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I'll bet you've never played with water rats like these.
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I sold my first piece of writing in sixth grade.
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This is the best argument I've read in a long time on why entrepreneurs should write books.
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Another element of absurdity in our culture of irrationality.
 
What if You Were Arrested for BEING Bullied?

In what is probably the most anger-inspiring display of stupidity I have seen in quite a while, a young man being bullied in the classroom wasn't getting support from the school.  He'd had enough, and recorded the bullying on an iPad.  

Presented with evidence that he was being physically threatened and emotionally attacked (in the classroom, in front of a teacher), the school did the only reasonable thing: they called the police, accusing the boy of violating wiretapping laws.

Let me repeat that: the school called the police . . . on the boy who was being bullied.  They also forced him to erase the recording. (Luckily, his mom transcribed it first.)

So the story should have ended there: the police show up, laugh, and leave.  Instead, the boy was arrested, charged, and convicted, not under the wiretapping laws, but for disorderly conduct, based on (presumably) having violated the wiretapping laws.  

It was so stupid, legal commentators hesitated to believe the news media reports were accurate, until they read the source materials for themselves:

"Well, now I’ve read the police citation issued to the student, the police incident report and the transcript of the trial, and my hesitation is gone: The criminal conviction seems every bit as unfounded as the news report suggests."

Here's a breakdown from  Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy (full article linked):

"So according to the government here, essentially committing any other crime is also “disorderly conduct” — even if you don’t charge the person with the underlying crime — because “it is offensive to commit some form of a crime” and because committing a crime makes the underlying conduct lack a “legitimate purpose.” The judge (District Justice Maureen McGraw-Desmet) didn’t render a detailed opinion, but she did find the defendant guilty, so she must have accepted some such theory, since otherwise the elements of disorderly conduct would be absent.

"But that can’t be right. First, the disorderly conduct statute requires that the conduct be “physically offensive.” Even if committing a crime is “offensive” in some general sense, that doesn’t make the conduct in this case “physically offensive” for the purposes of the “disorderly conduct” statute.

"Second, the disorderly conduct statute requires lack of a legitimate purpose. Even if the recording was illegal, that wouldn’t mean that the act of recording lacked a legitimate purpose — only that it was carried out through illegal means.

"Third, and most important, as I discussed in detail in my earlier post, there likely was no underlying crime of illegal recording. Under Pennsylvania law, recording conversations is illegal only if the speakers have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and it’s hard to see how students talking in a classroom where everyone can hear them have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Here’s Lt. Kurta’s only response to the defense lawyer’s argument on this:

    Q. Are you aware that for a recording to be a violation of the wiretap law that the individual that is recorded has to have a reasonable expectation of privacy in what they’re saying?

    A. Yes.

    Q. And so you believe then that students in a classroom that are bullying my client had a reasonable expectation of privacy that that conversation would not be recorded? …

    [A.] I believe that in Pennsylvania two-party consent is required, unless prior approval from the district attorney or attorney general is obtained. I don’t think that you are permitted to commit a crime to generate evidence of a crime that you’re alleging.

"So Lt. Kurta had no explanation of how the students could have had a reasonable expectation of privacy here — although he first agreed that such a reasonable expectation is required, he then just took the view that two-party consent is required, period. Again, the judge said nothing to explain her verdict, but presumably she must have taken the same view as well, since a finding of illegal recording has to be necessary to explain how the conduct might have been “physically offensive” and lacking in a “legitimate purpose.”"

Amazing.  Shame on that teacher, that administrator, that police officer, and that judge.

Postscript: Apparently the charges are being "dropped." Not sure that's how it works after a conviction, but good news, too late.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/04/16/charges-will-be-dropped-in-disorderly-conduct-recording-of-bullies-case/ 
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You can't find a better read than this. http://gardengnomepubs.com/one-bit-off/
Mr. Silver and Mr. Gray observe a naked couple eating an apple off the forbidden tree, but who are they? You'll be surprised.
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Mars in the Holiday Season by Anthony McColgan http://gardengnomepubs.com/mars-holiday-season/
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If you are a job seeker, here's why you should have a website. https://www.careeraddict.com/en/6751/why-job-seekers-should-have-websites 
In today’s highly competitive job market having just a LinkedIn profile is not enough. ;Job seekers who feature a CV-style website are...
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Internet Publisher, Freelance Writer
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Writing, editing, WordPress setup and design, business management, storytelling
Employment
  • Taylored Content
    Owner, 2013 - present
    Freelance content writer, ghostwriter, and blogger. I create unique premium content designed to get other noticed.
  • Garden Gnome Publications
    Writer, Poet, Publisher, 2005 - present
    Published fiction writer and poet. Take submissions, read work, and publish what I like from others.
  • Curved Marketing
    Chief Operations Officer - Overlord of the best content creators on the planet, 2011 - 2013
    Chief Operations Officer. Managed blogs, articles, social media, website content creation, and various online marketing processes for the business and our clients.
  • Taylor and Associates
    Internet Marketing Consultant in Adams County, Pa., 2012
    Local Internet marketing consultant for small businesses.
  • Blog Content Provider
    Content Production Manager, 2006 - 2010
    Managed blog content ghostwriting for a variety of clients in a variety of industries.
  • Article Content Provider
    Content Production Manager, 2006 - 2006
    Managed the article marketing process for clients.
  • U.S. Army - served in Iraq
    Battle Captain, 2004 - 2005
    Battle Captain. Served as eyes and ears of the battalion commander and supervised staff of enlisted men who collected information from our area of operations and routed it to the appropriate department within the battalion for action. Managed the information hub for the battalion around the clock.
  • Today Newspapers
    Editor In Chief, 2000 - 2004
    Researched and wrote news, feature, and sports articles for weekly community newspaper. Also assigned articles to staff writers and photographers. Attended public meetings and reported on them. Edited the newspaper and laid out each edition before sending it to the press for production. Wrote columns and editorials. Won major and minor industry awards.
  • Texas National Guard
    Armor Officer, 1997 - 2005
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Poet, fiction writer, content producer, ghostblogger, resident of Adams County, Pa. (not necessarily in that order)
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I write fiction, poetry, essays, and assorted texts. I work full-time as a ghostwriter. I have written more than 10,000 blog posts and published more than 30,000. As editor and publisher, I manage Garden Gnome Publications.

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Thrice consecutive winner of the Stephen Philbin Award for Excellence in Legal Reporting by the Dallas Bar Association; Poppy to 3 awesome grandchildren, "Dad" to 3 incredible young ladies, and 3 is my favorite number.
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Dallas, Texas - Tacoma, Washington - Waco, Texas - Indianapolis, Indiana - Iraq
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Being from Texas where steak is the state food, it's not really fair of me to give a review, but I do like Hoss's. It's got a good atmosphere and the prices are reasonable. The food isn't bad.
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reviewed 2 years ago
T.J. Rockwell's is one of the nicest restaurants in this area. At least, that I've seen. I live in Adams County - Latimore Township to be exact - and we have to drive a good ways to eat nice food at a reasonable price. Being from Dallas, Texas originally, T.J. Rockwell's reminds me of the type of restaurants I would eat at on a regular basis, but those restaurants are few and far between in Adams County. You have to go to Gettysburg, York, or Harrisburg. I'm speaking more specifically about atmosphere, though the food at T.J. Rockwell's is good and not overly expensive. The service can sometimes be slow, but the wait staff is courteous and friendly.
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reviewed 2 years ago
I love this little Irish pub. The wait staff are cordial and fast (most of the time). The food is awesome and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.
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The Reader's Cafe is a quaint little book store, charming and well located. Derf, the owner, is friendly and helpful. The monthly poetry readings are a blast. Very community oriented.
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Flapjacks isn't anything to speak of. The food is cheap so it won't bankrupt you, but you won't write home about it either. The service is a little shoddy. I probably wouldn't go back there except that I attend a monthly group meeting there. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's not so bad that you'll get sick.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I love the Ragged Edge. Good sandwiches and good coffee. Above all, it's a nice friendly atmosphere with great monthly poetry readings a little artwork with style.
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reviewed 2 years ago
I've been attending St. Michael's Anglican Church for three years and I can attest to the commitment of the parish pastorate and laity to the traditional teachings of the Christian church. They are friendly, down to earth and heartwarming.
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