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The Farsider

February 3
, 2011


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.


The password change we said would go into effect with this week's Farsider has been put off due to a glitch with the software Leroy uses for the website. Maybe next week.



Here is my latest update on Craig Johnson as of Feb. 2nd.

On Thursday, Jan. 27th, CJ was moved from Kaiser-Fremont to the Kaiser Hospital in Hayward, 27400 Hesperian Blvd, (510) 784-4000. He underwent major surgery on Monday, Jan. 31st, for the removal of an infectious substance on his chest wall. The surgery was very successful and his chest scan is now clear, although a tube will remain in his chest for the next few days.
CJ is currently in CCU on the 4th floor and will be staying there until the end of this week. Next week he will be moved to TCU, which is also on the 4th floor, and will probably remain in the hospital for a few more weeks as his wound continues to heal. His pain management is under control and he will begin physical therapy next week.
He is very alert, and visitors are more than welcome during the day.
All of your get-well wishes are greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

Margie Biederman



An RSPV is needed by tomorrow (Friday the 4th) for the annual PBA's Valentine's Dinner Dance on Saturday, Feb. 12th, so a count can be established. Contact Larry Lundberg to RSVP by calling 408-295-5286 or 408-910-8150, or send hime an e-mail at <lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>.






Last Week's Poll Results


For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:

And for the most recent releases, click here...



This message should have been in last week's Mail Call column, and it would have if the Farsider editor hadn't blundered and stashed it in the wrong preparation folder. The better-late-than-never adage applies in this case, so here is Mike Thompson responding to the Kregal foot chase from the Mail Call column two weeks ago...

Jan. 20th

The Kregal story jogged a memory file and reminded me of a similar occasion from many years ago. I was working as a detective in the Fraud Unit when I had some time on my hands one afternoon and decided to check for fraud activity at the bookstore at the Almaden Fashion Plaza. While perusing the stacks of books and keeping an eye out for "illegal activity" I heard a commotion coming from the front of the store. A no good thief who had gone into the employees only room in the back of the store rifled through a few purses and had been confronted as he tried to leave the store. When I inserted myself into the confrontation and identified myself as a certified, true blue detective-sergeant, the crook took off running like a bat out of you know where.
Since this took place somewhere back in the '70s when I was much younger and more foolish than now, I immediately followed the perp in hot foot pursuit. As luck would have it, I banged my knee into one of the giant planter boxes in the mall, which reduced my pursuit to Code 2. The thief ran through the parking lot and crossed Blossom Hill towards the Payless on the southwest corner of Almaden. Upon seeing my fruitless foot pursuit, a good citizen took pity and offered me a ride in his car. I dont know how he knew I was a cop; perhaps I looked like one at the time. This was, of course, long before cell phones.

I accepted the good citizen's offer and we drove over to the Payless lot, where we saw the no good soon-to-be-felon jump into a passing vehicle and take off eastbound on Blossom Hill. Like any other dedicated officer from that era I was waving my badge out the window and yelling all the appropriate, politically correct orders for the driver of the getaway car to pull over in the name of the law. Well, that didnt work because the perp, as I found out later, was threatening his new found friends not to stop.

Due to the road construction going on about a half mile down Blossom Hill, traffic came to a dead stop. I immediately approached the getaway vehicle on foot and pulled the SOB (not "Sweet Old Bart") out of his ride by the scruff of his neck and may possibly have said some "calming things" to him while yelling for someone to call the cops.

I recall writing up a commendation for the good citizen who helped me out and eventually hearing that the petty thief went to prison for burglary (the bookstore) and kidnapping (the passersby in the vehicle he had commandeered).
And that's the rest of the story...

Am I starting to sound like Moir?

(Mike Thompson) <mbtkht@gmail.com>

Good story, Big Red. Thanks, and I apologize for my tardiness in passing your tale along. So how did the good samaritan know you were a police officer? I'll take a shot at an answer: He saw you were limping and assumed you had to be a cop who stumbled over something because civilians normally watch where they are going — with the possible exception of this dummy, of course: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg11glsBW4Y>


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Jan. 27th

Hi Bill,

Thanks for another excellent rag sheet. While on a recent vacation to Arizona, Bob Camara rode his Harley up from Lake Havasu to Laughlin for a visit. While there, and over several beers, we discussed how you can get "out of touch" after retirement. He asked if he could be added to your readers' list. Bob worked for SJPD in the late '60s to the early '70s, then left to work at the South Lake Tahoe PD from which he retired. His email address is

Thanks again,

(Silvers) <jimsilvers@silversmail.com>

It's a done deal. Bob was sent a welcome-to-the-Farsider message, and unlike most of the subscribers reading this, he won't have to unlearn the old password.


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Jan. 27th

Aloha Bill, from the land of T-shirts and shorts (Hawaii) — or should I say the land of no birth records? Guess it is time to ask for placement on the Farsider mailing list. You guys do great work as it is a connection to the past. Thank you and Leroy for the hard work. I must be one of the 300+ freeloaders. It was just out of laziness that I failed to send a subscription request.

Thanks again,

Jim Anderson, #1262 (Ret.)

Hi Jim: Folks who access the Farsider without being on the roster are not considered freeloaders. What we are trying to do is keep the newsletter from showing up on far left blogs and websites that could lead to some hate mail. As everyone knows, Leroy and I are extremely sensitive individuals and have a propensity to cry at the drop of a hat like you-know-who. In any case, you are now officially on the roster. Aloha.


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Jan. 27th


Just finished the latest fishwrap — a very good one — and read about the President's State of the Union Address. Blah...blah...blah. Same ol' "soup sandwich." Reminds me of the old "Where's the beef?" commercial.

On a personal note for those who remember me, I recently went in for a colonoscopy. A subsequent EKG indicated something was wrong with the ticker and I was sent to another doctor for several tests. Then on Jan. 17th I went in for the dye-in-the-groin procedure and wound up with two stents inserted in the heart. Turned out that I had a bleeding problem and was kept overnight, then flown to Phoenix in an EMT-occupied fixed wing the following afternoon.

Life in these small communities is interesting. Our local hospital has two helicopters and a fixed wing on standby, so that is somewhat of an indication of life up here in the White Mountains of Arizona. The next day in Phoenix they inserted a 3-lead pacemaker, something I was told was relatively new. Two days later I was released to spend two nights in Phoenix before returning to the hospital again on Monday for a roto-rooter job on the carotid. Was kept two more days and finally got home on the 26th.

I know there are a lot worse off than me, and like they say, if we all put our problems in one big pile we would want ours back. I could crack you up with some of the details and events, but it would make a short story long — although I am tempted to use some of the old motorcycle cop humor.

Keep up the good work.

Dick Tush, #1230

I suspect you'll hear from some of your brother motor cops from yesteryear, Dick, if any of them can remember how to spell and type instead of just writing traffic tags. In any case, it's good to have you still with us. But if you send us another message using all capital letters that has to be completely retyped like this one, I'm going to bring Leroy down with me to Arizona and give you a second colonoscopy using a jack hammer!


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Jan. 28th

Happy New Year, Leroy:

While I've been covertly reading the Farsider almost since its inception, I've never subscribed. Thus, I don't receive your weekly subscriber alert, so I'm guilty of screwing up the reader stats when I log in. Now that you're going to tighten up security by issuing a weekly password that I won't get, I need to jump on the bandwagon. George is a subscriber, of course, and would surely share your newsletter with me — if he remembers or I ask. However, I like reading it at my leisure on my computer at my e-mail address.

Although I haven't been an official member of the SJPD family for nigh onto 20 years (I defected to Parks in 1990 and retired in 2000), I still have close ties and love connecting weekly. The health and welfare updates are particularly important to me.

Please, oh please, may I be added as an "official" subscriber? My e-mail address is

Lani McCall, a/k/a Photo Lab Girl (Although I also worked in four other units, most people still remember me from the Lab.)

Works for us. Leroy and I have always had a soft spot for women who beg.


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Jan. 28th

Dear Bill and Company,

Let me see! When was the last time I was thinking? Seems so long ago. The last years have been like a buzz; just whistling by like a strong wind. Everything is moving so fast. Who can keep up? Remember, we were brought up using the manual typewriter and the mimeograph machine. Now we're into iPhones and iPads. Whusshh...what a blur. I am not at all sure any of us really know what is going on.

Anyway, I was writing to you last time about how Telomere protects the cells and can not only stop the process of aging, but actually reverse the process. It's true. Research is going on and will prove so in time. But I saw something on PBS the other night on NOVA, and they were telling of more immediate research going on that will produce results in a few years max.  

It was about Foxo (pronounced fox as in "fox", and O as in the letter "O" (not a zero). A number of studies have shown that people who live to be a hundred or more all have the gene Foxo in their DNA code. Dozens of studies from all over the planet are showing the same results. People with the gene Foxo not only live to a century or more, they also live it in good health. They live it like they were 40; they live it alive, not in some infirmary or hospital or something similar. If you've got the Foxo gene I am super happy for you. If not, like me and the rest of us I suppose, we'll have to wait a few years. Not decades — but only a few years. So if we can all hang on to hanging on, things could radically change for the better.

The Foxo gene acts like the superintendent of a building. It doesn't do the work, but it makes darn sure that all the work is getting done. If some part of the body is in need of something, it calls for the right amount of what is needed and makes sure it gets there. Throughout the body, the Foxo gene is there supervising and checking to make sure everything is running in good order, up to snuff and firing on all cylinders.

And when everything is in running in good order, a natural longevity takes place. A long life; a long and healthy life is the result. Wouldn't that be great for everybody?

So I have at least learned a few new words in the last decade among all the blur and stream of near meaningless nonsense: First, Telomere, and now Foxo.

I want to be the first in line to get my annual Foxo shot, then the flu shot after that. Or maybe next Christmas we can be saying Ho Ho for Foxo. OK, a feeble attempt at humor. But what the heck!

OK then, hope all is well. Just wanted to chime in on the conversation.


(Scannell) <silent.eagle@sbcglobal.net>

Thanks for the input Dave, but I can't wrap my head around stuff like Telomere, Foxo and other scientific discoveries that "are just around the corner." Call me cynical, but I've had far too many friends and loved ones succumb to forms of cancer and other diseases that we were supposed to have had cures decades ago. Besides, with what's happening in our state, country and the world, living a long, long time is not on my bucket list. But perhaps your missive will generate some excitement in some of the readers. Stay well, and thanks for writing.


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The following message is in reference to the memorial for Peggy Donald that was held at the POA Hall last Saturday...

Jan. 30th


The service went beautifully yesterday. Everyone was so helpful and really, really nice. We are truly grateful. If anyone mentions to you that they took pictures, we would love to have copies. Again, many thanks for all your help.

Maureen Ryan Donald and Michael Donald


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Feb. 2nd

Finally, someone who has inserted some sanity to the Mercury bashing campaign of employees' pensions. My hat is off to the author (SEIU member).

George McCall

George is referring to the item below that was apparently in the Peninsula edition of the Mercury News that serves North County only as it didn't appear in the San Jose edition of the paper I receive...


Opinion: Public Pensions Were Short-changed in the 1990s

By Cynthia Howard
Special to the Mercury News
Feb. 1, 2011

Who would have thought that a dry and dense subject that comes with terms like "actuarial studies" and "unfunded liabilities" would be such a sizzling topic?

Public pensions. Everybody has an opinion, but, I fear, very few of the facts. Or rather, some selected facts and not others. And a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

A recent front-page article in this newspaper looks at city employee benefits throughout San Mateo County and concludes: Costs of employee benefits tripled over the past decade. Serious-looking pie charts reiterated the premise. But had the investigation covered a broader range of years, the headline would have said: Cities are paying the same amount for pensions as a percentage of payroll as they were in 1980.

Before I explain why that is, I'd like to use this analogy: If you were looking for data on the safety of cross-Atlantic travel, and you looked only at 1912, you would never set foot on an ocean liner. That was the year the Titanic sank.

Looking at pension costs from just the past decade is exactly like that: That was the decade our economy went from boom to bust, big time. In the terrific years that stock portfolios got fatter and fatter -- early 1990s -- local governments took a pension holiday. Rising stock values meant cities didn't have to pay into the pension system because the funds went up so dramatically. At the same time that employers had their "holiday," it should be noted, workers continued to pay into their future retirement funds.

The responsible thing would have been to take that money and store it for a rainy day. But many cities didn't go that route, opting instead to fund high-priced consultants and special projects. Then came the 100-year flood.

We can learn from the past, but what do we do now about the pension problem?

San Mateo County can start with reforming the system more equitably, by looking at the top. Let's start with managers, all of whom receive a whopping 75 percent discount on their contribution to their pension plans, at taxpayers' expense. This is a perk not extended to general employees, who pay their full share.

And why do we allow travel expenses and cash-out paid leave to be counted as salary, further fattening managers' pension paychecks? Maybe an investigative newspaper would ask these tough questions, hold up our public policies to real scrutiny, and maybe, just maybe, working families will have a fighting chance in a fairer economy.

Wall Street and loose banking regulations brought our economy to the brink of collapse, but it's just too easy to target public employees who maintain our roads and answer our 911 calls. From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent. And yet today, 1 in 6 Americans has no job and every 20 seconds another working family files for bankruptcy.

Let's fix our system. Let's start at the top.

Cynthia Howard, legal office specialist, is Chapter President of SEIU Local 521 San Mateo County. She wrote this article for this newspaper.

Keep in mind that the author is using facts and figures relative to San Mateo County. Whether they are identical or similar to Santa Clara County and/or the City of San Jose I can't say. But what gives me mixed feelings about this opinion piece is the author's association with President Obama's army of SEIU union members. It's rumored that SEIU President Andy Stern has his own bedroom at the White House.



Eight hours after we went to press with last week's Farsider an announcement was made by the City that Chris Moore had been selected to lead the SJPD. While this may be old news for most of you, we thought we'd include this article from last Friday's paper for those out-of-town subscribers who didn't get the word...

San Jose: Moore Picked Over Oakland's Batts as New Police Chief

By Sean Webby <swebby@mercurynews.com>
San Jose Mercury News — Jan. 27, 2011

San Jose City Manager Debra Figone has selected acting Chief Chris Moore to be the next police chief of the Bay Area's largest city, choosing an insider who had the support of his beleaguered department over an outsider activists hoped would bring major reform.

Figone's choice still must be approved by the City Council, but that is expected to happen at a closed meeting Tuesday.

On Thursday, Figone would not confirm she picked Moore instead of Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts, whose candidacy for the San Jose job prompted a whirlwind of public concern in Oakland about the potential departure of that city's perhaps most widely liked government leader.

However, without referring to Moore by name, Figone told the Mercury News that she had made her decision on the next chief on Wednesday and was "very excited about the candidate."

"I am confident that I am bringing the best candidate forward at this particular moment in time in the city," she said Thursday night before a community meeting. "We heard through the work force there is very low morale. They are looking for a chief who can provide strong leadership," she said, adding that she believes the candidate can provide that leadership for the community and the work force.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Mercury News that Moore was the choice, and Batts later revealed to Bay Area News Group that he did not get the job.

Batts praised his "good friend Chris Moore, who I think the world of. It wasn't a competition who is the best at city organization."

When reached by phone, Moore referred calls to the city manager's office.

Figone's decision is somewhat of a surprise. There were widespread rumors that she wanted someone from the outside to take over the department, which has been racked by low morale and budget cuts and been under fire for alleged aggressive tactics and racial profiling.

But there was quick praise from some quarters in favor of Moore, a 49-year-old veteran cop with a law degree who would succeed Rob Davis.

"Wow. I'm so happy to hear that," Victor Garza of La Raza Roundtable said when told Moore is expected to be the next chief. He added that he feels Moore "is the kind of chief that could create changes."

Joseph McNamara, a former San Jose police chief who is now a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, said he was "delighted" by the news.

"The idea that an insider will hesitate to make any needed changes doesn't apply to Chris because of his extensive experience outside the department and in Washington, where he learned a lot about policing," McNamara said, referring to Moore's fellowship under former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. "He is not a typical insider by any stretch of the imagination. He has already shown his inclination to think independently."

On the other hand, some activists were bitterly disappointed that an insider will lead the 1,250-officer department so distrusted in their communities.

"They don't want to see any major changes happen at this Police Department," said Walter Wilson, a community activist. "And the way Rob Davis left it and the way Moore will run it, there won't be."

Raj Jayadev, another activist, lamented that the city had missed out on "this historic opportunity to dramatically change the relationship between the police and the community that has been defined by mistrust for several years now."

Wilson and Jayadev were among those who said the city needed a fresh perspective on the problems facing the department, maintaining that someone from outside would be better able to repair the rifts between police and community groups.

Moore wasted no time in putting his stamp on the job when he became acting chief after Davis retired in October.

He promoted Diane Urban to be his assistant chief, making her the first woman to hold the No. 2 role in the department.

Late last year, Moore decided to stop the practice of impounding cars for a month when unlicensed drivers are nabbed for minor traffic violations. Latino advocacy groups have long protested that the vehicle seizures deprived working-class people of their cars -- which cost thousands of dollars in charges and fines to retrieve, often exceeding the worth of the car itself.

"That took courage," Garza said. "It was something we have wanted to do for a long, long time. That means a lot to me and it should mean a lot to the community as well."

On Wednesday, Moore decided to release the 911 recording of the Jan. 15 murder-suicide at a West San Jose coffee shop. Davis had steadfastly refused to release any 911 recordings.

Moore has wide-ranging experience in the department as a street cop, undercover cop, commander of the Internal Affairs Unit that investigates complaints against officers, and head of the communications system. He has also helped advocate for the federal government to allocate a chunk of the broadband spectrum for a public safety network.

He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Marin County. The 6-foot-5-inch Moore was a basketball star at Redwood High School in Marin and is a UC Berkeley graduate.

In 2004, Moore was awarded a Fulbright Police Research Fellowship to study police accountability at the London School of Economics and New Scotland Yard. He is married and has a teenage daughter.

City spokesman Tom Manheim, while not confirming Figone's choice, said the city manager will introduce the candidate to the council Tuesday. Council members will be able to ask questions of the candidate, then they will vote.

The council could reject her choice, but sources said they expect Moore to be confirmed.

Bay Area News Group reporters Sandra Gonzales, Sean Maher and Harry Harris contributed to this report. Contact Sean Webby at 408-920-5003.

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As the article points out, not everyone was happy with the selection. The headline in this article from last Saturday's (Jan. 29th) Mercury News reads: "Activists Try to Derail San Jose Police Chief Pick:" <http://tinyurl.com/4d6vywp>

P.S. When I saw that columnist Scott Herhold offered his opinion in last Saturday's paper about Chris being chosen, it was one of those rare occasions that I agreed with what he had to say: <http://tinyurl.com/4gw9jvy>



This article from yesterday's (Wed.) Mercury News will bring you out-of-area retirees up to date on what's happening inside the Dept. It also may make you very happy you are now retired...

New Chief Vows to Fix Community’s Broken Trust

By Sean Webby
San Jose Mercury News — Feb. 2, 2011

Admitting that San Jose police officers have acted unprofessionally to some residents, newly appointed police Chief Chris Moore on Tuesday promised “a new beginning” in which the department will listen far more closely to community concerns and monitor officers’ actions to ensure they are not racially profiling.

Moore, whose appointment became official Tuesday, moved quickly to separate himself from his predecessor, Rob Davis, who had insisted that concerns in minority communities about police mistreatment were a problem of "perception."

“I don’t think it’s perception at all, I think it’s very real,” Moore said. “Our officers, the way we interact with people, it puts off people. Here’s the thing: If the officers don’t realize it, who’s to blame? It’s us,” he said, pointing to himself, “for not bringing it to their attention. I don’t want to criticize my folks in this regard. That’s a leadership flaw. That’s my responsibility.”

Concrete steps

Moore announced two concrete steps to mark his promised new era: the creation of a police chief’s community advisory board made up of “friends” and “critics” of the 1,250-officer department, and a new effort to closely track whether police actions are targeting specific groups. Davis had halted the annual reports on traffic stops and use of force that the San Jose Police Department once took pride in. Moore’s surprising comments came at the end of a selection process in which he was seen by community activists as the status quo candidate and the other finalist, Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts, was depicted as a reformer. After a nationwide search and unprecedented community outreach, City Manager Debra Figone named Moore as the city’s 32nd police chief. On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved her selection. Moore has been the acting chief since Davis retired in October.

Moore’s appointment comes as the police department is facing two major challenges: money and trust. Major cutbacks, demotions and layoffs loom for the department. At the same time, some in the community were looking for the next chief to address their allegations that the department is too aggressive and unfairly targets ethnic and racial minorities. The Mercury News had documented, for example, how the department had a history of disproportionately arresting Latinos for public drunkenness.

And many of the critics had placed their hopes that Batts was most qualified to cure these ills.

Raj Jayadev, of the community watchdog group Silicon Valley De-Bug, said it will be up to Moore, Figone and the council to fulfill Tuesday’s promised changes.

“And let’s say this now, so there’s no excuses down the road: We expect the culture change in the department to be measurable and happen quickly,” Jayadev said “Our communities won’t tolerate the ‘It will take time’ line, or a rerun of Davis.”

Work to be done

Longtime Latino community activist Bea Mendez said Moore “is going to have to listen very carefully to those who have these issues as opposed to simply listening to his command staff. Otherwise he is going to stumble.”

Figone focused her public comments Tuesday on why she picked Moore and not why she didn’t pick Batts, who would have been the city’s first African-American chief. She said Moore could do the “real work to rebuild” the trust with the community.

“The concerns are real and must be taken seriously,” Figone said. “(Moore) strongly demonstrated to me that he understands those concerns but takes them seriously and is committed to addressing them.”

Figone rejected the contention that only an outsider could bring true change to the department.

“I disagree with that sentiment. I went into this process with no bias toward internal or external candidates,” she said. “My only goal was to find the best chief for the city of San Jose, and I think we’ve done that.”

Moore acknowledged that he has a lot to prove to people such as Jayadev and Mendez.

“I know we have not been as responsive to the community as we should have been. This has resulted in a lack of trust. That said, I respectfully request to all those people to stay actively engaged. I need your help. I need your support. I am different than maybe other folks you have dealt with at the Police Department.”

Among those invited to speak at the news conference was San Jose’s independent police auditor, LaDoris Cordell, who noted the invitation was “remarkable” and “a harbinger of good things to come” in light of her office’s historically tense relationship with the department.

Cordell said she has high expectations for Moore and his “superb choice” for assistant chief, Diane Urban.

“I expect you both to be leaders who walk the walk,” she said. “I expect you to be open and responsive to the members of our Police Department and to the members of our community, and most importantly, I expect you to have the courage to do what is right, no matter how uncomfortable doing right may make you feel.”

The Mercury News is running an online poll asking if Chris Moore is the right man for the job? To participate in the poll and see the running results, click on this link: <http://tinyurl.com/4d48xpz>



The latest (Jan. 27th) electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available online at <http://retiredsjpoff.org>. The newsletter is on the right side of the page, just below the calendar.



The Feb. edition of the POA's online version of the Vanguard has been published and can be viewed by clicking on this link:



There's only one problem: The top 1 percent already pay
more in taxes than the bottom 95 percent of all other taxpayers.

The NFL season for our in-house referee has come to an end, which gives Bill Leavy plenty of time to work on his new digs and spend time on the Internet before he has to go back to NFL officials' camp this summer and get ready for the 2011 season. One of the sites on the Web that Bill visits on a regular basis is the Powerline Blog at
<http://powerlineblog.com/>, which was the source of the following info BIll sent in earlier this week and thought was worth sharing...

Re: State of the Union Address

January 31, 2011
Posted by John at 8:00 PM

I hadn't intended to say anything more about President Obama's State of the Union speech, but this excellent post by the Blogprof reminded me of one of Obama's most offensive pronouncements:

"If we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans."

Those greedy "wealthiest 2 percent" must be fleecing the rest of us, right? Well, not exactly. Heck, forget the wealthiest two percent — the top one percent are pretty much pulling the wagon, as the Blogprof shows with this chart. The top one percent pay more income taxes than the bottom 95 percent.

We are rapidly reaching the point where a large majority of Americans are free riders. Whether democracy can survive under that condition is a wide-open question.

If you click on this link that will take you to Blogprof's post <http://tinyurl.com/48k3teq>, you will find this chart among other pertinent info...



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

New Articles

• Fraud alert: Scammers pretending to be Microsoft techs call victims and offer to fix viruses on their computers.

• The year 2011 produces some dates with unusual combinations of 1's, and other tricks.

• Does a new Kentucky law require that public assistance recipients pass a drug testing program?

• Scam alert warns that unsuspecting phone customers are being gulled into placing calls to area codes in the Caribbean that result in hefty charges.

• Lawyer received a caustic response after complaining to the Cleveland Browns about fans' throwing paper airplanes.

• Woman narrowly misses becoming the latest victim of a gang of murderers in World War II Berlin.

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

Worth a Second Look

• Before Super Bowl XXII, did a reporter ask the Washington Redskins' Doug Williams, "How long have you been a black quarterback?"



Neither of these two articles about the White House and gun control should come as a particular surprise: <http://tinyurl.com/4npkszq> and <http://tinyurl.com/4k8q5f2>.


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Were you military aviation aficionados aware that the Blue Angels were created in the spring of 1946 with the Grumman F6F Hellcat, then transitioned to the F8F Grumman Bearcat 3 months later which the Blues flew until 1949, after which the switch to jets took place? This excellent video sent in by Chuck Blackmore will bring you up to speed (no pun intended): <http://tinyurl.com/4cx8q3r>


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Are you receiving a disability retirement check from CalPERS? If you are not, you can skip this item:

Alice Murphy sent in information that may be of interest to a select handful of readers who are receiving disability retirement benefits from CalPERS and meet the following criteria:

* Bought air time, military service time, or other similar types of service credit;
* Suffered an industrial disability, making you unable to continue working; and
* Took CalPERS retirement because of your disability.

This is about a class action lawsuit against CalPERS. For more information, click on this link and read the letter from an attorney:


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My former partner in crime, Tom Macris, sent in this clip of "Ol' Blue Eyes" singing about the social networking website "MySpace." It's a testament to Frank calling it as he sees it, and the animated crooner is absolutely right-on the mark: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm-cpvexmds>


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Tom is also of the opinion that if you are going to go to the trouble of training your new dog, why not teach it some useful tricks? <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Fyey4D5hg>


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This third item from Mr. Macris is, like, you know, hip, awesome, to the point, and very cool. Hear what I'm saying? <http://wimp.com/speaktypography>


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From Paul Salerno comes this video clip of a shoot-out at a Detroit PD precinct that begins with what is denied to be a press conference by a cop who is apparently the PIO of the DPD: (http://tinyurl.com/4nky2vn)


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This outspoken Brit is back, according to this clip from John Kregal. This time his video blog posting is about bedbugs and Islamic maniacs: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ana9w3uSNA>


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Here's a short story that explains why longevity is good:


Toward the end of the Sunday service, the Minister asked, "How many of  you have forgiven your enemies?"

Eighty percent held up their hands.

The Minister then repeated his question.

All responded this time, except one man, an avid golfer named Walter Barnes, who attended church only when the weather was bad.

"Mr. Barnes, it's obviously not a good morning for golf, and it's good to see you here today. Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?"

"I don't have any," he replied gruffly.

"Mr. Barnes, that is very unusual. How old are you?"

"Ninety-eight," he replied.

The congregation stood up and clapped  their hands.

"Mr. Barnes, would you please come down in front and tell us all how a person can live to be ninety-eight and not have an enemy in the world?"

The old golfer tottered down the aisle, stopped in front of the pulpit, turned around, faced the  congregation, and said, "I outlived all the sons of bitches."


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JET says this new GPS technology is as amazing as it is scary: <http://www.darnay.com/iec/features/locator/index.html>


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Answering only 13 of 20 questions correctly the first time I took this automotive quiz sent in by Lumpy is embarrassing as I once thought of myself as a gear head...


Care to see how you do?


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Also for auto buffs is this clip from Bruce Morton of the Cadillac demonstration team. And what better place for G.M. to market Caddies than in the country where all the money is? The country is China: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbuDRA4zNbw>

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Bruce also sent in an e-mail that said the Department of Transportation has issued a travel warning due to the severe weather that has stricken many parts of the nation. DOT suggests that anyone currently traveling should always have the following:

• Shovel

• Blankets or sleeping bag

• Extra clothing including coats, hats and gloves

• At least 24 hours worth of food

• De-icer

• Rock salt

• Flashlight and spare batteries

• Road flares or reflective triangles

• Empty gas can

• Booster cables

Bruce is the first to admit that he probably looked like a total idiot Tuesday morning when he boarded a light rail train to go downtown.


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If Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown is serious about keeping the state from going belly-up, this video sent in by Bob Tenbrink might be worth considering. It won't save much in the overall scheme of things, but hey, a penny saved is a penny earned, right? <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wElqMl5TJM>


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This wedding clip should be a sign to the couple that marrying each other is not in the cards and should be avoided at all cost: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0DmtmmFEVo>


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Leroy says the recession has gotten so bad that...

People are getting pre-declined credit cards in the mail.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was badly bruised when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

Many Mormon polygamists are choosing to have only one wife.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald's is now selling the quarter-ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America .

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and were forced to learn their children's names.

His cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it and she was re-possessed!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

A picture is now worth only 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together they now share a room.

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can no longer afford batteries.

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal, which does not bode well. It meanss the guy who made $50 billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 trillion disappear!

And finally...

He knows a guy who was so depressed thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc. that he phoned the Suicide Hotline and was connected to a call center in Pakistan. When he told them he was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if he could drive a truck.


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Speaking of trucks, just how does this trucker reverse directions on this logging so he can go the other way?

This clip from Don Hale will show you: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EvqBWzJvqE>


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This second video from Don about a guy who is complaining about speeders on a rural highway has a surprise ending: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2xnWYx8YK8>


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Saving the best for last bring us to this:

To some, barbershop quartet music is about grating on the ears as a bagpipe or an accordion, but how can anyone not love this "76 Trombones" performance sent in by Chuck Blackmore? If you choose to watch it, stay with it all the way to the end for some surprises:


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It's time to soak our fingers and let them heal so we can start on next week's Farsider in a day or two. Thanks for visiting.


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