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Top 25 TV Star Cops of All Time

Law enforcement officers have a tough job. They work on our behalf, keeping our cities safe. We should be grateful to the heroic men and women of law enforcement — men and women who sometimes sacrifice their health and even their lives to keep us safe.

Sometimes, we learn a bit about law enforcement from TV. While TV shows can never be totally accurate, and while the shows sometimes glamorize the often gritty (and occasionally mundane) world of law enforcement, they are still interesting and can provide us with some measure of insight. If you are interested in watching some great cop shows, you can follow some of the top TV cops. Here are 25 of the greatest TV cops, past and present:

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Will the Illegal Immigrant Issue Bite the Republicans in Oklahoma?

There are many issues that currently plague the state of Oklahoma, but the one’s that raising the most dust is the recent bill that was passed to allow state law enforcement officers to enquire about the immigration status of residents if they have undergone a federal training program. The state is divided over the issue, and the contention is not between the Democrats and the Republicans, but between two sects of the GOP.

After being voted back to power by a considerable margin and capturing the governorship of the state, apparently after promising voters a hard approach to the issue of illegal immigrants, some Republicans feel that the new bill is considerably soft on businesses that hire undocumented workers – the penalty imposed is not severe enough. However, others are of the opinion that coming down hard on businesses that hire illegal immigrants could end up spelling disaster for an economy that is already battered and bruised.

What about the locals who are citizens and those who hold valid immigration documents then? Don’t they suffer job losses if illegal immigrants are allowed to take over their jobs? Yes, that could be so, but when there are people who are willing to work for significantly lower salaries and with fewer expectations of any kind of employee benefits, it’s only natural that businesses prefer to hire undocumented workers who don’t kick up a fuss because they’re scared of being deported.

So a bill that could possibly see the harassment of the large population of Hispanics who inhabit Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the two largest cities in the state, is being criticized only as being lenient on businesses that hire illegal immigrants on the excuse that hurting local organizations would end up being bad for the economy at large. This seems to be a case of selective pampering – even as the state wants the illegal immigrants out, it does not want to hit them where it hurts the most, at their jobs which is the only reason they stay on in Oklahoma. And by allowing businesses a fair amount of leeway in hiring undocumented workers, the bill hurts the interests of the locals who are unable to secure employment because they demand better wages and working conditions.

So in effect, the bill could end up doing nothing at all – if businesses protect their illegal workers, then how does it help to get them out of the state? And if the state does not succeed in reducing the number of illegal immigrants, then what is the purpose of the bill? Oklahoma may as well have just left it to the federal government to worry about immigration hassles and focus on boosting their local economy using alternative means.

Factors to Consider When Designing E-Commerce Sites

Some websites require much more care and effort in terms of design and development than others, not because they’re more important, but because they involve more interaction with customers and therefore cannot be riddled with errors and pages that refuse to work as they should. E-commerce sites fall into this category – since they offer products and services that customers can buy online, they’re supped to be endowed with certain features, some of which are explicit, and others which implicitly work in the background and facilitate a smooth shopping experience. In general, the factors that designers must consider when creating E-commerce sites include:

  • Simplicity: The simpler your site is, the better results you’re bound to achieve; this is because customers who shop online are not looking to be wowed by visual and auditory sensations. Rather, they’re there for a reason – to buy something or check out the price and availability of an item. So your main focus must be on providing them with a site that is easily navigable and which allows them to move from one page to another seamlessly and effortlessly. Use fonts and colors that are easy on the eye, with the main focus on the items that are displayed and their description and price. In general, steer clear of anything that consumes bandwidth and increases page load times – animations, videos and Flash are good, but they don’t find place on E-commerce sites unless absolutely necessary.
  • Flexibility: E-commerce sites must be user-friendly and allow customers to browse through their wares before they decide what they want to buy. So search options must be flexible, customers must be able to view items according to different categories, and if possible, also allowed to compare items before they buy. Links must go exactly where they promise instead of leading them to random pages.
  • Efficiency: E-commerce sites must be efficient because they involve customer buying decisions, and very often, the efficiency of your site has a leading role to play in pushing customers to buy or deterring them from doing so. When customers check items to indicate a purchase, make the checkout process efficient and simple – the fewer the steps to checking out, the higher the probability of customers buying the item. If you bother them with ads or make them fill out too many forms before they can check out, they’re going to lose interest and sign out of your site altogether, and it’s doubtful they will return. Less is more here, so focus on efficiency to generate results.
  • Accuracy: Ensure that item descriptions, price and photos are accurate, and that customers are not charged through dishonest or shady means. Some sites are not very particular about using above-board practices, and this leads to additional charges that were not mentioned at the time of purchase but which are included just before checkout, or worse, after credit card or bank account details have been provided. E-commerce sites must place accuracy at the top of their must-do list if they don’t want to lose customers.
  • Security: This goes without saying because an E-commerce site is responsible for keeping customers’ financial information secure. Credit card and bank account details must be captured through portals that are safe and verified, and such sites must prevent this information from being misused and/or falling into the wrong hands.

The design of E-commerce sites requires collaboration between web designers and web developers and an efficient integration of all front and back end tools; only then do the sites work as they’re supposed to, without any flaws or hitches.

Strange Canadian Laws Anyone?

Some laws are well-known, like the Charter Warning, mostly because of television shows where you see cops arresting suspects and reading them their rights. Others are obscure and have to be dug out of large tomes that are mostly gathering dust in law libraries. And yet others are really weird, so much so that you start to doubt their authenticity. But there are laws in every country that make no sense whatsoever, and here is Canada’s share of ludicrous rules:

  • It’s against the law in Nova Scotia to water your lawn when it’s raining.
  • You are not allowed to pay for an item that costs 50 cents in only pennies.
  • You cannot remove bandages in public.
  • Water troughs in your front yard must be filled before 5 am if you live in Ontario.
  • You’re not allowed to climb trees.
  • It’s illegal to drag a dead horse down a street on a Sunday in Ontario.
  • It’s illegal to have an Internet connection faster than 56 Kbps in Ontario! (Really? In this day and age?)
  • If you’re a teen walking down a street in Quebec, you’d better ensure that your shoelaces are tied if you want to avoid arrest.
  • Bicycles have the right of way in Ontario, even though cars are allowed to go at 80 km/hr.
  • Every 5th song played on Canadian radio stations must be by a Canadian.
  • Some areas of Ontario forbid you from putting up a clothesline in your backyard.
  • You’re not allowed to eat ice cream on certain streets in Ottawa on a Sunday!
  • It’s illegal to have more than two colors on your house in Beaconsfield.
  • Montreal does not allow you to park your car in your own driveway if it blocks the path; you’re also not allowed to wash your car on the street.
  • You’re not allowed to ride a moose backwards down the right side of a sidewalk on a Monday between 6 and 7 pm. (Who in their right minds would want to do this in the first place?)
  • A released prisoner in Alberta must be given a gun and a horse. (So he can go back to committing crimes?)
  • You can’t allow the grass on your lawn to grow higher than an inch and a half in some parts of Ontario, unless of course, you don’t mind paying a fine of $200.
  • All business signs in Quebec must be in French – if you want signs in English, the French ones must be twice as big!

I’m sure if you dig deep enough there are other laws that are as strange as these, but that’s enough ridiculousness for a day I suppose.

How Private Should Our Public Lives Be?

In a world that seeks to strip us of any kind of privacy, who decides and draws the boundary lines? Who deems what is right and what is wrong in online social media where the denizens live their lives under the hawkeyed looks of their “friends” and “followers”? And who chooses how and for what social networks must be used for?

The recent criticism and outrage against a mom who tweeted about her son’s fatal fall into a swimming pool and a woman who tweeted about her miscarriage as she was undergoing one is seen by some people as justified and by others as a harsh judgment that we have no business making. In defense of those who condemn the tweets, it can be said that grief should be private and a child’s death must not be used to gain popularity in real-time social media, or that a miscarriage must be perceived as a sorrowful experience and women must be more respectful of their bodies when dealing with issues relating to pregnancy.

But if you look at it from the perspective of these women, perhaps the mother was seeking help and support from her online friends and followers, a community that most of us are spending more time with, even more than we devote to our families. Perhaps she wanted people to pray for her son as he lay dying, and once he was gone, perhaps she wanted people to comfort and distract her from the tragedy. As for the miscarriage, perhaps it was the woman’s way of dealing with the tragedy. Instead of crying, she choose to look at it philosophically and even rationalized it by telling people that it was what she wanted all along.

But we live in a world filled with hypocrites and self-centered individuals who decry abortion without taking into account the circumstances of the pregnant women who choose to have one; we jump at the chance to criticize and judge others little realizing that the web is a place where we are free to say anything as long as we don’t hurt other people maliciously. When we don’t judge people who reveal all their sordid sex stories and escapades through their blog, when we laugh and even ogle pictures of half-clothed men and women in drunken poses, and when we boost the popularity of people who actively seek notoriety through their postings, status messages and tweets because we are voyeurs who are thrilled to get a peek into the private lives of others, how can we criticize women for tweeting what they want to share with the rest of the world?

The Internet is a public forum, one where the stage is open on all sides and you have no room to hide unless you are discreet and keep to yourself. So is it right that we demand that some topics are taboo and must be censored by screens, even if the screens themselves are flimsy and transparent and can be breached easily? Privacy is a thing of the decade that was, not the one that is or the one that will be, because with communication being more open and available, the one thing that we have to sacrifice is the ability to live our lives away from the harsh glare of the media.