A Brief Rant: Irritating Things About the Internet

I do appreciate the Internet and its myriad of functions: information repository, social interaction facilitation,  avenues for marketing, selling, buying, etc. But there are a few things that get on my nerves. Spam is a big irritation. I do like Spam, in a frying pan cooked crispy, but not in my inbox or as a comment to one of my blogs. Granted, spam filters help a great deal, but when one gets through, it always seems to be the most offensive piece of junk imaginable. I can’t imagine anyone sells …

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Watch Your Kids

When I was a kid, one of the stories I heard a lot was about how my older brother Dan, when he was a toddler, drank ant poison. My other brother Jim, two years older than Dan, told my mother and she took him to the hospital. His stomach was pumped and he suffered no ill effects. The poison had a sugary taste, it seemed kid friendly, and that was what attracted my brother. My mom said that was a lesson for her that you couldn’t take your eyes off …

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Road Rage

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“Aggressive driving” refers to an angry motorist attempting to intentionally injure or kill another driver because of a traffic dispute. Aggressive drivers react negatively and use their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. This makes “road rage” a serious issue of traffic safety – the safety of yourself and others.(Iowa Department of Transportation) According to the AAA Foundation, “Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety….  Aggressive …

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Like Your Police on Facebook! – Police and Social Media

Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the communities – Wikipedia. Social media was just starting up when I left police work. Background investigators were beginning to check out potential applicants Facebook and MySpace pages for any unsavory posts and/or pictures. Stupid posts could disqualify people. The PD had not yet embraced the medium for its own use and image. Recently, I came across an article about the Dallas Police Department and how they’re using …

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Guns and Teachers

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When I moved to quiet Southern Oregon from wild and wooly Southern California, I caught bits and pieces of a local debate about allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools. I believe the debate is still going on, I’ll admit I’m not completely clear about all the arguments pro and con here, but the issue made me think. What would I say if I had a child in school here? As far as school goes, my frame of reference is two fold, my own school experience as a child, …

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Merry Christmas

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I love this time of year. I love the cooler weather, I love seeing houses decorated with light, listening to Christmas music, and I love putting up a tree and spending time decorating. First and foremost I love celebrating the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This time of year brings with it a feeling of hope for the future as one year comes to an end and a new one is poised to begin. I know that one Christmas, after the worst year of my life, I looked forward …

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Just The Facts Interview – Cathleen Armstrong

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Years ago in the police academy, we were taught the five W’s and an H in police report writing. Who, what, when, where, why, and how were the questions to be asked in order to form the framework for a crime report. The best place to start an investigation is with the basic questions, or, ‘just the facts’. In the spirit of succinct report writing, I give you a new feature to my blog a ‘just the facts’ interview with interesting fellow writers and from time to time interesting characters. …

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Stop and Frisk – Who is a Righteous Judge?

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“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” Deut 16:18   I’ve been following a news story about law enforcement in New York. Law enforcement and police officers are near and dear to my heart and when I read a while ago that an important tool was being taken away from police in New York I was puzzled. Called ‘stop and frisk’ it allows police, with probable cause, …

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Just The Facts Interview with: Candace Calvert

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Years ago in the police academy, we were taught the five W’s and an H in police report writing. Who, what, when, where, why, and how were the questions to be asked in order to form the framework for a crime report. The best place to start an investigation is with the basic questions, or, ‘just the facts’. In the spirit of succinct report writing, I give you a new feature to my blog a ‘just the facts’ interview with interesting fellow writers and from time to time interesting characters. …

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Protecting Kids Against Predators

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  Years ago when I was in college and renting an apartment with two other girls, we were burglarized. A window had been left open when we all left for the day and the thief crawled in, stole what ever he could stuff in his pockets and fled. He took change, some jewelry and a lot of peace of mind. We all felt so violated. One simple thing would have prevented the theft and the bad feelings, we should have closed the window.   Isn’t that how it often is? …

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