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January 30, 2014


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>


The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



This is the obit for retired Capt. Lyle Hunt as it appeared in the Mercury News this past weekend...

Lyle William Hunt, Jr.

Nov. 18, 1929 — Dec. 14, 2013
Resident of Penn Valley, CA

Lyle passed away peacefully after battling GBM brain cancer just 8 months after his wife Bee passed away from breast cancer; they were married for 60 years. Lyle was born and raised in Alameda, CA then graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Police Science.

After serving in the Korean War, Lyle enjoyed a 30-year career with the San Jose Police Department retiring as a Captain in 1986. He worked in every division from traffic to homicide. Lyle was the first National AAU Judo Champion in 1953 and then went on to represent the USA in the International Judo Tournament in Paris. It was not usual to find him at the Central YMCA playing handball. He was an avid athlete playing tennis, handball and racquetball; he has numerous medals from years of participating in the Police Olympics. Lyle was active in many organizations including the SJ Peace Officers Assoc., SJSU Alumni, Chi Phi Sigma Fraternity and the Scottish Rite Masons to name a few. Lyle and Bee moved to Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley, CA after retiring where they lived on the lake which became a gathering place for family and friends. Lyle and Bee enjoyed watching all their grandchildren participate in their different sports and activities.

Lyle is survived by his children, Steve (Allison), Lynn Parker (Paul) and Becky Anderson (Fred) and grandchildren: Chris Parker, Lauren Parker, Hilary Hunt, Austin Hunt, Stephanie Anderson and Casey Anderson. He left a big imprint on those he touched.

A Celebration of Life for both will be held at a later date this summer.



Dan Katz sent us a link to a follow-up Huffington Post article from last week's story about the pension issues that included ours in San Jose as well as California's. We'll provide you with the first few paragraphs and you can decided if you want to read the rest of it…

California Pension Cutters Bet Against Prosperity

Jan. 25, 2014 — Capitol and Main
Huffington Post

The following story was reported by Capital and Main as part of its California Exposι investigative series, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post.

Last week’s announcements about 2013 earnings by California’s largest public pension funds suggest the agencies may be making significant progress in shaking off the lingering after-effects of the 2008 stock market crash.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) said it rode a 25 percent run-up in stock prices to post a 16.2 percent gain for its 2013 portfolio — its best showing in a decade. For its part, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) reported an impressive 19.1 percent return on its 2013 investments, led by a 28 percent return on its stock holdings.

The announcements undoubtedly came as welcome news to the roughly 1.6 million California government workers and 860,000 public school teachers represented by the systems. Ever since the 2008 global financial meltdown, their pensions have been in the crosshairs of fiscal conservatives and anti-public pension activists who wish to see the employees’ traditional defined benefits plans replaced by 401(k)-type packages.

However, the reports couldn’t come at a worse time for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his politically conservative backers, whose statewide retirement-cutting ballot initiative now finds itself undermined by prosperity. Its political momentum had already shown signs of faltering last November, when Reed was forced to tone down some of the measure’s harshest and more constitutionally radical language. Then California Attorney General Kamala Harris released the state’s official title and summary for the ballot initiative and Reed’s Pension Reform Act of 2014 re-emerged as the less gainly but more descriptive Public Employees Pension and Retiree Healthcare Benefits Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

When reached for comment, Reed welcomed the pension-fund news, yet reiterated that the grounds for his ballot measure remain.

“It’s certainly good news for everybody — the beneficiaries of the plans and the taxpayers that have to fund them,” Reed told Capital & Main. “But it doesn’t eliminate the enormous unfunded liabilities, either for CalPERS and certainly not for CalSTRS. The governor identified $218 billion of unfunded liabilities just for the state-level liabilities and many, many billions more at the local level. So, yeah, this is a step in the right direction, but fundamentally it doesn’t change the problems that the state of California faces and local governments face with huge, unfunded liabilities.”

Click on the link below if you want to read the rest of the article…




Jan. 23rd

NBC Bay Area (video)

San Jose Police Officers Hurt on the Job Dealing
with Collection Agencies for Unpaid Medical Bills


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Jan. 23rd

BART Sergeant Tommy Smith Memorial Fund Information

Below is information PORAC received for contributions to be made to the Tommy Smith Memorial Fund (the BART Police Officer killed on duty this past week).  

 The Tommy Smith Memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Deposits can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank, Account # 5148561086 under Kellie Smith. or they can be mailed to:

Tommy Smith Memorial Fund C/O Wells Fargo
11020 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite 1
San Ramon, Ca 94582


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Jan. 24th

San Jose police look to new tactics to solve crime.

KTVU Channel 2 (article)




Last Week's Poll Results

For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:



Jan. 24th


This is regarding the warning in your last Farsider about being classified as "Under Observation" if you have Medicare and are admitted to a hospital. I have been in contact with and forwarded the Farsider information to a knowledgeable source who is head of a Trauma Unit at a California hospital. The individual responded with the following information that may be helpful to many of our fellow retirees and their families. See below.

(Norton) <ponorton2008@gmail.com>

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Ed. — For clarification, this is the item from last week's Farsider that Phil referenced in his message above...

Covered by Medicare? If so, we'll let this video explain why you should NOT allow yourself to be admitted to a hospital with the classification "Under observation." Doing so could cost you an arm and a leg (figuratively speaking). (3 Mins.)



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And this is the response from the "knowledgeable source" referenced in Phil's message:

Patients are admitted to a 23-hour "Observation" all the time. If they then have to stay longer, their Observation status is changed to "Admission." I have not seen Medicare pay less for being an Observation patient. In fact that is one reason it is used. Because it costs Medicare less knowing the patient will be there for only 23 hours or less. My inclination here is that the patient was admitted to Observation with a diagnosis not covered by this type of "admission." It is very complicated and the poor patients certainly don't know what type of admission status they're being given. The Medicare and Insurance world out there is cruel and uncaring for those who need it the most, the elderly. It pays to make some phone calls if your loved one is being "admitted" to find out what Medicare is going to cover based on the diagnosis. If Observation is not going to be covered its time to have the doctor change the admission status to "Inpatient Admission," or take them home with home health care.

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Jan. 24th

Hi, Bill and Leroy,

Since we had such a good response from the first posts of incidents that happened with me as a police and fire dispatcher, I plan on sending you more periodically. Here are a few more:

Carm Grande: My first assignment in communications was with you in the Fire Department. We received a box alarm and immediately set up to dispatch. Then the supervisor came in, took over, and sent out the wrong response. You then said, "You've met Big Bea."

John Trussler: I always looked on the watch list to see who was relieving me at my position at radio. When it was you, you always relieved me about 15 or 20 minutes early. I liked that because I could get off 20 minutes early. That energy and enthusiasm was reflected in your work when you became a police officer. Thanks!

Charlie King: I was with you for your training during your first time on the radio. We received a silent alarm from Fisher's Bar at Fifth and Taylor, which went off every night when they closed because they didn't know how to set it. I said to you, "There's Fisher's alarm again." After we put out the alarm, police units arrived and caught a burglar. It was a real alarm that time.

Glenn Terry: I remember announcing the birth of your first baby on the radio. Do you remember all the congratulations coming from all the units after I announced it?

(The late) Sergeant Bill Poelle" During a shift one day we were talking about our service in World War II. During the conversation we discovered that we were both radio operators. My ship, the Tangier AV8, relieved the Curtiss in Omonato Bay, Japan. Then Bill said, "I was on the Curtiss." I replied, "What a coincidence!"

Joe Cressa: After I dispatched you on a 415 Family you responded and thought you got the couple settled down. You then said to the wife, "Can we have some coffee?" A short time later she came out of the kitchen with a full pot that she swung at her husband, but she missed and hit you right in the mouth, knocking out some of your teeth. How much did you receive from the Tooth Fairy that night?

(The late) Art Miller: I recall Art telling me that while he and (the late) Ralph Brune were on patrol and Ralph was taking a short nap, Art drove into a construction yard in the middle of nowhere. When Art woke Ralph up and told him it was his turn to drive, Ralph couldn't figure out where he was and had a very difficult time driving out of the area.

Gary Rosso: I was working radio when we had a 211 Armed. The description of the vehicle involved was a dark Cadillac. I got off duty and was driving home with my wife and children in our car when all of a sudden you popped our reds and I pulled over. You approached the car and told me to step out. I said, "Hi, Gary. Don't shoot." Our car at the time was a 1961 black Cadillac Sedan DeVille. We had a nice chuckle about that and how well you were doing your job!

Hal Lail: I remember the night you came into the radio room and we all noticed the imprint of the San Jose Mercury News on your forehead. We figured that you had fallen asleep with your head on the paper. You made the headlines.

Roy B. Adams, aka "Grandpa"

You seem to have a remarkable memory for a 90-year-old who is dealing with Stage Four Parkinson's, Roy. It seems to be working at least as well as mine, which isn't really saying a helluva lot!


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Jan. 26th

Hi Bill,

Mario Brasil in BFO Admin has taken on a project to place historical photos throughout the department, and I'm helping him identify those that I know something about. But I have no info on these two, and he is asking for some help from the Farsider readers.

(Carr) Jr. <Johnjr.Carr@sanjoseca.gov>

If any of you can provide any details such as the identity of either of the officers, when the photos were taken, etc., please drop John a line at the address above and/or Mario Brasil at
<MARIO.BRASIL@sanjoseca.gov>. I would guess that the photos were taken for the San Jose Police Department Annual Report (year unknown), and that the photographer was either Gordon Sherman or Aubrey Parrott.


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Jan. 27th

Bill and Leroy;

On my return from my yearly trip to Quartzsite, Arizona I stopped by Bob and Nancy Camara's place in Lake Havasu. Bob and I were once roommates. He worked in Narco for a while, then went to the South Lake Tahoe PD. I thought I would send the following photos to you to get the "little gray cells" working. HINT: Bob's on the right, and the bartender is in the middle at the pool table.

(Silvers) <jimsilvers@silversmail.com>

No offense meant, Jim, but these are really lousy quality pics. It looks like some shot the photos of the photos with a 1950 Kodak Brownie out in the patio under the sun. But being the good natured editor I am, I'll try my best to clean them up. Just don't expect a miracle…


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Jan. 28th

Hey Bill,

If I was better at technology I would be able to forward this film to you, but I'm not. Please go to the Power Line Blog website and open the Kurt Vonnegut article. Then watch the film titled "2081." It's spine tingling. Tammy Bruce, the liberal turned conservative, is great. The utopian liberal ideal of equality for everyone is laid to waste. I will be interested in your reaction!

Bill (Leavy)

My reaction? To me the film was reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984" and the movie that followed with the same title. Written in 1949, the novel was assigned reading when I was a senior in high school. It suggested what life may be like in 1984. Can you imagine a book about total government control being assigned to high school students in public schools today? Fat chance. Unlike Orwell's work, "2081" is about total equality forced upon the citizenry by the government. Following is a brief description of "2081" as it appears on the Powerline Blog website…

The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General."

And then came the State of the Union speech. From the hushed chamber of the House of Representatives, a young Texas congressman named Harrison Bergeron yelled “You lie!” as the president spoke about the joy Americans felt as the promise of equality was finally realized.

Shhhhhh! whispered the rest of the House, in absolute unison. And President Elizabeth Warren carried on. Bergeron was then jailed without a trial.

Fashion also changed. Victoria’s Secret models were henceforth required to parade down catwalks wearing horrible masks resembling bearded Princeton economists. Fox News came out with a roster of all-male, paunchy middle-aged anchors. No more women.

As it happens, a young filmmaker named Chandler Tuttle made a 28-minute short of “Harrison Bergeron” a few years back. It featured Julie Hagerty (of "Airplane" fame), James Cosmo, and, in my favorite bit of casting, Tammy Bruce as the Handicapper General. You can take in the two-minute trailer to get the flavor of it below, or watch the whole 28 minute film below the trailer:


The two-minute trailer:

The 28 minute film (recommend full screen for viewing):



Click on the link below to download the Vanguard as a.pdf file to your desktop. If it doesn't
appear automatically, double click the icon. Hard copies will be in the mail shortly.




 A head count is needed ASAP. Please email
Lumpy or Dave and advise you will be attending. 

Saturday, Feb. 15 — 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
San Jose

Hosted Bar with hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m.
Buffet Style Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
Entrees: Salmon and/or Prime Rib with all the Fixings
Wine on the Tables in addition to the Hosted Bar
Dancing to follow dinner

$25 per person — $50 per couple

Make checks payable to the "SJPBA" and mail to:
P.O. Box 42
San Jose, CA 95103

Questions? E-mail:
President Dave Wysuph at
Secretary/Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg at <lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>



Jan. 26th


Attached is a flyer about a fund-raiser being put on by a senior care center in Saratoga in an effort to raise funds to sponsor a couple of children on our Rotaplast
<www.rotaplast.org> medical mission to Guatemala. All of the proceeds — not just the net — will go to support the mission. I realize it's a bit of a conflict with the Saturday night PBA dinner dance, so if you feel you shouldn't include it I'll understand.


Are you kidding? Given the subject matter, Karma will surely find a way to bite me on the ass if I don't include the flyer…




OK, everyone, mark Saturday, March 8th on your calendars for the MMOC Annual Cioppino Feed. The event will again be held at the San Jose POA Hall. We will serve a delectable bowl of Cioppino featuring crab and loads of other seafood along with pasta, salad and bread. For those who do not prefer Cioppino, we will be providing chicken upon request. After dinner, we will be dancing and having a great time until 11:00 p.m.

If you are planning to stay late and wish to overnight, we have reserved a block of rooms at a great rate of $89 + tax just down the block at the same hotel we have stayed at over the years. However, it is now called the Wyndham Gardens Hotel, which was formerly known as the Silicon Valley Airport Hotel/Clarion at 1355 N. 4th Street. While they no longer offer a free breakfast, they have provided us with a 20% discount on a full breakfast the following morning if you mention you are with the MMOC Cioppino Feed group. The hotel also offers free shuttle pick up and drop off at the San Jose International Norm Mineta Airport.

You will be pleasantly surprised at the recent renovations and upgrade of the hotel, where you will enjoy a beautiful pool, nice rooms, our hospitality suite (Room 290) and other amenities. Feel free to meet us there prior to dinner for social hour.

Call now for reservations before the cut-off date of Feb. 22nd to receive last year’s rate of $89.00 + tax (regularly $149) by mentioning you are with the MMOC Cioppino Feed for this special rate.

For more information, contact Kim Wirht at
<flybabyk@aol.com> or Rich Bailey at <OneMrRich@aol.com>.



If you are a crab fan, mark your calendar for this feast that will take place on Friday, March 21st, at the POA Hall. Questions can be directed to Gary Johnson at <gj1901@comcast.net> or through the phone number noted on the flyer.



Doug Zwemke pointed us to an excellent PBS documentary created by his brother Tom, who spent 30 years working for Cessna before he changed careers and became a producer of aviation-related documentaries. This one, however, is not about aviation; it's about the tragedy of 25-year-old Dillion Naslund, who suffered from PTSD after he served two combat tours and was about to embark on his third when he opted out of life and committed suicide.

Doug developed a relationship with Dillion's family while traveling to Iowa during the 2012 caucuses. The 113-year-old house the Naslund family lives in today was built by Wilhelm Zwemke, Doug and Tom's great-grandfather. It is also where the brothers' father was born. The home was sold to the Naslunds in 1933, and the current Naslund family that included Dillion is the third generation to occupy it. Therein lies the tie between Doug and Tom and the current Naslund family.

Doug felt many Farsider readers might find the documentary produced by his brother of interest while some may even know individuals who can relate to Dillion and his problem with PTSD. Following is a lead-in to the film which I highly recommend.

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While many of the men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces return home and make successful transitions back to civilian life, hundreds of thousands of vets returning from active duty are struggling due to the mental and physical toll of war. Dillion is the true story of a young soldier who served his country well but lost his battle with PTSD.

Dillion: A True Story




Earlier tonight President Obama gave his State of the Union address. Or, as Fox News called it, "Lame Duck Dynasty."

In his speech tonight, President Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage. Now don't confuse that with congressional minimum wage. See, that's doing the minimum for your wage. That's completely different.

This was a very important speech for the president tonight and he gave it at a time when he's losing support from his own party. In fact, congressional Democrats were warned tonight that if they didn't applaud the president's speech, he would go out and campaign for them.

Iran says they want to encourage more tourism from the United States. They might want to change that "Death to America" slogan. A lot of families are not comfortable with that.

President Obama's chief speechwriter said the president started working on his State of the Union address around Thanksgiving. In a related story today, Joe Biden finished GIVING a speech he started around Thanksgiving.

It's tradition that one cabinet member does not attend the State of the Union address and is kept in a secret, undisclosed location. So this year the cabinet member will be on a prime-time show on NBC.

The royal family has reportedly burned through its money and is now strapped for cash. In fact, Queen Elizabeth needs money so badly she's now co-starring in the next Nicolas Cage movie.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is in the news. He claims he found a way to bring in $50 million for Toronto. America will pay him to take Justin Bieber back.

A lot of fake Super Bowl merchandise is out there, so be very careful to check the serial number before you buy that Peyton Manning bobblehead doll.

The mayor of Sochi in Russia where they're having the Olympics says there are no gay people in Sochi. Well, we can't expect too much from the opening ceremonies then. Who will be working on the choreography?

In Vatican Square the Pope comes out and he has kids release doves of peace. And then some sort of angry bird of prey swooped down and killed the doves. On the Vatican press release, all they said was "Bummer."

You see president's State of the Union address earlier tonight? Oh man, it's the last pointless event until the Super Bowl.

The big TV event tonight — not too many people want to watch but it's on every channel so we do anyway — is the president's annual State of the Union address.

The first address broadcast live on TV by a president was given by Harry Truman in 1947, and since then it's really just an annual competition between Democrats and Republicans who see who can fake clap the loudest.

A petition on the WhiteHouse.gov website asks the U.S. to deport Justin Bieber. If they get 100,000 signatures, the White House has to respond. They already have 87,000. The Canadian military is scrambling jets and mobilizing troops along the border to make sure this doesn't happen.

The president’s State of the Union address was tonight. And just three weeks after the "Bridge-gate" scandal, the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was invited to attend the speech. When he heard that, Chris Christie said, “Good luck getting there.”

Actually, that Fort Lee mayor should feel right at home in Congress — you know, since they're a bunch of gridlocked people who are angry with the guy in front of them.

During a speech yesterday, Hillary Clinton said she still doesn’t know if she’s running for president in 2016. You know, just like I still "don't know" if I'll have a beer on St. Patrick's Day.



This is an updated version of the famous Abbott and Costello "Who's on First? routine, courtesy of Bill Leavy…

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject.  Terrible Times. It's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%

COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.

ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: Wait a minute! Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?

ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Congress said you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are out of work!

ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking, and if you give up you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment rolls that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how they get it to 7.8%. Otherwise it would be 14.7%. Our government doesn't want you to read about 14.7% unemployment.

COSTELLO: That would be tough on those running for reelection.

ABBOTT: Absolutely!

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an Economist.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like Congress.

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If it's been years since you have seen the original "Who's on First?" routine and would like to see it again, go for it…




The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

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cigarettes in Colorado and Washington?

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• Has Phillip Morris announced the introduction of 'Marlboro M' brand marijuana cigarettes?

• Video clip shows an elephant painting a picture of an elephant.

• A shoplifter who stabbed a Marine collecting Toys for Tots was then whomped by other Marines.

• Will onions placed in bowls around your home really fight off the flu virus?

• Photographs identified as showing a dolphin hunt in Denmark continue to provoke outrage and protest.

• List reproduces community organizer Saul Alinsky's rules for "How to Create a Social State."

• As of May 2014, will European Union regulations require newborn children to be implanted with RFID chips?

• Was the cause of swelling in a girl's jaw was determined to be cockroach eggs she ingested from eating a Taco Bell taco or licking envelopes.

• Are school kids really 'snorting' and 'smoking' Smarties and putting themselves at risk of contracting nasal maggots?

• Photographs show bighorn sheep on the face of the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming.

• Links posted on Facebook supposedly point to a leaked video of a roller coaster accident.

• Warning asserts the artificial sweetener Splenda was inadequately tested and is unsafe.

• Article details 'four things you didn't know' about Martin Luther King, Jr.

• Did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say he "will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy?"

• News report purportedly shows Martin Luther King Day celebrants holding misspelled signs.

• Video shows a suspect in a police shooting committing suicide in an interview room.

• Various critical statements made about the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!

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• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.



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Pete Guerin was very impressed with this personal tour of the International Space Station provided by Commander Sunita Williams of NASA just hours before she and two others departed in their Soyuz spacecraft for their return trip to earth. Pete is spot on; this is one of the most interesting and thorough clips we have ever passed along in the Farsider. Having said that, we have a suggestion for you ladies: If you have the opportunity to visit the ISS, you may want to consider wearing your hair short. (25 Mins.)


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This link received from Joe Suske will take you to a very cool jukebox. I chose to listen to Les Paul and Mary Ford's hit song "Vaya Con Dios" and had a pleasurable trip back to 1953. If you enjoy music from the '50s and the '60s, you might want to bookmark this site like I did. There are even hits that date back to the '40s and special recordings like Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance" that he recorded in 1969. It's definitely a five-star site if you like to travel back in time. Have a look and listen to a few oldies...




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Recognize this San Jose sergeant? The full-size uncropped version of this photo was selected as No. 7 of the "30 Most Powerful Images Ever" on the Bored Panda website. Click on the link below to view them...


P.S. We had to query a few readers in order to I.D. the sergeant because we had no idea who he was. According to PBA President Dave Wysuph, "The sergeant is Rick DeLisser who is on the Board of the POA and is easy to spot because he is a large man who has combed his hair in a DA since before he was hired."

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Wanna have some fun? Hop in the back seat of the RAF's front line jet known as the Typhoon and enjoy an ultra low-level training mission while the pilot provides you with a constant update of what's going on. (6 Mins.)


Click here for details about the flight:

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As fun as that ride with an RAF pilot in his Typhoon might have been, we don't recommend you hitching a ride with either of these Russian pilots as they strutted their stuff at a recent Paris Air Show in their Suchoi Super Flankers. (4 Mins.)


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This video claims that Israel's advances in medicine adds four years to a person's life, and the clip is indeed interesting and definitely worth a look. As to the claim that if you want to live four years longer you should move to Israel, we would opine that the video should include a disclaimer that says four added years of life is likely only if you refrain from riding on any buses or shopping in any open air markets. (11 Mins.)


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From Joe Suske comes a Denver Post link that will take you to 65 large screen photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and its history. Spectacular is the only way to describe most of them…

General view from the south tower looking
north on the Golden Gate Bridge, 1984.


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Don Hale provided us with a link to the Mavericks Invitational website if you are interested in watching some excellent footage of last week's surfing event shot from a helicopter and, on occasion, a Go-Pro camera mounted on the surfboard. The streaming footage runs over 3 1/2 hours, so you may want to utilize the scrubber bar at the bottom of the screen and fast-forward to the action shots.


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Would you have the patience of this Oregon cop who responded to a report of some college-aged kids armed with an AR-15 so they could make a point about the 2nd and 4th amendments? Put another way, aren't you glad you are retired? (14 Mins.)


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It was just a matter of time until someone built a radio control version of an Airbus A-380, the largest passenger jet in the world. The model weighs 150 pounds, is 15-feet long, has a 17-foot wing span, carries 2.6 gallons of fuel and burns 2 1/2 pints of fuel per minute. Click on the link below if you want to see it fly, and If you want to fast-forward to the landing, use the scrubber bar and advance the video to the 6:30 mark. (8 Mins.)



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If your RC preference is military aircraft, here's a clip of a huge scale model of a B-17 Flying Fortress taking to the skies. Even though it comes in with a dead No. 3 engine, the pilot still manages to grease it onto the grass field. These Germans (or Austrians) are having entirely too much fun. Have a look. (6 Mins.)


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There's even a flying model of the "USS Enterprise 1701" for the Trekkies among you who regularly attend the Star Trek conventions dressed up as crew members. (We promised we wouldn't name names.) Click on the link below to engage the warp drive if you feel so inclined. (7 Mins.)


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No disrespect intended, but we found it very difficult to watch this 3-minute clip of Thailand's military showing off their precision drill capabilities without a burst or two of laughter. And it didn't help to hear the band starting off with what sounds like Disney's "It's a Small World." We're betting it won't be long before these Thai military warriors appear on "Thailand's Got Talent." (3 Mins.)


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Want to turn your iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 into an effective microscope? This MicroMax Plus available from Edmund Scientific is pretty slick. Unfortunately, it's one of those things I would like to have but don't have a use for. Nevertheless, check out the video just for the hell of it if you have an iPhone, then click on the appropriate link under the video if you are interested in looking at tiny critters or something really small. (2 Mins.)


For the iPhone 4/4S

For the iPhone 5/5S

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You don't need to speak or understand Japanese (or whatever language this is in) in order to learn how to deal with slow walkers. If the technique works here, it should work everywhere with the possible exception of New York, where you may get punched in the face if you try it there. (2 Mins.)


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A Near Death Experience

A 55-year-old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked "Is my time up?"
God said, "No, you have another 23 years, 2 months and 8 days to live."
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
After her last operation she was released from the hospital and, while crossing the street on her way home, she was struck by an ambulance and killed.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 23 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?"

God replied, "Sorry, I didn't recognize you."

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Dick Tush likes this story about the Lone Ranger as told by Jay Thomas when the actor/comedian appeared on Letterman a few years ago. See what you think. (5 Mins.)


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Need a chainsaw for those little jobs that crop up from time to time at home? This one from Down Under should suffice. David Byers says it cuts well, but that the mileage sucks. (1 Min.)


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Dave Scannell sent us an email with a video link and asked "Did I see this in the Farsider, or was it just one of many that passed my way?" The answer is yes, the video titled "I Can't Believe We Made It" was part of the Dec. 12, 2012 Farsider. But it was one of those we felt was worth a re-run because virtually all of you will be able to relate to it. (2 Mins.)


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The Sharing of Marriage

After placing an order for one hamburger, french fries and a soft drink, an old man unwrapped the plain hamburger, carefully cut it in half and placed one half in front of his elderly wife. He then counted out the french fries, dividing them into two piles, and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife.

He next took a sip of the drink, then his wife took a sip before setting the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of the hamburger, the people around them were looking at them and whispering that the couple was apparently so poor that all they could afford was the burger, fries and a drink.

As the man began to eat his small portion of the french fries, a young man came to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the couple. The old man said they were just fine, that they were used to sharing everything.

People closer to the table noticed that the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She just sat there watching her husband eat while occasionally taking small sips from the drink.

Again the young man came over and begged that they allow him buy them another meal. This time the old woman said, "No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything."

Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked "What is it you are waiting for?"

She looked at the young man and said, "The teeth."

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We chose this video from Lumpy (Lundberg) as our swan song this week. To paraphrase a certain former House Speaker, you will have to watch it in order to see what is in it. (3 Mins.)


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