International travel means completing a customs declaration form and other hassles when you arrive at an airport checkpoint for a customs inspection. You will typically be asked questions about your recent trip and have your bags inspected. If you want to lessen the hassle of airport customs, then you need to plan ahead prior to your trip.
This is a list of the items that you plan to take on your trip. You need to include all items that you bring from home or have purchased at the airport. The purpose of the packing list is to help organize items in your suitcase. Make sure to keep the list with you when completing the customs declaration form.
Review the Rules
Rules for bringing items back from an international trip will vary from county to country. Review rules online prior to your trip to learn which items you are not allowed to bring back. Many countries have a list of items and customs information that is available online.
Valuable items, such as a tablet, smartphone, laptop, camera, and watch can be registered with customs prior to an international trip. Registering items will provide customs with (Read More....)
Authored By Jimmie Parr
I used to work with a person who told me about one evening which he'd spent at a party. One of his buddies and he were pouring down drink after drink. As inhibitions and reasoning were stifled, something was said, heated words were exchanged, with both of them calling each other “everything in the book,” and the two “got into it.” My friend told me that he came to by a pool, and saw the scratches and bruises on himself. He asked someone what had happened. Others at the party told him, “You two really went at it. We were about to stop you, but you both passed out. You don't remember?” No, he didn't remember any scuffle. But at about that time, his buddy woke up. They brushed each other off, and went off together to get some more to drink.
In our “modern” approach to “law” enforcement, these two people who tussled at (Read More....)
“No one expects the American Inquisition” (apologies to Monty Python). The Spanish Inquisition was said to be the worst time in the history of humanity, culminating in the Dark Ages, a time when man's forward evolution was stifled by fear. When all is said and done, it may be viewed as a “cakewalk” compared to today. There are striking similarities between that era of ignorance, pain and bloodshed and cause for hiding one's true beliefs, and now.
During the Spanish Inquisition, anyone who did not accept the authority of Pope Gregory IX was labeled a “heretic” and tortured until they renounced their own beliefs, or died. This was legitimized under a Papal Bull given to Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. Today, the NDAA gives the same authority to various agencies of the United States government, against those who believe that they still live in a free country.
During the (Read More....)
Authored By Dave Webb
Legislating by Executive Orders should be illegal.
I think it is not constitutional to have a President legislate by Executive Order.
Otherwise, why give the power to the Congress to create laws?
I can see why a President should have emergency powers when our nation is in jeopardy.
There are times that try all of us. Such as the invasion of Pearl Harbor at the beginning of World War II.
There are times when instant action is needed to preserve our nation. This is not the case.
Executive orders given in place of law is not one of them. That is dictatorship and should not be allowed.
President Bush put out a number of these “executive orders” in place of duly elected representatives legislating law. One such law legislated the benefits given to Vets. That one still stings because it is still in place long after President Bush has left office. It is communistic in its nature. It determines benefits by how successful you were not in life. If you have earned a decent living and decent pensions you no longer have that VA (Read More....)
Depending on one’s ideological preferences, there are many ways to interpret the United States Constitution. Originally adopted on September 17, 1787, the Constitution is specific enough to outline the governance of a country while remaining vague enough to encourage different forms of interpretation. What the Constitution means – its scope, its limits, and what is implied – can vary depending on how it is interpreted. Some forms of Constitutional interpretation include:
1. Originalism, also known as Original Intent – This form of interpretation places heavy emphasis on the intent and purpose of the Founding Fathers. Some political scientists consider this the “best” form of interpretation, as it adheres to the original principles for which the document was first drafted. The largest problem with original intent is simply unintended circumstances. For example, no one can guess what the Founding Fathers’ opinions were on private electronic surveillance.
2. Modernism – This is in direct opposition to Original Intent. Modernists, instead of looking at the opinions (Read More....)
We live in a nation that is exceptionally well connected to the mainstream. This can be extremely beneficial to us, as our connection to a network of technologies worldwide benefits our business sectors, our economy, American medicine, our military intelligence and many other factors. However, this connectivity also puts us at risk. The amount of information that could potentially be leaked about our military, its technologies and our intents overseas is frightening. Information like this is safest in our own hands, but that does not mean it will be kept there. Without proper security measures, undesirable individuals can get involved with our military and government programs and have access to information that can lead to detrimentally weak spots in our nation's security, putting us in danger and allowing our plans and intents to be exploited.
Homeland Security, the government program in place to analyze terrorist threats and prevent terrorist attacks on the United States, has established a relevant and well-known presence in the States as a productive counter-terrorist agent. However, Homeland Security is not foolproof. Since September (Read More....)
Union Jurisdiction and the “Act of God” Clause . . .-Authored By Dave Webb
There are reports of Non-Union Electrical Workers from Southern States being turned away by Union Electrical Workers that are dealing with FEMA. Apparently this is happening on a heavily Union State of New Jersey and at Long Island in particular.
Let me state clearly: I am a Union Member and I am for Unions. I have seen first hand what happens in a business that has done away with Unions and it is not pretty. Businesses are carnivores by nature. They eat people alive. They do all sorts of things that do away with older employees' jobs. They do a lot that needs to be corrected at the workplace. Clearly people need protection against (Read More....)