Allegations of preferential treatment and the uproar over the judge’s attempt to hire another employee who will make $107,000 per year despite a looming 17 percent budget cut for the Juvenile Court have made this a real hot-button issue. Observers from all points on the map of social stratification eagerly wait to see how the appeals court will rule in this issue and if somehow a legal precedent will be made that would enable other judges to help you get the people who annoy the piss out of you and don’t do anything at your job fired.
SATURDAY OCT. 20
Paranormal Activity 4 is in theatres near you, and the Hollywood Reporter thinks it sucks. Since reviewer Justin Lowe probably had some hack of an editor who insisted on him meeting a word count, he couldn’t simply state that this franchise of movies is neither scary or worth watching. Instead, Lowe scribed that “asymmetrically framed scenes, staccato editing techniques and oppressive ambient sound (and the ominous lack of a score) are substituted for any real narrative development, leaving a plot essentially consisting of a series of setups followed by frightening payoffs.” Other qualms with the plotline include the audience’s inability to believe that some idyllic rich-people house featuring an in-ground pool that was built in like 2005 could be haunted, or that we should feel bad when people who are rich enough to hire a full-time nanny get targeted by evil beings from the nether world.
MONDAY OCT. 22
Norwood City Council is putting on the full-court press to try to get payroll-processing company Paycor to move out of its cozy digs over in Queensgate. Norwood would like Paycor to move to a site off the Norwood Lateral and is reportedly contemplating offering job-creation incentives to the company, which envisions a “Silicon Valley-type” home office that will include a cafe and fitness center. Plans also include covering the windows of the new site with pictures of Californians, so the “Silicon Valley” vibe isn’t disrupted by scenes of day-to-day life in Norwood.
TUESDAY OCT. 23
Like Galileo, Christina Aguilera’s recent bomb of an album, Bionic, was “ahead of its time” ... at least according Aguilera. The comment was made in response to music journalists at Billboard asking why the [expletive] it only sold 300,000 copies in the U.S. Aguilera said she worked with a lot of underground people who aren’t really into Pop music and that the album will be appreciated later like the guy who said the Earth wasn’t flat and then got stoned for being a witch. Readers of the cover story in which this claim was made have been left to wonder how and when humanity as we know it will evolve into a state where people want to listen to someone warbling and dancing like she works at one of those bars out by the airport.
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