Unarmed Does Not Mean Not Dangerous


There has been so much negative news lately about police officers and the use of deadly force. When someone is in police custody, or has contact with the police, and they appear to be unarmed, and the contact ends badly, the news media seems to bold the phrase “unarmed” as if unarmed means ‘docile and not dangerous’. A friend of mine posted a letter written to a newspaper entitled “Unarmed Does Not Mean Not Dangerous” and the letter is spot on. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/unarmed-667414-officers-year.html Hands and feet can be a weapons, being …

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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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Just The Facts Interview – Cathleen Armstrong


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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Cell Phone and Rude

Were people as rude before cell phones? I just got back from a trip to the doctor with my mom. We arrived a little early, but with only one elevator working out of three, we had a long wait for the elevator to take us to the top  floor. Once we stepped onto the only working car, it was packed. By the time we’d traveled three quarters of the way, everyone but my mom and I got off and a woman, talking on a cell phone, stepped in. But she …

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