Tag: 2022

2022 Movie Catch-Up


Christmas is over, and the year is winding down. That means it’s time for annual movie lists. Since I’m not paid to watch movies I haven’t seen enough to justify a top ten, but I did catch quite a few that I didn’t cover in a post. Here are my thoughts.

Jordan Peele’s latest, a flick about a brother and sister tracking a UFO over their ranch, is his least politically volatile film. It isn’t about race like Get Out or class like Us, and instead takes on media spectacle and exploitation. Reminded me of Jaws in being a crowdpleasing creature feature that in its third act turns from horror to action. Surprisingly for someone of Peele’s pedigree, this is the first time in his films that the comedy was natural and effective. Not the best film of 2022, but it had the best sequence. The only film I’ve seen in theaters twice in its initial run (I attended Castle in the Sky two separate years).

While it doesn’t rise to the heights its fans promised, Barbarian is a twisting and twisted chiller. A woman (Georgina Campbell) arrives at an Airbnb to discover it was double-booked and a man (Bill Skarsgård) is already staying there. Left turns abound; best to go in unawares. A smart but not self-satisfied film. Unfortunately the ending misses the mark, relying on a huge improbability. A candy-colored sequence set in the 80s makes great use of wide angle lenses and long takes.

Join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their highly coveted year-end awards. Today they remark on the people connected to politics that they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2022. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again.

An Angel in the Shape of My Mom


Christmas will be very different this year.  My mother passed away at the beginning of this month.  She struggled for almost 20 years with various forms of cancer, neurodegenerative nerve disease, complications from her cancer treatments, and an increasing host of health difficulties that by themselves would be considered challenging for a patient and family.  As her oncologist frequently noted, the cancer had difficulty with my mom.  She was a force to reckoned with to anyone at any time.

Even when she became severely ill, she did not go gently into the night.  Mom was a being of passion for others.  She fought everyone and everything if she felt it needed to happen.  With no regard of how it would destroy herself, she constantly stood up for what she felt was right.  It took many, many years to teach her to have even an ounce of reluctance to speak her mind.  At the end, she was more circumspect, but no less full of fire.

2016 Was the Most Important Recent Election


2016 was more important than the Great Disappointment of 2022 — not that 2022 was unimportant.

Over the decades I have watched politics, I have seen just about every institution decline in honesty and competence.  That would be journalism, education, health care, and the FBI to start.  The list is long.

One institution has improved over time, and that is the Federal Judiciary.  Even when Chief Justice Roberts controlled the Supreme Court, it was an improvement over the courts that preceded it.

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There.  I came out and said it. It’s a crappy diagnosis.  Though it is one with increasing medical evidence to support the empirical and fMRI observable “phenomenon” associated with this “syndrome”, it’s a crappy diagnosis because it’s a non-diagnosis.  When doctors do not know what to call it, they call it fibromyalgia.  They poke you […]

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‘Evil’ Season 3 and Why I’m a Better Catholic for Watching It


I’m going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point. I’m a failed Catholic. We all are, in that none of us are perfect. I didn’t get married in the Church because the bureaucracy makes me angry. I’m frustrated by marriage preparation and timelines and insistence upon brick and mortar … unless you have enough money.

And so, I was married by a former Catholic priest with similar gripes. With my family, under the sky and a canopy of sequoias, I stated the same vows I would have in the Church but still with a man sanctified and called by God.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome 2022 midterm assessments from two Democrats that this year is going to be very rough for their party. They also groan as Homeland Security keeps its “Disinformation Governance Board” and taps former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as a key adviser. And they preview today’s key primaries before diving into the sheer chaos of the Pennsylvania race, where we still don’t have a GOP primary winner but we do have lawsuits. Meanwhile, medical experts are warning that the Democrat in the race had a more severe stroke than we were told in recent days and is “at risk for sudden cardiac death.”

Medical Errors: When Nurses Do Not Support Nurses


In one of the more recent medical error cases, people on various versions of social media are accusing nurses of being racist for not supporting Christiann Gainey or Angela Martinez.  They have indicated that had these nurses been white like Radonda Vaught, nurses everywhere would be screaming their support from the rooftops.

Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as the color of one’s skin.  It’s as simple as falsifying medical documentation.

Radonda Vaught Is a Scapegoat


Radonda Vaught is a scapegoat.  Nurses everywhere are in revolt.  If you thought nursing was in trouble before (projected healthcare worker losses in the next 5 years are around 45%), nurses are choosing to quit based upon the precedent in this case.

Let us start from the beginning.

Radonda Vaught was a graduate of West Kentucky University, an experienced ICU nurse, preceptor, and leader at her hospital Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She had been employed there since 2015 with no previous incidents. She had a clean license and practiced as most nurses do; at the bedside at a hospital. One day, she was caring for her patient Charelene Murphey who was a 75-year-old with a brain bleed (technically a subdural hematoma). The medication error occurred on Dec. 26, 2017, when she was scheduled for a PET scan but was found to be incapable of lying still long enough to endure the study.

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There’s only one phrase a scriptwriter dreads more than “we love it, but we have some notes”: “we love it and have no notes.”

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Senate parliamentarian for correctly ruling for the third time that amnesty cannot be part of a reconciliation bill. They also get a kick out of hearing that a number of House Democrats are furious at the man charged with leading their effort to keep the majority in 2022. And they shake their heads at a story showing how even traditional, private, and religious institutions are bowing to woke indoctrination.


‘I Didn’t Pull the Trigger’


Really? That seems unlikely. I mean, that’s how guns work: it’s amazing how unlikely they are to fire if someone’s finger isn’t on the trigger. So, while it’s possible that Mr. Baldwin didn’t pull the trigger, there is about a zero percent probability that he didn’t pull the trigger.

Of course, he didn’t pull the trigger.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Women’s Tennis Association for following through on its threat to take its tournaments out of China after failing to see clear evidence that Peng Shuai is not being censored, not being intimidated, and that her rape allegations are being taken seriously. They also groan as Stacey Abrams runs for governor of Georgia again and wonder how President Trump’s disdain for incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp could influence the race. And they dig into why the media is paying vert limited attention to the ongoing trials of Jussie Smottlett and Ghislaine Maxwell.