February 13, 2014
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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CHRIS CARD STILL
RECOVERING FROM A 2012 ROLL-OVER ACCIDENT
We were shocked and surprised to receive the following email from
Paul Salerno about retiree Christine Card...
You probably already know about her accident. It was news to me as of a couple a
days ago. Chris has given me permission to forward this to you for some type of
posting in the Farsider. Terrible tragedy. She had an auto accident that severed
her spine. I am going to forward a couple of our Facebook emails to you.
Remember that she knows I am doing this. I would not do so without her
It's good to hear from you. I was in a car accident in September of 2012. My car
rolled two and a half times and went seven hundred feet until it finally stopped
with me in it. My back was broken and I was paralyzed from the waist down due to
a spinal cord injury. I've been going to physical therapy and the gym but have
reached the point where no progress has been made over the past 8 months. It's
been very hard and very painful, but I am still optimistic. That's the scoop.
I tried to send Chris an
email, but the address we have for her on the Farsider roster is no longer good,
so I asked Paul to send her a FB message and ask for her updated email address.
This was her reply
Yes, of course, it's
and feel free to give it out. Frank Keffer said he ran into a few people who
asked for it. He also said that many if not most people (in our law enforcement
family) don't know or haven't heard about my debacle. I'd love to hear from my
special family and friends who I worked with for 30 years. I am still sorting
out my life and some days it's horrific and so, so sad. That is just the reality
that people can't avoid every once in a while. Arghhhhh Unbelievable!! Is this
real??? There, I got it out of my system.
Friends who would like
to drop Chris a line can use her
email address. Or, if
you are a member of Facebook, simply perform a search for "Christine Card." I
found this photo of her on her Facebook page...
She was a
County dispatcher for the SJPD and the SJFD in the '80s before the merge when
she and several others performed the same job as City employees. She retired in
2007, moved to Nashville, TN, bought a "craftsman bungalow-style" house that was
built in 1906, and spent her time, energy and money renovating it until the
accident. I also am aware that as a breast cancer survivor, Chris is one tough
lady. We encourage her friends and former coworkers to drop her a line and say
PBA MEETING AND
DINNER DANCE REMINDER
This is a reminder that the PBA will be holding its February dinner meeting next
Wednesday at the POA Hall. The bar will open around 5 p.m. with dinner following
sometime after 6 p.m.
For those members attending the annual Valentine's Day Dinner Dance this coming
Saturday evening, here are the particulars
15 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
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
We got nuttin'
A few years back, many of us
were confused, concerned and worried about the "out of character" behavior
exhibited by one of our own. Those of us who worked around Jim Lisius knew him
to be one of the hardest working cops on our Department. This decorated
officer's love for police work was infectious and his reputation was solid.
So as stories began to circulate about behavior not his norm, questions were
asked. Jim's troubles led to disciplinary proceedings that eventually led to his
termination. Alcohol was always the suspected demon, how wrong we were.
Months after the termination, Jim began to experience signs of a serious health
ailment. After visits to countless doctors, specialists and hospitals, he was
diagnosed with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and frontotemporal dementia. To
quote from Wikipedia:
"The disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body due to the
degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons. Unable to function, the
muscles weaken and exhibit atrophy. Individuals affected by the disorder may
ultimately lose the ability to initiate and control all voluntary
movement...until the terminal stages of the disease. Cognitive function is
generally spared for most patients, although some (about 5%) also have
frontotemporal dementia. A higher proportion of patients (30-50%) also have more
subtle cognitive changes which may go unnoticed, but are revealed by detailed
We finally had an answer for Jim's behavior change. The disease, which will
eventually take his life, was affecting his cognitive skills. Once we realized
the cause, we understood that Jim's termination had to be reversed.
We met with Jim and his wife, Frances. Jim was not employed, was not eligible
for a service retirement at the time of his termination and so he was not
receiving an income other than unemployment insurance. Because he had been
terminated, he lost his healthcare (luckily Frances had a family plan through
her employer), POA long-term disability insurance and POA life insurance.
We explained the situation to City Attorney Rick Doyle and Assistant City
Attorney Nora Frimann. They understood that the termination of Jim Lisius, while
unfortunate, was based upon the best information at the time. They also
understood that reinstating Jim's employment so that he could receive a
non-service connected disability retirement was the right thing to do. You can
imagine the bureaucratic roadblocks they faced. Undeterred, they brought the
matter to our new City Manager, Ed Shikada. Ed understood the situation
immediately and cut through all the red tape.
I am happy to report that Jim Lisius was reinstated as a San Jose Police Officer
and, on February 6, 2014, the Police and Fire Retirement Board unanimously voted
to grant Jim a non-service connected disability retirement.
Our work is not finished. The POA will now turn our attention to attempt to get
Jim's Long-Term Disability Insurance and Life Insurance reissued. More
bureaucratic roadblocks are ahead. Unfortunately, the City Manager's authority
won't help us with this lift.
I want to thank those at City Hall, specifically Ed Shikada, Rick Doyle and Nora
Frimann who led the City's efforts to reinstate Jim. Assistant Chief Eddie
Garcia took the lead out of the Chief's office and Franco Vado and Gregg Adam
did the heavy lifting for the POA.
The reversal I outlined above was not easy. Jim is fortunate to have a wife like
Frances at his side. Throughout this process, she has been a tireless advocate
for Jim. Not only did he lose the job he loved, but his reputation also took a
hit. Part of the reason for this email is to right that wrong. Jim Lisius left
this Department too soon, but he left with honor and his reputation as a damn
good cop has been restored.
Those who would like to send Jim a private message can email him at
or they can go to his website for an update or to post a note at
Jim's family hopes to have him home later this month. They will post information
on visiting him at home on the site once Jim gets settled in. His family would
appreciate anyone that would like to visit Jim to contact them in advance so
they can let them know if it is a good day. You may call or text any family
~ ~ ~
Individual phone numbers
are available for Frances, Jenny and Danielle. Send your request to the Farsider
to receive them.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE S.J.P.D.
Good luck getting the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for
Measure B to approve a tax to increase the staffing level of the SJPD. This
opinion piece from last Sunday's paper talks about that very issue...
S.J. May Need Temporary Tax to
By Matthew R. Mahood Guest Columnist
San Jose Mercury News Feb. 9, 2014
A few days ago, an opinion
piece asked if the city of San Jose needs new taxes. The writer answered no,
saying further cuts in spending are possible without impacting core services.
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerces preliminary answer to whether
San Jose temporarily needs new tax revenue is: Maybe.
The chamber has devoted three of our recent Public Policy Advisory Committee
meetings to San Joses fiscal situation. Weve had detailed discussions,
presentations and robust Q&A with Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, top city
staff and San Jose elected officials, who will soon decide what revenue
measures, if any, to place before voters in 2014.
We all know the facts: reductions in police officers from 1,400 to about 1,000
within a few years, increased gang activity, high police response times and real
challenges with officer retention. This is a stark and sad change from the days
when San Jose credibly called itself the nations safest big city.
Less obvious are the effects of all this on San Joses economic engine.
The chamber has talked to 450 businesses on three business walks over the past
18 months in a variety of neighborhoods, from downtown to Almaden Valley.
Everywhere we go, business people repeat the same problem: a decline in public
safety that is deep, wide and even causing a small number of them to rethink
their presence in the city.
We hear from CEOs of large organizations whose maintenance staffs almost daily
have to clean graffiti from their facilities. We hear from recruiters who, for
the first time in memory, have difficulty attracting top talent because
prospects are questioning whether San Jose is a safe place to live and work. We
hear from longtime downtown businesses who say if the crime problem doesnt
improve soon, they will have to move or shut down.
Mayor Chuck Reed and the council have not flinched from painful but, in our
view, necessary and courageous fiscal reforms to sustain core services.
Continued spending vigilance like the mayors is needed, especially on pensions.
Galloping retirement costs that take money away from services will increase $25
million this fiscal year and another $25 million the next.
Wed also like to see more consideration of outsourcing and customer-focused
The honest questions from groups like Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility about
San Joses spending priorities should be met with open minds and a bias for
action. It is clear, however, that more tough choices are needed and soon.
Some functions of any organization can be improved by innovative uses of
technology, creative thinking, a willingness to try new service delivery models
and the like. At its core, however, the problem of public safety in San Jose
today seems to require something simpler. It requires more money to put more
officers on the street.
Probably better than most, the chamber understands the detrimental effects high
taxes can have on job creation and business growth. We also know that doing
nothing substantive to address public safety will substantially damage our
citys and regions economy in ways that are hard to quantify but unsettling to
We need a sustainable city budget that gives residents and businesses the
essential services they deserve. To do that, these things need to happen
simultaneously: collaborative problem-solving, innovative solutions to old
problems, prioritizing spending and better managing of revenue.
With billions of dollars in private sector investments, strong job growth and
several exciting development projects, great things are happening in San Jose.
There is no better time to put aside yesterdays politics and start fresh on
todays budget and public safety challenges.
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Matthew R. Mahood is president & CEO of the San Jose
Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. He wrote this for this newspaper.
A debate over creationism vs. evolution last week drew a large
in-house audience and over a million on-line viewers at the Creation Museum in
Kentucky. Debating each other were Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and Creationist
Ken Ham, who also claims to be a scientist. When I saw a short segment about the
debate on ABC's "Nightline" last week it was (if you will pardon the term) the
genesis for this week's poll below. If you are interested in this controversial
topic, this is a short USA Today video and article of some of the highlights of
the debate. (4 Mins.)
And if you are really interested, the link below will take
you to the full debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham...
To see how the Farsider Family breaks down on the subject of
Evolution vs. Creationism, please take a moment and participate in the poll
Last Week's Poll
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Bill & Leroy,
We had an outage at my place this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad and
my new surround-sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my
iPhone battery was flat, and to top it off it was raining outside, so I couldn't
play golf. I went into the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee, then I
remembered that the coffee maker also needed power, so I ended up talking with
my wife for a few hours. She seems like a nice person.
(Name withheld by
An obituary in Tuesday's paper listed Cary Colla, a retired S/O captain. He
was the nephew of the many Colla brothers, most of whom worked at the Mercury
News with the exception of Joe, the ex-pharmacist who was also a San Jose City
Councilman. As a captain, Carry was in charge of the bailiffs in the court
system before he became the commander of the Westside Substation.
This is the obituary as
it appeared in the Feb. 13, 2014 Mercury News...
May 7, 1943 -
January 31, 2014
Resident of Morgan Hill, California
Cary Lynn Colla died peacefully
at home following a brief illness. Son of the late Fred and Marion Colla, he was
raised and lived in S.C.Co. his entire life. During his illness, he was
surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Cary retired after 32 years
with the S.C.Co. Sheriffs office, as a Captain. He cared deeply about his job
and for all those with whom he worked. After retirement, he enjoyed his vintage
car, golfing, and traveling. His greatest joy was to share good food and wine
with family and friends. Survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Ann, daughter
Jenny (Derek), son Cary (April), and grandson Jack. A private Celebration of
Life has already been held. Donations may be made in his name to the Cancer
We are sad to announce the passing of retired San Jose Police Officer Eric
Grimes' mother, Sandra Loboa Grimes, who passed away on February 10, 2014.
This is a family with deep ties to public service and law enforcement. Mrs.
Grimes was the wife of retired Santa Clara Police Department Sergeant Don
Grimes, and her father is retired Santa Clara Police Department officer Lonnie
Our condolences to the entire family. A private service has been scheduled, but
for those wishing to send condolences to the family they can do so at the
or via e-mail
Spence, President, Retirees Assn.
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FRAZIER OUT AT THE
Some might say that the headline below from Tuesday's S.F.
Chronicle was a little blunt. (For the uninformed, Tom was a San Jose PD Dep.
Chief prior to moving east and taking over control of the Baltimore PD, then
returning to the Left Coast and overseeing the OPD.)
Oakland Police Top Official,
Thomas Frazier, Fired
By Will Kane, Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle Feb. 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal
judge overseeing reforms at the Oakland Police Department fired the man he
appointed last year to the top job of compliance director, saying the
$270,000-a-year role proved to be ineffective.
In an order issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said Thomas
Frazier's position as compliance director was "unnecessarily duplicative and has
been less efficient and more expensive."
When Frazier steps down March 11, his sweeping powers to reform the department
and discipline, demote or fire police commanders will transfer to Robert Warshaw,
the independent monitor appointed by Henderson to review the force.
Sean Maher, a spokesman for Mayor Jean Quan, said the city had no immediate
comment on Henderson's ruling or Frazier's departure.
The two-person compliance
team was pushed in 2012 by city leaders eager to avoid a federal takeover of the
Police Department. Frazier would force the city to take action and Warshaw would
monitor the city's - and Frazier's - progress.
But Henderson wrote Wednesday that he would prefer Warshaw be the sole person
responsible for completing 22 reforms required by a 2003 settlement that ended a
sprawling lawsuit accusing four Oakland police officers, called the Riders, of
"The court finds that it would be more appropriate and effective to now
concentrate the powers of the compliance director and monitor into one
position," Henderson wrote.
Jim Chanin, an Oakland civil rights attorney involved in the 2003 settlement,
said he didn't believe Henderson's ruling would have a big impact.
"I don't think it is a setback for (the settlement) in terms of what we are
trying to do," Chanin said. "I don't see any criticism of us" or the terms of
But what impact Henderson's ruling will have on the city's stubborn police
reform effort remains unclear.
Giving one person the authority to monitor and implement reforms may streamline
the process, but Warshaw has often had a less-than-amicable relationship with
In August 2012, sources told The Chronicle that City Administrator Deanna
Santana said Warshaw made a sexual advance by taking her hand and telling her
she looked "stunning" and used derogatory language to describe then-Chief Howard
Warshaw was eventually cleared by Henderson, who said in a one-paragraph
statement that "nothing in the investigation has in any way diminished the
court's confidence in the monitor's professionalism or his ability to perform
In his most recent quarterly compliance report, Warshaw said city and police
leaders, under the direction of Frazier, were inconsistent in their efforts to
fully complete 22 reforms required by the 2003 settlement.
"Some (tasks) appear to be moving forward - as a result of focused and organized
efforts to solve the problems that have been obstacles to progress," Warshaw
wrote in his January report. "In other areas, however, the attention has been
less systematic; and there are concerns that remain."
The Police Department became subject to court oversight in the aftermath of the
Riders case, in which four officers were accused of running roughshod in West
Oakland, beating suspects and planting evidence. The city paid $10.9 million to
more than 100 plaintiffs and agreed to make more than 50 changes in police
practices under the oversight of a court-appointed monitor.
More than a decade later, 22 of those changes haven't been completed.
THE BEST OF LATE
Bob Costas had to take a
break from hosting the Olympics coverage due to an eye infection. In fact, his
eyes are so bloodshot, he's been made an honorary member of the U.S.
The family of openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam say they found out he was gay
from watching ESPN. Meanwhile, Michael Sam found out he was gay from watching
A Los Angeles newscaster had to apologize to Samuel L. Jackson for mistaking him
for Laurence Fishburne. Yeah, he said "I'm sorry, but everybody makes mistakes,
even our great president, Morgan Freeman."
To stop the spread of disease, the city of Vancouver has allowed crack pipes to
be sold in vending machines. The plan is being called dangerous by the mayor of
New York City and genius by the mayor of Toronto.
I'm loving the Winter
Olympics on that other network. But it's not the only huge sporting event going
on. Right now in New York City, the best are going up against the best. And the
claws are coming out at the 138th annual Westminster Dog Show.
The favorite dog to win is a Komondor. I would love a dog like that. Use it as a
mop and your floors would be spotless.
This year at Westminster they are allowing mixed breeds to compete. Owners breed
dogs within families. They reward inbreeding. That's not healthy, and creates
weird-looking specimens. Same problem I have with the royals.
It was 15 degrees cooler in
Atlanta when they had the Summer Olympics than it is in Sochi where they had the
Winter Olympics. It got up to 60 degrees today. It was so warm some of the
people staying in the hotels thought the heat started working. But it turns out
it was just the sun.
Because of the warm weather, some of the ski jumpers were actually landing in
puddles of water. They turned into water skiers mid-flight.
Poor Bob Costas. He hosts the prime-time portion of the Olympics for NBC. When
the game started he had an infection in his eye. Then it spread to his other
eye. Turned out to be a serious case of pink eye, which is a problem because
Vladimir Putin now thinks his eyes are gay and wants them removed.
Today in New York was the finals of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This
was the 138th Westminster Dog Show, which proves that no matter how boring
something is, you can still do it over and over again.
This year the dogs competed in a variety of categories including talent, evening
gown, and swimsuit.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF FEB. 8, 2014
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Did washing instruction tags on Tom Bihn bags carry a
hidden message in French disparaging the U.S. President?
Has fake, chemical-laden plastic snow been falling on the U.S.?
Video clip shows an airplane making a safe landing after losing a wing.
Was a man or young boy electrocuted when he answered his cell phone while
it was recharging?
Is the FBI is investigating the possible rigging of the 2014 Super Bowl?
Before Super Bowl XXII in 1988, a reporter asked Washington Redskins
quarterback Doug Williams, "How long have you been a black quarterback?"
Are Johnson and Johnson rectal thermometers "personally tested?"
Photograph shows a cat burned by the spillage of a
cinnamon reed diffuser.
Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
Was the airplane that carried Buddy Holly to his death named 'American
Still Haunting the Inbox
Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
To set the mood, we're
starting this column with a clip of a canine dining experience. If you can get
through the video without at least a snicker or a grin, perhaps you should seek
help from a therapist. We tested this on some friends and the consensus was that
humor doesn't get much better than this. (3 Mins.)
Does the name Dave Wottle
mean anything to you? Watching the Olympics from Sochi reminded me of some
memorable moments from past games. There is, of course, the "Do you believe in
miracles?" win the American hockey team pulled off in the 1980 Olympics between
the USA and the USSR, the last minute of which is recapped below. (2 Mins.)
I also remembered Dave Wottle's remarkable performance in the 800m Final eight
years earlier at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He was the lone American
runner wearing a white golf cap who was trailing the field until his "kick"
shifted him into high gear and he amazed everyone, including the late Jim McKay
who called the race. (5 Mins.)
Speaking of the Olympics,
what's with all the complaints about the accommodations in Sochi? One would
think that the athletes, relatives, friends and media who made the trip would be
grateful that they have hot coffee in their rooms. (2
Tivo was kind enough to
send its subscribers an on-line listing and schedule of Olympic events so you
will know when your favorite event with be telecast. Clicking on the link below
will bring up a web page with the information. If you find it useful, you can
either bookmark the URL below or save it as a Favorite
Damn, as a news junkie I
thought I was pretty much up on current events, but after taking this
13-question Pew Research Center "News I.Q." quiz, I'm embarrassed to admit that
my knowledge of current events appears to be lacking. On the flip side of the
coin, it's somewhat astonishing that so few people who have taken the quiz got
less than half right, and that's pretty scary when one considers that many or
most of them vote. Why not give it a shot by clicking on the link below and see
if you can best my score of 10 out of 13?
Shortly after a British Airways flight had reached its cruising altitude the
captain announced: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain. Welcome aboard
Flight 293, non-stop from London Heathrow to New York. The weather ahead is
good, so we should have a smooth, uneventful flight, so sit back, relax,
and.........OH MY GOD!"
Some moments later, the captain came back on the intercom. "Ladies and
Gentlemen, I'm sorry if I scared you. While I was talking to you a flight
attendant accidentally spilled coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my
From the back of the plane a passenger yelled out, "Big freakin' deal, you
should see the back of mine!"
Here is some useful
information on how to secure your garage door from being opened by a burglar.
The first video outlines the problem. (1 Min.)
This second clip shows how you can secure your garage door to
foil the would-be thief. (3 Mins.)
We aren't being critical
because we were not on the scene, but is it generally a good idea for a cop or
highway patrol officer to arrest a firefighter at the scene of an accident that
he's working when a news camera is there to record the incident? This link to a
Blaze.com web page describes what occurred and includes video footage of a local
TV news report. (The first image is the video; all the others are photos.)
This wasn't an isolated event. Google reveals other similar incidents over the
past several years, including this one reported by CNN that took place back in
2003. (2 Mins.)
This clip that shows how CGI special
effects has allowed movie makers to fool you into believing something is real
when it isn't is making the rounds again, so we decided to reprise it from the
March 29th, 2012 Farsider for a second run. The example used in this video is
from HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." (4 Mins.)
Mike Thompson says our
illustrious Vice President is always good for a laugh. Watch this clip where
Uncle Joe suggests women arm themselves with a 12-gauge shotgun if they feel
they need protection. (2 Mins.)
This guy's name is Michael,
and he refers to his YouTube channel as Vsauce. If you will take a few moments
to listen to him, we think you will find what he has to say as interesting as he
is weird. Of the several clips he has posted, this one about the future is
titled "What Will We Miss?" (10 Mins.)
The so-called "Polar
Vortex" that reportedly caused all the snow and ice back east didn't seem to
upset these boarders at the Camp Fido Dog Daycare center. In fact, they thought
it was a blast. (4 Mins.)
Speaking of dogs, "Jumpy's"
owner has taught him a ton of tricks, but there is one that the owner's wife
doesn't find funny or cute. Have a look at this clip of a very talented K-9 sent
in by Bruce Morton. (2 Mins.)
In the words of Rodney
King, "Can't we all just get along?" Seems that some members of the animal
kingdom don't have a problem with that philosophy. Why not mankind?
Here's another case where a
couple of four legged critters know enough not to bite the beak that feeds them.
When it comes to
intelligence in the Bird Kingdom, however, some might argue that it's difficult
to find a feathered creature smarter than a crow. Have a look at this BBC clip
about a fella named "007 as he solves an 8-step puzzle."
Tired of cats and dogs?
Perhaps your next pet should be a cute and cuddly baby Wombat. Have a look at
this short clip. (2 Mins.)
And if no Wombats are
available, perhaps a baby Kangaroo will suffice. Might even be able to teach it
to box when he grows up so he can make some money and help pay the rent.
Some advertisements are too
risque or outside the boundary of good taste for television, which is why some
companies have turned to the Internet to draw attention to their product, like
this one for a brand of coffee sent in by JET. (30 Secs.)
Ready for some
real magic? See if you can figure out how these two performers pulled off this
act. We haven't a hint of a clue. (4 Mins.)
While this is not another
magic act, it comes close. This video sent in by Don Hale of the closing
ceremony at the World Expo in Shanghai from a few years ago shows several girls
who appear to be sitting in invisible chairs. My eyes tell me that they are
either being suspended by invisible wires, or gravity has gone berserk. The
lead-in to the video, however, says they are using a form of yoga known as
"chair posture." Could that be true? (5 Mins.)
If you are an aviation
aficionado and want a look at what is touted to be the world's fastest
helicopter, click on the link below and check out the Sikorsky X2.
While we are on the subject
of helicopters, don't try to adjust your volume for this clip as it is void of
sound. It does, however, show just how dicey it is to land a chopper on a small
military vessel in rough seas. (2 Mins.)
Attention ladies: If you
want to give your hubby something special for his birthday or for next
Christmas, we would suggest this video game, or as it is also called, Boeing's
CRVS Flight Simulator. (2 Mins.)
Here is another one of
those "Just for Laughs Gags," the title of which is "Badass Grandpa Tokyo
Drift." If you don't know what a Tokyo Drift is, you will have to watch it to
understand the title. (2 Mins.)
Think those NASCAR pit
crews are fast? Watch what these 22 guys who make up a Ferrari F1 pit crew can
do. Don't blink or you'll miss the action. (1 Min.)
Four guys have traveled to St. Andrews in Ireland for a
golf outing for many years.
Two days before the group was to leave, Jack's wife put her foot down and told
him he wasn't going this year.
Jack's friends were very upset that he couldn't go, but they didn't see there
was anything they could do about it.
Two days later, the three friends arrived at St. Andrews only to find Jack
sitting at the bar in the club house with four drinks set up.
"Damn, Jack, how long have you been here? asked one of the friends. "And how did
you talk your wife into letting you go?"
"Well, I got here last night," he said. "I was sitting in the living room
yesterday evening when my wife came up behind me. She put her hands over my eyes
and said, 'Guess who?' I pulled her hands away and saw she was wearing a short
nightie. She then took my hand and pulled me into our bedroom where there were
scented candles all over the room and rose petals on the bed. I also noticed
that the book 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was sitting on her nightstand."
"What happened next?" asked one of the friends.
"On the bed along with the rose petals there were handcuffs and ropes," replied
Jack. "She told me to tie her up and cuff her to the bed, so I did."
The three friends leaned in closer and one said in a low whisper, "Go ahead,
"Well, she said, 'Do whatever you want,' and here I am."
The immigration issue
Congress is dealing with isn't the same one the Brits are facing, but that's not
to say it isn't a concern for some of our cousins on the other side of the Pond.
Check out this ditty. (4 Mins.)
Listen up, guys. This is a
strong recommendation if you are interested in joining an exclusive club
comprised of men with the same taste and personalities as Pyle, Macris,
Blackmore, Cripe, Byers, Guerin, Trussler, Thompson and Brockman, just to name a
few. Unfortunately, the club wouldn't let me in. Don't know why.
This guy isn't sporting the
most expensive set of drums we've ever seen, but keep an eye on him and watch
how he presses the pedal to the metal at the 2-minute mark and makes his sticks
fly. The 4.4 million views this clip has received tells you he is good.
Kosovilka's wife is from Russia, coupled with the fact that he has friends and a
few cousins who live in the Ukraine, he had a personal reason for sending us
this fresh video that was downloaded to YouTube four days ago. He is also of the
belief that "something similar could happen here because the media shows very
little of what's going on." (2 Mins.)
As regular readers of the
Farsider are aware, the Denver Post is renown for its series of photos of
historical events, and this one is now rocketing through cyberspace. It includes
110 highly detailed photos of the war in the Pacific, most of which have rarely
been seen in the past. The photos taken on Iwo Jima were shot by Joe Rosenthal
of the Associated Press. He was the one who shot the famous photo of the flag
raising atop Mt. Surbachi that became a national icon. If you choose to view the
photos, give the page a few moments to load.
Pic of the Week
A tip for fathers and grandfathers who have to babysit
when there is a sports event on TV they want to watch