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The Farsider

February 13, 2014


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


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



We were shocked and surprised to receive the following email from Paul Salerno about retiree Christine Card...

Feb. 8th


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 permission.

Paul Salerno

Feb. 7th

Hi Paul,

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…

Feb. 10th

Yes, of course, it's
<christine.c.card@gmail.com>, 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
<christine.c.card@gmail.com> 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 "Hi."



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…

Saturday, Feb. 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 neuropsychological testing."

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
<jdl3321@yahoo.com> or they can go to his website for an update or to post a note at <http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimlisius>.

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 members.

Jim Unland

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Individual phone numbers are available for Frances, Jenny and Danielle. Send your request to the Farsider at
<bilmat@comcast.net> to receive them.



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 Restore Police

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 Commerce’s 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 Jose’s fiscal situation. We’ve 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 nation’s safest big city.

Less obvious are the effects of all this on San Jose’s 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 doesn’t 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 mayor’s 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.

We’d also like to see more consideration of outsourcing and customer-focused service delivery.

The honest questions from groups like Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility about San Jose’s 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 city’s and region’s economy in ways that are hard to quantify but unsettling to contemplate.

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 yesterday’s politics and start fresh on today’s 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 Results

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Feb. 6th

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 request)

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Feb. 11th


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...

Cary Colla

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. Sheriff’s 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 Society.

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Feb. 12th

Dear Members:

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 Lobboa. 

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 addresses below:

Grimes Family
3154 Temple Ct.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
or via e-mail at <grimesluck@charter.net>

Jim Spence, President, Retirees Assn. <president@retiredsjpoff.org>



To review the Retiree Association's latest newsletter, click on the link below that will take you to the home page. Then click on the newsletter link directly under the Calendar of Events on the right side of the screen.




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.


Tom Frazier
(Farsider file photo)

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 misconduct.

"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 the settlement.

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 Oakland officials.

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 Jordan.

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 his duties."

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.



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. snowboarding team.

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 Bravo.

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.



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You know the drill...


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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.)


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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.)



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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 Mins.)


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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…


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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?


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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!"

Silence followed.

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 pants!"

From the back of the plane a passenger yelled out, "Big freakin' deal, you should see the back of mine!"


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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.)


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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.) (2 Mins.)


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.)


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Spoiler Alert: 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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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? (1 Min.)


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Here's another case where a couple of four legged critters know enough not to bite the beak that feeds them. (1 Min.)


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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." (3 Mins.)


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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.)


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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. (1 Min.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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. (5 Mins.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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, continue."   
"Well, she said, 'Do whatever you want,' and here I am."


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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.)


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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.



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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. (4 Mins.)


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Because Bob 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.)


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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.


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A tip for fathers and grandfathers who have to babysit
    when there is a sports event on TV they want to watch…



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