Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, May 27, 2010

On Vacation

I'm on vacation right now, and I have very limited internet access. So don't expect any new deviations until I get back. I shall resume this July.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Irony

Irony

“Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view.”Camp Quest website.

Consider it the atheist’s equivalence to Jesus Camp. Not surprisingly enough, the camp was founded by Richard Dawkins—the militant atheist infamous for calling religious parents “child abusers.” So apparently, according to Ricky’s logic, sending you kid to Bible camp is “brainwashing” and “indoctrination” (and thus “child abuse”), but sending your kid to Camp Quest isn’t.

I know I’m going to receive comments telling me that the camp isn’t about “indoctrinating” children into atheism; that it’s about teaching children science and critical thinking (things they already learn in school). If that’s the case, why not send them to a normal science camp? Why send them to a camp whose motto is “Beyond Belief”? The only plausible answer is that you want your child raised in an atheistic/agnostic worldview.

I personally don’t care if you raise your children with or without religion. As long as you’re not teaching them to hate other people or blow themselves up, you’re fine with me. But if you insist on looking down on other parents for sending their kids to Bible camp, you best not send yours to Camp Quest. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Oxymoron

Oxymoron

“Our compromised media is nothing new….Newspapers served the political and corporate interests of those who owned them and everybody knew it. New outlets still operate this way; the only difference is that Republican news services like Fox and Democratic shills like MSNBC pretend they aren’t biased.” – Jack Hunter (aka: The Southern Avenger)

People tend to complain how modern-day journalism isn’t objective—how it’s obscenely biased and partisan. But this raises a question: has journalism ever been objective?
Answer: it hasn’t.

Never in the history of mankind has journalism been objective. It has always been prone to bias and political spin (yellow journalism, anyone?), and perhaps it always will be. We can demand that news outlets give us nothing but the facts, but who is to decide which facts are important enough to give? As long as news is given by journalists with political, religious, and ideological biases (which ever human being has), the “facts” will always be selected (and distorted) according to those biases.

Journalism will never be objective. The best we can do as a general public is receive our news from various sources and interpret the facts as we see them.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Photobucket Account

I know this is supposed to be Demotivational May where I post a demotivational poster every day, and that I haven’t posted one in the last day or so. The reason for this is that I recently took a trip this weekend and therefore was unable to post anything. I should be back in full swing tomorrow.

In the meantime, I recently created my own Photobucket Account where I will upload my demotivationals and other artwork that is also seen on my Deviantart account. Recently, I have been receiving messages from people telling me that I shouldn’t post demotivationals on Deviantart (even though everyone else does). And so, in the event that my demotivationals are taken off, or my entire account is suspended, I have created a back up account on Photobucket. Feel free to link to it (and my blog)!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Demotivational Poster: MSNBC

MSNBC

Fox News may be the source of ridicule (Faux News, Fake News, Fixed Noise), but MSNBC provides an unlimited gold mine for hilarious acronyms. Here are some I pulled off the top of my head:

Marxist-Slanted Newshounds Berating Corporations

Malefactors Serving Needs of Barrack’s Corruption

Mudrakers Slandering Names of Bush & Cheney

Misinformsants Spewing Nonstop Batshit Craziness
Feel free to leave your own acronyms!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Demotivational Poster: 4Kids

4Kids

Yet another non-political demotivatonal poster.

For those of you who don’t know, 4Kids Entertainment is a company that imports and distributes animated series from other countries. The company is infamous for heavily censoring and editing its imports, often removing or editing scenes with violence (even going so far as to remove or downplay death scenes), profanity, and nudity.

4Kids has also attempted to localize (or “Americanize”) imports to make them more suitable for American audiences. Such “Americanization” often includes changing background music, character names, and even entire plots of episodes and story arcs; and removing cultural references (i.e.: changing Japanese rice balls to donuts) and religious symbols (even going so far as to remove medical crosses).

Because of such extensive editing and censorship, imported series such as Winx Club, One Piece, and Tokyo Mew Mew (all which were hugely popular in their countries) fail to become mainstream in America, as they are often rejected by the fans of the unedited and uncensored series. Despite such failures, 4Kids has successfully marketed other imported series such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!

The following websites highlight edits and changes to 4Kids imports:

Pokemon

Yu-Gi-Oh!

One Piece

Winx Club

Sonic X

Tokyo Mew Mew

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Demotivational Poster: False Analogy

False Analogy

I was recently engaged in an interesting conversation with MalkavianFalconess when she left the following comment to my demotivational Difference:

If you have ANY European heritage (meaning white) You came her illegally. Ask ANY Native American. If you are anything OTHER than Native American, you are illegal. Plain and simple.

So, apparently, not only are we all descended from immigrants (an argument repeatedly recycled by the Left to defend illegal immigration), but illegal immigrants. According to MalkavianFalconess' logic, what the illegal immigrants are doing to us is no different than what our ancestors did to the Native Americans (which would actually be worse).

First of all, even if I agreed that people sneaking over the border in the dead of night was the same thing as European settlers stealing land from Native Americans, I would hardly call that an excuse for illegal immigration. Yes, what our ancestors did to the Native Americans was unjust. That doesn’t mean we should just sit back and allow people to pour into this country illegally and remain here undocumented. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Second, the European settlers can’t be considered illegal immigrants because there was no country for them to illegally immigrate to. The Native Americans (basically a bunch of scattered, unrelated tribes who had no concept of ownership) didn’t have a sovereign nation like the United States we have today. There were no immigration laws or borders regulating who could or could not enter. You can’t be considered illegal if there is not law to deem you as such.

So in the end, the analogy is nothing more than comparing apples to oranges.

Olbermann Right? McCain Wrong? OMG: Pigs Can Fly!

In the words of the Nostalgia Critic, “The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are learning how to fly, Satan is skating his way to work, and I’m pretty sure I just became a monkey’s uncle!”

Last night, left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann (a man I usually hate) criticized Senator John McCain (a man I usually like) for claiming it would be a “serious mistake” to read alleged terrorist Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

This man, what other reprehensible thing he appears to be, is an American citizen. And if you can decide that he shouldn’t have the same rights we would give to the man who shot Reagan or to serial killers or to Bernie Madoff, then the precedent you set in doing so can someday end thusly. Someday, for some crap reason, somebody will be able to arrest you, Mr. McCain, and declare that you are not entitled to your Miranda rights, and perhaps you should be tried by military court.

While you pander to a group that tries to dress up its bitching about paying its fair share of taxes as “the government is taking away freedom,” you propose that the government should take away freedom!

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Olbermann is right! As much as I like McCain, I love the Constitution and the rights it guarantees me and other Americans, including this terrorist. Yes, he’s possibly guilty. Yes, he possibly has important information. But he’s also an American citizen with constitutional rights.

If we can deny Shahzad his Miranda rights, who’s to prevent us from denying any other American citizen—including McCain—his?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Dissent Is Patriotic

Dissent Is Patriotic

I find it rather hilarious—if not unsettling—when one political party is in office and it accuses the opposing party of sedition for not supporting its policies.

For example, when Bush and the Republicans were in office, they demanded that Americans support the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any American who dared protest the wars was branded as “unpatriotic” or “un-American.”

Now Obama and the Democrats are in office, and they’re demanding that Americans support the economic stimulus and healthcare bill. Any American who dares protest the stimulus and bill is branded as “unpatriotic” or “un-American.”

Both parties tend to forget that this country was built upon dissent. We as Americans have every right to support or protest the powers that be, and we have the constitutional right to voice our opposition and come together in peaceful protest. So unless we’re calling for the death of the president, or our protests turn to bloody riots, our dissent is completely patriotic and American.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Misnomer

Misnomer

Perhaps one of my few non-political demotivational posters.

I used to enjoy Cartoon Network growing up. It was the only channel where you could watch the old Hanna-Barbara and Looney Tunes cartoons. And it had a few decent original shows like Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo. But as time went by, the channel began to go downhill. They stopped airing the classic cartoons, and the newer programs (like My Gym Partner’s A Monkey) became worse and worse.

But perhaps the last nail in the coffin was driven when the channel began airing live-action shows and movies. That’s right: a channel called Cartoon Network now airs live-action shows and cartoons!

Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised. More and more channels are airing shows that go against their normal programming. The History Channel airs a reality show on truck drivers, the Discovery channel airs a game show hosted in a taxi cab, and the Sci-Fi Channel airs wrestling matches.

Good grief! Is the world spinning backwards?

Bernie Nails It: Arizona Is Not Nazi Germany!

In his most recent column, political commentator Bernard Goldberg (aka: my favorite journalist of all time) decimated the comparison between Arizona and Nazi Germany. He especially criticized Congressman Jared Polis for arguing that, under Arizona’s new immigration law, Hispanics would be treated like the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Now, you would think that a Jewish congressman with a degree from Princeton would understand that when a cop in Tucson stops somebody for running a red light and asks for his driver’s license and (maybe) his green card, it’s not the same as when a stormtrooper in Berlin stopped a Jew and asked for his “papers.”  The worst that could happen to an illegal immigrant under the Arizona law is that he would be turned over to federal authorities and sent back to his homeland. The worst that happened to Jews in Nazi Germany is that they got a one-way ticket to Auschwitz.

Reasonable people may disagree on the wisdom of the new Arizona law.  But does it turn Arizona into a “police state” reminiscent of Germany under Hitler?  No serious person would answer yes.

Bernie is right: an Arizona cop asking for someone’s green card is not the same thing as a Nazi demanding someone to “show me your papers.” In fact, it’s no more different than a cop asking for someone’s driver’s license or registration. The only thing the Arizona immigration law does is enforce the federal immigration laws already in place.

Thanks, Bernie, for being a voice of reason in the media!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Weeknights 8pm ET

Weeknights 8pm ET

Alton Brown is one of my favorite chefs of all times. And his cooking show Good Eats comes on at 8pm—the same time Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The O’Reilly Factor comes on. So if I have to choose between watching Alton Brown or watching either Keith “You’re A Fascist” Olbermann or Bill “Bill-O The Clown” O’Reilly, I’m going with Brown. His show is more entertaining and practical.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages

I can't believe I'm saying this — don't have sex. I'm single right now and I've chosen to be single because I don't have the time to get to know anybody…So it's OK not to have sex, it's OK to get to know people. I'm celibate, celibacy's fine.

This is all coming from the same woman who wants to take a ride on your disco stick, who thinks love (if it isn’t rough) isn’t fun, and desperately wants your disease.

Yeah. I think Lady Gaga is the wrong person to promote celibacy.