Archive for March, 2013

The Three Major Credit Bureaus

| March 5th, 2013 | No Comments »

According to Steve Kroft, an American journalist and weekly correspondent for the television news program 60 Minutes, the three major credit bureaus are not the safety net most Americans believe.  Mr. Kroft, a much awarded reporter, tried on camera to question an error on his credit report, to no avail.  What prompted Mr. Kroft was a single mother’s effort to rid her credit report of false information. The woman, Judy Thomas, spent a tremendous amount of time and effort trying, unsuccessfully, to remove false and untrue reports to the three major credit reporting bureaus.  Apparently, Ms. Thomas had the knowledge and resources to sue the agencies in federal court, successfully, after many years of frustration, trying to comply with the bureau’s requests and/or demands.  Another woman, with a different name, from a state Ms. Thomas had never visited, was listed with derogatory reports of being late in payments, being sent

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Brutal Rape of Teen Outrages Nation Plagued by Sex Crimes

| March 1st, 2013 | No Comments »

Johannesburg, South Africa  –  In a country where 1 in 4 women is raped, some months-old babies, to a 94 year-old grandmother are  assaulted with their assailants feeling no threat for their actions.  However, one particular assault on a 17 year-old girl proved to be a rallying cry from citizens demanding action.  The teenager was gang-raped, had her stomach sliced open, then left for dead on a construction site. The girl lived long enough to identify one of her attackers, a 22 year-old man.  Police arrested him and a second suspect aged 21.  Authorities promised more arrests soon. “Kill them” was one of the demands voiced on talk radio stations.  Every few months, this nation with the highest rate of rape of babies and young girls in the world, yells its outrage at a particularly brutal attack.  Last year, South Africans were shocked when village boys gang-raped a mentally ill

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Gun Shows

| March 1st, 2013 | No Comments »

Over the course of my law enforcement career, depending on my assignment or off-duty status, weapons I carried varied in size and power.  As a reserve police officer for the Hayward Police Department (CA) we were required to purchase our own firearm.  My first purchase was a Smith & Wesson Model 66 revolver. 30-plus years later, this handgun remains my favorite to target shoot.  Both of my sons, when they were young, learned to shot with this gun.  My sons were also taught gun safety, the use of speed loaders, and the proper cleaning and storage of weapons. For the majority of my life, I have resided in the state of California.  What is being argued today throughout our country, has been standard operating procedure in California for years in regards to firearms.  As a reserve officer, I was still considered a civilian, thus subjected to the laws of the

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