February 3, 2011
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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.
HEALTH & WELFARE
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.
LAST CALL TO RSVP
FOR THE PBA VALENTINE'S DINNER DANCE
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
Last Week's Poll
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...
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?
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:
• • • • •
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
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.
• • • • •
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.
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.
• • • • •
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!
• • • • •
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
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.
• • • • •
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.
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.
• • • • •
The following message is in reference to the memorial for Peggy
Donald that was held at the POA Hall last Saturday...
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
• • • • •
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 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
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
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
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
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.
AND THE WINNER
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
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
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
Bay Area News Group reporters Sandra Gonzales, Sean Maher and Harry Harris
contributed to this report. Contact Sean Webby at 408-920-5003.
~ ~ ~
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:"
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
ALSO FOR YOU
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
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.”
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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:
The latest (Jan. 27th)
electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available online at
The newsletter is on the right side of the page, just below the calendar.
NEW POA VANGUARD
HAS ROLLED OFF THE DIGITAL PRESSES
The Feb. edition of the POA's online version of the Vanguard has been
published and can be viewed by clicking on this link:
LET'S GO AFTER
THOSE FAT CATS AND TAX THE HELL OUT OF 'EM...
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
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
If you click on this link that
will take you to Blogprof's post
you will find this chart among other pertinent info...
SNOPES URBAN LEGEND
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox.
• 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
• 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?"
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Neither of these two articles
about the White House and gun control should come as a particular surprise:
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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):
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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
* 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:
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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?
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This third item from Mr.
Macris is, like, you know, hip, awesome, to the point, and very cool. Hear what
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
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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:
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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:
• Blankets or sleeping bag
• Extra clothing including coats, hats and gloves
• At least 24 hours worth of food
• 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?
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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:
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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
His cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it and she was
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
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!
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
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This second video from Don
about a guy who is complaining about speeders on a rural highway has a surprise
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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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