Category: Beliefs

It seems that some folks in New York City are watching when residents put out their trash very carefully!

I know times are tight, but ticketing people for putting their trash out a whole half hour early?

Here’s the story from the Fox affiliate in NYC:

>>MYFOXNY.COM – A Queens man is very upset after trying to put his trash out for collection and ending up with a ticket.

He, and others, are getting snared in an enforcement of a law that few people even know exists.

The scrooge award goes to the New York City Sanitation Department for the $100 tickets.

Raymond Janson says he received the $100 fine for putting his garbage cans at the curb 30 minutes early.

“I can’t say how incensed I am over this,” Janson says. “Not only at the excessive amount, but the nature of the summons.”

The Failure to Store Receptacle summons from the agent stated: “I did observe three 30 gallon plastic can(s) placed out on the public sidewalk on a non-collection day.”

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You think it’s scary to see someone driving while talking on one cell phone? How about a “professional” driver talking on two of them at the same time?

Here’s the story from the breitbart website:

>>An Italian driver was stopped by astonished police in the southern city of Bari on Saturday when they saw him speaking on two phones with a handset in each hand and no control of the wheel.

Asked to explain his actions, the 43-year-old driver of an Alfa Romeo 166 saloon car said he was speaking to his wife when his mother called and he could not hang up on either of them, the Corriere Della Sera daily reported.

The man — a professional truck driver — made matters worse when he admitted that he frequently spoke on two handsets while on work trips.

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Sometimes folks are so cruel to one another.

Here’s one such story from a Fox station in Philadelphia:

>>PHILADELPHIA – The owner of a North Philadelphia gas station who traveled out of the country for his mother’s funeral will come back to find his business destroyed.

FOX 29′s Chris O’Connell has the story you’ll see only on FOX.

Left behind is the aftermath of an all-out free-for-all.

On Wednesday, someone broke into a mini-mart on Cumberland Street and Germantown Avenue when word got around that the owner left town.

It didn’t take long before the looting started. Soon, the whole store was in shambles.

The inside of the store is ruined. The only products left are a bottle of vinegar and some oatmeal.

Kids even showed FOX 29 cameras the candy they took from the store.

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I don’t understand how some students keep their pants from dropping down around their feet! I’m sometimes concerned I’ll see things I don’t particularly want to see if I look too long at some kids and their drawers!

Well, one school has decided to take action, although I doubt the students will actually follow through. Here’s the story from an NBC station’s website in Miami:

>>A school in South Carolina is taking on saggy pants by lending belts to students who show up with droopy drawers.

Students at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill used to face a disciplinary write-up for the dress code violation. But now Principal James Blake is hoping the new approach will get students to think about how they dress and also cut down on the number of students referred for discipline.

“We see kids with their britches hanging down all the time,” assistant football coach and administrative assistant William Cureton told The Herald of Rock Hill. “We want to change the culture.”

Students nabbed for saggy pants will have the option to “check out” a belt for the day.

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I continue to think that stress is building more and more in our lives.

This story from a Los Angeles CBS station seems to back that perception up:

>>NORTHRIDGE (CBS) — A video of CSUN student behaving erratically in the university’s library has gone viral after another student posted it on Facebook.

Monroe Ashley claims the young woman in the video melted down because she thought other students in the library were breathing too loudly as they studied for finals.

“Okay this isn’t a scary movie, you need to calm your dramatic a** down,” someone can be heard telling the upset student at the beginning of the video, which was first picked up by Gawker.

The woman, who was walking back to her study area, then turns around and spits out,” “Don’t you tell me that. It’s rude and disrespectful, okay? It’s finals right now. Please, respect!”

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With the country going down the tubes economically and neither political party doing anything about it, it’s easy to understand why voters would want to stop being either a Democrat or a Republican.

Here’s the story from the WMAL website:

>>(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s uphill battle to re-election is getting steeper.

A report released Wednesday by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008.

“The numbers show that Democrats’ path to victory just got harder,” said Lanae Erickson, the report’s co-author.  “We are seeing both an increase in independents and a decrease in Democrats and that means the coalition they have to assemble is going to rely even more on independents in 2012 than it did in 2008.”

Amid frustrating partisan gridlock and unprecedentedly low party-approval ratings, the number of voters registering under a major party is falling fast, but it is also falling disproportionately.

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I don’t think some of the “Occupy Wall Street” folks have thought all this through, sometimes.

Take the following story from, for example:

>>Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest “the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street.”

Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded, according to the Stop Black Friday website.

The goal of the movement is to impact the profits of major corporations this holiday season.

“The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits, ” states the Occupy Black Friday Facebook page.

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As I get older, I keep trying to remember as much as I can, but sometimes I go to another room and forget why I went there in the first place. Turns out I’m not alone in that experience.

Here’s the story from the NotreDameNews website:

>>We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

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Here’s a story that will drive environmentalists nuts! It comes from the website of the local CBS station in Charlotte, South Carolina.

>>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The sprawling pile of hundreds of thousands of tires isn’t easy to spot from the ground, sitting in a rural South Carolina clearing accessible by only a circuitous dirt path that winds through thick patches of trees. No one knows how all those tires got there, or when.

But, Calhoun County Council Chairman David Summers says of this giant rubber menace, “You can see it from space.”

Authorities have charged one person in connection with the mess of roughly 250,000 tires, which covers more than 50 acres on satellite images. And now a Florida company is helping haul it all away.

Litter control officer Boyce Till said he contacted the local sheriff and state health department, which is investigating who had been dumping the tires. But the worst possible penalty that could be imposed locally? A single $475 ticket for littering.

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For many people, Thanksgiving is the kick-off for the Christmas/Holiday Season, but I like to enjoy it for its own personality. After all, before we receive, it’s good to appreciate what we already have, seems to me!

This weekend, I thought I’d share some videos that you might enjoy, so here’s the first, which is the beginning sequence from the Peanuts Thanksgiving animated special:

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