Thursday, September 30, 2010
Watch YouTube Video Here!
In preparation of its new season, Sesame Street decided to reveal some of its new segments on YouTube. One of those segments was a music video featuring Elmo and pop star Katy Perry, the video being a parody of her song Hot n Cold. But after receiving complaints from parents about Perry’s “inappropriate dress,” Sesame Street decided not to air the music video on television.
I’m not a fan of Katy Perry (though I do have here song Hot n Cold on my mp3 player), but I thought her video was fairly hilarious, and I didn’t think her dress was that inappropriate or suggestive. Having grown up with movies such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, I can assure you that I have seen much more skin than what Katy Perry showed (think of Ariel’s seashell bra!), and I wasn’t scarred for life because of it. I don’t think kids would have noticed Perry’s dress, considering they barely know the difference between girls and boys. Though to be fair, parents have a right to complain, and Sesame Street has a right to decide what is appropriate or not. I just think parents tend to be hypersensitive about these things.
P.S.: Disney’s Fantasia featured topless female centaurs, and The Last Unicorn featured a topless harpy. I saw both of these films at a young age, and in neither case did I notice the nudity until I was much older. Children are much more innocent that way.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I keep hearing the Tea Party protestors referred to as “extremists.” Really? What’s so extreme about them? They’re protesting for lower taxes, less government spending, and overall limited government. Those are hardly radical positions (unless you’re a progressive nanny state socialist, of course). Sure, several protestors believe Obama is a secret Muslim who was born in Kenya, but how is that any less crazy than anti-war protestors who believed Bush was a war criminal who secretly orchestrated 9/11? All protests, left or right, have their crazies.
The only extreme element is that a few protestors have showed up with guns. Even then, the protests are relatively non-violent and have yet to erupt into bloody riots (you know, like what happened with the protests at the G20 summit). In fact, the protests are so non-violent that some law enforcement officials have relaxed restrictions, allowing protestors to carry flag poles, which are normally banned since they could be used as weapons.
These Tea Party protestors, contrary to how the mainstream media and blogosphere portray them, are merely honest American citizens exercising their right to peacefully assemble (key word being “peacefully).
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Isn’t it ironic that Americans who are offended by the mosque being built near Ground Zero also support pastor Terry Jones burning Korans (or almost burning them) on September 11, and that Americans who are offended by Terry Jones support the Ground Zero mosque? Typical. We Americans support our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion, until somebody else uses those rights in a way that offends us. Then we demand that the government intervene to protect us from being offended. What we often fail to realize is that the First Amendment protects all manners of speech and religious practices—even the most offensive—provided they harm no one.
Just as a reminder, this is what the First Amendment says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Notice how it states that the government cannot prohibit someone from practicing their religion or expressing themselves. The only exception would be if that person’s speech or religious practice puts someone else in harm. In other words, free speech does not excuse death threats to an elected official, nor does freedom of religion allow for human sacrifice.
That being said, the Muslims in New York are well within their right to build their mosque and worship Allah (even if it’s near a site were an Islamic terrorist attack occurred) just as Terry Jones is within his right to protest radical Islam by burning Korans (even if the event offends moderate Muslims by placing them and their religion on the same plane as the radicals). And if you’re offended, consider this: nobody’s forcing you to attend the mosque or burn the Koran. If it offends you, simply ignore it.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
My Influence Map by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART
A compilation of my political and religious influences. Starting from the top left:
John Stossel – The voice of reason in an age of hype and hysteria. His “Give Me A Break” segments on ABC’s 20/20 challenged conventional wisdom with common sense, questioning assertions behind issues like global warming, healthcare reform, and public education. He continues to offer his skepticism in his books and weekly program on Fox Business.
Newsbusters – A must-bookmark site for anyone curious about liberal bias in the news media. For five years, this online extension of the Media Research Council has highlighted liberal bias, exposing mouthpieces like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Ed Shultz, and Mike Malloy.
Bernard Goldberg – Having worked at CBS News for nearly 30 years, this former journalist (and liberal) knows what he’s talking about when he claims the news media is infested with liberal bias. His two books Bias and Arrogance uncover the liberal workings of the media, while his other books, including 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, ridicule everything wrong with the American Left.
Jack Hunter (aka: The Southern Avenger) – Born and bred in South Carolina, this paleoconservative libertarian defends limited government, states’ rights, and free market principles with a Southern vigor. A Barry Goldwater conservative, he is openly critical of conservatives—especially phony neocons like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Sarah Palin—as he is of progressive liberals.
Ann Coulter – A conservative vixen with a sharp wit and sharper tongue. Her columns and books never fail to make liberal heads spin (and eventually explode). As she said in her book How To Talk To A Liberal (If You Must), “if the liberal you’re arguing with doesn’t become speechless with sputtering, impotent rage, you’re not doing it right.”
Francis Collins – A modern day Isaac Newton, learned in both science and theology. As the leader of the Human Genome Project and a Christian apologist, he shows that science and religion need not be in conflict, but can exist in perfect harmony.
C.S. Lewis– A shining example of someone who “once was lost, but now am found.” Having once turned from the Christian faith, he returned, and remained as one of the most beloved Christian apologist of the 20th Century. His many books, including Mere Christianity, defend Christian principles with simple language and common sense.
Pen Jillette and Teller – This magical duo use their experience in creating illusions to dispel modern day illusions. From alternative medicine and global warming, to magic crystals and crash dieting, these two unveil the bullshit of pseudoscience and propaganda.
Friday, September 10, 2010
For those of you who follow my YouTube videos, you may have noticed that a few of my videos have been taken down, specifically two in my “MSNBC FAILS” series. YouTube has removed them due to copyright issues. So far, I have received two strikes on my account. If I receive one more, my account will be suspended. In the event that happens, I have created a backup channel on YouTube, along with a Dailymotion account.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I recently stumbled across a blog called the Sanity Project, the motto of which is “we eat faith and crap reason.” The blog’s owner describes himself as a “resident of the Bible Belt and proud supporter of President Antichrist.” In other words, he’s a far-left anti-theist.
His blog contains the usual content one would expect from a Huffington Post moonbat and devout follower of Dawkins and Harris. One aspect that particularly struck me was his lists of sane and insane people. No surprise: his “sane” list contains lefties and atheist preachers, while his “insane” list contains Fox News pundits and televangelists.
But what surprised me about these lists was that Christopher Hitchens was featured in both! Obviously, because the blogger is a left-wing atheist, he would consider Hitchens’ anti-religious ramblings “sane” and his right-wing politics “insane.” But if he’s going to label Hitchens, he might as well choose one label or the other. Sane is sane. Insane is Insane. And ne’er the twins shall meet.
As for the remainder of the lists themselves, it’s hard to take them seriously when Peter Singer—a pseudo-intellectual animal rights activist who believes parents can kill their disabled newborns within 28 days—is considered “sane.”
Here’s my lists of sane and insane people:
Judge Andrew Napolitano
Senator Alan Grayson