July 5, 2018
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Remember that the July Membership Meeting is
Tuesday, July 10th at 7:30 AM.
The agenda is below.
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gun raffle benefiting the SJPD Chaplaincy!
Tickets will be drawn immediately after the Membership Meeting.
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As we begin this day of our nation’s independence, your POA Board of Directors and Executive Team wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to all the men and women of our department. As most Americans head off with family and friends to the beach, to a BBQ, or to watch a fireworks show, we take pause for a moment to reflect back on all those who have sacrificed for the very freedoms that this great nation has been afforded. Those sacrifices continue on with the men and women in all military branches who are located both domestically and in foreign lands. And as much as we pay our respects to all who have sacrificed, we must also remember the men and women in law enforcement across the country, including our very own San Jose Officers, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. As we face increasing challenges and criticism every day, we don our badge and set forth to protect the very freedoms that were created so long ago; your efforts will not be held in vain.
For those who are fortunate to have today off, we hope you are spending a well-deserved day off with family or friends. Enjoy your time together. All too often we miss out on or have been denied this time because we were working to create a safer place for the community, and are unable to enjoy all the festivities that typically encompass this holiday.
For those who are working, we give extra thanks! For all too often we know, and more importantly your families know, that tomorrow is never promised. As you set out into your beats and answer the bell once again, please remember the communities we serve are a better place because of all that you do and the sacrifices you so unselfishly make. San Jose Police Officers represent the very best of our city and despite the obstacles you overcome every day, we cannot help but remember a quote from Lech Walesa on this Fourth of July, “We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless”.
God bless the United States of America and God bless each and every one of you.
Wishing you and your families a very Happy Fourth of July!
—Paul, Sean, and the POA Board of Directors
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
A glance at the headline below had us assuming that the Mercury News meant to refer to the Deputy Sheriff’s Assn., but no, the reference was in fact to our POA…
Police Union Pulls Its Endorsement of Sheriff Challenger Hirokawa
—Group contends he did not sufficiently condemn racist text scandal participants—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — July 4, 2018
SAN JOSE — The largest police union in Santa Clara County rescinded its endorsement of former undersheriff John Hirokawa in his November bid to unseat five-term incumbent Sheriff Laurie Smith over what it calls his underwhelming response to a racist text scandal that resurfaced last month.
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association contends he was not swift or forceful enough in condemning the conduct and deputies linked to the scandal, particularly the president of the deputy union that has been a primary backer of his campaign.
“Hirokawa failed to immediately condemn the racist, homophobic, and misogynist text messages,” reads a statement from Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose union. “Whether on or off duty, racist behavior by members of law enforcement impacts the administration of equal justice for all, and Mr. Hirokawa should know this. Racist, homophobic and misogynist language has no place in law enforcement or our society.”
The SJPOA noted that its decision, announced Tuesday afternoon, means it is now taking a neutral stance on the sheriff’s race.
Tuesday’s news is the latest in a string of efforts to impugn Hirokawa and his association with the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, which has lent significant financial and political support to his campaign. The DSA president, Don Morrissey, has been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle after Smith demoted him from sergeant to deputy for failing to report that jail guards he worked with were exchanging vile racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic slurs, including images of swastikas and Ku Klux Klan members in pointy white hats, in text messages first reported by The Mercury News in 2015.
Former Undersheriff John Hirokawa
Hirokawa’s campaign, which still has the backing of the vast majority of police unions in the region, fired back at the SJPOA’s assertion and said he has consistently denounced the texts, and that the repugnant behavior emanates from a culture of low morale he is looking to improve.
“It’s disappointing. We want to continue to talk about improving working conditions and the morale of law enforcement,” said Jeffrey Cárdenas, Hirokawa’s campaign manager. “But quite frankly, it’s part of the political manipulation we’ve come to sadly expect. If they were really interested in addressing the root problems, well, the sheriff had the ultimate authority to fire Don Morrissey.”
Morrissey took the matter to arbitration and lost, but appealed the decision, arguing that he was prohibited from mounting a Fourth Amendment defense on the premise that many of the communications occurred off duty on personal cellphones.
The filing last month unearthed more of the messages, first reported by Metro, and affirmed in part Morrissey’s contention that he did not write any of the overtly racist texts. But they also showed that at minimum, he passively engaged with about a half-dozen jail deputies in banter he later described as dark humor, and joked about trading sexual favors with inmates for food items and likening Smith to a misogynistic slur. Hirokawa was also the target of at least one exchange.
A small group of DSA members called for Morrissey’s resignation and called for a re-vote of the union’s endorsement. So far Morrissey has not indicated any plans to step down.
Hirokawa has recommended Morrissey renounce his leadership role — similarly to how he recently resigned as secretary of the Peace Officers Research Association of California — but has been careful and nuanced about his comments on Morrissey’s discipline. That perceived lack of a firm denouncement of Morrissey appears to be at the heart of the SJPOA endorsement shift.
Cárdenas said what critics are characterizing as a lack of resolve is actually a commitment to due process and fairness, even in the face of reprehensible conduct.
“He doesn’t seek an outcome regardless of evidence, process be damned, for political expediency,” Cárdenas said. “That’s not how John operates.”
The racist texts surfaced in 2015 when the Sheriff’s Office examined the cellphone of a deputy suspected of associating with a known member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. It infuriated a community already reeling from the death of mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree by three jail guards later convicted of murder.
Morrissey was not available for comment. DSA Vice President Roger Winslow contends the steady attention being paid to the text controversy is a distraction from discussing problems in the agency.
“Are we talking about the problems of Michael Tyree getting murdered, the state of the jail, our staffing crisis?” Winslow said. “In the end, it doesn’t change the desperate need for a new sheriff.”
The correctional officers union — to which most the illicit texters belonged, including its former union president who was fired — has endorsed Smith.
Kelly, the SJPOA president, also called on other Hirokawa backers to reconsider their support, saying civic organizations “must determine if these vile text messages and the response from Mr. Hirokawa aligns with their values.”
Bill James, chairman of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee, said the organization is endorsing Hirokawa, not Morrissey, and takes issue with what he called an “unfair” and “concerted effort” to associate the two.
“We are standing by our endorsement, although we are continuing to monitor for any further information that may be developed,” James said.
The Rev. Jethroe “Jeff” Moore, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, which has called for Morrissey to resign, said his organization plans to hold a community forum where Smith and Hirokawa can address the text scandal.
“Let them answer questions in front of the community,” Moore said. “Let’s talk about the issues out in the open.”
Re: The pic of the couple on the right in last week’s Farsider…
This photo was taken by our son in SF and one of our friends made it into this presentation.
The inscription under the photo is from Robert Sexton’s book, “An American Romantic.” It reads..
Mike (Thompson) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Thank you all so much for your outpouring of kindness, support and most of all, for your friendship to Lyn Patrino. It is comforting to know how she touched so many lives and how much she will be missed by all who knew her.
Kindest regards, the Patrino Family.
Thank you again!
Cindy Patrino <email@example.com>
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EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS
LOOKING BACK AT A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME…
In the comments section of Ivan Comelli’s “Vintage San Jose Police” Facebook page, under the entry detailing the passing of retired Capt. Ron Utz, Ivan posted the following text and photo. (We circled Ivan and Ron in red.)
Ivan Comelli: I didn’t remember this, but at the time that this photo was taken I was standing to the immediate right of Ron. As I recall, in 1980 when I was promoted to Captain, Ron was the Acting Deputy Chief of Field Operations. Later in 1980-83 we served together as Captains in the Bureau of Investigations. Ron and I went way back with lots of good memories in-between. Addio Ron. Until We Meet Again Across “Il Ultimo Ponte” (The Last Bridge).
HAVE A KLEENEX HANDY?
From the Farsider Archives
Our 14-year-old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter, Meredith, was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so I composed the letter while she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her, you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope along with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God in Heaven. We also put our return address on it. Then, Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch. It was addressed “To Meredith” in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers with the title, “When a Pet Dies.” Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey and Meredith, along with this note:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.
Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me, just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
Snopes CONFIRMED that there really was an angel working for the U.S. Postal System.
COPS LEAVING THE SEATTLE PD IN DROVES
Seattle Police Officers Leaving Department In ‘Mass Exodus”
By Sandy Malone — Blue Lives Matter — June 29, 2018
Police sources said Seattle officers are leaving to go to
other police departments because of atrocious city politics.
Seattle, WA — Morale has gotten so low at the Seattle Police Department that officers are afraid to do their jobs, and they’re leaving the police force.
Records showed that 41 officers left the Seattle PD in the first five months of 2018, meaning they’re likely to exceed last year’s total of 79 departures by quite a bit, KTTH reported.
One officer told KTTH that 21 of his colleagues left, or announced their upcoming separation from the department, over a period of one week recently.
Not all of the officers leaving the department are retiring or getting out of law enforcement. Twenty of the officers who left went to other police departments.
“There are lots of people walking out the door,” another officer told KTTH “This is a mass exodus. We’re losing people left and right. Why stick around when the City Council doesn’t appreciate you? [These officers are] fleeing the ‘Seattle mentality.’”
While Seattle’s population has grown exponentially over the past 40 years, the size of the city’s police force has stayed almost the same, the city’s police union told KCPQ.
“I have never seen the number of officers who are leaving and the way they are leaving,” Seattle Police Guild Vice President Rich O’Neill said.
A police source told KCPQ that younger officers are frustrated over city politics and are departing Seattle for greener pastures.
“Worker bees on the street, they don’t feel appreciated. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” he said.
The union also called the situation “a mass exodus” and said they believe it will have a direct impact on public safety, KCPQ reported.
“Less officers on the streets, less safe for the citizens — and when you have all these officers you have invested all this money in and they are leaving for Tacoma, Olympia, Pierce County and Snohomish County,” O’Neill said.
He said that city leaders have sent the message that officers can’t be proactive in their policing, and as a result, many Seattle officers have become afraid to do their jobs.
“It’s just depressing to serve in a place where many City Council members who are coming out at times with negative comments about the police,” O’Neill said.
He said officials have allowed certain crimes to go on without accountability, and have discouraged officers from enforcing the law with homeless individuals.
“It’s told from the start it’s not a priority, homeless issues also bring with it car prowls, break-ins, open-air drug market, needles all over the ground, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it,” O’Neill said.
The Seattle Police Guild has been in salary negotiations with the department for three years, meaning officers haven’t received a pay raise in that long. But the union official said that officers weren’t leaving Seattle PD because of the money, KCPQ reported.
“I’ve been here since 1980, I’ve never seen the city in the condition it is in. It’s because it’s been allowed on many levels,” O’Neill said.
One former officer told KTTH that “what’s being done in the SPD is hurting the department and the city.”
“I was being ordered to do less police work,” he said. “They would tell me … not to look for problems. A lot of this comes from there’s more risk with officers being proactive. I got into the job to help people, to make a difference … being a reactionary police department to wait until I was alerted to a problem wasn’t doing Seattle justice.”
Many of the officers who were interviewed complained to KTTH about the Office of Professional Accountability, a civilian-led oversight agency created by the city in 2017.
“The city wants secretaries with badges,” another officer said. “OPA is looking for reasons to suspend and it’s created an environment to not do much and not arrest [criminals].”
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Or you can click HERE to read several more police-related stories from around the nation.
SAN JOSE HERO BRINGS HOME THE HOT DOG EATING TROPHY AGAIN
—And will probably spend the next five days sitting on the throne—
Joey Chestnut Sets World Record With 74 Hot Dogs at Nathan’s Famous
Hot Dog Eating Contest; Third Straight Win and 11th in 12 years
By Zach Peerless — Yahoo Sports — July 4, 2018
Joey chestnut pummels record 74 hot dogs to win Nethan’s
Hot Dog Eating Contest for 11th time. Click HERE. (9:28)
The dominance continues, and there’s no end in sight.
Joey Chestnut has won the 2018 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest — his third straight championship — and set a world record in the process. The 34-year-old Kentucky native stuffed down 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes on a sweltering day on Coney Island, claiming his 11th win in the past 12 years. He won by 11 hot dogs and buns.
Chestnut started and finished strong
Through the first quarter of the contest, Chestnut was finishing his 18th hot dog and bun, caught in a tight race with several other competitors, including 2015 champion Matt Stonie.
But Chestnut separated himself over the next few minutes displaying unparalleled eating endurance. He kept up a pace of roughly seven hot dogs and buns per minute. All other competitors simply couldn’t keep up, and Chestnut opened up a double-digit lead about halfway through the 10-minute race. He continued to stretch the lead down the stretch at a ravenous pace finishing with 74 hot dogs, a dominant, 11-hot-dog-and-bun margin over second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti.
Chestnut’s dominance continues
In 2007, Chestnut shocked the world when he ate a then-world record 66 hot dogs and buns, unseating then-six-time defending champ Takeru Kobayashi of Japan. Since then, he’s been absolutely dominant, winning 11 of the past 12 competitions. The only time he failed to win was 2015. His 74 hot dogs this year break the record 73.5, also held by Chestnut.
Controversy at Coney
Originally, the count was 64 hot dogs, but Chestnut was adamant that he downed 74 in his post-contest interview. After a lengthy review, it was determined the counters missed a plate, and Chestnut ate 74, not 64. It’s a strange way to set a world record, but it’s a world record nevertheless.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Just one more time?
From the Archives
Morris returns from the doctor’s office and tells his wife that the doctor told him he has only 24 hours to live.
Given the prognosis, Morris asks his wife for sex.
Naturally she agrees, so they make love.
About 6 hours later, the husband goes to his wife and says, “Honey, you know I now have only 18 hours to live. Could we please do it one more time?”
“Of course,” she says, and they make love again.
Later, as Morris gets into bed, he looks at his watch and realizes that he now has only 8 hours left. He touches his wife’s shoulder and asks, “Honey, please…just one more time before I die.”
She says, “Of course, Dear,” and they make love for the third time.
After this session, the wife rolls over and falls to sleep.
Morris, however, worried about his impending end, tosses and turns until he’s down to 4 more hours.
He taps his wife, who rouses, and says, “Honey, I have only 4 more hours. Do you think we could…”
Before he finishes his sentence the wife sits up and says, “Listen Morris, I have to get up in the morning and go to work, you don’t.”
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The Pet Diaries
From the Archives
Excerpts from the Dog’s Diary…
8:00 a.m. — Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 a.m. — A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 a.m. — A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 a.m. — Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 p.m. — Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 p.m. — Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 p.m. — Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 p.m. — Oh boy, Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 p.m. — Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 p.m. — Wow! Watched TV with people! My favorite thing!
11:00 p.m. — Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing.
Excerpts from the Cat’s Diary…
Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomited on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight and I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. In fact, I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage..
Today I was almost successful in my attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.
The dog receives special privileges.
He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly, and I am certain that he reports my every move. Unfortunately, my captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.
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A Stay of Execution for James Wright
From the Archives
A defense attorney arrived home late after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution for a client who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed, and he was feeling worn out and depressed.
As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started in…
“You’re late! Where have you been? Dinner is cold and I’m not reheating it!”
Too tired and shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long soak in the bathtub while his wife continued to nag as he drug himself up the stairs.
While he was in the bathtub the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that her husband’s client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all. Wright would not be hanged at midnight.
Finally realizing what a terrible day her husband must have had, she decided to go upstairs and give him the good news.
As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.
“They’re not hanging Wright tonight,” she said.
Her husband whirled around and screamed, “For the love of God, woman, don’t you ever stop?”
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 27: Today, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he’s retiring, which means President Trump will pick his replacement. When asked which judge he’ll choose, Trump said either Adam Levine or Blake Shelton.
After 30 years on the bench, Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court. He’s 81 years old, so he’s going to go from sitting around in a robe all day to sitting around in a robe all day.
After Kennedy announced his retirement, Donald Trump Jr. sent a tweet. And this is real — it said, “OMG! Just when you thought this week couldn’t get more lit… I give you Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from #SCOTUS.” Everyone who read that was like, “Well, the word ‘lit’ is ruined.”
Trump is in a Twitter feud with Harley-Davidson since they announced that they’re moving some jobs overseas. When people first heard Trump was feuding with Harley-Davidson, they just assumed it was another porn star.
The cast of the new season of “The Bachelor in Paradise” was just announced. When ABC asked if they could take off work for six weeks for filming, they were like, “Oh, we don’t have jobs. We’ll be there tomorrow.”
Oprah made a cameo in this week’s episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And by the end of the show, all the handmaids had new cars.
A group of shareholders at Facebook might be plotting to get rid of Mark Zuckerberg. And their plan would be way more likely to work if Mark wasn’t spying on them using Facebook.
June 27: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he is retiring today. “Do you know what that means?!” said Trump, who was REALLY asking.
Mitt Romney won last night’s Utah Republican Senate primary. Romney celebrated by going to a victory party and turning the music down.
Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are rolling out a new payment program which allows online shoppers to pay in installments later rather than in full, called Afterpay. Not to be confused with the program they have at Taco Bell, where you always pay for it later.
June 27: Today, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he’s retiring from the Supreme Court. I never thought I’d say this, but you’re only 81! They say 81 is the new 79. And don’t tell me your mind’s going, because I read “Bush v. Gore” and “Citizens United” — you never had one.
This is a seismic political event, because Kennedy has been the decisive vote in many cases, and his retirement gives Trump the opportunity to fundamentally change the course of the Supreme Court, and I would not trust Trump to fundamentally change the dessert course. Oh, we are supremely screwed. I look forward to Wolf Blitzer in 2021: “In the end, this Supreme Court case will be decided by the swing vote, Justice Meat Loaf.”
This could have huge repercussions. Think about it: The court that just this week crippled unions, and upheld Trump’s Muslim ban and race-based gerrymandering, might turn conservative.
Now, in a letter to President Trump, Justice Kennedy wrote, “This letter is a respectful and formal notification of my decision, effective July 31 of this year, to end my regular active status as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.” OK, “effective July 31.” So, enjoy your gay marriages now, because as of August 1, you’re back to being roommates.
And this could happen fast. Reportedly, the White House will push for a nomination and confirmation before the midterms. Well, of course before the midterms! Just like you want to eat all the weed before the cop walks up to the driver’s side window.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for what’s new.
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Every cop knows how any situation can go south in an instant, and this is one such case that cost the bad guy his life. What’s interesting are the comments under the video that are generally in support of the officer, some of whom postulated that the white officer hesitated to apply deadly force because the suspect was black. Whether that was the case here, it stands to reason that some cops will hesitate under such circumstances, which can prove DEADLY. (2:36)
P.S. If you click on “Show More” and read the details, you will note that the incident occurred in Broward Co., Florida, and that the spokesman is Sheriff Scott Israel who received a vote of No Confidence from his rank and file after the Parkland Shooting.
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Didn’t you used to hate it when 33-year-old female arrestees would do THIS after you made what you thought was a good pinch? It’s enough to turn some men against the so-called gentler sex. (2:36)
Also click on “Show More” under the video for details about this incident.
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We felt this ingenious ad for TNT that we ran a couple of years ago was worth another look in light of the fact that it has been resurrected and appears to be going viral again. To say it is elaborate is an understatement. It began when a guy on a bicycle pushed the red button you see below. Have a LOOK. (1:45)
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With summer here, those of you who are jogging to stay in shape need to stay hydrated, and that means you need to drink lots of water. But how do you carry a bottle of water while jogging? The answer is the new Jog Strap. Watch THIS minute-long ad and we feel you are sure to invest in one. (1:23)
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If you would like to fly like a Blue Angel but can’t afford your own $70 million F/A-18 Hornet, here is an ALTERNATIVE that you should be able to afford. (5:02)
Speaking of Trikes, former San Jose cop-turned Alaska Airlines pilot Bob Brahm and I took a demonstration flight in one of these “Trikes” over in Lodi several years ago. THIS footage is an excerpt from the “Flights of Fancy” video I made that appears as the next item. (11:34))
This full “Flights of Fancy” video begins with Bob departing the Watsonville Airport in his Cessna 182 for the Livermore Airport to pick me up. We then continued on to the Lodi Airport where we meet Don, an instructor and distributor for the Antares Trike, who takes each of us on a demonstration flight. Click HERE if you are interested in watching the video. (33:40)
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If, of course, you want a reason to keep your feet solidly on the ground, here are several. But it should be noted that there are several ways to zip around in the sky. THESE are clips of Paramotors where the flier straps an engine with a propeller on his or her back, not to be confused with a Trike or any of the other types of ultra light flying machines. (3:56)
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We have definitely come a long way from the days of airplanes made from balsa wood, glue and rubber bands. Check out THIS acrobatic radio-controlled indoor slow flyer equipped with a reversible propeller. (2:34)
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If I was 20 again and had the funds, I could see myself flying every one of these machines. (Disclaimer: Some people felt I was certifiably nuts when I was 20.) How many of these machines would YOU be willing to fly in or on if given the opportunity? (11:18)
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The Dude Perfect guys are back. With over 17 million views since this video was posted just a few days ago — combined with 32 million subscribers to their channel — the money they receive from YouTube and sponsors should provide each of them with a healthy income in exchange for a FUN job. (5:50)
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BOLO for the “Yoga Pants Porch Pirate.” That’s the name given to THIS thief by Stanley Morgan of KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” series. (2:14)
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Speaking of People Behaving Badly, Stanley and his cameraman were on the scene at the Bay Bridge when these toll cheaters were CAUGHT by the CHP. Instead of issuing these people a citation, we would rather see their cars pushed into the Bay!. But hey, that’s just us! (1:57)
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This Hope for Paws entry has ties to last week’s rescue of Napoleon, the little kitten that had been discarded in the car pool lane of an L.A. freeway and was rescued by Eldad and Loreta. In this case, another little kitty was near death from spending 72 hours in a chimney without food or water. WATCH what it took to save the life of Cricket, who got to meet and play with Napoleon from last week’s rescue. (7:05)
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On the way to the Veterinary Care Center Eldad named this homeless dog he rescued “Jackson.” Pay close attention at the 2:52 mark and you may see WHY. (4:25)
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If you sell your house and move away, don’t forget to take the family pet with you. That’s what THIS family failed to do. (4:11)
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This additional Hope for Paws clip shows just how valuable a microchip can be if fireworks spook your PET and it runs off. (3:58)
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Are you familiar with the term “Helper Dog?” They not only exist, they aren’t as rare was one might think. HERE are some examples. (3:11)
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Question of the week: Is it possible to train cats to do tricks that even a dog can’t do? If you can believe your eyes and this America’s Got Talent performance, the answer is an emphatic YES. (3:10)
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We find it amazing how human-like a baby gorilla resembles a hairy human kid who has been punched in the nose. Still CUTE, though, eh? (2:26)
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Tom Macris, who has a fascination with all living creatures, sent in this clip about the humble little Hummingbird. With multiple scenes in slo-mo, it is arguably the most colorful, detailed and informative short video ever produced about the amazing little wonders. Click HERE to watch it. (5:23)
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Pay attention to this clip received from Alice Murphy. You will be expected to replicate what Yoshihiro Okada created from THIS tangerine in the same amount of time, which was (1:32).
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Now that you caught what’s been stealing your chickens, WHAT are you planning to do with it? Just curious. (0:39)
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According to the Bad Lip Reading guys, Fergie really butchered the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game. It sounds like she is singing “Nobody Wants My Bread.” What does it sound like to YOU? (1:44)
(P.S. THIS is how it really went.)
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We know there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe, each containing 100 thousand million stars, and God only known how many planets surround the stars. We also know that the Universe is expanding, that the space between each galaxy continues to grow. What we don’t know is what the Universe is expanding into. That’s the question THIS clip addresses. (5:47)
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This week’s closer received from Don Hale may make a few of you misty-eyed and yearning for the days that can only be described as “ONCE UPON A LONG TIME AGO.” (3:25)
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Pic of the Week
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Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
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Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
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Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
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