What if the Spank and Bank Bill Passes in Texas?

Bank your sperm or be a criminal. Will HB 4260, the so-called Spank and Bank Bill Pass in Texas?

Op-Ed by C J Oakes As if the world were not becoming much too Big Brotherish, a Houston, Texas lawmaker Jessica Farrar has introduced House Bill 4260. This strange spank and bank bill will make it illegal for men to Read More …

The One Ring Scam is Back, Beware These Area Codes

Image of white phone icon against blue background with words in red, The One Ring Scheme is Back...Protect Yourself. Caption reads, The One Ring Fraud Scheme consists of con artists using offshore telephone area codes to initiate calls to unsuspecting people then hanging up. Some will call the number back out of curiousity and find they are charged a steep connection fee. Do not fall prey to this scam, which has been modified; scammers now leave messages to the effect that there is an emergency, there is an important message, or you have won some sweepstakes prize.

Bookmark and share this page because it contains information vital to protecting you and those you care about. The “One Ring Scam” has been around since before smart phones, before cell phones. Back in the days when 900 numbers began Read More …

Are Executive Orders Legal? Constitutional? Criminal?

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Every President issues executive orders and with each there are those who decry the use as criminal, illegal. Keeping to his campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump has been firing off executive orders like a 30s gangster with a Tommy Read More …

The Night Chicago Died…Play…Repeat.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes In the song, The Night Chicago died by Paper Lace, the story is told of a major clash between police and gangsters in the 1930s. The song is complete fiction including elements like “the east Read More …

Will Filing Bankruptcy Make Me a Criminal?

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Some people fear bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a life-changing event. In times past, those facing financial troubles were villified. Even today, some wonder if such a move could label them “criminal.” Is this the case? By Craig Welch Will Filing Bankruptcy Read More …

How Can You Spot an Email Scam (Fraud or Phishing)?

By C J Oakes Various organized crime groups around the world are getting rather crafty in their attempts to get information such as bank accounts, social security numbers, and the like. One such fraudulent scheme currently circulating is supposedly sent Read More …

Lawful to Shoot Intruder? Mom Asks 911…

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By C J Oakes CBS News Oklahoma City reported on a by a mother who called 911 to ask if she was justified legally in shooting an intruder who entered her home? Was she? 911-What is Your Emergency? 911 operators Read More …

How to Take a Life & Get Away With It?

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Op-Ed by C J Oakes The perfect crime. It has been the subject of countless books, plays, and movies since books, plays, and movies were created. Committing the so-called perfect crime has been the dream of criminals; solving the perfect Read More …

Caveat Emptor Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Kohls Prices?

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Op-Ed by C J Oakes Caveat emptor is a concept which has long guided wise consumers. It is Latin for, “Let the Buyer Beware” and has its history in contract law. Starting in the 1950s, used car lots became associated Read More …

Why Did Bakersfield Police Kill Elderly Man of Faith?

Op-Ed by C J Oakes   To hear some in the media tell it, California would love to kill faith in America. Now, it seems that at least one police officer in Bakersfield misread the memo. On December 13, 2016, Read More …