Friday, February 12, 2016
Is it any real surprise that I would include Korrasami in this series of LGBT-friendly Valentines Day-themed Fan Art Fridays? I guess it is, because too many fans still can't believe that Korra and Asami are an item--as though the very last scene from the very last episode wasn't evidence enough. Even the creators came out and admitted that, yes, the two are indeed a bisexual couple. What more proof do you want?
Oh well! For us Korra fans whose gaydar isn't on the fritz, most of us can appreciate this bold move in children's media. More than a decade ago, when Avatar was first released, even the slightest implication that any television character, in a children's show no less, was less than straight would have been considered scandalous. Now, one decade later, not only do we have an openly bisexual couple, but gay marriage has finally been legalized. We still have a long way to go, but Korrasami reveals the progress we as a society have already made thus far.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I've decided to share something Valentine-related. My original intent was to share the Tiny Toons episode “Love Among The Toons”.
The episode has Cupid (played by Elmer Fudd) confer his bow and arrow to dimwitted Concord Condor, who in turn goes around hooking up polar opposites as couples—the least of which is Babs Bunny and antagonist Montana Max, much to the displeasure of Buster Bunny.
Sadly, I could not find the full episode on YouTube or any video streaming website. So my Plan B is to share this music video of “Do You Love Me”:
I wish this go-to-hellegram really existed. I’d love to use it against conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers, anti-GMO activists, feminist SJWs, and most economically-illiterate statists—in other words, roughly 90 percent of social media!
College Humor(less) previously released a video called “What If Bears Killed One In Five People?” in which a bunch of dudebros watching football get attacked by a bear that they chose to ignore. The implication, of course, is to contrast this behavior with that towards the “1 in 5 women get raped” statistic, insisting that we should take rape as seriously as we would bear attacks if the rates for them were as high.
Of course, the “1 in 5 women” feminist talking point has been proven bunk, and the real statistics are astronomically higher. 1 in 5 women? More like 1 in 52! And that’s also ignoring the fact that sexual assault rates, especially among college-age women, have been on the sharp decline for decades.
But let’s pretend that 1 in 5 women really are raped. If bear attacks were equally as common, then clearly, according to feminist logic (or lack thereof), the solution would be, not to teach people how to defend themselves from bear attacks, but to teach bears not to attack! Sounds ridiculous? So is “teach men not to rape”!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I’m sure you’ve heard of what’s going on in Michigan. The state has been in the news lately, mostly because of two cities run (into the ground) by Democrats. One city is Detroit, which has become bankrupt after 50 years of Democrat rule. The other is Flint, whose drinking water has become contaminated due to government neglect. Saying the state is facing a crisis would be an understatement.
Well, the state’s government has recently become aware of how messed up everything is, and after such a long period of government inaction, has decided to take action—against sodomy!
Lately, the following Lyndon B. Johnson quote has been spreading across social media faster than the Zika virus: "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
The implication, of course, is that this is the alleged political strategy used by Republicans to garner the “racist” white vote. The irony, however, is that LBJ, who was an actual racist who opposed the Civil Rights Act, was also infamous for saying this: “These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference... I'll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.”
Ever since LBJ, Democrats have used his very strategy to garner the African American vote, promising them government programs and policies that would allegedly help them. More than half a century later, those very same Democratic policies have done more harm than good for the African American community—and yet they remain loyal to the political party that have done them that very harm.
Black conservative columnist Thomas Sowell had previously elucidated how Democratic policies, which were paved with good intentions, managed to pave the road to hell for African Americans: rent control has kept blacks homeless, minimum wage has left them unemployed, affirmative action has turned many into college dropouts, and gun control has turned many into victims of gun violence. As Sowell laments, "Many liberal ideas about race sound plausible, and it is understandable that these ideas might have been attractive 50 years ago. What is not understandable is how so many liberals can blindly ignore 50 years of evidence to the contrary since then."
Actually, it’s very understandable: Democrats have long since convinced African Americans to vote against their own best interests by supporting Democratic politicians that pretend to support their best interests; and when their policies fail to live up to their promises, those same politicians point their fingers at the Republicans and blame them for their mess. Democrats are literally rich white people telling poor black people that other white people are to blame for their misery. This tactic has worked since LBJ, and it very well could work for another two hundred years.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Do I even need to explain what’s wrong with Bernie’s economic “plan”? It’s already been proven bogus time and again. The shortest answer would be the famous Thatcher quote that “socialism sounds good until you start running out of other people’s money.” Then again, the appeal of “free stuff” and sticking it to “teh wich” seems to be stronger than empirical reality for most people, even when it’s to the detriment of everyone else. Once again, it would be nice if Democratic policies only affected other Democrats!
Monday, February 8, 2016
I’ve yet to play Undertale, but having heard great things about it, I really want to. The game sounds extremely creative, especially since it’s a role-playing game that lets you go through the entire game without fighting. On top of that, the game appears to be a pure nostalgic throwback with retro 8-bit art style and music.
As I said before, I’ve yet to play the game, so I’ve yet to hear the entire soundtrack. But the few songs that I’ve heard thus far are really appealing. For this post. I’ll be sharing my two personal favorites thus far: Spider Dance and Bonetrousle.
So, Steven’s 14 years old. Yeah, that surprised me as well. I’d always assumed he was 12 or younger. At least this episode acknowledges how weird it is that he’s older than he actually appears, and offers somewhat of an explanation as to why this is. As such, this episode not only delves further into Steven’s physiology as a half-human, half-gem hybrid, but on the affect this has on his psyche.
For Steven, being half-gem means being half-human, and being half-human means that he doesn’t quite fit in with the other human characters. This obviously makes him feel lonely, even when he knows that he has human family and friends who love him—especially now that it’s been revealed that he ages differently than everyone else, leaving the potential possibility that Steven may end up outliving his other human loved ones.
As with the episode “Full Disclosure”, Steven is afraid about what his life as a gem will affect his relationship with others, especially Connie. In that episode, he was afraid of her getting hurt because of his involvement with the Gems and their escapades; and in this episode, he’s afraid of possibly outliving her. But, as most scenarios of this nature obviously play out, Connie comes to accept Steven for who he is, and is more than willing to stick by his side no matter what. It’s an overplayed scenario, but one that is no less sentimental, which is all the more reason to like this series.