A Blender Tried to Kill Me

Believe it or not, I was nearly attacked by my blender. I don’t blame you if you’re skeptical. I wouldn’t have believed me either until it just happened. In the whole wide world of dangers out there, I never expected a blender to come closest to ending me.

Car accidents? Sure. Heart attack from an unhealthy diet? Definitely. Robbery or violent crime? Unlikely, but it can happen to anyone. But death by blender, that my friends, is a step too far to believe.

But again, believe it or not, it just happened. I bought a new blender last week because my old, reliable (and docile) blender finally died. As a man who likes smoothies even if he doesn’t like the exercise that usually accompanies them, I can’t live without a blender. That’s true all the year round. I’m more likely to die from smoothie related hypothermia in the middle of winter than to go without.

So, new blender. I bought a nice expensive one with lots of smoothie settings because I like to treat myself like that. I got it out of the box already assembled. I cleaned it. I even read the instructions (I’m telling you, I take smoothies seriously).

All was in order. Then, just when I had my guard down, the blender struck. Strawberry, apple, and banana flew everywhere, splattering my nice work shirt, and that was the least of my trouble because the glass was darting at my eyes and arteries trying to cut me where it could do the most damage. The blender blades raged on, and it took some doing to overcome the chaos on the floor to get to the plug and kill the thing.

Based on my initial reconstruction of events, it looks to me like the blades on the blender are too long, and they broke the glass when tested. Whether that’s the correct assessment or not, the blender was either poorly manufactured or it has been cursed by a magician with great and dark powers.

Regardless, I’m pretty sure I’m at least entitled to another blender. I’m calling the company momentarily, ready to threaten a product liability lawsuit if I don’t get their top of the line, unpossessed, docile blender sent to me posthaste. This sort of thing just shouldn’t happen in the modern world. Blenders should be rigorously tested for malfunction and black magic. I don’t want any excuses! I want a blender that makes the best smoothies on the market or I’ll see these people in court!

That’s my intended speech, but knowing me, it’ll probably go from righteous fury to some sort of groveling and begging. After all, I’m a man who nearly lost his life to a blender, and who hasn’t had his smoothie for the day. Can you really expect me to step up and be brave in such moments?

I’ll report back when I have an answer from the bender company, but for now, a word of advice: don’t trust your appliances. They may seem to be good workers, but they are just biding their time, waiting for a revolution.

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Juvenile Cases and Tay-K

There has often been a debate about how to punish juvenile defenders for their mistakes, and even further discussion about whether or not certain acts can even be considered “mistakes” at all. Most agree that rehabilitation is the way to go when sentencing juvenile offenders since they are the most likely to go on to lead relatively normal lives. Judges are left with the decision to determine whether to try an offender as a juvenile or an adult, but sometimes that decision can be a difficult one to make, especially under unique circumstances.

Recently, there has been a strange phenomenon going on. According to a recent article in the New York Times, teen Dallas rapper Tay-K has been on the run from the law since March 2017 after breaking house arrest pending a hearing for a case involving the death of a man in a home invasion back in July 2016. What is particularly strange is that Tay-K (aka “Tay-K47) has released a two-minute song called “The Race” since he has been on the run, and it’s quickly gaining national popularity. The video already has over 26 million views on YouTube and currently, holds the number 2 spot on SoundCloud’s chart. It is even on Spotify, topping the list of 50 most viral playlists. Word about the song and Tay-K’s position have been spreading on Twitter, and the hashtag #FREETAYK has taken off. Part of the appeal of “The Race” is that Tay-K is currently living what he is rapping about: being on the run.

The moral dilemma of whether or not to listen to the music is only fueling its popularity. In addition, when or if Tay-K is apprehended, it will complicate his criminal case. Most criminal defense attorneys who specialize in juvenile cases (of which there are many in the north Texas and Dallas area, like Karen Alexander) will try to get the lowest sentence possible, but breaking house arrest will prompt the state to go for serious punishment. Although the charges are from 2016, when Tay-K was only 16 years old, if he is 17 at the time of trial, then the prosecution could also have grounds for trying him as an adult, meaning he could receive some more serious punishment. His case will now be a high profile one due to the popularity of his song, so he may have access to better lawyers. Tay-K’s future is uncertain, but the case is incredibly interesting.

As this case develops and “The Race” becomes more popular, it will be interesting to see how the court handles this “violent fugitive”. I think it is important that rehabilitation be the focus of sentencing for all members of society in order to reduce recidivism, especially for young people. The definition of “rehabilitation” is different for all courtrooms, however, and in a high profile case like this politics will definitely be involved. Whatever the charges, it is necessary that we be fair to all citizens and that a fair judgment is passed down.

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Homeowners may be able to Fight Back to Protect Their Rights and Save Their Home from Getting Foreclosed

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, between 2007 and 2014, around 4.2 million homeowners in the U.S. lost their homes due to foreclosure. Foreclosure is a legal process wherein a creditor or mortgage lender puts up for sale a loan collateral (a house) in order to recover from a borrower all unpaid mortgages. Foreclosure usually starts after a borrower becomes delinquent in mortgage payment for three successive months.

There are two major types of foreclosure: judicial and non-judicial. In judicial foreclosure, the mortgagee or creditor (usually a bank) will need to file a case in court to start a foreclosure procedure on a delinquent borrower’s property. It takes several months for this procedure to be completed, though, giving the homeowner the chance to raise a legal defense that may save his/her property. There have been a number of foreclosure defenses resorted to in the past that have helped homeowners save their property, including:

  • a. Servicemember on active duty.
    • If your creditor filed a case in court to start foreclosure on your property, you are allowed to write the court to request for a postponement of the foreclosure proceeding. Protection against mortgage foreclosure is just one of the many types of protection provided by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), formerly called the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), for members of the military entering active duty.
  • b. Unconscionable (unacceptable) mortgage term.
    • This happens when a creditor/lender takes advantage of, misguides and deceives a borrower by designing a mortgage loan contract that is actually intended to make mortgage payment impossible, giving it the opportunity to seize and foreclose upon your property.
  • c. State procedures were not observed by foreclosing party:
    • In a foreclosure procedure there are steps that the foreclosing party needs to observe, such as serving the loaner a notice of default and giving the borrower 30 days to make a payment after the notice of default has been issued. Failure to observe any of the steps required in the foreclosure procedure gives the loaned the legal right to defending against such foreclosure.
  • d. Foreclosing party cannot prove ownership of mortgage:
    • There are times when the foreclosing party is not able to present ownership of mortgage. This is a common case wherein a mortgage contract has been purchased by different companies, so that ownership of the contract has passed from one owner to another.
  • e. Mistakes committed by the Mortgage Servicer:
    • There have been times when a case (that will start foreclosure proceedings) was filed in court by a lender, only to find out that the bases for the foreclosure were actually mistakes committed by the mortgage servicer. These mistakes include:
      • The error of crediting mortgage payment under another loaner’s name;
      • Imposing very high fees or collecting fees not approved by you or by the creditor; and,
      • Declaring a mortgage amount that is much higher than what you really are supposed to pay.

In its website, the law firm Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., says, “For most people, the home they live in is the most important possession they will ever own. That’s why a foreclosure on their home can be one of the most challenging experiences to go through. Not only can a foreclosure cause lasting damage to an individual’s financial standing, but it can also deprive them and their families of the place they have called home for years. Sadly, there are far too many situations in which lenders wrongfully foreclose on a home.

Wrongful foreclosure can be an extremely difficult thing to go through; however, homeowners should know that with the help of qualified legal counsel, they may be able to fight back to protect their rights and do everything they can to keep their home.”

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Slip and Fall Accidents Can Happen Anywhere

Slipping, tripping, and falling are accidents that can cause serious injuries, particularly in the head, neck, back, hip, and arm areas. Even though these types of accidents are devastating, property owners and managers still become negligent and let their premises have conditions that can trigger such accidents.

They have the responsibility to make their premises safe to avoid accidents and injuries. Any mistakes resulting into someone getting hurt may be grounds for premises liability claims. The victims may receive compensation for the damages.

How Slip and Fall Accidents Occur
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. Outdoors, they may happen on parking lots and sidewalks. Indoors, they may happen on hallways, escalators, and stairs. They may also happen on private and public properties, such as residences, offices, and construction sites.
These accidents happen because of catalysts. For outdoors, the following factors may be considered:

  • Ice and snow buildup on roof
  • Poor lighting
  • Trash and debris
  • Uneven surfaces like potholes and cracks
  • Water, ice, snow on pavement

For indoors, the following factors may cause slip and fall accidents:

  • Defective escalators, elevators, and stairs
  • Loose cables and other obstructions
  • Slippery substances like spilled drinks and floor wax
    Worn carpets

How Slip and Fall Accident Claims Work
Slip and fall accident claims can be very tricky, so it is best to consult legal professionals on the matter. Typically, claims can only be viable when they pass certain conditions, such as the following:

  • Property owner has created the dangerous condition
  • Property owner has known that the dangerous condition exists and has failed to act accordingly
  • Condition has existed long enough for the property owner to have discovered and corrected it

Damages from Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are some of the most tragic things that can happen to a person, especially if the accident has been caused by the negligence and recklessness of property owners or managers. Below are just some of the damages the victim may sustain.

  • Injury
  • Lost wages
  • Medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Long-term disability

According to a disability benefits attorney, individuals who are disabled will likely need help to be approved for the benefits they need.

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Facing Cocaine Possession Charges

Cocaine is a Schedule I drug due to its addictive and harmful nature. The accusation of cocaine possession can result in expensive fines, and alter aspects of daily life such as employment.

Cocaine Penalties

According to the website of Horst Law, penalties for Schedule I drugs are among the most expensive and are associated with longer sentences than other drugs. Penalties for the various amounts of cocaine possession can range from 180 days in jail to life in prison, depending on the amount of the substance authorities find. Monetary penalties can vary, with a maximum fine of $100,000 in some places. Punishments increase depending on the amount because law enforcement can argue that after a certain threshold, there is more drugs than one person can reasonably consume, so they assume you must be trying to distribute them. Those charges have harsher consequences and can be tacked on in addition to possession ones.

If accused of cocaine possession, you have a difficult road ahead of you. You are probably facing a trial and possible jail time. This can be scary, but remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, so there is still a chance that you can go free and not have to face any of the incredibly harsh penalties that come with drug possession charges.

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