February 20, 2014

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Four Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

I was reading some articles on the web this morning, came across this and thought it worth sharing because I now know that I once spent much longer at a job that was bringing me down than I ever should’ve. Maybe you have as well.

The following is an excerpt from: 4 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job. To see the complete article and read the descriptions assigned to each of the signs listed below, hit the link.

4 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

“Keeping work life separate from your personal life can be difficult. What’s going on at the office inevitably seeps into our private life—for better or worse.

When life at the office gets bad it can impact everything in your life, whether you realize it or not. And knowing when it’s time to walk away from a job can be tough to do. After all, the labor market isn’t exactly thriving at the moment. But there are signs that it’s time to plan your exit strategy and move on.”

Sign No.1: You Don’t Feel Well.

Sign No.2: Your personal life is in disarray.

Sign No.3: You have become moody, impatient, depressed, angry or negative.

Sign No.4: Your job no longer aligns with your goals.

In my case, three of the four signs listed above applied to me. I was so stressed out, depressed and negative, my physical health was suffering. And I wasn’t getting anywhere in terms of career or personal growth. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to give up on most anything, which isn’t always the best course of action. Sometimes the best thing to do is just cut your losses and move on. I did and am happy to report that the grass actually was greener on the other side of the fence.

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February 4, 2014

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Man’s Ear Bitten Off During Super Bowl Party

A Super Bowl party turned bloody last night when a New York State man allegedly bit off part of his brother’s ear during a booze-fueled melee, according to investigators.

Sean Fallon-Nebbia was arrested early today and charged with felony assault in connection with the attack inside a Rochester home. Fallon-Nebbia, 27, is locked up in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Police allege that Fallon-Nebbia (seen at right) tangled with his brother Frank during a post-game scrum that escalated into a brutal assault. Fallon-Nebbia allegedly punched his younger sibling in the face several times, knocking him unconscious. He also chomped down on his brother’s right ear.

The bite was so severe that an emergency room doctor told Rochester cops that Fallon-Nebbia’s brother was “permanently disfigured” and that “the victim’s ear will not be the same again.”

The above is an excerpt from: Man’s Ear Bitten Off During Super Bowl Party | The Smoking Gun.

And how did the fight break out? It seems they were “hugging and wrestling”, telling one another how much they loved each other.

The moral of this sad story? Never wrestle drunk with someone who loves you.

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February 4, 2014

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100 chickens discovered in small SUV during Grand Island traffic stop

A police officer making a traffic stop early Friday found nearly 100 chickens in a small sports utility vehicle.

The officer had pulled the driver over just before 1 a.m. for driving without headlights on, said Grand Island police Sgt. Bud Edwards.

When the officer approached the 2004 Nissan SUV to visit with the driver, he noticed “a couple of chickens sitting on the back seat,” Edwards said.

The birds had apparently escaped from a “makeshift cage” in the back of the vehicle, he said.

About 50 of the chickens in the cage were dead, he said.

The driver has been charged with second-offense driving under the influence and second-offense driving during suspension.

The above is an excerpt from: 100 chickens discovered in small SUV during Grand Island traffic stop – Omaha.com.

The moral of this sad story? If you’re going to drive drunk, it is advisable to leave your chickens at home.

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January 17, 2014

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Would you buy a ‘slightly haunted’ house?

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

So when they put the house in northeastern Pennsylvania up for sale last month, they advertised it as “slightly haunted.”

Then things got REALLY weird.

There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. And a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement – the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.

It\’s enough to make her husband wonder whether he did the right thing when he playfully wrote about the home’s spooky charms:

“Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though,” says the listing on Zillow’s real-estate site. It goes on to describe 3:13 a.m. screams and “the occasional ghastly visage” in the bathroom mirror.

The above is an excerpt from: My Way News – Pa. couple advertises home as ‘slightly haunted’.

Exit questions:

  1. Would you consider buying a home advertised as “slightly haunted?”
  2. If disembodied screams and the occasionally ghastly visage in the bathroom mirror meets the definition of a “slightly haunted” home, what should one expect if they’re considering buying a very haunted one?

The full story, including the price of the home (in case you’re interested), is available through the link.

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January 15, 2014

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Are we in the midst of a surge in mass shootings? Studies say no

Media hype about mass shootings in America has fostered a myth that the killings are on the rise and that an assault weapon ban, expanded background checks and greater attention to the mentally ill will curb a rampaging epidemic, according to an authoritative and exhaustive study by a noted criminologist.

Instead, according to James Alan Fox, author and criminology professor at Northeastern University, mass shootings have remained stagnant over 34 years, averaging 20 a year, and few were committed by the type of berserk psychos portrayed by the media.

“Public discourse is grounded in myth and misunderstanding about the nature of the offense and those who perpetrate it,” he writes in the journal “Homicide Studies.” He added: “Without minimizing the pain and suffering of the hundreds of those who have been victimized in recent attacks, the facts clearly say that there has been no increase in mass shootings and certainly no epidemic.”

The study debunks several proposals aired from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting aimed at stopping mass killings. While he said any plan is worth trying, he concluded that short of abolishing the Second Amendment, there is little that can be done.

The above is an excerpt from: Crime study: Handguns, not ‘assault rifles,’ used in most mass shootings | WashingtonExaminer.com.

I couldn’t agree more with the conclusion of the final paragraph posted above than I do. It is my sincere belief that the Left’s end game is the abolishment of the Second Amendment, which would result in an increase (yes increase) in violent crimes being perpetrated against a then disarmed citizenry of law abiders.

When owning a firearm becomes a crime? Only criminals will have them. And if you care about your personal safety and the safety of those you love? You don’t want that.

As a career police officer (retired), I can attest to the fact there is nothing a criminal fears more than the possibility of coming across an armed citizen during the act of committing a crime. And that would be why I encourage everyone I know to be their own first line of defense against crime, at the very least within the boundaries of their own homes.

If you live in an area where you believe a rapid police response will keep you safe, you may be correct. But to think there is no scenario within which a response to your home could be delayed, even in the instance of someone trying to kick your door down, is unwise. On a number of occasions during my law enforcement career there were times when our department was overwhelmed by the volume of calls received versus the number of police officers available to respond to them swiftly. This is a reality and can’t be practically prepared for. Anomalous spikes in calls for service that require rapid response just happen from time to time.

The bottom line? Don’t believe the hype of gun control advocates. We are not  in the midst of a statistical spike in firearms-related violence or mass shootings. In my humble opinion, you remain your best first line of defense, at the very least within the boundaries of your own home. If you elect to be your own first line of defense outside your home, it is above prudent that you familiarize yourself with local regulations concerning carrying a concealed or loaded firearm, obtain any licensing or permits necessary to do so, and preferably take a class or classes designed to make you proficient in the handling, storage and proper legal use of your weapon of choice in the event you should have to protect yourself or others.

Be safe everyone. 

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