Justice Prevailed Today

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Scales of justice (free clip art)

Unfortunately we have had difficulties with one of our neighbors since almost the day we moved into our house. Difficulties that eventually forced us to put up “No trespassing” signs up around the yard, hire lawyers, and send out letters advising the neighbor that he is not welcome on our property, and to stay off of our property.

The neighbor I am writing about is a scary and dangerous man who has threatened to kill everyone in our family. He has threatened to kill us himself, and he has threatened to take out “hits” on us. He has bragged that his concealed weapon permit gives him permission to kill us if he wants to kill us.

We have gone to the police for help on more than one occasion for these threats, and the magistrate refused to do anything about it each time. The neighbor continues to violate the no trespassing orders, and we have filed trespassing complaints and gone to criminal court twice now over those violations. The first time the judge dismissed the case. This time, even though the neighbor claimed that he has never stepped on our property since we purchased it (He has been on our property a lot and caused much aggravation from his presence on our property, which is why we served him with papers to stay off the property) however, the judge found in our favor, and found the neighbor guilty of trespassing.

The neighbor was fined $400. The judge suspended $200 of it. The neighbor was sentenced to 60 days in jail, all suspended. The judge told both of us to have no contact of any kind with each other, and instructed the neighbor to stay off of our property. He warned the neighbor that if he violates the order to stay off of the property within the next two years, that he will have to pay the rest of the fine, and serve all of the jail time.

Upon arriving home, I called the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office and left a message for the officer that has been helping me with the troubles with our neighbor to please return my call. Within a few minutes, he called me and I filled him in on the verdict. He was very glad to hear that justice prevailed today, and he agreed to increase the neighborhood patrol to help keep us safer from retribution by the neighbor.

Although I am very glad that the judge found our neighbor guilty of trespassing, I have concerns that the animosity and bad feelings will now escalate into something even more ominous, with sinister results.

We already have a security system installed, and we are going to have a better one installed really soon. My hubby is a crack shot with his guns, and has a concealed weapons permit. I’ve resisted going to the gun range to learn to shoot, but maybe now is the time to give in and do it, for my protection. I have concerns that the kick-back (recoil) will hurt my hands and/or shoulder. My hubby insists that he has at least two or three guns I could learn to shoot that won’t hurt me with their recoil.

We have two very vocal, protective dogs to sound the alarm and help protect us. I don’t know, maybe we’ll buy a trained guard dog that will attack on command as well. We will have to wait and see.

If anything bad happens to us, and we all end up dead, please tell the police to look very hard at the neighbor that we are having problems with. Thank you all!

Spinning and scraping is not unique content

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Installment 3 in an opinion series by Linda Bradshaw about blogging and SEO

Perhaps at one point in time you used spinning and/or scraping to create content on your blog. And perhaps these “Black Hat” methods were providing you with much needed income. Spinning/scraping articles, however, might end up giving you duplicate content.

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Many advertising companies and their clients now have access to software that will check for duplicate content (trust me, I’ve seen it in action and if I were them I would use it!) There is even a free plagiarism checker online that anyone can use. So if your clients decide that what you are providing is duplicate content they may refuse to pay you, and may even ban you from working for them in the future. Who needs that kind of aggravation? I sure don’t!

From what I understand, Google checks for duplicate content and penalizes the websites that uses duplicate content. At least that is what I understand from reading the Google Webmaster Guidelines page about duplicate content. In addition, duplicate content can be construed as plagiarism and you could be sued if the original author finds out about it and decides to sue you. Now you may feel safe from being sued, but for me, well, I don’t want to take the chance. Lawyers are expensive around here. So I work very hard at posting unique content in my blog posts.

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