What Cinco de Mayo is Really About

What Cinco de Mayo is Really About

What Cinco de Mayo is Really About

May fifth is right around the corner. Now if you’re not influenced by Mexican culture, you probably don’t really care about the date. However, if you are like most of southern California, you’ve been preparing for May fifth for a long time. Your family has been making plans for weeks, and you have been mentally preparing for the fun you’re about to have.

May fifth, commonly known as Cinco de Mayo, is a huge festivity. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French. According to Histoy.com, Cinco de Mayo specifically commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla. However, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of the Mexican culture.

Surprisingly, Cinco de Mayo is a smaller celebration in Mexico. American-Mexican cultures are a little bit louder when it comes to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Americans love to celebrate anything and everything. Mixing American culture with Mexican culture will result in one giant good time.

Cinco de Mayo is commonly mistaken for other Mexican traditions. Cinco de Mayo gets mistaken for other holidays like Independence Day in Mexico and Day of the Dead. They are two other colorful, traditional holidays that celebrate completely different things. Independence Day for Mexico is September 16th and is on the anniversary of the declaration of war against the Spanish government in 1810. Day of the Dead is celebrated the day after Halloween and is about honoring those who have passed away. With all of these bright and colorful holidays, it is important to know what you are actually celebrating.

The American-Mexican culture is about embracing heritage and having a good time. That is why Cinco de Mayo is so widely celebrated in California. Even though it is just a small part of Mexican culture, it is still widely celebrated as other holidays. It’s time to kick up your feet and celebrate the tradition of Cinco de Mayo.

California Liquor Laws You May Not Know

Liquor Laws: Californians Don’t Realize How Great They’ve Got It Here

California Liquor Laws You May Not Know

If you have been born and raised in California, and you’re 21 years of age, you know that getting ahold of alcohol is fairly simple. You don’t have to worry about what time it is, or what day it is. You can even get it at your local grocery store. These are little things about California Liquor laws that we take for granted.

The rest of the states don’t have the same laws as California, especially when it comes to alcohol sales. States like Oklahoma have stricter sales of liquor. There, you can’t buy liquor from a grocery store or on Sundays. Beer that is sold at grocery stores has a lower percentage of alcohol. Liquor stores can sell beer, but it can’t be sold cold. Lastly, all liquor stores must close by 9 p.m. every day. The only exception to this is Sundays because all liquor stores must be closed that day. Oklahoma isn’t the only state with strict liquor laws like this.

States like Texas, Kentucky, and a majority of the southern states still have dry counties, meaning that in certain counties it is illegal to sell or buy liquor. This may be shocking to some to find out that there are still limits on alcohol, but it shouldn’t be. Most states still allow counties or districts to decide whether or not they want to allow the sale of alcohol. Only a few states, like Arizona, and Hawaii, do not allow local districts or counties to decide on alcohol laws.

California tends be very free from restrictions when it comes to alcohol sales. According to the California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) there are a few laws that we need to be aware of.

Minors, under the age of 21, cannot be bartenders. Being under 21 limits what you can do in a lot of areas, but especially when it comes to drinking. Even through being a bartender doesn’t require you to drink alcohol, you’re classified as too young to recognize drunken behaviors. A bartender is responsible for everyone that they serve alcohol to, including the patrons in the restaurant that you don’t directly serve mixed drinks to. Even though the server is delivering the drinks to restaurant patrons, the bartender is ultimately responsible for them.

Selling alcohol to a minor or a known alcoholic is illegal. Selling alcohol to a minor can land you in serious trouble. That is why it is always wise to check for proper identification. Not only is it illegal to sell to minors, for obvious reasons, it’s also illegal to sell to drunks. If a person is heavily intoxicated and is trying to buy alcohol, no one should sell him any. If anything, vendor should take the intoxicated person’s keys away and/or call the police. The same goes for alcoholics in California.

The reason why California has so many laws in regards to alcohol is to keep the general populace safe. Without laws in place, public intoxication, drunk driving accidents, and many other unfavorable things would increase in popularity. With leniency comes responsibility. So drink responsibly and be glad you can find your favorite six pack of beer on a Sunday night.

We Care about Animals in California

We Care about Animals in California, and This New Law Proves It

We Care about Animals in California

We love cute, furry creatures. No one can resist the soft innocent, helpless puppies, bunnies, or kittens. Animals appeal to us because of how we can connect with them. It’s that connection that we feel with animals that drives us to try to protect them. Plus, as Americans it’s instilled in us to also fight for the underdogs.

Unfortunately, we have a problem with some animals, specifically with cats and dogs. There’s a problem with too many animals stuck in the shelter. Overcrowding happens within the shelters, which leaves them with no choice but to humanely euthanize the animals. This problem has many animal lovers up in arms and working to help fix the problem. Websites like No Kill Now call for action by asking people to shop for their family pets at the kill shelters in the hopes of saving as many pets as possible.

Animals at the shelter are usually picked up by animal control, or have been surrendered by their previous owners. The animals in the local shelters don’t always get photographed and posted on the shelter’s website either. Therefore, it is encouraged to go to the shelter in person. Not all shelter animals get their picture taken, and this limits their chances of being seen.

Here is California, we care a lot about the world around us, including the cute animals that inhabit it. It’s really no surprise that this past year, a new law was signed to soon go into effect in order to help protect animals. The law is meant to help with the overcrowding of at animal shelters and will go into effect January 2019.

The law will prohibit pet stores from selling animals that are not from the shelter. This law will promote adopting shelter pets and means that only shelter animals will be up for adoption in California. Breeders in California will not be able to sell to pet stores. Pet store owners that fail to comply will face criminal charges.

We care about animals, and more specifically we care about our pets. We care about our current pets and our future pets. Hopefully this law will help with the overcrowding, but more importantly, this law will help pets find their forever homes.

Do You Know What to Do in the Springtime

Do You Know What to Do in the Springtime?

Do You Know What to Do in the Springtime

Spring has officially arrived and that means it is finally warm enough to start venturing outside once again. Winter weather can be fun, but it can wear a person down. There is nothing quite like sitting outside on a warm spring day and enjoying the fresh air. If you have kids, then now is the perfect time to take them outside to have some good old fashioned fun.

As the weather warms, there are all sorts of things kids can do outside. There are classics such as going to the park to play hide and seek, tag, or draw with chalk. However, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, there are other options. For instance, you can:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to a museum.
  • Go to a zoo.
  • Go to a local nature conservatory.
  • Go on a road trip.
  • Go to an amusement park.

Children love it when spring rolls around again because it is warm enough to have adventures again. The best adventures are ones that families take together. It is one these adventures that memories are made. The child may not remember everything you do with them growing up, but they will always remember their favorite moments, and as a parent, you want to be a part of those moments.

Whatever you do together, be sure to take lots of pictures. This way you will all be able to look back on those moments as the years pass. So, as spring begins again, go out and have an adventure with your kids. They won’t be young forever, and you definitely don’t want to miss this amazing time in their lives.

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How Helpful Are Reviews

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In today’s modern age, we are able to research anything thanks to the internet. We can even research a company before we give them our business. This have given consumers a better way to learn about a company, and hopefully prevent them from being scammed by said company.

However, even with all of this knowledge of reviews, there are still some people out there that do not think reviews play that big of a roll in business. These people would be wrong. Reviews are very important to businesses. A large percentage of people like to look up the reviews of different businesses before deciding which one to use. Just think how many times you have used reviews to determine where to have lunch in a new city.

Often times, the problem with reviews, is that most people do not take the time to leave one unless they feel they were wronged in some way. This leads to a surplus of negative reviews out there for some companies. Even one bad review can have large consequences for a company. It can be hard to recover from, especially since good reviews are hard to get.


This has led to a surplus of negative reviews out there, which causes many people to choose the company with the least amount of negative reviews.


While these bad reviews can be very bad for most companies, some have learned to turn it into an advantage. There are actually many companies out there that will put negative reviews on their competitors. This lowers their competitor’s scores, and makes it harder for them to get clients, which in turn makes things easier for the bad company.

Reviews are very important to companies, and that is why the good ones try so hard to take care of their clients. If you have found a company that you like, and you want it to continue to do well, leave a positive review for it online. Doing so will help other people find the same kind of amazing help that you found, which will help the business stay around.

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More Commonly Misused Words

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There are many words within the English that confuse even native speakers. Some of the words have just been misused for so long, that it is hard to remember their proper usage. Others are so similar to other words, that it can be hard for people to know which one they want at a given time.

Here is a brief sample of commonly misused words:

  • A lot vs. alot: This is one that can be seen a lot, and the difference is pretty easy to understand. A lot means either a plot of land, or a large group of something. Alot is not actually a word.
  • Factoid: Many people assume that a factoid is a small bit of information, but that is wrong. A factoid is actually false information that is presented as fact.
  • Its vs. it’s: Its is used to show possession, meaning that whatever it is, it owns the following object. It’s is a contraction between it and is, or it and has.
  • Literally: this one gets misused quite frequently. When something literally happens, it means that something actually happened in the real world. A person’s head cannot literally explode, nor can they literally die of embarrassment.
  • Lose vs. loose: When you do not win a game, you lose a game. When something is not tight, it is loose.
  • Than vs. then: Than is used for comparisons, such as you like this more than that. Then is used for time, such as first we will do this, then that.
  • To vs. two vs. too: You use to when you give something to someone. Two is the number 2. Too, means there is too much stuff, or that someone else will be coming along too.
  • Your vs. you’re: Your shows possession of something. When you own something, it is yours. You’re, is a contraction of you and are.

The English language has thousands of words within it, so it is only natural that some of the words get messed up from time to time. However, if a person wants to write or speak accurately, they need to have a good understanding of each word they are using, otherwise they can send the wrong message.


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Getting Arrested in a Foreign Country

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No one ever wants to get arrested. Doing so means being placed into a small concrete cell with iron bars, possibly with other inmates. A person loses their freedom when arrested, and it is not fun at all. However, something most people do not consider, is what happens if they are arrested outside of the United States.

Here in the US, the Constitution grants all US citizens certain rights. These rights may not be granted in other countries. Some of these rights include:

  • Innocent until proven guilty
  • Having a speedy trial
  • Having a trial with a jury of your peers
  • Safety from cruel and unusual punishment

Here in the US, we are very lucky to have these rights. Not every country offers these rights to its citizens, let alone visitors from other countries.


When a US citizen is arrested while abroad, they are subject to that country’s laws. They will face whatever kind of trial that country offers. They will need to serve their sentence in one of that country’s jails as well. A US citizen abroad cannot rely on the US Constitution to protect them.


A US citizen who has been arrested abroad does have the right to request that the local US embassy or consulate be notified of their arrest. A consular officer will be sent to visit with the arrested person and provide them with some assistance. This right is thanks to the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

This is why it is extremely important for a person to familiarize themselves with the laws of the country they are visiting. Things that may be legal here in the US, may be illegal in some foreign countries. No one wants to get arrested, especially when they are outside the US.

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DUI Checkpoints and Holidays

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Whenever holidays roll around, especially big ones that involve parties and drinking, you can expect to see an increase in DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints help police officers discover drunk drivers before they have a chance to cause any accidents. The checkpoints increase around holidays because officers know that people are more likely to drink during these times.

Some people find DUI checkpoints annoying, and it is completely understandable. These checkpoints do tend to slow down traffic wherever they are set up, no matter how quickly the officers are at running them. This is why it is legal for people to avoid DUI checkpoints if they want, provided they do not break any traffic laws to do so.

However, even though DUI Checkpoints can be annoying, they are incredibly helpful. They remove drunk drivers off the road before anyone gets injured. These checkpoints help prevent thousands of injuries and save hundreds of lives.

Coming across a DUI checkpoint is nothing to worry about. An officer will motion for you to pull up and will then ask you some questions. The officer will ask where you are going, where you are coming from, and have you been drinking. The officer may also ask to see your license and registration. As long as everything checks out, and the officer has no reason to expect that you might have been drinking, they will send you on your way.

If the officer does think a driver has been drinking, they will have the driver pull over to the side. Depending on how drunk the driver is, they may arrest the person or have him sit in a drunk tank until sober.


No one should ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk. Unfortunately, hundreds of people do it on a daily basis. This causes thousands of accidents and harms thousands of people. This is why officers set up checkpoints to try and reduce that number.


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Be Wary of Scams This Holiday Season

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Nobody likes being cheated or scammed. We all worked hard to get what we have, and when someone takes it away from us, it can be incredibly frustrating. This is why it is important to be aware of scams that are out there that cause people to lose thousands of dollars. This can make it very easy for scammers to make a lot of money really fast.

Two of the most popular methods for scammers to get money from their victims, is to either have the money transferred to them, or to have the person send them gift cards. With these two methods, once the money is sent, it cannot be reclaimed, even if it becomes apparent that the money was sent to a scammer. This is why these two methods are so popular, and why you should never send a money transfer or gift card to anyone unless you know exactly who you are sending it to.


Some scammers try to get around this, by targeting grandparents. The scammer will pretend to be the person’s grandchild and claim that they were just arrested. They need help, but do not want the rest of the family to know.


They can even have some information about who they are pretending to be thanks to what they found on social media sites. If you ever get a call like this, be sure to ask lots of questions, and talk to the rest of the family about it. You may learn that it was all just a scam.

A person should always trust their gut when something doesn’t feel right. By doing so, they can prevent themselves from being scammed and save themselves thousands of dollars.

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Determining the Credibility of an Online Source

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Anyone who has had plenty of experience knows that any information they find online needs to be taken with a grain of salt. This is due to the fact that anyone can say whatever they want online, whether it is true or not. This is why it is important to learn how to determine if an online source is credible.

The first thing to look at when determining if a source is credible, is the source itself. Does the site that has posted the information have any connection to the information it is discussing. For instance, if a site for a dentist office posts about the benefits of flossing, than you could probably trust the source. However, if the same site is posting something along the lines of legal advice, you should find a different, more credible source.

Next, you should look at whether or not the source is biased. Just because information is biased, does not necessarily mean that it is untrue, just that the info may be misconstrued. Biased sources will often only present information that supports their cause or belief. This often leads to readers only getting half of the story.

Now consider where the article was posted. Was it on some random person’s blog, or was it on a national news paper’s site? One of those sources has proven itself to be reliable and trustworthy over the years, where the other has probably never proven that it knows what it is talking about.


By taking a close look at the source, you will be able to determine if the information being provided is accurate or not. Once you have determined the credibility of a source, you will be able to make an informed decision.