Trench reviews Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD

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These are more recommendations rather than reviews but you get the idea.

***MINOR SPOILERS***

Anyway, I liked Season 2 better than the first season. Between the start of the season with HYDRA being in control then working up to Skye’s father along with the Inhumans made for a somewhat jumbled season but it came together nicely in the end.

The one thing that really annoys me about Agents of SHIELD is that they expect you to go see the MCU movies the week they come out. They’ll hint at it with the preceding episode then talk about the movie like it just happened on the next one. They did this with Winter Soldier last season and with Age of Ultron this season. I don’t watch the MCU movies until they’re out on DVD so thanks for that Disney.

Bottom line, like last season this season was also a slow burn culminating in a blowout season finale so be warned it gets kind of slow in the middle but it’s worth slogging through it.

If you haven’t seen the first season how about helping out the site by purchasing it through Amazon.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

WI craigslist creeper wanted someone to donate for the mom and daughter fantasy

Bradley Kosmatka

Bradley Kosmatka

43-year-old Bradley Kosmatka of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, was recently arrested on charges of attempted child enticement, attempted sexual assault of a child under 16 and trafficking of a child. It all started when a state investigator found an ad in the craigslist personals that was entitled…

“Donate for the Mom and daughter fantasy — m4ww — 40 (Grafton)”

Ick. For the uninitiated this usually means that someone wants to ‘have sex’ with a mother and her underage daughter, but mostly just the underage daughter. Like I said, ick.

Thankfully the investigator responded to the ad posing as a mother with two daughters ages 14 and 11. Kosmatka allegedly wanted the 14-year-old to join in while the 11-year-old watched.

Kosmatka was arrested at a McDonald’s, naturally, where he is said to have denied wanting to have sex with the girl and that he was going to give the mother money for a baby sitter.

As I’ve said before there actually are parents out there who are willing to loan their kids to pedophiles for either money or joining in and craigslist continues to turn a blind eye to them.

Connecticut craigslist creeper blackmails boy

Steven Turner

Steven Turner

20-year-old Steven Turner of New Britain, Connecticut, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. As much as some people like to believe that teenagers aren’t posting ads on craigslist the victim in this case did. Not only did Turner allegedly sexually assault the boy but he is also said to have blackmailed the victim into giving him money and jewelry to keep silent about the matter.

Police departments can offer all the space they want for people to feel safe while transacting business through craigslist but something like this can’t be prevented unless parents make sure their kids are staying off of craigslist. Craigslist sure isn’t looking out for your kids after all.

Body found of SC mom who disappeared after Kik date

Ashley Pegram

Ashley Pegram

The body of 28-year-old Ashley Pegarm was found over the weekend. Ms. Pegram was the mother from Summerville, South Carolina, who went missing after going on a date with a man she met on the messaging app Kik. 30-year-old Edward Bonilla was charged in her murder after blood found in his trunk matched that of Ms. Pegram. A cause of death has not been released other than that she died from homicidal violence.

What has come as surprise to me is that police in the area say that more arrests may be coming but are being tight-lipped about it as the investigation is ongoing. I can only imagine what these other arrests may entail.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

We Get Letters: F*CK YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

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I received the following e-mail last night. I bring it to you in its unedited form…

FUCK YOUR SITE, FUCK YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, BECAUSE YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME AND YOU WILL BE FORCED TO REMOVE YOUR WEBSITE AND FACE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR IT. FUCK YOU AND YOUR BIAS BULLSHIT. ROT IN HELL YOU PIECE OF WORTHLESS STUCK AT HOME FAT ASS

FUCK OFF!!!!!

As Connor said in Boondock Saints “Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.” Not to mention…

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This e-mail is from someone I posted about many years ago who may or may not have touched an underage girl they met on MySpace. That’s how old the post is.

If I would have been asked nicely I would have had no problem removing the post since they served their time. I still might if asked nicely. However let’s clear some things up. As I keep saying I’m not a journalist so this is freedom of speech not freedom of press and the only time my freedom of speech may be considered a hate crime is if registered sex offenders become a protected class.

Lastly and most importantly it ain’t my fault you got arrested. So how about you man up and show some responsibility?

Medicaid expansion in Alabama

Here’s a look at what may happen if Alabama were to expand its Medicaid program.


Via: Potashnik & Associates

Taylor Clark may have been killed because the killer’s car was repo’d

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

As I’ve previously posted 19-year-old Taylor Clark of Madison County, Illinois, was shot and killed after trying to sell his car on craigslist. His alleged killer is 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis. Taylor’s car and then his body were found in Hazelwood, Missouri. It seems there may have been a very good reason for that.

Reports say that Taylor met Gordon at his Gordon’s place of work where witnesses say that they drove off to a wooded area near the business before Gordon returned alone. The story gets even more tragic and pathetic from there. Gordon is said to have driven the same type of car that Taylor was selling except Gordon had his repossessed.

While police have not commented on this finding it’s beginning to sound like that Gordon killed Taylor because of his own inadequacies. Just like cowards do.

How did Gordon possibly think that this car swap killing was even going to work. I swear that criminals sometimes think that life works like a cheesy 1980s sitcom or movie where it’s so crazy it just might work. No, it doesn’t. It never works. So instead of being a leech on society fix your own damn problems before murdering someone for some selfish and shallow reason.

An innocent man is dead because he may have driven the same type of car that some other guy had repo’d. Think about that.

Trench reviews Season 1 of Gotham

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***SPOILERS***

I give it a hesitant thumbs up.

It started off great with a great murder mystery of who murdered the Waynes along with Penguin’s chicanery and brutality and Fish Mooney’s plot to overthrow Don Facolne in Gotham’s mob scene. Then halfway through the season the tight writing and great storytelling kind of went off the rails, especially The Dollmaker storyline. Maybe that will pay off later in the series but at the time I really didn’t care for that part of the story. The last two episodes felt like they all of a sudden had to force a season finale together although I did like the little cliffhanger at the end.

Am I coming back for season 2? As long as Robin Lord Taylor continues to portray the Penguin I will tune in every week.

The comic book nerd in me does have a question though. Jim Gordon and Barbara are destined to be together and have a daughter that becomes Batgirl. I’m interested to see how that’s going to happen now that Barbara is an admitted murderer albeit insane.

Comic of the Week: Convergence The Question #2

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While I haven’t been wowed by the Convergence storyline as a whole yet I really did like this issue.

Pre-New 52 Renee Montoya, the 2nd Question, had to watch the original Question, Vic Sage, suffer and die slowly of cancer. Now her father is close to the death because of cancer and he hasn’t talked to Renee since she came out to her family.

After having to deal with Convergence plot point she rushes to his side, they reconcile and Renee tells her father that everything is going to be ok and it’s ok to let go now.

Buy Convergence Question #2 at Amazon

While there was no reconciliation needed between my mother and myself when she was in bed dying of cancer and unable to respond I remember telling her that my brother and I would be ok and that it was ok to let go. She passed within the day.

So you can see why I liked this comic a lot.

Missing Illinois man selling car on craigslist found dead

Taylor S. Clark

Taylor S. Clark

Once again I’m sad to post that the body of 19-year-old Taylor S. Clark was found shot to death 400 yards from the car he was trying to sell on craigslist. Taylor’s car was found abandoned in Hazelwood, Missouri. No suspect has been named or arrested at this time.

Police are seeking the public’s help in this case. Please call the Major Case Squad if you have any tips: 314-513-5225

Still no word if Taylor was set up through craigslist but the memory of the murder of Bud and June Runion, who died under similar circumstances in Georgia, are still fresh in our minds.

My prayers and condolences go out to Taylor’s friends and family.

UPDATE 5/6/2015: Police in Missouri have arrested 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis and have officially charged him with the murder of Taylor Clark. Taylor’s murder does appear to be yet another ‘craigslist killing’ as investigators have said that Taylor and Gordon exchanged e-mails about the car that Taylor was selling on craigslist.