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Credit Card Fraud - TWX*IIA AIM CALL OUT
2/28/2008 4:09:00 PM

For the first time in my life, I've had to cancel a credit card.  I've always been quite careful with my privacy, and I've never had a problem in the past.  Today I noticed a transaction on my credit card from "TWX*IIA AIM CALL OUT". I didn't recognize it.  I decided to call my credit card provider (Chase) to see if they had any additional information.  The team at Chase was quite helpful.  They told me that TWX is affiliated with AOL.  Apparently they deal in magazines and internet phone services.  As far as I'm concerned, it's all a scam.

Strangely enough, the team from Chase also told me that I had pending charges from iTunes.  That's interesting, as I don't use iTunes.  One charge could be a coincidence, two is fraud.

The gracious folks at Chase cancelled my card, and a new one is on the way.  I'm just posting this in the hopes that Google will index it, and it might be of help to someone else. 

Happy Birthday Faraday
2/27/2008 7:11:00 AM

Our little girl has just turned two years old.  She's such a nice little wiener-dog.  Here's her birthday photo (she was sitting in Jessawick's knitting basket):

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If anyone is interested, we adoped Faraday from HamDachs.  They're a family that raises mini dachshunds out in Illinois. They really did a good job with Faraday.  You can really tell when a dog has been handled and treated well as a puppy.  When she came to us, she was very friendly and not afraid of anything.  For the record, she's still not afraid of anything.  She's a big important little wiener dog, and she knows it.

Delaware Conceal and Carry Laws
2/16/2008 5:42:00 PM

I'm in the middle applying for my Delaware Conceal and Carry License (concealed firearms license).  Since laws regarding concealed weapons can vary wildly between states, I wanted to do my homework before actually starting to carry.

I got a lot of conflicting information from many sources.  A particular point of concern was the "School Zone" question.  I had been told by several people (including my CCW instructor) that you were forbidden to carry a concealed weapon within 1000 feet of a school or college.  Needless to say, this concerned me quite a bit.  I live within 1000 feet of a school. I also work within 1000 feet of a school.  This "law" could put a severe cramp in my right to carry.

I started researching.  I am not a lawyer.  This does not constitute legal advice.

Here's what I've found:

  • There's a federal law, called the Gun Free School Zone Act of 1990.  It has important exceptions built into it.  It does not apply to private property within the "radius".  Additionally, it provides a special exception for anyone with a "state issued permit".  This means that Delaware CCW holders are except.  This becomes important later.
  • There is a Delaware law, Possession of a weapon in a Safe School and Recreation Zone.  This law doesn't really introduce any new restrictions.  It just "amps up" the severity of the punishment, should you be convicted of another crime while on school grounds.  For example, the regular charge of Carrying a concealed deadly weapon "upgrades" from a class G felony to a class E felony.

My analysis:

If you have a Delaware (or Delaware-recognized) CCW permit, you can carry within the 1000 foot perimeter.  In fact, if you happen to be a college student (that happens to be of age to acquire a CCW) you could even legally carry on campus.  Furthermore, from my reading of the law, a teacher could legally carry while at work.

However:

Just because these are established as legal, that doesn't mean that it's permissible by the entity in question.  For example, the University of Delaware has a policy against weapons.  Legally speaking, they can expel / fire you.  That's their call.  It's their house and their rules.  However, that's a private matter.  It's not a crime.

The same is true of the teacher's example.  The hypothetical teacher could be fired for breaking policy, but not arrested.

Remember, this is a strict legal interpretation.  There are lots of "dumb" situations that you could cause, if you aren't careful.  Even with a CCW permit, you can't brandish your weapon.  Intimidation is still legally menacing.  Keep it legal; keep it concealed.

Final thoughts:

This isn't just my interpretation.  I've had two other individuals review my research.  Both of them agreed with my interpretation.  Both also commented on "keeping it out of sight", in order to avoid a menacing charge.

Both have requested that I not publish their names, as they don't want any liability pointed in their direction.  That's probably wise on their part.  Regardless, if either of you two are reading this: thanks for your help.

For that matter, I don't want any liability in my direction either.  This isn't legal advice, just my opinion on the law as it is written. 

If you would like more information about conceal and carry laws (in relation to colleges / universities), I recommend you check out Concealed Campus.  Concealed Campus is anon-profit "student's right to carry" advocacy group.

I hope this helps.

Happy Valentine's Day
2/14/2008 6:09:00 PM

Normally, I'm not one to endorse Hallmark-promoted holidays.  However, my dear Jessawick sent me a greeting card that warranted sharing.  It's the first Chamelo-gram that I've ever received:

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Happy Valentines Day, everyone.