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In Favor Of More Police Cameras And Fewer Assault Vehicles


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The fatal shooting of a homeless man by four Los Angeles police officers is the latest incident to show the value of cameras in police cars and on police uniforms.

The shooting occurred in LA’s Skid Row neighborhood.  Police say that the man, who had a history of mental illness, was the suspect in a robbery and was shot after he reached for an officer’s gun during a scuffle.  However, witnesses — including the man who shot the video of the incident that went viral on the internet — instead describe a situation in which four police officers tried to subdue the man, apparently Tasered him, and then shot him five times.  At least two of the officers involved had activated their body cameras, but the footage hasn’t been released yet and will be used as evidence as the incident is investigated.

Police officers have a difficult job…

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Writers’ Anthem


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Since the Harlem Rennaissance, African American writers have expressed themselves through their art.

With help from our founders and fore-fathers Black Americans have conquered their right to be here through their writing.

Poets, liberators, activists are all part of the black writers circle.

These writers work hard to stop the alleviation of the black culture.

They have succeeded and encouraged other races to take part as well as contribute.

Writers including but not limited to Maya Angelou (1928-2014) have inspired and encouraged all people through her poetry and books for decades.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Introducing Smoother Editing and New Playlists


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We frequently introduce new and improved features to your blogs, and it’s now time for the first major update of 2014. What can you expect from this round of enhancements?

  • A better-performing Visual Editor, with drag and drop file upload support, instant gallery previews, and better compatibility with text pasted from Microsoft Word and other applications.
  • The ability to resize and replace images you’ve already inserted into your posts without having to make a detour to your Media Manager.
  • New, sleek audio playlists for users with the Space Upgrade.

For a more detailed overview of these changes, read on!

A new and improved editor

Your Visual Editor has received a lot of love in this update for better overall performance. While most of these changes remain under the hood and won’t affect your everyday editing, there is a notable improvement for all users who regularly paste in text from…

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Funny Valentine


Many relationships are ended because of the term “Valentine’s Day”.

Why, because of the touchy feely, gift-giving ritual that everyone might not have time for but why be with that person anyway.

Gift-giving is not essential if your committed relationship is already successful.

Valentine’s day should become a bonus to your relationship and doesn’t have to be expensive either.

A simple “baby you mean the world to me” or ” I love you always” through a card or letter says I’m in this for the long haul

just as you are. Anyone can see the potential in their mate(s) only if they show it.

A true test of your relationship status is of course Feb. 14.

So, don’t linger if the relationship isn’t going anywhere, there is enough time for you to find a mate who will sacrifice a little

love.

“Desire” for learning…tales from Uganda


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When I prepared to leave Uganda Daniel had the chicken pox. He spiked a high fever and his body was covered with a rash so we dashed off to the doctor. No one can determine the difference  between mumps, measles, or chicken pox! And we always have to rule out malaria. It’s difficult to diagnose because their skin doesn’t show any redness. It always surprises me when Kira gets angry that there’s no redness in her face, only globes of tears dropping like suicide bombers off her cheeks. The doctor required Daniel to smear himself with white calamine lotion. Poor fella looked scary to Rhonah. His face remained long while participating in all the household activities. He never complained once, and no one teased him, they felt his burden too.

 

Daniel recovered fine, but now two weeks later, Desire has developed the chicken pox. Today is the day the…

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The Effect and Affect of Drugs on Young Adults


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Young teens across the nation are exposing themselves to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs through television, family & friends, and society.

Although occasional drinking is ok, sometimes it can rear its ugly head. With so many pressures of today, kids tend to turn to their friends instead of family for emotional support, causing this generation to raise itself entirely. With this kind of influence kids turn to drugs and alcohol to maintain their relationships with their peers or by a means to cope with the behaviors of others.

With peer to peer raising, teenagers of any background can be subdued to drinking and using any form of drug out there; to marijuana to cocaine and heroin. These drugs adhere to deadly effects like learning retention and death.

Many parents, teachers, and counselors can find a child who is suffering from alcohol or drug abuse by simple signs.

Do they do things they regret later: get in fights, destroy property, drive under the influence, or have unplanned or unwanted sex?

These signs are usually normal for the average teen but knowing your child’s behavior and routine will help when detecting if they are using drugs or addicted to alcohol.

The 1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse estimated the number of users of illicit drugs in the United States to be about 13 million. In addition, the survey estimated that 10% of Americans abuse or are dependent on alcohol, and 25% of Americans smoke cigarettes.  http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/substance-abuse©2005-2013 WebMD, LLC.

Tobacco

Tobacco is a classic in this country, but progression has put an end to this cancer causing substance that hooks people instantly. Nicotine, the drug found in cigarettes addicts its consumers with one puff.

The FDA has come up with several solutions or remedies to help people quit while they can.

  • E-cigarrettes- s a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking. It generally uses a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution. Some solutions contain a mixture of nicotine and flavourings, while others release a flavored vapor without nicotine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette

Alcohol

Teenagers drink for social purposes at holidays and family functions. But what do you do when the drinking is continual?

Overuse of alcohol can affect almost every system in the body; the most important are the lungs. Many adults can detect when a teenager is overusing alcohol by their behavior. Temper tantrums when they cannot have their way and drawbacks from society.

One does not have to be using alcohol to be damaged by its effects. Children and partners of alcoholics can be seriously affected too. Family members and other loved ones often suffer from psychological symptoms, including low self-esteem, depression, health problems, and relationship problems, like difficulties getting close to others. They may also find themselves minimizing the severity of their loved one’s problem, feeling responsible for the problem, or feeling a lot of anger, shame, and resentment. http://www.pace.edu/counseling-center/line-resources/about-alcohol-and-other-drugs#three

When a teenager is depressed he or she will turn to drinking as a method to “calm their nerves.”

In addition, family and friends of alcoholics may display their own addictive behaviors. Relation with an alcoholic or living with an alcoholic puts one at greater risk for alcoholism and other addictions, including gambling and overeating.

Finally, family and friends who are close to an alcoholic often take on their responsibilities, attempting to function for them in ways that are often unhealthy. This is commonly known as “codependency” and includes feelings of having lost control over one’s own emotions and behavior. http://www.pace.edu/counseling-center/line-resources/about-alcohol-and-other-drugs#three

 

Deadly Drugs

Many teenagers feel that using drugs is “cool” and that he or she will not be accepted into society if he or she do not cooperate with others that smoke.

This is not the case, dear young ones!

Pressure from friends, stress in the family, hassles, the feeling that adults are on their case, the lousy feeling that they’re different from everyone else in the world. They use these substances just to feel better. http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/res_teenfriend.page

Drugs enhance your sense of self in a negative light, especially to others. This affects society and your family as well as the individual.

“Substance abuse is dangerous; it can ruin your friend’s health, cause your friend to drop out of school, lose friends, lose values, and even lose his or her self-respect,” said one University of Memphis student.

Many teens have to admit they have a problem with drugs or alcohol or maybe both. There are treatment centers out there that can sustain to your teenager’s needs and wants to accommodate the appropriate treatment.

Behavioral treatment provides you with strategies to cope with your drug cravings and ways to avoid relapse. Your doctor may prescribe medications, such as nicotine patches and methadone, to control withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/substance-abuse?page=3

Elba to Play Mandela


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Idris Elba, a British actor is starring in an amazing film depicting the South African leader, Nelson Mandella.

Known from the HBO series “The Wire”, Elba was excited to play this more serious part.

The film is an autobiography of Mandela’s  life. From an attorney to an elderly patriarch and statesman.

Elba depicts Mandela’s life through the walls of a jail cell-27 years.

“There was racism and I grew up amongst it, it was only going to fuel me to go further”, Elba said.

Elba had to play a young and old Nelson Mandela which was not filmed in order. Elba made the film come to life and he also found insight through the eyes of Nelson Mandela.

Elba could easily relate to Mandela’s story through his own experiences in London.

For more information, visit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24900298

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25213117

Throwbacks – “Back in the Day”


We sometimes reminisce on the things we used to have and enjoy through pictures. We say “Look at me back then, do you remember?”

Sometimes we like to be reminded of the past so we can know how far we have come. Progression is the key to he future.

These are a few things I thought of that were popular “back in the day.”

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images1 Gauchos were for any occasion and very comfortable. Can’t get caught wearing these anymore.

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“The Freeze” was very common back in he day for our mothers and grandmothers to protect their hair during a long and hard week.

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This intense hair conditioner grew the hair of many children with its thick formula.

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Boys prize possession, the Gerbo pants.

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Ah, what we are all afraid of, the hot comb. Used in the kitchens of many homes, children would run at the thought of seeing this.

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Tattoo neck brace was fun back in the day, we were all “GROWN UPS” we we would wear these.

Black Friday Fun


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With the hustle and bustle of after Thanksgiving sales, these items will surely put a smile on your loved one face. That’s the only thing we want right, RIGHT!

Black Friday, the beginning of the Christmas season, has a lot going on as consumers of all types fight for the best deals and products out there.

Not officially a 11-15-black-friday_full_600holiday, Black Friday is accepted everywhere as the official day for Christmas sales.

Are you ready to be bombarded with hostile buyers, sellers and the like? The competition of other businesses and persons for the best advertising, sales, and products?

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

Retail stores across the nation open early for the convenience of product sales.

Cool items on everyone’s list:

iPad® mini

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The new black Apple iPad mini gives you all the features of an iPad but in a slightly smaller form. With a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display and an A5 chip, the iPad mini 16GB delivers a beautiful screen with a fast and fluid performance. Featuring a 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording and FaceTime, you can snap pictures, take video and talk to loved ones on a platform that fits in the palm of your hand. The iPad mini has ultrafast wireless that gives you access to high-speed cellular data networks around the world. With up With up to 10 hours of battery life, the iPad mini 16GB gives you the freedom to work anywhere, anytime. The black Apple iPad mini even offers you all the amazing apps (over 275,000 apps on the App Store) that are made for iPad. So it’s an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.

Key Features:

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit display
  • A5 chip
  • 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • FaceTime camera
    • Up to 10 hours of battery life*
    • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Over 275,000 apps on the App Store**
    • iOS 6 and iCloud
    • Cellular data service on Wi-Fi + Cellular models (sold separately)
    • Available in black & slate or white & silver

    * Battery life varies by use and configuration. See http://www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
    ** App count refers to the total number of apps worldwide.

  Injustice: Gods Among Us – Xbox 360

pTRU1-15186461dtVariety of play areas based in the mythologies of each character franchise.

An accessible attack system broken down into light, medium and heavy attack, with each character having their own specific attacks.

Wager battles that allow the winner of the battle to collect a portion of an opponents metered power.

Deep multiplayer play options, including local and online play, as well as tournament support.

Something for the Girls

Nicki Minaj and Beyonce’ Barbies

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  Most Recent Customer Reviews:

“I bought the Barbie doll for my daughter who loves her some . She has only taken it out of the box once but everything was so cute and pretty. The doll itself is beautiful. I just love it.”

“I was looking for something to give my cousin to take with her to a surprise trip to a Beyonce’ concert and found it. This is a beautiful likeness of the beautiful Beyonce’ herself. I am sure my little cousin will love it!”

Let’s Eat!

The right cooking equipment can make all the difference. With stainless steel cookware, the cooking experience becomes easier more rewarding and don’t forget a taste you will always remember.

Stainless Steel Cookware is an essential tool for the kitchen. Not worrying about eggs sticking or meat burning makes all the difference in the world.

Fairly expensive, this item is sure to be priceless.  Stainless steel pots are also extremely versatile. One pot  for pasta dishes, stews, steamed vegetables and more.

A stainless steel pan will resist high temperatures and clean up easily. Stainless steel is dent- and crack-resistant and can endure the most hazardous person. If non-stick is a must for you, there are a variety of stainless steel frying pans that retain silvery exteriors but come with non-stick interior coating to make cooking fried eggs and pancakes a breeze.

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HP-FeaturedSpot1-20131126-CO14The perfect sweater, Cashmere! Oh yes, the time has come to pull out those warm and fuzzy items in the closet. Warm and most comfortable, these sweaters are sure to become one of your favorites.