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Last year, far too often we received
tragic news of a brother/sister officer who was killed or seriously injured in
the line of duty. In researching these incidents, we learned that a lot of
officers were killed or injured while not wearing their seat-belt or a
ballistic vest. Your POA, along with our National Coalition UCOPS, learned of
Below 100, a national organization that works to reduce or prevent death or
serious injuries to officers through education and training. Below 100 has been
recognized for their work in saving officers' lives.
UCOPS members unanimously agreed to donate $8,000 to Below 100. The money will be used to help bring training and education to specific agencies in need. We have a responsibility to ensure we are taking precautionary measures to protect ourselves in a brave new chaotic world. If we can assist in helping other officers that either don't have updated training or access to necessary equipment, then we feel a sense of duty to help Below 100 in their mission.
Click HERE to read the letter sent from UCOPS to Below 100. By reaching out in different ways, we remain committed to action when it comes to watching out for one another in law enforcement.
Take care of each other and be safe!
Paul & Sean
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
San Jose Police Not Responding Fast Enough to Emergencies: Audit
By Damian Trujillo — NBC Bay Area — Jan. 14, 2019
Click HERE to view the KNTV News Report
San Jose Police Department is failing to
meet its own goal of responding to life and
death emergencies within six minutes,
according to a new report from the city auditor.
The San Jose Police Department is failing to meet its own goal of responding to life and death emergencies within six minutes, according to a new report from the city auditor.
Officers themselves are troubled by the report but concede the results are unacceptable, and the citizens of San Jose deserve better.
The report shows officers on average are taking 9 minutes to respond to Priority 1 calls; those are life-and-death calls, with imminent danger.
The target is 6 minutes.
Priority 2 calls include injuries or property damage or a suspect might still be at the scene. The response time target for those calls is 11 minutes, but it’s taking San Jose officers more than 22 minutes.
Sean Pritchard, vice president of the police union, says the audit is a huge eye opener for the department and the city.
"That’s a huge concern for us," Pritchard said. "It's just unacceptable to us. The citizens and businesses, they demand, they deserve better."
Police officials say it’s a supply and demand issue: more calls and fewer officers.
San Jose covers 180 square miles, and its police department has 1,100 officers. By comparison, San Francisco encompasses nearly 47 square miles and has more than 2,000 officers on its force.
"Our officers are trying to do the best job we can," Pritchard said. "But there’s only so many of us."
Police Chief Eddie Garcia was in meetings all day Monday but shares the union’s belief that the numbers are unacceptable.
Thank you both so much for all the efforts and time you put in keeping us connected through the Farsider each week. Nancy was looking at our son's latest Instagram postings and saw this. I thought we should share it with you.
Mike (Davis) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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"Up at parent's enjoying a few days with them. Although being a police officer's son and knowing the risk he gave up for decades of service, hearing of a fallen officer in Newman hits close to home. Newman is where my family came from and where the fallen officer served. I've been thru it with my parents, dad lost a few of his best friends that he still grieves for to this day. They leave behind families that will greatly miss them. Be thankful for all that serve us and know they put their lives out there for us to be safe day after day. Wouldn't be able to do what we do without them."
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In response to the letter written by the SJPD POA and the Oakland PD POA in which they are critical of PORAC and the California Police Chief’s Association, I felt, in fairness, your readers should have the opportunity to read the responses from both organizations.
Dan Ortega <email@example.com>
Following is the text of a PORAC Legislative Alert Dan attached to his email…
January 7, 2019
Last week, a letter was sent out from the Presidents of San Jose POA and Oakland POA criticizing CPCA and our recent policy decision to support SB1421. The letter also mistakenly claims Cal Chiefs supported SB54, and draws an insulting and offensive connection between the work our organization did to water down that legislation and the death of Corporal Singh. Both of these claims are erroneous, offensive, and inaccurate.
Attached is a copy of the letter, and our detailed talking points responding to the false narrative. Additionally, below highlights our corrections to the misinformation included within the letter:
• Cal Chiefs did not support SB54 – when it became evident to all that the legislation would pass and be signed, we negotiated a series of amendments that resulted in the removal of our opposition. Given the inevitability of the new law, we owed it to our communities and members to do everything we could to limit the damage.
• PORAC’s “negotiations” on SB1421 were never assured, and included mandatory binding arbitration and he higher standard to sustain complaints. Both of those were unacceptable to our leadership, and resulted in pitting us against the rank and file groups. It should be noted that PORAC and others started negotiating for those amendments against us early in the year before ever reaching out to our association.
• Contrary to what is asserted in the letter, we engage on a regular basis with our law enforcement partners in Sacramento. However, we have been the only group willing to engage and compromise to reduce the impacts of legislation when it becomes apparent a worse result would be inevitable.
• These bill did not pass because of our engagement, rather they would have passed in worse shape had it not been for our seat at the table. SB54 was a given, and SB1421 would have likely passed, or become an initiative in 2020 that we could not have stopped. As such, we made the decision to engage to find the best compromise we could rather than standby on principle and do nothing.
Attachment 1: To read attachment one, click HERE which will bring up last week’s Farsider. Then scroll down to the POA NEWS and start with the sentence that reads “The murder of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh ...”
Attachment 2 reads as follows:
Important information on SB54 and SB1421 for Chiefs
• Given California’s current political climate, law enforcement has been unable to stop the onslaught of well-intended but often misguided public safety reform.
• Whether it’s Prop 47, Prop 57, sentence reductions, civil asset forfeiture reform, changes to felony murder rules, racial profile reporting, recreational cannabis legalization, or many others, our concerted effort and warnings about the dangers of each have not been taken seriously by those making policy decisions.
• That is not to say we, as Police Chiefs, haven’t been at the forefront of each of these debates – on the contrary, we are most often leading the charge.
• And it is also not to say that we haven’t succeeded numerous times is curtailing major impediments towards our ability to keep our communities safe– notably restrictions on our use of technology, and of course, changes to statutes governing peace officer use of force.
• However, we cannot control the continued onslaught of dangerous public safety reforms and often we cannot ultimately control whether or not these bad bills pass and become law. It is clear the political agenda to reform law enforcement is a priority for our legislators but we have moved to far too fast without fully comprehending the impacts of these decisions.
• As leaders among law enforcement groups, we have had to make some tough decisions over the last 4 to 5 years – some of those decisions have been made with the foresight of the political climate we face and with full understanding that we need to identify the ability to realize small wins whenever possible. The alternative would have been much more impactful to our ability to protect our communities and keep our personnel safe.
• When, and only when, it becomes clear that stopping a particular policy proposal from becoming law is not going to be successful, we have chosen to place our energy in minimizing the potential damage to public safety and to protect the safety of the men and women who risk their lives every day for our communities. These decisions are not only difficult but sometimes distasteful; in either case our political system is based on compromise and negotiation. To think otherwise is not only naive but disingenuous.
• That meant working with the DA’s to craft a deal on civil asset forfeiture reform, working with the Legislature to reduce the impacts of the pending sanctuary state law, and most recently, doing what we could to narrow the scope of access.
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Recently, I spoke with a guy who I had worked with, an avid follower of all the lip-sync videos, who gave me two to find on YouTube. You may have already featured them and I previously viewed them? Pits getting older.
Google “I can't stop the.feeling police lip-sync" and looked for the two officers in blue shirts (one male, one female) in a patrol vehicle. It was posted on 12-23-16. The other one is "Uptown Funk Rock County 911" that was posted in 2018.
Appreciate you passing on information regarding some "oldsters" who I worked around who have taken the final 10-7OD. Brings back memories, along with sadness. How quickly it all has passed. Hoping that Bruni's, Ihop, Hyatt House, Winchell's, Hooz's and other places have been relocated in a moderate climate with plenty of seating.
Had not gotten to the whole issue because of Tom McCready’s announcement about Dennis.
Still recovering over the loss of George Payton. He was the person who got me interested in law enforcement. What I liked the most about him was that he was very human and was always himself.
I was one of the volunteers for the photo shoot for his original "Patrol Procedures" book. I looked way too young way back then. Even so, he had me holding the billy club. Look close enough and you may recognize my knuckles. At least part of me appeared in the book.
More fleeting memories of a time long past.
Thanks again for all the work.
Roger (Princevalle) #1279 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good call, Roger. Of the nearly 100 lip sync entries we have included in the Farsider since the challenge began, the two you referenced are among the very best in our opinion. Readers who haven’t seen them should take a look by clicking on the links below.
The male and female officers in the blue shirts singing "Can't stop the feeling” are the two Australian cops who were in last Thursday's Farsider. THIS is the YouTube link.
The Uptown Funk lip-sync entry was from the Norfolk (VA) PD, and they also knocked it out of the park. THIS is the link for their entry.
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Below is a copy of a poster I made to display at the Nevada County Sportsmen's Club. I was moved to make up and post the photo of Officer Corona after reading the coverage of her execution in the Sac Bee and Sac TV coverage, but the real motivation came today when I heard on a radio news report that a students’ diversity group at UC Davis and the Sac area Black Lives Matters group were offended by the use of the Thin Blue Line Flag in photos of Officer Corona. Apparently, these groups feel the Thin Blue Line Flag is offensive to minority groups and people of color. I cannot print the words that I shouted when i heard that news broadcast.
May Officer Corona rest in peace knowing that she did her duty.
I am not suggesting or requesting that you post any of this in the Farsider. An Old Cop just needed to vent.
Dan (Bullock) <email@example.com>
P.S. I have the Thin Blue Line sticker on all my cars, recreational vehicles and boat, and we fly the flag at both of our homes.
Continue scrolling down Dan and you will find a Blue Lives Matter article about the UC Davis snowflakes who claimed that Officer Corona’s Blue Lives Matter flag she is holding is a racist image. Look for this photo...
—Gene and Gordon's Memorial is this coming Sunday—
—Bob's Memorial is a week from this Sunday—
THE PBA's DEC. AND JAN. BIRTHDAY BOYS WHO BRAVED
THE RAIN AND ATTENDED LAST NIGHT'S MEETING...
Photo by Aubrey Parrott
Craig Clifton; Dick Tietgens; Jim Spence; Larry Reuter; Mike Amaral; Jim Lucarotti; Guy Bernardo; and Lumpy Lundberg
NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE ONLINE
The January 2019 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine will be arriving in the mail soon. Click HERE to download the POA website, then on the image of the Vanguard to download the .pdf file to your desktop.
POLICE AND FIRE RETIREES ASSN. NEWS
Every year, the San Jose Fire Fighters Burn Foundation hosts the American Heroes Charity Gala to celebrate all Burn Survivors and their loved ones from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center who have recovered or are still recovering from their burn injuries.
Please join the burn foundation in honoring the Burn Survivors at the Villa Ragusa on February 23, 2019, starting at 6:00pm - 11:00pm. Adult tickets are $100 and Child tickets are $50. Tickets includes a full buffet, with choice of meat or vegetarian options. A salad, dessert, 2-drink tickets, silent auction, dancing, awards ceremony, and photo booth.
Purchase online at <sjfirefightersburnfoundation.org>
Deadline to purchase tickets online is Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Ray Storms, President
WELL DONE, KALIFORNIA VOTERS, WELL DONE…
We’ll provide you with a few beginning paragraphs of this commentary from the CALmatters website and you can decide if you want to continue…
Newsom’s Keeping It All in the Family
By Dan Walters — Jan. 6, 2019 — Commentary
Gavin Newsom will be the first Democrat in more than a century to succeed another Democrat as governor and the succession also marks a big generational transition in California politics.
A long-dominant geriatric quartet from the San Francisco Bay Area – Gov. Jerry Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – has been slowly ceding power to younger political strivers.
Moreover, Newsom is succeeding someone who could be considered his quasi-uncle, since his inauguration continues the decades-long saga of four San Francisco families intertwined by blood, by marriage, by money, by culture and, of course, by politics – the Browns, the Newsoms, the Pelosis and the Gettys.
The connections date back at least 80 years, to when Jerry Brown’s father, Pat Brown, ran for San Francisco district attorney, losing in 1939 but winning in 1943, with the help of his close friend and Gavin Newsom’s grandfather, businessman William Newsom.
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SUCKS TO HAVE YOUR COMMUTATIONS BLOCKED, EH MOONBEAM?
CA Supreme Court Blocks 10 of Ex-Gov's Pardons, Citing Abuse of Power
By Holly Matkin — Blue Lives Matter — Jan. 12, 2019
The California Supreme Court previously noted it has
the power to deny requests in cases of an abuse of power.
Sacramento, CA – The California Supreme Court has rejected 10 clemency applications approved by Governor Jerry Brown in his final weeks in office.
It was the first time in nearly 90 years that the court had exercised its power to block a governor’s commutation or pardon requests, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The court has previously noted that it has the power to deny such requests in cases of an “abuse of power,” according to The Associated Press.
The justices do not plan to provide any justification or clarification for their decision, a court representative said.
Brown previously served as governor from 1975 until 1983. He granted 404 pardons and one commutation during that time, The Sacramento Bee reported.
In his last two terms, he granted a staggering 1,332 pardons and 283 commutations – more than any other California governor, according to The Associated Press.
Nine out of the 10 inmates whose requests for commutation were rejected by the court are serving time for their various roles in homicide cases, The Sacramento Bee reported.
“It was like a ton of bricks crushed me,” 47-year-old inmate Joe Hernandez lamented when he learned his commutation request had been denied. “I didn’t know what to say. This was our first real hope after 25 years.”
Hernandez was sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole – plus 46 years to life – for killing a rival gang member and later shooting two other men he thought were rival gang members.
Only one of the men survived the attack.
The convicted killer said he believes he was a “political casualty” of the Supreme Court.
Another commutation request denied by the court was that of 40-year-old Jameel Coles, who beat, suffocated, and burned the body of a man who had stopped to give him and his friends a ride in 1997.
Coles was sentenced to life in prison for the murder.
Brown also recommended that Borey Ai be pardoned for murdering a liquor store owner when he was 14, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Ai was paroled in 2016, but was also a Cambodian refugee and faced deportation due to his conviction.
Brown backed him. The Supreme Court did not.
Appellate lawyer David Ettinger said he was unable to determine why the court had rejected the 10 requests but approved so many others, The Sacramento Bee reported.
“There’s really no guidance for future courts, for future clemency requests, for future governors making requests, as to why certain ones might get blocked and certain ones won’t,” Ettinger told the paper. “It is a problem for future courts and future governors, how to apply this general ‘abuse of power’ standard to specific cases.”
Brown complained that he didn’t understand why the court would deny his requests, either.
“Read the ones who were approved and read the ones who were disapproved and you tell me what the rule is,” he told The Sacramento Bee just before he left office in January.
His successor, Governor Gavin Newsom, said that Brown has stressed the importance of the commutation process with regards to fighting back against measures intended to be tough on crime.
“The governor looks at dozens of those every single week,” Newsom said of the commutation applications. “There’s a binder. Quite literally, every time I see him, he shows me the binder and he says, ‘This is one of the most important jobs that you will have.’”
Brown also sealed the commutation files, and argued that they contain information that is “too sensitive” for the public, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Brown’s office asserted that the process a governor uses when deliberating an application should also be protected.
“The thing about governors and clemency is it’s a very powerful tool that does not have a lot of checks on it,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told The Sacramento Bee.
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NATALIE’S BLUE DRESS
The Story Behind This Image of Slain Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona
By Lisa Fernandez, KTVU — Jan. 12, 2019
Davis police officer Natalie Corona pictured in October
2016 in Colusa County. She was killed on Jan. 10, 2019
DAVIS, Calif. (KTVU) - In the image, she's wearing a royal blue gown, carrying a black-striped American flag with a thin blue line streaked across it.
Her heels are high. Her hair is done. Her smile is beaming. And she's standing in the middle of Leesville Grade Road next to a field in Williams, Colusa County, population 21,000, in California's Central Valley, where her father was a sheriff's deputy and now a county supervisor.
It's this compelling photograph of slain Davis police officer Natalie Corona that circulated throughout the country on Friday, hours after the 22-year-old was shot to death by a suspect identified on Saturday as Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48. A note found on his bed inside his home, where he later killed himself, stated that he believed Davis police bombarded him with ultrasonic waves.
The Sacramento Bee reported that court documents show he was convicted in a battery case and agreed in November to surrender a semiautomatic rifle. Witnesses said he seemed to shoot randomly into the scene on Thursday evening in Davis, about an hour away from where her photograph was taken, and then walk calmly away. He was found a few blocks away at his home; he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Two semi-automatic handguns were found, too, police said.
"I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country," Corona wrote on her Facebook page on Oct. 21, 2016. She used the hashtags: #LawEnforcement #Blueline #Thankyou#Lausphotography.
The words are almost prescient, written more than two and a half years before her death. Authorities say Limbaugh walked up to a traffic accident that Corona was called to and started shooting at her patrol car, a fire truck and a minivan. She was struck by the gunfire and died later at the hospital. It's unclear if the two had ever met.
Photographer Rich Lau told KTVU on Saturday that he remembers Corona, and the day of the photo shoot, well.
A few years ago, before she became an officer, she used to sell fruit at a stand that he frequented. They struck up a conversation. He is a portrait photographer who needed models to practice with and "she was really photogenic," he said.
So they arranged a day to take photographs. "She chose the outfit, she chose the flag," Lau said.
He didn't ask too many more questions, and made images of her holding the flag, which symbolizes police officers who are courageous when faced with unbelievable odds. Over the next couple of years, Lau said he has taken many more photographs of Corona, which he said he wants to send to her family and not be shared publicly unless they want to.
He lives in Williams, about 10 miles from where Corona lived in Arbuckle, and when he heard about the gunfire in nearby Davis, he texted her that night. Are you OK? he wanted to know. She didn't text back. "I was really shocked," he said. "I didn't think it would be her."
Corona was the first officer in the Davis Police Department to die in the line of duty since 1959. She had only been patrolling solo for about two weeks, the chief said. But friends and family say becoming a police officer was all she had ever dreamed of.
"I don't remember her talking about anything else than wanting to become an officer," said Emily Gomez, who said her cousin was an athletic star in high school, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track. She grew up in a tight-knit family in the Northern California town of Arbuckle. The family had emigrated from Mexico a few generations ago and had become established members of their community.
Corona's father, Jose Merced Corona, spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff's sergeant before retiring and getting elected to the county's Board of Supervisors last November. Her mother is a first-grade teacher, and two cousins are also in law enforcement, Gomez said.
Corona graduated from the Sacramento Police Academy last July and completed her training in December just before Christmas, officials said.
"She was very proud," her father told Fox40-TV, choking back tears as he spoke about how much she loved her job.
"She would come home, she would be beaming," her father said, his voice quivering. "She died doing what she wanted to do, what she loved."
He pinned the badge on his daughter at her swearing-in ceremony in August.
Corona was the second officer killed in California in the past two and a half weeks.
Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot to death Dec. 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver.
Gustavo Arriaga Perez, also 33, was charged with the murder. Authorities said Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally and was preparing to flee to Mexico when he was arrested. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits cooperation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.
A candlelight vigil for the slain officer was scheduled Saturday night.
"She was the best of us," said Davis officer Mike Yu, after placing a "Blue Lives Matter" flag at the crime scene, about a mile from the police station.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
THEY GOT THEIR 15 MINUTES OF FAME, NOW THEY NEED TO GO AWAY
UC Davis Student Government Group Says Officer Corona's Photo Is Racist
By Christopher Berg — Blue Lives Matter — Jan. 13, 2019
A UC Davis student commission has accused
Officer Corona's photo of being racist.
Davis, CA - A student group at UC Davis has called out the photo of murdered Officer Natalie Corona for being racist.
The Associated Students, University of California, Davis, (ASUCD) Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission made an announcement on Friday about Officer Corona's photo.
"First and foremost, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the police officer’s family," the statement said before explaining why the murdered officer's photo is racist.
"We would also like to provide resources for students triggered by this event and the circulating images of a flag that has been popularized by the 'Blue Lives Matter' crowd," their statement said. "We see it necessary to call-out all community members who continue to post and disseminate images of the Blue Lives Matter flag online."
The commission's announcement went on to explain how the sight of law enforcement officers can be "triggering to many Black and Brown people."
"In addition, there has been the circulation of an image of the police officer with the Blue Lives Matter flag," the commission wrote before going into a false history of Blue Lives Matter.
The flag they are referring to is an American Thin Blue Line Flag, which is often colloquially referred to as a Blue Lives Matter flag. Activists frequently use the "Blue Lives Matter flag" name in an attempt to discredit support for law enforcement by attempting to tie it to Blue Lives Matter, which they also attempt to discredit with false claims of racism.
Blue Lives Matter's only actual connection to the Thin Blue Line Flag is that the flag shows support for law enforcement, and Blue Lives Matter uses the flag to show support for law enforcement.
"The flag is blatantly anti-Black and disrespectful," the student group concluded.
The commission also provided resources for students "triggered" by the sight of law enforcement.
Following their announcement, the student group posted that they had received backlash and said that they stand by their statement that "this flag is racist."
They then provided a link to an article by Dr. Michael I. Niman which claims that the flag is racist. However, the article claims that the flag is racist for entirely different reasons that the commission, and contradicts the beliefs of the student group.
The only thing that Dr. Niman's article and the student group's announcement appear to agree on is that the Thin Blue Line Flags have been carried by actual white supremacists and white nationalists. This claim is true. This is generally done as part of a broader effort by racists to claim support for conservative causes in order to align themselves with conservatives as part of their recruitment efforts.
In reality, it's impossible for racists to honestly support law enforcement because law enforcement is made up of people of all races.
Dr. Niman's article then conflates Blue Lives Matter with the flag while actually claiming that Black Lives Matter is pro-law enforcement. "It is not an anti-police movement," he claims.
Even if you ignore the calls for violence against police by Black Lives Matter activists, Dr. Niman ignores that the activists routinely call for the abolition of police. In fact, the student commission themselves posted a photo in November calling for the abolition of police.
In his article, Dr. Niman doesn't seem to understand the purpose for Blue Lives Matter, and so he jumps to the conclusion that Blue Lives Matter is racist. He makes this logical leap in much the same way that people see a police use of force, don't understand why force was used, and then jump to the conclusion that it must have happened because the police are racist.
Blue Lives Matter strongly opposes all forms of racism and ethno-nationalism, including, specifically white supremacy, white nationalism, identitarianism, and whatever else racists are calling themselves these days.
Black Lives Matter activists promote black nationalism in addition to inciting violence against police.
Not all students in ASUCD appear to share the commission's belief about law enforcement.
ASUCD President Michael Gofman posted a response to the commission writing, "Its easy to sit on the third floor of the Memorial Union when there are at least 100 brave men and women in blue between you and the shooter. It is easy to argue hypotheticals, politics, and ideology when you’re in safety. I am ashamed that some of these same people, protected by the very officers that they are condemning, have the audacity to politicize the loss of a young officer. [H]er only crime was being a police officer."
"I wholeheartedly condemn the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs commission for this disgusting post, and urge them to take it down and issue an apology," Gofman concluded.
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NEW CVC FINES for 2019
Pete Salvi posted the following CVC fines for common traffic violations for 2019 on Facebook. The state and local governments are after your dough. Don’t count on your buzzer to avoid surrendering your retirement dollar. You spent too much time earning it. (Thanks, Pete.)
• Forgot to carry your driver's license $214
• Forgot to change the address (more than ten days) $214
• Uninsured car in an accident $796 and Driver's license revoked for 4 years.
• Failed to stop at red light or turning right at No Turn on Red $533
• Crossing a double yellow line $425.
• Violation of the turn or U-turn $284.
• Speeding 1-15 miles $224 16-25 miles $338
• Stop Sign but failed to stop $284
• Pass the flashing light of a school bus $675
• Not wearing a seat belt $160
• Stopped at a bus stop $976
• Driving with high beam light (from 30 points) $382
• Child did not wear a seat belt or in a child’s seat $436
• Tinted windows $178
• Driving with headphones $178
• Modified Exhaust $1000 EACH stop
• Talking on cell phone 1st time $76, 2nd time $190, same penalty even if you are just holding it in your hand.
SAY HI TO ARMSTRONG AND GETTY
If you are a listener to the Armstrong & Getty Show on KGO Radio 810 Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 a.m. but don’t know what the two radio hosts look like, here they are all decked out in their Sunday best to show support for COPS — Concerns of Police Survivors. The organization’s 4th Annual Black and Blue Ball was held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento on Jan. 12, and Jack Armstrong (left) and Joe Getty (right) were invited because of their continuing support for law enforcement in general and the families of officers who died in the line of duty in particular. The gentleman in the middle is unidentified.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Why Teachers Drink
From Debbie Zearbaugh
The following questions were reportedly part of last year's GED examination. The answers were from an assortment of 16-year-olds.
Q. Name the four seasons:
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q. How is Dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.
Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.
Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q. What happens to your body as you age?
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.
Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes:
A. Premature death.
Q. What is artificial insemination?
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.
Q. How can you delay milk turning sour?
A. Keep it in the cow.
Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. The abdomen)
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts: the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I, O, U.
Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie.
Q. What does 'varicose' mean?
Q. What is the most common form of birth control?
A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium.
Q. Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section’:
A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome.
Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor.
Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport.
Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head. Once an Arab boy reaches puberty, he removes his diaper and wraps it around his head.
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Jack's Seafood Grille
From the Archives
A group of 15-year-old boys discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at the McDonald's next to Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because they only had six dollars among them, they could ride their bikes there and Jennie Webster, that cute girl in Social Studies, lives on the same street and they might see her.
Ten years later, the group of now 25-year-old guys discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the beer was cheap, the bar had free snacks, the house band was good, there was no cover charge, and there were lots of cute girls.
Ten years later, at 35 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was decided they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the booze was good, it was near their gym and, if they went late enough, there wouldn't be too many whiny little kids.
Ten years later, at 45, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the martinis were big and the buxom waitresses wore tight pants.
Ten years later, now 55, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the prices were reasonable, they have a nice wine list and fish is good for your cholesterol.
Ten years later, at 65 years of age, the once again group discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the lighting was good and they have an early bird special.
Ten years later, at 75 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because the food was not too spicy and the restaurant was handicapped accessible.
Ten years later, at 85 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they would meet at Captain Jack's Seafood Grille because they had never been there before.
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Tip of the Week:
From the Archives
Have you signed up for Medicare Part G yet? It’s the new Nursing Home Plan for America's aging citizens.
Let’s say you are an ill senior citizen and the government says no nursing home care is available for you. So what do you do? This is where Medicare Part G comes in.
The plan gives any ill person age 65 years or older a gun, 4 bullets and a license to shoot four politicians.
This means, of course, that you will be sent to prison where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV, access to a library and all the health care you require.
Need new teeth? No problem. Glasses? You got ‘em. How about a hearing aid, a new hip, knee, kidney, lung, heart transplant or a sex change operation? They are all covered. And because you're a prisoner, you no longer have to pay income taxes. As for visits, your kids can come see you at least as often as they see you now!
So who will be paying for all of this? The same government, of course, that told you they can't afford for you to go into a home.
Oh, and as a bonus, there will be four fewer politicians society will have to deal with, most of whom are lawyers. So it’s a win-win for 99 percent of the aging public.
Is this a great country or what?
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From the Archives
Ethyl was a bit of a speed demon on her electric scooter and loved to charge around the nursing home, taking corners on one wheel and getting up to maximum speed in the long corridors.
Even though she was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, the other residents tolerated her, and some of them even joined in.
One day Ethel was speeding up one corridor when a door opened and Kooky Clyde stepped out with his arm out stretched.
“STOP,” he shouted in a firm voice. “Have you got a license for that thing?”
Ethel fished around in her handbag, pulled out a Kit Kat wrapper and held it up to him.
“OK,” he said, “you can go,” and Ethel sped away down the hall.
As she took the corner near the TV lounge on one wheel, Weird William popped out in front of her and shouted, “STOP, do you have proof of insurance?”
Ethel dug into her handbag, pulled out a drink coaster and held it up to him.
Harold nodded and said “OK, you can go on your way.”
As Ethel neared the final corridor, Crazy Craig stepped out in front of her. He was butt naked and holding his you-know-what in his hand.
“Oh no!” yelled Ethel, “Not that damn Breathalyzer test again!”
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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This is Fred. His one regret is that he didn’t pay for Next Day Delivery. Click HERE to see why. (0:39)
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Don’t you hate it when this happens? Keep your eye on the guy with the white stocking cap. In 30 seconds he’s going to try and CROSS the street. (2:06)
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What’s wrong with this soup that a little more salt won’t fix? Click HERE and see if you can determine what the problem is. (1:41)
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It’s not surprising that this clip of the so-called Deep State is beginning to go viral. Fortunately or unfortunately — depending on your political leanings — it’s either a dream or a nightmare. We have it on good authority, however, that President Trump lulls himself to sleep each night by PLAYING this video over and over and over and… (1:41)
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(Rated R for Language) Anti-Trumpers rejoice. In the interest of fairness, here’s an item for those of you on the left side of the political aisle. Clap your hands for Randy Rainbow and his rendition of “There is Nothing Like a Wall” — sung to the music of “There is Nothing Like a Dame” from the MUSICAL “South Pacific.” (4:44)
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Familiar with the Coriolis Effect? You probably are, but not by that name. You have likely seen that when water drains in the northern hemisphere the whirlpool that is created flows in one direction, and heard that the swirls in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere. But what happens when the whirlpool takes place exactly on the equator? Watch THIS clip and you will find out. (2:16)
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How can any red-blooded American male not be jealous of the Dude Perfect guys who get to have a ton of fun while pocketing wads of cash by performing competitive stunts on YouTube? In this video that was posted just a few days ago, the winner is the one whose rocket goes the highest, and they get bonus points if they are able to catch it when it comes down. Click HERE to see who wins. (7:54)
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This week’s Hope for Paws Update
(Posted on Jan. 15, 2019) Eldad and Loreta with some help from Zainab Zakria responded to the LA River on a report of two abandoned kittens. This is how the trio saved CHIP & DALE. (7:22)
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(Posted last Nov.) This is a compilation video from a few months ago of some of the dogs and cats that were rescued in 2018 by Hope for Paws. If you have been following the rescue videos in the Farsider you should RECOGNIZE most if not all of them. (3:54)
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This cop had a good reason to ask another patrol officer to stop traffic on a freeway while he took care of an important matter. Click HERE to see what the reason was. (2:57)
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Meet the Pavlov brothers. IF you think that’s a strange name for a couple of house cats, click HERE. (0:26)
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A little higher, oh yes, right there, don’t stop, a little lower, right there, oh yes, don’t stop, now a little to the right, oh that’s it, DON’T STOP! (3:02)
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If you have ever wondered how protective female bears are of their cubs, wonder no more. When this mother bear picked up the scent of a nearby male bear, she took off after him like a rocket. THIS video will show you and explain what is happening. And if you get nothing else out of this video, you will learn that you are not going to escape from a brown or black bear by climbing up a tree. (6:35)
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This week’s Lip Sync Challenge Entries
The police chief in the little town of VALLEY BROOK (Okla.) is a real character who likes “trashy women” based on the song he chose in the lip sync challenge. But we won’t hold that against him. Because of his humorous personality we are bestowing on this police chief a score of 9.5. (4:40)
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The STRASBOURG (Virginia) PD gave it their best shot with this entry that highlights their town. It features lots of personnel and a variety of venues that were worth a score of 8.9 in our view. (3:57)
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Looks like nearly all of the personnel from the PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY (Virginia) Police had a part in its lip sync challenge where they welcomed everybody to “their house.” Score: We’re thinking along an 8.8. (2:24)
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There were lots of personnel and action in this challenge by the ALLEN (Texas) PD that included a Snorkel truck from the city’s fire department. Also lots of energy and talent that we felt was worth a 9.5. (3:40)
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Even the Canadian RCMP found out about the Lip Sync Challenge and decided to join their American cousins with this entry. You will notice that they included English subtitles for those of us who have trouble understanding Canadian. On the other hand, we think they sound a lot like us, eh? Score: 9.4. (3:52)
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Ever wonder what road rage looks like on the German Autobahn where there is no speed limit, only a general rule that you must stay to the right unless you are passing? Watch THIS. (4:46)
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We are back on Germany’s Nurburgring racetrack where the public can pay a fee and run their cars around the 12.9 mile track. The major rule is that you must stay to the right unless you intend to pass. In this instance, a GoPro video camera was mounted on the roll bar of an Ariel Atom. He starts off along with the driver of a 600 HP Corvette Z06 who tries to keep up. Fun and fast times start NOW. (10:23)
If you want to know more about the Ariel Atom, Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame featured it in Series 5 of the show a few years ago. Click HERE and he’ll show you what the insane speed machine can do. (8:04)
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Speaking of the Nurburgring, it’s probably a good idea to choose another racetrack if you want to let your motorcycle run free. These guys are pretty well protected by their leathers, but not by cars that may be running at high speed directly behind them. Click HERE and you’ll see what we mean. (2:59)
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David Byers invites you to GAZE upon an organ donor while he is still alive. Pity the unlucky guy who eventually gets his brain. (0:49)
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This week The History Guy tells the story of the Deadliest Circus Train Wreck in American History. It is certainly a part of history that deserves to be REMEMBERED. (11:56)
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Remember the tragic Feb. 4, 2015 crash of a TransAsia Airways flight that that clipped a taxi on a bridge before crashing into a river in Taipei? Allec Joshua Ibay shows us in THIS animation what caused the aircraft to stall and plunge into the river. (5:07)
And/or you can click HERE and watch a detailed CNN news report of the disaster.
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Alice Murphy provided us with a special closer this week. It goes like this:
Country Western star Toby Keith was playing a round of golf with Clint Eastwood when Clint happened to mention that he’ll turn 88 on Thursday.
“What are you going to do?” Keith asked.
“I’m going to shoot a movie,” Clint replied, with filming scheduled to begin the following week.
“What keeps you going?” Keith asked.
“I get up every day and don’t let the old man in,” Clint replied.
“I’m writing that down right now,” Keith said.
Keith didn't ask him if he could contribute a song, he just went home and wrote it, then sent it to Clint and hoped that he would consider it. And Clint did. Click HERE. (2:53)
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Remember, don’t let the old man in.
Pic of the Week
Don't do it, Charlie, you know you can't trust her!
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