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Careers in Criminal Justice

There are numerous opportunities when choosing a career with a Criminal Justice degree, and the opportunities are endless when it comes to moving from one profession to another. The purpose of this post is to educate the readers on the number of possibilities that do exist with a degree in Criminal Justice.

When most people think of a criminal justice program, they immediately think that you are studying to be a law enforcement officer.  While that may be partially true, the law enforcement profession has quite a few areas that you can get involved with.

Below is a partial sample of the careers that would be available to you with degree:

  • Police Officer/Detective
  • ATF Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Border Patrol
  • Customs Agent
  • District Attorney
  • Military Career
  • Corrections Officer
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Social Worker

The above is just a partial list, and there are many opportunities that exist within each of these areas.

As you can see, a number of these careers existing within the Federal Government, and what better place to work then the United States of America.  Just do a little bit of research on the benefits available to you by working for the Federal Government.

The whole purpose of this post was to educate you on the number of things you can do with a Criminal Justice degree.  Take a look at the programs that exist across many different colleges and universities.  You won’t be disappointed in the career options that are available to you.

PHP Frameworks

What’s the deal with all of these PHP Frameworks, and are they really necessary. If you listen to all of the hype, you are led to believe these frameworks will save you an infinite amount of time, and create a greater degree of code reuse.

I’m really not sure I buy into all of that hype.

I recently created a rather involved PHP application, it was my first on, and one where I taught myself PHP on the fly. I found a number of holes during the development process, and thought there had to be a different way to do things.

Enter the PHP Framework. So I started taking a look at some of the bigger frameworks that were out there. I researched them on-line, read reviews, and even downloaded a few book samples to get the feel of the framework itself.

You know what I discovered. I need to teach myself PHP all over again to even get a basic understanding of this so called framework. I wasn’t sure I was seeing much value in this. Then I started to do some research to see what other sights actually used one of these so called frameworks to created their code. I never heard of any of them.

So now I’m trying to figure out if I should just develop my own framework. That’s kind of where I’m at right now. I wouldn’t have to start completely from scratch, and I know the pieces that I could stand to leverage from.

Can You Make $$$ While Blogging

Every time I turn around on social media, there’s constant posts out there on how to be a successful blogger, or here’s a simple step to make a fortune with blogging.

Truth be told, yes you can make money with your blog, but don’t plan on making enough that you can plan on that retirement home.

Income Sources For Your Blog

There are various incomes sources you can target for your blog, all of them have the opportunity to make you some cash for your blog:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Adverts
  • Selling Ad Space
  • Consulting Work

Don’t plan on making a fortune just with using Google Adsense. While this is a wonderful way to earn some income, most of the real successful bloggers out there will tell you they are making no more then $300 – $400 a month with this method. And that didn’t happen over night. You’ll need to ensure you have a very high monthly visitor count in order to get anywhere close to these figures. I’m talking in the thousands of unique visitors per month.

You’ll need to diversify your income sources, and not rely on any one item to make money with your personal blog. Sure, it can be done, but it will take some work on your part and it’s something you’ll have to work on to get it just right.

Happy blogging everyone….

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4 War Escalates

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of tired about hearing all about “bendgate”. Come on, you put something in your back pocket and sit down hard enough it’s going to bend a bit don’t you think?

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4 War Escalates As Samsung Plays Dirty.

Given that, I agree with most that the new iPhone seems to give a bit more freely then some of the others.  Seriously thought, give it a break (no pun intended) Samsung.

Buell Blast Motorcycle

The Buell Blast is an excellent motorcycle to purchase if you are just starting off riding. If you don’t know much about Buell the company or the Buell Blast, this post will give you a little background on things.


If you’re not familiar with Buell, it was created by Erik Buell of Erik Buell racing. He was an engineer at Harley Davidson and ended up starting his own motorcycle company under the Buell name. The company was eventually purchase by Harley Davidson and shuttered in 2009.

Buell is back under Erik Buell Racing. He’s currently producing a race bike, that is street legal, called the 1190 RS.  Production of this bike will be limited and the hope is other bikes will be created in the short term.

The Buell Blast

One of the motorcycles the Buell created was called the Buell Blast. It was meant to be an entry level motorcycle for new riders that was easy to maintain and service. The Blast was in production from 2000 until 2009 when production ceased.

There are quite a few sites that give an overview of the Blast, but if you are looking for a decent review of the bike, read this review on the Buell Blast.

There is quite a bit of decent information on the Blast, as well as a few other bikes over at Craigerson.com, so be sure to check that out.  If you are looking for a manual on the Blast, that’s also available on the site (and it’s free).

While not necessarily a bike you’ll want to keep for the long term, it is an excellent bike to get started with.

Hilton Head Island Vacation Spot

If you are looking for a wonderful place to stay, that’s not as far as a drive to Florida if you are coming from the north, you must check out Hilton Head Island as your next vacation spot.

Hilton Head is on the southern shores of South Carolina, and is a short drive from Savannah Georgia. You can actually fly into Savannah and have a quick 40 minute trip to Hilton Head. It’s off the beaten path from the main expressways, but once you are on the island you’ll find all the comforts of home. There are fast food restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, and you’ll even find a Target. So don’t worry if you’ve left anything at home, you’ll be sure to find it on the island.

Hilton Head is broken out into a number of “plantations” or communities. Most of these plantations are gated communities that have homes, town houses, or villas to rent. Each of these plantations have biking trails, golf courses, nature preserves, shopping, and restaurants that you can partake in. If you are into golf or tennis, you’ll find an abundant supply of courts and courses to play. Heck, the PGA Tour makes a stop at Hilton Head every year in the Sea Pines Plantation to play at the Harbour Town course.

If you are looking for a truly relaxing vacation, by all means check out Hilton Head Island. You can find information on the island by visiting the Hilton Head Island website.

How Reliable Are Credit Card Debt Settlement Companies

Credit card debt settlement companies are always trying to lure customers with attractive offers. Such offers of reducing debt payments by more than half are very tempting for people who are unable to keep up with their credit card payments and are getting buried deep into debt.

The important question is: Are these advertisements of the so-called debt settlement companies reliable? Of late, many doubts have been cast over the debt settlement industry.

Flawed Method

Let us see the usual model followed by debt settlement companies when it comes to payday loans. When you sign up for a debt settlement program, the company will ask you for a lump sum. It will use this money to negotiate with the debtor, offering the debtor this amount in return for getting the debt settled.

Unfortunately, this model of settling a debt does you more harm than good. Occasionally, the debtcompany may noa part of the amount as fees.

The negotiation tactic used by the debt settlement companies is to delay the payments on your debt. There will be no payment made to settle your debt for at least six months, after which your debt would be written off as a loss. The debt settlement company will then approach the credit card company and make an offer. At this time, the credit card company will be more than eager to settle the debt. Your money is held by the debt settlement company for a long period before being used to settle your debt.

Bad Credit

This entire process will clearly upset your credit score owing to the large number of missed payments. Moreover, the debt settlement companies are not really reducing your debt. If you are ready to take the risk of a low credit score, it is better to approach the lender directly and negotiate for settlement. You will save yourself from having to give any money to a middleman or increase of the interest rates and penalties on your debt.

Risk of Fraud

Some debt settlement companies run a scam and deceive customers. They might take their fees and then disappear. You might end up in a situation of increased debt, poor credit score and further loss. Think twice before putting your faith in any debt settlement company. It is easy to get attracted to their marketing gimmicks, so exercise caution.


Blogging Wisdom

I often get asked, what’s the best way to set up a blog? There’s really no right or wrong answer to this, but my reply is often what is it that you want to use a blog for? Depending upon the answer I get, that helps me identify what the best approach to setting up a blog is for this individual.

You see, there are many types of different blogging platforms to use (see the following list):

  1. Self-Hosted WordPress Blog
  2. WordPress.com
  3. Blogger
  4. Tumblr
  5. and more…

If you are just looking to create a personal blog, I would suggest going with a WordPress.com account or even a Blogger account. Both of these can get you up and running for literally zero cost. If you are looking to attract readers to a unique domain, I suggest going the self-hosted route, as this gives you a whole lot of control over your blog. I stay away from Tumblr, mainly because I don’t know much about this platform, but it seems to be more spammy then other platforms and I don’t like my blogs to be associated with that type of content. In my opinion, it’s also harder to rank in the search engines when using Tumblr then it is with other blogging platforms.

If you are going the WordPress route, either self-hosted or through their website, there is an excellent article on a new blogging site that helps you if you are just starting a new blog. The site is called Blogging Flail, and is aimed towards the new blogger. The article above covers the main points on finding the right domain, hosting platform, configuring WordPress, and writing your first post. It’s really a good read, and they’ve broken things out in logical sections so you can focus only on the items you are interested in.

So be sure to do your research before you make any decisions on starting with a blogging platform. Some of definitely geared towards a specific use more then others are. I do highly recommend the WordPress route, as this will give you the most options and flexibility that you’ll need for your blog going forward.

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is a program or practice focused on deterring crime. The criminal justice system is made up of the following 3 parts:

  1. Legislative (creates the laws)
  2. Courts (judges the laws)
  3. Corrections (punishes the law breakers)

There are a number of schools that offer Criminal Justice programs, and upon graduation one can work in a variety of disciplines that make up any of the above 3 parts. These programs can range from an associates degree, to a bachelors degree, or even a masters degree in some cases.

As far as career’s in criminal justice go, there is a wide range to choose from.  We’ll write another post the delves deeper into the career choices that are related to criminal justice.