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Back From The Dead, Halestorm Review.

So I bought a new phone after years of saying no and dealing with either phones that came free with a switch deal or anything my sister or brother where getting rid of when they upgrade. Yes, I am that cheap. In fact, the last phone I got was a referb in 2018. It is now 2022, so let that sink in. Anyways, I have been listening to music more than I ever have in my life, given how amazing the audio is on this phone. Normally I don’t like to review music that is digital. I prefer records or cds if I am going to do this, but again, given the excellent audio, I will make an exception here.

So I was listening to this song and boy is it epic as fuck. Modern, yet old school. I then listened to the rest. All but one song does it for me, but this the best track.

Epic as fuck!

Now, apparently they’re currently on tour with Evanessence, some top notch shit. If you, like myself, have never heard of this band until a couple days ago, you owe it to yourself to check this album out. Now, 2022 has produced 6 months of some of the best music I have heard in years, but this album alone, might be record of the year in my mind. Nearly every song is, as the “kids” are saying now a days, a banger. If you’re a rock fan in anyway, shape and form, you also owe it to good taste to buy this album and blast it for the rest of the summer, and loud enough so your neighbors can know what a great album is is as well.

5 out of 5 stars.

EDIT: Only a day after posting this I went out and bought this album, in two different formats and a T~shirt.

The Vengeful Virgin Book Review

INTRODUCTION: When I was a child, I wanted to grow up to be a police officer, so I could make detective. Yes, I would of loved to have been the real life equal of Batman. I learned a lot about the job through watching, reading or playing games like Clue. Naturally, some of what intrigued me is Noir or Noiresque novels. Normally I preferred the ones with detectives. Hell, my first novel, novella, is a noiresque book, so it isn’t like I could pass over such, even if I wanted to. This one doesn’t have a detective, sadly. That said, I am still going to review it.

PLOT: A TV Repairman gets hired to help rig up TV’s and an intercom system, in an ailing man’s apartment, when he meets the man’s 18 year old step daughter and bad shit follows.

CHARACTERS: It’s an old Noir novel. You’re not getting deep writing with these characters. You’re barley given any description when it comes to what they look like, a lot like Stephen King characters. They’re not quite one dimensional, but they do have a one track mind, making them rather dull.

PROSE: It works for this type of novel. Not award winning stuff, but you don’t come to Gil Brewer for Nobokov, you come for a plot driven story.

DIALOGUE: Clunky and weird at times, but it was written in 1958, so maybe we shouldn’t be too harsh on it.

SUBTEXT: None, again, it’s the Mcdonald’s of writing. Although, there are moments, you will read between the lines, like myself thinking the main male character could be African American, given he keeps referring to the whiteness of his femme fatale. Sure, he could be white, and just smitten with an auburn hair girls contrast with her skin, but their are other elements in the dialogue that make you think he is black. It never states his age, just that it’s alluded to that he is seemingly older, but he doesn’t want them seen together, even though she is perfectly legal and I do not think it really has to do with their devious plans, as the character claims. Personal opinion, I think it was an, at the time, illegal interracial hook up, on top of a Romeo and Juliet romance. Remember this was written to be shocking in the 1950’s, so it is possible.

CONCLUSION: If you go into this book with the right frame of mind, you will enjoy it for what it is, scholky entertainment. If you are looking for more from your novels, do not bother. I enjoyed reading this, albeit, I prefer detectives and not a book about two people attempting to be criminals, but it isn’t bad. It has a lot of classic Noir tropes and while this isn’t the first one I have read, it is far from my last.

3 out of 5 stars.

BIYG:The VodKast That Wasn’t (BIYG Celebration post one)

Years ago, as I was still doing the podcast, I tried some with video to see how it would be. Needless to say, I didn’t like it much more than your typical podcast, so I left it in “The Vault” or you know, a folder on the cpu, whatever. Anyways, to celebrate this brand, I am posting now. This is from 2015, I was 29 and BIYG was less than a year old or almost a year old. Keep and eye out around the 24 min mark, where I invent AEW Britt Baker’s hand gesture. lol

2015 VodKast

Roe V. Wade and Why Overturning it, is Not the End of The World.

A lot of hoopla out there on the internet today about the overturning of the 50 year, technically 49, year precedent it has set and why there is a silver lining here and it isn’t as bad as the left wants you to think it is, nor is it the win that the right wants to think it is.

Ok, so back in 1973, the Supreme Court of the US decided that abortions where to be openly available to any and all whom sought one. This however, never made abortion a right, rather set a lawful precedence that abortion was not murder and was justified. From my understanding, the opinion of the court today, actually makes it more of a right than it ever has been before. Before I get into that, let me take a moment to show you why I think it was always a right to begin with.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.-U.S. Constitution, 4th Amendment.

I personally believe this quote right here, solidifies abortion as a right. Person’s should be seen as body, what other type of persons is there? And attempting to restrict a person and their sovereignty could constitute the seizures clause. If I recall correctly, this also prevents against unlawful cavity searches. You see where I am going with this? You could interpret it as a baby being protected inside the womb, but you’re probably illiterate.

So, the Supreme Court is using this as their guide for their abortion take.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.-U.S.Constitution, 10th Amendment.

This, is the irony of overturning Roe, in that the Supreme Court strengthened it by mistake. Their political arm stretch actually makes abortion a right, finally after years of people pushing for it. Just like gay marriage was never illegal before 2014, when all the court did was force people to actually recognize gay marriage and nothing more. Rescinding Roe doesn’t make it illegal, it just allows the states to do what they could already do and attempt to restrict it. One could misinterpret this as saying because Roe is overturned that the states have more power because it is now prohibited. That isn’t what that clause is and even if it was the correct interpretation, that fact that a half century of legality would just put a bigger dampening on the states in their restrictions.

Once this goes to lower courts, I think you will see forced judicial precedent to keep abortion legal as it is and pretty much was. I do not think red states, short of activist judges, will get away with very many restrictions. Even if they did, the fact that, once again, it is now a RIGHT, would end up, oddly enough, causing a new and potentially stronger version of Roe V Wade to make it to the Supreme Court, where they would be forced to,reestablish abortion rights federally.

So while it may be killing philosophically speaking, the RNC and their strong arm of the court have, naively and stupidly, shot themselves in the foot, so to speak. This is nothing more than a temporary burst of team playerism and will result in the same aspect that it did in 1973. No one has anything to worry about.

Till next time, Intellectualize and not emotionalize.

A Beautiful Ride

According to WordPress.com, as of 06/22/2022, I am now on my 8th year as a blogger/writer/CEO of Bestinyourgirl.com and what an interesting eight years it has been, although my concept for this site and writing “career” are much older. Many ups and many downs. 2018 and 2019 are my best years on record. Leave it to me to get my best shot in right before the world became a post apocalyptic nightmare thanks to covid. Ok, maybe 2020 wasn’t that bad, but I mean, it still put the world through a loop. Bestinyourgirl.com has been through 3 U.S. Presidents. Started under Obama, got through Trump and now Biden. I went from late 20’s to damn near fuckin’ 40. 36, if you want to be technical about it. Got the top 18 on Avg in Google search and a linkback from IMDB. I was even quoted on one wordpressers article. So many things I didn’t see happening in my early 20’s. I know I do not write 24/7, but I like to thing my semi-unique perspective makes up for it. Otherwise I would have to write a bunch of mundane shit, like who is wearing what in Hollyweird and well, fuck that shit. I don’t have it in me to be that fuckin’ trite. I’m a month and a half into not drinking, although I have only been counting since June 1st. I am trying to quit cigarettes too, which have been with me for 11 years.

Now, some of you may know that wordpress.com has changed gears with its pricing. I only ever basically used this site for hosting. Now in order to host I have to pick either the starter package or a more expensive upgrade. Granted, as of right now I am on the legacy package, which is in between the two, what was formally the premium package. My re-up is soon, so I will have to decide if hosting with 7 extra gigs is worth while, especially when after 8 years I have only used 0.7 of my 13 gigs or if the downgrade is imminent. I won’t be able to afford the pro package, which has 50 gigs. I mean, I could pull it out my ass, but it would not be in my best interest. With the 60 dollars a year package, I get a good discount, but in the future, things could just change on a dime. Would of been nice had wordpress given a heads up, but as with my cellphone provider, they decided, hey fuck everyone in 2022. I am currently looking at new hosting options that are cheaper. I want to keep writing, as I have a lot more unique perspectives to write. Granted, that might not be possible. I loved every second of doing bestinyourgirl.com, but the possibility to start anew is exciting as well. I have accomplished pretty much everything one could with this blog, except for fame, which wasn’t my goal here, but rather long term brand building and a stable brand at that. If I want fame, I could just hit Youtube and be pesudeo famous or better yet, start a real Pornhub and do porn.

So as of today, I do not know how much longevity Bestinyourgirl.com has, but I do know I want to see it turn 10 at the very least. So, I am going to spend the next year, at least, celebrating this brand like it is going out of style, in the best way I know how, anyways.

Regardless of what happens in the future, thanks for tuning in.

Army of the Dead

This isn’t so much of a review, as much as it is a bitch fest, so this will be wicked short. I watched this the other night and well, while the movie is alright, I couldn’t help but see one too many parallels to something else that deals with zombies, so my review is going to be summed up in this picture.

The Movie

CONCLUSION: Besides Zynder’s call backs to his remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004), which seem hokey and retro in a badway, this movie doesn’t move the genre forward in anyway, shape or form. It’s a mediocre movie in everyway, shape and form. All the most interesting parts are ripped off the game Left4Dead, which is the super zombies that are harder to kill. Included are the witch, the hunter and some Glen Danzig wanna be. If you added the “boomer” zombies, you could of easily called this Left4Dead 3. I hope Netflix gets sued for plagiarism.

2 out of 5 stars.