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  • Susan M. Bradley - Life saver!!

    I had a tooth extracted and my dentist wanted me to wait a month to get the tooth replaced! I was embarrassed because it showed when I smiled. In desperation I orderasd this product thinking I was wasting my money and it would not work. Well to my surprise I was wrong. After reading the directions I attempted to create my first tooth. It did take me a few tries to get it the right shape and fit. Also I did have to use coffee to get a close color match. The best part about this is you can keep warming and reuse if you make a mistake so no wasting. It does everything it claims! I mean its not perfect but pretty darn close. I know its fake but no one else has noticed! Now I can work and smile until my next dentist visit! This product is a life saver and worth every penny !

  • Jeffery Sexton "book lover" - Andy Taylor to Judge Dredd - and the policies that enable and encourage it

    Balko opens up this book with the statement that it is not an anti-cop book, but rather an anti-politician/ policy book, and he largely maintains that theme throughout.

    He starts are far back as before the Norman Conquest of England, showing how law enforcement evolved under the English tradition and common law, the source of the American model. He moves into the colonial period, where he shows how the writs of assistance - and one defense lawyer's 5 hour courtroom diatribe against them - provoked the colonies to begin openly opposing the Crown. Then he moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction, showing the origins of the Posse Comitatus Act and the beginnings of the "professional" police force. Yes, unlike what many may expect, the modern police force didn't come into being until less than 150 years ago. Much of this period of the book speaks of direct militarization - using the military as cops.

    He then spends the bulk of the book in just the last 50 years or so speaking primarily of indirect militarization - having cops increasingly act, speak, and look like soldiers. The Boston Bombings happened as the book was being printed, so there is no mention of that particular scenario and the now infamous picture of the "cop" in full military gear sitting in the turret of an APC pointing a sniper rifle through a window and having his picture taken from inside the window he was pointing at.

    He begins with SWAT and Darryl Gates, then switches back and forth between SWAT and the nascent Drug War, eventually showing how the two became tied to each other. Even at this point in the book, you're barely 40% in. The raw numbers he cites at the end of each chapter begin to get more and more chilling, and the case studies he illustrates start bad and get worse.

    Through it all, he maintains what he said at the beginning: He focuses more on the policies that allow these abuses than the cops themselves, though obviously he names names when speaking of specific abuses. He also highlights men who bucked the trend, such as Norm Stamper and the police chief of DC in the early 70s who was given explicit authority by Congress to use no-knock warrants and refused to do so. He shows that in San Diego, while crime was getting worse in the rest of the country it was actually getting lower there due to their less militant approach to policing. He discusses the SLA shootout and the pop culture, including the show SWAT, and how they led to the proliferation of SWAT units.

    In the 1990s chapter, he specifically speaks of the North Hollywood Shootout and Columbine - and shows how that if the SLA raid and North Hollywood Shootout highlighted the strengths of SWAT, Columbine arguably showed them at their worst. It was another situation almost tailor made for SWAT - and SWAT said it was too dangerous for them.

    He then spends time on the Battle for Seattle and how Norm Stamper, who defended the actions at the time as Seattle's police chief, later came to call his decisions there the worst mistake of his career.

    Through it all, Balko points out time and time again the truth of the old adage "give an inch and they'll take a mile". In his last two chapters, he drives the point home repeatedly that had my grandparents at my age woken up one morning to the America I now live in, there would have been riots in the streets at how (my illustration here) Andy Mayberry had become Judge Dredd.

    His recommendations for changing things are solid, though I wish he would have mentioned the organization I have worked with for the past couple of years as well as a newer offshoot - and The closest he gets is acknowledging the rise of "cop watch" sites and social media as one useful tool in holding police accountable. Through all of his recommendations, he keeps a realistic eye on how likely they are as well as pointing out simple things that could go a long way to restoring at least some balance. While he does indeed address the police culture in at least one of the recommendations, by and large his recommendations all center around the overall theme of changing bad policy.

    IMHO, every American citizen needs to read, comprehend, and take action on this book's recommendations. Together, we can save ourselves, our families, our communities, and complete strangers we'll never meet on this earth. As cops like to say so often, if it saves a single life, it is worth it.

  • Randy A Brown - A valuable resource for Christian writers

    The Christian Writer's Market Guide has been the go-to guide for Christian writers for the past 25 years. It contains many recommended resources for getting published including editors, publicists, agents, etc. It even includes information on writing and writing teachers.

    This book is a wealth of information. It contains over 500 pages and is broken up into four sections, with each section broken up into chapters. The sections are:

    1. Book Publishers
    2. Periodical Publishers
    3. Specialty markets
    4. Helps for Writers

    The Book Publishers section is almost 200 pages and lists publishers according to topic and alphabetically according to name. One really helpful chapter is the section that shows which topics are most popular with which publishers.

    The Periodical Publishers section is over 300 pages and contains the same type of information. It also includes information on Devotionals, Missions, Music, and more.

    Specialty Markets is a smaller section with 10 pages and covers markets such as Cards, Games, Software, Gifts, Video, etc.

    The Helps for Writers is about 90 pages and includes conferences, workshops, writer's groups, contests, publishers by denomination, and more. I'm glad this section is here. It's easy to focus on whom to get published with and forget how to write worth publishing. The contests include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, screenwriting, scriptwriting, children, adult, and lots of resources.

    All of this is followed by a glossary and index.

    This book is well organized and laid out, making it easy to find anything you need quickly. The information is a must for writers desiring to be published. I recommend this book for any Christian writer, even for those that will self-publish because the Helps for Writers include lots of information on where to find help in honing your writing skills and editing.

    Tyndale provided this book free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.