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A Simple Thank You offers online guestbook for Mandela


A Simple Thank You offers you the opportunity to leave your condolences for Nelson Mandela online at There's also a link directly from the South African Consulate in Chicago.

Don't Waste Time: Hire A Kansas City DUI Lawyer


When you've been charged with a DUI or DWI it's simple to give up. What many don't understand is that before a court case, your charges aren't final. It's not unusual for people to seek advice from those closest to them, as well as from the web. The most helpful guidance, however, would come from a Kansas City DUI lawyer. As with any charge you get, only a legal professional can really tell you the chances you've got for winning a case, or helping reduce your results. The sooner you can get help with your case, the better your chances. Speak with an attorney immediately to begin receiving help with your case.

If you don't understand the legalities surrounding these cases,your likelihood of winning is small. A Kansas City DUI lawyer specializes in the laws as well as the way in which they work within these cases, which gives them a much greater opportunity at fighting these charges. DUI and DWI lawyers have been trained in particular litigation tactics, understand the many different possibilities for lessening your results, as well as understand the way the prosecution will attack the case. Without this knowledge, you have little to no chance of winning in a court.

For many folks, the premise is the fact that a Kansas City DUI lawyer isn't going to be able to do much to help their case anyhow, so they might as well save the cash. There's important information that individuals might not know. In Kansas and Missouri, there is a small time frame to challenge your case. In the event you speak to a DUI attorney immediately, your odds of maintaining your license and getting a good start on your case are substantially higher. By hiring a lawyer, you could be saving your freedom.

Whenever you are pulled over by a police officer, there has to be probable cause. Only someone trained in the law, like a Kansas City DUI lawyer, can see a mistake in the conduct of an officer in legal terms. Some could believe they could argue for themselves in court. They intend to stand in front of a judge, and simply state that the officer really had no reason to pull them over. It really is unlikely that an argument like that is going to be convincing in a court. It's improbable that one may win a DUI case without an attorney. Having a lawyer fight for your side gives you your best shot.

Some of the most powerful tools that a Kansas City DUI lawyer may bring to the table is knowledge. You will find two sides to the law. Having a working understanding of it means a lawyer knows both how it can help your case, and how it can damage your case. An attorney can look at the details of your own case. Founded on the evidence they find, they may be able to help the law work in your favor. Finding inconsistencies in police work, tests, and probable cause, can all lead to lesser consequences, or at times, your case being dismissed.

Any Kansas City DUI lawyer should have a great comprehension of how breathalyzer and blood tests work. If you aren't able to claim against the details of the tests, it stands against you in court. As this is often one of the primary pieces of evidence in your case, choosing not to fight it will most likely result in conviction. By having a professional helping you in the details of your own case, your odds of winning are much higher.

It isn't uncommon for police officers to make errors when administering Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). For the last few decades, FSTs have been standardized through the country. Whenever a police officer administers the test there are rules to follow. It must adhere to national standards. In case that there is a deviation from these standards, the tests frequently become unreliable. Any great Kansas City DUI attorney is trained and understands the appropriate administration of the tests. If there has been an error in the administering of the FSTs, the result of the case can be greatly altered.

There is a lot to fight for when it comes to these cases. Hiring a good Kansas City DUI lawyer is a must. If you get a DUI charge it's a serious offense. The outcomes for these charges affect your finances, may require jail time or community service, can cause you to lose your license, as well as your great standing. People have even lost their jobs because of a DUI or DWI charge.

Ensure youkeep your license, your money, your occupation, and your good standing. Talk to a Kansas City DUI lawyer who will fight for you. Choose somebody who will have the ability to advise you in your case from start to finish and who'll roll up their sleeves to get the top result possible for your case.

Many people shy away from hiring a Kansas City DUI lawyer only because they assume it is out of their price range, or that they can do without one. Nothing could possibly be farther from reality. As it pertains to sustaining your freedom, keeping your criminal record clean, and saving your finances and standing, cash cannot be the chief deciding factor. Because time is of the essence, it's important to speak to a professional as soon as you can.

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When Work From Home Jobs In Kansas City Are Genuine Versus Scams


Having the ability to access a variety of information on the Internet has helped protect individuals from a lot of scams they might have otherwise fallen into. People have grown more skeptical too. Now a days, if someone learns of a job which offers excessive money or ridiculous flexibility, most people suppose it's too great to be authentic. It's vital that you study any opportunity completely, and to be neither too critical, nor too gullible. And so the thought of finding work from home jobs in Kansas City is out of the question for many folks.

A lot of folks want to believe there are good work from home jobs in Kansas City. Nevertheless they deal with lots of questions regarding the way to identify the difference between a legitimate opportunity as well as a scam. There are promising careers that enable individuals to work from home. Deciphering the opportune from the ridiculous isn't as hard as many would think. When the work you're doing doesn't create lots of value for a customer or a business, it's unlikely you are going to make good money.

In the event that you find a business offering work from home jobs in Kansas City, but no goods are actually supplied to the client, it is just a telltale sign of a scam. All the money being invested by people in this type of scheme is going to someone, but it's never going to be to the ground level workers.

Still, some sort of formula is helpful for individuals looking at various opportunities. There are a few typical starting questions you can ask to help weed out the real jobs from the phony ones. Among the first indications that a firm offering work from home jobs in Kansas City is just a sham, is when they supplyhigh pay for hardly any work. Having a look at just how businesses work can tell you this. Either you add so much value through the work you do that even with a little contribution, you make a decent wage, or you work a good deal.

There are specific scams which can be done through automated messages or email. These scams often solicit work from home jobs in Kansas City, with all interaction being done with an automated system or through email.

Take a look at the Federal Trade Commission's website. Government and private regulatory agencies keep a good eye on fraudulent activity committed by businesses. Talk with trusted sources before making your final decision about various work from home jobs in Kansas City. The Web is filled with useful tips. However in regards to demonstrating the validity of a company, it's important to not only take a blogger's word for it.

There are tons of ways to educate yourself now.With the incredible access to information today, there isn't any reason that a person should feel afraid of falling into a scam. The United States regulates trade and business in the country, and any actual business offering work from home jobs in Kansas City can be uncovered there. Simply do your research using a reputable source. By using some common sense, it's simple to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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Preserving the clothing memories of the deceased


Project Repat makes it easy to preserve t-shirts and clothing by turning it into a t-shirt quilt. Since 2012, Project Repat has sold more than 12,000 quilts, many to familiy members who have recently lost a loved one. One of the most difficult decisions for a family member is to decide what to do with the clothing that the deceased has left behind. Too often, that clothing remains in the closet because the loved one can't bear to get rid of the memories. Clothing is very personal - our t-shirts often carry our beliefs, our culture, and our accomplishments. Project Repat has found a way to make this service affordable for everyone, with prices between 70 and 200 dollars. 

We've heard wonderful stories from customers around the country who have taken advantage of preserving their loved one's clothing memories. We are proud to be providing such a meaningful and personal service to those who need it, and see our service as a natural and helpful part of the grieving process. 

We've kept a blog of memorable stories from our customers, which can be seen here. We are interested in offering this service to as many people as possible, and are interested in speaking with funeral home directors who can offer this service to their clients. Please contact for more information. 

A t-shirt quilt from Project Repat

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That Horrible Day - November 22, 1963


That Horrible Day – November 22, 1963

As has been observed many times, if you were alive in 1963 and over the age of 5, no doubt you can recall exactly what you were doing when you heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Not only can you recall it, but as vividly as if it happened last week. My recollections of that day are fairly typical I’m sure, but there are two incidents that may not be so typical and I have remembered them through the decades every year this anniversary rolls around. This is the first time I have written them down.

I was in my 8th grade classroom on that Friday. I went to Catholic school and our teacher, Sister Marie Matilde, began this routine day with the religion lesson. I remember that the topic was how we should always be prepared to be called home by God because none of us knows how long our time on earth will last. This discussion was not as morbid as it sounds – our classroom overlooked a funeral home across the street and the funeral director’s daughter was in our class. Sister Marie observed that on this very morning, moms and dads and children were leaving their homes to go to work or school as usual, but that some of them would never return home. I remember that you could hear a pin drop in the classroom when Sister said this. Her statement contained an undeniable truth that hit us like a 2 by 4.

That afternoon when word circulated about the tragedy in Dallas, Sister Marie quietly said to us, “Remember what I said this morning?”  A half century later I’ve never forgotten it.

The second incident that may be worth relating has to do with my own thoughts that afternoon. I was part of the student patrol to help the school kids cross the street safely. My post was across the street from the school and I was the lone sentry there. So alone with just my thoughts to take stock of events, a disturbing observation crossed my mind. For a young man of perhaps above average intelligence, even I was alarmed that I could think of this aspect of that terrible day. John F. Kennedy had seemed like a member of our family, or at least a beloved relative who didn’t live nearby. This was a very common perception as expressed by millions of people in the days ahead. My sister actually met him in 1960 when he was running for President and they shook hands.

Only people who are old enough to remember JFK pre-November 22 can understand my thoughts on that afternoon. The very name of John F. Kennedy was tightly associated with many positive impressions. Until that day, if you asked almost any American what adjectives came to mind upon hearing his name, they would likely say youth, energy, wit, humor, optimism, and confidence.  My feelings of depression over this man’s murder crystalized into one thought that afternoon: from that day forward the name of John F. Kennedy would forever be linked with tragedy, death, murder, and that dreaded word, assassination. Never again would his name conjure all the positive attributes of living and of life itself. And to me that was the most terrible loss of all.


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Postage in the US - a Bargain !!



The USPS has proposed raising the cost of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents.
This change would go into effect on January 26, 2014, raising about $2 billion in revenue for the Postal Service.
No one is happy about the increase, certainly starting with the direct mail industry which stands to lose more customers to digital communication….but if you think 49 cents is expensive, check out these countries first class rates:

Denmark $1.46
Norway $1.25
Liechtenstein $1.06
Finland $1.02
Greenland $1.00
Switzerland $0.98
Belgium $0.97
Faroe Islands $0.96
Portugal $0.93
Sweden $0.92
Japan $0.90
Kuwait $0.88
New Caledonia $0.87
France $0.82
French Polynesia $0.82
Greece $0.82
Italy $0.82
Luxembourg $0.82
Monaco $0.82
San Marino $0.82
Vatican $0.82
New Zealand $0.80
Austria $0.75
Germany $0.75
Ireland $0.75
Great Britain $0.72
Martinique $0.72
Wallis and Futuna Islands $0.64
Iceland $0.63
Netherlands $0.63
Netherlands Antilles $0.61
Czech Republic $0.58
Isle of Man $0.58
Canada $0.57
Guernsey $0.57
Australia $0.55
Jersey $0.54
Gee, maybe 49 cents isn’t so bad after all…..
**Marketers need to remember that their direct marketing mail will continue to go out at bulk rate, saving precious marketing dollars. Remember to target your prospects carefully for best results. Direct mail still delivers the top response of any medium in the Death Care Industry!
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Uncle Sam as Santa Claus


Why We Vote

[Note: This essay is one in a continuing series by ICCFA executive director Bob Fells focusing on various issues in our federal government. Although the subjects are political in nature, the approach is bipartisan in outlook, at least so far as that is humanly possible. The goal of each essay is not to persuade the reader to adopt a particular political viewpoint or party, but to illustrate why a knowledge of the system is important to protect our businesses, our homes, and our families.]

Uncle Sam as Santa Claus

‘Tis the season that songwriters say is “the most wonderful time of the year.” In many respects it is, but this essay is focused on government and there seems to be no wonderful time for it. We don’t even see very much anymore the patriarchal image of our government as personified by Uncle Sam, a vigorous elderly gent who resembles a slim and barbered Santa Claus. I should read up on the origins of Uncle Sam but I have a feeling that making him look like a relative of Santa was no coincidence. And as we take stock of our federal government in reaching the midpoint of the second decade of the 21st century, it becomes apparent that the metaphor of Santa Claus is far more relevant these days – if such a vast and soulless entity as the federal government can be personified at all.

Metaphors are useful because they can expose the most complicated issues, e.g., the emperor’s new clothes are really the emperor has no clothes.  If we can indulge ourselves with the impression of the federal government as Santa Claus, then where do we go from there? As noted in previous essays, our government changed gears with the advent of The Great Society programs beginning in the mid-1960s. The historic three-fold mission of the feds – secure the borders, maintain internal law and order, and get out of the way – morphed into an attitude of “what has the government done for me lately?” This new thinking made a mockery of JFK’s noble call of “Ask not what can my country do for me….” and turned the inquiry into “How much has my country done for me – and how recently?” Thus Uncle Sam jabbing his finger in our faces demanding to know if we have volunteered yet for service has been replaced by Santa asking for our wish lists.

Of course, Santa needs helpers and in Washington they aren’t called elves, they are called members of Congress. These helpers are pretty bipartisan too, promising that if we vote for them on Election Day they will make sure that Santa reads our wish list. Best of all, if we are stumped for things we want from the feds, our Congressional representatives will helpfully recommend items for us that they will lobby for. Naturally, it’s considered bad form to discuss how the government is supposed to pay for all these goodies, any more than we are likely to see a Visa or Mastercard commercial where the vacationers open the bill and faint at seeing how much they owe. We are told in so many words that we are guests at a party so enjoy. We are not told that we’re responsible for paying the tab. Santa never brings up such a crass subject.

Do you remember when Congress was abuzz with talk of tax reform in 2011? They had earlier collectively asked for a pass on this controversy for the 2010 elections but as 2011 moved along we were informed that they needed to get past the distractions of the 2012 national elections before they could really start the reform work. Now we’re past even the 2013 elections and we still haven’t heard much on tax reform from anybody. I’d like to blame one party or the other but this inertia is truly bipartisan. The problem is that too many vested interests prosper from just the way the tax system exists. Hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions, earn a comfortable living due to the complexity of the federal tax code. We know that it is possible to reduce personal income tax regulations so that we could file our tax return on a postcard but then the unemployment rate would explode with all the unemployed accountants, CPAs, and tax lawyers. We need the cooperation of the very people who would be threatened and perhaps harmed by tax reform.

I use tax reform as a handy and relatively non-partisan example of the myriad of programs and operations that benefit so many people – recipients, civil servants, private sector contractors, consultants - that the only folks who want reform are those not getting a slice of the pie and their numbers have dwindled. As a sign of the times, can you recall the last time you heard JFK’s “Ask not” statement quoted? I used to hear it all the time until about twenty years ago. Soon I expect it to be reduced to a question in Trivial Pursuit: Who said…… uh, Harry Truman?

The point to these observations is this: we can join the Christmas Club that is known as Congress or we, as ICCFA members, can continue to behave as independent entrepreneurs seeking no largesse from Santa aka Uncle Sam. Everybody knows that a reckoning is coming and the most optimistic among us hope that they are retired by then.  Our party-goers will be handed the tab at the end of the festivities but hopefully those who never attended the party won’t owe anything. In practical terms, this means that an effective Government Relations program in 21st century America is one that seeks to protect ICCFA members from the onslaught of mounting laws and regulations that maintain an unsustainable status quo while squeezing out new taxes, fees, fines and penalties to fund the unsustainable. Most people with addictions are incapable of treating themselves, and they require outside intervention to recover. Where is the outside intervention to stem growing deficits? Perhaps it’s Santa Claus.

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