Day 27 - Giving Thanks

Accountable Law Enforcement (The Albuquerque Effect)

Albuquerque is making headlines again.  NOt for the balloon fiesta, red and green chile or it's wonderful weather, but for yet another killing involving local law enforcement.  Since 2012, New Mexico's law enforcement has been under federal investigation for the seeingly senseless killings of several individuals and the blatent misuse of force and weapons.  Most recently, the killing of an unarmed man who had been trespassing and camping in the foothills of the Sandia mountains....more

Real Life Law & Order: 400,000 Unprocessed Rape Kits in the US

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of rape kits are still sitting on shelves unprocessed, years after the crimes are reported. In 2009, 11,304 of these kits -- with some dating back to the 80s -- were found sitting in a Detroit police storage facility. ...more
That's ridiculous!more

On Christopher Dorner, and Straddling The Thin Blue Line

I read every sentence of Christopher Dorner's manifesto. Beginning to end. I read it, and I sat with it, and my stomach turned with anxiety for all of the men and women who had to fear him. I read it, and I said to myself....."Yep. Pretty much sums it up."...more
@HouseTalkNThanks for such kind feedback!more

Life of a LEO Wife

I have been thinking about writing this post for quite a while now but I never felt like I would be able to fully express everything I feel, know, etc. on the subject. Instead of putting it off, I will just go ahead and try to share what's on my heart....more

Do Social Sites Do Enough to Help People Threatened with Rape and Death?

Web sites are not legally responsible for the safety of their users, this is true. But should dating sites and social networks be doing more to ensure their users know their rights and what to do in the event of abuse? They have terms of service that cover them legally, but how many of them spell out their policies as it regards to working with law enforcement to solve cases of serious cyber-abuse and threats? ...more
I was cyber-bullied late last year by people on a kink meme where I tried to write fan fic. ...more

Pill Mills: The New Drug Dealers on the Block

Several documentaries and news stories have come to light recently about the explosion of "pain management centers that supply patients with pain relief medications"....more

Autism Awareness? “House Rules” Provides Insights and Provokes a Mother's Fears

A friend asked whether “House Rules” by Jody Picoult reflects my family’s experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Picoult not only illuminated some of my life, she also roused a latent fear about what would happen if my adult son encountered the criminal justice system....more

The Most Popular Cadet

This is the 18th installment in the Bad Luck Cadet series. It’s best to start with Accidents Happen to enjoy my adventures at the police academy after turning 40. It’s all about the fun, laughter and pain. Well maybe pain, pain and pain! Graduation day was only five weeks away. I wish I could say the academy was easier at this point, but it was only getting harder. Sgt. Dickens never thought I would make it this far and now, concerned that I just might make it all the way through to the end, he was out to get me. Police Chief Varnett and Sgt....more

Jumping Hurdles

The week seemed to drag by. My husband could do nothing right and my kids were driving me nuts, my son most of all. He actually told me I was an embarrassment to our family. I knew if I slapped him he would call the police just to ruin my nearly perfect background. I looked up Cooper Standards on the internet. It’s divided by male and female, it factors in age and has a superior, excellent, good, fair, poor and very poor standard....more