Children’s Books

Little girl reading (free clip art)

Little girl reading (free clip art)

If you have children in the home that are old enough to color and read, you might want to take advantage of this great site that sends an email every week with free samples of their books’ pages. The site is Dover Publications and they are a fantastic resource for parents and teachers. Dover publishes a variety of coloring books, paper dolls, clip art, and children’s theme-based activity kits. I love getting an email every week with a dozen new free samples to download or print for the children to have on a rainy day. If this is something that interests you, go their website and click on the tab that says “Free Samples” and you can sign up online.

You can’t get there from here

directions (free clip art)

directions (free clip art)

Guest post by Linda Bradshaw

When I lived in Maine, I had the good fortune to meet a popular Maine humorist, Tim Sample, before he became widely known as a Maine humorist. I met him in the capacity of graphic artist. He designed a business logo for me for a fledgling business that I was trying to get into. I found him to be a very nice man, and when he told me that he was trying to break into the world of stand-up comedy, I helped to arrange for him to get a gig performing a fund-raiser for a local rescue squad. He also was the artist for a Maine humor calendar (which I’m pretty sure isn’t produced anymore) where each page had an illustration of “old-timer Mainers” talking with each other. One of my favorite jokes (both as a stand-up comedian and on his calendars) was when someone from out-of-state stopped ask directions. The answer from the old-timer Mainer was always “You can’t get there from here.”

Having lived in Maine for a long time, I know that answer is fairly accurate. There were many places that were so remote that it would take several hours to zig-zag back and forth on the country roads to travel what was essentially a ten-mile trip “as the crow flies.”

Five Important Factors of U.S. Border Security

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US Border Patrol (free clip art)

Most of us think of the goal of border agents as keeping illegal immigrants out of the country. The picture that immediately comes to mind for most people is the border with Mexico in Texas or California, or one of the border entries to Canada.

But, while ensuring that those who enter American borders have proper papers is part of the activities that take place as visitors enter the country, the primary mission of US Border Security is to ensure that terrorists and terrorist weapons do not enter the country.

There are five primary tools that US Border Security uses to protect our borders.

  1. Office of Air and Marine – The Office of Air and Marine is the world’s largest maritime and aviation law enforcement agency. They use air and marine forces to detect and prevent terrorism, unlawful movement of people and contraband from entering the US through the air or across the water. They employ 1200 federal agents, operate 290 aircraft and over 250 marine vessels.
  2. Border Patrol – Border Patrol is the uniformed law enforcement division under Homeland Security. They are responsible, primarily, for preventing illegal immigration.
  3. Port Security – Port Security officers are located at US ports of entry on the water. They are responsible for inspection of immigrants seeking entry into the US, agricultural products coming into the US and cargo examinations.
  4. Tactical Infrastructure – This part of US Border Security creates and maintains physical border structures, like fences, as well as roads, lighting and other requirements for securing our borders.
  5. Technology Innovation and Acquisition – Though physical human presence at every border is critical to keeping borders safe and preventing illegal immigration, the use of technology has become increasingly beneficial. This office supports documentation and operations for all of US Border Security, as well as researching, developing and deploying emerging technologies for the continued advancement of the capabilities of border security.

 

Keeping the US borders secure is a tremendous task. The country has about 7000 miles of land border with Canada and Mexico. The border between the US and Mexico is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with about 350,000,000 crossings per year. In addition, millions cross the US border with Canada each year. Entry to the country via water offers a different kind of challenge.

With the exception of the US border with Mexico, borders in the United States are very secure. The US Mexico border continues to be a hot bed of illegal immigration and drug smuggling, though it is one of the most heavily patrolled and guarded borders in the world. It is estimated that 10,000 illegal aliens cross the US-Mexico border every day. Only about 1/3 of these are caught. This represents three million illegal immigrants into the US at the Mexican border every year.

Since September 11, 2001, great strides have been made to make US borders more secure, in order to protect Americans from terrorism. These measures have, in large part, been successful in preventing terrorism.

Guest post by Phyllis T. Zerkle. Phyllis T. Zerkle has an expansive interest on the topic of homeland security and enjoys posting blogs on how students can find job sites and other career resources that are helpful after completing an online homeland security degree.

Everyone Needs A Variety of Insurance Policies

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insurance (free clip art)

Ever since I was a teenager, I became aware of exactly how important it is to get insurance. I don’t mean only life insurance, or car insurance, but a variety of policies, such as health, renters, homeowners, and even sometimes special event insurance!

In this very expensive (medically speaking) and litigious world, consulting an insurance agency like don allred insurance is a very good idea. They can ask you a lot of questions that you may have never thought about, and make sure that you have the correct coverage for your life.

Time Zones

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time zones (free clip art)

When I lived on the East Coast, time seemed normal. The late night news came on TV at 11:00 pm, which was about the time I was tired, done with all my nightly duties, and ready to retire for the night.

Then I had to move to a state that is in the central time zone. Now everything seems too early to be normal. The late night news comes on at 10:00 – and I’m not ready for bed that early.