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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Great Britain Cuts Healthcare

Apparently, Great Britain has be hit so hard by the recession that it's forced to make budget cuts to healthcare:

The sick would be urged to stay at home and email doctors rather than visit surgeries, while procedures such as hip replacements could be scrapped.

The plans have emerged as health chiefs draw up emergency budgets that cast doubt on pledges by Gordon Brown to protect “front line services” in the NHS.

Documents show that health chiefs are considering plans to begin sacking workers, cutting treatments and shutting wards across the country.

The proposals could lead to:

• 10 per cent of NHS staff being sacked in some areas.
• The loss of thousands of hospital beds.
• A reduction in the number of ambulance call-outs.
• Medical professionals being replaced by less qualified assistants.


It's encouraging to know that national healthcare works so well in other countries. Just think: America could have the same healthcare system that Great Britain has, complete with budget cuts, closed hospitals, job losses, and other inconveniences to patients. With the recently passed healthcare reform bill, we're already one step closer to such a system.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Prohibition

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Isn’t it ironic how people who want to prohibit guns also want to legalize marijuana? Or how people who want to prohibit marijuana also want to keep guns legal? Each group wants to prohibit one thing but legalize another.

The gun control crowd believes prohibiting guns will prevent violent crimes and murder, while the anti-drug crowd believes prohibiting drugs will prevent drug use and drug-related crime. But if both crowds bothered to learn their history, they would realize that prohibition had already been tried in this country. And it failed—miserably. Prohibiting liquor did nothing to prevent alcohol-related crime and everything to escalate it, as bootleggers smuggled liquor into the country and distributed it in gang-operated speakeasies. Conflict between gangs escalated, as did resulting crime, until prohibition was repealed and liquor was legalized.

They say those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. Either the gun control/anti-drug crowd is ignorant or insane—for the very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Punchline

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Isn’t it annoying how the most biased mouthpieces on television claim to be moderates? Anyone who has watched their shows will know that Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are politically neoconservative, while Keith Olbermann is liberal; yet O’Reilly and Beck consider themselves libertarians, while Olbermann has been noted for saying, “I’m not a liberal, I’m an American.”

Bill, Glenn, Keith: We know you guys aren’t centrists—you either swing right-of-center (Bill and Glenn) or left-of-center (Keith). If you guys have to be honest about anything, at least be honest about where you stand politically. At least you three would be honest about something.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Celebrities Say The Dumbest Things

I don’t want to write this essay. I shouldn’t have to. It should be common sense why the celebrities in my Celebrities Say The Dumbest Things YouTube video are dumb.

Alas, after I released the video, I received less-than-positive comments:

The person who compiled this video is probably some right wing teabagger religious poor person, with a hardon for everything Reagan. Get used to it, the world around you is changing, just because somebody disagrees with you does not make them stupid.

lol the dumbass who made this is just some insecure fearful conservative dumbass with no sense of humor

And just because you have plenty of time to make videos on youtube doesnt mean you are anymore qualified to discuss politics or religion.

Well, since nobody could grasp the humor behind my video, I shall now elucidate why these celebrities and their quotations are blithering, ignorant nonsense.

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What's Walmart, do they sell like wall stuff? - Paris Hilton

I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.- Britney Spears

Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken by the Sea'. - Jessica Simpson

I've never had kids, thank God for abortion, my God. I don't mean to offend anyone but I wouldn't be a good mother. I shouldn't have kids. – Heidi Fleiss

I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

If I have to explain why these quotations are dumb, there really is no hope for you.

The two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change. - Seth MacFarlane

Contrary to what liberals like Seth claim, conservatives are not afraid of change. Conservatives are skeptical of change, since not all change is good. Conservatives are willing to embrace change unless it requires three things:

1) Radical or Revolutionary Reform: History has proven that a lot of change in a short amount of time usually ends in disaster. Stalin’s Five-Year Plan: Disaster! Mao’s Great Leap Forward: Disaster! FDR’s New Deal: Disaster!

2) Increased Federal Government: The problem with liberals is not that they want to solve social problems, but rather that their solutions usually involve increasing the role of federal government. These solutions usually do little to solve social problems and more to increase the control of the federal government over the people.

For example, the government programs behind “The War On Poverty” (welfare, Social Security, food stamps, etc.) have done little to decrease poverty and more to increase the poor’s dependence on government for their well-being.

3) Unnecessary Change: The best way to describe this is “Taint broke, don’t fix it.” Unfortunately, liberals like to change things that don’t really need to be changed. When progressives like John Dewey reformed education in the 50s and 60s, they actually did more harm to education than good, as can be seen by today’s low test scores and high illiteracy rates.

God is, to me, pretty much a myth created over time to deny the idea that we're all responsible for our own actions. – Seth Green

Somehow when I think of an omniscient holy deity who watches every person and their actions and judges them accordingly, I don’t think of a way to shirk personal responsibility. In fact, I see a good motivation to take personal responsibility.

These guys claiming that the snow in Washington disproves climate change are almost unpatriotic. - Bill Nye

I thought dissent was patriotic, and that great minds think for themselves. But I guess if you “deny” global warming, you deserve to be thrown in the scientific gulag.

As for the blizzards in Washington, while they don’t outright disprove global warming, they do give reason not to take the theory seriously.

And don’t complain to me about the overwhelming amount of “evidence” for global warming, because most of the evidence is either over-exaggerated or inconclusive.

I don't really view communism as a bad thing. - Whoopi Goldberg

Tell that to the people in the former Soviet Russia, or in Communist China or North Korea or Cuba or any other communist county. They may have a different opinion.

Radical Christians are no different than murderous radical Muslims. - Rosie O'Donnell

Because people who picket soldier’s funerals with “God Hates Fag” signs or bomb a few abortion clinics are just as bad (if not worse) than people who fly airplanes into buildings, send suicide bombers to public places, behead people who disagree with them, or violently disrupt elections.

My hope is that gays will be running the world, because then there would be no war. Just a greater emphasis on military apparel. - Roseanne Barr

Because the only thing keeping us from world peace is heterosexuality.

You don’t think homosexuals aren’t violent? Look up Gay Liberation Fronts like Bash Back!

In the schoolyard of American politics, President Obama is the big, smart kid with all of the test answers who's being bullied by a bunch of Neanderthal ankle-biters from all sides. - Joy Behar

Isn’t it ironic that celebrities who had no problem criticizing or attacking Bush have major problems with people who criticize or attack Obama? Then again, people like Joy have convinced themselves that no matter how badly Obama messes up, it will ultimately be Bush’s fault.

And for someone who’s supposed to be smarter than Bush, Obama seems to have no problem adopting some of his policies (i.e.: big government spending, bank bailouts, etc.)

Republican comes in the dictionary just after reptile and just above repugnant. I looked up Democrat. It's of the people, by the people, for the people. - Julia Roberts

You know, there is a major difference between Democrats and Democracy. Don’t let your hatred of Republicans blind you to that fact!

I need to know if she [Sarah Palin] really thinks that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. Because she's gonna have the nuclear codes. – Matt Damon

If we have to worry about a nuclear holocaust, I would assume that we would worry more about the Islamic extremists rather than the young-earth creationists.

Seriously, what is with people obsessing over Palin’s religious beliefs? Would her belief that the earth was created in seven literal days really pose a danger if she were president? Wouldn’t a politician’s political ideology prove more dangerous than their personal beliefs? In other words, wouldn’t the fact that Obama is a socialist, or Van Jones is a communist, or Anita Dunn is a Maoist be more troublesome than the fact that Palin is a Young-Earth Creationist? Or is that just me?

I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. - Wanda Sykes

We need to place this quotation in its full context in order to comprehend just how deplorable it is.

During the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner, Wanda mentioned how Rush Limbaugh wanted Obama to fail—which she interpreted as wanting the country to fail (because hating the president is akin to hating the country). It was then that she made her “joke” about Rush being the 20th hijacker. To top it all off, she boasted that she wanted Rush’s kidneys to fail.

I could care less if Wanda hates Rush (I don’t care for him myself). But when she attends a White House dinner on national television and jokes about how Rush is a traitor to the country who should drop dead, she seriously crosses the lines of acceptable free speech.

[Sarah Palin] was so famous as Governor, you know, when John McCain picked her after meeting her for ten minutes. And, um, that must have been some blowjob. - Kathy Griffin

I understand that Kathy is a comedian and that this “joke” was part of her comedy routine. I am not the least bit shocked that she made such an uncouth statement—as she’s infamous for making them (“Suck it, Jesus!”).

But allow me to cite Newsbusters: “This is what is acceptable to say about a married woman with five children as well as about an esteemed Senator who almost gave his life for our country? Where are the feminists and the NOW crowd who are always speaking out for women's rights? After all, the implication is that the only reason McCain picked her was because of this fictitious act. Is this REALLY where we are as a nation when this is not only acceptable, but judging from the applause of the crowd, considered fine entertainment?”

This [the Tea Parties] is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. – Janeane Garofalo

I already covered this quotation in my Janeane Garofalo is a Stupid Bitch [Part 1] YouTube video. I need not repeat myself.

I'm not comparing Bush to Adolf Hitler, because George Bush, for one thing, is not as smart as Adolf Hitler. - David Clennon

Yes, the only difference between George Bush and Adolf Hitler is intelligence. Other than that, there is no real difference.

Every day, [Hugo Chavez] is called a dictator here, and we just accept it...there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies. - Sean Penn

Gee, wherever did we get the idea that Hugo Chavez is a dictator? The guy only abolished term limits so he can be president for life, eroded separation of powers, nationalized industries, squelched freedom of speech and the press, imprisoned people who disagree with him, and allied himself with other dictators like Castro. Other than that, he’s a swell guy.

And please don’t argue that he’s popular with the Venezuelans. Hitler was popular with the Germans. Popularity does not equal right.

We would stone [congressman] Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they're doing to this country. - Alec Baldwin

I really don’t know the context of this quotation. I don’t know if Alex was kidding or not. I will say this: wishing death upon a person and his family (be it a joke or not) seriously crosses the line.

[George W. Bush] stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities. - Barbara Streistand

Yes, George Bush rigged the election to get into office. And while we’re on that note, he also orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in order to invade Afghanistan, falsified documents to invade Iraq for oil, and passed the Patriot Act in order to set up a police state.

And people complain about the conspiracies behind Obama?

We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly. - Bill Maher

So the Islamic terrorists who took the lives of over 2,000 innocent American civilians are not cowards, but the American soldiers who have been fighting the Islamic terrorists are cowards?

I find it an insult to my intelligence and a disgrace to human decency to have to explain why this quotation is deplorable.

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Now before I finish, I want to address a comment I made which many people took out-of-context:

Just because you can sing, or act, or perform comedy, doesn't mean you're qualified to discuss politics or religion. In fact, it means the exact opposite!

Many people interpreted this as “celebrities have no right to discuss their opinions on politics and religion.” To the contrary, while I hate many of these celebrities and their opinions, I believe they have every right to express their opinions. I do not believe that they should have their freedom of speech taken away, or that they should be thrown in the gulag for expressing their opinions.

But just because celebrities have opinions, doesn’t mean we need to respect or accept their opinions. As I have proven in this article, most celebrity opinions--most, not all--are either ignorant (Goldberg, O’Donnell, Penn) or distasteful (Griffin, Sykes, Maher).

Please don’t argue that these celebrities are just like you and me, that they have opinions  and the right to express them just like the rest of us. Because these people ARE NOT like you or me. They have money, power, and influence that you or I do not have. They have the opportunity to appear on television—sometimes on their own shows—and laud their opinions. Add the fact that these celebrities are morons who are out-of-touch with the American people, and you might as well say they’re from another planet.

And please don’t argue that half of these people are comedians and satirists who shouldn’t be taken seriously. Because most of the time, their “humor” is usually a guise for their vitriol. They claim to be joking, but deep down inside, they mean what they say. And sometimes their jokes cross the line of common decency. Joking or not, there is nothing funny about telling someone to drop dead (Sykes), tarnishing a person’s character (Griffin), or making light of a tragic event (Maher).

And what really brings my blood to a boil is that these celebrities’ opinions are so openly accepted and applauded. The low ratings and negative comments on my video attest to that fact.

I could care less if you like Barbara Streistand’s singing, or Matt Damon’s acting, or Janeane Garofalo’’s comedy, or Seth MacFarlane’s animation; but if I have no convinced you that these celebrities are depraved, blithering ignoramuses, then there is no hope for you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patrick's Day!

I know I'm Irish, but I never really felt the spirit behind St. Patrick's Day. The most I do is dress in green and that's about it. No corn beef and hash, and no drinking (I'm teetotalitarian).

But in honor of my heritage, I wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

No Prayer Meetings Allowed In Your Own Home Says Arizona Town

One of our most cherished freedoms as Americans is the freedom to worship (or not worship) God as we choose. If we want to worship God at church, we’re free to do so. If we want to worship God at home, we’re free to do that, too.

And the government—federal, state, or local—can’t tell us where we can and can’t worship, right? Right?

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed an appeal Wednesday with the town of Gilbert’s zoning Board of Adjustment to overturn a decision banning churches from meeting, holding Bible studies, or having any other activities in private homes. The pastor of the seven-member Oasis of Truth Church received a cease-and-desist letter ordering him to terminate all religious meetings in his home, regardless of their size, nature, or frequency.


“Christian church groups shouldn’t be singled out for discrimination and banned from meeting in their own homes,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Daniel Blomberg. “The interpretation and enforcement of the town’s code is clearly unconstitutional. It bans 200,000 Gilbert residents from meeting in their private homes for organized religious purposes—an activity encouraged in the Bible, practiced for thousands of years, and protected by the First Amendment.”

It’s articles like this that make me wonder if freedom of religion is still alive in this country. If the government can keep you from worshiping God in your own house, what’s to stop it from keeping you from worshiping God at all?

The town contends that, under its zoning code, churches within its borders cannot have any home meetings of any size, including Bible studies, three-person church leadership meetings, and potluck dinners. This ban is defended based upon traffic, parking, and building safety concerns. However, nothing in its zoning code prevents weekly Cub Scouts meetings, Monday Night Football parties with numerous attendees, or large business parties from being held on a regular basis in private homes. In fact, the zoning code explicitly allows some day cares to operate from homes.


Notably, the church only met for a few hours a week in members’ homes, and would rotate to different homes weekly. Further, the church was quite small, consisting of just seven adult members, including three married couples, and their four children.

So let’s clarify: Cub scout meetings are okay; rowdy, drunken football parties are okay; at-home day cares are okay; but Bible studies and prayer meetings with well under ten people are bad!

One has to wonder where the ACLU is in cases like these? Oh, that’s right: the people in this case are Christians, and the ACLU only gives two craps about you if your Jewish or Muslim or gay or anything other than a Christian.

Well, at least we have the Alliance Defense Fund.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Celebrities Say The Dumbest Things

Demotivational Poster: Stem Cell Research

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Don’t you hate it when people argue for “stem cell research” when they really mean “embryonic stem cell research”? Is anyone else sick and tired of hearing “we need stem cell research to find cures for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer's disease”?

These are all unfair arguments. Nobody is against finding cures for life-threatening diseases. Nobody is even against stem cell research. What people are against is embryonic stem cell research. Aside from using human embryos, which many people find immoral, embryonic stem cells tend to be less effective than other forms of stem cells. People who are against embryonic stem cells tend to support other forms of stem cells including adult, placental, amniotic, umbilical, or induced pluripotent.

So the next time someone asks you if you’re for or against stem cell research, ask them if they could be more specific.

For more information about stem cells, check out these articles:

Why Embryonic Stem Cells Are Obsolete

Stem Cells: One Year Later

Non-Embryonic Stem Cells Continue To Show Promise

Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR) Basics

Daily Show Lampoons Controversy Over Mother Teresa Stamp

Last night, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart ridiculed the Freedom From Religion Foundation—an atheist organization infamous for filing lawsuits against public religious displays that offend them church-state infringements—and their latest attack against Mother Teresa postage stamps.

“This is futile,” president Dan Barker admitted during the interview, “but we’re asking the post office not to honor her because our U.S. Government is not supposed to favor religion,” to which fake reporter Jason Jones replied by holding up an enlarged copy of the Mother Teresa stamp and asking, “So just to be clear: this is the fight you are picking?”

“They’re mixing government with religion,” Barker replied.

The segment revealed that religious figures, like Martin Luther King, have appeared on postage stamps in the past.

Jones continued the interview with Barker, which lead to a discussion of conspiracy and paranoia:

Jones: What’s really going on here, man?

Barker: (sigh) Well, I don’t want to say this publically, but the main fact is that it’s a cover-up. Why did they so quickly accept this Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa to be on a stamp? Something’s got to be going on…The Roman Catholic Church has unofficial tentacles—there is no official entanglement with the Roman Catholic Church and U.S. Government.

Jones: Those are the worse kind of tentacles: you can’t trace them.

Barker: Exactly!

Jones: Just how dangerous are they?

Barker: I don’t know how big the Roman Catholic conspiracy is, but if they can pull off getting a U.S. postage stamp, they have some power

Following that interview, Jones partook in a Da Vinci Code-style quest as he searched for cryptic messages in postage stamps (“No Gay Homos”).

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I know this was satire, but it did such a good job revealing the paranoia of Barker and the rest of his militant atheist organization. Seriously, Mother Teresa on a postage stamp means more theocratic power to the Catholic Church? *facepalm*

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Maher and Moore: The People Are Stupid!

Since my folks replaced our satellite with digital cable, we have free HBO for the next three months. I’ve taken this opportunity to watch “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and after watching the show for three weeks, I believe my blood pressure has gone up.


But my blood was really brought to a boil last Friday when Michael Moore guest-starred on the show via satellite. (Great, just what I need: two left-wing moonbats spewing guano!)


Maher asked Moore if he would continue to be the “Champion of the People,” even if the people were too stupid to know what was good for them. Moore then claimed he was against the public-option because it wasn’t the universal healthcare he was hoping for. (You know, the same universal healthcare he fawned over in his propaganda film documentary Sicko!)


Here’s the full transcript:


Maher: You were here six months ago when the movie (Capitalism: A Love Story) came out. We were talking about how the majority of the people believed in the public option, uh, for healthcare; now, less than half do. Uh, I know that you’re always the “Champion of the People” what do you do when the people don’t want what’s good for them?


Moore: No, I think you’re reading the polls wrong. The reason why support has gone down is because—well, you know what, I’ll tell yah—if a pollster called me, I would have said “No, I’m not in support of this,” because it’s not real healthcare reform, it’s certainly not universal healthcare to make sure every American is going to be covered. So, I think those numbers have gone down because the people are disillusioned, they’ve given up, the Democrats haven’t done their job, they’ve been a bunch of spineless weasels, I’m telling you I’m so upset—


Maher: But, but, Michael, I have to contest that premise. That may not be true. What if Americans are saying, “Look: We know this is a cutthroat system, we know capitalism is a cutthroat system, but that’s okay! We know we might be the big losers, but we’re willing to take that chance because we want to be big winners.”


So, basically, Americans are stupid for rejecting universal healthcare and socialism, they don’t know what’s good for them, so they need the Democrats to stop cooperating and negotiating with the Republicans and start pushing their agenda on them without their consent.


And to think I only have two more months of this liberal lunacy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Stewart And Olbermann On Chatroulette

Last night, Jon Stewart gave a satirical look at the new social-networking website Chatroulette. His skit featured cameos by famous journalists such as Brian Williams, Diana Sawyer, and Katie Couric. But my favorite cameo, by far, had to be Keith Olbermann.

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Stewart: Olbermann, what are you doing here?

Olbermann: Bearing witness to the new era of communication, Jon. It is Orwellian, sir. It is Big Brother, and Big Brother is none other than each of us. The Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping search societies at T1 speeds. A surveillance state gone viral. At long last, sir, have we no shame?

Um…I think one of us is supposed to take our pants off now.

You have to admire somebody—even if you hate them—when they’re big enough to lampoon themselves.

O’Keefe The Fraud

USA Today:

A prosecutor's office says it has found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of three employees of the community organizers group ACORN caught on video advising a couple posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office said Monday that its five-month inquiry is over and that no criminal activity was found.

The videos were made by conservative activists Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe, who used a hidden camera on visits to offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Since then, O'Keefe has been arrested after visiting Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans. He denies trying to tamper with the Democrat's phones.

The Brooklyn video caught ACORN workers apparently advising the pair to bolster their housing application by lying about Giles' "profession" and laundering her earnings.

President Obama, a former community organizer and a lawyer in Chicago, represented ACORN in 1995 in a lawsuit

There once was a time when I viewed James O'Keefe as a hero, as the lone David taking down the Goliath ACORN through his undercover reporting. Now that he’s been arrested for unlawful tactics, and now that his video has been proven to be highly-edited, I believe I have nothing else to do but wash my hands of him. To think, I once had respect for him.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Janeane Garofalo is a Stupid Bitch (Part 3)

Demotivational Poster: Celebrities

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"[The Tea Party protests are] about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks." - Janeane Garofalo.

"Radical Christians are no different than murderous radical Muslims." - Rosie O'Donnell.

"I need to know if [Sarah Palin] really thinks that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that, I really do. Because she's gonna have the nuclear codes." - Matt Damon.

"We have a president [George W. Bush] who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities." - Barbra Streistand.

"In the schoolyard of American politics, President Obama is the big, smart kid with all of the test answers who's being bullied by a bunch of Neanderthal ankle-biters from all sides." - Joy Behar.

"We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly." - Bill Maher.


Why are some of the dumbest human beings also the most popular?

Seriously, celebrities need to stick to their day jobs and keep their traps shut about politics. Just because they can sing, or dance, or act, or perform comedy, doesn’t mean they’re qualified to discuss politics—in fact, that means the exact opposite!

Monday, March 1, 2010

I'm Back! (But Not Necessarily Ready)

Today marks the end of my month-long hiatus. I didn't really accomplish everything I wanted to do during that time, but I managed to get a few things done.

I'm not 100% ready to return to blogging just yet. (It's been a long time since I even read a blog or news site). I should be back to my normal routine in about a week.

As for Deviantart and YouTube, I have many projects planned for those. So stay tuned!