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The one the only, @theclementineking

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#Ita v. #Aut: my hot take

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Okkkkaaayyyy…. What a match it was. It tookΒ  some time yesterday after the match to bring myself down to a calm state.
Some felt italy had not been tested during the group stage. Was that test yesterday? It certainly looked like it.

It was a game of halves…or I guess quarters… Italy was the better team in the first half and the first extra time.. Austria rattled Italy in the 2nd half and were the better team and I will say had the edge in the 2nd extra time.

The lack of physical size in some of the key players reared its ugly head yesterday. Play makers like Verratti seemed to be sprawled all over the pitch far too often. I understand he’s a playmaker but he hung on to the ball far too long. The ball movement had to be a lot quicker and it wasn’t. Italy needs to get back to that type of game.
Except for the woodwork he hit, Immobile was a non factor, ineffective all game long. Was this due to good defending?I don’t know. Maybe. But on many occasions he seemed hesitant as to what to do next.
Spinazzola continues to shine in this tournament on that left side. The two goals were nice but he is the reason the goals even happened. Brilliant. In the 2nd half, Austria seemed to have neutralized that side.
The substitutions couldn’t have come at a better time. They offered a bigger presence on the pitch and are the big reason Italy has moved on.
I gave the edge to Austria in the 2nd extra time but overall, Italy could have put the game to bed with all the squandered chances they had in the extra time.

Yesterdays match certainly put a scare into Italy. Some pundits are already changing their tune about the team. Some are making silly comments like the screen grab below.
I didn’t watch the video because my time is precious but it’s a really dumb comment but to each his own. It certainly wasn’t their best match but to say Italy gave very little? come on.

Nowadays when you put out something to the internet you risk the ‘that didn’t age well’ reply… and it almost happened for one of the tweets I put out…Neville thinks Italy doesn’t have enough to go all the way and he was almost proven right yesterday and can still be proven right.

I say that sometimes when a team has it too easy that they need a good slap to the back of the head and a wake up call. I think and hope that came yesterday in the form of Austria. Italy will regroup and will be better for it moving forward. Like Mancini, I still believe overall they were the better team and deserved advancing to the next stage. But a high five to Austria for their performance. Grit and determination.

Last Man Standing series finale

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It’s always super sad when a series ends. Political views aside I have always been a fan of Tim Allen. I loved Home Improvement. I will say that although early on I did not miss any episodes of last man standing at one point I lost touch with it… but eventually I returned to watching it.
Most series, unless abruptly terminated, end with closure. I am not exactly sure what to make of Last Man Standing’s series finale. Essentially a truck Tim worked on for 10 years gets stolen. So in some way the truck represented the show… ~10 years of hard work by Tim…during their mourning the truck scene u can clearly see that they’re really talking about the show.
Anyway I just found this series ending, let’s just say, different.
During his last vlog Tim makes reference to ‘stealing’…I hope that considering his political views that he didn’t go there. It would not be surprising though since over the years he’s gone there plenty of times during the shows run.
As an avid BlackBerry enthusiast myself the one thing I appreciated enormously was Tim Allen’s appreciation for the BlackBerry brand and the fact he showcased plenty BlackBerry phones constantly over the years. His love for the brand seemed to have rubbed off on others in the cast as Hector and Jonathan too sported the KEY series during the last season. Good on you Tim. Good on you. πŸ‘

Rocking the stylish and sexy BlackBerry KEY2


… and btw what the hell ever happened to Boyd? Here’s what…

Weird though that he couldn’t be in the finale.

I’ll be there for you…

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I watched the #friends reunion and it gave me all sorts of feels…good and sad…atleast no bad feelings though.

Before I get into it I have to state that the funniest on the show was Ross hands down.. Followed closely by Phoebe and Joey…then Monica, Rachel and finally Chandler. Over the years they all had their moments so it’s really difficult to rank them but I think for me this is it.

I wish they had made the reunion longer. There should have been more surprises in the mix but I do understand that covid made things difficult. I am not sure either about some of the guest choices… was it just that they were available due to the circumstances? Anyway I digress.

I don’t get the hate toward Corden hosting but people gotta hate on everything to feel good about themselves.
I loved how easily they got back into character… Lisa ‘my eyes’ Kudrow is just too awesome.
Their reminiscing was amazing, touching and with some added surprising revelations.

The reunion also made me sad for a couple of reasons… we are getting old. I am in their age bracket and when they flashed back to the early years and seeing them now I couldn’t help but feel old. It’s crazy. 51 isn’t that old but still I feel bothered.
I also felt for Matthew Perry. Nevermind his last minute emergency procedure.. He just seemed sad. Down. Not out of place but certainly looked at times like he wasn’t really into it. It could have been related to his procedure but still… Of all of them it’s fair to say that Matthew has a harder time of things and it shows… I almost feel bad ranking him least funny but atleast for me his character was more annoying than funny… could I be any more wrong? In this case, I’m afraid the answer is no.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: what would you like on your pizza?

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Well well well… looks like there is some pizza parlor confusion going on here.

Leading up to the U.S. elections among many many narratives, there were two things I took notice of.
1) social media influencers, who clearly are trump supporters, telling their followers to do their own ‘research’ and not be influenced by what they saw/heard on the news. How rich is this? Influencers whose main raison d’etre is to influence and dupe people on the daily telling these same followers not to be influenced. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ
2) the pizza parlors: it seemed like every time the right was losing ground or losing an argument they always circled back to the same point. Accusing the left of being pervs. Child trafficking.. Pizza parlors blah blah blah…it was ridiculous..the main argument for everything was ‘What about these poor children being trafficked?’ I could care less what side of the fence ur on. What religion u practice. Where in the world you live. Who you root for. There is no place for any kind of abuse and especially against defenseless children.. No matter the age. None. Full stop.

Enter stage right… Gaetz.

The Republicans and Qanon working overtime here… spin, spin, spin.

He keeps doubling down that he’s done nothing wrong… he sure doesn’t Gaetz it.

On a side note.. As I was writing up this post this lovely gem showed up on the internet…

http://www.justjared.com/2021/04/17/passion-of-the-christ-actor-jim-caviezel-is-pushing-a-false-qanon-conspiracy/

I loved him in person of interest … but … this. Is. INSANE!!! I wonder which rich people he’s referring to.. I assume it could only be the ones on the left.

What really grinds my gears: migraines

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I am a migraine sufferer. Ever since I can remember. I have met other sufferers who have it worse but regardless the level, migraines SUCK!

Another thing that sucks is my memory but I do believe I recall the innocent but infamous youth moment that put me on this path of migraines.

Picture this, Montreal,1975 or possibly later… my memory sucks. I was a yoot πŸ˜‹ that much I know. A buddy and I were at a local park .. Unsupervised.. A couple of adult characters were passing a soccer ball around and either they invited us to join or we asked. I don’t recall. My memory sucks. Either way it was probably a stupid thing to do given our parents weren’t around. But alas.

Anyway, here we are tossing the ball around and at one point one of the adults sent the ball up in the air and as I was getting ready to head the ball he yelled out at the top of his voice ‘Noooooooo’. It was too late. I can’t remember what I did yesterday but I can remember the pain I felt. Like a ton of bricks hit my forehead.. I think nowadays they call that a concussion. Anyway I truly believe that moment in time forever changed things for me in the migraine department.

It’s really nonsensical:

  • I can go to bed feeling great and wake up with a migraine.
  • I can go weeks without a migraine and then I can have migraines for days.
  • More often than not if the migraine isn’t triggered while I am working out, it happens in the hours after I am done.

Case in point. Yesterday after basically 1 year off the gym due to covid… the restrictions in our area were lifted so with all the excitement in the world I went off to the gym. Smartly, I knew I had to pace myself and I did. A one hour workout.. In any case, that is the limit. I worked out during my lunch hour. By 7pm.. I started to sense a migraine was brewing. By 10pm as a preemptive move I took a Tylenol. At 430am… I was awoken by a massive migraine. Serenity now.

I have read tons of literature and quite frankly it doesn’t come across as promising. These products that offer relief from migraines have a list of possible side effects. So help with one thing, introduce a list of other pblms? I’ll pass.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: What’s in a caption?

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Let’s analyze shall we πŸ˜‹? Talk about getting me excited and then ruining it all at once! I am in the camp that batwoman should not have even gotten a 2nd season. This show’s storyline and dialogue is so so bad. The one thing I see eye to eye on with the quartering (author of second caption).

Having said that the two captions are super deceiving. Click bait much? I watched both videos. So I guess it worked. πŸ˜† …They all regurgitate the same information. So it appears batwoman will end after the 3rd season. It’s in its 2nd season. So does that make it a cancellation? Maybe. I mean why would a successful show want to end after only 3 seasons? But did it get cancelled? No. Is batwoman moving to superman & lois? The sentence implies it would be as a regular/fixture on the show. Not quite. It’s possible batwoman will make appearances on the show as a guest. Big difference. Regardless, please no.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: #batwoman and #supergirl take notes

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This won’t be a quote unquote review of Superman & Lois… but the first two episodes have been lit.

Strong storyline so far.
Great acting so far.
Great dialogue so far.

Great special effects so far.

Great fight sequences so far.

‘So far’ because it’s only been 2 episodes.. And the key here for this series is to never ever ever EVER use the writers from #batwoman or #supergirl series or fall into that rabbit hole.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: Duke of Hazzardous Thinking?

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For a guy that doesn’t live or breathe politics I sure am posting about it a lot lately!  This will be my last one on it (for a while anyway). Need to shift gears to other lighter subjects.

Some time last year John Schneider popped up on my YouTube feed. The caption got me intrigued so I watched the video. Had to do with the Confederate flag on the dukes of hazzard car. I definitely picked up a certain vibe from the video. And as is the case with YouTube.. Watch one video and boom.. I got more of his videos popping up.. So I watched a few more. John, always the charmer,  waxing poetic way too much though. It was hard to tell which way he leaned. Then his videos stopped popping up until a couple days ago. I watched the video. Boy is it clear which way he leans.
Some clues.
What a horrible thing to do to try to impeach a private citizen
My pillow guy
Stop the Steal
Voter fraud
Conspiracy

Any idea?

All this with his charm and all but boy oh boy could u feel the underlying anger.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: What does ‘liking’ a tweet say about you?

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i had a few posts lined up to put out and the one below was lined up next but Gina decided to one up me. She was trending on twitter on Wednesday and by Thursday she was no longer Cara… she was Duned for her online controversies. And of course the numb nuts on YouTube were all over this story once it happened.. they literally follow the same playbook!! it’s pathetic. but i digress…Anyway she dug her own grave. It is so baffling to me how these far extremist people no matter what side they are on accuse the other side of the same exact thing they are doing. The. Exact. Same. Thing. How many times has she called the other side “brainwashed”? Never directly though. Only through meme after meme after meme. Are you paying attention at all at what you are doing and saying? any? She is literally personifying “brainwashed”. Mind blown!!! it was a hot topic on Wednesday night. I watched a video put out by Grace Randolph on the topic and wowwww, it’s like she read my blog 😁!!! In so many words Grace said more or less what i wrote in my previous post on Gina.. A must read by the way! What she puts out on social media is just lowkey shady.. Every F*in thing is about try to figure out what i am trying to say or who i am trying to shade…or as Grace put it.. “she does it in such a sneaky and uncool way that she knows it’s bad”. Anyway, leave it to Gina to outdo herself by seemingly comparing what the Republicans are going through to the HOLOCAUST. WHATTTTTT???? Let that sink in. i know, i know, everyone under the sun just loves to over-use this expression.. So. Why not?
She’s put out a lot of memes on “hypocrisy”.. i am afraid though that she needs to look at herself in the mirror as well.

WRONGGGG!! Twitter didn’t get her fired. There needs to be accountability. Stop putting it on others.
THIS!!!!!!

She will of course find a place. You will see.. she’ll be all over, on podcasts, the youtubes πŸ˜‹.. but without a doubt only with those who are like minded. Will she even bother trying to give her side of things with the “other side”? you know, the dark side (see what i did there πŸ™‚)? The side the persecuted her? No.

….and i see on social media already that she has jumped on the Ben Shapiro train… oh, Ben. So I watched a bit of his video. Ben states that as a Jew he was not at all offended by what Gina posted. Let’s think about this though. What is Ben’s schtick? Anyone? I highly doubt he really cares for Gina. What he sees here is an opportunity to milk this for as long as he can possibly milk it. And of course, no doubt given the post that broke the camel’s back, Gina feels vindicated by being backed by Ben. On with the rebellion!!! Lol.. Once this fire tapers… no-one will even care.

https://www.tmz.com/2021/02/12/gina-carano-signs-movie-deal-ben-shapiro-star-wars-lucasfilm-disney/

Here he goes again with his CAPS LOCK… no doubt this will be EPIC

The problem with folks who like Gina are extreme one side or the other is that they like to put everyone else in that group as well.. and that’s WRONG!!!! A Republican, Ana Navarro, who seems to be a gem of a person said it best..and i am paraphrasing here.. the reps didn’t vote dems because we all of a sudden see eye to eye .. We did it because we knew it was the only way to get the toxicity out of power.

The above caption is interesting. I am not the smartest guy in the world. I think what Gina is trying to convey here is that just because she thinks differently doesn’t mean she is a conspiracy theorist. So that can also be said of the person on the other side who thinks differently from her. Yes? But she probably doesn’t see it that way because that person on the left is a pedo busy trafficking children through pizza joints.

The above is a good example of a stupid headline. She was not fired for being conservative. Although by far not the majority…There are plenty of conservatives that are employed in Hollywood. Happily and reaping the benefits.

Dude so was Charlie Sheen for a while. Where’s he now?

Make no mistake about it though. I am not oblivious to the fact that there is hypocrisy on all sides. That includes who gets and does not get cancelled. Pedro Pascal comes up in conversation quite a bit. James Gunn too.. The latter though was fired on the spot for tweets he put out some 10 years ago… Gina apparently was given opportunity after opportunity to tone it down a notch.

.. But is this accurate?

Here is an interesting and fair take on the whole Gina firing https://youtu.be/UFAYvuCusMA

Here’s another YouTubers take…I have watched his videos in the past and not always agreed with what he says but he makes valid points here: https://youtu.be/sCx4ryTwBB8

An interesting read as well…

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2021/02/11/the-cancel-culture-is-just-adult-accountability/

still worth reading my original post below as it was well written 😁…
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ORIGINAL POST

once again there is an effort in place to get Gina fired. For what u may ask? For liking certain types of tweets on the day the Capitol was stormed. How do I know this? I watched yet another #YT video on Gina. This dude clearly has a mad crush on her. I don’t blame him though. She is gorgeous. so here he was ranting about ‘be careful what you like’.. ‘Be careful what you like’… blah blah blah and then he goes on to try to justify what Gina ‘liked’ by making these types of comments..

‘I like chocolate milkshakes over strawberry milkshakes…’
‘I like green apples over red…’

‘You gonna unsub me now?’

Sort of paraphrased what he said. I didn’t feel like replaying the video.

He doesn’t mention at all what tweets Gina liked but another #youtuber who also defended Gina did some digging and found that the tweets she liked, she liked well before the violence started. Did she like any tweets on the capitol hill violence? He didn’t say. It doesn’t mean she didn’t but I don’t think it’s worth my time to find out.

So regardless. Is comparing ‘liking’ any tweet, even one that may imply agreement to what happened at the Capitol to liking one fruit over another? You are literally comparing apples and oranges. And btw have you ever heard of the expression actions speak louder than words?

Even though I am a Joe nobody I try my best to be careful what I ‘like’ on Twitter. One thing for sure though is that I will never promote/encourage/applaud acts of violence.