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My review of Marilyn Manson's new album, "Heaven Upside Down"

Since Antichrist Svperstar was released in 1996, I've been a fan of Marilyn Manson. I was 15 years old at the time, trying to find myself, lacking confidence due to my atypical imagination and not wanting to accept it, not to mention my increasing skepticism in what I'd been told by authority figures up to that point in my life. Through Manson's image, interviews, and music, I slowly began accepting my creativity, in essence myself, and as the saying goes, the rest is history. While I'd be the first to point out the band Marilyn Manson isn't the most musically gifted group in the history of rock'n'roll, I also believe they're underrated musically, exceptional lyrically, and that Marilyn Manson, the man, is one of the only true artists in the music arena over the past 20+ years. He's managed to effectively combine the shock antics of Alice Cooper with the chameleon-esque storytelling and sounds of David Bowie, and add a modern-day twist. He's gon…
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Info on my Facebook business, Twitter, and Tumblr pages

Here's the URL to my Facebook business page. I update it fairly regularly, but still haven't put forth a great deal of effort yet in researching matters and attempting to make the most out of it. In any case, it can be perused here:

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCraigRozniecki?ref=hl


Up next is my Twitter page. I'm still not 100% certain what I'm doing on there yet, but feel I'm gradually getting the hang of it and am up to 77,135 followers. I update it daily with many of my own tweets, but also by retweeting some others'. It can be found here:

https://twitter.com/CraigRozniecki


Lastly, here's my Tumblr page, which I've neglected quite a bit recently, but if you're at all curious, you can find it at the following link:

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/rozzy81

Weekly update of my book information

For new readers (and regular ones, I suppose), here's some information pertaining to my books.

Thirteen of my fourteen books can be purchased in paperback form at the following site (and others):

http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=craig+rozniecki&x=7&y=5&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=

The twelve books I've written and released in the past 6 years (yes, I've been on a roll) can be purchased for much cheaper in Kindle form at the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_22?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=craig%20rozniecki%20kindle&sprefix=craig+rozniecki+kindle%2Caps%2C228&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acraig%20rozniecki%20kindle

Trump Sabotages VehicleCare

On Facebook Live earlier this week, President Trump took apart one of his limousines for the world to see. Directly after doing this, he made the following speech:

"They just don't make cars like they used to. Look at that pile of garbage behind me. It's pathetic! I mean, the tires are missing, the steering wheel isn't connected to that one thing, the engine is on top of the hood. Two words: Sad! That thing is useless! It can't even drive! This is what I've been saying all along, people - the cars today are crap! Period!"

He ended his speech by saying, "Cars have been failing us for far too long. If you want a better car, take yours apart like I did. It'll be better for your family, the economy, the country, believe me!"

In a poll just released this morning, it showed that, in response to Trump's speech, 77% of his supporters feel that Barack Obama invented the automobile.

What I learned in Week 6 of the NFL regular season...

In Week 6 of the NFL regular season, I learned that...

- ...Al Michaels may one day join Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Donald Trump on the Making Things Awkward stand-up tour.

- ..., even with a broken collarbone on the side of his throwing shoulder, Aaron Rodgers is ten times better than any Cleveland Browns quarterback.

- ..., at the pace they're currently on, the San Francisco 49ers will go 0-16 while being outscored by only 35 points for the season. No, no punchline, but that sh*t's crazy!

- ...the New England Patriots' reputation has been tainted in recent years by Spygate, Deflategate, and now you can add There'sNoWayInBloodyHellThatWasAFuc*ingFumbleGate.

- ...65% of the Arizona Cardinals offense will be eligible for Medicare next year.

- ..., with Blake Bortles still at quarterback, the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive play-calling has become more conservative than Rush Limbaugh jumping off a ground-level deck wearing a parachute.

- ...Cleveland Browns quart…

#HowTrumpSolvesACrisis

I had some fun with the trending hashtag #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis on Twitter the other day. Here are my posts, ordered from the most popular to the least popular (all my tweets can be viewed here - https://twitter.com/CraigRozniecki):

1) #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis
1. Creates the crisis
2. Blames Obama
106 Likes, 37 Retweets

2) #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis
He asks himself who's best at creating crises and then appoints him to a Cabinet position.
41 Likes, 15 Retweets

3) #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis
By going to a white nationalist rally and asking these "very fine people" for some advice.
38 Likes, 13 Retweets

4) #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis
Blame the media, while calling it a "fake crisis."
28 Likes, 16 Retweets

5) #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis
Tweets to start a new crisis in order to direct attention away from a previous one.
30 Likes, 13 Retweets

5) #HowTrumpSolvesACrisis
He tweets about how great he is at solving crises without actually doing anything about it.
31 Likes, 12 Retweets

7) #Ho…

Hurricane Gunfire

"Good evening. This is Don Rother bringing you some breaking news. We've just received word that there's some kind of shootout in the downtown area tonight. Bringing us this breaking news is our very own Shelly Storm. Shelly, what can you tell us?"

"Thanks, Don. As you can see and hear behind me, it's like a war zone out here. There are bullets flying right past me. I saw a couple of knives being thrown. I believe I even saw a rocket launcher going off a few minutes ago. If you're in the downtown area, I can't tell you enough, do not go outside. Go to the safest area in your home, stock up on your essentials, and pray. Nobody should be out here to witness this, placing their lives at risk in the process. I've seen my life flash before my eyes on at least five occasions tonight. Okay, one of the gunmen is getting closer to me. I'm going to go try and talk to him. Remember kids, do not do this at home. Excuse me, sir? Oh, I've been hit! Don…

An Ode to Faux-Christianity and Patriotism

An Ode to Faux-Christianity and Patriotism
Standing upright,
A hand over the heart,
Singing one verse off key,
Ignorant of the others,

Wavering high in the sky,
Red, white, and blue,
Cherry-picking history,
All empathy subdued,

Placed around the neck,
Showcasing blind faith,
As the eyes close,
And we pray our sins away,

A symbol of love,
A symbol of sacrifice,
This cross often ignored,
A crutch for self-forgiveness,

Burning the Constitution while saluting the flag,
Pissing on the poor while preaching the good word,
The antithesis of true Christian beliefs,
The antithesis of patriotism.

Things for Trump are going "bigly, uh, not good"

The polls conducted by Morning Consult have typically been more favorable to President Trump than most other pollsters not named Rasmussen. However, that trend went by the wayside with a new report Morning Consult released on Tuesday. In this analysis, Morning Consult compared Trump's approval numbers in each and every state from the time he first entered the Oval Office in January to last month, September. Here's how those numbers play out. We'll start with Trump's most favorable such trend:

1) Louisiana: -11.4 (yes, that's his best score)
2) Alabama: -12.7
3) West Virginia: -12.9
4) South Dakota: -13.5
5) Texas: -14.0
6) Colorado: -14.1
6) Missouri: -14.1
6) Wyoming: -14.1
9) Alaska: -14.8
10) Idaho: -15.0
11) Arkansas: -15.6
11) Pennsylvania: -15.6
13) North Dakota: -15.7
14) Maryland: -16.3
15) California: -16.4
16) Oklahoma: -16.8
17) Ohio: -17.2
18) Indiana: -17.3
18) Utah: -17.3
20) Maine: -17.5
21) South Carolina: -17.9
21) Wisconsin: -17.9
23) Georgia: -18…

#NewTrumpTwitterBio, #MikePence, #JerryJones, #MikeDitka, and #TrumpIQSongs

I've had some fun with the following trending hashtags on Twitter over the past week: #NewTrumpTwitterBio, #MikePence, #JerryJones, #MikeDitka, and #TrumpIQSongs. Here are my posts, ordered from the most popular to the least popular (all my tweets can be seen here - https://twitter.com/CraigRozniecki):

1) "If you disrespect the flag, you can't play for the Cowboys. If you wanna play for the Cowboys, beat up some women."
#JerryJones
688 Likes, 327 Retweets

2) #JerryJones: "Any player who disrespects the flag will be benched."
U.S. Flag Code: "The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free."
Here's Jerry Jones and the Cowboys pre-game in Dallas...
216 Likes, 138 Retweets

3) #JerryJones: "You either respect the flag or you don't play. Period."
Flag code: "The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever." - http://www.military.com/flag-day/us-flag-code.html …

What do Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Jerry Jones, Mike Ditka, and Roger Goodell all have in common?

They're all old, rich, white, and disapprove of black NFL players protesting oppression pre-game during the National Anthem. Also, their attempt to appear patriotic is nothing more than a charade. All they really care about is power and money. According to the U.S. flag code, these five men consistently disrespect the flag by using it in advertising, apparel, and presenting it in a flat and horizontal manner. They have absolutely no room to talk when it comes to patriotism. The flag may symbolize freedom, represent a free and great country to them, but their ancestors were never brought here from Africa as slaves. They never had to place their lives at risk in order to be provided the right to vote. They've never had to fear authority figures following and suspecting them of wrong doing due to the color of their skin. They've never felt the oppression blacks and other minorities have experienced throughout their lives. If they truly want everyone to find a reason to stand …

Douche of the Century: Mike Ditka

As long time readers know, I've handed out awards for Douche of the Day, Douche of the Week, Douche of the Month, even Douche of the Year, but today, for the very first time, I'm dishing out an award for Douche of the Century.

When speaking with Jim Gray on Westwood One Monday night, former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka let his voice be known about the NFL players National Anthem protest. I'll save the best quote for last, but here are just a few appetizers before I provide the main course:

- "Is this the stage for this? If you want to protest, you've got a right to do that. But I think you're a professional athlete. you have an obligation to the game."

- "I don't see a lot of respect for the game. I just see respect for their own individual opinions. ... Respect the game, play the game, when you want to protest, protest when the game's over, protest whatever other way you want to."

- "I don't care who you are, or how much…

Donald Trump's rigged IQ test

So Donald Trump has challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to a battle of wits courtesy of an IQ test. Knowing how much more intelligent Tillerson is than Trump, if the two were to engage in such a competition, I have a hunch The Donald would have his test rigged. Here's what I predict it would look like:

Trump's rigged IQ test
1) What's your name? Any nickname or abbreviation will do.

2) True or False, New York City is a city in New York?

3) What do cars do? A) Fly, B) Skip, C) Drive or D) Gallop?

4) 2 - 2 = _? (0 or zero will suffice)

5) What's your favorite word, real or made up?

6) Does the term "Nazi" refer to members of a fascist party or is it what blind people often say?

7) Yes or no, does E = MC Hammer?

8) What's synonymous with the word moron, idiot or clarinet?

9) In basketball, a 3-point shot is worth how many points?

10) If octa- means 8, how many sides does an octagon have?

"My favorite band is back!"

I always find it interesting when ardent fans of a band or musician, when pleased with a new record, will say, "He/She/They're back!" This is typically in response to the band's new sound showing traces of their old sound. I find this perplexing, as while it's common for listeners to want musicians to continually evolve, they also commonly want them to stay the same. Yes, regardless of how brilliant the musician, this can prove to be next to impossible.

I understand this mindset to a certain extent. There's typically that one song or one album which first drew our attention to a band, prompted us to fall in love with them musically, and as the saying goes, the rest is history. Due to that, regardless of the number of directions in which the band has traveled since that point, I can understand feeling the urge to again hear that sound which grabbed one's attention in the first place. However, the band never left. If every group rehashed the same material i…

The full lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner

Since it's become a hot topic and 99.9% of the U.S. population isn't familiar with the full lyrics of the song, I thought I'd provide them. Here is The Star-Spangled Banner in its entirety:

"O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in …

Info on my Facebook business, Twitter, and Tumblr pages

Here's the URL to my Facebook business page. I update it fairly regularly, but still haven't put forth a great deal of effort yet in researching matters and attempting to make the most out of it. In any case, it can be perused here:

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCraigRozniecki?ref=hl


Up next is my Twitter page. I'm still not 100% certain what I'm doing on there yet, but feel I'm gradually getting the hang of it and am up to 76,939 followers. I update it daily with many of my own tweets, but also by retweeting some others'. It can be found here:

https://twitter.com/CraigRozniecki


Lastly, here's my Tumblr page, which I've neglected quite a bit recently, but if you're at all curious, you can find it at the following link:

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/rozzy81

Weekly update of my book information

For new readers (and regular ones, I suppose), here's some information pertaining to my books.

Thirteen of my fourteen books can be purchased in paperback form at the following site (and others):

http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=craig+rozniecki&x=7&y=5&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=

The twelve books I've written and released in the past 6 years (yes, I've been on a roll) can be purchased for much cheaper in Kindle form at the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_22?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=craig%20rozniecki%20kindle&sprefix=craig+rozniecki+kindle%2Caps%2C228&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acraig%20rozniecki%20kindle

What I learned in Week 5 of the NFL season...

In Week 5 of the NFL season, I learned that...

- ...Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kickers suffer a similar fate as Donald Trump Cabinet members.

- ...Jay Cutler wants to play quarterback about as much as a steroids-induced Mike Tyson wants to play Punch-Out.

- ...Mike Pence has something against disrespecting Peyton Manning's statue.

- ...it might be best for Ben Roethlisberger to finish out his career in Jacksonville since he throws to the Jaguars defenders so regularly.

- ...the New York Giants, by season's end, may refer to themselves as the New York Little People.

- ...the Los Angeles Chargers need to move back to San Diego if, for no other reason, so I don't have to double-check every time I see the abbreviation LAC, as I immediately think of the Los Angeles Clippers.

- ...the Detroit Lions' offensive lineman won't be in Matthew Stafford's will.

- ...the Cleveland Browns are 1-20 in their last 21 games. No punchline for this one. They are the joke.

- ..., wit…

#LasVegas and #LasVegasShooting

Following the horrific Las Vegas massacre, I made my voice heard on Twitter via the trending hashtags #LasVegas and #LasVegasShooting. Here are my posts, ordered from the most popular to the least popular (all my posts can be viewed here - https://twitter.com/CraigRozniecki):

1) The term "gun control" seems to be off-putting for some, as they're immediately panic-stricken due to "control" being in the title. Perhaps we should alter it in a sensible manner and simply call it pro-life legislation...
#LasVegasShooting
270 Likes, 93 Retweets

2) While some believe it's disrespectful to the victims when discussing gun violence shortly after a mass shooting, when are we going to finally display respect for human life by attempting to prevent more such victims down the road?
#LasVegas
183 Likes, 57 Retweets

3) When it comes to abortion, GOPers are pro-birth. The only thing they're more pro than birth is guns (death). If women gave birth to guns, they'd be i…