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RIP JOHN TRUSSLER – JULY 1, 2021

FROM EMAIL:JULY 1, 2021

Hi Craig,

FYI,,,,I just received a call from Linda Kennedy.  She indicated that she had just received a email from John Trussler’s wife Christine, informing her that John Trussler had passed away on Thursday July 1st.  No plans yet for a memorial service.

If you would pass this along to our fellow retirees, I would appreciate it.

Thanks,

   Rich Vizzusi 

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What to take to bed with you…And not a joke.

Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him….. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.

 

CAUTION, POLITICS!

I don’t want to be too dramatic with this, but Tucker Carlson just said about 5 different ways that Joe Biden no longer exists.

Was he speaking metaphorically?

Maybe.

Maybe not, I don’t know.

Are we all watching a movie?

Facts on facts

We read a lot of news stories over the past three months.

Here are some of the craziest things we learned: 

College coaches were the highest-paid public employees in 40 states in 2019.

Facebook has nearly 10,000 employees working on its augmented and virtual reality devices.
That’s almost 20% of its entire workforce, and double the number of Twitter’s total employees.

The number of Costco memberships is higher than the number of US households that pay for cable TV.

More than 10% of Florida’s estimated manatee population has died since the beginning of 2021.

Bitcoin accounts for 47% of total crypto market capitalization, compared to 70% at the beginning of the year.

26% of podcasts in the Apple Podcasts app have produced just one episode.

More twins are being born now than at any point in history.

I Used To Be A Normal Person:

 As an American, I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born white, into a two-parent household, which now—whether I like it or not—makes me “privileged,” a racist and responsible for slavery.

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist because I plan, budget & support myself.

I went to high school and college, got a degree, and have always held a job. But I now find out that I am not here because I earned it, but because I was “advantaged.”

I am heterosexual, which according to “gay” folks, now makes me a homophobe. I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.

I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which makes me a de facto member of the “vast NRA gun lobby.”

I am older than 70, making me a useless eater who doesn’t understand Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.

I think and I reason, and I doubt much of what the “mainstream” media tells me, which makes me a “Right-wing conspiracy nut.”

I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort—not freedom of outcome or subsidies, which must make me a borderline sociopath.

I believe in the defense and protection of America for and by all citizens, now making me a militant.

I am proud of our flag, what it stands for, and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand and salute during our National Anthem. So I must be a racist.

  Funny: it all took place over the last 8 or 10 years!

If all this nonsense wasn’t enough to deal with, now I don’t even know which restroom to use. …and I gotta go more FREQUENTLY!

WHAT THE HELL BROUGHT THIS UP?

SJPD social-media scandal: What happened to the officers put on leave after blog exposed racist, Islamophobic Facebook posts

SAN JOSE — A year after a blogger outed a series of racist, Islamophobic and other derogatory remarks posted on Facebook by former and current San Jose Police Department officers, two of the four officers investigated have been disciplined — one was fired and the other suspended, law-enforcement sources have told the Bay Area News Group.

But the department cleared two other officers involved in the scandal that rocked the SJPD during the height of the George Floyd demonstrations last summer, underscoring concerns among civil rights advocates about a lack of police accountability.

The revelation of the incendiary social-media posts in a June 2020 blog — written under a pseudonym who multiple sources confirm is the partner of an SJPD officer, came during a summer that saw the department embroiled in high-profile controversies, including backlash over its violent response to protesters — highlighted footage of aggression by Officer Jared Yuen — and a viral video of an officer kicking and dragging a non-combative woman across a parking lot.

The San Jose Police Department refused to comment on the officers investigated after the Facebook posts surfaced, other than to confirm whether they were still with the department, and would point only to changes made to the police duty manual in March addressing officers’ “personal online presence.” Those changes included barring speech “that adversely reflects upon the department” or “inhibits the department’s ability to operate efficiently and effectively.”  

But law-enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigations offered additional details, revealed here for the first time, about the status of the four officers who were placed on leave in the wake of the scandal. All but one of the officers either could not be reached or declined to comment for this story.

Officer Mark Pimentel was the most severely punished, and his Facebook posts on the defunct 10-7ODSJ SJPD alumni group page were the most recent messages investigated. Most of the group members who posted derogatory comments were not investigated because they had either retired or were no longer with the police department. 

Pimentel was linked to anti-Muslim comments on a post inside the group about a Muslim woman whose hijab was pulled off by a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputy in 2017. “Hell, I would have pulled it over her face,” he wrote.

In another group thread referencing the Black Lives Matter movement, Pimentel is associated with a comment stating that “black lives don’t really matter” on a public thread, which had been started by a retired officer weighing in on a rash of shootings in Chicago.

Pimentel was terminated, sources confirmed, but he is contesting that decision in arbitration.

A second officer, Ryan Welch, was issued a four-week suspension after the June 2020 blog lifted a 2010 Facebook post in which he commented in a thread describing how a Jihadist inadvertently killed himself with an improvised explosive device in the Middle East. Welch stated in the decade-old post: “Does that mean they don’t get their 40 virgins? Maybe like 20 who just lost their virginity.”

Welch is also contesting the severity of his punishment.

Sgt. Chris Sciba was exonerated of any department violations after a 2015 Facebook post of his surfaced in which he shared a meme photo comparing Nazis to “Islamic Muslim terrorists.” While Sciba was cleared, sources in the department said the fallout has led to him being passed over for a lieutenant promotion.

The department also cleared Sgt. Fabrice Bellini. Bellini wasn’t investigated for any social-media comments, but for claims made in the blog post connecting him to a commemorative coin referring to San Jose’s police district L as “Stinkin’ Lincoln,” surrounded by the inscription, “To Hell and Back.” The district’s population is largely Vietnamese and Latino.

In an interview with the Bay Area News Group, Bellini asserted that the coin was an internal token to signify the shared experience of officers who worked the district, and was not meant to demean the people who live there.

Still, Bellini said that after the experience, he felt a lack of initial support both from the department and his police union. Combined with nagging physical injuries, he declined a full-duty return and chose to retire after 23 years with SJPD.

“That’s not the department I joined,” he said in a May interview before moving out of state. “But I’m not bitter. It was the best experience of my life.”

Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area office for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said she was not surprised to hear about officers that were cleared or remain with the department.

“This episode and so many others demonstrate there is nothing to hold them to account,” she said.

A few months after wide public condemnation of the social media posts by civic and elected leaders, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office dismissed 14 criminal cases in which either Pimental, Welch, Sciba or Bellini was a primary witness.

In a statement, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association emphasized that two of the officers were cleared and that the city manager’s office “objectively evaluated these cases and upheld the exonerations.” 

The statement added that the arbitration decisions for the other two officers will be made public because of new contract language between the union and the city aimed at increasing transparency of the arbitration process.

The social-media controversy has also added fuel for supporters of the California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act, a California bill authored by San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra to compel police to vet a police candidate’s background for any evidence of “membership in a hate group, participation in hate group activities, or public expressions of hate.”

Kalra credited some agencies including SJPD with already instituting the practice, but he wants to see it become mandatory across the state.

“We can’t stop folks from being racist and White supremacists,” Kalra said in a February interview. “But we can stop them from becoming law enforcement.”





 

 

ng racist and White supremacists,” Kalra said in a February interview. “But we can stop them from becoming law enforcement.”