January 9, 2014
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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SCHEDULED FOR BRIAN MC NAMARA
Tom Mazzone phoned in a date, time and location for a
memorial service for former Officer Brian McNamara who passed away on Nov.
1st. (Details in the Nov. 14th Farsider at
The service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29th, at St.
Joseph's Catholic Church, 130 S. 4th St. in San Jose. A reception will
follow at Parish Hall. For questions, call 408-592-2240. We'll provide a
reminder in next week's Farsider.
Craig Shuey, who we have on a permanent Code 5 assignment in
the Sacramento area looking for pension matters in the State Capitol that
could impact the SJPD, took a microfilm photo of the article below, placed
it in a tiny capsule, tied it to the leg of a carrier pigeon, flung it in
the air and yelled, "Fly baby, fly. Fly all the way to the hub of the
Farsider in Fremont." An hour after it arrived and I retrieved the article I
enjoyed some crackers and a hot tasty bowl of pigeon soup.
General Clears Pension-Change
Ballot Measure for Signature-Gathering
By Jon Ortiz
Sacramento Bee — Jan. 6, 2014
General Kamala Harris issued the official description of a controversial
ballot measure late Monday, with language that displeased both the
proposal’s author and its union opponents.
The step clears the way for signature-gathering to put the measure on the
The initiative is now officially titled “Public Employees Pension and
Retiree Healthcare Benefits Initiative Constitutional Amendment.” Harris’
summary says, among other things, that it “eliminates constitutional
protections for vested pension and retiree healthcare benefits for current
public employees, including teachers, nurses, and peace officers, for future
Chuck Reed, the Democratic mayor of San Jose behind the measure, has said he
wants to give state and local governments the authority to cut pension costs
even if it means changing future benefits for current workers. He said he
thought the newly released language isn’t clear and that the word
“eliminate” is “pejorative.”
“You read this and you don’t know what we’re trying to do,” Reed said. He
said the summary focuses on the measure’s pension takeaways when it should
state that the initiative it also locks in accrued benefits.
He stopped short of saying whether the language would kill his effort or
left room to raise money and begin collecting signatures.
“I need to talk to stakeholders and my advisers first,” Reed said in a
Monday night telephone interview. “By the end of January, we have to make a
Minutes after Harris issued the title and summary, leaders of a union
coalition fighting the proposal said in an emailed statement that they were
“disappointed” with Harris’ analysis.
Organized labor said the language doesn’t emphasize the risk they believe
the measure poses to the retirement security of both current and future
public workers. The unions also wanted Harris to cast the proposal as
sanctioning the abrogation of contracts, since pension and benefits health
are normally negotiated.
“While the title and summary describes the repeal of Constitutionally vested
rights to pensions and retiree health care, teachers, nurses, and
firefighters – by far the largest groups of municipal public employees –
deserve to have voters know exactly how their retirement security will be
put at risk with this measure,” the union coalition’s press release said.
By law, the attorney general crafts state ballot measures’ titles and
summaries in 100 words or less. The language goes on materials proponents
use when collecting signatures to the proposal for a statewide election.
Over the years, ballot measures’ proponents and opponents have blasted
attorneys general for allegedly skewing title and summaries for political
effect. Supporters of a 2008 ballot measure banning same-sex marriage, for
example, sued then-Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown for writing that
Proposition 8 “eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry.”
The proponents sued. They contended the wording aimed to stack opinion
against a constitutional amendment would merely restore definition of
“marriage” struck down by the state Supreme Court: the union of a man and a
woman. An appropriate description, the Yes on Prop 8 side argued, would have
been, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in
Brown’s description wound up on the ballot, but voters approved the measure
anyway. The courts eventually allowed same-sex marriages to resume.
Backers of a different pension-change measure in 2012 blasted Harris for
making what they said were “statements that are either provably false or
grossly misleading” about their proposal. That title and summary, like this
latest one, emphasizing the impact on “teachers, nurses and peace officers”
to exploit public good will toward those professions. Editorial boards and
columnists throughout California also said Harris, a Democrat who enjoys
strong backing from organized labor, let politics trump serving voters with
an objective title and summary.
The 2012 effort died when its supporters tested Harris’ summary and
concluded the measure had no chance to pass. The group did not sue.
Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.
Read more here:
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The Merc covered the
pension article from a slightly different angle two days after the SacBee
Mayor’s Pension Measure
—Supporters hold off on statewide signature drive—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Jan. 8, 2014
SACRAMENTO — San Jose
Mayor Chuck Reed was cleared Tuesday to start gathering signatures for his
statewide initiative aimed at cutting pension costs, but it will be weeks
before supporters decide if they will even attempt to put it on the ballot.
It comes a day after Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the formal title
and summary for the initiative, which would allow cities around California
to renegotiate future pension and retirement benefits for public workers.
Both supporters and opponents had feared Harris would use loaded words that
could lead voters down one path or another since her title and summary is
seen on petition sheets and other official voter guides. But she kept the
title vague: “Public Employees. Pension and Retiree Healthcare.” Each side —
Reed and a handful of mayors backing the plan, and union groups against it —
finally agreed on something, as they both expressed “disappointment” at
Harris’ description. Supporters now have until June 5 to collect 807,615
signatures — 8 percent of all registered voters — to qualify for the
November ballot, an effort that will likely cost millions of dollars to hire
signature gatherers. After a fresh round of polls, they expect to announce
by the end of January whether they will start collecting signatures, or
delay their plans until the 2016 ballot. The summary issued by Harris says
the proposal would “eliminate constitutional protections” for public workers
such as teachers and peace officers. And it says the initiative would allow
government employers to cut benefits and increase worker contributions
during hard times. Those details were mentioned too low for the unions.
“The title should have prominently noted the elimination or cuts to pensions
and retiree health care that this measure authorizes,” David Low, chairman
of the opposition group called Californians for Retirement Security, said in
a statement. Reed called the summary bogus and maintains it would not take
away public workers’ constitutional rights.
“Voters deserve to have an accurate description of the initiative free from
poll tested words and phrases that confuse and distort the specific language
of the initiative,” he said in a statement.
The title and summary can sometimes be a key milestone for statewide
In 2012, a different group pushing a pension effort said it had to abandon
its plans to put its initiative on the ballot after receiving what it
considered an unfavorable title and summary from Harris. In 2008, gay
marriage opponents challenged then-Attorney General Jerry Brown’s title for
Proposition 8: “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.”
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
San Jose Motor Officer Mark Hernandez is fortunate to have
survived relatively intact from an on-duty accident, but now he's the
subject of controversy. When he went on disability leave following the
mishap, the City deducted from his tax-free paycheck the 5 percent bonus he
was receiving for hazardous duty premium pay for being assigned to Motors.
Three items regarding Mark's situation follow: First, a KTVU Channel 2
report; second, an article from Monday's paper; and three, this week's poll
where you are asked to render your opinion…
Channel 2 news report from this past Monday…
And this is how the paper handled the story in Monday's
Badly Hurt in Crash Criticizes Loss of Hazard Pay
Mercury News — Jan. 6, 2014
SAN JOSE — Mark
Hernandez suffered a litany of injuries when a car hit his police
motorcycle: 10 broken ribs, a fractured scapula, a punctured lung and memory
loss from a concussion.
However, one other loss was even more galling: The city cut his pay, by what
would amount to $5,000 over the course of a year.
Hernandez was being paid extra for dangerous assignments, the city reasoned,
and he wouldn’t be performing such duties while he was recovering from the
Nov. 15 accident.
“They’re paying for us for a particularly hazardous duty, and when that
hazard arises, we don’t get paid anymore,” said Hernandez, who has been with
the San Jose Police Department since 1995. “I think it’s completely
City officials counter that injured officers are entitled to as much as a
full year of paid disability leave that’s exempt from income tax on top of
their medical care, offsetting the loss or even resulting in a salary
increase over what is termed “premium pay.”
“We do not want to imply insensitivity to employees who get injured on the
job. A public-safety employee is paid full salary that’s nontaxable, so they
sometimes net more than when they were working,” Deputy City Manager Alex
Hernandez is one of the first officers to experience the cut, which was
authorized by an arbitrator this past summer.
San Jose police officers receive a 5 percent boost to their salaries if they
take on what the department deems hazardous or specialized duties, such as
riding motorcycles or serving on the MERGE (SWAT) unit.
If it weren’t for a newer model of motorcycle helmet Hernandez was wearing
in the crash, the outcome could have been deadly, police said. To Hernandez
and his colleagues, that comes with being a motorcycle officer: more
vulnerability, more danger.
Once he was hurt, Hernandez was dismayed to see the pay bump disappear from
The rule allowing the cut has been in place since last year’s protracted
police contract negotiations, against staunch opposition from the San Jose
Police Officers’ Association.
It stems from a 2012 city audit that found the city was paying $600,000 a
year to police officers and firefighters who were getting the pay boost
despite being off the job and collecting disability pay. The city auditor
recommended discontinuing the practice, and it became part of contract
negotiations, ultimately landing in the hands of an arbitrator.
For Hernandez, whether tax-free disability leave washes out the loss of the
premium pay misses the point. The boost, he said, is also supposed to serve
as an incentive to take on more dangerous roles in the department.
“That’s the implication. The message is, ‘If something happens, that’s why
we pay you the 5 percent,’ ” Hernandez said.
In his written dissent to the change, Sgt. Jim Unland, the union president,
said, “The effect on officer morale, at a time when the city is purportedly
trying to retain its officers, of proposals that will be seen as spiteful
and politically motivated, should not be underestimated.”
The argument failed to sway arbitrator John Flaherty, a retired judge, who
wrote in his decision: “It is reasonable that an employee who is not
actually performing these duties should not continue to receive the premium
pay.” In the meantime, Hernandez is aiming for a February return to work,
though he admits that will ultimately be up to his doctors. He’s come a long
way since the crash, considering that his recovery started with him waking
up in a hospital room in a haze about what happened. His days are occupied
by physical therapy and a healthy amount of television. He’s steadily gained
enough control over the pain to leave the house and run errands.
“On a daily basis, it’s hanging out and doing minor housework,” he said. “As
much as I can do.”
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This is from Bob McKean, retired Lt. from Milpitas PD.
This is in reference to the December 19, 2013 Farsider. You ran an article on
the passing of Captain Lyle Hunt. I only had a couple of brief encounters with
him during my time with the Milpitas PD, but he was well know in the local Judo
Captain Hunt competed and did well at the first AAU Judo tournament that was
held at San Jose State in 1953. That was a number of years before my time, but
my sensei (instructor) and many of the judo/jujitsu people I grew up under were
I trained at the old Pacific Judo Academy on Bascom Ave. near W. San Carlos from
1974 to 1986 and competed in a number of the early California Police Olympics as
well as the first World Police & Fire Games that were held in San Jose. The dojo
(school) was run by Sensei Bill Montero from 1949 to 1986. A number of local
police officers trained there over the years.
I am still very active in jujitsu and do a lot of historical research. I am also
writing an article about Judo and Jujitsu in California in the "early days." I
have a collection of stories and photos about the 1953 AAU tournament. If at all
possible I would like to add the photo you published in the December 19th issue
of Captain Hunt holding his trophies from that tournament.
One project I am working on is collecting information about police officers and
the martial arts in California, 1930 through 2000.
I am not very computer savvy. If possible could you send me the photo as an
attachment to an e-mail in a jpeg format or something simple for me to transfer
to my files?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I hope you had a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Years.
Former judo competitors
who feel they may have something to contribute to Bob's project are invited to
make contact with him. We sent him a full-size version of this photo as a .jpeg
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Photographs were taken at the 2013 Keith Kelley Club dinner dance by
Photographer Dan Avila. All the pictures have been posted on his website at
They will remain on the website for another week. Those who wish to order prints
should do so now.
Office Mgr. - Keith Kelley Club
Ed. — If you have trouble getting into the
website because you don't have a Google account, and you don't wish to create
one, get in touch with Margie. Perhaps she or the photographer can come up with
Click on the
link below to download a .pdf file of the January edition of the POA Vanguard
to your desktop, then double click on the icon to view it if it
doesn't appear on its own.
P.B.A. VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE
Saturday, Feb. 15 — 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
Hosted Bar with hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m.
Buffet Style Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
Entrees: Salmon and/or Prime Rib with all the Fixings
Wine on the Tables in addition to the Hosted Bar
Dancing to follow dinner
$25 per person — $50 per couple
Make checks payable to the "SJPBA" and mail to:
P.O. Box 42
San Jose, CA 95103
President Dave Wysuph at
Secretary/Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg at
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF NEW YORK CITY AND THE NYPD
Have you wondered if the
Big Apple is going to become a bastion of liberalism and once again a
crime-ridden city under the mayorship of Bill de Blasio? After all, some say his
political ideology is to the left of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi's, which others
say is an impossibility. Whatever! Weighing in on the topic is our former boss,
who arguably knows New York City's politics and what it takes to adequately
police the city as well as anyone. Following is an article penned by JoeMac that
appeared in Forbes magazine two days ago…
Mayor DeBlasio's New Top
Cop Will Keep the Shine On the Big Apple
By Joseph D.
Forbes — Jan.
Bill Bratton is deservedly the superstar of American
policing. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reappointment of Bratton to his former
job as police commissioner nevertheless surprised not only New Yorkers but
police experts as well.
I first met Bratton in Moscow, of all places. We were part of a panel of six
experts convened to educate Russian law enforcement officials in the ways of
policing a democracy. Within hours we concluded that these top officers were
actually the same old goons of the dreaded Ministry of the Interior and KGB.
They were totally uninterested in police reform but hopeful of securing American
funding and technology, biding their time as they watched President Boris
Yeltsin fritter away his brief presidency in a series of blundering alcoholic
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton
Therefore, Bill and I spent
more time discussing policing in New York than the lost cause of Russia. At that
time, Bratton had just returned home to Boston and would soon head that police
department and succeed in reducing crime. I had retired as a deputy inspector
with the NYPD, moving on to serve eighteen years as police chief in Kansas City,
Missouri, and San Jose, California. Crime in both cities declined during my
tenure. Prior to Bill’s return to Boston, he had significantly reduced crime as
chief of the New York City Transit Authority Police, by ignoring standard police
tactics of focusing scarce resources on major crime. Instead, employing
sophisticated computerized analysis, he cracked down on fare jumpers whom Bill
had concluded were responsible for most subway crime.
My doubts about whether focusing on such minor quality of life criminals could
succeed city-wide in New York vanished a couple of years later when Bratton, as
Rudolph Giuliani’s police commissioner, used CompStat — a data-driven management
system — to bring about the greatest reduction in crime in the city’s history.
During our time together in Moscow, I recounted to Bill that Mayor elect David
Dinkins had recently interviewed me as one of two finalists for the job of
police commissioner, and that I had candidly conveyed to the mayor that he
needed to motivate his police force. New York cops so feared getting into
trouble that they were paralyzed. The other guy got the job. David Dinkins was
in office for only one term, losing to Rudolph Giuliani in a close election.
Many analysts attributed Dinkins’s defeat to rising crime and the failure of the
police department to curtail riots by black youth gangs in Crown Heights,
Brooklyn, against the Hassidic Jewish population, that were triggered by a
tragic death of a black youth killed by a car driven by a member of the Hassidic
Ironically, two of the first problems Bratton will face revolve around race and
the unprovoked “surprise knockout” assaults by young black men against Hassidic
Jews in Crown Heights, as well as an overall increase in the city’s homicides.
Mayor Giuliani wisely chose Bratton and strongly supported him when he
instituted CompStat, a system based on officers aggressively stopping and
frisking suspects in areas where computer data revealed serious crime. Within
two years, New York astoundingly was transformed from a city where law-abiding
people cowered behind bars and alarms in their homes and thugs freely roamed the
streets looking for victims. Some techniques of the police under Giuliani and
Bratton were controversial. A number of community leaders complained that the
police were discriminating against minorities and violating rights. Mayor
Giuliani stood firm. A more serious problem for Bratton was that his
achievements brought him fame. While it helped Bratton increase public support
and cooperation with the police, the mayor’s close-knit team of City Hall
advisers wanted the credit for the city’s deliverance from chaos to belong to
the mayor. Bratton was forced out.
Astonishingly, within a few years Bratton was able to solve even worse crime and
police problems in Los Angeles. Scandals involving police brutality and
corruption had caused a loss of trust in the police so great that the LAPD was
put under federal receivership. Using the same techniques of zeroing in on minor
“quality of life” infractions, Bratton reduced crime and restored a great deal
of trust in the police to the point where the courts removed the department from
receivership. Bratton’s celebrity status increased but did not present the same
political problems in Los Angeles as in New York. New York’s city charter vests
enormous power to the mayor. No police commissioner survives in office without
the mayor’s support. Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s considerable
accomplishments have only been possible because of the trust placed in him by
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Conversely, Los Angeles police chiefs enjoy
considerably more discretion and independence, which Bratton used well.
Mayor de Blasio’s appointment of Bratton as police commissioner undoubtedly
allays fears in some quarters that the new mayor would be soft on crime. He had
campaigned against stop and frisk and announced that he would remove Ray Kelly
as police commissioner. On the other hand, given the mayor’s long-standing
liberal reputation, his political base is unlikely to turn on him because of
Bratton’s appointment. After all, Bratton’s record in New York and Los Angeles
demonstrates his ability to reach out to community leaders while simultaneously
making neighborhoods feel safer. However, superstars achieve celebrity status
and it remains to be seen to what extent the new mayor will be willing to share
the stage with his famous police commissioner.
It will bode well for New Yorkers and its millions of visitors if the two men
function as a team to ensure that the Big Apple continues to be one of the
nation’s safest cities.
Joseph D. McNamara is a research fellow at Stanford
University’s Hoover Institution. He was formerly the police chief of Kansas
City, Missouri, and San Jose, California, and is the author of several
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Joe and his wife,
Laurie, seem to like their new digs in the Monterey area. With a view of the
Pacific through the trees, why not?
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Another stunningly brilliant idea that lit up
the sky like a
shooting star fell to earth and disappeared. It's a pity
that so many stories
about the people that made the
SJPD what it is today will forever be lost to history.
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 4, 2014
facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Can't find what you're looking for here? Let us know!
• Prompted by a Christmas week occurrence at a Connecticut Starbucks, the
concept of "suspended coffees" is an item of renewed public interest.
• The annual return of an old joke: Facebook will be closed for maintenance
from Feb. 29-31 in 2014.
• Calls for justice against a girl shown in a video pulling puppies from a
bucket and throwing them into a river.
• Did President Obama issue an executive order to
replace the U.S. flag with one of a more 'progressive and diverse' design?
• Did dozens of people overdose on marijuana the day its use became legal in
• Alabama mom's Obamacare horror story gives America a glimpse of government
• Cross one entry off the list of states requiring drug
tests for welfare recipients: a judge has struck down Florida's law as
• Photograph shows a 'super moon' over California's Sequoia National Park.
• Student comes up with clever proof about the physical properties of Hell.
• Have anti-perspirants been identified as a leading cause of breast cancer?
• Did investigators discover the corpse of Michael Jackson buried at his
Neverland Ranch in March 2005, more than four years before he was reported dead?
• A compendium of superstitions associated with New Year's Day.
• Is the Red Lobster chain about to close its doors and go out of business
• Is New Year's Day the day of the year on which the most people are killed
in automobile accidents?
• Does a photograph show a pair of 12-year-old surfers photobombed by a
• A widely-circulated essay known as "The Paradox of
Our Time," attributed to George Carlin.
• When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, no one was
injured because every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Woman accidentally leaves a bag of waste in her lover's apartment.
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos? Your
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with this provocative question: If San Jose is the "richest city in America,"
according to this Wall Street Journal video received from Paul Salerno, why
can't it find funds to ensure first class, top quality public safety for its
citizens? These are the top five richest cities in the U.S. according to the
WSJ. Have a look at the video below. (4 Mins.)
4. San Francisco
3. Bridgeport, Conn.
2. Washington, D.C.
1. San Jose
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According to Don Hale,
"This is the way we should be playing golf. No more back or shoulder problems,
and you only need to practice your short game. Just think, no water hazard
problems, and lost balls would be a thing of the past. I'll see you on the first
tee." (2 Mins.)
If you are curious, we checked the website
to get the price. The EZee golf club itself with a head cover and 2 power strips
good for 2 rounds of golf is $799. The full set that includes the EZee golf
club, head cover, wedge, putter and golf bag is $995. And one pack of nine power
strips that is good for a full round of 18 holes is $6.75. No price is given for
body armor that will keep you from being fatally shot by regular golfers for
clogging up already crowded golf courses.
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Want to see what is titled
"The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places on Earth?" A friend down in Riverside
sent us a link to this series of high-definition photos we found intriguing and
more than a little eerie. Have a look, but be a tad patient as the website may
take a moment or two to load due to the large number of photos.
Guido Galletti built this statue of Christ in 1954
and placed it into the water at a depth of 55 feet.
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What an amazing
coincidence. When I was a kid my nickname was The Sloth, and I was also crazy
about carrots as long as they were sliced to look like french fries. Apples? Not
so much. Other than the length of its nails, this critter reminds me a little
of…well...me. (1 Min.)
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This clip goes
back several years, but we thought it would be worthwhile presenting again since
there has been such an emphasis on drugs, especially the legalized Mary Jane now
being sold for recreational use in Colorado and soon to be in Washington State.
The short clip shows what drugs do to spiders and should be watched in its
entirety. (2 Mins.)
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Find me a dog
that will scratch my back if I scratch his and I will adopt him faster than
Obama, Reid and Pelosi can spend your money. (Yes, that fast!)
• • • • •
Leroy thinks it's time once
again to include this short test so you can see where you fall within the
political spectrum. After you answer 10 simple questions and click the "Get Your
Results" button, a graphic like the one below will appear with a red dot showing
where you are aligned politically. To capture the sample below, we answered all
ten questions as "Maybe." Care to see what the test says about you? Click on the
• • • • •
Don Hale found another
YouTube goodie in the form of five guys who appear to be a hybrid mix of
Irishmen and American country western singers. If the entertainment industry had
more like them and less of Miley Cyrus and her ilk the world would be far better
off in our opinion. The question with this video is, who has the most fun, the
performers or the audience? Well known in their home country of Ireland, the
group has also toured here in the U.S. Say hi to "Celtic Thunder."
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The late Michael Jackson
had nothing on this couple. Are they as old as they look? We report, you decide.
• • • • •
"Beauty may be in the eye
of the beholder, but everyone knows ugly" according to this web page from
Edmunds.com, one of the premier motor vehicle websites. Dirk Parsons sent in the
link that Edmunds calls the "100 Ugliest Cars of All Time." Above the list is a
photo of each car on the list. How many have you owned?
No. 5. The
2001 Pontiac Aztek: A good idea
ruined when forced onto a minivan chassis.
If there are any executives left at GM who signed
off on this, there is no justice in the universe.
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Are you old enough to
remember when Stirling Moss was king of the Formula 1 racing world? In this clip
recently posted to YouTube, current F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton meets the 1950s
racing legend. With Lee McKenzie of the BBC, they discuss how much the sport has
changed since Moss' years competing on the track. (5
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No pun intended, but Paul
Salerno thinks this Canadian Ice Truck is pretty cool. (OK, perhaps the pun
was intended.) (2 Mins.)
Want more info about it?
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This video is more of a
testament to the durability and reliability of a GoPro video camera mounted on
the helmet of this motorcyclist than his judgment at attempting to cross a flash
flood. Stick with it to the end and watch what happens.
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With nearly 8 million
views, we decided to close this week with one of the most popular videos on
YouTube. And in the opinion of many, it is one of the most profound
presentations available on the Internet. Can you grasp what it means to realize
there are over 100 billion galaxies in the known universe, with each one
containing billions and billions of stars (suns)? If you saw this video when we
included it in the Farsider a few years ago, we suggest you have another look as
we will wager you will be just as amazed and awed as you were the first time you
viewed it. Play the video and you will see what happened when the Hubble
telescope was pointed at an empty part of the sky. And make sure you have your
YouTube menu set for Large or Full Screen for this presentation.
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Pic of the Week: