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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RUSS ROYAL THIS SATURDAY
The following information was received from Julie Royal last Friday. We immediately posted it on the 10-7SJOD Facebook page…
Julie Royal, wife of Russ Royal, here. Somehow I lost track of days this week. I meant to send you information on Russ's memorial/celebration of life in time for this week’s issue of the Farsider, but clearly that didn't happen. I am sending you the information anyway. Maybe you can include it in next week's issue.
Royal Memorial/Celebration of Life
January 14, 2017 @ 1 p.m.
Peninsula Bible Church
3505 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
A reception with light refreshments will follow.
I created a public event on Facebook with the information. I believe people can search for it and then indicate whether they might go (this will help me have a better idea of how many people might be there), but it's not necessary to RSVP.
Julie (Royal) <email@example.com>
If you plan to attend the service, please drop a note to Julie.
The following obituary about Bill Wien’s wife was spotted in the Jan. 9th Mercury News. We have no information on the retired sergeant as Bill never subscribed to the Farsider, and his name does not appear on the Memorial List.
Nell “Diane” Wien
Oct. 11, 1923 — Dec. 10, 2016
Resident of San Jose
Diane was born Floy Nell McMurry in Lakeview, Texas, to Ruby Stephens and W.B. McMurry. Diane grew up with two beloved brothers, Gerry and Truman. During World War II, Diane joined the WAVES (the women’s branch of the Navy) and proudly served at the naval hospital in Long Beach. After the war, Diane joined her mother Ruby in San Jose, where Diane met and married the man with whom she spent the rest of her life, Bill Wien. She and Bill raised five children: Sharon, Steve, Lisa, Bill, and Lori.
In Diane’s later years, she and Bill traveled extensively, enjoying cruises in European countries and destinations in the US. The birth of their grandchild, Robert, in 1990 was a highlight of Diane’s life. Diane always thanked those who helped her and looked toward the good in life. Diane’s loving and everbright presence is dearly missed by her husband, her five children, her son-in-law, and her grandson.
If anyone has contact information for Bill for the purpose of sending him a sympathy card, please send it in so we can pass it along.
RETIRED POLICE DATA SPECIALIST II SONIA HUSA
We lost another PD worker. Sonia Husa, who worked in Records, was hired on June 12, 1989, retired on Sept. 14, 2002, and passed away last Saturday, Jan. 7th from complications of COPD at Good Sam. She was 79 years of age. There will be no service.
Joan (Lockwood) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Joan is the Secretary of the San Jose Retired Employees Assn. that serves non-sworn retirees similar to the way the Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers & Firefighters serves sworn retirees.
As many of you have probably heard, April Katherman's home in Hollister was flooded last night. April and her two sons are safe. SJ Fire and Mutual Aid responded and got them evacuated safely.
As you can imagine there is a lot of damage, and right now they are still in the process of assessing their needs, dealing with insurance, etc. At this point we don't know exactly what the extent of their needs will be and/or what anyone can do to help.
They cannot occupy the house and we do not know what will be covered by insurance, but there will be losses that cannot be recovered.
We will have a fund set up by 8:00 am tomorrow (Thurs. the 12th) through the POA Charitable Foundation to help with recovery costs. If you would like to help, go to <www.sjpoa.com> to donate or send a check payable to the San Jose POA CF, (Katherman Recovery) on the memo line to 1151 North Fourth Street, San Jose, 95112.
If you have any questions, contact Anthony Kilmer at 408-802-4235, Joanne Segovia at 408-307-7193, or Derek Espinosa 408-710-4417.
Come join in to help raise funds for SJPD Academy Class 9 and the SJPD Motors Unit to travel to Washington D.C. for the National Police Memorial. We want to show our support for Fallen Officer Michael Katherman, #3900 and his family, and honor his memory in our nation's capitol during National Police Week. More details about this fundraiser are on the flyer below.
Please come to the POA office during office hours to buy your tickets HERE!
This Membership Alert is to update you on continued media and support from law enforcement agencies across the country that want to see the offensive 'art' piece (Previously talked about that was placed there by Congressman Clay out of Missouri) taken down off the wall in our Capitol. The first clip below from Fox News reports that Rep. Duncan Hunter R-CA took matters into his own hands and took the art piece down. The support of our local agencies that collaborated with Los Angeles Police Protective League and NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association was overwhelming and great.
Farsider Ed. — This issue hasn't been resolved. Scroll down for a post script to this story.
Whether this article received from Russ Russell about a ruling that impacts CalPERS could have ramifications based on precedent regarding our Police-Fire Retirement System we haven't a clue. We are passing it along strictly as an FYI…
California Appeals Court Rules Pension Benefits Can Be Reduced
By Randy Diamond
Pension & Investments, January 3, 2017
A second California appeals court panel has said that vested pension rights can be reduced or eliminated in California as long as employees still receive a pension that is “substantial” and “reasonable,” court filings show.
Click HERE to read the rest of the article
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Building Trust Between Police, Community
Mercury News — Jan. 11, 2017
In a year fraught with fears among immigrants and others sensing a less inclusive tone in America, the “Community Trust in Policing Forum” planned a week from Saturday in San Jose is a brilliant beginning.
You should go. From the least to the most privileged of the community, regardless of race or profession, all can learn from and contribute to a conversation about how to best keep all of us safe.
The event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on Alum Rock Avenue will kick off an 18-month Strengthening Community Relations Project conceived by Independent Police Auditor Walter Katz. The aim is to get at the tensions that simmer beneath the surface in this multicultural city and avoid that moment of boiling over.
Katz is a terrific asset to San Jose, building on the work of his predecessor, LaDoris Cordell, who raised the level of professionalism in the auditor’s office. The city also is fortunate to have, in Eddie Garcia, a police chief committed to building community relationships despite having a depleted police force.
Or perhaps in part because of it. Community trust in the police department will make everybody safer — including the police if residents have their backs.
At the forum, Katz and Garcia will lead panel discussions and give residents, officers, public officials — everyone an opportunity to have a say.
“It’s important that various communities of San Jose have a frank conversation about how policing can impact different communities differently, ” Katz told Mercury News reporter Robert Salonga. “There is a definite gap in perceptions of reality. It’s important to have conversations so they can learn about how police do their work, and also for police to get a better understanding of how the public perceives their work.” Part of Katz’s goal as auditor is greater transparency and accountability on the part of police.
“I’m of the opinion that public safety and officer safety and accountability all work together,” he said. “When folks think police are accountable and transparent, they’ll place more trust in police. Research has shown that when there is legitimacy, people are more cooperative as witnesses and more willing to report crime.”
The community forum isn’t just for the aggrieved. Public perception of, for example, racial profiling runs the gamut from outright racism to a valid policing tool — a view embraced by President-elect Donald Trump. People of all views would do well to hear one another. It’s been two and a half years since chaos in Ferguson, Mo., ignited the Black Lives Matter movement and shone a light on the disproportionate incarceration of blacks.
San Jose is not a black and white city like Ferguson. It’s a cornucopia of colors, ethnicities, religions and gender identities — some with specific fears and others with mistrust, some rational and some irrational. But all have in common the wish for a safe place to live. Understanding one another better is a start.
Bill and Leroy,
At dinner the other night, Dennis Sorahan and I had a discussion in which the subject was, “Would you assist or help a citizen or police officer who may need your help?” Both Dennis and I have a lot to lose should we choose to help and Black lives matter, Federal hate crime law, violation of civil rights, injury to the suspect, or greedy Lawyers decide to sue. An active officer has the City, the PBA, the POA on his or her side. As retirees, we would stand alone and possibly lose everything we have worked for.
Dennis said he would help. I said I may help, but a Police Officers Good Samaritan Law would make my decisions easier. If you assist and everything goes well you have five minutes of fame on Fox. If it goes wrong, you have a lifetime of regrets and ridicule.
What would you do? Something to think about.
Bill Yarbrough <email@example.com>
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When I was younger I decided to go to Medical School. During the entrance exam we were instructed to rearrange the letters PNEIS and form the name of an important part of the human body that is most useful when erect. Those who chose the word SPINE are doctors today. The rest of us became cops!
(Name withheld by request.)
MORE ON THE PIG-COP PAINTING
This is how the controversy over the painting depicting cops with pig heads was handled by the print media…
With Pig in Police Uniform Removed
—Unions disgruntled by images inspired by Ferguson shooting—
By Kevin Freking, Associated Press
Mercury News — Jan. 7, 2017
WASHINGTON — A Republican lawmaker removed a high school student’s painting from a Capitol Hill display Friday because it shows a pig in a police uniform, aiming a gun at African-American protesters. The image was inspired by the shooting and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. California Rep. Duncan Hunter unscrewed the painting from a hallway display that includes hundreds of works of art and returned it to the office of Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay, who sponsored the work and represents a St. Louis congressional district. Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter, said “there’s nothing appropriate” about the painting. He said the artwork was the subject of discussion when GOP lawmakers gathered for a morning caucus meeting. When Hunter left the meeting, he walked to the display and took it off the wall. The painting also sparked outcry from police unions in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco. The unions, along with the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the New York Sergeants Benevolent Association, wrote a letter this week to House Speaker Paul Ryan asking him to use his “extraordinary power” to remove the artwork. “This divisive and hateful painting had no business being on display in our Capitol and we are pleased that it was removed and hope that any art that disparages police officers will never again be hung in the halls of Congress,” San Jose Police Officers Association President Paul Kelly in a statement Friday.
Hunter did not speak with Clay about the portrait. Kasper said it was Clay’s prerogative to return the painting to the display.
A spokesman for Clay says the congressman was unavailable for comment.
The painting showed a police officer taking aim at protesters with signs saying “history” and “stop kill.” The police officer has an elongated face with tusks, much like a razorback pig. The background includes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a young black man looking out from prison bars. One of the figures also appears to show a protester as a wolf.
Clay’s website gives the following description of the artwork: “The painting portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society.”
In August 2014, a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, setting off weeks of protests.
Clay’s office said Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School Senior David Pulphus won the lawmaker’s 16th Annual Congressional Art Competition, and “his visually stunning acrylic painting on canvas entitled, ’Untitled #1’ will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol Complex.”
Speaker Paul Ryan’s office did not return a call seeking comment on whether he condoned Hunter’s actions.
Bay Area News Group staff writer Jason Green contributed to this report.
Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, has removed a painting by former
high school student David Pulphus that showed a pig in a police
uniform. It was one of hundreds of art pieces on display at the Capitol
and was sponsored by another member of Congress.
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Just when it looked like the Pig-Cop Painting issue was resolved, this happens…
in Police Uniform Drawing Restored to Capitol Display
—Democratic lawmaker defends artist’s right to portray his reality—
By Kevin Freking, Associated Press
Mercury News — Jan. 11, 2017
WASHINGTON — In a devolving tit-for-tat, Republicans and Democrats tangled Tuesday over a high school student’s painting with the image of pig in a police uniform that is part of a Capitol Hill art exhibit.
Republican lawmakers kept taking it down, and Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., kept putting it back up.
The painting depicts Ferguson, Missouri, with the image of a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester.
Clay rehung the painting Tuesday morning after a Republican lawmaker found it offensive and removed it. Joined by several lawmakers, including other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Clay said returning the painting was about defending the Constitution.
“I do not agree or disagree with this painting,” Clay said. “But I will fight to defend this young man’s right to express himself because his artwork is true for him and he is entitled to that protection under the law.”
David Pulphus, 18, won an annual arts competition in Clay’s congressional district. His picture portrays events in Ferguson after the shooting of an unarmed teenager set off protests. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., removed the painting last Friday and returned it to Clay’s office.
After Clay restored the painting, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., removed it again and took it to Clay’s office. Clay put it back up again.
A short time later, two other Republicans, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Brian Babin of Texas, took it down again delivered it to Clay’s office.
Clay put it back.
The painting — and Clay’s decision to rehang it — has sparked outcry from the San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco police officers associations, as well as the Los Angles Police Protective League and the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York.
“By rehanging this painting in our nation’s capitol, Rep. Clay is not only agreeing with it, but he’s celebrating it,” the unions said in a joint statement Tuesday. “Clay agrees with this painting’s depiction of police officers as pigs looking to gun down innocent people and he shouldn’t cowardly hide behind the First Amendment to justify rehanging the picture.”
Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., is taking the lead on trying to resolve the controversy. Reichert is asking the architect of the Capitol to make a ruling on whether the painting complies with the rules of the art contest.
Republicans have cited a rule that says, “Exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.”
The Missouri congressman said it is “pathetic” that some Republicans and “altright media types” refer to themselves as constitutional conservatives, but don’t think the same document protects the free-speech rights of his constituent.
The painting showed a police officer taking aim with signs saying “history” and “stop kill.” The police officer has an elongated face with tusks, much like a razorback pig. The background includes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and a young black man looking out from prison bars.
Bay Area News Group staff writer Jason Green contributed to this report.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Received from Frank Smith
Two priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation and were determined to make it a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy. As soon as the plane landed they headed for a store and bought some outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals and sunglasses.
The next morning they went to the beach dressed in their tourist garb. They were sitting on beach chairs enjoying a drink, the sunshine and the scenery when a drop dead gorgeous blonde in a bikini came walking straight towards them. They couldn't help but stare.
As the blonde passed them she smiled and said “Good morning, Father, good morning, Father, nodding and addressing each of them individually. Then she passed on by.
The two priests were stunned. How in the world did she know who they were?
So the next day they went back to the store and bought even more outrageous outfits. These were so loud you could hear them before you even saw them!
Once again, in their new attire they settled down in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine. After a little while, the same gorgeous blonde wearing a different colored bikini came walking toward them. Again she nodded at each of them and said “Good morning, Father, Good morning, Father” As she started to walk away, one of the priests couldn't stand it any longer and said, “Just a minute, young lady.”
"We are priests and proud of it, but I have to know, how in the world do you know we are priests?"
She replied, “Father, it's me, Sister Kathleen.”
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Moral of the Story
Received from Gary Leonard
A teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.
The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. There were the standard types of stories about spilled milk and pennies saved. Finally, only Janie was left.
"Janie, do you have a story to share?"
'Yes ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine fighter pilot in Desert Storm. When her plane got hit she had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol and a survival knife.
“She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, but found that her parachute dropped her in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops.
“She shot 15 of them with her pistol until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with her knife, until the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands."
''Good Heavens,” said the horrified teacher. “What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?"
Janie replied, ”Don't screw with Mommy when she's been drinking."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Jan. 4 — 10
Jan. 10: President Obama gave his farewell address tonight in Chicago and thousands of people waited outside in freezing temperatures to get tickets. Now those people have a week to get over their pneumonia before they lose their health insurance.
Rumors are circulating that Hillary Clinton could run for mayor of New York City later this year. While Bill could run to be the next “Naked Cowboy” in Times Square.
Hillary and Bill Clinton announced that they are going to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday. Trump was really excited when he heard because they’re the first celebrities that said they’ll actually go.
Even more awkward, she’s sitting right next to Putin
Jan. 9: Over the weekend, Pope Francis gave his support to a woman who was publicly breastfeeding. The Pope defended himself saying, "I’m celibate, this is all I have."
Donald Trump is reportedly having multiple disagreements with his Defense Secretary pick, James "Mad Dog" Mattis. You know you’re in trouble when a guy named Mad Dog is telling you to take it down a notch.
Due to slow sales, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been given a 15 percent pay cut. Or as Cook is spinning it, he’s coming out with a thinner more lightweight wallet.
Later this month, Google will be testing its new self-driving minivans. The vehicles can do all the functions of a human driver, except wonder, "Christ, how did I end up driving a minivan?"
Donald Trump is making his son-in-law Jared Kushner a senior adviser to the Presidency. Today, Trump said, "I’ve looked into it and nothing’s ever gone wrong with a guy named Jared."
At last night’s Golden Globes, Meryl Streep criticized Donald Trump, then Trump tweeted that she is "overrated." "Overrated" is different from Trump’s normal insult for women, "over 40.”
Jan. 10: It’s being reported Yahoo might be changing its name to Altaba. The announcement was made so people could get a jump start on saying, “You’re still using Altaba?”
Republican Senator Rand Paul said that this week he will introduce a GOP replacement plan for Obamacare. The new comprehensive health initiative will be called “Don’t Get Sick.”
CNN is reporting that the Russians have disgusting and damaging information about Donald Trump. Apparently, the Russian report on Trump contains “everything we already know.”
On Twitter, porn actress Jenna Jameson bashed Meryl Streep for her Golden Globe speech. Wow, it’s going to be awkward the next time Jameson and Streep do a movie together.
A man has finally been arrested for changing the famous Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed.” In other words, we’re punishing the first stoner in the world to actually show some initiative.
Jan. 4: A man in Vietnam was hospitalized after doctors realized that he had a pair of scissors in his digestive system that had been left there by a previous surgery that he had 18 years ago. I mean this guy is so lucky. Come on, free scissors!
The sad part is after they sewed him up the second time the doctor was like wait, "where's my watch?"
If you feel bad for the guy who didn't know he had scissors inside him, imagine being the guy standing behind him in the TSA line.
Amazingly, he rarely suffered any pain over those 18 years. But from time to time he did get a bit snippy.
Jan. 10: In a tense exchange yesterday, a U.S. Navy destroyer fired warning shots at fast-approaching Iranian naval ships. So of course, our president-elect tweeted about how overrated Meryl Streep is.
Meryl Streep's speech last night at the Golden Globes took direct aim at Donald Trump when she called him a bully. Of course, Trump responded in a tweet saying Streep is quote, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood.
At a baptism service in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday Pope Francis advised the mothers in attendance that it was okay for them to breastfeed during the ceremony. He said this because there were many babies who were crying. I love that even the Pope is like, "oh my god, do whatever you have to do, just shut them up."
If you want to see real acting, just watch the Republican Congress as they pretend that everything's going to be okay for the next four years.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 even celebrated with a fireworks display.
Jan. 10: Today on Capitol Hill, Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was grilled by senators during the first confirmation hearing of the Trump administration. Sessions is a controversial pick. For instance, in the past, he’s been a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization. At one point he said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” That dude needs to chill out and smoke some marijuana.
Another controversial moment was in 1986, when Sessions was accused of racism while up for a federal judgeship. Sessions responded, “I am not a racist. I am not insensitive to blacks.” And as everyone knows, the best way to prove you’re not a racist is to use the term “blacks.”
Donald Trump appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as White House senior adviser. I bet when they first met, Trump was like, “What are your intentions with my daughter?” Kushner was like, “I’ll be honest. I’m just sleeping with her to get close to you.” And Trump was like, “Nice.”
Jan. 10: Congratulations are in order for the Clemson Tigers, who won the college championship last night. They upset Alabama 35-31. Which was also the blood-alcohol content of most Clemson fans after that game.
Tonight on all the channels President Obama gave his farewell speech. It’s the Obama speech that Republicans have been looking forward to.
Obama said while he was preparing the speech, he said “I’m thinking about this as a chance to say thank you for an amazing journey” — sounds to me like someone’s been watching “The Bachelor.”
Jan. 9: Meryl Streep was given the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last night and used her acceptance speech to criticize Donald Trump. That’s right, the all-time queen of American drama was criticized by Meryl Streep.
The movie “La La Land” won a record seven Golden Globes last night. The movie tells the story of a struggling jazz musician named Sebastian, who against all odds, is white.
First Lady Michelle Obama gave her final White House speech on Friday where she told young people to quote, “never fear.” Though it was weird that she told old people to quote, “Watch your backs.”
More than 60 cities around the world celebrated the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride yesterday. Or as that one guy on your train calls it, “Sunday.”
A man is claiming that his struggle with sleep-apnea caused him to grope a woman’s breasts on a flight. Said the woman, “Nice try, Mr. President-elect.”
Jan. 10: After past accusations of racism, attorney general nominee Senator Jeff Sessions said today, “I abhor the Klan and its hateful ideology.” Though he refused to answer the follow-up question, “Ku Klux or Wu Tang?”
Sixty-three billion messages were sent this New Year’s Eve on the messaging service WhatsApp. And most of them read, “Are you watching Mariah Carey?”
Eric Trump recently said that the Trump Organization will “probably not” pursue business deals in Russia in the next few years. They’ll also “probably not” tell us if they do.
Music streaming app Spotify today offered President Obama a job as “President of Playlists.” And they say America isn’t racist – white ex-presidents get offered jobs as corporate lobbyists and they ask the black guy if he wants to be a DJ.
Jan. 4: We're a little over two weeks from Trump's inauguration. Typically, you've got a bunch of stars there at the inauguration to perform for the new president. Reagan had Frank Sinatra, Clinton had Fleetwood Mac, George W. Bush had Ricky Martin, Obama had Beyonce. So, obviously, for Trump, everybody who's anybody is going to be there, except for anybody. Because he's having a wee bit of trouble getting famous acts to perform.
Turns out the Mormon tabernacle choir is scheduled to perform, but over the weekend, a choir member resigned because she didn't want to perform for Trump. Now the choir needs to fill that empty spot with a Mormon who has free time and can sing — Trump has a job for Mitt Romney after all!
Bill and Hillary Clinton will attend Trump's inauguration. I think that's very nice that she's being a gracious loser. And if you count the popular vote, a gracious winner.
Jan. 9: Last night, President-elect Trump was too focused on defeating ISIS and creating jobs to pick a fight with a celebrity — just kidding, he tweeted: "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood..."
Look, Mr. Trump. You can refuse to release your taxes, you can call to ban an entire religion, you can play footsie with a dictator, but calling Meryl Streep overrated? No!
Trump spokeswoman and future award-winning Meryl Streep role Kellyanne Conway weighed in on the reporter controversy by explaining we shouldn't get hung up on little things like what Donald Trump says and does.
On Friday, the director of national intelligence released a report that found that Putin ordered the effort to undermine faith in the election and help Trump. Apparently, after Russia was embarrassed by the Olympic doping scandal, Putin wanted to discredit the image of the United States and cast it as hypocritical. Hey, Putin, we don't need any help looking hypocritical. Okay? We're the country that invented both chili cheese fries and open heart surgery. We got this one.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
Want to see something incredible? Clicking on THIS link we received from Noel Lanctot and Don Hale will take you to it. (3:07)
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If you have ever been to London you have no doubt heard Big Ben make its presence known on the hour and quarter hour. But have you ever wondered how the 160-year-old clock keeps accurate time? THIS fascinating clip received from Alice Murphy will show you how an English penny helps the iconic timepiece of London keep near perfect time. (3:01)
But all is not rosy for Big Ben. This video was posted on YouTube a month prior to the one above. That may be misleading, however, because the clip above was a segment from a TV program that was produced long before THIS one. (4:22)
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We don’t recommend making up a story like THIS one sent in by Dave Scannell if you get caught being someplace you shouldn’t be, but it seemed to work for this guy. (1:10)
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We can’t speak to the qualify of Russian automakers, but if this is typical of the way they are advertising their domestic vehicles, they have Detroit beat by miles. Have a LOOK. (3:06)
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“Good lesson here,” says Stan Miller. Although it deals with golf balls, it has nothing to do with the game. Check THIS out. (3:05)
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These rehearsals and attempt at a car dealer commercial featuring a spokesman, Goldie the Gopher and a Polar Bear need no further explanation, just a simple click HERE. (1:31)
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Says Dirk Parsons, “When ship launches go wrong, they sometimes go REALLY wrong.” Watch this. (4:56)
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This is evidence that firefighters share the same love for animals regardless of where they live and work. Even in Slovakia. Have a look at THIS clip Sharon Lansdowne posted on Facebook. (1:45)
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That’s Mom and Dad in the pic below. If you enjoy nature, spend a couple of minutes and watch as they raise their baby budgies. (Technically they are called “budgerigars,” but I call THEM parakeets.) (7:07)
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This is a good example of the untold thousands of items that make the technology of the Internet so valuable, whether you give a whit about migrating birds or not! Click HERE and you will see what we”re talking about.
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Pete Salvi had a contribution this week in the form of this Jimmy Kimmel clip that feature’s Jimmy's cousin Sal, who looks and sounds like someone from the Sopranos. (HINT: Think bloodstained rug.) (6:44)
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This clip about Henry Ford’s Model T that we received from Doug Bergtholdt looked familiar, and thanks to the Archives, we found that it originally appeared in the Jan. 15, 2009 Farsider. With something this historically interesting, an item eight years old easily qualifies for a RE-RUN. (5:16)
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From who was arguably one of the best story tellers ever, this tale by the late Paul Harvey about the Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to the shores of what would become America borders on the unbelievable. But with Paul’s nationwide audience and his credibility, there is little doubt in our mind that the STORY is real. (Paul passed away in 2009 at the age of 90.) (3:33)
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Since we first discovered Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) a few months ago with their rendition of “All About the Bass” we have become a big fan of the group. Before we put anymore distance between Christmas and now, we thought we would invite the group back with THIS Andrew Sisters’-style number titled "Last Christmas." (Keep your eye on the sad lady in red who was left out of the fun.) (3:17)
If you missed PMJ’s Farsider debut with “All About the Bass” several weeks ago and/or would like to see and hear it again, clicking HERE will bring it to you. (4:14)
One more? We’re enjoying this DJ gig and can handle that! This PMJ number titled “Bad Romance” features Ariana Savalas on vocal and Sarah Reich as the HOOFER with the amazing stamina. (4:36)
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This is another musical group we are warming up to. They call themselves “Sweet Sisters” and apparently have some financial backing that allows for a professional production. Have a LOOK and listen to their rendition of “Hit the Road Jack” and see what you think. (4:39)
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Here’s one final musical number that will close this week’s Farsider. It begs the question, “When did you last watch the Lennon Sisters sing this song that the Andrew Sisters of WWII fame make popular? (Well, three of the original four Lennon Sisters anyway.) (3:07)
Bonus: Here are the original ANDREW SISTERS singing the same song (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy) from the 1941 movie “Buck Privates.” (2:17)
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Pic of the Week
THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 1/12/17
Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):
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Abram, Fred & Connie
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Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve