POINTS OF PONDERATION…..EPISODE 1.22 

A semi-regular attempt to address some of life’s minutiae that might otherwise be overlooked…..

I keep seeing people repost this diatribe on social media about being fully vaccinated and not knowing “what’s in it” just like they didn’t know what was in the vaccines they took as kids, the secret recipe of KFC chicken, various medications, or assorted personal hygiene products, and the whole thing is asinine. It completely misses the point, and also includes outright lies. At the end it notes that the proud poster is vaccinated because: 

  • “I want to do something other than just staying locked in my home”. Well, you know what, if you’ve been locked in your house the past two years that’s largely your fault. Most folks with common sense & critical thinking skills resumed a fairly normal routine awhile ago, with certain obvious precautions & limitations. COVID is a thing. It’s undeniable, and it has altered our lives…perhaps forever. But let’s simmer down on the histrionics. If you want to go out & live a little there’s not a whole lot that’s totally stopping you. 
  • “I want to travel & hug people without fear”. First of all, turn off the TV. Stop letting the news media scare you. Secondly, if you face restrictions of any kind blame the businesses & government entities needlessly imposing those rules.
  • “To not die from Covid-19”. I personally know multiple people who were fully vaccinated & boostered and still died 🤷🏻‍♂️. 
  • “To hug my loved ones”. No one is stopping you from doing that. The only roadblock you face is your own irrational fear.
  • “To not have to do tests to go to a restaurant, etc.” Vaccine mandates are stupid, and more people are figuring that out every day. I personally refuse to support any business that imposes such restrictions. This isn’t Nazi Germany.
  • “To live my life”. Let me say it a little louder – No. One. Is. Stopping. You. And to the extent that you are facing roadblocks to the usual freedoms, those will not go away even if COVID were to be eradicated. This whole situation hasn’t been about our health & well-being for awhile. The powers-that-be now have a clear understanding of just how easily the masses can be controlled by fear & manipulation, and it’s our fault for letting that happen. Do you honestly believe they will ever give up that control??
  • “For Covid-19 to be an old memory”. That’s not going to happen. It’s here to stay. There will always be spikes & new variants. Maybe one day the talking heads will become bored by it all, but that isn’t going to be anytime soon. 
  • “To protect us”. That “vaccine” isn’t protecting jack squat. Its main benefit is the false sense of security provided to those who happily submit. That’s fine if it helps you sleep at night. 

All of the (legit) vaccines we received as children…mumps, polio, measles, et al…are mentioned, saying that the poster’s parents “trusted the science”, and as a result they’ve never suffered thru or transmitted any of those maladies. It fails to mention that the COVID “vaccine” doesn’t prevent a person from getting or spreading COVID!! For God’s sake people…think before you post!! I’ve lost a lot of respect for those who I believed to be reasonably intelligent folks that I now realize are gullible sheep. 

My experience with dating apps:

  • She’s gorgeous & has her shit together. She’s WAY out of my league.
  • Okay, she’s kind of cute. Her profile reads like a list of ransom demands though, and I’m vaguely frightened 👀.
  • Gives off a chill vibe?? Check. Attractive?? Check. Seems like someone I’d be interested in getting to know?? Check. It’s too bad she lives 100+ miles away 😕.
  • Super hot. Lots of cleavage. Double entendres galore. Probably a dude. Or a cop 👮🏻‍♂️.
  • Oh, cool…finally, a woman in my local area!! She’s three decades my senior, has a cigarette hanging from her mouth, & sounds like she might be mentally ill. Vaguely reminiscent of Abe Vigoda with notes of Rosie O’Donnell & a hint of Phyllis from The Office 😬.

#IGiveUp 

So, Academy Award nominations have been announced. First, The Sammys are still way cooler than The Oscars. Second, I won’t be watching…haven’t seen the show in years. Bunch of pretentious windbags besmirching what should be one of the highlights of their professional lives by spewing ignorant, out of touch, woke garbage, and rarely do the movies that interest me & the ones that critics adore intersect. Having said all of that, I do have a few opinions. The only Best Picture nominee I’ve seen is King Richard, which won the Sammy Award for Favorite Movie. I might eventually check out the updated West Side Story, but didn’t see it on the big screen. It blows my freakin’ mind that Kristen Stewart has been nominated for an Oscar. Seriously…she has the disposition of lukewarm tap water. Never in a million years did I ever think such a succubus of charisma could possibly win an Academy Award. On the flip side is Will Smith, who has always had charm & personality to spare. Though it weirds me out a bit that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has gone from gettin’ jiggy wit it to being nominated for an Oscar I hope he wins. Not only is he someone I’ve actually heard of, but his performance in King Richard is truly excellent. I’m kind of surprised that Ben Affleck didn’t get a Best Supporting Actor nod for The Tender Bar. The movie isn’t that great but his performance seemed award worthy. I’ve seen some comments opining that the latest Spider-Man flick should’ve been nominated for Best Picture, but come on now…we all know that’s not how Hollywood rolls. God forbid they recognize a good film that Joe Sixpack actually enjoyed.

Full disclosure…I’ve never listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast, but recent events have piqued my interest and I might have to give it a whirl. 25 years ago who could’ve predicted that (with the exception of the late great Phil Hartman) Rogan would be the NewsRadio alumnus that’d have the biggest (pop) cultural impact?? One could have made bank on that prop bet. 

Thoughts on relationships…

Ladies, some unsolicited advice: no guy is going to invest much effort in a woman who seems to hate men. I’m as jaded as anyone, but at some point cynicism becomes really unattractive, so perhaps you might want to consider toning it down. This is when the “unfollow” button comes in handy. Sometimes people are going thru some stuff, and I understand that, but it doesn’t mean I want to go thru it with you. I no longer want to be “a good guy”, “like a brother”, or a “cool friend”. What’s in it for me?? I’m not going to let someone unload all their drama, seeking validation, counsel, or a sympathetic ear, then later that night some other guy with washboard abs & deep pockets gets to see her naked & drill her like an oil field. That’s called being used, and it’s not okay. It has become tedious. I have one sister…that’s all I need or want. If the dude with cool tatts & a big schlong isn’t also willing or capable of meeting your emotional needs then perhaps you need to reevaluate your situation. This drive thru is closed. 

Introduction to My 100 Favorite Movies

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Some time ago I published a series of blogs at the old Manofesto about my Top 100 Movies. Since I’m here at this site now I have decided to revise the list ever so slightly and expose it to a whole new audience. My original plan was to only modify and redo the list about every 5 years thereby giving my tastes time to evolve, but this will be a onetime exception to that self imposed decree.

 

I will be doing things a little differently this time around. First of all, I am allowing myself no ties. There were about 120 movies on the original list. This time I am challenging myself to not cop out with ties. Secondly, I am allowing myself one cop out. There are a few occasions where you’ll see movie series or trilogies sharing one spot. I feel justified in doing so with the movies affected. And finally, rather than doing the list in 10 film increments, I will be doing it in 5. This will keep each entry shorter and more reader friendly, or maybe sometimes it’ll give me the freedom to be more verbose if I feel the inclination.

 

Just a little about my “process”…..
You’ll notice that this is a list of my 100 Favorite Movies. This is NOT a list of the 100 Greatest Films of all time. There’s a huge difference. I’m a diverse, eclectic guy. I like a little of everything. A lot depends on my mood. Sometimes I want to laugh and be goofy. Sometimes I‘m deep and introspective. My entertainment spectrum runs far and wide. I’m also a non-conformist. Just because some film critic says a movie is horrible doesn’t mean I might not enjoy it immensely, and just because the masses put a supposedly great work of art up on a pedestal doesn’t mean I will automatically think it’s worthy of my praise. Awards mean nothing to me either. How many Best Picture winners in the past 20 years have really been THAT good?? In my opinion less than half. One other consideration that carries considerable weight for me is time. I’m extremely wary and almost arrogantly dismissive of anyone who says their absolute favorite film is something that’s been produced in the past five years. Greatness takes time. I look at how well something has withstood the passage of the years.

 

We’ll begin with a short list of movies that I like but just didn’t make the final cut. Next time…same bat time, same bat channel.