketts
Retired Office Specialist Clara “Marie” Roberts
Retired Records Supervisor Maggie Roe
Retired Officer Chad “Coach” Rolston
Retired Lieutenant Steve Ronco
Retired Police Data Spec. II Dolores Rosamond
Retired Officer Dennis Rosario
Officer Miguel “Mike” Rosas
Retired Officer Wendell Rose
Retired Lieutenant Charlie Roy
Retired Officer Russ Royal
Retired Officer Tony Russo
Former Sergeant George Sachtleben
Retired Identification Officer Bernice Sadler
Officer Juan Salcido
Retired Officer Paul Salerno
Retired Officer Dwight Salsbury
Retired Police Records Supervisor Connie Sandoval
Retired Officer David Sandoval
Retired Sergeant Roy Sanfilippo
Retired Lieutenant Greg Sargent
Retired Latent Print Examiner Vic Sartin
Former Officer Ray Saunders
Retired Officer Charles “Charlie” Schaefer
Former Officer Michael Schneickert
Retired Identification Technician Frances Schotenheimer
Retired Sergeant Hank Schriefer
Retired Police Data Specialist Elsie Schrull
Retired Officer Herman Schwandt
Retired Captain Tom Scribner
Retired Sergeant Garyn Scott
Former Officer Ed Sekaquaptewa
Retired P/T Typist Clerk II Regina Sellarole
Retired Sergeant Clarence Shannon
Senior Police Records Clerk Gretta Shannon
Sergeant Chris (and Lynn) Shimek
Retired Captain Tom Short
Retired Officer Paul Shuman
Retired Sergeant Bob Silfvast
Officer Gordon Silva — Line of Duty
Retired Senior Police Records Clerk Ruth Silverstein
Officer Gene Simpson — Line of Duty
Retired Sergeant Bob Sims
Retired Dispatcher Ethel Sims
Retired City & Police Photographer Dan Sisto
Former Dispatcher Jim Slater
Former Officer Glenn Smiley
Retired Officer Bill “Smitty” Smith
Retired Police Data Specialist II Charlotte Smith
Retired Sergeant Jim Smith
Retired Property Specialist Justin Smith
Retired Officer Lew Smith
Retired Sergeant Ron Smith
Retired Lieutenant Ken Stagg
Retired Police Data Specialist II Dorothy Stang
Retired Assistant Policewoman Clarice “Tawny” Stelzer
Retired Officer Mario Stefanini
Retired Officer Dave (Watry) Stengel
Retired Sergeant Joe Stewart
Former Officer LeMoine “Lee” Stille
Retired Dispatcher Howard Stout
Retired Deputy Chief Larry Stuefloten
Retired Sergeant Marc Sturdivant
Retired Juvenile Sergeant Stella Sullivan
Director of Communications Lyman Swan
Garage Attendant Frank Sypert
Retired Lieutenant Larry Tambellini
Retired Officer Frank Tanner
Retired Dispatcher Jim Terra
Retired Lieutenant Jim Terry
Lieutenant Larry Thannisch
Former Sergeant Steve Thatcher
Reserve Captain Cal Thomas
Retired Secretary Nadine Thompson
Former Reserve Lieutenant Greg Thul
Former Officer Forrest Tittle
Retired Reserve Sergeant Sixto “Toby” Tobias
Retired Sergeant Harold “Hal” Toussaint
Retired Dispatcher Ron Townsend
Account Clerk Pauline Trevisano
Former Reserve Officer Ron Tsukomoto
Retired Officer Dick Tush
Former Officer Mitch Ucovich
Clerk Typist Marlene Uyehara
Retired Officer Carlos Valencia
Dispatcher and Reserve Officer Tom Vanderpriem
Retired Sergeant Mike Van Dyck
Lieutenant Ernie Vasquez
Retired Reserve Captain James “Jim” Vinson Sr.
Retired Reserve Deputy Chief Julio Viola
Retired Officer Joe Vittoe
Former Officer Al Voight
Retired Secretary Alice Wagner
Retired Sergeant Seymour “Sy” Wakeman
Retired Officer Bill Walker
Retired Officer Ray Ward
Retired Officer Maury Warner
Retired Sergent Bob Warrick
Retired Sergeant Lloyd Warthan
Former Officer Vern Watson
Officer Carl Watt (and Wife)
Retired Officer Steve Weenier
Retired Officer Rich Weiser
Retired Sergeant Bill Wells, Sr.
Retired Lieutenant Merlin “Wheat” Wheatley
Officer Robert White — Line of Duty
Retired Officer Fred Whitley
Retired Garage Attendant Freddie “3-Wheeler” Whitmarsh
Retired Officer Leroy Widman
Retired Sergeant William “Bill” Wien
Retired Sergeant Ron Williams
Former Sergeant John Willis
Retired Lieutenant Jack Wilson
Retired Secretary Maxine Wilson
Former Sergeant Frank Winkler
Retired Lieutenant Preston “Pres” Winters
Officer Bob Wirht — Line of Duty
Retired Officer Bill Wiskel
Retired Sergeant Bill Wittmann
Retired Sergeant Doug Wright
Former Officer William “Sharpshooter” Young
The 42nd Annual California State Officer Memorial is taking place in Sacramento today, and your POA is there for all of us! During this memorial they are honoring six Officers who died in the line of duty last year in California, along with two other Officers from past years. To date, we have already lost three of our California brothers in blue in 2018. Some photos of the Memorial taking place today are below. Please take a moment today for the loss of not only our California Police families who have lost an Officer, but for all Police families across this nation who feel the pain every day of such a loss. Take care of each other on our streets in San Jose. Our families need us!
Paul Kelly, President
This last Wednesday, May 2nd, I attended the memorial service for our fallen officers at the PAB. It is something I do each year. In the past I attended with the late Danny McTeague, so this year it was an especially bitter-sweet experience.
This year there was a large number of the fallen family members in attendance. As a large number of the fallen were from 1970 to the present — many of whom I worked with — there was but a handful of currently retired officers in attendance whereas a large cadre of active members had assembled for the memorial service. As I looked at these active officers, I and several of the retirees with whom I spoke did not know who they were. And I’m sure they didn’t know most of the fallen; they were present simply to honor our brothers who had worn the same uniform.
I salute the active officers, non-sworn personnel and those retires who were in attendance.
The working officers, in should be noted, are helping to pay forward the costs that allow us retirees to enjoy the retirement we have justly earned.
I would ask that each retiree who lives locally give an hour-and-a-half each year to attend this ceremony. Next year it will mark the 25th memorial observance dedicated to our fallen.
We regret not having received information about the May 2nd memorial service at the PAB in time to include it in the Farsider. The notice we received came on May 1st, the day prior to the service. We hope to receive the information in sufficient time in 2019 so that Farsider readers will be aware of the date and time so they can attend should they choose to do so.
Fortunately, the memorial service at the PAB was captured on video and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It pains us to air our dirty linen by reprinting this article during National Police Week, but it is what it is…
Jury Hung Again in Rape Case Retrial
—Jurors deadlock 9-3, this time in favor of convicting ex-officer charged with raping a woman while on duty in 2013—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — May 4, 2018
SAN JOSE — For the second time in two years, a jury deadlocked Thursday in the trial of a former San Jose police officer charged with raping a woman while on duty in 2013.
The jury hung 9-3 in favor of convicting Geoffrey Graves in contrast to the first trial where the jury leaned toward acquitting him.
Graves, 42, broke down in tears as Judge Paul Colin surveyed the six women and six men on the jury on whether their deadlock was irreconcilable. Graves — who is out on bail — declined comment as he left the San Jose courtroom.
Jury foreman Chris Wellwood — one of the three who favored acquitting Graves — said while he recognized it was unethical for the officer to have engaged in sex on the job, he remained unconvinced that a rape had occurred. Graves has insisted that the sex with his accuser was consensual.
“It came down to morals versus criminality,” Wellwood said. “I couldn’t find the proof behind what was alleged. Was it unethical? Hands down, yes. But was it criminal? In my opinion, no.”
It would be rare for the case to be tried a third time, and there was no immediate indication that the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office was leaning that way.
“A decision will be made in the coming days,” Deputy District Attorney Carlos Vega said after Thursday’s hearing. “We’re obviously disappointed in the result. However, we thank the efforts of the jury for working so hard to reach a verdict.”
Vega, who prosecuted Graves in the first trial in 2016, centered his second case around how Graves admitted to lying to SJPD Internal Affairs investigators after the rape allegation was made. That resonated with one juror who said she favored conviction.
“This guy lied through his teeth throughout the interviews,” said the juror, who asked that her name be withheld due to privacy concerns. “The credibility was a big thing for me.”
Graves, who was fired from SJPD in September 2015, was among a team of four officers who responded to a disturbance call in the middle of the night on Sept. 22, 2013, at an apartment where a woman was in a drunken argument with her husband.
No crime occurred, but the woman asked to be taken to the Marriott Towne Place Suites hotel, where she worked as a maid. Graves and another officer escorted her to the hotel. Three weeks later, during an unrelated traffic stop by the California Highway Patrol, she reported that Graves came to the room and raped her, saying she was initially afraid to report it because she was in the country illegally, and also was afraid her husband would reject her and that police would retaliate.
Graves initially denied during interviews with investigators that he had sex with the woman until he learned that her DNA was found on his bulletproof vest. He testified that he lied because he was afraid of being fired.
Vega argued that Graves had selected a “perfect victim” who was particularly vulnerable because she was undocumented, faced a language barrier, had been drinking, and was emotional after a fight with her husband.
Deputy Alternate Public Defender Kristin Carter scrutinized Grave’s accuser’s credibility and asserted the woman twisted what was a consensual, extramarital one-night stand into a purported rape to avoid a DUI arrest, obtain a visa to stay in the country, and possibly extract a monetary settlement out of the case.
Carter said she is withholding comment on the case until it is fully resolved. The outcome would become final if the DA formally declines to retry the case, or if the judge were to grant a defense request to dismiss the charges.
Graves is still facing charges related to a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend, a San Jose police dispatcher who had testified in the rape case and had accused him of violent behavior.
The juror who favored conviction acknowledged that there “were a lot of holes” in the accuser’s story, but “could not get past” Graves’ admitted dishonesty and the unbalanced power dynamic between him and the woman.
“He’s a cop, in uniform, with a gun,” she said. “It was frustrating. I’m sorry I could not get her justice. I tried.”
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SJPD Officer Files Discrimination Claim Against Department, City
By Damian Trujillo — NBC Bay Area — May 7, 2018
Click HERE for the video
A San Jose police officer has filed a claim against the department and the city alleging discrimination and harassment at the workplace and in public.
Officer Nabil Haidar, a Muslim, says he’s endured years of insults, such as being labeled a terrorist by his fellow officers. The 21-year veteran says the insults started after 9/11.
“It started with ‘El Taliban.’ Are you wearing a suicide vest?'” Haidar said about the labels.
The Muslim immigrant from Lebanon said he complained to the command staff, but nothing happened. So he filed a claim against the city and the department, the precursor to a lawsuit alleging racism, discrimination and harassment.
“When somebody chips at your soul day in and day out, that’s torture,” Haidar said.
His wife, Sheila, says she’s watched her husband endure the harassment every day. “We are angry and in shock,” she said.
The couple believes there’s systemic Islamophobia in the department.
Chief Eddie Garcia touts his department’s diversity up and down the ranks.
“I think that’s an unfair label for the police department,” Garcia said. “When allegations such as these and incidents such as these occur in this department, they’re taken extremely serious and dealt with seriously as well.”
Police sources told NBC Bay Area Haidar has dished out some of the same insults he’s now accusing others of making and was disciplined for those. Haidar denies those allegations.
“What did I say?” Haidar said. “Let them come forward and say what I said.”
The Haidars say they now worry about the officer’s safety, not by criminals on the street but by his own brothers and sisters in blue.
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This is how the issue was reported by the Mercury News yesterday morning…
SJPD Veteran Alleges Blatant Islamophobia in Department
—Lebanese-American officer, on force since 1997, files claim against city, alleging ‘continuous harassment’—
By Robert Salonga and Jason Green — Staff writers
Mercury News — May 9, 2018
SAN JOSE — A veteran San Jose Police Department officer who is Muslim contends he has been steadily harassed at work because of his race and religion and says an Islamophobic joke at a police briefing last fall was the tipping point.
Officer Nabil Haidar, who has been with SJPD since 1997, filed a claim Monday against the city of San Jose alleging “continuous harassment and discrimination based upon his race, national origin and religion,” according to a statement from his attorney Randall Strauss.
Nabil Haidar, a Muslim-American officer, filed claims
Monday against San Jose and the San Jose Police
Department for alleged harassment and discrimination
based on his race, national origin and religion.
The Lebanese-American officer says he was subjected to discriminatory behavior that “increased in severity over the years” but he didn’t complain out of fear of retaliation.
He said he changed his mind after a November briefing when a police captain was recognizing veterans in the room and a police sergeant reportedly stated, “Captain, you forgot to mention Nabil. He is an ISIS veteran. He was with ISIS for two years,” alluding to the notorious Islamic State terrorist network.
Haidar also claims his wife was the recipient of similar remarks at least once.
“When somebody chips at your soul day in and day out, that’s torture,” Haidar said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.
When asked about the claim, SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia said he could not give comment directly, citing personnel protections. But he strongly objected to the idea that his department has systemic issues with discrimination, Islamophobia or otherwise.
“It’s an unfair characterization,” Garcia said. “I can’t speak to the lawsuit, but what I can speak to is that allegations such as this are handled seriously and I find them unacceptable.”
Police officials said they could not recall any previous city claim against the department alleging discrimination against Muslims, and said their frequent contact with Muslim organizations would have revealed such behavior if it was happening.
Adnan Rasheed, chairman of the South Bay Islamic Association Board of Trustees and a member of the police department’s Community Advisory Board, said he hasn’t witnessed any police discrimination.
“Honestly, no,” Rasheed said. “That’s my own opinion and I’ll take it to the bank anytime.”
Multiple officers who worked with Haidar, and talked to this news organization on condition of anonymity to avoid legal retaliation, asserted Haidar has long made self-deprecating jokes about himself and terrorism, and that he would joke about colleagues in similarly boorish fashion.
Haidar challenged that description.
“What did I say? Let them come forward and say what I said,” he told NBC Bay Area.
Claims like the one filed on behalf of Haidar typically precede civil litigation. Haidar states he began experiencing increasing harassment after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including casual remarks about being a “suicide bomber.”
Haidar claims a report to Internal Affairs about the November briefing incident did not yield a swift response. He also alleges he was similarly harassed by colleagues while responding to a burglary call in January, the same month he requested a transfer from patrol to recruitment.
At the end of his claim, Haidar asserts the harassment that prompted him to transfer has cost him salary and overtime loss equivalent to $150,000 a year and will cost him $1.35 million over the next nine years, when he plans to retire. He is claiming that amount of economic loss for the harassment, as well as $5 million in non-economic damage for “severe emotional stress.”
The case is reminiscent of a complaint filed last month against the San Francisco Police Department by an Afghan Muslim officer who claimed similar discrimination that included taunting and being accused of being a terrorist. The officer, who has declined to be named, spoke out with the aim of improving bias training at SFPD, which the department has said it has already been implementing.
Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said her organization is monitoring the San Francisco case but not recall any specific Muslim discrimination cases involving San Jose police. But she voiced concern about the allegation nonetheless.
“Police departments are already facing a lot of scrutiny over their interactions with, and violence against, minority communities. One often-proposed solution is to increase diversity in the police force to ensure cultural competence and minimize bias,” Billoo said. “If, however, these are the experiences of Muslim police officers, one is forced to wonder just how deep-rooted the biases, which endanger us when levied by police officers, really are.”
Garcia asserted that his department has been at the forefront of embracing progressive and inclusive practices, including establishing a religious grooming exemption for a Sikh officer who needed to grow a beard in advance of his wedding, and launching a focused recruiting push for officers from the LGBTQ community.
“We’re not just tolerant, but we’re accepting,” Garcia said. “With everything we do, from cultural diversity training, taking part in the Pride parade, taking part in Ramadan, all the meetings I’ve had with local imams. This (allegation) is not our department.”
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RANGE QUALIFICATION INFO
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FINAL CALL FOR THE BOBBY BURROUGHS MEMORIAL BARBECUE IN FOLSOM
Announcing the 11th Annual Bobby Burroughs Memorial BBQ in Folsom
Date and Time:
Saturday, May 19, 2017
Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Meeting right after lunch
The Lou Howard Pavillian
7100 Baldwin Dam Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
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RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE CHAPLAINCY OPEN TO ALL ACTIVE AND RETIRED PERSONNEL
THIS SATURDAY IS THE…
DOES #MeToo NEED TO BE STARTED FOR MEN?
Retiree Bob Lobach appears to have been fired for reporting sexual harassment on behalf of female victims who were afraid to do for fear of retaliation. Bob’s comment: “Did you see what being a good guy gets you?” This story was buried in the Tech News Blog inside the SiliconBeat portion of the Technology section of the Mercury News…
Ex-San Jose Cop Stood Up for Sexually Harassed Women at Tech Firm and was Fired for it: Lawsuit
By Ethan Baron <email@example.com>
Bay Area News Group — May 3, 2018
When a global-security manager at $17 billion San Jose tech company Xilinx started talking about his genitals during a company party, female colleagues were uncomfortable but feared if they complained to HR they would suffer retaliation, according to a new lawsuit against the firm.
So Robert Lobach, a security contractor at the semiconductor company and former San Jose policeman, urged the women to reconsider going to HR, but they declined and he offered to make the complaint on their behalf, the lawsuit said. The women agreed, according to the suit, which alleges Lobach was fired in retaliation for making the complaint.
Lobach, before going to Xilinx HR, met individually with the women to confirm the details of what they experienced at the December 2017 party also attended by Xilinx head of global security operations Chris Ward, the suit said.
At the party, Ward had been telling a story about a man who threatened to cut off a portion of his genitals, and Ward went on to praise his reproductive organ and emphasized his desire to protect it from the would-be assailant, the lawsuit said.
The women around Ward were, like Lobach, contractors from security company Allied Universal Security Services, which provided services to Xilinx, according to the suit.
“When Mr. Ward finally noticed his Allied co-workers’ discomfort he proclaimed ‘I’m the client I can say this,’” the suit said.
Xilinx disputed the lawsuit’s claim that Lobach was fired, saying Allied had “reassigned” him a month after he made the complaint.
“We cannot comment on this lawsuit, but Xilinx does not tolerate harassment in the workplace as outlined in its Code of Conduct,” a company spokesperson said.
“We are committed to a safe and comfortable work environment for all employees, as well as contractors. We take all matters of potential violations to our policy very seriously and deal with issues thoroughly and swiftly.”
The lawsuit comes as the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct toward women has taken hold in Silicon Valley, roiling tech companies and venture capital firms.
About a week after the Xilinx party, Lobach went to Xilinx HR and outlined the concerns the female contractors had about the alleged harassment, the suit said. Lobach was fired the next day, according to the suit.
Lobach’s suit was filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He is seeking unspecified damages.
The retired police officer’s name may be familiar to readers of the Mercury News. In 2015, while working as a security guard at Branham High School in San Jose at night, he was stabbed in the back while dispersing a group of people reportedly drinking and smoking marijuana. The blade struck his spine, saving him from more serious injury, Lobach said at the time.
LUDICROUS RULING BY THE LOS ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION (COMPRISED OF NITWITS)
Oversight Panel says Cops Broke Policy by Shooting Man Actively Firing at Them
BY Sandy Malone — Blue Lives Matter
A civilian oversight panel determined that 12 officers violated LAPD policy when the suspect was shot.
Los Angeles, CA – A civilian oversight panel has determined that 12 officers violated the department’s use of force policy when LAPD fatally shot a man from a helicopter while the suspect was shooting at them.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES reported that the ruling puts the Los Angeles Police Commission at odds with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who had previously said all aspects of the May 8, 2017, shooting in Sunland were within policy.
The incident in question was the first time the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) used a helicopter to get officers close enough to shoot at a suspect during a barricade situation.
A woman woke up at about 9 am to find a man in the kitchen of her home in the 11300-block of Alethea Drive in Sunland, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The woman was able to escape through a bedroom window, and when she got out, she called police. She told officers there was a handgun, a rifle, a shotgun, and ammunition inside the home.
SWAT officers determined that 29-year-old Anthony Soderberg posed a more of a threat because he’d barricaded himself inside a home on a hill at the end of a cul-de-sac, and the elevated position gave him an advantage.
So the lieutenant contacted a captain and asked permission to dispatch a helicopter to assist them, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In the meantime, a crisis negotiation team arrived to negotiate with Soderberg, and they sent in a robot to facilitate communication with him.
Police heard two gunshots from within the residence, and Soderberg yelled obscenities and threatened, “I’ll put a bullet in your head,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
A negotiator asked Soderberg to put down the gun via the robot, and again, multiple gunshots could be heard. The gunman responded with profanity and said, “I’ll kill all those SWAT officers that are out there.”
According to the report released on Monday, an LAPD commander decided that using a helicopter with armed officers was the “safest means” to contain Soderberg if he began shooting.
So officers deployed teargas into the home after an hours-long standoff, and Soderberg went out into the yard with a gun in his hand, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Soderberg engaged the officers in the helicopter in a gunfight. Multiple officers fired at Soderberg during the gunfight, and he was fatally shot.
The recently released report said that at least 40 rounds were fired during the standoff, and multiple rounds were fired from a distance of 500 feet or more.
In a report to the five-member police commission, Chief Beck said that Soderberg’s actions “presented an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury,” and that the use of lethal force would be “objectively” reasonable, the Los Angeles Times reported.
But in a closed-door vote on Monday, the police commission voted three-to-one to find the officers had acted out of policy.
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff refused to comment on his panel’s decision and it remained unclear as to why the officers were found to have violated policy, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The police union told the Los Angeles Times it was “extremely disappointed with the commission’s decision” and that the officers deserved to be thanked.
“This armed suspect fired his weapon at LAPD officers, he fired at an LAPD helicopter with officers on board, putting all of their lives, and anyone on the ground at risk if his shots struck the pilot or damaged the aircraft,” the union said in a statement. “Our officers operated with full authorization from command staff to try and contain this incident and only used appropriate force to protect their own lives and the lives of civilians on the ground.”
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THIS HATE CRIME LEGISLATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED YEARS AGO
Federal Bill Introduced Making it a Hate Crime to Target Police Officers
By Holly Matkin — Blue Lives Matter
U.S. lawmakers have introduced the Protect And Serve Act to make it a federal crime to target police.
Washington, DC – A bipartisan bill that would make targeting law enforcement officers a federal hate crime was introduced in both the House and the Senate on Tuesday.
The proposed legislation was spearheaded by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), according to a press release.
“’The Protect and Serve Act of 2018’ makes clear that no criminal will be able to escape justice when he singles out and assaults those who put on the badge every day to keep us safe,” Hatch explained. “These heinous, cowardly assaults are an attack not just on law enforcement, but on the rule of law.”
“Every day, law enforcement officers across the country put their lives on the line to protect us from harm,” he continued. “We are all indebted to them for their sacrifices and their service to our communities, which is why we must do all that we can to protect them.”
Heitkamp said that officers’ service needed to be honored and protected by the citizens they served.
“We must address targeted violence toward peace officers across the country,” she noted. “Our bipartisan bill would make clear that attacks against law enforcement officers based on their role to protect and serve the community will be met with harsh penalties, and that these crimes will be elevated and prioritized.”
Under the proposed legislation, offenders convicted of murdering or kidnapping a law enforcement officer – or who attempted to do so – would face a maximum of life in prison.
Offenders convicted of attempting or causing serious bodily harm to an officer would face a maximum of 10 years.
National Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury hailed the legislation on Tuesday, and noted that such action was especially imperative in the wake of increased attacks on police.
“Already this year we have 87 officers shot in the line of duty and 28 of them were killed,” Canterbury said in a press release. “This is 75 percent higher than this time last year.”
He explained that people “who desire nothing more than to wound or kill an officer” have presented new risks for our nation’s police force.
“Finally, Congress has decided to act,” Canterbury said.
He also hailed Representatives John Rutherford and Val Demings, who introduced the House version of the bill.
Rutherford, a former sheriff, and Demings, a former chief of police, both “know what it means to walk a beat, to make a traffic stop and to look over your shoulder even while you’re on a break,” Canterbury noted. “We are very grateful for their leadership and support.”
National Association of Police Organizations executive director William Johnson echoed Canterbury’s sentiments, and said that the proposed legislation was a “critical” component in working to “establish stricter penalties for those who harm” or “target” police, CNN reported.
“NAPO strongly believes that increased penalties make important differences in the attitudes of criminals toward public safety officers, and ensure protection for the community,” Johnson added.
News of the proposed bill was quickly met with opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who issued a joint letter to Senate members on Tuesday.
The groups argued that “extending hate crimes protections” to police officers was “profoundly inappropriate,” “divisive,” and perpetuated “a false narrative that police are under increasing attack.”
“Hate crimes laws are intended to extend protection to historically persecuted groups that have experienced a history of systemic discrimination based on a personal characteristic, such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability,” the joint statement read. “Law enforcement officers are not a historically persecuted group.”
“This bill signals that there is a ‘war on police,’ which is not only untrue, but an unhelpful and dangerous narrative to uplift,” the groups claimed. “The Protect and Serve Act does not advance any stated policy goals, because law enforcement is not subject to increasing or widespread attacks.”
They also argued that the bill threatened to “exacerbate” the “already discriminatory system of mass incarceration,” presumably by imprisoning people who try to kill police officers.
The legislation could come before the Judiciary Committee later this week, the National Fraternal Order of Police said.
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A MARINE AS SEEN BY…
A handsome, buff, highly trained professional killer and female idol who carries a finely honed K-Bar, wears a crisp 8-point cammie cover and is always on time due to the absolute reliability of his Seiko digital watch.
A stinking, gross, foul mouthed lovable bum who arrives back at home every few months with a seabag full of dirty utilities, a huge Seiko watch, an oversized knife, a filthy hat and hornier then hell.
Headquarters Marine Corps:
A drunken, brawling, HUMMV-stealing, woman-corrupting “cumshaw artist” who wears a Seiko watch, an unauthorized K-Bar and a squared-away cover.
His Commanding Officer:
A fine specimen of a drunken, brawling, HUMMV-stealing, woman-corrupting bull-shitter with an incredibly accurate Seiko watch, a finely honed razor sharp K-Bar and a salty cammie cover.
What others have said:
Marines are overpaid, overrated tax burdens who are indispensable since they volunteer to go anywhere at any time and kill whoever they’re told to kill, as long as they can drink, brawl, steal HUMMVs, corrupt women and sing dirty songs while wearing cammies, oversized knives, Seiko watches and really screwed-up 8-point covers that don’t look like the Army’s.
Ronald Reagan, former President of the United States:
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they’ve ever made a difference in the world. Marines don’t have that problem.”
General Douglas MacArthur, US Army:
“. . . these Marines have the swagger, confidence and hardness that must have been in Stonewall Jackson’s Army of the Shenandoah. They remind me of the Coldstream Guards at Dunkirk.”
Admiral Chester Nimitz, US Navy, on the Marine Corps’ battle for Iwo Jima:
“Uncommon valor was a common virtue”
An Anonymous Canadian Citizen:
“Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts so short as to be ungentlemanly, worshipping their Commandant as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They’ll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action and are the cockiest SOBs I’ve ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man’s normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, of the United States Marines with whom I’ve come in contact, are the most professional warriors and the finest men I’ve had the pleasure to meet. ”
General John J “Black Jack” Pershing, US Army:
“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle! ”
General Mark Clark, US Army:
“The more Marines I have around the better I like it! ”
General Johnson, US Army:
“I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a feeling of reverence. ”
Richard Harding Davis, war correspondent (1885):
“The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.”
A Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island:
“Did you come here just to spoil my beloved Corps, maggot?”
A boot camp weapons coach:
“To a Marine, happiness is a belt-fed weapon.”
LtCol Oliver North, USMC (ret):
“The only people I like beside my wife and kids are Marines.”
MajGen J N Mattis, CG, 1st MarDiv – Iraq, March 2003:
“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted fighting force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of our Line of Departure. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and a strong spirit. For the mission’s sake, our country’s sake and the sake of the men who carried the Division’s colors in past battles — who fought for life and never lost their nerve — carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a United States Marine.”
Eleanor Roosevelt – 1945:
“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps.”
STORIES OF THE WEEK
An Italian love story
From the Archives
At the church’s marriage seminar, the priest asked Luigi about his upcoming 50th wedding anniversary and to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he managed to stay married to the same woman for half a century.
Luigi looked at the audience, thought a moment, then said: “Well, I’ve-a tried to treat-a her well and spend-a the money on her. But-a the best-a thing I did was-a take her to Italy for our-a 20th anniversary!
The priest immediately commented, “Luigi, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell the audience what you’re planning for your 50th anniversary.”
Luigi proudly proclaimed, “I’m-a gonna go back-a to Italy and-a bring her home!”
• • • • •
Birth by flashlight
From the Archives
Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark, so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 5-year-old girl, to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.
Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Her mother pushed and pushed and, after a little while, Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry.
The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 5-year-old what she thought about what she had just witnessed.
Kathleen quickly responded, “He shouldn’t have crawled in there in the first place. Smack him on his ass again!”
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Setting an example
From the Archives
A lady friend of mine was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked for a couple of dollars for dinner.
My friend took out her wallet, removed ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some wine with it instead of dinner?”
“No,” she replied, “I had to stop drinking years ago.”
“Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?” my friend asked.
“No, I don’t waste time shopping,” she said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”
“Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?” asked my friend.
“ARE YOU NUTS!” yelled the homeless woman. “I haven’t had my hair done in 20 years!”
“Well,” said my friend, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.”
The homeless woman was shocked and said, “Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting too.”
My friend said, “That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.”
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
May 2 — 7
May 2: Yale University has taken back the honorary degree it gave Bill Cosby. It’s particularly embarrassing because it was a Ph.D. in chemistry.
A group of House Republicans has nominated President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. As evidence, they pointed out that Trump has managed to avoid an all-out war with North Korea and Melania.
Kanye West is under fire for an interview with TMZ where he described slavery as “a choice.” You know, it’s never a good sign when the moral high ground in a room is held by the people of TMZ.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling apologized for killing the character Dobby the House Elf in Book 7. Then she issued a separate apology to people who’ve just finished reading Book 6.
7-Eleven has announced they are going to be offering healthier options for their customers. The CEO said, “We want our customers to live to be as old as one of our hot dogs.”
Some critics are now saying that NASA will be unable to use SpaceX’s rocket because it’s too small. However, SpaceX insists that it’s just the cold weather.
May 3: A study reveals that the best way to add years to your life is to exercise, lose weight, and not drink too much. To which all of America replied, “What else you got?”
White House insiders say that President Trump feels comfortable with Rudy Giuliani because they’re from the same generation. Giuliani said, “We share common values like hard work, patriotism, and ditching your first two wives.”
One of President Trump’s accusers is trying to subpoena recordings of Trump from “The Apprentice.” However, Trump’s legal team has refused, citing “attorney-Meat Loaf privilege.”
A man in Kansas was arrested after trying to have sex with the tailpipe of a car. He is being charged with “finding something to do in Kansas.”
President Trump’s former doctor is now describing himself as “frightened and sad.” Experts say that’s a common reaction to touching Donald Trump’s prostate.
May 7: During their recent summit, the South Korean president gave North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a USB drive. Kim Jong Un said, “Thank you, this looks delicious.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she is unaware of hush money payments made by President Trump to other women. Then Sanders opened an envelope full of cash and said, “I’m sorry, I can’t talk anymore.”
According to a new article on Melania Trump, most evenings she does not have dinner with President Trump. Melania said, “Occasionally, I’ll join him during his third breakfast.”
On Saturday, Elon Musk tweeted that he wants to start a candy company. Then today, Elon Musk tweeted that his candy company is already three months behind in production.
Rudy Giuliani was on TV this weekend and said President Trump may take the Fifth. It’s unclear if Giuliani is referring to amendments or wives.
On Friday, a man in Wisconsin broke a world record by eating his 30,000th Big Mac. Meanwhile, another man broke a world record by eating at Long John Silver’s twice.
May 2: It was almost 90 degrees in New York City today! It was so hot, President Trump’s lawyer spent the day fanning himself with hush money.
Speaking of the president, his doctor wrote a letter calling Trump the healthiest president ever. But now the doctor is saying Trump dictated the letter himself! Trump was like, “Yes, I dictated it. And I’m one of the healthiest dictators ever elected.”
In the letter, Trump said that “his physical strength is extraordinary.” Then he used TWO hands to drink a tiny glass of water.
That’s right, the doctor, Harold Bornstein, let Trump write the letter for him. Later, Trump was asked why he has such a bad doctor, and he said, “Because I’m on the Republican healthcare plan!”
The Russia investigation is heating up. I saw that if Trump’s lawyers don’t agree to a sit-down interview with Mueller, he’ll issue a subpoena. Trump was like, “No problem, I love Subpoena. She’s my favorite Teenage Witch.”
Facebook is coming out with their own dating service. So now you can meet someone on Facebook before dating them, breaking up, and then stalking them on Facebook.
May 3: It was 90 degrees here in New York today! People were sweating like President Trump watching Rudy Giuliani on “Hannity.”
Last night, Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News and revealed that Trump knew about and paid for Stormy Daniels’ hush money. Even Kanye was like, “You should probably stop talking.”
Giuliani said that Trump knew about and paid for Stormy Daniels’ hush money. Which explains Trump’s newest idea: paying Rudy Giuliani $130,000 in hush money.
I saw that when John Kelly became Trump’s chief of staff, the Secret Service director emailed him, saying, “Congratulations, I think.” Which is the same thing everyone said to Melania at her bridal shower.
This week, former FBI Director James Comey said that he’s actually a big fan of Beyoncé. He said he first got into Beyoncé’s music when Hillary Clinton smashed his car windshield with a baseball bat.
A member of the band Journey said “Don’t Stop Believing” was inspired by the time he borrowed money from his dad to pay his dog’s vet bill. Apparently, the dog was hit by a midnight train goin’ anywhere.
A growing number of people are going to e-sport arenas to watch other people play video games. It combines the thrill of going to a live sporting event with the thrill of having an unemployed roommate.
May 7: My guess is, you either spent your weekend yelling at a horse because of the Kentucky Derby, yelling at a bar because of Cinco de Mayo, or if you’re the president, yelling at the TV because of Rudy Giuliani.
On TV, Giuliani said he might tell Trump to plead the Fifth in the Russia investigation. Then Trump asked Giuliani, “How about YOU plead the Fifth right now? Stop talking!”
That’s right, Giuliani said Trump might plead the Fifth. Legal experts say this would be a shocking development — the first time in history Trump has chosen to stop talking.
Trump could plead the Fifth. Which will backfire when he’s like, “I plead the Fifth, so I won’t be talking. Period. End of story. Starting now. When I say go. Which is almost this moment. Right here. I’m done. Not another word. My lips are sealed… [mimes texting] tweet.”
Over the weekend, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a group of new college graduates to “embrace the mess” in their lives. By the way, “Embrace the Mess” is also Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan.
This weekend wasn’t just about Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. People also celebrated Star Wars Day, May the Fourth — May the Fourth Be With You. In Utah, a pair of twins were born and their parents named them Luke and Leia. Everyone thought it was sweet, except for their other son — Jar Jar.
Starting this week, every fast food chain in America has to post calorie counts on their menus. You can tell people are confused, because today they read the menu like, “I’ll have the Whopper 3,000!”
A woman in Colorado was cited for property damage after she used a 7-Eleven microwave to heat up a urine sample, and it exploded. The 7-Eleven owner was like, “Lady, if you wanted hot urine, you could’ve just poured yourself a coffee.”
Over the weekend, Chip Gaines from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” ran a marathon while wearing a tool belt. And now for the bad news — that’s ALL he wore.
May 2: A source has told Axios that President Trump is triggered by the leaks about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and his instinct is always to be on the offensive. So yeah, real good time to meet with the leader of North Korea. Before he leaves, let’s also give him a bunch of Red Bull and remind him Hillary won the popular vote.
President Trump tweeted today “There was no collusion. It is a hoax, and there is no obstruction of justice. That is a setup and trap.” But it’s not Trump’s fault he tweeted that, it’s just what his iPhone autocorrects to when he types “Hello.”
President Trump said yesterday he is seriously thinking of creating a sixth branch of the military called the “Space Force.” They’ll patrol the distant reaches between him and Melania.
A New Jersey farm has come out with a ham-flavored ice cream. So, if you like ham, and you like ice cream, you’re still going to hate this.
May 3: Rudy Giuliani was interviewed last night by Fox News host Sean Hannity — and I don’t want to say Giuliani screwed Trump, but Michael Cohen gave him $130,000.
During his interview last night, Rudy Giuliani said if special counsel Robert Mueller’s team goes after Ivanka Trump, the whole country will turn on Mueller. “Yeah, can we just drop the Ivanka stuff?” said Nordstrom.
Rudy Giuliani also said last night that the list of questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump are designed to trap him in some way. Though you don’t have to work that hard to catch Trump in a lie. You really only need a DVR.
President Trump has gone back on his claims that he had no involvement in any payments to Stormy Daniels and now says he repaid his lawyer for the $130,000 used in their hush agreement. “This is the worst day of my life,” said Melania 12 years ago.
May 2: Just months after President Trump promised to send astronauts back to the moon, NASA has stopped working on its moon rover project. Now when they head to the moon, the astronauts’ plan is to just have a friend pick them up when they land.
Despite NASA’s plan, Trump said he’s going to send people to the moon. Now, I trust Trump when it comes to space stuff. If anyone understands space, it’s the guy whose hair literally defies gravity.
Amazon has just unveiled a new version of its home assistant, the Echo Dot, which is designed specifically for kids. I don’t know about this. I feel like some parents are just going to go, “Alexa, set a timer, raise my kid for the next 18 years. I’ll be back.”
In this version, Alexa uses a simpler vocabulary, praises kids when they say “please,” and finds content to share with kids whenever they say “I’m bored.” So far, Eric Trump is loving it!
May 3: There’s a major development in the ongoing Stormy Daniels story. Last night on Fox News, President Trump’s new legal adviser, Rudy Giuliani, admitted that Trump repaid his personal lawyer for the hush money he paid to Daniels, even though Trump has repeatedly claimed to know nothing about it. Now, forget all the lying — the most shocking part of this story is that Donald Trump actually repaid someone.
If you remember, when Giuliani joined the legal team, he said that he’ll wrap up this case in two weeks. Now, I didn’t realize he meant “I’m going to go on TV and prove that Trump was guilty.”
Here’s how bad it is — this morning Trump gave Giuliani $130,000 to shut the hell up.
Giuliani said Trump “knew the general arrangement,” but not the “specifics.” You know, kind of how Trump understands foreign policy and domestic policy, and the Constitution and the English language.
May 7: A North Carolina meat supplier has recalled 35,000 pounds of ground beef after customers complained that it contained pieces of hard, blue plastic. So now if you get a McDonald’s happy meal, your burger is both the meal AND the toy.
Last week, House chaplain Patrick Conroy was forced to resign under pressure from Speaker Paul Ryan. However, Father Conroy now says he will not step down because he believes Ryan’s decision was politically biased. Basically: He’s just like Jesus. They thought he was gone, and then three days later he was like, “Nope, I’m back!”
A New Hampshire man who went hiking and was reported missing by his wife now owes the government thousands of dollars for the search effort, because when they found him, he had been staying in a luxury hotel. He has to pay thousands of dollars — and that’s just for eating the macadamia nuts from the mini-bar.
May 7: Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been everywhere, saying everything, in no particular order. First, he told Sean Hannity that Trump, despite repeated denials, had, in fact, reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels. Trump backed that up on Twitter and then had tweet “regwet” and claimed Giuliani just had a momentary oopsy-a-truthie: “He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight.” That’s just Rudy using a classic legal strategy: Step one, go on every TV show known to man. Step two, learn the facts of your case.
Meanwhile, it was a big day for Melania Trump. She unveiled her platform. We all remember Michelle Obama’s was children’s fitness, Laura Bush’s was child literacy, and Melania’s is “the overall well-being of children.” Just . . . overall.
That’s kind of vague. You’ve had a year and a half. It’s like spending all year planning your Halloween party, and you decide the theme is “candy.”
The slogan is — and I’m not making this up — “Be Best.” Just to be clear: We aren’t making fun of Melania’s accent or the way she talks. She’s a very intelligent woman who speaks multiple languages fluently. But to everyone on her team who signed off on “Be Best”: Be Better.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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Did the Bad Lip Reading people hit it out of the park with Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony? Click HERE and judge for yourself. (5:47)
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It’s interesting how an off-the-cuff comment by a TV anchorman can influence the actions of a police department. Interesting, but not unusual. Here is a case where KPIX Channel 5 anchor Ken Bastida commented at the end of this porch thief news report where the victim got the plate of the thief’s vehicle, but the SJPD said it could do nothing about it. Bastida was critical of the Dept. for “not doing what they were supposed to do.” THIS is the original newscast. (2:59)
The day after that report aired, the SJPD had little choice but to do a local version of the Texas governor’s “Sidestep” dance from the musical “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” First, HERE is Channel 5’s follow-up news report. (2:34)
If you don’t understand the reference to the Texas Governor, HERE is the late Charles Durning doing his famous “Sidestep” song and dance from “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” (4:56)
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Speaking of porch thieves, here is a San Jose resident who has chosen to deal with them through the use of “bait packages.” Check out THIS report. (1:45)
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Breaking News: Uber launches the transportation service in North Korea. Watch THIS. (1:03)
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Men will be men, so the saying goes, and THIS short clip from Lumpy seems to provide evidence that it’s true. (0:59)
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At first it was a spooky flight…
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We normally pass on YouTube videos that run longer than a few minutes, but this one received from Comrade Kosovilka titled “92 New Rare Historical Photos That Will Impact You” captured our attention. Have a LOOK. (19:05)
12. Sophia Loren and Jane
Mansfield in Beverly Hills, 1957.
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Did you know that that the Wall Street Crash of ’29 and the depression that followed was responsible for Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and ultimately to World War II? If you doubt that, watch Part 1 of “World War II in Colour” — not to be confused with the “World War II in Color” series that aired on the History Channel. I have a couple dozen documentaries in my movie library about World War II, and this 13-part series is arguably the best I have seen, and because it’s available on YouTube as well as Amazon and Netflix, it’s free. If you have an interest in the Second World War, give part 1 a look by clicking HERE and the odds are you will want to complete the entire 13-part series. (51:15)
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This is arguably the best short documentary about what it’s like to be a fighter pilot assigned to a carrier. (All Navy and Marine fighter pilots have to be carrier-qualified.) See if you can watch it without breaking a sweat or making a puddle on the floor by clicking HERE. (18.20)
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There’s nothing like a group of British Army musicians performing the “Colonel Bogey March” in the Capitol Square in Cardiff to get the patriotic juices flowing, SAYS Comrade Kosovilka. (And if that’s not a form of an oxymoron, nothing is!) (5:13)
This video may roll over to other British Army flashmob performances at the end.
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Doctor said that because I am older I should
have a bar installed in the shower, so I did…
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It’s a race between a guy in a wingsuit and another guy behind the wheel of a Corvette Z06. Who wins? Click on THIS link provided by Les Nunes and see. (2:57)
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This is arguably the best explanation that describes what is happening on the Big Island where some of our retirees are living. Fortunately, none reside in the vicinity of the KILAUEA eruption. (1:45)
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Speaking of volcanos, watch how close this scientists comes to getting fried as he ATTEMPTS to get a sample of lava. (4:03)
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If you are already familiar with the Cascadia Subduction Zone and its propensity to unleash a 9.0 or greater earthquake and tsunami that could devastate everything west of I-5 from Northern California to Seattle and beyond, you need go no further, so feel free to move on to the next item. Otherwise, click HERE and learn about this threat. It may make you want to think twice about relocating to the Oregon or Washington coast if that was your grand plan. (8:08)
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So what’s Stanley Roberts of KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” series up to this week? Looks like he’s tagging along with the newly formed BART fare evasion team. Click HERE if you want to look over his shoulder. (2:43)
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If you will take a few minutes and listen to what Francine has to say, we can almost guarantee you will benefit from her MESSAGE. The clip received from Bruce Morton might even produce a tear or two. (4:55)
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Lisa and JoAnn from Hope for Paws set out to save a blind and homeless senior dog that had lived most of its life on the street. This short story shows the RESULTS of their effort. (5:51)
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When Eldad and Loreta responded to rescue a puppy that was living in the L.A. River, the little pooch they named “Spirit” nearly ESCAPED. (4:22)
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The perception of a “Junkyard Dog” doesn’t apply in this case. It is simply about two homeless dogs that were hiding in a junkyard and were in need of rescuing. That’s where Eldad and Lisa became part of THIS story. They named the brother and sister Elmer and Elsie. (5:55)
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If you are an animal lover, the odds are you are going to love this heart-warming video of a woman being accepted by wild gorillas. Have a LOOK. (6:03)
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Here is a sure way to survive a knife attack. In fact, Joe Suske says it has worked for him twice, once when he was a Marine, and again during his lengthy career as a San Jose cop. WATCH and learn. (0:18)
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It’s 1911 in the Big Apple. Your mission, Mr. Phelps, if you decide to accept it, is to spot at least one man, woman or child among these long-dead New Yorkers who is NOT wearing or carrying a hat. (7:45)
(The speed of this vintage film has been slowed down and sound has been added.)
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Whoever chose the images for this song we received from Doug Bergtholdt did a masterful job. And the lyrics were just as profound. We were so impressed with both that choosing it as this week’s closer was a NO BRAINER. The title: “Take a Knee…My Ass.” (3:08)
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Pic of the Week
Beds should look like beds, dammit. I ordered this when I was
drunk because I thought it was a giant ice cream sandwich. It
wasn’t. It’s a bed, not the $150 ice cream sandwich I wanted!
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