Today marks a very exciting day as we launch the new and improved Pundit Press. We have joined forces with High Plains Pundit to design a new website to provide our readers with even more news and information.

Here is the link that will direct you to the new Pundit Press website: http://thepunditpress.com/

This new partnership will also include all 3 of Danny R. Butcher's (aka High Plains Pundit) internet radio shows, Nightly Review, The Danny R. Butcher Show, and Sunday Night Sports Talk.

A special thank you to all of the Pundit Press readers out there for your continued support. We are very excited about what the future holds for Pundit Press, and we hope that you continue with us on this journey.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Video Effect Apps For All Platforms

The ability to capture video is readily accessible to almost everyone with today’s constantly evolving
technology. No matter which type of video device you are using, you can find some great video editing
applications with different video effects on the market. Whether you want to edit on a desktop
computer, through the internet, or on your smartphone or tablet, there are apps available that can give
your videos a professional look. Here are five of the best apps available for any platform.

1. Adobe Premiere Element

Adobe is a recognizable brand that is credited with creating several popular editing programs, from the
photo editor Photoshop, to website developer Dreamweaver. Although it’s more expensive than the
others, it produces quality professional results. Because it has so many options and features, it can more
difficult to use, but the final product is well worth the time.
Adobe Premier Element features sound effects and music tracks, Hollywood style effects, and animated
titles. You can also format your videos for HD-TV and export to AVCHD, and optimize your videos for
viewing on any screen, including smartphones and tablets.

2. Wondershare Video Editor

Wondershare Video Editor works with just about any computer and is super easy to use. It’s comparable
to professional industry software, and is one of the most user friendly and effective editing apps
available. Smart Scene Detection software is exclusive to Wondershare and intelligently splits the
video into segments for you. With Wondershare you can conveniently add voiceover and separate the
audio and video tracks. Another great feature of this editor is the option to create a close up from any
portion of your video, and you have the option to apply jump cuts, credits and titles, and transition
effects. The picture in picture video capability is a unique feature that isn’t standard with other editors.
Wondershare Video Editor is available at http://www.wondershare.com/video-editor/.

3. Cinefy

Cinefy’s easy to use interface allows you to drag and drop your video clips and simply add music and
animations. Available through the App Store, Cinefy offers downloadable effects packages that include
everything from titles, overlays, and special sounds.

4. YouTube Video Editor

Not only can you share your videos via YouTube, you can also edit them. YouTube offers a basic video
editor that allows you the ability to change the music, clip and trim the video, or add private e label
rights music as background tracks. This is a decent video editor for small projects, and is very easy to use
for even the most inexperienced users.

5. Vidify

Vidify instantly transforms your basic videos into high quality movies set to music. Either provide your
own music or select from a wide list of provided tracks and create your own music video. Like Cinefy,
this app is available via Apple’s App Store and is for use on your iPhone or iPad. Vidify uses a specially
designed algorithm to choose clips from your video and strategically strings them together in a matter of

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What To Do If You Are Accused of DUI

For those who have been recently charged with a DUI, it is no lightweight charge you can just dismiss on your own. DUI charges are extremely serious charges - they can result in jail time.

DUIs are frequently given for those under the influence of alcohol, but this is a misconception. Any consciousness-changing material that will leave one incapable of driving, including prescription drugs, is considered DUI. DUI charges were once considered comparatively mild violations, but this has transformed in recent decades. Now, a DUI charge requires the help of a criminal lawyer in every case - even if it is your first violation.

When you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI: Cooperate, but exercise your right to remain silent. If you're pulled over for suspicion of DUI, the authorities will typically offer you a number of field sobriety evaluations (reciting the alphabet, walking heel to toe for many measures) that will help "show" or "disprove" your present state of intoxication/deterioration. Generally speaking, most lawyers recommend that you NOT take the field sobriety test. This is because many of the tests are so hard, and so open to interpretation, that they will most likely hurt your chances of being set free. It is much better to take a breathalyzer test.

Work with all the authorities and follow their directions, but *promptly* exercise your right to remain silent should you be put under arrest and read your Miranda rights. Don't say anything additional to anyone and hire a criminal attorney who understands DUI. He or she'll guide you on the most appropriate course of action at that point.

You'll need a skilled criminal lawyer on your side, from the very start of your own case! If you're innocent of your DUI charges, you might believe you don't need a criminal attorney. Sadly, this is simply not accurate. It's no mistake that when you are read your Miranda rights, you're told, "Anything you say can and will likely be utilized against you in a court of law." That holds true if you're innocent, too. For example, you must *never* give cops interviews unless your attorney exists. He or she'll shelter you from making errors that could undermine your case and perhaps even result in real conviction despite your innocence.

Criminal lawyers will guide you through court procedures, and shield your rights. When you go to court, it’s not just about deciding your innocence or guilty. It’s about which side presents the most powerful, and convincing case. Will the prosecutor establish their case and "win," or will your criminal lawyer?

When you have an experienced criminal lawyer on your side in court, you've got the most effective weapon potential to get your DUI charges dismissed. Your attorney will present the facts of your case to the judge or jury compellingly, succinctly, and certainly. The prosecutor will also do his or her best to try and establish your guilt, but in skilled hands, the facts speak quantities. A seasoned criminal lawyer can help you establish your innocence and place this behind you.

Getting a DUI is not only stressful, but also expensive. The expenses come from not just posting bail, and paying legal fees, but also from taking off time from your job to fulfill your sentence. The national average cost of a DUI is around $10,000 – but can be higher, depending on the severity.

 For example, in a state like New York, the average cost of a first time DUI can range from $6000 to $10000

Here are some of the costs you’ll have to endure in a state like New York

1. Minimum Fine - $500

2. Auto Insurance Increase, $2600 - $6000

3. Penalty Assessment $175

4. State Restitution Fund - $100

5. Alcohol abuse Education Fund - $50

6. Blood/Breath Testing Fee - $37

7. Jail Cite and Release Fee - $10

8. Driving/Alcohol Awareness School - $175

9. License Reissue Fee $75

10. Attorney Fees (average) - $4000 If you're guilty and/or certainly are a "repeat offender"

Eventually, if you're guilty of your DUI charges and/or have previous DUI convictions, a criminal attorney will make sure that you are represented correctly on your trial and can work to reduce or dismiss any unjust charges, so that you're guaranteed the very best results possible. In many cases, if you are previously convicted of a DUI offense, it will be much harder to prevent a conviction. If it’s your third or fourth time, you will probably go to jail, assuming you are guilty.

About The Author

James Denton, is a SEO blogger for the criminal defense law firm of Raiser & Kenniff, PC. The partners at Raiser & Kenniff, PC, are legal commentators, appearing on news channels such as FOX, and more. If you’d like to learn more about Raiser & Kenniff, PC – visit http://www.nyccriminallawyers.com

Frequently Asked Questions After A Personal Injury

1. What's the very first thing I should do if I suffer an injury?

If you're injured you need to get medical treatment promptly. Following your medical needs being addressed, you must seek legal advice. You need to document all of your injuries, and pains. If you fail to document all of this information, it may harm your case in the future.

2. Do I need an attorney?

Oftentimes you might need to hire an lawyer to sufficiently protect your rights. Only a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the potential pitfalls associated with a personal injury claim.

3. How can I pay for the services?

Most personal injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means the lawyer is only paid from the funds recovered. If no funds are recovered, the lawyer is never paid.

4. What if I am contacted by an insurance provider or an investigator?

We advise that you not discuss your injury or the manner in which it occurred with anyone before you've consulted an attorney. You should never speak to the opposing companies insurance company. Additionally, if you sign any documents or consent to any resolution before discussing with a lawyer, this could make an
impact on your power to claim full payment for the injuries.

5. Exactly what are my rights if I've been injured?

As a rule of thumb, if someone's negligence caused your injury, you are eligible to damages for all those harms. The special legal rights and restrictions that apply to your own case will vary based in the facts.

6. What is my case worth?

Each instance is unique. Because of this, until your case is completely investigated and your medical condition has stabilized, you must be careful of anybody who attempts to tell you the numerical value claim. Total settlement could include payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of ability to enjoy
life, lost wages, and diminished earning capability.

7. Will my case go to trial?

Many cases are settled before trial, but that is not a guarantee. It will depend on how forthcoming the opposing insurance company is. If they refuse to settle, your personal injury lawyer may decide to go to trial.

8. Can my lawyer settle my case without my permission?

Lawyers cannot settle your claim with your permission. While recommendations can be made, they cannot be executed without your permission.

9. How soon after the resolution is the cash received and disbursed?

Oftentimes, the money is received within seven to fourteen (7-14) days following the release is signed. Cases including a big resolution, the State, private people, and/or out-of-place insurance companies frequently take much more.

About the Writer

My name is James Denton, and I’m a writer for Farar & Lewis LLP – a personal injury law firm located in Los Angeles.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Holy Shit: Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could not Keep their Health Insurance

What a lying sack.

From NBC News:
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to determine the critical line in employee monitoring

There are various reasons why employers will want to monitor the activities of their employees. This may include the need to drive higher productivity, prevention of petty crimes like theft, adherence to high quality control, evidence of harassment and discrimination if there’s a claim and many more. The monitoring can be done in several ways such as tracking incoming and outgoing phone calls, email correspondence and video recordings. The problem arises when the employees feel that their rights to privacy are being violated and this may in turn lead to a dispute. Employees have a right to reasonable expectations of privacy and can file for a claim if they feel that they are not getting it.

So what to consider in monitoring your employees, where to draw the line?

Video surveillance is justified when the employer is trying to prevent theft whether it is on the company’s inventory or of employee properties. But this can only be done on certain areas on the business premise. Limitations are clearly set on the areas where reasonable expectation of privacy is needed such as bathrooms, lounge, break rooms, and rooms where employees change clothes.

Quality is very important for businesses and one way to ensure adherence is to monitor the phone calls whether incoming or outgoing. This includes cell phone tracking with such apps like mSpy for all mobile phones issued by the company to employees. Employers are allowed to monitor calls but it has to be only on the business related ones and should not be done on personal calls. Employees sometimes neglect to consider that there is monitoring going on when they make calls for personal use. The way to resolve this is to assign certain phones only for personal use so that the staff will not have to use the business only phones.

Discrimination still exists even in the most professional settings. But proving this is sometimes tricky when there is no trail to check if there is indeed a reasonable claim. Employers want to monitor email correspondence to help them track if ever there is a claim of discrimination. Whenever someone sends an email to one or even a distribution list that contains disparaging remarks or discriminatory ones about a certain person, it is to the advantage of everyone to have monitoring in place. Although legally, employers are entitled to monitor their staff’s email, it is still advisable to inform all the employees about the monitoring so as to avoid any possible issues about it.

Businesses should have a clear and official policy about monitoring of employee activities and this should be signed and acknowledged by each person that is hired. This should include all types of monitoring that will be done and how such as monitoring of incoming and outgoing phone calls, cell phone tracking, email monitoring and video surveillance. This is to avoid any claims in the future that their privacy was invaded and if there are lawsuits filed by employees, then the employer can clearly show that there is a document advising of diminished expectation of privacy.

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