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TONY FONTANA — FATHER OF JEFFREY FONTANA
Will Render requested that we publish this obit for Tony Fontana that appeared in the Jan. 3rd Mercury News. He was the father of Jeffrey Fontana, the 11th SJPD Officer who was killed in the line of duty ...
Nov. 13, 1949 ~ Dec. 28, 2018
Robert “Tony” Fontana, born November 13, 1949, passed away December 28, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Sandra, his mother Betty, sons Jason (Brenda) and Gregory (Laura), grandchildren Darienne, Jillienne, Jeffrey, Adeline, and Jackson. Predeceased by his son Jeffrey and his father Bob. Tony was an avid car enthusiast and belonged to many car clubs. He was a longtime resident of Woodside and a graduate of Serra High School.
Funeral will be held Friday January 4, 2019 at Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Internment following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Menlo Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship. San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192.
LYNN KNAPP, FORMER SJ FIREFIGHTER AND DEP. DA
Because he was known by some Farsider subscribers, the following death notification was a request from Mike Thompson…
Lynn Knapp was a former San Jose Firefighter and retired Santa Clara County Deputy DA. He was a pilot, owning his own private plane and an avid cyclist. We played golf together and often had dinner afterward. He worked mostly in south county during the latter part of his career. He was married with adult children and a loving grandfather. He will be missed.
See Larsen's e-mail for further info.
Mike (Thompson) <email@example.com>
Lynn Knapp, my friend and golfing buddy for over 30 years, passed away today as a result of falling from his bicycle on January 1, 2019, and sustaining multiple injuries, including head trauma. Lynn and I are in the attached photo taken on December 13, 2018, on the 17th tee at Pacific Grove Golf Links. It was our last round together.
Bill Larsen and Lynn Knapp
A remembrance gathering will be scheduled in the near future, and I will let you know when and where.
Bill Larsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
PBA MEETS NEXT WEDNESDAY
The first PBA Dinner Meeting of the year will convene next Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the POA Hall. As usual, the open bar will be pressed into service at 5:00 p.m. and be followed by a buffet dinner around 6:00. The Association has had a change at the top with Ernie Alcantar filling outgoing President Dave Wysuph's shoes. (Given the size difference, of course, Ernie could probably get both feet into one of Dave's shoes, but I digress.) The rest of the primary officers remains the same for 2019: Vice President Steve Windisch, Jr; Secretary-Treasurer Larry "Lumpy" Lundberg; and Sgt. at Arms/Bar Manager Bob Moir.
PBA Dinner Dance
Members who plan to attend this year's PBA Valentine Dinner Dance should mark their calendar for Saturday, Feb. 9th. It will be held at the POA Hall as in past years. More info to follow as the date gets closer.
The murder of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh over the holidays was particularly callous. Corporal Singh, a family man who was dedicated to his community, was gunned down by a coward who fled the scene.
The ensuing manhunt to bring Corporal Singh's killer to justice demonstrated the best of law enforcement. Sheriff's Departments and Police Departments in addition to State and Federal law enforcement teamed up to capture the fugitive. There was never any doubt that their collective efforts would end in success. We should be very proud that Corporal Singh's murderer was caught so quickly. Truly teamwork in action!
In fact, teamwork is one for the pillars of our vocation. We rely on one another for protection, support, advice and resources when needed. Regardless of uniform color, rank, assignment, or years of service, California law enforcement officers have always had each other's backs.
In the aftermath of the arrest of Corporal Singh's killer, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson held a press conference.
SB 54 - Sanctuary State
Sheriff Christianson advised that the suspect was an illegal alien who had previous DUI convictions. Further, Sheriff Christianson outlined the prohibitions to law enforcement cooperation due to Senate Bill (SB) 54 - The Sanctuary State Law. What Sheriff Christianson did not mention, but is worth pointing out, is that his own statewide organization, the California State Sheriffs' Association, stood with PORAC in opposing SB 54. However, one law enforcement group supported SB 54. That group was the California Police Chiefs Association (Cal Chiefs).
Another Bill that is having negative
statewide repercussions is SB 1421. That Bill took effect on January 1st and
opened some Peace Officer discipline records to public scrutiny via the California
Public Records Act. As the Bill became law, cities and counties throughout
California faced public records requests for your formerly confidential
discipline records. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore registered his
displeasure with the legislation in a letter to State Senator Nancy Skinner,
author of the Bill. Click HERE
to read it. Chief Moore lamented the burden on his organization of the new
Prior to the passage SB 1421, I met and discussed the legislation with Senator Skinner. During the legislative process, Senator Skinner was open to compromise on the Bill. While PORAC opposed SB 1421, we made significant headway on a compromise through negotiations with Senator Skinner. I distinctly remember the shock and surprise of learning that Cal Chiefs, at the last moment, had not only abandoned law enforcement, but took a support position of SB 1421. Their action killed all efforts of a compromise. Essentially SB 1421, which LAPD Chief Moore's letter opposed, was endorsed by his own statewide association (Cal Chiefs).
Chief Moore and other California Police Chiefs complained about the Bill and its impacts. Now, Chiefs across the state are turning to their local POAs and even PORAC asking what do in response to these new requirements. Some associations such as those in Los Angeles and San Bernardino have gone to court, with mixed success, to fight the implementation of SB 1421. Thus, dues from rank and file peace officers are being spent to clean up a mess California's Chiefs of Police are responsible for.
The Cal Chiefs Philosophy
In my years on the PORAC Board of Directors I have witnessed PORAC working with every other law enforcement stakeholder to improve public safety in the Golden State. PORAC President Brian Marvel personifies this. He is constantly reaching out to others, building coalitions and searching for common ground.
Sheriff Christianson, in his press conference concerning Corporal Shing, correctly cited California Politician's as being responsible for many of the insane edicts placed on the state's law men and women. While it is easy to point the finger outside of our vocation, sometimes some introspection is necessary.
PORAC works hard to protect you, your family, and improve California public safety. I have outlined just two bills; SB 54 & SB 1421 where PORAC tried to do just that, and Cal Chiefs abandoned everyone in service of themselves. It would be bad enough if my observation was limited to just these two bills, but it is not. In the last couple of years on issues large and small, Cal Chiefs has taken position after position that supports their "me first and me alone" philosophy.
Let Your Chief Know
We can complain about California's politicians and the decisions they make, but we cannot escape the fact that California's corps of Police Chiefs is doing our state and our members harm by their actions. Many Chiefs of Police may not know, nor care, but it is incumbent on us, as Association Leaders, to bring the behavior of Cal Chiefs to everyone's attention. For the POA leaders reading this, I encourage you to share these details with your Chief of Police. Lobby them, ask them the hard questions, and encourage them to hold Cal Chief's leadership to account for their choices. Our state and more importantly our hardworking members deserve better, especially from a group that proclaim to be leaders.
Stay safe and take care of one another.
Sláinte from your PORAC Region One representatives,
President, San Jose POA
President, Oakland POA
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Coincidentally, the Editorial in yesterday’s Mercury News touches on the same subject that was covered in the POA item above.
Sex Case Shows Why New Law Was Needed
Mercury News Editorial — Jan. 9, 2019
Any doubt about the need for California’s week-old police transparency law was laid to rest with the first release of records, which revealed a department’s findings that a cop had offered to help a suspect in exchange for sex.
Indeed, this news organization’s report about the Burlingame case provided new information that has prompted San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe to reopen a criminal investigation into the actions of former Officer David Granucci.
All of this was made possible by a new state law, effective Jan. 1, requiring police departments to turn over records involving an officer’s use of a firearm or Taser, sexual assault on a member of the public or dishonesty when reporting a crime or misconduct of another officer.
Until this year, California law shielded records about misbehavior from public scrutiny. When police departments fired officers, we were never told why, or even who.
Police have fought for years to protect that secrecy. And they’re still fighting. The state Supreme Court last week turned down their bid to stop release of records about misconduct before Jan. 1.
But a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued an injunction barring the LAPD from releasing similar records until a hearing is conducted next month concerning the law’s retroactivity.
It’s time for police to support transparency and law and order. It’s time for them to stop trying to cover up for bad cops.
The new state law, authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, applies to release of records of egregious misbehavior. Police who have a problem with that have lost track of their mission to protect the public.
The Granucci case demonstrates why this new law has been needed. In response to a records request filed New Year’s Day, Burlingame police revealed their findings that Granucci in March 2018 attempted to initiate a relationship with a DUI suspect.
According to the police department, Granucci obtained her personal phone number through official police channels, called her after she was released from a sobering center and went to her house, where he “attempted to initiate a sexual relationship with the arrestee, using his police authority, by offering to assist her with her DUI case.”
The woman refused and reported the incident to police. An internal investigation led to Granucci’s termination on June 29.
Granucci’s attorney, Lina Balciunas Cockrell, says the police account is false, that Granucci never offered to help a woman with her DUI case in exchange for sex. As the case was about to go to arbitration, Cockrell said, the city rescinded its termination, accepted Granucci’s voluntary resignation, and paid him a monetary settlement — the amount of which Cockrell did not disclose.
The lack of corroborating evidence in the case prevented criminal prosecution, according to Wagstaffe, the district attorney. What Wagstaffe didn’t know until Tuesday was that after Granucci’s termination Burlingame police determined that he had propositioned two other women while on duty.
In one case, police determined, he carried on a relationship with the woman for several months. In the other, Granucci led the woman to incorrectly believe she was being released from custody because he did her a favor, and he tried to use that as leverage to solicit a sexual relationship. The woman refused.
Wagstaffe said Burlingame police never told his office about the other two department findings. Police Chief Michael Matteucci owes the public an explanation of why that information wasn’t passed on to the district attorney. Wagstaffe said the additional cases might provide supporting evidence for criminal charges.
We suspect these police findings will turn out to be just the first of many. Using the authority of the new law, this news organization, KQED and Investigative Studios, an independent nonprofit affiliated with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, have filed public records requests with police departments across the state.
Good cops should have nothing to fear. Bad ones should be prepared for public disclosure of their actions. It’s about time.
After all the news about us retirees with our aches and pains and worse, here's some great news: Dave Samsel and Gerri Ferrari got married on Nov. 16, 2018. They have been friends since grade school and "went steady" in junior high. In fact, Dave was Gerri's first boyfriend and Gerri was Dave's first girlfriend. They went to the same high school, but at that time they were just friends and went their separate ways.
Fast forward: After many years of marriage, Dave's wife Joyce passed away unexpectedly a little less than two years ago, then came a chance meeting where Dave and Gerri just happened to run into each other. They started getting together to catch up on the past and present and rekindled the flame they once had for each other from so many years in the past, leading to their getting married as they had so much in common and so many memories.
All of us retirees want to offer our congratulations to Dave and Gerri and wish them many happy days and years ahead.
Dennis (McKenzie) <email@example.com>
After today’s Farsider is disseminated there will be close to 1,000 members of the SJPD Family joining you in congratulating the newlyweds, Dennis.
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Good news from the Thompson homestead in the Sierras. Karen no longer has to clear the driveway of snow. According to the message below…
“I found a couple of replacements for Karen. Grandsons Jack and Matteo. All I have to do is feed them!”
Mike (Thompson) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Border security and the role that a newly constructed border wall plays in the overall situation has now resulted in the partial shutdown of the federal government. Politicians, pundits and the media have made numerous contradictory statements and claims about this dilemma. So what should we believe and what should we disregard.
Here are some of the facts about the situation based on actual data.
Polls consistently have shown that about 74% of Americans do want border security, but they are very divided on what this should entail.
President Trump has stated many times the most Americans want the wall. A repeating Quinnipiac Poll last taken three weeks ago shows that 43% of Americans support building a wall with 54% opposing. A Marist Poll, also taken last month, asked if building a border wall should be an immediate priority for Congress, 28% said it should, 19% said it shouldn't and 50% said it should not be a priority at all.
After President Trump first said he was willing to shut down the government if Congress didn't pass a bill that included his wall, another Quinnipiac Poll showed that only 28% of Americans agreed with him and 68% didn't. Last Friday he claimed many, if not most, of the effective federal employees are the biggest fans for what he's doing. A Government Business Council survey taken last week of federal workers from every affected department showed that 22% supports his decision and 71% don't.
The White House has said we have an immigration and drug trafficking crisis at our southern border. However, with significant technology advances in detection methods and the number of Border Patrol agents growing 500% over the last 25 years, added to by President Trump executive orders last January to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the number of illegal crossings at our southern border has significantly decreased. It had reached a high point in 2000 as shown in this Government Accounting Office / U.S. Customs and Border Protection graph depicting the number of apprehensions per year through FY17. Which by the way was at a 40 year low point. The final numbers for FY18 (not represented here) does show an increase from the prior year ending up just below the FY16 total number. This increase has been mostly attributable to family groups from Central America.
Smuggling of drugs across the border remains a major problem. What impact would a wall have on traffickers along our southern border. Custom and Border Patrol statistics show 81% of cocaine and methamphetamine and 86% of heroin / fentanyl are transported into the U.S. through our legal ports of entry or by sea transport. Most of the remainder comes in via aircraft, tunnels and even catapults for marijuana where fencing has been constructed.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders echoed President Trump last week and over the weekend saying "Customs and Border Protection have picked up nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists last year that came across our southern border." As it turned out she was apparently citing 2017 data referring to all known or suspected terrorists that were prevented from entering the U.S. that year. Nearly all of which attempted to enter through international airports with the remainder using sea ports. According to Justice Department public records, no immigrant has been arrested and no known or suspected terrorists have been stopped and questioned at the southern border in recent years.
Finally, even the CATO Institute, a conservative Washington D.C. think tank, has published THIS in-depth article about the reality of the situation, entitled 'Why The Wall Won't Work'.
Middle Ground <email@example.com>
A couple of quick points, MG. You and I both know that poll results can be skewed based on the way a question is asked, and I absolutely refuse to believe that fewer citizens support a wall than those who are opposed to it. On the other hand, the country is full of sheep who are inclined to believe the mainstream media's constant blathering that walls don't work. What really makes me grind my teeth is the billions of dollars we give in aid to other countries — even some who hate our guts. We need to put a large chunk of that dough to work here in the US. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Democrats hate Trump so bad that they are incapable of saying anything positive about him; their attitude wouldn't change if he personally discovered a cure for every type of cancer known to the medical community. Furthermore, Democratic leaders 'claim' to be in favor of border security. I say B.S. If Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin and the rest of those knuckleheads had their way, they would open the border and hand every migrant who ran across to the USA a membership card to the DNC. That's it. I really have to control my rants in responding to your missives. It's not good for my heart!
EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS...
THIS IS BEYOND SAD, IT’S A HEARTBREAK
Fans Say Goodbye to Harry’s Hofbrau
Mercury News — Jan. 9. 2019
The lines outside the San Jose carvery snaked outside for hours as it closed its doors after more than four decades of serving the community.
Augie Argabright and Marko Ukalovic were the first people in line outside Harry’s Hofbrau at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. By the time the carvery and comfort food institution opened its doors at 11, the line was a few hundred deep and snaked through the parking lot. Seemingly everyone wanted a chance to say goodbye to the eatery, which was closing its doors after 42 years on Saratoga Avenue.
“This place is an institution,” said Ukalovic, 43, who remembers coming to the German beer-hall style restaurant when he was in elementary school. “An icon of San Jose is closing down, so I had to come here for the last day.”
Leonardo Moreno carries a tray at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
on Tuesday. Moreno has worked at the establishment for 22 years.
After 42 years, the South Bay establishment is closing its doors.
Harry’s Hofbrau is one of a dwindling number of joints in San Jose representing a time between the Valley of Heart’s Delight and Silicon Valley. A sign posted around the restaurant — customers filled one of them with messages of thanks written in black marker — states the reasons for the closing: The lack of a new lease, a building that’s seen better years and the expected redevelopment of the 15-acre site that includes Garden City Casino.
A plan to develop the site with a mixed-use complex including housing, offices and retail was proposed in 2016 but withdrawn a year later. The city of San Jose hasn’t approved any new development plans for the site, but that was of little comfort to diners who have been coming to Harry’s for decades.
“There is no other place in San Jose where you can find this. Not this,” said 71-year-old San Jose resident Erik Sorensen, who decorated his ball cap with a sad face and a “Goodbye, Harry’s” message.
“All the places from my life are gone.”
Even though it was lunch, he bought a turkey wing dinner — “the least expensive turkey dinner they have that’s good” — along with mashed potatoes, stuffing with gravy and a slice of blueberry pie. He actually bought two of the meals, with plans to take one home to his wife.
People line up to order food at Harry’s Hofbrau
n San Jose on its last day of business Tuesday.
Harry Kramer opened the first Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City in 1954, one of many such cafeteria-style eateries that opened in the era. His son, Larry Kramer, took over the business in 1968 and opened the San Jose location in 1976. Over the decades, the chain expanded and contracted but built a reputation for hearty comfort food at reasonable prices. After the San Jose location closes, the only Harry’s Hofbraus remaining will be in Redwood City and San Leandro.
Surrounded by a huge parking lot and the Garden City Casino, the Harry’s in San Jose was a place where families celebrated birthdays and anniversaries and working men stopped by for lunch and a beer. The place would be packed every year for corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day and turkey on Thanksgiving. Nobody confused it with the French Laundry, but that’s not what its customers were looking for.
“The memories here are unbelievable, and so are the people who work here,” said Avis Erkel, who lives in South San Jose and was thrilled to get the ham hocks and lima beans one last time. She was in line with Leigh Crutchfield and James Daly, whose parents brought them here as children. Crutchfield said when she heard the news, she immediately told her brother they had to come for the last day and she was thankful her shift at Kaiser San Jose didn’t start until 3 p.m. so she could get in line early and not miss work.
Harry’s also because a popular meeting space for groups like the South Bay Writers Club and the Santa Clara County Democratic Club, which also held election debates and forums in its banquet room. The Peninsula Banjo Band entertained customers every Wednesday night for the past five years, but is now looking for a new place to twang.
“It was the perfect kind of place for the banjo band, and it made playing the ‘Beer Barrel Polka’ just a little more fun,” said band leader Chris Bracher. “It actually got so busy on Wednesdays that they started to reserve tables for groups of people who were coming to hear us perform.”
It wasn’t just the banjo band that made Harry’s so popular. After Kevin Olcese, the nephew of owner Larry Kramer, introduced craft beer to the bar more than five years ago, a new generation that had never eaten there began showing up — keeping the joint as hopping as ever. It wasn’t long before it became a go-to spot for brewers to introduce new beers or have a “tap takeover,” knowing that they’d be reaching influencers in the South Bay’s beer community.
It was, in fact, the beer and not the turkey that brought Keeya Bushnell to Harry’s Hofbrau on Tuesday. A regular who comes by a couple times a week, she was there Monday night when the place was swamped but still decided to come back for the last day. “They have a great selection. I’m going to very much miss this place,” said Bushnell, 35, who was far from alone at the long bar in the back by midday.
For Pete Calderon, however, it’s been all about the food since he started coming to Harry’s about a quarter-century ago. He would come to dinner about every two to three months, plus Thanksgiving, but got the word Monday about the closing and was among the first in line. “It’s a landmark gone,” said Calderon, who took home two bags filled with to-go orders. “I guess I’ll have to drive to Redwood City now.”
This was the line at the opening hour of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the
final day of the San Jose institution known as Harry’s Hofbrau.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
A ONE OF A KIND FOOTBALL GAME
Received from Joe Devane
The other day I saw an amazing football game:
• The players' hair fit under their helmets.
• No tattoos could be seen.
• There were no outlandish end zone celebrations.
• There was no taunting.
• Opposition players helped each other up after a play.
• Footballs were not spiked or left for the referee to retrieve; they were handed to the referee.
• No one took a knee on the sidelines.
• Players stood at attention during the playing of the national anthem.
It's great to watch an Army-Navy game.
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had the most riders?
From the Archives
Three elderly men walked into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf. The pro asked, "Did you guys have a good game today?"
The first old guy said, "I had the most riders ever. I had five."
The second elderly man said, "I had 7 riders, the same as last time."
The last old man said, "I beat my old record. I had 12 riders today."
After they left the pro shop for the locker room another golfer who had heard the old guys talking about their game asked the pro, "I've been playing golf for a long time and thought I knew all the terminology of the game, but what is a rider?"
The pro said, "A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to actually get in the golf cart and ride to it."
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Case of the Missing Wife
From the Archives
A husband went to the police station to report his wife missing.
Husband: I've lost my wife. She went shopping yesterday and still hasn't come home.
Officer: What is her height?
Husband: Oh, 5 something...
Husband: Not slim, not really fat.
Officer: Color of eyes?
Husband: Never noticed.
Officer: Color of hair?
Husband: Changes with the season.
Officer: What was she wearing?
Husband: Dress, suit, blue jeans — I don' really remember.
Officer: Did she go in a car?
Officer: What kind of a car was it?
Husband: 2015 Corvette Stingray 3LT with the Z51 Performance Package, shark gray metallic paint, with the 6.2 litre V8 engine with Direct Injection generating 460 horsepower, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, GT bucket seats, and has a very thin 2-inch scratch on the front left door four inches above the door sill and…
Officer interrupts: Don't worry, sir. We'll find your car.
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From the Archives
An elderly husband and wife were at home watching TV. Phil had the remote and was switching back and forth between a fishing channel and a porn channel. Sally became more and more annoyed and finally said, "For God's sake, Phil, leave it on the porn channel. You already know how to fish!"
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for what’s new.
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Want to see an amazing illusion? You know you do, so check out THIS Sea Turtle sent in by Alice Murphy. (0:40)
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Give me a comfortable chair and I could spend a couple of hours watching THIS snowman surprise women and make them scream. Some men, too. (6:29)
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The same guy who created the Snowman (red arrow) created this radio controlled Rat. Watch THIS. (2:41)
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It’s been said that the scariest hike in America is Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park in Utah. It’s so scary, in fact, that it can magically change the color of the hikers’ shorts. Interested? GO for it. (4:18)
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We may be out of the woods as far as a water crisis is concerned — at least for the immediate future — but the crisis is real in other parts of the world, and that’s what Kitty Flanagan addresses this week. She makes perfectly good sense, so give her YOUR attention for a few minutes. (4:51)
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Why cops should never pull over a woman with a witty mind...
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This guy who runs the “Today I Found Out” YouTube channel comes up with some interesting topics on occasion, and for people who chose our career paths, THIS is one of them. (3:47)
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Hope for Paws Update for the Week — Two Stories
(Posted on Jan. 4) When a little abandoned dog was seen begging for food in a Starbucks parking lot an employee reported it to Hope for Paws and Eldad was immediately on his way. After he found and befriended the little guy he asked his Instagram followers what the dog’s name should be? Turned out he named the little dog BEAN. Here is the rest of the story. (3:17)
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(Posted yesterday, Jan. 9) Eldad and Loreta responded to a report of an owner who got a new dog and no longer wanted her old one. With Eldad behind the camera, Loreta managed to attach the lucky leash to the pooch and name him PIRATE. The rest is history. (4:13)
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There are parts of the UK where this song is wildly popular; other parts not so much. It dates back to May of 2012, but still gets plenty of play. True or not, thank God America could never be like what’s depicted in this song, right? RIGHT? (4:06)
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Have you had the occasion to visit Venice, Italy? And if so, do you recall what San Marcos square looked like. We will wager it didn’t look like THIS. (4:09)
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Are you into Science Fiction? If the answer is yes, read on. If not, skip this. We find it amazing how computer software makes it possible for unknown filmmakers to produce professional effects that only Hollywood was capable of bringing to the screen a few years ago. This 19-minute Sci-Fi short film is an example. Not to take away from the talent of the director, but the special effects in this masterpiece are something to behold. If you are into Sci-Fi, you should give THIS a look. (19:23)
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This Week’s Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge Entries
These cops and the two firefighters from the town of RUTLAND, Mass. belted out a popular hit by Adele. Our problem is that we have never heard the song before, nor have we heard of Adele. If we had, we’d be inclined to give them a score higher than an 8.5. Sorry, guys. (5:11)
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Congrats to our neighbors to the north for fielding numerous officers from the CONCORD PD to participate in their challenge. Turns out they did themselves proud and were worthy of a score of 9.5. (4:31)
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Have you ever interrogated a donut? These detective have, but we doubt they were able to get the jelly belly to spill his guts. Lots of imagination went into this challenge by the YORK (Penn.) PD, so we are giving them a 9.2. (4:46)
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With over 1.5 million views, these two Australian cops hit it out of the park. Unfortunately, we couldn’t determine what city or county they work for. Perhaps they felt they might be intruding in the US-born Lip Sync Challenge, which is nonsense. There are two things to note: 1) The male cop is driving because Aussies drive on the opposite side of the road from us, and 2) only in the Australian outback can you cruise at 100+ like he appears to be doing if you look out the windows. Whatever the case, these two are a MUST see. Score: A solid 10. (3:54)
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Technically, this is not a Lip Sync Challenge entry because it was posted back in Jan. of 2015, long before the Challenge began. But we are willing to wager that this video gave birth to the Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge. You should recognize this sergeant from the Dover (DE) PD as parts of this video went viral and appeared on national broadcast and cable TV channels. His rank appears to be above that of a sergeant because the three stripes on his sleeve sit atop a rocker, and he has almost as many hashmarks on his sleeve as newly retired “Bird” Parrott. Whatever his rank, he is a kick to watch. There is no doubt that he has the lyrics to “Shake It Off” deeply embedded in his mind. Have a LOOK. (4:11)
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Hop in one of these rally cars and let’s go for a ride. It promises to be fun, but don’t bring along a steaming hot cup of coffee unless you are wearing FLAMEPROOF coveralls. (8:46)
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You’ve seen video of the crash of the 747 cargo aircraft as it was taking off from Afghanistan. HERE is the story behind it as told by Allec Joshua Ibay. (5:20)
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Pop Quiz: Who fired the first shot in Wold War II between the U.S. and Japan? According to The History Guy, it was us, and he is absolutely correct. Click HERE and see why. (12:59)
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When the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan, thousands of citizens captured video of the catastrophe with their smart phones, and numerous videos showed up on YouTube and other video sites over the following couple of years. Since then, more videos have surfaced with footage showing the horror in specific cities. The video below that was posted on YouTube six years after the tsunami SHOWS the impact and the terror the tsunami had on Kamaishi City. (14:40)
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This contribution from Comrade Kosovilka should be worth a few minutes of your time. It’s titled the “Remembrance Poppy” flash mob that took place in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. (You didn’t think Bob was going to send us something that took place in Beijing, CHINA did you?) (4:35)
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We had some favorable comments about Sissel, the popular Norwegian singer who led off last week’s New Year’s Farsider with her rendition of Auld Lang Syne. We thought we would invite her back to close this week’s Farsider with what we consider one of the world’s most BEAUTIFUL songs. If you enjoy it, let the video roll over to the song that follows. (3:55)
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Contributed by Tom McFall
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