Inspection- Living on the Edge

by Ken Carman

 Life, if we’re honest, is all about living on the edge, spreading your wings and taking flight…
 Life worth living is defined by risk.
  Because there was a local emergency here: near Beaver River, a local owner asked me if I could take a vehicle down to the barge and tell them they would have to wait. It’s about 7 miles of sometimes rough dirt road. I have been driving since I was 13: on private roads, and used to drive all over the southeast delivering Porsches, Audis and Mazdas, an occasional Mercedes, Volvo. Mid that fun job I also drove a high profile truck with a street sweeper engine in the back bed down an ice coated, curve filled, road from Ashville, North Carolina to Charlotte, with my wife Millie in panic mode. I couldn’t blame her: I was scared too. My tour bus, an elderly motorhome really, used to have all bias tires. As the mechanic asked me once, “How the hell do you drive that thing? You can’t predict where it will go!”
  “You learn.”
  “You learn.”
  Back to my trip to the barge for a moment, then I will get to my point… Read more

Three Cops Tackle a 100 lb High School Girl for Using Cell Phone

Ixel Perez, a 4’10″, 100 pound, 10th grade student at Sam Houston High in Texas, was brutally detained by three officers in her high school for refusing to turn over her cell phone.


Perez’ mother, Gladys Santos, has kidney problems and receives dialysis treatment, reports Click2Houston.  Perez’ father had sent a text to the 10th grader, worried when he couldn’t locate her mother.

“I didn’t want to let go of my phone so they like, pinned me down to the floor. One of them was behind me, like on my legs and trying to put the handcuffs on. It hurt a lot. And the other cop has his knee on my head, all his weight on me, and I was screaming because it hurt so much. I was crying because I thought I was going to get in trouble with my mom.”

Perez is currently suspended until Friday and her mother is looking to move her to another school.

Many critics of having police in schools point to the fact that there has been a surge of children arrested and charged with misdemeanours for things such as truancy, chewing gum, or talking back to teachers, which they believe would be better handled by the school and its principal, rather than the boys in blue.

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Who in the World Will the GOP Nominate for 2016?

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The Republican National Committee is desperate to avoid the kind of chaos that marked the 2012 nominating process in 2016. The last election featured 20 debates, saw nine lead changes in the polls at various points and gave Democrats a ton of fodder for attacks.

So they’re shortening the calendar, limiting the number of debates and trying to pick moderators who will ask the right kinds of questions of their candidates.

But 2016 may prove to be a wilder ride yet. While it’s still early, the GOP’s big problem heading into 2016 is that all of the potential nominees who might appeal to the broader electorate are either under indictment, engulfed in controversy or beginning at a point of relative obscurity.

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