March 13, 2014
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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
RETIRED POLICE DATA
SPECIALIST II DOLORES ROSAMOND
Sharon Miceli provided us with this obituary about a long-time
Police Data Specialist who enjoyed working the Midnight Shift in Records...
Dolores Theresa Rosamond
I.D. card photo
Appointed Nov. 1, 1974
Retired Dec. 22, 2001
Died Feb. 19, 2014
Dolores Theresa Rosamond, 80
of Gustine passed away Wednesday, February 19th at English Oak Convalescent
Hospital in Modesto.
Ms. Rosamond was a native and longtime resident of Gustine then she moved to San
Jose and returned to Gustine for the past 12 years. She was a Police Data
Specialist II at the San Jose Police Department for 28 years and previously
worked for John Cabral at Appliance Store in Gustine. She was a parishioner of
the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles Church in Gustine and was an Alter Server.
She was a Queen of Our Lady of Miracles Celebration in 1950 and participated in
the 75th anniversary in 2011. She was a member of Our Lady of Miracles Society
and the YLI (Young Ladies Institute) and a graduate of Gustine High School Class
of 1952. She was the seventh child of seven children and went on a trip of a
lifetime to the Azores with her two sisters to visit their parents homeland. She
enjoyed socializing, music especially the Big Band Era and Julio Iglesias.
Ms. Rosamond is survived by her son, Patrick Rosamond of Magalia; sister, Elsie
(Edwin) Silva of Aptos; 2 grandsons; nieces, Carol (Jeff) Goudy, Joanne and
Linda Travis; nephews, Robert and Raymond Silva; 2 great nieces, 3 great grand
nieces and 2 great grand nephews. Dolores is preceded in death by her sisters,
Francisca Martins, Mary Inacio, Adeline Travis, Virginia Travis and brother,
Frank Travis, Jr.
Donations may be made to: Our Lady of Miracles Educational Center, 370 Linden
Avenue, Gustine, CA 93522, Our Lady of Miracles Church, 370 Linden Avenue,
Gustine, CA 95322 and Community Hospice of Modesto, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA
Services were held on Feb.
26th in Gustine with interment following in Newman. Click on this link to view
and/or sign the guest book:
PBA MEETS NEXT
Bar opens at 5:00
Dinner at 6:00 or thereabouts
Nothing new to report this week.
Most of you know that one of
our members, Raul Peralez, is running for the City Council seat thankfully being
vacated by termed-out Councilmember Sam Liccardo. Council District 3 encompasses
downtown and the surrounding area. I have gotten to know Raul over the last year
or two. His values, compassion and, work ethic all pass muster and his sincere
desire to serve with the goal of turning our City around becomes apparent to
anyone he meets.
The POA has endorsed his
candidacy and we are asking you to please support one of our own. I have watched
Raul field questions in different settings. When asked about crime and our
Department staffing issues, which is often, his answer is unique to all of the
As a current police officer, he is able to explain in simple and personal terms
to the voters why our officers are leaving and what it will take to keep them.
The candidates he is running against want to "fix the problem" within the
constraints of Measure B. Raul knows that the problem is Measure B and is vocal
in is call to bring a competitive 2nd Tier pension plan to the voters as well as
providing our members with the disability pension safety net enjoyed by all
other police officers in the State.
He needs our help. Please visit his website at <www.raulperalez.com>
and donate what you can afford. At Tuesday's membership meeting, Board member
Dave Woolsey donated to Raul's campaign in the time it took me to ask the
members to do the same. It's quick and easy. Winning these elections takes money
and his competitors, supported by many of those who are responsible for the mess
we find ourselves in, will try their best to outspend him to win this election.
If you live in Council District 3, or know someone who does, please put the
word out that Raul and we need their vote. If you are able to support Raul by
walking his district and getting out the word that we need to fix Measure B to
save our police department, contact Raul for details. He walks his district in
the evening before his midnight shift and during the weekends. Just a couple
hours goes a long way.
Please do what you can to support Raul's campaign.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE S.J.P.D.
This story has been reported by all of the local Bay Area media
news outlets, so we thought we would bring you out-of-towners up to speed on the
idiotic actions and subsequent arrest of one of our own. Despite the same last
names, the cop is not related to retired Sgt. Pete Graves.
On-duty S.J. Cop Accused of
of hotel assault rocks beleaguered police force—
By Robert Salonga, Mark Gomez and Mark Emmons, Staff writers
Mercury News — March 12, 2014
SAN JOSE — When the woman
said she didn’t want to stay home after arguing with her husband, the cop took
her to a hotel.
He waited in the parking lot until a second officer left on another call. Then,
according to an allegation that has shaken the San Jose Police Department and
public trust, patrolman Geoffrey Graves returned to the room, where he shed
parts of his uniform but left on his bulletproof vest — and raped her.
The astonishing accusation
spurred a five-month investigation into the September incident that led to the
arrest Monday of Graves, 38, a Gilroy resident and six-year member of the police
force. Graves turned himself in to police and was booked into the Santa Clara
County Jail on suspicion of one count of forcible rape. He spent no time in
custody, quickly posting the required $100,000 bail. His arraignment is set for
Requests for comment were not returned by Graves, who before joining SJPD served
with the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District from 2002 to 2004. It was not
immediately clear whether he has hired an attorney.
SJPD’s preparation for the fallout was evidenced by a department statement —
sent out first thing Tuesday after city officials, including City Council
members, were notified the previous evening — that immediately sought to portray
Graves’ suspected misconduct as an isolated case. “This is an extremely serious
allegation, and if proven true, the officer will be held accountable,” police
Chief Larry Esquivel said in the statement. “While this incident is very
troubling and tugs at our integrity, it is an isolated incident and by no means
a reflection of our officers who perform their duties with honor and
professionalism on a daily basis.”
Graves’ arrest is easily the biggest public-relations challenge for Esquivel
since he became the permanent chief in December after serving as the interim
chief for most of 2013.
“There are certainly a lot of people in the community who are watching to see
what the new chief will do in different situations,” said Richard Konda,
executive director of the Asian Law Alliance. “People are watching how he
The beleaguered police department already has been dealing with an exodus of
officers, amid an acrimonious fight with the police union over wages and
benefits, as well as rising crime figures.
“San Jose is still a pretty safe city,” said Kyle Graham, a Santa Clara
University School of Law assistant professor and former deputy district
attorney. “But there is no way to spin this. It’s not good news for the police
LaDoris Cordell, a retired judge who serves as the city’s Independent Police
Auditor, said that alongside the criminal charge, a complaint about the incident
was filed with the police department’s Internal Affairs division, which in turn
is monitored by her office.
Any administrative or disciplinary actions against the officer would not occur
until the conclusion of the criminal case. If Graves isn’t convicted, he could
still be eligible for department discipline, which relies on a “preponderance of
evidence” of misconduct rather than the more stringent “beyond a reasonable
doubt” standard required in criminal court.
“It’s very sad and disturbing,” Cordell said of the rape allegation.
Graves was one of four San Jose police officers who shortly after 2 a.m. Sept.
22 responded to a report of a family disturbance at the San Jose home of the
woman and her husband. The officers noted that the couple had been drinking, but
did not find evidence of a crime.
The woman, a hotel maid, told officers she wanted to stay for the night at a
nearby hotel where she once worked. At 2:32 a.m., Graves drove her to the hotel.
Police say a second officer in another patrol car followed them.
About 20 minutes later, the second officer told dispatchers he was leaving to
respond to another call. Graves’ patrol car remained in the parking lot for
about 40 more minutes, according to a statement of probable cause written and
signed by Sgt. Craig Storlie of the SJPD Internal Affairs Unit and Criminal
About 15 minutes after the second officer left, the woman was awakened by
knocking on her room door. It was Graves, Storlie wrote. The officer entered the
room, grabbed the woman, and pushed her onto the bed.
“The defendant took off parts of his uniform with the exception of his bullet
proof vest,” partially undressed the woman, and climbed on top of her as she
“resisted with verbal and physical communication,” Storlie wrote.
The report goes on to say Graves “forcibly engaged in sexual intercourse with
the victim before leaving the hotel approximately 10 minutes later.”
Carlos Vega, the deputy district attorney prosecuting Graves, said the attack
was first reported to the California Highway Patrol, which then notified SJPD.
Storlie’s report said that occurred Oct. 13, three weeks after the alleged
The department launched an investigation, and Graves was placed on paid
administrative leave Oct. 17.
“Physical evidence corroborates the victim’s allegations. The victim positively
identified the defendant during the investigation of this incident,” Storlie
After five months, police, in cooperation with the district attorney’s office,
obtained an arrest warrant for Graves.
Graham said most police cases involve allegations of excessive force or
manipulation of evidence. “But this is an officer allegedly committing a serious
felony that just came out of the blue,” Graham said. “You’re left asking: What
officer would do this? That’s exactly what a good defense attorney will ask at
Last Week's Poll
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
This first missive is regarding last week's "Rant" by yours
Here is some interesting information that is easily verifiable.
The percentage of money spent by the federal government currently amounts to
about 24% of the GDP. That means that almost 1/4 of all the goods and services
produced in the U.S. goes to support our federal government. The percentage of
money spent by the state and local governments in California amounts to about
21% of the State GDP (in Texas it's about 15%). In other words, over 1/5 of all
of the goods and serves produced in California go to support the State and local
governments. That means that if you live in California, 45% (24% + 21%) of all
the goods and services produced in California now go to support government at
some level. This is why the historical level of increasing prosperity our
nation has enjoyed for centuries has in recent years been declining at an
ever-increasing rate for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.
Some people don't understand that the real voodoo economics is the type promoted
by leftist economists who prescribe government spending in an effort to create
economic growth. It's as if government, like God, can create something from
nothing. The reality is that for every dollar that is taken through taxes, and
for every talented young person who is recruited out of the private economy and
redirected into a non-essential government bureaucracy, there is a proportional
loss of resources that would otherwise be invested by the private sector to
create, improve and produce new jobs, products and services. The ratio of the
size of the private sector of the economy to the size of the public sector is by
far the single most important factor determining the creation of jobs and
GM/CEO U.S. Rack, Inc.
As I told Chris in a
private reply, "Well said." I didn't mention that my head began to throb about
the time I reached the middle of the second paragraph.
• • • • •
I believe the start date for Dave Bridgen is in error. Dave was out responding
to midnight events in 1983 and 1984. A case in point was the officer involved
shooting with Officer Dave Earle on April 17, 1984. Chaplain Bridgen's presence
was much appreciated by myself and the entire team during the many hours of
interviews and report writing that followed, along with the calls and follow-up
afterwards. Dave was present and participated in other midnight cases prior to
his identified start date in 1986. We knew him as the Chaplain prior to 1986.
Hi Al — I can answer for
Leroy Al. When Dave joined me and my Monday lunch bunch at the Burger Pit
earlier this week I asked him about his start date. I was correct when I
suggested in my personal reply to you earlier. Dave said he first worked with
Chaplain John McDonald for a few months in early 1986 before taking over the
Chaplaincy in April when John retired and moved up to Nevada City. It was at
that point that Dave was issued an SJPD I.D. card and became the Department's
official full-time chaplain. Perhaps you were thinking of other chaplain
assistants that preceded Dave and John McDonald, such as Rob Panza, Tom Foster
or Dave Courson. Dates have a strange way of playing games with the mind, at
least that has been my experience. —Bill
• • • • •
So Bill, how are things
going on your end? We're fine here, finally had the last freeze, but I'm afraid
I've lost my peach crop as the tree was all blossomed out when the cold hit
again. You'd think I'd be far enough south to miss all that, but not this year.
Just in case this interesting article hasn't crossed your desk.
Stay in touch,
Russ and his wife reside
in New Braunfels in Texas Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio. If you
are thinking about building a get-away cabin out in the sticks or up in the
hills, click on the link below that Jonesy sent in and see if it doesn't make
sense to save yourself a wad of dough and make it out of relatively inexpensive
• • • • •
Thanks for posting the picture of the missing police neon sign from the old
Police Department. This answers a question I have been asking for years. Several
years ago I obtained a police neon sign from a dealer in Connecticut (such signs
are quite rare). The dealer said he thought it was from the San Jose area and I
showed photos of it to several older members. While some said it looked
familiar, nobody was sure.
The question is now answered; my sign is not the one from the old City Hall as
it does not have an arrow.
For those looking for the one in question, I know someone who can make a replica
of the old sign if all else fails.
This is the one the SJPD Historical Society is trying to locate
THE BEST OF THE
LATE NITE JOKES
March 6 through March 11
An anchor for Russia's
state-owned news channel quit on live TV yesterday, saying that she doesn’t
agree with the network's support of Vladimir Putin. In response, Putin sent her
somewhere no one will ever see her again — CNN.
The GOP is releasing short documentaries about Senate candidates to give the
public a look at their personal lives. So if you're the kind of person who is
excited to see documentaries about Senate candidates, ask your doctor about
Staples is closing more than 200 stores, as part of a plan to save $500 million.
Staples says the closings are due to low sales, cutbacks, and the fact they're
selling things people just steal from their office anyway.
A new survey found that the average American child watches 24 hours of TV every
week. In fact, experts say it's important for parents to lay down the law and
tell their kids to get outside and look at their phones.
The Conservative Political Action Conference is still going on down in
Washington, D.C. And yesterday, Donald Trump was giving a speech, when he
accidentally referred to former President Jimmy Carter — who’s still very much
alive — as "the late, great Jimmy Carter." Trump immediately apologized, and
then said, “He wasn’t THAT great.”
The College Board says it’s revamping the SAT to focus more on what students
will need in college. In fact, the SAT is now just one question: “How much money
do your parents have?”
Another big story is the ongoing situation in Ukraine, which has caused a lot of
tension between the U.S. and Russia. But get this — NASA has announced that it
will continue to work with Russia’s space program, even though the Pentagon has
severed ties with the Russian military. When asked why, scientists from both
sides were like, "Because we're building a robot army, umm — ER — nothing."
Here’s some lighter news. I thought this was kind of interesting — this week
marks the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo wing. Which means it also marks the
50th anniversary of that celery stick nobody wants.
The big movie this weekend was “300: Rise of an Empire” which came in No. 1 at
the box office, making $45 million. It's about a ruthless leader trying to
expand his territory through any means possible. Or as Vladimir Putin calls it,
"The feel good movie of year!"
California is considering a new bill that would ban Sea World's killer whale
shows for humane reasons. They say that killer whales are far too intelligent to
perform for people's entertainment. Then I was like, "What does that say about
me?" This is inhumane what's happening right now with me.
Of course it was last night’s big finale of “True Detective” on HBO. And get
this — so many people were trying to watch it, they actually crashed HBO’s
streaming website, HBO Go. Yeah, the site just stopped working. Then out of
habit, President Obama issued an apology.
This weekend marked the 55th anniversary of the Barbie doll. It's hard to
believe that Barbie's 55 years old, but you gotta figure eight years of medical
school, three years of law school, ten years of astronaut training — it all adds
Yesterday Edward Snowden urged technology companies to improve their encryption
techniques in order to prevent hacking. Then he said, “But not right away. I'm
still using Obama's Netflix password to watch 'House of Cards'.”
Thirty Democratic senators held an all-night “talkathon” on the floor of the
Senate last night to highlight the impacts of climate change. Yeah, 14 hours of
climate change talk — or as Al Gore calls that, "a first date."
London's famous Globe Theatre announced plans to perform Shakespeare's play
“Hamlet” in North Korea. Of course, “Hamlet” is about a man on a murderous
revenge mission inspired by his late father. Then Kim Jong Un said, "Where do
they come up with this stuff?"
NASA just announced that it recently discovered more than 3,000 new stars. NASA
scientists say they were able to discover the stars through the careful process
of turning the telescope to the left.
Today is the second day of
the 40-day Catholic holiday of Lent. You know what I'm giving up this year? The
40-day Catholic holiday of Lent.
There's a new app that will help you find the nearest bathroom. It's called the
The White House announced a change to Obamacare. They keep making adjustments.
They say people can now keep their insurance plans for two more years. When
asked what would happen after two years, Obama said, "After two years, I don't
give a damn."
Yesterday was Daylight Saving Time, when we lose an hour for no apparent reason.
By the way, losing an hour for no apparent reason is also the motto for this
President Obama was paying tribute to Aretha Franklin when he messed up the
spelling of her iconic song "Respect." President Obama blamed his speech coach,
Over the weekend, North Korea held elections. Kim Jong Un was re-elected with
100% of the vote. Kim Jong Un credits his win to the slogan: Vote for me or you
will be murdered.
While working on the L.A. subway, construction workers discovered fossils from
the Ice Age. The fossils belong to the last creature to ever use the Los Angeles
The country of New Zealand is voting on whether to change their flag. Apparently
New Zealand's current flag is a sign that says, “No, no, you're thinking about
Australia. We're not Australia.”
A barber shop in Colorado is refusing to serve anybody who smells like
marijuana. Today they went out of business.
A clothing company is going to release a $99 wedding dress. The $99 wedding
dress is the perfect way to tell your man, "I do, I guess."
John Kerry, secretary of state,
is visiting Ukraine and today he met with Adele Dazeem.
Vladimir Putin said the tanks that you see rolling through the streets are just
part of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
If Putin invades Ukraine and then passes the written test, he will be promoted
One of the worse days in high school was taking the SATs because that determined
your future. Low SAT scores can haunt you for the rest of your life. It happened
to me. That's why I didn't get "The Tonight Show."
Russian President Vladimir Putin is claiming Russia did not invade the Crimean
peninsula. What are those guys, neighborhood watch? Mall cops?
President Obama is steamed about this. He got Vladimir Putin on the phone and
said, "Hello, is this Adele Dazeem?"
Vladimir Putin is a goon, a stooge, and a thug. Not only did he invade Crimea,
but he shut down "meet-Russian-women.com."
If you want to boycott Russia, do what I did. Switch to a domestic vodka.
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is on trial right now. He produced all of
al-Qaida's videos. Not only is he on trial but he would like to let you know
that the first season is available on Netflix.
The mayor of Toronto, crack-smoking Rob Ford sent out a tweet about Daylight
Saving Time reminding people to turn their clocks back. In fact, you're supposed
to turn your clocks forward. And then he tweeted back and he said, "Well, who
cares what I'm talking about. I'm on crack!"
Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that Russia did not invade the Crimean
Peninsula. Then what are those tanks — part of a traffic study?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un won re-election with 100% of the vote. They say
that when the absentee ballots are counted the percentage could go even higher.
No one has ever won North Korea without winning Ohio. He humiliated his opponent
Mitt Jong Romney.
Everybody's in a good mood because of the day outside. It's 55 but not that
cool. You know, like Kenny G.
They arrested some guys here in New York City for selling counterfeit ChapStick.
I was part of the scam. I bought some. I knew immediately it was counterfeit
because the lid didn't come off in my pocket.
In town right now is President Obama for a fundraiser — $32,000 a plate. People
say, "That's crazy." Yeah, but you get unlimited breadsticks.
President Obama's wife Michelle has highlighted her hair. She has blond
highlights in her hair. And those will probably be the only highlights of his
Meteorologists say 90 percent
of the Great Lakes are frozen over. People from Chicago are being urged to stay
off the frozen lakes, but if you want to see someone from Chicago on thin ice,
just go to the White House.
I'm kidding. I'm kidding. No, Obama is not from Chicago. He is from Kenya.
Obama's approval rating is at an all-time low. He has a plan to make him look
better. It is called letting Joe Biden make a speech.
There is no point to doing a monologue. Everybody is doing monologues these
days. The late-night guys come out and do monologues. That's what they do. We're
just like any other show — just a middle-aged white guy in a suit telling jokes
from cue cards.
It's not such a great day for a family in Florida recovering after eating steak
laced with LSD. About halfway through dinner they realized there was a problem
when someone asked for a side of mashed potatoes, and that someone was the
I don't think LSD works though if you get it warm. It doesn't work. You have to
keep it in the fridge. But I've said too much.
Kim Jong Un was re-elected today in North Korea. He got 100% of the vote. His
slogan was, "Vote for me or you'll be eaten by rabid dogs." It's awkward because
that was going to be Hillary's slogan.
We just had the finale of "The Bachelor." It was a doozy. It was a fight for
love between two very different women, a blonde and a blonde.
I admit I don't watch "The Bachelor." If I wanted to see a bunch of floozies
kiss up to a guy they don't really care for, and aren't interested in, I'd go to
the Playboy mansion.
A family in Oregon called 911 after they were trapped in a bedroom by their cat.
I'll say it again. They were trapped in their bedroom by their cat. Apparently
the cat held the family hostage until its demands were met. Its demands were
food and sleep.
The cat was apprehended and received a sentence of four to nine lives.
In Denver this week they're hosting a marijuana job fair. Who will be attending?
Companies that want to hire stoners and stoners who want to work. So I don't
think anyone's going, really.
A marijuana job fair? Is TV watching a job?
The Girl Scouts are being
criticized for their Barbie participation patch, the first patch with a
corporate sponsor. The girls earn the Barbie patch by lying still for days at a
time under the couch.
The theme park Legoland in Britain had to shut down yesterday due to a bomb
threat. Although, if there was ever a place that’s easy to rebuild . . .
The New York Times is reporting that the monocle is on the rise as a new fashion
accessory worn by hipsters. So remember, when you punch them, go for the other
A new study has named Los Angeles the worst American city for gridlock. While
Portland remains the best American city for dreadlock.
A man in India has set a new world record for fastest nose-typing. I think the
most surprising part of it is that there was an OLD world record for
New Mexico police arrested a group of students who hid marijuana in a
hollowed-out copy of Stephen King’s “It.” The students said they were just
holding “It” for a friend.
Barbie, the world's most famous doll turned 55 on Sunday. And if you ask me
that’s a little too old to be waking up naked on the stairs every morning. Get
your life together, Barbie.
A new study reveals that parents who spend more time on their smartphones have
more negative interactions with their children. While parents who spend less
time on their smartphones are really mad that they forgot their charger.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft passed by Saturn’s largest moon for the 100th time
last week. Said Mrs. Cassini, “Can we please just stop and ask for directions?”
A Duke University student who recently revealed that she’s doing porn told Piers
Morgan that she came up with her stage name by combining the names of Belle from
"Beauty and the Beast" and Amanda Knox. Which might explain the title of her
first film, “Be Our Guest… At This Italian Stabbing Murder.”
President Obama today appeared on the Zach Galifianakis online comedy show
“Between 2 Ferns.” The president was there to talk about HIS online comedy show
A scientist and a chef teamed up to test whether or not lobsters can feel pain.
Apparently, the hardest part is getting a lobster to sit still long enough to
watch "The Notebook."
To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the Globe Theatre has plans to
perform Hamlet in every country in the world, including North Korea. Said one
North Korean official, “Do you need a skull? Because we can get you a skull.”
Here's a study that probably
didn't need to take place. According to the annual traffic scorecard report,
L.A. has the worst traffic in America. L.A. residents spend 17 hours more than
average sitting in traffic. How can we have the worst traffic and the most
high-speed chases? Wouldn't one cancel the other out?
Next week in Denver there's a job fair that will cater exclusively to the
cannabis industry. Fifteen marijuana-related businesses will be hiring people
for a variety of job openings. It's a little different. These companies actually
test to make sure you are on drugs.
The fair will take place on March 13. It starts around 3-ish, whatever, dude.
Attendance is free. Although they're expecting to make $600,000 from the bake
Here's some strange fashion news. According to The New York Times, the monocle
is back in style. Online monocle retailers have increased sales lately. Monocles
are great if you're looking for eyewear that falls into your coffee every time
Unless you're a “Batman” villain or a giant salted peanut, you should not wear a
This is our second of five nights broadcasting from Austin, Texas. But the truth
is we're not here to do a show. The real reason we came here is because this is
an intervention. You have a drinking problem, Austin. You need to stop.
A real Texas legend, the great Jimmie Vaughan, is sitting in with our band. We
can never have enough Jimmys on the show.
Our non-musical guests tonight are actress Rosario Dawson and Texas Governor
Rick Perry. I hear some booing. I hope you're not booing Rosario Dawson because
that would be weird.
The mission statement here is "Keep Austin weird." Back home in L.A. we don't
have to worry about keeping it weird. That's what Gary Busey is there for.
yourself as a super sleuth? If so, identify the kid on the far right in the
second row. This class photo was taken at the Horace Mann Elementary School at
7th and Santa Clara in 1944. The youngster grew up and became a San Jose Police
sergeant who joined the Dept. in 1965 and retired in 1996. Click on the
following email link and submit your best guess. We'll tell you who it is next
week and offer kudos to those true super sleuths who correctly identified the
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 8, 2014
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• As of 20 March 2014, will Facebook be banning all posts expressing
• As of 30 March 2014, will Facebook be requiring that
all account holders provide a photocopy of their personal ID?
• Is a plea for crafters to knit sweaters for oil-soaked penguins a genuine
appeal from wildlife organizations?
• One boy's befriending of an outcast new kid at school stops him from
• Has swishing plant oils in your mouth been proved to ameliorate a variety
of medical ailments?
• Is Instagram overloaded and about to cancel the
accounts of users who don't follow the instructions in a posted message?
• When Bono announced that every time he clapped a
child in Africa died, someone from the audience told him to stop doing that.
• Has Facebook instituted a 'no marijuana' campaign and threatened to
terminate the accounts of users who post marijuana-related material?
• Video clip purportedly shows a man being struck by lightning twice.
• Was Bill Clinton the 'first pardoned federal felon ever to serve as
President of the U.S.'?
• The hoverboards used in the film Back to the Future
II weren't real, and neither is the latest "HUVr Tech" demonstration of them.
• Has Facebook instituted a 'no swearing' campaign and threatened to lock the
accounts of violators?
• Would proposed legislation bar NFL teams from employing homosexual players?
• Item purportedly reproduces Clint Eastwood's remarks on his twilight years.
• Has the deadly 'snow snake' bitten and killed several people in the U.S.,
causing their blood to freeze?
• Bride's mix-up results in an inappropriate Bible
verse on her wedding cake.
• Does a stairway at Santa Fe's Loretto Chapel
miraculously stand despite having no discernible means of support?
• Did rocker Ted Nugent evade the Vietnam-era draft by
taking drugs and acting crazy during his pre-induction physical?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Legend claims that Alexander Hall at Princeton University was built
according to plans submitted by a failed architecture student who later paid for
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
Large or Full Screen recommended for YouTube
• • • • •
Welcome back to the Critter Corner…
Let's start by introducing
you to the most civilized cat you have ever seen. Her name is Krisa and she's
sensitive about her enormous paws, so don't stare. (1
Krisa can even play chess, but she isn't what one might call a
"good sport." (1 Min.)
• • • • •
This is the story about
Edie who was scheduled to be euthanized when… Well, the video will explain what
happened. And yes, it has a happy ending. (5 Mins.)
This update repeats a couple of scenes from the clip above, but
it's mostly about Edie's newly adopted home. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
This video of dogs being
fed should be shown to every kindergartner in the country as an example of how
to be patient and well behaved. Don't even think about trying this with cats.
• • • • •
These felines not only play
Patty-Cake, they even talk to each other while they try to get through an entire
round. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
This is dramatic underwater
footage of a diver freeing a Bottlenose Dolphin from an entangled fishing line,
much to the happiness of the grateful Dolphin. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Staying in the water for a
moment, this ROV (remote operated vehicle) was inspecting a pipe on the bottom
of the ocean when it captured footage of a very strange sea critter. It briefly
appears on video, then moves out of view before returning as if it is posing for
the camera. Best guesses? 1) Some kind of a jelly fish. 2) An alien from another
world that has made the ocean its home. Don't bother trying to find the answer
using Google. We already explored that possibility. Care to hazard a guess as to
what it is? (6 Mins.)
• • • • •
My sister-in-law receives
the Lighter Side column each week via email along with a couple of dozen others
who are not affiliated with the SJPD, and she sent in this contribution that
everyone who has ever owned a cat should be able to related to.
• • • • •
Here's a question: Would
the movie "Jurassic Park" have been as scary if it featured cats instead of
raptors? You be the judge. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
Meet Bubbles and Bella who
are best friends. If they knew how to use the Internet they would call each
other BFFs. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Before you watch this
42-second clip, try to guess why Cooper (the dog on the right) has to wait
before he gets a shot at the ice cream. (42 Secs.)
• • • • •
A Boston Terrier cozying up
with a Baby Guinea Pig? Who would have thunk, but that's what we've got here,
and they too appear to be BFFs. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
And finally, here's a
question that has puzzled animal lovers for years. Can common house pets be
interviewed? You betcha they can, and since seeing is believing, here are a few
prime examples (4 Mins.)
We have left the
Critter Corner. Watch where you
walk and try not to step in anything as you leave…
This item from Tom Macris
may result in culture shock for many of you. It's a slick, locally produced
video of San Jose's Coleman Highline. Take a few minutes to watch it and we're
sure you will agree that San Jose is a far, far different city than the one you
used to work in and, in the case of many of you, still live in.
• • • • •
This relatively new "People
Are Awesome" video for you armchair adventurers comes courtesy of Don Hale.
Prepare to be amazed. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you ever see waves this
big crashing on the beach at Santa Cruz, start running for the hills and keep
repeating to yourself, "Feet, don't fail me now!" (5
• • • • •
We find it interesting that
the Marine Corps hasn't changed the message on its 7-year-old answering machine
since 2007 when Congress first appropriated the money so the Corps could buy
one. If you call the Marines, this is what you will hear.
• • • • •
Are we looking
at the future female conductor of the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra? All this
musical prodigy needs is a baton. Spend a minute and watch this young lady with
the short blonde hair. (We're calling her a she because it appears at the end
she is wearing a dress.) (1 Min.)
• • • • •
lines, it's been said that Beyonce has a significant impact on America's youth,
and this short video tends to support that proposition.
• • • • •
Coming on the heels of last
week's video about "Big Boy" — the largest steam locomotive ever made — is this
parade of steam engines that generated a crowd of railroad fans in Poland last
year. (45 Secs.)
View from a different angle. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
A plane passed through a severe storm. The turbulence was awful, and things went
from bad to worse when one wing was struck by a lightning bolt.
One woman lost it completely.
Standing up in the front of the plane she screamed, "I'm too young to die." Then
she yelled, "If I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be
memorable. Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a woman?"
For a moment there was silence. Everyone stared at the desperate woman in the
front of the plane. Then a man from Texas stood up in the rear of the plane. He
was handsome, tall, well built, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Slowly he
started to walk up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt as he went, one button at a
time. No one moved. Muscles ripped across his chest as he removed his shirt.
The woman gasped.
Then the Texan spoke.
"Iron this, then get me a beer."
• • • • •
Only a handful of you will
find this clip of interest, specifically those of you who know the difference
between billiards and snooker, the latter of which is far more difficult because
the balls and pockets are smaller and the table is bigger. What makes this video
special is that it took place at the Welsh Open earlier this month with Ronnie
O'Sullivan scoring a maximum of 147 points by running the table.
• • • • •
It makes no
difference to us whether this Subaru ad promoting its hot little WRX STI was
produced using CGI or by someone who knows how to handle a radio controlled car.
Either way it's a very impressive ad showing off Subaru's hot machine that will
out accelerate and out handle 98 percent of all cars on the road.
• • • • •
So what are the chances we
will ever see another TV ad like this? The odds that our earth will be destroyed
by a killer asteroid are far better. This is Roy Rogers selling his Quick
Trigger Shooter Hat for $5.98. (48 Secs.)
• • • • •
When this child basketball
prodigy clip was received from Paul Salerno this week we thought we recognized
it as as a video from the past, and sure enough, an archive search showed we ran
the clip of then 12-year-old Jordan McCabe back in Jan. of 2011. That posed the
question, if the kid was this good nearly three years ago, what's he like today?
That question can be answered by Googling his name. (4
• • • • •
Watch this clip if you own
an iPhone or iPad and like to travel. It's about an amazing app that translates
from or to English using Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese or
Russian. While the cost of each language is $4.99, having the app in the country
you plan to visit could be invaluable. Imagine you are having dinner at a
restaurant in Lisbon while looking at a menu and you don't speak or read
Portagee. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Here's a feel
good story about a guy who traded $114,000 for 15 minutes of fame and a clear
conscious. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
Remember this item about a
human-like robot outfitted with artificial intelligence from last week's
Farsider? (3 Mins.)
Look how far Honda has come
with ASIMO, a robot the company has been developing for the past several years.
Combine the two and we should be able to buy one to clean the house a few years
down the road. (10 Mins.)
• • • • •
Watch what happens when a
kid sits down at a public piano in Cambridge, UK, and note that his fingers
aren't fully warmed up until the 1:15 mark. (3 Mins.)
If that wasn't impressive
enough, watch and listen to this four-year-old tickle the ivories. He starts
with warmed up fingers. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
Give this Japanese street
performer about 75 seconds to get his act into gear and you will find that what
he can do with a crystal ball is absolutely amazing. (6
It's doubtful you will want
to stick with this clip for more than a minute or two, but it provides a
different perspective on juggling a crystal ball as the footage was shot from a
head-mounted video camera. (8 Mins.)
• • • • •
Ready for a mind-blowing
refresher course on the relative size of the heavenly bodies we see when we look
up at night. Never hurts to realize how insignificant our little planet is in
the overall scheme of things. Or us. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you happen to fly into
Germany's Dusseldorf Airport, pray for a calm day and a dry runway. And just to
be safe, take along a package of Depends in case you arrive during a storm with
an icy runway like these poor travelers. (12 Mins.)
• • • • •
When Walter Cronkite gave
his viewers a glimpse of what the 21st century was going to be like some 47
years ago, imagine what his reaction would be if it had been possible to drop a
smart phone in his hand at the time. The 92-year-old "Most Trusted Man in
America" did live long enough, however, to be exposed to the digital world; he
didn't pass away until 2009. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Lumpy is right. This 1982
clip of Johnny Carson as President Reagan meeting with Chief of Staff Jim Baker
is a classic worth of repeating. It's a parody of the old Abbot & Costello
routine of "Who's on First." (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
When you look at historical
black and white photos that have been professionally colorized to replicate what
the people and places actually looked like at the time it provides you with a
totally different perspective. Watch this slide show and you will see what we
mean. (9 Mins.)
• • • • •
There's a pretty strong
message in this short film entitled "My Shoes," It might even be worth sending
the link to your kid(s) so they can show it to their kid(s).
• • • • •
If you like a mix of magic
and comedy, how can you not like Penn and Teller? In this clip they perform one
of their tricks, then reveal how it was done in front of the audience.
• • • • •
For you fans of
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," here's a special treat courtesy of
Alice Murphy. It's the grand finale of the 25th Anniversary DVD of Phantom that
features Andrew Lloyd Webber and members of the original cast, including Sarah
Brightman, Michael Crawford, Cameron Mackintosh and Charles Hart. The music
should curl the hair on the back of your neck if you are a true fan of Phantom.
Spectacular is the only way to describe it. (12 Mins.)
P.S. If you are
interested, the DVD is available from Amazon for $20 in either the standard DVD
format or Blu-ray. It's also available for streaming for $3.99. How can you go
wrong with 797 five-star customer reviews. To find this particular version of
Phantom of which there are many, copy and paste this title into the Amazon
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2012)
• • • • •
Excuse us for waxing
philosophically with this week's final entry.
In the tens of thousands of years that have passed since man first walked the
earth, today's digital age has made it possible for us to be the very first
generation in the history of mankind to view our planet in a way that was denied
to those who came before. Even kings and the wealthiest of the wealthy didn't
have a clue about the true beauty of our planet. If the images in this video
fail to impress, we would argue that today's technology and capabilities of the
Internet have made us a little jaded. Sit back and enjoy the sites and sounds of
some of the most extraordinary places on earth as well as the accompanying
music. (13 Mins.)
• • • • •
Pic of the Week