So here we are at Terror Con, the crew of Rhode Island Free Radio.org. Also in attendance: evil clowns, a couple of zombie Star Wars troopers, a killer car, a battered Jurassic Park jeep, and aisle upon crowded aisle of merchandise vendors, food vendors, artists, authors, and a bunch of ‘B’ movie and TV show celebrities not getting as much attention as they’d like for their 30 dollar autographs and 50 dollar photos. It does my heart good to see the clowns, dead stormtroopers, and a faux Batman and Wonder Woman getting more attention than the grizzled oldster who played Danny Torrance in The Shining once upon a time. (You remember, the kid with the stupid haircut that rode the Big Wheel and talked to his finger.) There’s also Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees), some folks from The Walking Dead, the Cenobites from Hellraiser(minus Doug Bradley), Adrienne Barbeau, a Freddy Krueger pinball machine (Our own Tony Jones has his eye on the pinball machine), and last but not least a table full of RI Free Radio stickers, pins, CD’s and candy that needs to either be given away or thrown away by 5 pm Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, 9 am. We dose ourselves every hour with caffeine and sugar. Our self- promoting outgoing natures do not manifest without help before 2 pm. My outgoing nature threatens not to manifest at all after a conversation with the owner of Christine, the car I mentioned at the top of the first paragraph. Sad to relate, I found the present owner to be just as obsessed with the evil auto as the kid in the King novel and Carpenter’s movie adaptation. Can’t sit behind the wheel, can’t lean on it, can’t touch it. Oh, well. Just a missed photo op for Tony Jones and me and the rest of the RI Free Radio crew. My real concern is for that man’s family. I hope one of the demonologists at this event notices the state of affairs around that car and takes the proper steps.
11 am My mood revives with the arrival at our booth of two Lasik Girls. Cute, eager, intellectual. By the time they finish their pitch to restore our 20/20 vision, and the second one has discussed the conditions and problems threatening our world and their solutions, we have also been visited by robed cultists, a fanged leather-clad female vampire, Michael Myers, and Santa Claus. We give out CD’s, buttons, and stickers. I convince our Dj Psycho Eddie, a large man in prison garb and face-paint, to stop asking little kids if they want candy because it’s creeping me out. Ask the parents about the candy, I tell him. Give promo stickers to the kids to stick on mommy’s car. We try to talk somebody into slapping a RI Free Radio sticker on Christine’s back bumper, but nobody’s brave enough.
Sunday, 1 pm The day goes on. The pile of internet radio station merch in front of us goes down. We meet several possible recruits to our RI Free Radio Family. We teach you the internet radio ropes for free, we tell them, you won’t owe us any gigantic student loan amounts when you’ve finished learning. This is true. We take the commitments we make seriously. Less seriously do we take the inflatable T-rexes bopping down the aisle, or the Crypt Keeper’s voice screeching over the announcement intercom.
3 pm I have a problem of my own: for every single dollar in my pocket, there’s a Ben Franklin worth of stuff I want to leave with. Posters and Godzilla action figures, autographed books and signed pics, a set of erotic female monster stickers that stick to anything. That Freddy Krueger pinball machine (maybe I’ll talk to Tony about going halfsies on that)... Lasik eye surgery. Christine.
5 pm I settle for the erotic female monster stickers that stick to anything. For the rest, there’s next year.
(Host of The Haunted Cabaret)
Rhode Island State House — Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) has introduced legislation intended to protect employees from wrongful termination.
The bill (2017-S 0169) would end Rhode Island’s adoption of the “employment-at-will” legal doctrine, and would provide some job protection for employees that satisfactorily perform their duties. The act would also provide specific remedies for wrongful discharge.
“Rhode Island is one of only a handful of states that has no public policy regarding at-will employment,” said Senator Quezada. “This can lead to competent, capable and hard-working employees suddenly losing their jobs for no good reason. We owe it to all our workers to provide them with a modicum of protection and not leave their job security up to the vagaries of employers.”
At-will employment means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one, or for no reason without incurring legal liability. It also means that an employer can change the terms of the employment relationship with no notice and no consequences. For example, an employer can alter wages, terminate benefits, or reduce paid time off. In its unadulterated form, the U.S. at-will rule leaves employees vulnerable to arbitrary and sudden dismissal, a limited or on-call work schedule depending on the employer’s needs, and unannounced cuts in pay and benefits.
In Senator Quezada’s legislation, wrongful discharge would consist only of firing someone for refusing to break the law, if the discharge was not for a good cause after the employee’s probationary period, or the employers violated the provisions of their own personnel policy. The law would also establish a probationary period of 90 days for those employers who do not have a specific probationary period.
“This law would also provide remedies to employees who feel they have been wrongfully discharged,” said Senator Quezada. “There are few things more important in life than job security. And losing a job for no good reason can be a tremendous blow, especially if you have a family to support.”
Under the legislation, if an employer has committed a wrongful discharge, the employee may be awarded lost wages and fringe benefits for a period not to exceed four years from the date of discharge, together with interest on the lost wages and fringe benefits.
The bill, which is cosponsored by Senators Jeanine A. Calkin (D-Dist. 30, Warwick),Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) and Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If you’re a resident of Rhode Island, then the term ‘Rhody Beer’ would certainly remind you of that distinct flavor that a beer made in the Ocean State would always have. There’s a reason why beers crafted in this state are special, not only does Rhode Island have a rich history of crafting the finest beers, it also has around 375 years of history of beer making and delivering something unique to the beer thirsty world. Let us examine some of the favorite beers to have come out of Rhode Island:
5. The Stalk:
Brewed by Proclamation Ale Company, the Stalk is a beer that is a cult favorite in Rhode Island. The beer comes in a cloudy gold color with a touch of sublime haziness on top of an aroma that is well-suited for all type of preferences. The Stalk is primarily a beer having flavors that can be characterized as having a tinge of citrus. Having an alcohol concentration of 8.60% the Stalk is a beer that should always be in your fridge for all type of occasions.
4. Captain’s Daughter:
Currently rated as the best beer of Rhode Island, the Captain’s Daughter is indeed a must try for anyone who’s trying to get a taste of Rhode Island’s finest beer. The essence of this beer comes out of its brewing process as it’s brewed with high-quality pilsner malt and flaked oats. The best part about the Captain’s Daughter is that you always discover something new, whether it’s an improvement in the aroma or the taste.
Galaxy continues the great work Proclamation Ale Company is doing for beer lovers in Rhode Island. Galaxy is brewed in such a way that the maximum flavor and aroma is obtained through the hops, Amarillo and Citra. The best thing about Galaxy is that it almost feels like it is bursting with citrus juices and tropical fruit aroma.
The name of the beer pretty much tells about what it’ll offer, the mosaic is a supreme combination of a wide variety of brewing ingredients which include raw hops, citrusy flavors and stone fruits. The aroma represents the typical taste of beers from Rhode Island. Due to the usage of raw hops the taste of the Mosaic is very much spicy or maybe sour due to the citrus flavors.
1. Narragansett Bock:
A favorite of Rhode Island is the Narragansett Bock, hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops the Narragansett Bock wouldn’t be consider as a typical Rhody beer but still it gives you something unique. The very taste of the beer gives your taste buds a creamy sensation and an aroma that you’ll remember for quite some time.
Beers out of Rhode Island are widely recognized not just in the U.S but also all over the world.
This is simply one man's opinion, what is YOUR favorite Rhody brew?
When last we left you Hulk had leapt from the building. After he sent Superman flying through the air. The Joker tried to flee while Batman and Lex stood staring at this large green beast. When out of the blue a white web shot towards a nearby building with a red and blue character attached to it. NOT known to Batman, but Spiderman swung through. "A clown running can't be good" said Spiderman. He shot his webbing net sticking the Joker to the floor. Then he swung towards Batman with a Flying kick. Batman caught the foot of the Spiderman swinging him into the wall. Lex targeting all with his rockets, at a blink of a second the rockets are launched with Batman deflecting one with a Batarang, one headed towards Spiderman, when a bright red flash scoops Spiderman from the side of the building that Batman threw him into. Hulk grabs the one meant for him and hurls it back at Lex. "No one hurts my friend Bugman"! Hulk yells. The rocket catches Lex knocking him to the ground. Hulk jumped on him like flies on crap. He caught Lex's right hand as he tried to knock Hulk off. Hulk then grabbed his hand, crushing it. Then he ripped Lex's arm off, the one which also had the device that opened the boom tub. Odd thing is there were no screams. Hulk had exposed wires and circuits, this Lex was an android. Hulk bashed the robot to the ground like aluminum foil. He takes the arm in hand and chucks it towards the watching Batman, catching Batman of guard. The force of the thrown object would have put him through the wall if Batman didn't react when he did. Batman shot his grappling hook up towards the building where Flash had moved Spiderman. The Hulk furious yells in a defining manner. Not noticing the three on the building's top yet. Meanwhile over the Atlantic sea just about 10 mile out from Metropolis Superman crashed into the water sinking like a rock out cold from the punch of Hulk earlier.
Chuckles The Klown is the host of Chuckles' Crypt on RI Free Radio
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