March 8, 2018
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RETIRED OFFICER RICK HECKEL
Born Jan. 19, 1956
Appointed Oct. 1980
Retired Jan. 2007
Died Feb. 26, 2018
A memorial service for Rick will be held at 11:00 a.m. next Thursday, March 15, at the Riverbank Memorial Chapel at 3131 Santa Fe St. in Riverbank. Rick’s friends and former coworkers are invited to attend. Chaplain Jim Becknall will be presiding
On the following day, Friday the 16th, Rick’s cremated remains will be laid to rest in a short graveside service at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 32053 West McCabe Rd. in Santa Nella, just off I-5. Those who wish to attend are cordially invited.
Rick succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his condo in Modesto on what was believed to be Monday evening, Feb. 26. When he was found on Wednesday morning by friends who were unable to contact him, they were able to locate and notify one of Rick’s three daughters. The coroner subsequently determined that he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Rick’s 27-year career with the SJPD was spent mostly in Patrol with a stint at the Airport. He served as a medic with the U.S. Army prior to joining the police department, which qualified him to be laid to rest at a National Cemetery.
Rick’s survivors are listed in the following obituary that will appear in the Modesto Bee this coming Sunday…
RICK JON HECKEL
January 19, 1956 – February 26, 2018
Rick (Ricki) Jon Heckel passed away unexpectedly at his home in Modesto. He is survived by his daughters: Samantha Tejeda (Felipe), Brittany Heckel and Kaitlyn Heckel (Kory Simmons) and his two granddaughters; his brother Rhett Heckel (Carrie) and his niece and nephews: Courtney Heckel, Garrett Heckel and Cordell Heckel. He is preceded in death by his mother Lady Herron, his father Donald Heckel, his brother Robbi Heckel and his sister Elizabeth Pamulapati. A memorial service will be held on Thursday March 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Riverbank Memorial Chapel, 3131 Santa Fe Street, Riverbank.
Following are comments left by friends and former coworkers on the San Jose Cops’ (10-7ODSJ) Facebook page upon hearing of his passing, but prior to knowing the cause of death:
• David Hightower: I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his loved ones.
• Louis Quezada: Wow, what happened?
• Frank Portillo: RIP.
• Philip Biebel: Sad to hear. RIP.
• Karol Burke: Heartbreaking.
• Dennis Dolezal: Another unexpected blow.
• Jerry Smith: Rick, rest now.
• Craig Clifton: RIP.
• Tm Brewer: Very sad.
• Felipe Flores: What is going on? In the past few months too many of our brothers have passed and too soon. Rest in peace brother. You’re with a bunch of good guys.
• Paul Ewing: Rick was in my Academy class in 1980. A really good guy. RIP.
• Daniel Vasquez: Sad news. May he RIP and God bless his family.
• David L Carlin: Sorry to hear about Rick, what a really nice guy.
• Richard Calderon: RIP Rick.
• William Smoke: So sad.
• Tena Boles: RIP Rick. Thanks for the memories.
• Cynthia Johnson: RIP Rick.
• Todd Frank Gonzalez-Lobdell: My heart hurts over this.
• John Pointer: RIP Rick. Was always fun working on the same team with you.
• John Kensit: RIP Rick.
• Lynne Caro Very sad. RIP Rick. And yet another reminder to love and live every day and keep in touch with friends.
• Darrell Cortez: OMG. Good memories of him at quite a few pay jobs. Funny guy. He will be missed.
• Michael Nagel: RIP Rick!
• Jeff Dooley: RIP Rick.
• Julie Denise Callahan: This SO SUCKS! Rest in Peace Brother. What happened? He couldn’t have been 60.
• Chris Galios: RIP Rick,
• Steve Papenfuhs: So sad. He was a fun one to chat with. Go with God, Rick.
• David Macheel: RIP. It was a riot working with him at the airport.
• Tony Mayo: RIP Rick. Too young to go.
• Greg Morrill: How old was he? I once heard that the “average” cop dies within less than 10 years after retirement. Does anyone have this information? The job takes it’s toll. RIP Rick. Well, I guess I was again wrong. Statistics show cops live only slightly less than the general public. Regardless, Rick was a joy and will be missed.
• Michael Kubo If my memory serves me, the actuarial study the POA commissioned in 2000 for the retirement negotiations showed that if a retiree worked the full 30 years, on average they were living only 7-8 years after retirement date.
• Rudy Hernandez: May you rest in Peace, Rick.
• Billy Dishman: Rest in Piece Rick, let us pray.
• Mitch Handa: RIP Rick.
• David Aguilar: Rick was on one of the first teams I was assigned to. RIP my friend.
• Noe Longoria: Good grief. Great conversationalist and overall nice guy. Rest In Peace Brother.
• Ronald January: Sad news.
• Michael Kubo: Sad news. Rick was a good guy. RIP.
• Harry Stangel: RIP RICK.
RETIRED POLICE PROPERTY SPECIALIST ERNIE ROMANDIA
Born: 7/30/59 (58)
Appointed July 1990
Retired Jan. 20, 2017
Died Feb. 25, 2018
Health issues from diabetes are believed to have been responsible for Ernie’s retirement last year. He had been in and out of Kaiser frequently over the past several months until his passing two Sundays ago. According to one of his coworkers in Central Supply, Ernie didn’t want a service, but his family may host a celebration of his life in the spring anyway.
Ernie was highly thought of based on the many comments below that were posted on the 10-7ODSJ Facebook page regarding his passing…
• Karen Hildebrandt: Oh no! How sad.
• Dennis Dolezal: This is getting crazy. Too many too soon.
• Craig C. Clifton: No way. Such a great guy.
• Dean Ackemann: I really liked Ernie, he always had a smile and was willing to help you with whatever issue you had.
• Jeff Dooley: Very Sad. RIP.
• Michael Nagel: RIP and condolences to his family.
• Toni Mayo: RIP. Ernest always helpful and very nice.
• Frank Guitarmans: I don’t have a connection to his family, but I saw him often and asked him to retire. His response was you’re all I have. Who else am I going to hassle? Pretty close. Yup very sad. I also worked with Heckel. Great guy, great memories at the airport.
• Mike Sterner: That picture captures his spirit. So sad.
• Todd Cleaver: Seems like he just helped me out yesterday. Was always so nice and eager to get you anything you needed. He was a huge supporter of us; he was family.
• Valdezzy Jayzeezy: He was a great guy and a hard working dude. Helped me out tons over the years…I hope his family is coping ok.
• Mike Doc AJ O’Anjari: RIP Ernie, ill miss you busting my chops and making me laugh…always enjoyed our talks …God Bless you always…I and the SJPD will always miss you.
• Andrew Wong: Wow! Nicest guy you’d wanna meet. Always had a smile on his face. R.I.P. brother.
• Mike Perea: What? What happened?”
• Brian Chevalier: RIP Ernie. (His full name was Ernest Romania.)
• Yvonne Delacruz: Oh my goodness! Such a dear man. RIP friend.
• Jim Mcbrayer: So very sad to hear!
• Greg DubYaL What a loss. Great guy.
• Chris Scotty: Oh no. He was outstanding! Very sad.
• Dave Goldfinger: That is sad…very nice guy.
• Keith Crowther: Wow!
• Rob Dale: No. Too many tears these few months.
• Fred Lagergren: So sad, such a good guy.
• John Pointer: What the hell is going on? RIP Ernie.
• Mike Richmond: Unbelievable…RIP Ernie…
• Janet Mathes Cusimano: Oh no. Ernie was a great guy. He was always trying to feed me treats when I would come to book evidence. RIP Ernie you’ll be missed by many.
• Steve Papenfuhs: Damn. Wonderful guy.
• Robert Chewey: No way!
• Craig Johnson: RIP Ernie, loved ripping you, and you ripped right back. Made my day a lot brighter seeing you. You will be missed by all who loved you.
• Desiree Salguero: How sad. Rest In Peace Ernie.
• Eric Grimes: This is sad news. What a great guy. Rest In Peace Ernie!
• Frank Portillo: RIP ERNIE. YOU WILL BE MISSED
• Will Santos: So sorry to hear. He was a great person.
• Aaron Offenburg: No way!
• Antonio Wayne: That sucks! RIP Ernie.
• Darrell Cortez: OMG! No way! Sh**T! Great guy!
• Mitch Handa: RIP. You made things a lot easier for so many.
• David Macheel: I can’t count how many times he helped me book stuff at Central Supply. Such a nice guy.
• Gordon Shyy: No way! I remember him!
• Rudy Hernandez: Rest in peace, Ernie.
• Barry Barner: Very sad. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.
• G. Paul Newton: RIP Ernie.
• Tony Weir: This year is not starting out well. Rest in peace Ernie!
• Margie Thompson: RIP Ernie.
• David Aguilar: Ernie always took are of the men and women in blue.
• Bea Franco: Very sad. RIP Ernie. A great guy,
• Leslie Nelson Martin: What? How sad!
• Cynthia Johnson: Great fun guy and always had a good attitude! Prayers for his family and friends.
• Daniel Vasquez: RIP and may God bless his family. Always a smile and helpful.
• Aidan Aidan: He had a great sense of humor.
• Ash Ley: Such sad news! Such a great guy! Always made you smile/laugh!
• GB Lillie: Oh, this is very sad news. May he rest in peace.
• Stephen Fries: God bless you!
• Tena Boles Very sad news. He was friendly and funny and will be missed. Prayers for his soul.
• Greg Raymond: What a GREAT dude he was.
• Anna Vanegas: This is heartbreaking news. RIP Ernie.
• Robin Tokiwa: NO, way too young.
• Anthony Hernandez: Ernie was a Fun Guy, always laughing cheering up the guys at Central Supply! Rest In Peace my Friend.
• Rod Smith: Sorry to hear.
• Michael Roberson: Always a smile and a request for me to whistle a song which he would usually guess right. Very sad, a reminder of how short life is. RIP buddy.
• Aaron Lambert: OMG, another wonderful soul gone too soon. Does the family need anything? He was a wonderful man with a quick wit, competent, and a great heart. Definitely a darker world without him.
• Gabby Dekock: Very sad. A good man.
• Karen Aten: Thinking of his family. He always was smiling and made me laugh when I checked out my equipment. Really helped make the day start out right. He will be missed.
• Ginger Snap: I always got a laugh from from him booking in property.
• John Kensit: Sad news. Positive thoughts for his family and friends during this difficult time. RIP Ernie..
• Gary Truong: RIP Ernie.
• Sal Mosto: So sad. Great guy, always super funny and friendly.
• Harry Stangel: RIP ERNEST.
• Joe Tamarit: RIP Ernie. You will be in our prayers.
• Ted Reckas: RIP Ernie. Always laughing and making others laugh.
• Carlos Miranda: A gift to the PD.
• Ernest Kong: RIP. So sad.
• Andrew Sanfilippo Watson: Oh man, he was my buddy. Loved Ernie. I knew he had diabetes if I remember correctly. He was a favorite of mine. Big personality and super helpful. He will be missed. So bummed to hear this news today.
• Rob Dale: I think we need to try to tell those who inspire us, those who we admire, those who we value how we feel and that we appreciate them before their demise. I have been guilty of not doing this.
• Ernesto Vallecilla: RIP brother.
• Greg Morrill: Sad.
• Ron Belleci: He was definitely part of the “going 10-8” experience. RIP.
• Bob Nalett: Ernie was one of the most patient people I knew, especially when I came into Central Supply after doing a search warrant. RIP Ernie.
• Todd Nielsen: Damnit! Rest in peace my brother! You were an awesome man. You will be missed!
Vice President Update
I want to update you on some changes to the position of our POA Vice President. VP John Moutzouridis announced to the Board of Directors today that he would be stepping down from his position as Vice President. Johnny and I have been discussing his decision for months and have discussed not only his replacement, but also how to make it a seamless transition. Johnny has made this decision solely for himself and his family. He will be taking care of some health issues and I support him one hundred percent now and always will. Johnny has been by my side through so many rough times here at the POA: the elimination of Measure B, our Framework Deal (Measure F), and our most current wage deal to name but a few. I can tell you he bleeds blue for our membership and cops across this nation. I want to personally thank him for not only being my long-time friend, but for being such an advocate for our SJPD officers every day. Godspeed brother, more good times to come!
With that being said, I will tell you that per the Bylaws, the President recommends a Board Member to fill the vacancy of the Vice President for the rest of the open term. Our Executive Board agrees with me that this person should be Director Sean Pritchard. This should not surprise most of you because Sean has been extremely active on a wide range of issues to support our membership. I depend on him daily now and all of his decisions are made with the best interests of the membership in mind every time. The Board of Directors unanimously voted Sean in as Vice President.
Again, thanks to Johnny for his dedication to ‘our people’ — and congratulations to Sean on his new position of Vice President.
Take care to all, and stay safe.
Paul Kelly, President
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Like Mayor Sam Liccardo or not, Cindy Chavez would no doubt move San Jose much further to the left…
Competing Polls Send politicos Into Frenzy Over Mayor’s Race
—Both show Liccardo with favorable ratings, but opponents say there’s room for a challenger—
By Emily DeRuy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — March 6, 2018
SAN JOSE — With less than a week left for would-be candidates to jump into the mayor’s race, a pair of competing new polls shows Mayor Sam Liccardo still likely to win, but with a few wrinkles that has local political watchers buzzing about the outcome of the June primary election.
Liccardo’s team commissioned a poll of 400 likely voters that shows two-thirds of those surveyed approve of his performance as mayor, while only a quarter disapprove. More than half of those surveyed also think Liccardo is trustworthy and works well with the City Council.
Those numbers make him a shoe-in for reelection, say his backers.
“A 67 percent favorable today for any elected official given the current political environment is phenomenal,” said Larry Stone, a lead member of Liccardo’s campaign finance team.
“San Jose is leading Silicon Valley out of the recent recession and I think Sam deserves a lot of credit for that,” Stone continued. “That’s reflected in the results of the poll.”
But not so fast, counter labor leaders and others who would like to see the city move further left.
The group, which has coalesced in recent weeks around the idea of backing a Liccardo challenger who is more left-leaning, floated their own poll that they say paints a different picture.
That poll, also of 400 likely voters, found 18 percent of those surveyed have a strongly favorable view of Liccardo while 45 percent have a somewhat favorable view of the mayor. His opponents see that latter figure as an opening to sway voters who might be on the fence.
The poll also floated Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez as a potential contender for the mayor’s seat. Chavez didn’t beat Liccardo among those surveyed, but Liccardo also didn’t crack 50 percent in the matchup. Those involved with the poll declined to discuss it publicly.
Stone, however, cast doubt on the possibility of Chavez throwing her hat into the race.
“I don’t think Cindy would run for an office that she didn’t expect to be able to win,” he said. “She’s not a political sacrificial lamb by any means.”
So far, only two people, both largely unknown, have filed to run against Liccardo and are not expected to pose a serious challenge to the sitting mayor.
Regardless of what Chavez and any other contenders decide — they will have to act fast. The filing deadline is Friday at noon, and Liccardo has already amassed a campaign war chest of more than half a million dollars. He also has history on his side. Incumbent mayors in San Jose virtually always win reelection.
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Looks like poor ol’ Chris is being evicted, but it’s not as if he’s going to be forced to take up residency in a half-way house…
Controversial Columbus Statue in City Hall Finds a Temporary Home
—Plans call for its move this weekend to Italian American Heritage Foundation—
By Emily DeRuy <email@example.com>
Mercury News — March 7, 2018
The controversial Christopher Columbus statue in the lobby of San Jose City Hall appears to have found a new temporary home: the Italian American Heritage Foundation.
The news marks, for the city at least, the conclusion of a tumultuous debate over what to do with a figure that for some symbolizes the contributions of Italian-Americans to the city and for others represents genocide and white supremacy.
After a contentious City Council meeting in late January during which several possible locations for Columbus — including the airport — were rejected amid intense pushback from residents who want the explorer out of City Hall, city leaders gave the Italian-American community an ultimatum: Find a home for Columbus in six weeks and the city will pay to move the statue, or it goes into storage. The deadline is March 13.
“We’re responding as best we can,” said Ken Borelli, vice president of the Italian American Heritage Foundation. The foundation, located at 425 N. Fourth St., is one of the few Italian-American organizations that owns a large enough facility to house the statue, which weighs 4,000 pounds and stands 9 feet tall, including the base.
How the statue will be transported is still being worked out between the city and the foundation, said Jon Cicirelli, acting director of Public Works. If for some reason the plan falls through, the statue will be moved into storage. Either way, it will likely be disassembled and packed for a move this weekend.
The plan is to ultimately move Columbus to a museum in Little Italy that is still in the planning phase, said Joshua Devincenzi Melander, executive director of Little Italy San Jose. He is part of the team charged by City Council with figuring out where to put what Mayor Sam Liccardo aptly dubbed a “hot potato wrapped in foil.”
If everything goes according to plan, Devincenzi Melander said, the museum, which will be located next to Henry’s Hi-Life, could open in 18 months. But for now, the statue is expected to go to the foundation, which is trying to raise $4,000-$5,000 to secure it. The sculpture has been vandalized several times in recent years. The foundation hopes to display the sculpture during Italian-American events but wants the option to cover the statue when other groups use the hall, which is frequently rented for quinceañeras and other events.
“I find it all disheartening. I really do,” Borelli said. “I’d personally prefer it in a more public place.”
Borrelli and some others in the Italian-American community are frustrated by what they see as a hurried decision that leaves them with lingering concerns around who, exactly, will own the statue.
“There are all these outstanding questions that have not been resolved,” he said.
But other members of the Italian-American community, like Devincenzi Melander, are ready to be done debating the fate of the Columbus statue.
“We’re trying,” he said, “to move on to other things.”
Two topics. Maybe both related. First off, there’s the current gun tower, arm the teachers, bullet proof class room psychology. Maybe there some truth to what I over heard at the coffee shop the other day. The NRA is our defacto unelected underground government. It’s very loud but unspoken and secretive mottoes are buy more guns, fear is good, guns are good. Then, of course, the best secret of them all – white pride world wide. Think about that – the undercover, the unspoken, but the very real, if true – the NRA and white pride world wide. There’s an eye opener. After all these mass shootings, the NRA has managed to stall everybody and everything at every corner. Once again the end product after all the loss of life, the emotional crying, the marches, and the upset is – nothing gets done; zip, zero, zilch.
Then there is this. Did you happen to catch 60 minutes on Sunday – about prisons in Germany? Their philosophy (in Germany) is that simply by going to prison is punishment enough. For them everything after that is rehab, re-train, reintegrate, reestablish. As opposed to here, where it’s almost barbaric. Ask yourself, who benefits from the reintegrate/reestablish method, compared to the warehouse-throw away the key system?
In Germany the recidivism rate is 10 times less than it is here. That means that instead of 67% to 73%, it’s only 5.5% to 7%. So in the long run, which society benefits the most? I thought we were fast learners.
Dave (Scannell) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What “60 Minutes” barely touched on is the population differences between the United States and Germany, the latter of which is a little more than a quarter of the U.S. (82 vs. 323 million). And with the exception of an influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa over the last couple of years, Germany hasn’t had to deal with the multi-cultural population that our so-called “melting pot” has. Furthermore, if the news reports are accurate, the tens of thousands of Muslim refugees who have migrated to Germany and the other western European countries are creating tons of problems for the police.
Take a couple of minutes and watch THIS video of the ‘new’ Sweden, then let’s discuss rehabilitation, retraining and reintegration.
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A Star is born?
Our readers might be interested in watching this video by a Virginia politician speaking to delegates without a script or teleprompter about our 2nd amendment rights and gun control. He brings up some very interesting points and he is inspirational. You can check it out at: (see below)
Dennis McKenzie <email@example.com>
The video Dennis is referring to is embedded in this Daily Wire web page. To watch it, click HERE, then scroll down to the clip after the page loads.
NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE ONLINE
The March 2018 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine will be arriving in the mail soon.
Click HERE to go to the POA website, then click on the image of the Vanguard to download it to your desktop.
MEMO FROM THE RETIREES’ ASSN.
The Office of Retirement Services sent out two separate notices to qualifying retirees. If they apply to you, your action is needed.
The first letter relates to Medicare Part B Reimbursement. If you’re an eligible member, please be sure to return your form along with 2017 proof of payment for Medicare Part B coverage.
The second letter has to due with the Health In Lieu Credit Program. This is new program as of January 1, 2018. Because of limited response during Open Enrollment, Retirement Services sent another notification to those members who are NOT enrolled in a retirement medical coverage, but who are eligible to enroll. Retirement Services informed us that 88 letters were sent to our members and so far they have only received 4 responses. The deadline for submitting the completed form is May 11, 2018. The enrollment into the HIL credit program will not show on check stubs, the credits accrue during the 2018 plan year, members will be notified of their “balance” in the next Open Enrollment. The credits do not expire, but you will need to re-enroll in the program each year. If and when you return to a retirement medical insurance with the Retirement fund, the credits will be used to pay for medical premiums.
If you would like to read about the open enrollment issues in more detail, you can read the Department’s memorandum by clicking THIS link.
Ray Storms, President <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NEW TIP-A-COP FLYER
FINAL CALL FOR THE EMERALD SOCIETY’S FUNDRAISER
—Scheduled for tomorrow, Friday the 9th, at the POA Hall—
Click HERE to buy tickets
This is your final opportunity to join members and friends of the San Jose Police Emerald Society as a warm-up for next week’s St. Patrick’s Day get-together The! price includes a corn beef and cabbage buffet with all the fixing’s, two drink tickets, bagpipe music, Irish folk music, and a DJ. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.
Click HERE to buy tickets
THE STORY OF 12-YEAR-OLD CODY GREEN, U.S. MARINE
Received from Gary Leonard
Every now and then, in the middle of the constant barrage of crap that’s upsetting most of us all these days, we come across a story, a feat, an event that makes us stop in our tracks.
Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 22 months. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps as he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had lowered his immune system and he developed a fungus infection that attacked his brain.
Two weeks ago, as he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, the Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. They presented Cody with Marine navigator wings and named him an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps.
One Marine, Sergeant Mark Dolfini, went even further to honor Cody and, during the boy’s final night, stood guard outside his hospital door all night long until Cody passed away:
Nowhere on the face of this planet is there a country so blessed as we to have men and women such as this.
I wish I could personally tell this Marine how proud he makes me to be an American.
IS THIS RACISM IN ACTION ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE? YOU DECIDE
Schumer: I Won’t Vote for this Judge Because He’s White
By Ben Shapiro — The Daily Caller — March 1, 2018
Click HERE to listen to Schumer on the floor of the Senate in the embedded video.
As The Daily Caller reported on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated on Wednesday that he would not vote for a judicial nominee because of the color of his skin. The Trump nominee, Marvin Quattlebaum, is white. This, according to Schumer, is absolutely unacceptable. Schumer fumed:
“The nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trump’s selections for the federal judiciary. Quattlebaum replaces not one, but two scuttled Obama nominees who were African American. As of February 14th, 83 percent of the President Trump’s confirmed nominees were male, 92 percent were white. That represents the lowest share of non-white candidates in three decades. It’s long past time that the judiciary starts looking a lot more like the America it represents. Having a diversity of views and experiences on the federal bench is necessary for the equal administration of justice.”
It’s become tedious to remind Democrats that if they reversed the races here, they’d see just how racist they’ve become — if Schumer were to claim that there were simply too many black judicial nominees, and therefore a white nominee had to be selected, he’d be Bull Connor. But this sort of rhetoric has become commonplace for Democrats.
That’s because Democrats have embraced a philosophy of intersectionality, wherein identity trumps perspective. We are supposed to judge people according to their level of victimization in American society, which can be determined only by group identity, not actual individual victimization. Thus, black judges have a “black view” of the law that can never be understood by white judges. Justice Sonia Sotomayor made precisely this argument in 2001 when she stated, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
This belief system runs in direct contravention of the historic American commitment to the rule of law, not of men — meaning that the arbitrary feelings and life experiences of judges aren’t supposed to decide the meaning of the law. But according to Schumer and Democrats, we can determine exactly who’s fit to be a judge by looking at them.
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For balance, here is an article from the ThinkProgress (liberal) website…
Conservative Writer Selectively Edits Chuck Schumer to Accuse Him of Racism
—Believing that not all judges should be white is not racism—
By Ian Millhiser — March 1, 2018
On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a brief speech where he criticized Senate Republicans for applying different rules to Trump judicial nominees than they applied to President Obama’s, chided Donald Trump for naming almost exclusively white judges, and announced that he would not vote for Marvin Quattlebaum, a newly confirmed district judge. It was the kind of routine speech that Senate leaders give every week. And it’s now fueling a massive right-wing hate fest against Schumer.
On Thursday, the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro published a piece with the provocative title “RACISM IN ACTION: Schumer: I Won’t Vote For This Judge Because He’s White.” It’s not an honest piece or an even remotely accurate one, but boy did it pop in certain dark corners of the internet! According to NewsWhip, a service that monitors news traffic across various media outlets, Shapiro’s claim that Schumer is the Real Racist™ was briefly the hottest story on the internet.
Shapiro builds his piece around a selectively edited video. That video cuts off earlier parts of the speech, where Schumer notes that the only reason why Trump was able to nominate someone to fill this vacant seat is “because two Republican senators from South Carolina refused to return a blue slip for two judges nominated for the same vacancy by President Obama.”
The “blue slip” is a form that senators submit to the Senate Judiciary chair to indicate that they support a nominee. In the Obama administration, when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) led the Judiciary Committee, Leahy would not allow a nominee to advance unless both home state senators supported that nominee. The current Judiciary chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), has not allowed Democrats a similar veto power over Trump’s nominees.
After expressing concern about this double standard, Schumer also raised a second objection. “The nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trump’s selections for the federal judiciary,” Schumer noted. “As of February 14th, 83 percent of the President Trump’s confirmed nominees were male, 92 percent were white.”
Shapiro’s edited video of Schumer’s remarks includes this second objection, but it does not include the first.
In any event, if Schumer actually were refusing to vote for Quattlebaum simply because the newly confirmed judge is white, that would be a major shift by the minority leader. Besides Quattlebaum, the Senate confirmed a total of 11 Trump nominees to federal district courts. Schumer voted for 10 of these 11 nominees — Quattlebaum is his first “no” vote. All of the ten nominees Schumer supported, according to the Federal Judicial Center, are white.
Before Trump took office, Schumer, who joined the Senate in 1999, voted to confirm literally hundreds of white people to the federal bench.
The problem here, in other words, isn’t that Schumer won’t support any white people named to the federal bench. It’s that Trump, who once claimed that a sitting federal judge could not be fair because of the judge’s “Mexican heritage,” appears unwilling to name virtually any judges who aren’t white.
THE FUTURE OF THE SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Below was the projection of the Pew Research Center back in Jan. of 2014…
“In 2014, Latinos Will Surpass Whites as Largest Racial/ethnic Group in California”
Click HERE for the report.
Ed. — It doesn’t take much of an imagination to picture what California will be like 10 years from now (or sooner) when Hispanics from Mexico and other countries south of our border far outnumber all other races and cultures, and our sanctuary state is governed by a like ratio of Hispanic politicians. The state will be virtually unrecognizable from what it once was. And yes, some would argue that is the case today.
There will be no effective southern border to control immigration, and the racial makeup of the state will be determined by the difference of the U.S. economy versus the economies of Mexico and her southern neighbors. In effect, the immigration issues we are experiencing today combined with our state’s sanctuary status will likely result in Mexico reclaiming the land that once was hers in the eyes of many.
A pressing question in 2028 might well be which flag will fly atop the municipal, state and federal flagpoles?
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STORIES OF THE WEEK
Mmmmm…chocolate chip cookies!
An old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smells the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs.
He gathers his little remaining strength and lifts himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly makes his way out of the bedroom and, with even greater effort, forces himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.
With labored breath, he leans against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought of himself already in heaven.
For there, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table, were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?
Mustering one great final effort, he throws himself toward the table. His aged and withered hand shakily makes it’s way to a cookie at the edge of the table. But before he can feebly grasp the cookie, he is whacked on the hand by his wife who is wielding a spatula.
“Stay out of those,” she says, “they’re for the funeral!”
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A husband and wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big kiss, says she’ll see him later and walks away.
His wife glares at him and says, “Who the hell was that?”
“Oh,” replies the husband, “she’s my mistress.”
“Well, that’s the last straw,” says the wife. “I’ve had enough, I want a divorce.”
“I can understand that,” replies her husband, “but remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Infinities and Lexuses in the garage and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours.”
Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.
“Who’s that woman with Jim?” asks the wife.
“That’s his mistress,” says her husband.
“Ours is prettier,” she replies!
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Why the smile?
Three dead bodies turned up at the mortuary, all with very big smiles on their faces. The coroner called the police to tell them what had happened.
The Coroner told the detective, “First body is a 72-year-old Frenchman. He died of heart failure while with his mistress. Hence the enormous smile.”
“The second body is an Irishman, 25 years of age. He won a thousand dollars playing the lottery and spent it all on whisky. Died of alcohol poisoning, which accounts for the smile.”
The detective asked, “What of the third body?”
Ah,” says the coroner, “This is the most unusual one. It’s Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House. She was struck by lightning.”
“Why is she smiling?” inquired the detective.
“Thought she was having her picture taken,” replied the coroner.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Here is this week’s offering for you Anti-Trumpsters with a few memes we threw in free of charge.
March 5 only
(other dates this past week were repeats)…
March 5: Jared Kushner lost his security clearance, and now he and Ivanka are trying to figure out their new limited roles. So far, their plan is to do terrible things on a much smaller scale.
The president of China basically declared himself president for life. In a related story, President Trump was declared president for “what seems like a lifetime.”
Pizza Hut introduced a pair of athletic shoes that have a button that orders pizza. When they heard about it, fans of Pizza Hut said, “What are athletic shoes?”
Some Republicans are really angry about a joke at last night’s Oscars made about Mike Pence. My advice to those Republicans: Don’t watch the Tonys.
The Academy Awards were last night and two of the biggest awards went to Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. So I’m guessing President Trump did not win his Oscar pool.
March 5: The gold medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team is here tonight. They’ll be out in a few minutes, but until then, they’re downstairs in the 30 Rock ice rink slamming tourists into the boards.
The Academy Awards were last night, and today my dad called me up and said I did a great job hosting.
Last night’s Oscars broadcast was over three and a half hours long. Wow. To put that in perspective, that’s longer than most jobs last in the White House.
“Black Panther” was a huge hit at the box office again this weekend, making $65 million. The only thing coming in higher? Christopher Walken’s pants at the Oscars.
President Trump is on a diet and has been trying to eat more salad. When he first ordered one at the White House, the kitchen was excited because they thought the Obamas were back.
It was so windy this weekend that almost all the passengers on a United flight to D.C. threw up. United said, “We’re going to have to get rid of this plane.” Spirit Airlines was like, “We’ll take it!
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean officials to dinner. It was described as two hours of “You take a bite.” “No, you take a bite first.”
Apple employees keep walking into glass walls at their new campus in California. An Apple customer said, “Oh, so you do know how to make glass that doesn’t shatter.”
March 5: According to the New York Times, following news that China’s President Xi Jinping is now president for life, President Trump jokingly told donors this weekend, “Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.” That’s great, but first, why not try being president for a full week?
According to sources, White House chief of staff John Kelly is frustrated with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and questions what they do during the day. I’m going to say “nothing” and “homework.”
President Trump said today that he’s not backing down on his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, adding that the U.S. has been ripped off by virtually every country in the world. For example, Wakanda. “Turns out they’ve been hoarding vibranium for years.”
According to The New York Times, a Belarusian escort is claiming that she has audio recordings that prove Russian meddling in the U.S. elections. “I’ve never even met Anastasia,” yelled Trump, before anyone said her name.
A source recently told Bloomberg that he hasn’t seen President Trump eat a cheeseburger in two weeks. He’s not eating them less, just much, much faster.
A new study has found that when romantic partners hold hands while in pain, their brain waves can sync and decrease that pain. “Nah, I’m good,” said Melania.
March 5: Did everyone watch the Oscars last night? If you watched, Jimmy Kimmel did an amazing job hosting. If you didn’t watch, I’m proud to report “Peter Rabbit” won everything.
There was some drama at a party after the Oscars. Frances McDormand, who won best actress for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” briefly had her Oscar stolen but the thief was stopped by Wolfgang Puck’s photographer. And the weirdest part of this story is that Wolfgang Puck has a photographer.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced he will invest $125 million in a research lab to teach artificial intelligence machines common sense. And if it works, they’re going to try it with Congress and gun laws.
I’m not sure I like the idea of inanimate objects having common sense. I don’t need my refrigerator to be like, “Yeah, maybe you don’t need any more ice cream.”
A new study claims that after you factor in driving costs and maintenance, nearly a third of Uber drivers are actually losing money on the job. Even worse, this study gives Uber drivers yet another conversation starter.
Some hospital workers in Kenya have been suspended after doctors performed brain surgery on the wrong patient. I guess those brain surgeons weren’t exactly rocket scientists.
The doctors said they got lucky – turns out they removed the part of the patient’s brain that wants to press charges.
The hospital did an investigation and it’s pretty scary. It turns out that the doctor was only moonlighting as a brain surgeon because he wasn’t making enough money driving for Uber.
March 5: Who here watched the Oscars? I absolutely wanted to, but I went to a school play. That’s the kind of Hollywood juice I have – I can get you tickets to a high school play.
Of 24 awards, women won only six. What happened? Did the women blow all their lady points on the first female Colonel Sanders this year? I mean, it’s a milestone, but still.
Now, I know you came here to hear me talk about trade tariffs – we all know that “The Phantom Menace” IS the best “Star Wars” – but that’s not where we’re going. Because right before we taped, the entire news cycle jumped on the bus to Crazy Town. At the wheel: former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg.
Here’s what happened: Robert Mueller issued a subpoena to Nunberg to get him to testify about the Russia investigation, and not only did Nunberg say he won’t show up, he said he was planning to go on Bloomberg TV and tear up the subpoena. Smart thinking. Do it on Bloomberg – no witnesses!
But Nunberg isn’t afraid of spilling on TV. This afternoon, he took to MSNBC to complain about the subpoena [clip of Nunberg]: “I’m not going to produce every email I had with Steve Bannon and Roger Stone from Nov. 1 of 2015.” Whoa, what happened on Nov. 1? That is weirdly specific. “Officer, I’m a busy man. I don’t have time to walk you out to the third storage drain north of my barn. I definitely did not dump a body in there between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 last night.”
Nunberg took over cable news like a car chase. He was on MSNBC at 2:45, CNN at 3:30, CNN again at 4:00, I believe at 5:00 he called in to HGTV to incriminate himself on “Flip or Flop.” I’m pretty sure after Mueller gets through with him, it’s gonna be “flip.”
Nunberg has made it clear, unequivocally, that he’s willing to sacrifice for his cause [clip of Nunberg being asked if he’s willing to go to jail]: “I’m not cooperating. Arrest me.” You know Mueller CAN arrest you, right? That’s like saying “eat me” to Hannibal Lecter. Doesn’t have a happy ending for you.
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This clip is so short one might think that Jimmy Kimmel could have substituted a couple of his Trump-Pence jokes on the Oscars telecast for this tribute by Tom Mabe to those we LOST in 2017. (1:41)
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Could this one-minute clip posted on Facebook by Pete Salvi offer a solution to school shootings. In some cases we say YES. (1:03)
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Lumpy says the guy in this flying bathtub was born to be a cop. Why? Because of his destination and WHAT he buys. (3:29)
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Did social media stars and Trump supporters Diamond and Silk watch the Oscars? They said they would. Click HERE and listen to what they said on Fox News about the show where Hollywood pulls out all the stops to pat itself on the back. (3:09)
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We find it interesting how the Internet and websites like YouTube can make stars out of families like this father and daughter who have the talent to make videos like THIS that can draw nearly 17 million viewers. And don’t think there’s not a ton of money in it for them, either. (1:20)
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Public Health Warning — Beware of the following
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If you choose to watch this CBS “Sunday Morning” clip about the rise in marijuana use by seniors, keep it mind that it was posted in May of 2016, long before the WEED became available in California for recreational use. (7:50)
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Good for Carole. She’s doing what many retirees in San Jose wish they could do. Click HERE and listen to this short interview by Channel 5’s Len Ramirez. (2:02)
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If you think someone is always watching you, they are, and it turns out to be Google if you carry a smart phone. Have a look at THIS clip sent in by Alice Murphy. (3:49)
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If you find the 1-877-Kars 4 Kids jingle irritating, you may find this report from Charity Watch even more so. If you skip to the end of the report you will find that only about 38 percent of the car donation proceeds are spent on charitable programs, and that the vast majority of those programs are for Orthodox Jewish Youth Outreach; they do not benefit needy “kids” in general. Click HERE for the report.
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This was the recent case of a blind senior Pit Bull that was rescued by Lisa and JoAnn from Hope for Paws before Animal Control was called to take the dog away. And there is little doubt about WHAT would happen to “Duncan” if that had occurred. (4:!8)
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A nun prayed to the angels for SOMEONE to save a dog and a kitten, and the angels sent Lisa and JoAnn while Eldad was working on another rescue. (3:48)
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This clip shows how a tiny MICROCHIP led to an owner being reunited with his lost little dog. (5:47)
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Anyone else afflicted with this condition?
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“When your number is ‘not’ up” is the title that Lumpy gave this clip while the FailArmy website calls the video the “Best Close Calls of 2017.” Regardless of the title, it may be worth your while to click HERE and give it a look. (6:16)
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(Language Warning) In clips like this one received from Bill Leavy it’s almost second nature to root for the bull. Go get ‘em BIG FELLA. (2:39)
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Part I: This first clip shows a highly-paid CFO bullying a female Chick-fil-A employee at a drive-up window because of the company’s corporate policy of supporting traditional male-female marriages. After the moron posted the video on the Internet it went viral, and when his boss saw it, he was FIRED. (3:36)
Part Two: This video picks up where the first part left off. It’s about the downward spiral that the fired CFO found himself in. Click HERE and check out everything he lost because no one will hire him as a result of his rant. The clip starts with him shopping for groceries with his wife using food stamps. (8:27)
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Pop Quiz: What do you have when John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Elliott Gould and Garret Morris get together? Answer: You have the last voyage of the Star Ship Enterprise. Want proof? Watch THIS. (11:57)
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Want to know why I love Dolly? The answer is pure, simple and right HERE. (1:04)
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If you are also a fan of Dolly’s you may want to watch THIS mini bio of the country music megastar. (6:30)
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Courtesy of Leroy the Webmaster who sent me the link, I am turning once again to André Rieu for this week’s closer, but this clip comes with 150 dancers. The music is Lara’s Theme from the 1965 film “Doctor Zhivago” while the dancers exit to “Light Calvary.” The PERFORMANCE is from André Rieu’s DVD “Live in Maastricht 2016.” (4:31)
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Pic of the Week
It’s rare. but…
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