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Jan. 20th, 2012

So if Black March takes off, I'll expect to have an even skimpier royalty check. That's what I get for being contracted to an "evil media corporation", I guess. Bummer.

Yup. Spot on.

What American accent do you have?
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Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?


Jackson Browne

I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And there's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends--
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names

They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

Open Letter:

Dear Glenn Beck,

I heard a media file on the internet where you were explaining that social justice was a perversion of the gospel. You said: "Nowhere does Jesus say hey, if somebody asks for your shirt, give your coat to the government, and have the government give them a pair of slacks. That’s not what Jesus was saying. You want to help out. You help out. "

I am a 36 year old woman with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, PCOS, and Stage II hypertension. I am currently unemployed and have no health insurance. Due to my diagnoses and the medications I take, I am classified as "uninsurable" if I attempt to purchase health care for myself in the private market.

I know that you're a very wealthy man from your position at Fox News. I also know that you're a self-professed Christian and take the words of the Savior to heart. Therefore, as of today, I am going to forward all of my medical bills to you. I have to receive care at the emergency department at my local hospital, because most doctors will not allow me to make an appointment if I don't have proof of health insurance. I hope you don't mind that the hospital will mark up the price for me up to 400% over what they'd charge for an insured patient's claim.

I know as a Christian, you will help me out with this. I am urging others who are struggling to contact you as well. There are about 46 million of us eagerly waiting for your kindness and generosity.

With much gratitude,
Naomi Brooks

P.S. "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." - Matthew 19:21

Lots of stuff on the book front.

Alive on the Inside is nominated for best horror novel at Predators & Editors.
It also received some great reader reviews over at Goodreads and Rainbow Reviews.

Elisa Rolle reviewed Shell Shocked.

Fallen Angel Reviews gave The Curse of the Pharaoh's Manicurists 5 stars and it's a recommended read.

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