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Love Train: available now for purchase!

I’m pleased to announce that my first book, Love Train, is available now for purchase on the Amazon Kindle.  Here is the direct link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005X3G3PK

The book’s description is as follows:

When he boarded the 10:45 train, Vic Steelbrass had just one mission: learn PowerPoint by the time he reached New York. But when Anastasia Romanov walked into his life, fate handed him a different mission. Suddenly, he has to seduce a beautiful Russian, foil a madman’s bomb plot, AND learn PowerPoint. With countless – or at least more than a few – lives on the line, Steelbrass must prove love is worth believing in…and kill a whole lot of bad guys in the process. He woke that morning as just your average, ex-millionaire, alligator-wrestling, skydiving businessman. But his life would be forever changed when he bought a ticket on…the LOVE TRAIN!

Thank you for your patronage and I hope you enjoy reading!

-Kris

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Coming soon…..Love Train!

Dear Headliners,

Thank you for your patronage in reading my site over the past year.  I have several thousand hits and appreciate your links and comments.  And I’ve enjoyed writing the “articles” and find it hilarious that apparently some folks think these stories are real!

You might be wondering where I’ve been the last couple of months.  I’ve actually been working on a side writing project, a novella I devised over the spring and summer which I’ve finally put down on “paper.”  The title of the book is Love Train, and it’s a satire of the action/romance genre.  What follows is a brief description:

When he boarded the 10:45 train, Vic Steelbrass had just one mission: learn PowerPoint by the time he reached New York.  But when Anastasia Romanov walked into his life, fate handed him a different mission.  Suddenly, he has to seduce a beautiful Russian, foil a madman’s bomb plot, AND learn PowerPoint.  With countless – or at least more than a few – lives on the line, Steelbrass must prove love is worth believing in…and kill a whole lot of bad guys in the process.  He woke that morning as just your average, ex-millionaire, alligator-wrestling, skydiving businessman.  But his life would be forever changed when he bought a ticket on…the LOVE TRAIN!

Love Train is complete but I am not yet done with the editing.  I expect to have it uploaded as an e-book on Amazon Kindle by the end of the month, and I will surely update you all when I reach that point.  Thanks again for reading and stay tuned!

Kris

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Stimulus plan to pay people to complain

Economists have called the plan "bold and innovative."

The Obama administration announced a new wave of stimulus spending that will pay Americans to do what they do best in these trying times: complain.

“Americans of all backgrounds, black, white, rich, poor, Republican and Democrat, love to complain about everything,” Obama said in announcing the program.  “What better way to put citizens to work than by paying them for their whining?”

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, writing for the New York Times, called the plan a bold and innovative step forward in putting people back to work.  “This is the role of government, to step in where the free market is unwilling or unable to step in and tap into this obvious demand for massive and insufferable complaining,” he said.  “This will employ tens, maybe hundreds of millions of people overnight.”

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Casey Anthony parks SUV on man, gets parking ticket

Anthony had another run-in with the law Tuesday.

Casey Anthony surfaced in Boston Tuesday after parking her sport utility vehicle on top of a man, nearly killing him.  Police responded by giving Anthony a parking ticket.  The captain of the Boston Police Department issued a stern response to the woman acquitted for the death of her daughter.

“We take this very seriously; don’t come to our town and park on someone and not expect to get a parking ticket,” said Captain Rod Manning.

Anthony, who had gone into hiding since being released from jail following her July 5th acquittal, had not been seen until Tuesday.  She was apparently in Boston on vacation.

According to the police report, Justin Davis was tying his shoe in a parking spot when Anthony parked her vehicle on top of him.  Witnesses said Anthony had a clear line of sight as she was parking and that they couldn’t understand how she could not have seen Davis.

Police declined to press charges beyond the parking ticket, citing insufficient evidence.  Many residents complained that Anthony was once again being let off for an obvious crime.

“How can you not notice a guy kneeling down in a parking spot?” said Joan Armstrong, 34, of Boston, who witnessed the incident.

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Treasury to pay debts with Monopoly money

Monopoly money has held its value versus the declining U.S. dollar.

The U.S. Treasury announced Monday that it will begin paying debts in Monopoly money, abandoning the dollar as a looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling threatens its value.

With President Barack Obama deadlocked with congressional Republicans over taxes and spending, Secretary Tim Geithner said the Treasury is preparing to head off default by using Monopoly money in lieu of the U.S. dollar.

“Monopoly money has held its value in comparison with the U.S. dollar,” Geithner said.  “If we truly do not want to default on our debts and head into another recession, this is the best way to meet our obligations after August 2.”

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Critics assail voter ID bill

Democrats object that making people do anything in order to vote is a burden

Legislation in the Virginia Senate requiring photo identification to vote is coming under fire as a move to disenfranchise African-Americans, the poor and elderly.

The Republican-sponsored bill requires a driver’s license or other photo identification in order to vote in state and federal elections.  Those with financial need could obtain a state-issued ID for free.

Republicans defended the ID as a necessary way to prevent election fraud and noted that anyone can get one at no cost.

“We require a driver’s license with a photo to drive, and you have to actually pay for that.  So it makes sense to require an identification with a photo to vote, especially when you can get one for free,” said state Senate Majority Leader Gerry Young, a Republican.  “Ensuring that voters are who they say they are is just common sense.”

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Economy tweets offensive images of itself

An image that surfaced on the economy's Twitter page depicted ongoing unemployment.

The U.S. economy was roundly criticized Friday after offensive images of itself surfaced on Twitter.

One post depicted more Americans standing in line at unemployment offices, an image coinciding with a report of more jobless claims last week.  The government reported that the jobless rate edged up to 9.1% in May.

Another image released Thursday showed a graph depicting the debt ceiling that the federal government ran into recently.  Unless Congress votes to allow more borrowing, the U.S. could default on its debt.

Democrats and Republicans quickly responded.

“Images like these are unwelcome and disturbing and do nothing to raise the level of discourse in this country,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.  “We don’t need to be reminded that our president is doing a crappy job of creating jobs.”

“The economy needs to be mindful that we live in a digital age where the general public has access to these sorts of images,” said House Majority Leader John Boehner, (R-Ohio).

It is unclear whether the economy will resign.

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FDA completes three-year study

An extensive federal study recommends chewing food during eating, rather than swallowing whole.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it has completed a three-year, $860 million study into the safest and best ways to eat, take medication, store food, and perform other common household activities related to food and medicine.

Chris Grand, a health official with the FDA, is excited about the project’s results.

“This has been a labor of love and we’re glad to finally present our findings to the American people, for their benefit,” he said.

The study was commissioned in 2008 after several federal studies revealed that choking is a common problem in food-related accidents, and that taking the wrong kind of medicine, or too much, is not healthy.

“Choking and prescription drug poisonings are not simply medical issues, but
matters of social justice,” said Grand.  He insisted the government has an obligation to
address these problems.

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Civil rights group seeks to outlaw prison

The real victims are the prisoners, say activists.

Coming on the heels of a controversial Supreme Court decision ordering the release of thousands of California inmates, a national prisoners’ rights group is urging Congress to abolish prison and immediately grant freedom to all incarcerated.

The group, the Felons’ Rights Initiative for Equality, Non-Discrimination, and Success, or FRIENDS, believes criminals need to be understood rather than convicted and locked up.

“There are always underlying social or personal reasons which motivate an individual to break the law, and it is only fair to view so-called ‘crimes’ in this context,” said Susan Trane, executive director of FRIENDS.

FRIENDS argues that throughout history, efforts should have been made to better tolerate those who break the law, rather than lock them up.  Trane asserts there are a variety of mitigating explanations as to why people commit crimes.

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