February 17, 2021

From the President:

Greetings to all, near and far. Hope you are faring well.  Let me start by correcting the date for next year’s anticipated Valentine’s Dinner/Dance; it should have read February 12, 2022.  As for upcoming PBA meetings, I have been alerted by the POA that the hall will not be open for March or April meetings. With the rollout of the vaccine and the lessening of the reported cases, it appears that May could be the start of our monthly meetings.

On a sad note, in addition those recognized last month, Sgt. Don Moore and Officer Joe Vasta passed on in January.  I had the pleasure of being partnered up with Don in Homicide.  I recall the ever so calm and low-key Joe.  Both will be sorely missed.  A reminder, as difficult as it is, the PBA will provide a $250 check to the member’s survivor in lieu of hosting the POA bar for a reception.

To the February birthday celebrants, I extend good wishes to all.  On the topic of birthdays; I came up with an idea to keep all the members engaged in the PBA.  Beginning with January, this month and moving forward, a raffle will be conducted to select 3 winners of a $25 gift card.  A cash donation will be made to the Chaplaincy in honor of a departed member.  Good luck to all!

January winners:

  1. Cindy Buell Home Depot
  2. John Low Target
  3. Tom Murphy Lowe’s

February winners:

  1. Jim Carlton Lowe’s
  2. Ken Yules Home Depot
  3. George Padilla Bass Pro Shop

You will notice the #2 ball was not in the spinning cage. I removed my number to avoid any advantage.  Please enjoy the cards.  Please ensure your mailing address is current so I may mail out the cards to the winners.  I will be picking different stores in order to mix it up a bit.  I will take suggestions.

Lastly, your board will be looking at the possibility of hosting a 2nd member’s only BBQ due to the cancelation of the Valentine’s Dinner Dance.  I will let you all know if can be done, as we hopefully move out of the lockdown phase due to the virus.

Take care all and be safe,

Ernie Alcantar

PBA President

Ernie Alcantar enjoying a Covid compliant birthday lunch courtesy of Robert Dominguez.

Shaq saves the day!

Iconic Krispy Kreme in Atlanta ‘totally destroyed‘ in fire, officials say,
Cellphone videos taken by neighbors and spectators showed flames
shooting into the sky Above the shop, which was purchased by basketball
Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal in 2016. In a statement provided by
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp., O’Neal said the shop would rebuild.


San Jose police chief finalists talk racial equity,
biased policing and use of force

Seven law enforcement leaders vying to be San Jose’s next police chief Saturday answered
questions from residents about everything from racial equity to biased policing and use of force.

The virtual forum was facilitated by Gary Peterson, who led the recruitment process.
He picked a handful of questions from more than 500 submitted through an online survey.


Insisting on factual accuracy does not make one an apologist for the protesters. False reporting is never justified, especially to inflate threat and fear levels.

The False and Exaggerated Claims Still
Being Spread About the Capitol Riot



“Where’s your White History month”

Morgan Freeman

How a public pension can hurt in retirement: Social Security rule cuts benefits for government workers with second jobs

Gary Monto fell in love with martial arts long before he decided to become a Toledo police officer.

So, instead of picking one over the other, Monto had two careers. He served 22 years in law enforcement and ran the American Academy of Martial Arts.

He never regretted joining the police force. What disappoints him now is how the federal government penalized him for working in both the public and private sectors. A 1983 federal law called the Windfall Elimination Protection (WEP) cut his Social Security benefits by more than 60%.

VIDEO: Gunfire Erupts As Sideshows Move To South Bay Neighborhoods


San Jose police lawfully killed suspect on Highway 85,
DA concludes

SAN JOSE (KRON) — The Santa Clara County District Attorney determined Wednesday that the police killing of a wanted suspect during a traffic stop in 2019 was lawful. According to the DA, 29-year-old Andrew Roberts was wanted for a no-bail active warrant for evading police. He was located in the passenger seat of his father’s car in November 2019 and pulled over on southbound Highway 85, near Winchester Boulevard in a “planned operation,” the DA said.

Love, Find & Defend the Truth



Barbie Halaska, right, necropsy manager at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, and lab assistant Jackie Isbell measure a California sea lion that was euthanized due to untreatable cancer. (Bill Hunnewell/Marine Mammal Center/TNS)

Sea lions are dying from a mysterious cancer. The culprits? Herpes and DDT


And, if you think you are suffering memory loss, read this:


Very interesting…

In the following analysis the French Professor Bruno Dubois Director of the Institute of Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease (IMMA) at La Pitié-Salpêtrière – Paris Hospitals / addresses the subject in a rather reassuring way:

“If anyone is aware of his memory problems, he does not have Alzheimer’s.”

1. I forget the names of families ..
2. I do not remember where I put some things ..

It often happens in people 60 years and older that they complain that they lack memory. “The information is always in the brain, it is the “processor” that is lacking.”

This is “Anosognosia” or temporary forgetfulness.

Half of people 60 and older have some symptoms that are due to age rather than disease.

The most common cases are:

–       forgetting the name of a person,

–       going to a room in the house and not remembering why we were going there,

–       a blank memory for a movie title or actor, an actress,

–       a waste of time searching where we left our glasses or keys …

After 60 years most people have such a difficulty, which indicates that it is not a disease but rather a characteristic due to the passage of years …

Many people are concerned about these oversights hence the importance of the following statement:

“Those who are conscious of being forgetful have no serious problem of memory.”

“Those who suffer from a memory illness or Alzheimer’s, are not aware of what is happening.”

Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of IMMA, reassures the majority of people concerned about their oversights:

“The more we complain about memory loss, the less likely we are to suffer from memory sickness.”

Now for a little neurological test. Only use your eyes/

1- Find the C in the table below!


2- If you have already found the C, then find the 6 in the table below.


3- Now find the N in the table below.
Attention, it’s a little more difficult!


If you pass these three tests without problem:
– you can cancel your annual visit to the neurologist.
– your brain is in perfect shape!
– you are far from having any relationship with Alzheimer’s.

So, share this with your over-55 friends, it can reassure them.


 I was holding my breath the whole time!!!  This guy has ‘nerves of steel’!!!

What was he thinking???😱



25 things we’ve learned about the moon since 1969
For centuries, the moon has been an endless source of fascination for mankind.
Sitting roughly 240,000 miles from Earth, it is our only natural satellite and the largest visible object in the night sky. It has been lauded by poets, thought to affect our moods, and has been studied by scientists and stargazers alike. The moon isn’t just a pretty view through a telescope, however—it plays an important part in keeping our planet stable and livable.

In 1969, NASA took its “one giant leap for mankind,” making history by putting a
man on the moon for the first time. 



Billboard industry takes on public in digital-sign wars

City Council to weigh decadeslong ban, may allow some lighted signage

By Maggie Angst


It’s been more than three decades since a new billboard was legally erected in San Jose, and residents want to make sure the city’s decadeslong ban against new ones wasn’t for naught.

So they’re vigorously pushing back as the city tinkers with its regulations to possibly allow dozens of new digital LED-illuminated signs that residents have long complained are ugly, environmentally unfriendly and potential traffic hazards.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has been opposed to dismantling the city’s billboard ban since the beginning and voted against phase one of the plan in 2018, urged his colleagues on the council to “listen carefully to our residents.” “If they do, they’ll probably hear that no one is speaking up for this policy change other than industry lobbyists,” he said, calling the proposal a “giveaway to the billboard industry.”



The Wuhan Walk

The Wuhan Walk

I try to walk 3 miles a day during this Corona Crisis. It’s getting crowded out there. Today I got behind someone that did not keep the pace I wanted but for safety reasons I decided not to pass. Even though it was a slow walk for some unknown reason my blood pressure was elevated after. Go figure?

  • Subject: An Old Pilot

A ragged old derelict shuffled into a down and dirty bar. Stinking of whiskey and cigarettes, his hands shook as he took the “Piano Player Wanted” sign from the window and handed it to the bartender.

“I’d like to apply for the job,” he said.   “I was an F-4 pilot, flying off carriers back in ‘Nam, but when they retired the Phantom all the thrill was gone, and soon they cashed me in as well.  I learned to play the piano at O-Club happy hours, so here I am.” 

The barkeep wasn’t too sure about this doubtful looking old guy, but it had been quite a while since he had a piano player and business was falling off. So, why not give him a try.     The seedy pilot staggered his way over to the piano while several patrons snickered. By the time he was into his third bar of music, every voice was silenced. What followed was a rhapsody of soaring music unlike anything heard in the bar before. When he finished there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

The bartender took the old fighter pilot a beer and asked him the name of the song he had just played.

It’s called “Drop your Skivvies, Baby, I’m Going Balls To The Wall For You” he said.    

After a long pull from the beer, leaving it empty, he said.   “I wrote it myself.” 

The bartender and the crowd winced at the title, but the piano player just went on into a knee-slapping, hand-clapping bit of ragtime that had the place jumping. After he finished, the fighter pilot acknowledged the applause, downed a second proffered mug, and told the crowd the song was called, “Big Boobs Make My Afterburner Light”.

He then launched into another mesmerizing song and everyone in the room was enthralled. He announced that it was the latest rendition of his song, “Spread ’em Baby, It’s Foggy Out Tonight and I Need To See The Centerline”.

He then excused himself and headed for the john.

When he came out the bartender went over to him and said,

“Hey fly boy, the job is yours, but do you know your fly is open and your pecker is hanging out ??”

“Know it ??”

the old fighter pilot replied,   “Hell, I wrote it !!”






Everyone can use a little “grammar” update now and then, so here’s yours for today.

Is it “complete”, “finished”, or “completely finished”?
No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words – “Complete” or “Finished”.

In a recent linguistic competition held in London and attended by, supposedly, the best in the world, Samdar Balgobin, a Guyanese man, was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes.

The final question was: ‘How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand? Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.’

Here is his astute answer:

“When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!”

He won a trip around the world and a case of 25 year old Scotch!