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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.

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.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Netflix 2022, review. (Mostly Spoiler Free)

INTRODUCTION: Ok, I make it not secret that I cannot stand the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series. Yes, as a horror fan, I know this piece of shit is sacrosanct, but I could never find a way to like it. I went into this with lower than average expectations, even lower than I have with politicians, which is saying a lot, so was good?

STORY: Douche-bag Youtubers buy shit ghost town, accidentally kill leatherface’s mamma and how they’re fucked. Very Original/sarcasm

DIALOGUE: Mostly good, minus two cringe moment, one about death following one chick to this shitty town and the other about the wanna be Laurie Strode not being remembered by Micheal…er, leatherface.

SFX: Standard, but good.

VISUALS: Very good looking town, realistic for what is probably just stand ups as opposed to actual full sets. Sadly the shitting yellow lighting of a good portion of the movie to remind us the original was set in the 70s, was annoying.

KILLS: Decent, but not amazing. At one moment, what could of been a great massacre on par with Darth Vader in Rouge One, is plagued by “humor”.

SUBTEXT: Seriously? Consider the source material.

CONCLUSION: For a movie that is just a rip off of Halloween (2018), it is still the “best” this “series” has to offer and sadly way too late to be really worth your wild. When I say rip off, it is nearly point for point in the structure. Ignore all but the original movie? Check! Have actors that aren’t the most photogenic? Check! Have the original villain be smarter than he was in previous versions? Check! Original, albeit recast, character making a comeback for a show down? Check! Cliche ending? Check! This movie wins the 2018 horror movie bingo. Sadly, it is still just a mediocre horror movie at it’s core.

3 stars out of 5 for a normal horror movie.

4 out of 5 stars for a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie.

My Experience with the Covid-19 Vaccine.

The summer is dwindling down to a close and I find it is important to write about my experiences with the Covid-19 vaccine.

My 2021 started off in the shitter and didn’t get much better from there. I started growing my own food, something I’ve wanted to do for years and got a nice, but small crop of spring garlic. They were very good and I moved on to planting Habanero. Sadly for me, 2021 isn’t a very good year for Habaneros on the north east. Several major storms and 4 of the 6 plants I had are dead and the two left are 8 weeks in and they’re still tiny. I may have to bring them in and try growing them in the winter, or try again in the spring of 2022. I have managed to make some very good, fresh hot sauces in my own house and will have to post about those at a later date. What I really want to bring up most though is my experience with the Moderna vaccine.

June 15th was my first shot and everything went well. I watched the entire 5 seasons of Breaking Bad, plus El Camino. I haven’t reviewed it yet, regardless, that isn’t the point, which is to say, I had to fill my time awaiting the next dosage and trying to go outside as little as possible. The beginning of July sucked, as I slept for nearly an entire week straight, quite literally, and could barley eat. I had all the symptoms of Covid-19, except it wasn’t. My parents and siblings all got the same virus and 3 of the 5 of us got the covid shot and turned up negative. My siblings, at the time, had not gotten the shot, as we each did it in waves. My parents are approaching their 60’s, so they’re the most venerable and got it first. Then I got it, then finally my siblings. Now we’re all vaccinated. The second part of the shot went off without a hitch and I’ve been very good ever since, although I’m thinking I will get the booster when it is available.

Now, I believe vaccinations work and are fantastic, have had all my shots and the only time I don’t is with the flu shot. When it comes to the flu, normally I end up with it before the vaccines are even available, flu strains are not the weather and are not overly predictable anyways, so even if I didn’t get sick, there is a chance that you could get the wrong strain of flu shot, because no one is perfect. Anyways, this is a newer version of an old technology that was rushed through FDA procedures, with good reason, but still, any reasonable person that was skeptical of the shot, myself included, would have had good reason to be. Science isn’t McDonalds and you cannot rush it, especially when it comes to Virology or anything similar.

So does the shot work? I think it does. I initially got sick in December of 2019 with something I wasn’t quite sure of. It hit me like a ton of bricks, which is a rare thing. Fast forward to January and well, we start to be aware of Covid-19. I had already recovered and so didn’t my family from this mystery illness. I spent most of my time drinking and watching Lucifer, of which I reviewed. Side note, I really need to stop getting sick and binge watching Netflix. I did my part to stay inside during covid, venturing out very little, which is normal for me, since I’m not a partier or anything, I don’t patron many restaurants, since it is cheaper to dine in. I order my books from Amazon and I wait for most movies to hit DVD before I watch them anyways, unless something really interest me. So, short of going out to get laid, or visit the local nerd shop, I am very adept at the whole, stay home and fuck around thing.  

Now, while I didn’t get checked for covid, remember I was fine by the time we knew what it was and there were no test yet, I strongly suspect I did have it. Every six months, I would get very light covid seeming symptoms, though. I didn’t get checked, because it seemed counter intuitive. If I don’t have it, I am exposing myself and risking others to see if I do. If I did have it, it is very mild and not worth the ER or Doctors trip. So I stayed in.

Since I have had the vaccine, the only time my nose drips, is when I have hot sauce and the only cough I have is from smoking a cigarette.  I don’t even get any of the mild aspects anymore. I went around without the mask for a while, before the CDC recommended that even vaccinated people wearing it again and was fine.

While the numbers of people dying to covid aren’t overly drastic, that small minority of people which are not vaccinated would be wise to do so, regardless of autonomy over their own body, because that small number, could be even smaller than it already is and since it doesn’t hurt or cause any issues, on top of the fact it is free, you really aren’t doing you or anyone else any favors by not getting it.

In the future, I think the covid shot might be like a flu shot. You get an annual booster of it and off you go until it disappears or is replaced by something more aggressive than it is. While fears of future complications might not be entirely unfounded, only time will tell about both, but until then when it comes to the shot, I say it is highly recommended.