Stupid Laws

Is it just me, or does it seem that many of the laws out there serve the criminals better than the honest citizen? One such law, which comes to mind exists in the state of Oregon.

In Beaverton, Oregon they require that you purchase a $10.00 permit to install a burglar alarm! Hmm, I wonder then if you installed one without a permit and if it caught a burglar if the burglar could use that in their defense? Chalk one up for another stupid law!

Work Scams Everywhere

If you're dream is to work from home you are among the millions with the same goal, and from a variety of countries. In that I've been self-employed nearly most of my work life I've faced my fair share of criticism from family and friends who attempt to discourage me from pursuing my dreams.

Often what I've found is that many people think that working from home or pursuing self-employment will result in temptation from many scams. Yes, the scams are out there, but what about working from outside the home? Scams exist in the workplace as well, and scams are no respecter of geographical location etc.

If you're tired of work and you are met with criticism from your family when you discuss self-employment, you may want to consider the fact that just as someone can get caught up in a scam by working from home, one can also get caught up working for a business that operates in crooked ways. It just goes to prove that scams are everywhere, and regardless of where you may work.

Gas Prices Bite the Wallet

Wordless Wednesday - Poor Economy

Armed and Dangerous Causes a Lock Down

There have been many recent reports in the media of various schools and other public buildings going into lock-down due to either bomb threats or gunmen threatening lives. This story however has a humorous twist.

In Bellingham, WA a woman in a hospital reported seeing a man with a rifle. Police were called in and the hospital went into lock-down, during of which time the woman saw the man again! It turned out the man was not carrying a rifle, and you will laugh when you read what it turned out to be! (Sorry, article link no longer online).

This Guy Needs an Identity Theft Attorney!

Wordless Wednesday

Stupid Criminals and Reward Money

Just when you think you've heard them all, these stupid criminals did the unthinkable. I must say that some of these stupid criminals are quite creative through their tendency toward stupidity!

In the first story, two men went to rob a home and they were sidetracked when they came across the owner's liquor. Drinking themselves to an oblivion, they passed out in the home from their over-zealous consumption! It seems drunk and stupid made a great combination for creating a terrific stupid criminal story!

In another stupid criminal story, a woman robbed a Bank of America and then she turned herself in to collect the reward money! I guess she must have thought that the authorities were lacking intelligence as well.

Tips to Reduce Your Debt

If you're looking for some great debt reduction tips, one of my blogging friends shares some great tips for "Blogging Away Debt". It's a good place to learn ways on how to eliminate credit card debt and other debts.

She featured one of my articles, "Volatile Financial Cocktail" if you would like to hop over there and snoop around. Thanks Tricia for featuring my article on your blog!

Credit Card Opt Out

Credit cards serve a very good purpose, but they can also become the worst debt accumulation tool to work against you. One way to help reduce the temptation of applying for yet another credit card is to eliminate the credit card offers coming into your mail box. Credit card companies and insurance companies pre-screen your credit worthiness to determine who they want to send pre-approved applications. The better your credit the more likely you'll receive lots of those offers.

If your mail is ever stolen, the less credit card offers you potentially have coming in your mail the less risk you also face. If you wish to reduce the amount of credit card offers you would receive in the mail, you can use the Opt Out program. I personally used their service and I'm very happy with how effective it is. We no longer get any more credit card applications in the mail! Prior to adding our names to the Opt Out program, we received three applications nearly every week, which was really annoying.

To use the Opt Out Service you can either access their free program by calling 1-888-5optout or you can visit their website to opt out. You would need to provide either your social security number or your birth date in order for them to remove you from the program. Be aware that it will take about a month or so before the offers stop coming in the mail.

The Opt Out service just may also help you to remain more disciplined and not apply for so many credit cards!

Get Out of Jail Free Card for Celebrities

It seems to me that Paris Hilton is needing a Monopoly get out of jail free card! In her case it should be "do not pass go, do not collect two hundred" as she should certainly serve the 45 day sentence any other citizen would be facing for the violation.

Maybe they should do a special, "The Simple Life" episode featuring the "simple life" in jail to prepare her for reality! Her claims of being "traumatized" because she's facing a 45 day sentence are absurd. It also demonstrates her lack of respect she should have for those who could have been a victim of her drunk driving! Get over it Paris, and go serve your time and learn the reality of a simple life!

Rehab for Addiction

Every society battles some of the same problems. In addition to crime being common among every society, another battle that goes right along with it is drug abuse. In fact, statistics abroad prove that crime is often caused as a result of drug abuse and drug addiction.

Addiction to drugs can evolve from innocent beginnings. Often times people who suffer from chronic pain end up being addicted to pain killers and next thing you know they are then abusing other drugs and become addicted to illegal substances.

Personally I think the drug companies and doctors should be held more accountable and there needs to be a better way to track prescriptions for individuals who receive them from multiple doctors.

One case that certainly comes to mind is the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Unfortunately the rich are the ones who often become involved in drug addiction. Although they may not have to commit a crime in order to purchase their drugs, they still can become a danger to themselves and society.

The only saving grace for many drug addicts is to get them into a good drug rehab program. If you have a loved one or friend that needs help, don't spare any time attempting to get them into a rehab program.

By referring a friend or loved one to a rehab service you may save their life, livelihood, family and overall quality of their life.

The Need for Criminal Justice

Our society is certainly not the only one with the need for an increase in greater efforts in criminal justice. With the increase of the population and crime there is a greater need for more people to be trained in the field of criminal justice.

If you're looking to pursue a criminal justice degree, did you know you can actually accomplish that goal online? You may feel trapped in your current field and really want to get a criminal justice degree, but the ability to receive one from an online university really could be the answer for fitting it into your schedule!

Obtaining a criminal justice degree just may be easier than you realize by completing your studies online. An online university you may want to look into is Capella. Capella University was founded in 1993, and it is an accredited online university. They offer graduate degree programs in other areas such as business, education, human services, information technology, psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business.

If you obtain a degree in criminal justice you would also have an opportunity to serve our society in a powerful way to ensure justice is done.

Budgeting Your Gasoline Expenses

Obviously you don't need to be informed of the fact that the price of gasoline is too high. We all feel the gouge at the pump. Your personal budget may have become more difficult to deal with due to the high cost of gasoline, and you may feel there isn't anything you can do to affect the price of gasoline.

Although the following idea seems like it could have a short term affect, I'm not so sure it will make that much of a difference in the long run. You may have seen this email, which I thought I would share here, but I have not researched the April 1997 event mentioned to know if it were true or not:

Don't pump gas on May 15, 2007

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are asked to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day. If you agree, pass on the information and don't pump gas on May 15th.

In that we would all either need to purchase gas sometime before or after that date, it could be interesting to see what the short-term affect could be by not purchasing gas on May 15th. Unfortunately, the reality though is that the prices most likely would not be affected long term, which is ultimately what we would all hope for.

Fraudulent Blog Posts

For those of us who work hard with our creative works through writing it's always disturbing to know that there are those who will copy our work and repost it on their blog. If that's not bad enough there are also those who are guilty of plagiarism and recreate the article to claim it as their own.

However, there are also times when one is not deliberately attempting to copy or recreate another writers works, but simply telling a story they may have heard from someone else, and thereby accidentally plagiarizing someones works.

As a blogger the best rule of thumb to live by is to never copy another websites content. If you wish to share another sites content it is permissible to use a very small amount of it like a few sentences as long as you include a link to the remainder of the article.

As for those who write fraudulent blog posts, that is sometimes accomplished by robots which scrape the information off your website or blog. Now that is quite disturbing and yet another example of not just plagiarism, but outright deliberate fraud. Unfortunately in the world of technology those things are going to happen, and the robots have no respect for a statement such as the one below!