Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stephen LaRoque Hires More Unemployed Workers To Clean Up His Yard

This has always been the overall attitude of the Republican Party: People who fall upon financial hardships are just lazy and greedy, and should be thankful for any menial low-wage jobs they are offered; especially if it is a whopping $.75 above minimum wage! Rich political power brokers chastising struggling families trying to survive during an economic recession for not working at McDonald's­. No wonder we have so many illegal aliens in this country, what with so many snobby Americans unwilling to accept jobs that keep them living below the poverty line.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Police Blotters - The Cynic's Funny Papers

.40S&W cartridge next to expanded hollow point...Image via WikipediaI occasionally like to peruse the Police Blotter section of my local newspaper, just to see what sort of hi-jinks my  fellow free citizens are up to in the surrounding areas. I don't really recommend it, but I also make it a habit of doing things that are of no benefit to my well being and peace of mine.

The Warren Reporter, my local free weekly paper full of local news and community activities, has a segment in the Police News section they like to call Fugitive of the Week. What is worrisome about this is that they don't bother to explain why this individual is in such great demand this particular week, but only that authorities are really eager to speak with him or her about something or other. The perpetrator's nefarious deeds are kept a sadistic secret, leaving me with only their physical description, last known location, and driver's license photo to hint at what offense could have possibly elevated this person to such a prestigious position. What sort of heinous misdeeds could have drawn such attention? Loitering around school playgrounds carrying a fishing pole with Tootsie Roll lures? Tackling priests naked during baptisms? Molesting dead squirrels beneath the highway off ramp? I have too sordid and perverse of an imagination to be left with such an unanswered question.

The truths behind this week's highlights is a little easier to divine, as was a general rule to live by: don't call attention to yourself if you have something to hide.

It seems that police were summoned last Friday night with reports that a Phillipsburg man had fired six shots from a handgun. Police arrived and were informed that the man had indeed fired six shots, but had done so because a Pit Bull had attacked his own dog. The police didn't find a Pit Bull or any discernible marks on the man's dog, but they did find that the remaining four shells in the man's .44-caliber handgun were illegal hollow-point bullets.

That previous Wednesday night, while police were interviewing a woman while investigating a "civil matter," the man in question drove by the front porch where the officers were talking to the woman and honked; not once, but twice. Annoyed enough to pull the man over in a nearby parking lot, police noticed a steel pipe and a baggy full of a leafy substance in his center console when he pulled out his license and registration. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, synthetic cannabis and, go figure, a suspended license.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Butcher Knives and Body Counts Edited by Vince Liaguno Book Trailer

Behold, the book trailer for the upcoming horror film theory & criticism anthology, Butcher Knives and Body Counts.

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Moviesucktastic #27 - The Minority

Video Highlights from Moviesucktastic Podcast #27, in which Joey and Scott review the independent film from 360soundvision, The Minority.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

BooksNJ set for Sunday in Paramus -

U.S. Census Bureau map of Paramus, New JerseyImage via WikipediaI shall be in attendance at the BooksNJ Festival at the Paramus, NJ Library on Sunday, June 12.

From 1PM to 5PM, I will be selling and signing copies of my books Monster Rally and Performed by Lugosi, speaking on a panel regarding strange things, meeting and talking to book fans of all ages, and even recording an episode of the Moviesucktastic podcast!

As a special BooksNJ bonus, all signed copies of Performed by Lugosi purchased will receive a free eBook edition of Monster Rally! I look forward to seeing you there!

BooksNJ set for Sunday in Paramus - "More than 100 authors, from first-timers such as Paramus' own Steven Paley to New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, will be at Paramus Public Library on June 12 for BooksNJ 2011. 
Hosted by the Bergen County Cooperative Library System and Paramus Public Library, the event is free to all and will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. It will feature readings, workshops and discussions with writers and illustrators from a large range of genres. 
'Everything from children's authors to adult New York Times bestselling authors, illustrators to children's book illustrators and poets will be here, with over 35 panels,' said Paramus Public Library Adult Programming Coordinator Donna Perkosky. 'The group that put this together has put together these panel discussions that allow people to get up close and personal with authors. Many of them are from New Jersey or live in New York; they have some kind of tie to New Jersey.' 
Panels include topics such as 'From Post-its To Pages: Writing a Book;' 'An American Favorite: The Picture Book;' 'A Female Heroine From A Male Perspective;' and ''All The President's Men' Jersey Style featuring Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman. Also included are readings by authors for children and workshops hosted by published writers and illustrators."
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