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Our universities and colleges are not teaching tolerance and free speech, still. I say still, because this reminds me of when I was in college in the 60’s. If you don’t agree with the “progressive” or “liberal” minded students and teachers, then they don’t want to hear from you. How twisted is their thinking! In a country where free speech is sanctimonious, these “leftists” stifle free speech by protesting.

At Washington University in St. Louis asked Bristol Palin to be the keynote speaker for its “Sexual Responsibility Week.”  However, leftists leaning students decided that they didn’t want her to speak. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, anger over a decision to pay Bristol Palin several thousand dollars in student fees to talk to Washington University students about abstinence led to a decision Thursday night to nix Palin’s appearance on a panel here next month.

Washington University’s Student Health Advisory Committee had extended an invitation to Palin, a spokeswoman to prevent teen pregnancy, to speak on abstinence as part of the university’s Student Sexual Responsibility Week.

But because of a growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the advisory committee and Palin decided Thursday night “that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy,” according to a university statement.

Scott Elman, president of the advisory committee, said the decision to halt Palin’s appearance as a keynote speaker was “100 percent mutual” between Palin and the committee. Elman added that he was very disappointed that students weren’t more open to having Palin speak.

At least Bristol Palin took the “high road” not to appear. She is a young woman and doesn’t know how to handle this type of controversy. Now if this was Ann Coulter, she wouldn’t back down. Bring on the pies, the boos, and cat—calls Ann would say. You can’t handle the truth and that’s why you are protesting against me. But then Ms. Coulter is more mature than Bristol Palin and has had a lot more experience with leftist students at universities.

Sadly, there still is bigotry in our country and it is still in our universities and colleges.

Have criminals gotten bolder or are there more crazies out there? In just 24 hours at least 11 officers were shot. These low-life criminals are shooting our police officers even during a simple traffic stop in Indiana and Oregon. At a Detroit police station four officers were wounded by a gunman. Police were involved in a shootout at a Port Orchard, Washington Wal-Mart were two deputies were injured. Then there were two officers who were shot dead and a U.S. Marshal was wounding by a gunman in St. Petersburg, Florida.

But it doesn’t stop there. Last week two Miami-Dade, Florida detectives were killed by a murder suspect they were trying to arrest. Then there were officers who were trying to serve an arrest warrant at home in St. Petersburg, Florida when they came under fire. This doesn’t even include Border Agents who have been shot dead along our border.

According to a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations, these shootings are not a fluke. There’s a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on. The bad guys are not afraid of cops and they are rarely rational. You get that combination, when you ID yourself as a cop, it does not scare them away; it makes it more dangerous for you.

As for routine traffic stops shooting, the spokesman believes that the word “routine” should be eliminated from the job. There’s no such thing as a “routine” traffic stop. There is only “known risk” and “unknown risk.”

Everyday our officers provide a service to all of us and take a high risk that they will run into a bad guy who has no regard for our laws or officers working to protect us. Think about it, would a good citizen consider robbing a bank, or stealing or assaulting a helpless person? Would a good citizen be involved in drug trafficking? Of course not, these criminals have no regard for laws or society. They are self-centered, egotistical people who think they are above the law.

Remember, our law enforcement people are out there to help protect us. They aren’t the “bad guys” but the “good guys.” Even if you get a speeding ticket, don’t be angry at the cop who pulled you over. You should thank the officer because they are there to stop us from hurting ourselves or others.

Financial website Mainstreet.com recently released its list of the 10 most scammed states.  Usually scam artists have tried to just take your money from you, however today these low-life criminals are going after your personal information so they can steal your identity.

The most vulnerable are your kids because they spend more time online. Every child has a social security number and that’s what these scammers want because they want to steal their identity. Discovery of this theft may not be found out for some time.

In addition, scammers not only want your social security number they want your address, your date of birth, your middle name, as well as any sort of passwords. Those are pieces of personally identifiable information that belong to you.”

Below is the list of the 10 most scammed states. If your state is on this list, you can reduce your vulnerability to identity theft by not giving out personal information over the phone if you did not initiate the phone call.

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Nevada
  3. Colorado
  4. Maryland
  5. Florida
  6. Arizona
  7. Oregon
  8. Washington
  9. Delaware
  10. California

Last night’s Under Cover Boss was a real tear jerker – at least for the CEO, Sheldon Yellen, of Belfor Restoration Company. I think he was so emotional because he thought his company was the best in the world, all of his employees just love the company and there were no problems. So he was shocked when he found discontent and problems among the ranks.

One instance confirmed this for me when he was working with a water technician, Jen. She complained that “corporate” didn’t do what they promised her and she didn’t want to quit because she “loved” the work she was doing as well as the company. So Yellen couldn’t hold back his emotions and told her that he was under cover and that “corporate” heard her. What a dramatic moment – not! He was just trying to stroke his ego.

So once again we find a CEO who is incompetent, unable to do simple manual labor and a real bumbler. However, Yellen is a high roller! He has a beautiful house and car and was thinking about buying a Country Club. He inherited the business from his father but when he was younger he worked at menial jobs. When his father passed away he and his brothers were put in charge of the business. So he forgot what it was like to work for a living.

The company headquartered in Birmingham, MI is a $1.5 billion company with 6,000 employees in 29 countries worldwide. They instituted a wage freeze at the beginning of the economic crisis and didn’t realize how it affected their employees. Their reasoning was that at least everyone has a job but in a down-economy they still made $1.5 billion. Don’t you think they could afford to give raises and promotions?

Yellen then became “Santa Claus.” He was giving out money left and right. $15K for student loans, $10K for an advance, $10K for schooling, $10k for grandchildren’s schooling, $15k for being nice and another $15k for just because. $75k in all to the employees he came in contact with. Just a drop in the bucket for him but a lot for those employees.

At the end Yellen claimed that his experience was “life changing” for him. Yes, he was able to stroke his ego and feel better about being a billionaire.

Until later,

Linda

Each New Year brings on more laws for citizens in different states to follow. But when a law has reached its “peter principle” it becomes downright silly. You would think lawmakers would take it off the books. Here are some of the five weirdest laws in America.

Weird Law No. 5

Monsters Must Be Licensed — Urbana, Illinois

This one has grown to legendary status online in various forms along the lines of “Monsters are not allowed inside the city limits of Urbana.” But that’s not entirely true: Monsters are allowed; they just need to be licensed.

The basis for this strange city requirement can be found in an act from 1872, which states that “exhibitions of freaks of nature or monsters” staged for profit within city limits must first receive a license from the city clerk. Of course, if you were bringing a monster show to Urbana for charity, well, then no license required.

Weird Law No. 4

No Tobacco, Alcohol For Park Animals — Dyersburg, Tennessee

If you ever find yourself with time to kill in the western Tennessee town of Dybersburg, be sure to not contribute to the delinquency of a squirrel in the city’s parks. That’s because the city’s code prohibits “giving an animal or bird tobacco, alcohol or another known noxious substance in city parks.”

What could have possibly been going on in this city of 18,000 that would inspire such a head-scratcher of a law? Maybe some people were all too willing to let crows and other wild birds bum cigarettes? Or perhaps there was a rash of people trying to string out rabbits on meth? Whatever the reason, it’s just good to know that somebody’s looking out for the sobriety of woodland animals in The Volunteer State.

Weird Law No. 3

Rural Drivers Must Fire Signal Flares Every Mile – Pennsylvania

At one time these Pennsylvania “rules of the road” set up by the Farmer’s Anti-Automobile society probably made pretty good sense. After all, with autos in the early part of the 20th century sharing country roads with the livestock, you couldn’t be too safe, right? Thus, this requirement was made for drivers on rural roads outside of towns of at least 500 residents. After firing his (yes, HIS) rocket flare, the motorist was required to wait 10 minutes to ensure all livestock had been startled off the road.

The rules also called for a motorist to pull off the road and cover his vehicle so as not to spook an approaching team of horses. And if the horses still were startled? The motorist then had to “quickly and completely disassemble his motorized vehicle and hide it under the nearest brush or shrubbery.”

Weird Law No. 2

No Baths In The Winter — Clinton, Indiana

Like our last law, the long-forgotten prohibition against bathing in the winter in this Indiana town comes from a simpler — and apparently less hygienic — time. In the mid-1800s, laws regulating when and how people could bathe were all the rage.

In Boston, people were prohibited from bathing on Sundays, and a doctor’s note was needed on other days. Florida and Portland, Ore., once had laws requiring bathers to wear a bathing suit or other clothing. And Virginia law forbade bathtubs in the house, relegating them to the yard instead.

At that time most doctors thought that people became sick when they got wet or chilled. With some researchers calling for more frequent baths to wash away germs, doctors disagreed and pushed for the bathtub laws. If you do bathe — and find yourself in Pennsylvania while doing so — just don’t sing in the tub. That used to be illegal too.

Weird Law No. 1

No Ice Cream Cones In Your Back Pocket — Lexington, Kentucky

This may sound strange but lawmakers were looking out for you. Not only in Lexington was this once the law of the land but also in states such as Alabama and Georgia. What was the reason? Very simple: To stop people from stealing horses.

As anyone who’s ever seen a western can attest, horse thieves were just about the lowest no good, dirty, rotten scoundrels around. Some sunk even lower by using the promise of a pocket ice cream treat to lure horses away. If caught, they could always claim the horse simply followed them home.

Lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce a Fetal Homicide Bill during this year’s legislation. A hit-and-run crash that injured a Denver woman and claimed the life of her unborn child of 8 months will the topic of discussion. The woman is recovering but her unborn child was killed.

Under current law, the driver who has not been found could be facing possible charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving resulting in injury or leaving the scene of an accident. This low-life hit-and-run driver could face an enhanced penalty because the victim was pregnant. However, current law does not make the injury or death of an unborn child a crime in itself.

If the law is changed, it will allow prosecutors to charge the driver with the death of the unborn child. The Republican lawmaker states that in these violent situations he wants to be able to create a penalty where punishing somebody who commits violence against an unborn child.

Of course, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is taking a wait and see approach to the planned legislation. Are they concerned that it would include abortions? Several times there were amendments introduced to voters that defined “personhood” which Planned Parenthood didn’t like at all. However, how can you say that an unborn fetus whose heart is beating and their little feet and arms are kicking is not a “person”? Tell that to the devastated parents who cannot hold this child in their arms or hear the cooing of their baby because someone hit its mother and killed the baby she was carrying.

In today’s politically correct society, we have to stop being politically correct and start looking out for the children whether born or unborn.

In Pittsburgh, PA, forty-three sex offenders are wearing monitoring devise as a condition of their parole. With more than 1,100 registered sex offenders living in Allegheny County, this pilot program is at least a first step to keep track of sex offenders.

Sex offenders have a high recidivism of re-offending because of the psychology of the crime and its criminal activity. As a result, law enforcement has placed these GPS monitors provided by Guardian Protection Service on sex offenders.  As long as the offenders stay in the inclusion area, they are okay, however if they travel into an exclusion area, police are notified immediately.

What are exclusion zones for sex offenders? Exclusion zones are schools, daycares, playgrounds, any type of facilities where children congregate. As a result, these monitors help police to monitor sex offenders and when an offender enters these zones, they are arrested and possibly sent back to prison. The GPS monitor works 24/7, tracks the movements of a sex offender and if you have children, this is really significant for their safety.

Why do I watch this show? Same old same old theme each week. A clueless CEO and President goes undercover to see how his employees are doing with the company and to find out how he can improve things. Why don’t they just have employee meetings or suggestions boxes instead of wasting time with this type of show?

At least I’m learning about different companies and how they work. Maybe that’s a plus. Last night’s episode featured UniFirst, a company that provides work wear and uniforms for other companies’ employees. Mr. Ronald Croatti is the President and CEO of this $1 billion company with 10,000 employees. So he puts on a long white hair wig and a white mustache and goes undercover. The only thing he didn’t take off was his very expensive ring he wore on his hand. So maybe this guy really isn’t an unemployed guy looking for a job. Just hock the ring and you’ll be set for a while.

Mr. Croatti’s family founded the company over 75 years ago and he inherited the company. The only big fans of Mr. Croatti seemed to be his wife and his sister, who just so happens to be V.P. of Human Resources. Of course, his son is in the business too and starting at the bottom as a Sales Rep?? What a way to learn the business, right?

Once again, he stumbles and bumbles his way through the company to learn bagging clothes, sewing and heat sealing ID tags, and washing and drying rags and shirts. He was freaked out about the large dryer he had to work on because as he tells the story about his grandfather who was working on a dryer and fell into it and died. I guess the dryers haven’t changed in seventy-five years so I guess I would be freaked out as well. May I suggest that he replace those dryers with a safer type of dryer? For that suggestion can I also get $5,000 from you?

That’s what he did for the employees he worked with. He was handing out $5,000 to about every employee, providing a trip to the Super Bowl, paying day care, rent and utilities and school tuition. Yes, he did make some administrative changes but nothing that is profit making for the company.

But wait- we aren’t done yet, next week we have a CEO from Home Restoration running the gambit of staged situations. This guy looks like a weeper; get your hankies out folks.

Until next time,

Linda

Last night’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska featured a day with Piper, Sarah’s Dad, her nephew and her brother Chuck. They went kayaking on the Valdez and saw some pretty remarkable sites such as an overhanging glacier that produced rain into the water. However, once again I found that Piper is such a precocious child and quite a ham on camera. Piper was kayaking with her Uncle Chuck but Sarah kept a watchful eye over her all the time. A typical mom and that’s what I would do.

They then went to Nome for gold mining. Talk about a small town, there are only 350 people in the gold mining camp on the Crippel River. Piper cracked me up when she said that she was going to sell the gold they get on e-Bay. Her cousin asked her how much she would get for the gold and Piper had no clue. But her cousin did, he said at least $80. Little did they know that gold is over $1,400 an ounce. Ahh, childhood how sweet it is. They used the gold they panned for two gifts for their parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.

At Anchorage they visited an air show with a performance by the Blue Angels. These pilots are great to watch and great Americans. Todd said that one in eighty people in Alaska holds a pilot’s license. I can understand that because just about everywhere they went they traveled by plane.

The final episode highlighted some of the former episodes that were controversial – especially the hunting episode with the rifle that Sarah shot. Her father was carrying the rifle when he fell. This jarred the scope out of line and when Sarah was shooting at the Caribou she missed it completely. But when she shot another rifle, she was dead on. To all those skeptics out there, she can shoot and she is a serious hunter. If you don’t know what you are talking about, then don’t say anything at all.

Of course, there were some discussions with the Kate Gosselin episode. Sarah was kind to say that she would be out of her element if she was in a big city so she felt bad for Kate. Come on, Kate is a diva, she would even complain about the poor service in a big city.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska episodes have averaged 3.2 million viewers per week with its first episode delivering TLC’s best-ever launch ratings. So what did we learn from Sarah Palin’s Alaska? For certain, Alaska is a beautiful state with plenty of wild life and great outdoor activities. But when it is “summer” in Alaska and you have to wear a down coat to keep warm when you are outdoors, I think I’ll skip it for now. We also got to know the Palin family. They are just your average typical American family. No wild ideas from them, just fundamental values that most Americans have grown up with. So I say to all of those people who want to make Sarah and her family into something they aren’t, just back off and let them live their lives.

Until next time,

Linda

It should not come to any one’s surprise that a drug ring found a way to distribute their drugs under the guise of medical marijuana law. The drug ring is accused of using packets of photocopied patient records to cover up the operation. The indictment says the grow operations planned to use the records to convince police they were in compliance with Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. Investigators say the suspects came to Colorado from New Mexico to use our laws as a cover.

These low-life criminals had growing operations where they shipped to New Mexico, for resale huge pounds of marijuana selling for as much as $7,000 per pound. When the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force seized the operations they found more than 110 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $375,000, 687 marijuana plants, nine firearms and $175,000 in cash.

Marijuana growing laws have been passed in Colorado that limit the grow operation for only patients’ use along with proper paperwork that complies with the law. Law enforcement busted the growing operations in Erie, Fort Collins, Longmont and Westminster.