Every Two Minutes: Part I

Every Two Minutes: Part I

Every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

Every two minutes.

This is the true story of one such case that happened 25 years ago this week. It is about Carmen, her rape and attempted murder, and how something so disturbing helped her become an advocate for other victims of sexual assault. Continue reading

Tricky Dick Reconsidered

Tricky Dick Reconsidered

Say the name, Richard Milhous Nixon and the words that come to mind are probably these:

Tricky Dick

“I’m not a crook.”

Watergate.

That’s how it’s been for me, and though the Watergate scandal was so named, after the classy hotel where it all began, the “-gate” part of the name has come to signify just about any scandal–Benghazigate, Nipplegate, Bridgegate and so on. Back in the 1990s, there was even a “Monicagate,” and I’m pretty sure you know what that was about. Continue reading

Credit Report Companies: Just Another Scam

Credit Report Companies: Just Another Scam

Want to know what the biggest con-game is? Not the Nigerian prince. We’re all on to him.

No, it’s the credit report agencies.

A couple of weeks ago I was in need of a credit report. As one of the gazillions who used a credit card in a Target store during Nov 27 and Dec 15, Target sent me an email warning me about identity theft, and suggested I contact one of the credit report companies to check on my credit.

After spending two hours on hold in order to replace my credit card, I proceeded to visit the Experian website. Which is how I fell into their snare and into the biggest scam of all. Continue reading

Hannah, Bella and This and That

Hannah, Bella and This and That

Seems to me Hannah Anderson may be guilty of something. But more on that later. Here’s what’s been on my mind this week: A five-year old kindergartner, Bella Noble, was accidentally run over by her mother’s van. When the mother … Continue reading