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March 13, 2014


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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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

Most recent I.D. card photo

Born Aug. 13, 1933
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 95356.

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:




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Dinner at 6:00 or thereabouts



Nothing new to report this week.



March 6th

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.

Raul Peralez

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 other candidates.

 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.

Thank you,

Jim Unland



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 Rape

—Woman’s claim 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 March 24.

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 handles this.”

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 department.”

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 Investigation Detail.

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 attack.

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 wrote.

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 trial.”



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This first missive is regarding last week's "Rant" by yours truly…

March 6th


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 prosperity.

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.

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March 6th


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.

Al McCulloch

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

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March 8th

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 shipping containers…



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March 8th


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.

Pete Salvi

Pete's sign

This is the one the SJPD Historical Society is trying to locate


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 Zoloft.

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 up.

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 Starbucks app.

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 show.

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, John Travolta.

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 subway.

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 to dictator.

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 second term.

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 steak.

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 eye.

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 nose-typing.

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 — Obamacare.

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 sale.

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 you sneeze.

Unless you're a “Batman” villain or a giant salted peanut, you should not wear a monocle.

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.



Think of 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 kid. <bilmat@comcast.net>



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New Articles

• As of 20 March 2014, will Facebook be banning all posts expressing religious beliefs?

• 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 committing suicide.

• 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 its construction.

Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.

Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.



Large or Full Screen recommended for YouTube videos.

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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 Min.)


Krisa can even play chess, but she isn't what one might call a "good sport." (1 Min.)



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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.)



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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. (2 Mins.)


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These felines not only play Patty-Cake, they even talk to each other while they try to get through an entire round. (2 Mins.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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. (1 Min.)


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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.)


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Meet Bubbles and Bella who are best friends. If they knew how to use the Internet they would call each other BFFs. (2 Mins.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)



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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. (3 Mins.)


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This relatively new "People Are Awesome" video for you armchair adventurers comes courtesy of Don Hale. Prepare to be amazed. (4 Mins.)


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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 Mins.)



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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. (2 Mins.)


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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.)


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Along similar lines, it's been said that Beyonce has a significant impact on America's youth, and this short video tends to support that proposition. (1 Min.)


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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.)


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Turbulence and the Texan

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."

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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. (8 Mins.)


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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. (2 Mins.)


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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.)


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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 Mins.)


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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.)


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Here's a feel good story about a guy who traded $114,000 for 15 minutes of fame and a clear conscious. (1 Min.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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 Mins.)


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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)


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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.)




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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.)


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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). (4 Mins.)


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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. (3 Mins.)


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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 search field: The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2012)

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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.
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