Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Racist, Xenophobic British Woman On A Train

I consider there to be two types of racism. The first type is imaginary racism—the type of racism liberals find in places where none exists. The second type is true racism—the irrational fear or hatred of other races, or the irrational belief that some races are superior or inferior to others. Sadly, most liberals focus on the former rather than the latter (as was the case with the campaign against “racist” Halloween costumes), and as such, tend to detract from true racism.

Earlier this week, a video showcasing an act of true racism went viral on the interwebs, receiving over 6 million views in less than three days. The video, My Tram Experience shows a British woman (allegedly drunk) yelling on a train about how minorities and immigrants had ruined her country.

What has this country come to? A load of black people and a load of f***ing Polish?...None of you are f***ing English. Get back to your own f***ing [countries]…Go do your own countries, don’t come and do mine. Britain is nothing now. Britain is f*** all. My Britain is f*** all now. Britian is f*** all. My Britian is f*** all.

…Go back to where you come from. Go back to…f***ing Nig-Nic-ag-gu-ah or wherever you come from.

…This is my British country. Until I let you lot come over…Yes, this is my British country. You ain’t British. You ain’t British. Are you British? You ain’t f***ing British! F*** off! You’re black. You’re black. You ain’t British. You’re black. Where did you come from?

…Look, at the whole f***ing tram. Look at them. It’s more black than it’s white. This is all black and f***ing brown people.
You just got to love the black guy sitting behind her. He almost gets up as if he’s going to clobber her, but decides she’s not worth his time.

Now it’s safe to say that most people would recognize this as racist and xenophobic. No one could possibly defend what this woman did, right? Right?

Enter YouTube user MarmiteMan4, an anti-Semitic (oops, anti-“Zionist”), BNP-supporting European nationalist who considered this woman’s action an example of bravery.

The woman in that video…showed extreme courage to stand up for her people and her country surrounded by people who absolutely hate her, and would probably do a lot worse to her if she didn’t have a child with her.
“Extreme courage”? Good grief! Perhaps in the sense that sticking a metal fork in a toaster requires extreme courage.

And then there’s this gem from TeutonicWarriorChick, a woman who once made a video warning about how the Jews controlling the media were trying to exterminate the white race through multiculturalism. This is here response:

Man that woman has balls! What do you think? Could you imagine anybody in America talking that way? No one in America would dare talk that way because whites are terrified of being called racist, because—you know what—racism is the number one crime in the world!
But of course, she thought that the woman was setting a bad example for the child by spouting profanity (though spouting racist, xenophobic crap is apparently more acceptable for children).

But perhaps the most facepalmingly stupid defense was the following comment Coughlan000 found in the original video’s comment section, which he shared in his video response:

“Let me remind all of you of a similar incident that happened in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 to a colored lady, Rosa Parks, who had the courage to stand up against racial oppression whilst on a bus, and the world rightfully applauded her actions. Now this woman has the courage to speak out about the melting pot nationality this country has become. Everyone condemns her. Her only fault is using the only type of language she knows to get her point across. I admire her courage for speaking out.”
So let me get this straight: a woman spouting racist nonsense by shouting down minorities on a train is the exact same thing as a woman standing up against racist nonsense by refusing to follow racist laws forbidding her from sitting next to someone of a different race? False equivalency FTW!

Fortunately, there are sane people like Coughlan000 to counteract the insanity of folks like MarmiteMan4, TeutonicWarriorChick, and the crazy bus lady. Otherwise, my faith in humanity would only continue to decline.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Week In Review (11/27/2011)

Police pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters at UC Davis. The incident forced eleven protesters to receive medical treatment while two others were hospitalized. One of the protesters, who had been pepper-sprayed in his throat, was allegedly coughing up blood 45 minutes afterwards. Following the outrage over this act of police brutality, the police chief and two other officers were placed on administrative leave. Look, I don’t really care for the Occupy goons, but I don’t believe they deserve this. Nobody does! But hey, according to Megyn Kelly at Fox News, it’s no big deal, considering pepper spray “is a food product, essentially.”

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, or H.R. 3621) was discussed during a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would give more power to the federal government to crack down on websites that allow for the streaming of copyrighted material or intellectual property. Think of it as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on steroids! I know many of you have been asking me for my opinion on this, and for the most part, I’ve been reluctant to address it, as I wasn’t sure if it was real or not. Earlier this year, there was talk of a similar bill (S.978) which turned out to be fake. But after reading about how big name websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL and Twitter have spoken out against this bill, I now realize this is serious business (and not in the 4chan sense of the term). You also know shit is real when the Nostalgia Critic speaks out against it!

The “Super Committee” failed to agree upon any budget cuts. Yes. You read that right. The “Super Committee”—created because Congress couldn’t agree upon any spending cuts—failed to agree upon any spending cuts. Somehow, I’m not surprised by this. But considering that the very existence of the committee could be unconstitutional, perhaps this failure is a good thing.

Occupy Wall Street protesters crashed a Ron Paul event. Yeah, remember how the Occupy goons crashed similar events held by Scott Walker and Eric Cantor? They did the exact same thing with Ron Paul—a politician who not only has spoken out against the bank bailouts and crony capitalism on Wall Street, but also the police brutality against the OWS protesters. Oh, the effing irony! But Ron Paul managed to be a good sport about it, chuckling afterwards, and asking “Do you feel better?”

Obama omitted God from his Thanksgiving statement. What? Really? This is news? Yeah, you know who else omitted God from their thanksgiving statements? Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum! But then again, they’re not Democrats.

Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR race. What? Really? This is news too? The wife of the president being booed in a state where most of the people didn’t vote for him and hate his guts? My, this is shocking and unexpected!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pony Saturday: The Mysterious Mare Do Well

Welcome back, fellow viewers, to yet another Pony Saturday. Well, I have to say that this week’s episode was 20% cooler than last week’s. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on The Mysterious Mare Do Well.



• Scootalo is the president of the Rainbow Dash fan club. Big shocker! (sarcasm).
• Snips and Snails are members. Real big shocker! (not sarcasm). But in all seriousness, nice to see them in another episode. I really like those two.
• Rescuing a little girl trapped in a well was no big deal? Obviously, Dash never heard of Baby Jessica.
• Question: Why is the road that leads down a cliff not closed off? Seriously, first you have a baby carriage nearly fly off, and then later on, you have a bus.
• I love how Rainbow Dash starts off modest, but then gradually lets the fame go to her head. Seems more realistic.
• Twilight: “Call me silly, but I think this whole hero thing may be going to Rainbow Dash’s head.” Pinkie: “You may be right, Silly!”
• Spike as reporter: cute! :D
• Pinkie: “Ah! Spikes a ghost!” XD
• The falling hot air balloon looks way too similar to Twilight’s. Couldn’t the animators at least have used a different color while using the same model? All I could think about was “Why did that pony steal Twilight’s balloon?”
• Did the Mysterious Mare Do Well’s costume remind anyone else of Darkwing Duck’s?
• Question: How did the Mysterious Mare Do Well make it all the way to the mountain in that short amount of time?
• I was thinking the exact same thing the pony on the bus was thinking: “Cut the catchphrase and save us!”
• Seriously, was anyone else getting annoyed when Rainbow Dash kept trying to say her catch phrase?
• Anyone else chuckle at the crane worker’s “Yay!”? LOL! Meme Alert!
• You have to wonder why people never run when something comes falling towards them. You’d think they would, but they always stand in place until someone saves them.
• Rainbow Dash’s expression = Priceless! (Not as much as her expression in Griffon the Brush-Off, though! ;))
• Question: The dam has an electric plant? Since when does Ponyville use electricity?
• It’s official! Granny Smith has made an appearance in every episode of Season 2 so far.
• Loved the reactions from the pony Rainbow Dash was helping open the jar for.
• Love how the cloud Rainbow Dash sits on matches her mood.
• The posters in the audience for the Mysterious Mare Do Well look like the title cards for Batman: The Animated Series. Epic Win! :D
• I was fairly surprised by Mare Do Well’s secret identity. At first, I thought it was going to be Twilight. But it turned out to be all the other five. I should have known, considering one of them had wings.
• Apple Jack names her back hooves Bucky McGoody Goody and Kicks McGee! XD
• It’s the return of the Pinkie Sense!
• Question: why didn’t her Pinkie Sense warn her of Rainbow Dash before she pounced on her and unmasked her?
• Pinkie: “The only thing that should be rubbed into any Pony’s face is chocolate cake.” XD

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This Week In Review (11-20-2011)

Occupy Wall Street protesters were kicked out of Zuccotti Park. I’m basically with Lee Doren (How The World Works) on this: Zuccotti was a private park, and therefore its owner had the right to kick the protesters off his property, and unless the protesters had any actual demands, they were more or less camping out rather than protesting. In other words, this was hardly an infringement of the First Amendment.

An 84-year-old woman was pepper-sprayed by cops at an Occupy Seattle protest. Seriously Seattle police, WTF?! I can understand the police throwing tear gas at protesters smashing windows and tossing Molotov cocktails, like they did at Occupy Oakland. At least those protesters posed as a threat. But an 84-year-old granny? Seriously?! What’s she going to do? Hit someone with her cane? Don’t get me wrong. I don’t care for OWS, as they’re a bunch of anti-capitalist morons, but I don’t care for police brutality either. The lesser of two evils is still evil. (You know what, I take that back: police brutality is more evil than anti-capitalist protesters—period!)

Newt Gingrich allegedly made $1.6 million consulting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t for the inconvenient fact that Gingrich has routinely criticized both companies during his campaign, even going so far as to insist that politicians involved with them be arrested. If that’s the case, should Gingrich be arrested? (Consistency? What’s that?!)

60-Minutes revealed that insider trading is legal for members of Congress. In other words, if a congressman, through his job, gets wind of a deal being made by a company, he can legally invest in it. If anyone else did that, they would be expecting a trip to Sing-Sing. (Wait! Is Sing Sing still running?) Just another example of what the state can do that ordinary people can’t. If we demand money from someone at gunpoint, it’s robbery; if the state does it, it’s taxation. If we invade someone’s private property and kill the people living there, it’s murder; if the state invades another country and kills its people, it’s called war. If we kidnap someone and torture them, it’s called torture; if the state does the same, it’s called an “enhanced interrogation technique.” But there is some good news, as a ban to insider trading by Congress is being considered in the Senate.

Congress declared pizza as a vegetable in a school lunch reform bill. If you want any evidence of how incompetent our federal government is, this news story is it. Yes, apparently, pizza is now a vegetable because the government says it is. I guess the sky can be considered red if the government claims it to be so. From what I can gather, the decision was made because the bill, as it originally stood, would have eliminated items like French fries and pizza from school menus in order to meet nutritional quotas. So Congress, specifically Republicans representing their frozen food friends—er, I mean “lobbyists,” decided to pull some legalistic mumbo-jumbo by arguing that, since pizza contains tomato paste, and tomatoes are vegetables, pizza is therefore a vegetable. By that very logic, so are hamburgers if they’re served with lettuce and tomato. But hey, if the government says so, it must be true. Government is magic!

Warrantless Cell phone tracking has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. Nice to know that some judges in our higher courts realize that the Fourth Amendment exists. Now if only they could do something about the Patriot Act already!

Bill O'Reilly’s book 'Killing Lincoln' has been banned from Ford’s Theater bookstore because of its many factual inaccuracies. To be honest, I neither care for O’Reilly nor Abraham Lincoln. I know most Republicans fawn over Lincoln as the ideal Republican, second only to Ronald Reagan, and perhaps they have a point: Lincoln did begin the Republican tradition of increasing the size of the federal government while stripping away individual liberties for national security. Under his leadership, he suspended habeas corpus, had journalists arrested and imprisoned, and approved war crimes committed by General Sherman. In other words, Linclon was a 19th century George W. Bush.

PETA protests the newest Mario game over its Tanooki suit. The animal activist group claims that, by allowing Mario to wear a suit made from raccoon-dog fur, the game promotes fur, and thus cruelty to animals. If that’s the case, why didn’t PETA first protest Mario 3, which introduced the Tanooki suit over 20 years ago? In fact, why hasn’t PETA protested the Mario games up until now, considering that the main aspect of the game is to jump on turtles? Better question? Who takes PETA seriously? This is the same group that chastised Obama for swatting a fly on national television, calling it an execution. This is the same group that dressed up as KKK members to protest Westminster Dog Show, claiming that the American Kennel Club was trying to create a “master race” of dogs. And this is the same group whose batshit insane president, Ingrid Newkirk, wrote in her will that she wants her flesh to be cooked in a “human barbeque,” her skin fashioned into purses, her feet made into umbrella stands, her eye shipped to the EPA, her pointing finger shipped to Ringling Brothers, and her liver shipped to France. I think it’s safe to say that PETA are a bunch of trolls, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Ron Paul reached second place in both the Iowa and New Hampshire polls. Is the media going to pay attention to this? Oh, hell no! We all know how the media treats him.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pony Saturday: May The Best Pet Win!

Welcome back to another…you know what? You already know by now!

Sorry. I just thought this new episode was, well, bleh! It wasn’t bad, just bland. But I’ll share with you the few parts I did enjoy. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on May The Best Pet Win!



• Opal coming out of the mutant pet’s mouth and scaring Rainbow Dash = Epic!
• Wasn’t thrilled by the song. It was good for the episode, but it was really forgettable. It didn’t have the ability to get stuck in your head like the other songs like “Winter Wrap Up,” “Cupcakes,” and “Art Of The Dress.”
• When the tortoise appear, it was pretty obvious he was going to be chosen at the end. Honestly, who didn’t see the ending by a mile away?
• Butterfly used Confuse Ray. Opal is confused.
• When Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” plays, you know shit just got real!
• Kind of ironic that none of the birds stopped to help Rainbow Dash when she didn’t stop to help any of them when they were stuck in the thorn bushes.
• Question: How did the turtle manage to catch up to Rainbow Dash in the gorge? Wouldn’t it have taken him longer to get there? (Obvious Answer: it’s a cartoon. If it was realistic, we would be here all day waiting for him!)
• Question: Where did the turtle get the bandages for Dash? (Better Question: How does a turtle administer First Aid?)
• Turtle helicopter? Nice! :D

Friday, November 18, 2011

ANTI-LIBERTARIANS CAN'T THINK - 24EvelJustin24



“This entire libertarian philosophy is just so incredibly stupid and insipid. I mean, who would buy this shit?”

My fourth target in the series is 24EvelJustin24, who believes libertarians like Ron Paul are stupid for distrusting the federal government and not buying the “deregulation destroyed the economy” narrative.


VIDEOS FEATURED:

Kicking Libertarian Ass by 24EvelJustin24


LINKS:

Link #1: The amazingly accurate predictions of Ron Paul

Link #2: Corporate Profits Not Actually At Record High

Link #3: 12 Reasons Companies Outsource Operations Overseas

Link #4: Did Deregulation Cause the Financial Crisis?

Link #5: The Myth of Financial Deregulation

Link #6: What Keeps Us Safe?

Link #7: Economic Milton Friedman Describes Hong Kong as an Example of the Free Market System

Link #8: Bank of America scraps debit card fee after consumer backlash

Link #9: The Free Checking Restoration Act

Link #10: Who Caused the Economic Crisis?

Link #11: Is Deregulation to Blame?

Link #12: The CRA Scam and its Defenders

Link #13: Economic Freedom & Quality of Life

Link #14: Bush's Regulatory Kiss-Off

Link #15: Did Deregulated Derivatives Cause the Financial Crisis?

Link #16: Ten Thousand Commandments

Link #17: U.S. Corporations Suffer High Effective Tax Rates by International Standards

Link #18: No Corporate Welfare


OTHER MEDIA:

Arguing with Idiots Theme Song

Music by Kevin MacLeod

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rape Doesn’t Exist?!

As anyone who follows my blog can tell, I don’t care for feminists. They have a tendency to see sexism where none exists, like how advertisements “objectify” women in order to allegedly keep them submissive to the patriarchy. Focusing on such menial issues tends to distract from real sexism.

For example, following the suicide of an 18-year-old girl who had chronicled on Twitter the sexual abuse she endured from her father, some sleazy Moron—excuse me, Mormon—blogger Michael Crook wrote the following about her on his blog:
There are those who think she’s a victim. Not so!

I don’t care what did or did not happen to her. First and foremost, I don’t believe rape exists. When there are incidents that are classified as “rape,” or names that are similar, what usually ends up happening is that the “victim” tends to “forget” to mention immodesty, flirty actions, or other conduct on their part that contributed to the matter. A woman who dresses immodestly must accept accountability for her choice of attire.

If, in fact, this girl was being molested or forced into prostitution as the media outlets say her tweets claimed, then it was her fault that it happened, and continued to happen.
“I don’t believe rape exists”?

Just let that sentiment sink in for a minute, then wipe the vomit away from your computer screen when you’re done.

Yes, apparently, rape doesn’t exist because all accounts of rape are really the woman’s fault for dressing or acting like a slut, and therefore, she deserves it.

I don’t care what religion you subscribe to, that’s just revolting!

Yes, I do believe that women should take precautions to protect themselves by avoiding dangerous situations, like dressing promiscuously to a bar, or accepting a drink from a stranger, or walking home late at night unescorted—but I would never have the audacity to say that they deserve what happens to them if they don’t take such caution.

But oh wait, IT GET EFFING WORSE!

When Crook said he doesn’t believe in rape, he links to this post where he says this:
However, I also believe that...a woman should fight to the death defending her virtue, if in fact she does not consent to the sexual contact. If she doesn't do so, then I would call her motives into question.
Oh yes. You heard that right. If a woman doesn’t fight back, she’s obviously lying about her rape. If she had really been raped, she would have put up a fight and even died trying to prevent it. If she didn’t, then it’s all her fault!

And feminists complain that chivalry is sexist? Give me a break!

What makes this even worse is that Crook tries to sidestep his own tripe by claiming that it’s only his opinion. Yes, Crook, it is, and you’re entitled to it. As my blog’s name suggests, I believe everyone is entitled to free speech in order to express their opinion. So Crook has every right to say women deserve to be raped. But since free speech goes both way, I have every right to respond by saying that Crook is a sexist, chauvinistic, misogynistic pig who should castrate himself lest his genes contaminate the human gene pool!

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to watch Pinkie Pie sing Caramelldansen until I forget this blog post ever existed.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Think Progress Spins Story About Welfare Fraud

With a name like “Think Progress,” you’re sure to find news without bias or spin, right?

Think Progress recently posted a story with the following headline: “Mississippi Woman Receives Three Year Prison Sentence For Feeding Her Family.” The story, however, tells how the woman was convicted for lying on her benefits application in order to receive over $4 thousand in food stamps. She had previously been convicted of four felonies and one misdemeanor, which would have made her ineligible to receive food stamps. And yes, she did claim to have lied in order to help her family, but the fact still remains that she had been convicted of welfare fraud, thus making the story and its headline very misleading. Worse, the story compares the woman’s three-year prison sentence to a two-year sentence of a man who stole $3 million in mortgage fraud.

Should the woman have received such a harsh sentence? Probably not. A lesser sentence would have sufficed, though she was probably given the harsher sentence because of her previous crimes, all which were drug-related—thus making her defense of “feeding her family” rather dubious (she may have been using the money for drugs).

Should she have been given a harsher sentence than the man who swindled $3 million in mortgage fraud? Hell no! The punishment should fit the crime. $4 thousand in food stamps should receive a lesser punishment than $3 million in mortgage fraud, though both sentences were passed in different courts—albeit in the same state.

But that’s my opinion. I want to know what you all think: Were the two sentences unfair? What about the Think Progress story? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ANTI-LIBERTARIANS CAN’T THINK - franks2732



“Your ideology is the most disgusting and evil piece of shit put on this world.…Libertarians and anarcho-capitalists, this diseased neoconservative mind, is the reason why half the f***ing Western world, the English-speaking Western world, is f***ed!”

My third target is franks2732 who moans and complains about how mean and cruel libertarians and their ideology are.

VIDEOS FEATURED:

Anti Libertarian Rant by franks2732

Fucktard Of The Week: Kassiedill2 by Morrakiu

OTHER MEDIA:

Arguing with Idiots Theme Song

Music by Kevin MacLeod

Monday, November 14, 2011

Feminazi: Penn State Proves All Men Are Rapists!

When you use reddit like I do as a source for news, you tend to run across the craziest stories and news articles, which is how I encountered this gem. Only feminists would be sleazy enough to spin a story like the Penn State incident to push their conspiracy theories about the “patriarchy” and “rape culture.”
Now is the time to point out that feminists have been describing this problem for decades, and while it’s always going to be a shock on some level to see how much social support rapists and those who cover up for them get, it’s entirely predictable if you’ve been paying attention. In fact, excuse-making for sexual harassment, intimidation, and assault is so common that feminists created a phrase to describe it: rape culture. For once when it comes to feminist terminology, Wikipedia is accurate, so I’ll refer to its definition.

Rape culture is a term which originated in women's studies and feminist theory, and describes a culture in which rape and sexual violence against women are common and in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media all condone, normalize, excuse, or tolerate sexual violence against women. Examples of behaviors commonly associated with rape culture include victim blaming, sexual objectification and rape apologism.

The only part which I would correct is to suggest that it’s not just rape and sexual violence against women that is excused in a rape culture. As the Penn State situation demonstrates---and as did the Catholic Church scandal before it and as does the ongoing inability of our society to take prison rape seriously---rape of men and children is also papered over, blamed on victims, or even condoned in our society. The form rape culture takes is tweaked slightly depending on the victim, of course. You don’t see young boys being told they brought this on themselves by dressing sexy, as female victims of various ages generally hear, but the general idea is still there. When it comes to rape, much of society thinks that the problem isn’t that rapists rape. They believe the problem is those who try to stop rape. When a rapist is outed, far too many people in our society think the person to blame for the chaos that ensues is not the person who started it all by raping, but those who blew the whistle. Even and especially when it’s the victims who blow the whistle.
Rape culture? Good grief! Someone should inform the feminists that reported rapes against women in the United States have been in decline over the past 20 years.

Fortunatley, it seems that many redditors see this article for the bullpucky it is, as the following comments indicate:
• Rape culture? Seriously? What a bunch of trash!

It's more the bystander effect combined with people wanting to keep their job.

The entire concept of a 'rape culture' because of one man who did nasty things while 15 people didn't act out of a population of ~65,000 students/faculty/etc is sensationalism at its worst.

• I haven't heard any condemnation of the victims. The closest to "rape culture" so far is the Penn State riot over the firing of Joe Paterno, as well as the media's general unwillingness to thoroughly condemn Joe for his part in the scandal. The article seems to suggest that there is an active campaign by society to suppress what has happened. Quite frankly I don't see it.

• Typical feminist theory. Let's make this about violence against women even though the gender in question is male here. This is about sports and extreme worship of their program, not about a worship of sexual violence.

• Sorry, but the failure on the part of the people at Penn State was not due to a "Rape Culture" or thinking there was anything acceptable about a 60 year old man fucking a ten year old boy in the ass; but about money and keeping an untarnished image. They were scared of what exactly has happened, happening. They're going to pay dearly for this in the two areas that are most important to them.

Greed and ego overcame morality.

• I'd love to know in what sort of twisted universe feminists can somehow take credit for the coming out of male war rape victims (which incidentally outnumber women raped in war).

Need I remind feminists that for the better part of the 20th century they were probably the most aggressive agitators against male gay rights after the religious organisations?

Bachmann: America Should Be More Like China!

From the woman who claimed that Aladdin promoted witchcraft, that Lion King promoted homosexuality, and that carbon dioxide wasn’t a dangerous gas, comes one of the most retarded suggestions ever: America should be more like China!

Why is this woman a Republican presidential candidate again?

Michele Bachmann made a curious suggestion during Saturday night's Republican debate.

Fielding a question about which social programs she would cut if president, the Minnesota Congresswoman said that China provided a good example of a society without a social safety net. The fact that China's government is resolutely socialist appeared to be lost on her.

Bachmann said that Lyndon Johnson's Great Society has "not worked, and it's put us into the modern welfare state...If you look at China, they don't have food stamps."

She continued, "They save for their own retirement security, they don't have AFDC (Aid to Families With Dependent Children), they don't have the modern welfare state, and China's growing...and so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us, with the Great Society, and they'd be gone."

Daily Kos Speaks Out Against Black Bloc Anarchists

While I don’t believe in anarchy, I do respect the opinions of anarchists like Stefan Molyneux, as they make cogent arguments against the state (though I disagree with their conclusions). I realize there’s a major difference between anarchists who make arguments against the state and “anarchists” who just want to smash things up, and as such, the black bloc anarchists at the Occupy movement do not represent the whole of anarchists and anarchy.

With that said, I can’t believe I’m sharing a Daily Kos blog post defending the Occupy movement:
To the black bloc "Anarchists", I would like you to listen closely to the gentleman in this video at the 3:17 mark . . . he has something important to say . .

You can see people in this video trying to prevent the destruction of property, and my hat goes off to them.



And I use quotation marks on the word Anarchist for a reason, because real Anarchists believe in breaking up corrupt power structures, not smashing windows. Any mindless clown with a brick can smash a window, that doesn't make you an anarchist, just a vandal. Though I am NOT an anarchist myself, the anarchists I have met do NOT endorse this idiotic smashing of property, and nor does Occupy Wall Street. I denounce this type of bullshit. It has NO PLACE in our peaceful movement.

To the cowards in masks who just want to break shit, you aren't helping at all, in fact, you are making things worse for EVERYONE. I have no idea what you have to offer anyone, you basically have nothing positive to add to the conversation we'd like to have. In short, F U, because your idiotic acts of violence and senseless damage of property is certainly going to be used to smear every peaceful person in the Occupy Wall Street movement, so not only are you not adding anything positive, the only thing you are adding is negative.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This Week In Review (11/13/2011)

Democrats won key elections in Ohio, Maine, Mississippi, and Arizona. I would say this was a big loss for the Republicans, but screw it: they brought this upon themselves! When they gained a majority in the House of Representatives last year, they promised they were going to create jobs. It’s been one year. How many jobs have they created? Zero! Zip! Zilch! Instead, they have been focusing on menial social issues like abortion. Don’t get me wrong, pushing back abortion is an important issue, but during harsh economic times, fixing the economy and creating jobs should be more important—especially when it’s the platform you ran on! As far as the economy goes, the most Republicans have done were make cuts to NPR and Planned Parenthood—not even a fraction of one percent of our budget (compared to defense spending, which makes up a lion’s share of 20%)! Let’s face it: the Republicans are the party of Epic Fail! They fail at creating jobs, they fail at fixing the economy, they fail at limiting the federal government, they fail at fiscal responsibility, and the just flat-out fail at being conservative. Let us pray that they’re replaced by the Libertarian Party as the country’s right-wing party.
Rick Perry forgot the third government agency he wanted to eliminate during the GOP Debate Wednesday. “It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education, and the, um, uh, what’s the third one?” Good grief! I want to say that Perry is just like Bush, but at this point, that would be an insult—to Bush! Perry is like him, only without the integrity or the intelligence—or rather, what little Bush has in the first place!
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with sexually-abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. At this point, I don’t know which is worse: the coach raping a boy in the locker room showers, the assistant coach Mike McQuery witnessing the rape but not reporting it, or the thousands of students rioting because their beloved coach was fired and arrested. Don’t get me wrong: the coach raping the young boy is obviously worse, but the other two were no better.
Bill Clinton released his new book Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy. Democrats and liberals love to brag about how the economy was all sunshine and lollipops under Clinton. But as with other liberal legends like FDR and his “New Deal” or LBG and his “Great Society,” Clinton and his “Golden Years” is just that: a legend—more specifically, a myth!
Congressman Joe Walsh was caught on camera yelling at a constituent. During one of his “Cup Of Joe With Joe” events, Walsh was confronted by a woman who asked him about the banks’ responsibility for the economic crisis, to which he responded in a heated tirade. “It’s not the private marketplace that created this mess! What created this mess is your government which has demanded for years that everyone be in a home, and we have made it as easy as possible for people to be in homes. All the marketplace does is respond to what the government does. The government sets the rules. Don’t blame banks and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now. And I’m tired of hearing that crap!” As am I! Look, I think Joe was uncouth and uncivil in his response (and as a politician, that’s no good), but in the end, he was absolutely 100% right!
A government mandate requiring tobacco companies to post graphic warning labels on their products was blocked by a federal judge. This comes as a sigh of relief, considering that the past week has not been a good one for common sense within our government—what with the US Court of Appeals declaring it constitutional for the federal government to force Americans to buy health insurance, the Senate striking down an attempt to repeal the Orwellian Net Neutrality, and the Supreme Court deliberating whether or not police need a warrant to slap a tracking device onto a vehicle. But seriously, did anyone really believe that those ridiculous graphic warnings would have deterred people from smoking? Somehow, I don’t even think the people pushing for the warning labels believed that!
Grand Canyon National Park scraped its plans to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. As with the graphic tobacco warnings, did anyone honestly believe that this ban would have worked? Even if they banned the sale of bottled beverages at the park, what’s to prevent tourists from bringing their own? Either way, litter is still being created. On a side note, this ban came immediately after park officials had spoken with officials from Coca-Cola—a major donor to the park. Both parties deny that their conversation influenced the blocking of the ban.
Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain said they would reinstate waterboarding during the GOP Debate Saturday. New Rule: Politicians like Bachmann and Cain who think waterboarding is not torture should volunteer to be waterboarded themselves, and then decide afterwards whether or not it’s torture. Pretty sure they would be singing a different tune.
Justin Bieber denies being the father of a 20-year-old woman’s baby. Is he or is he not the baby daddy of Mariah Yeater? Better question: Oh my God! Who the hell cares?

Pony Saturday: The Cutie Pox

You know what day it is? That’s right: Pony Saturday! And today, I’ll be posting my thoughts on today’s newest episode: The Cutie Pox.



• Question: How can ponies bowl if they don’t have any fingers? Then again, how can ponies do anything without fingers?
• Bowling Dolls = Charlie’s Angels! :D
• And any bowling episode isn’t complete without a Big Lebowski reference. Did you catch it? (It was right when Scootaloo kicked her bowling ball all over the place, and it zips by three familiar faces—or at least three familiar faces in pony form.)
• One of the ponies in the bowling alley looks a lot like Rarity’s mom from the last episode.
• Apple Bloom bites into her bowling ball. Um, bleh!
• I believe this is the fourth episode to feature Zecora—one of my favorite ponies who isn’t one of the main characters.
• Did anyone else think of “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” while listening to Apple Bloom with a chipped tooth saying she wanted her cutie mark now?
• Yes, Zecora, just leave Apple Bloom alone with the flower you told her grants one’s desires after she told you how desperately she wanted a cutie mark.
• Nice to see another appearance from Twist, not so much Diamond Tiara or Silver Spoon.
• Apparently, class can be dismissed if someone has a really special talent like loop-de-hooping.
• Yay! Apple Bloom turned into Miles “Tails” Prowler!
• Twilight’s mane transformed into Rarity’s with Apple Bloom’s loop-de-hoop! (And I guess Spike must like Rarity for her hair, since he was quick to become infatuated with Twilight.)
• Apparently, Apple Bloom knew what Apple Jack wanted her to do with the pie and plates she threw at her.
• Seems like we’re seeing more of Granny Smith in this season.
• Question: Why was Apple Bloom suddenly unable to control herself once she received her third cutie mark? See was able to control herself with the first two. Do your talents suddenly become uncontrollable at three?
• LOL! One of the diseases mentioned in Twilight’s book is “The Trots”!
• Question: Since Equestria is obviously in an alternate universe with geography unlike our own, is there seriously a French language, let alone a France, in that universe?
• Better Question: How will they translate that scene into French? She’s obviously not going to be speaking French!
• Continuity Error: Apple Bloom and Apple Jack visited Twilght Sparkle during the night, then they decide go to Zecora—in the day?
• Nice to see Lily, Daisy, and Roseluck reappear in this episode. (The horror! The horror!)
• Apple Bloom becomes Taz! :D
• Question: If the Seeds of Truth grow when someone tells the truth, shouldn’t they have grown when Pinkie Pie spilled the beans about eating Mrs. Cake’s corncakes? (Obvious Answer: Because then we wouldn’t have the moral of our story from Apple Bloom).
• Question: Did Zecora really disappear, or did she simply leave while no one was looking?
• And Apple Bloom got to write to Princess Celestia.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Nintendo GameCube Commercials Montage

I love it whenever a new video game console is released, especially with the advertising behind it. I love to see how the new consoles market themselves, and somehow, they always seem to inspire you to jump out of your seat and rush to the nearest Wal-Mart in order to buy one.

I especially love watching old-school video game commercials. Though the games and systems themselves are outdated, the commercials still make them seem brand new and innovative.

In honor of the Nintendo GameCube’s tenth anniversary, the following montage of GameCube commercials was created by user CyberWolf087. Man, I remember these commercials well!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Welcome To The Police State!

Should the police be allowed to slap a tracking device on your vehicle without a warrant? Obvious answer: No! Would such action be unconstitutional? According to the Fourth Amendment: Yes!

But hey, folks, this is post-9/11 America! We don’t take kindly to our own Constitution (especially the Fourth Amendment) around these parts. We need to actually deliberate such scenarios at the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court invoked visions of an all-seeing Big Brother and satellites watching us from above. Then things got personal Tuesday when the justices were told police could slap GPS devices on their cars and track their movements without asking a judge for advance approval.

The occasion for all the talk about intrusive police actions was a hearing in a case about whether the police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects. The outcome could have implications for other high-tech surveillance methods as well.

The justices expressed deep reservations about warrantless GPS tracking. But there also was no clear view about how or whether to regulate police use of the devices.

The justices were taken aback when the lawyer representing the government said police officers could install GPS devices on the justices' cars and track their movements without a warrant. To get a warrant, investigators need to convince a judge that there is reason to believe a suspect is involved in criminal activity.

"So your answer is yes, you could tomorrow decide that you put a GPS device on every one of our cars, follow us for a month; no problem under the Constitution?" Chief Justice John Roberts said.

Not only that, government lawyer Michael Dreeben replied, but FBI agents wouldn't need a warrant either if they wanted to rummage through the justices' trash, use a low-tech beeper to track them or tail them around-the-clock with a team of agents. Dreeben said the court has previously ruled that people have no reasonable expectation of privacy in those circumstances.

Justice Samuel Alito captured the essence of the court's concern when he said, "With computers around, it's now so simple to amass an enormous amount of information. How do we deal with this? Just say nothing has changed?"

Justice Stephen Breyer alluded to George Orwell's novel "1984" when he said surveillance in the past depended on human beings and their sometimes flawed memories. But computers don't have that problem, he said.

"The question that I think people are driving at, at least as I understand it and certainly share the concern, is that if you win this case, then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States," Breyer said.
At this point, is anyone really shocked? Ever since the Patriot Act was passed, allowing for warrantless wiretaps and record searches, our Constitutional rights have been decreasing, and after ten years, we’ve transformed into a full-blown police state straight out of 1984.

Hyperbole, you say? As of now, the police have the power to break down your door without a warrant if they suspect you’re destroying evidence, search the contents of your cell phone during a traffic stop, pepper spray protesters for no real reason, and arrest people for victimless crimes like growing vegetables in their front yard and feeding the homeless in a public park.

But hey, at least there's one thing the police can't do. They can't be videotaped! Such a violation of the police's right to privacy can land you 75 years in prison. When the police have more of a right to privacy than the average law-abiding citizen, you know you're living in a police state!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Somalia Vs Free Market

Somalia Vs Free Market

Why is it that the stupidest talking points also tend to be the most heavily repeated? If I had a dime for every time I heard Somalia used as an example of libertarianism or free-market capitalism, my fortune could possibly rival that of Bill Gates.

Somalia has no form of government. That means it’s under anarchy. Libertarians and free-market capitalists do want government; they just want to limit its power over the people, especially the market. Therefore, Somalia is not an example of either libertarianism or free-market capitalism.

Unfortunately, such logic does not pervade the minds of libtarded moonbats like Sam Seder, who recently claimed that the best way to debunk libertarians is to simply let them talk.

The free market does not exist. There is no unencumbered market.…Maybe in Somalia.…That’s what a free market is. It is feudalism. It is who has got more guns…or swords, and arrows. They’re the ones who are going to…accumulate the most wealth. Capitalism can only function properly with strong government controls that protect consumers and workers from the excesses of capitalism. It’s not even the excesses. It’s the operation of capitalism.
I love how he assumes that libertarianism or free-market capitalism is about allowing whoever has the most guns the right to rule, even though both philosophies reject the use of force through the non-aggression principle. As one person said in the comment section: “Well, if that's his concern then it makes no sense to grant the state exclusive monopoly on the use of the biggest, baddest guns in society, does it?”

But Seder is half-right about the free market. There has been no true free market, as all markets have had some level of regulation, which is necessary to an extent. However, there are markets which are freer than others, the perfect example being Hong Kong. From Wikipedia:
As one of the world's leading international financial centers, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation and free trade. The currency, Hong Kong dollar, is the eight most traded currency in the world as of 2010. Hong Kong was once described by Milton Friedman as the world’s greatest experiment in laissez-faire capitalism. It maintains a highly developed capitalist economy, ranked the freest in the world by the Index of Economic Freedom for 15 consecutive years. It is an important centre for international finance and trade, with one of the greatest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region, and is known as one of the Four Asian Tigers for its high growth rates and rapid development from the 1960s to the 1990s. Between 1961 and 1997 Hong Kong's gross domestic product grew 180 times while per-capita GDP increased 87 times over.

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the seventh largest in the world, with a market capitalization of US$2.3 trillion as of December 2009. In that year, Hong Kong raised 22 percent of worldwide initial public offering (IPO) capital, making it the largest centre of IPOs in the world and the easiest place to raise capital. Hong Kong's currency is the Hong Kong dollar, which has been pegged to the U.S. dollar since 1983.

The Hong Kong Government has traditionally played a mostly passive role in the economy, with little by way of industrial policy and almost no import or export controls. Market forces and the private sector were allowed to determine practical development. Under the official policy of "positive non-interventionism", Hong Kong is often cited as an example of laissez-faire capitalism. Following the Second World War, Hong Kong industrialized rapidly as a manufacturing centre driven by exports, and then underwent a rapid transition to a service-based economy in the 1980s. Since then, it has grown to become a leading center for management, financial, IT, business consultation and professional services.
Hong Kong is but the leading example. The remaining Top 10 freest economies are Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, the United States, and Bahrain. As for Somalia, it isn’t even listed on the Index of Economic Freedom World Rankings. So much for it being a libertarian free market paradise!

Race Realists are Sneaky STATISTS

“Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism.” – Ayn Rand

If you believe in grouping people into collectives based upon their skin color, you have no right to call yourself a libertarian. If you believe one group of people has more rights than another, you have no right to call yourself a libertarian. And if you believe people of different races should remain separate, you have no right to call yourself a libertarian.

You simply cannot have racial segregation without a state enforcing it. TheTruePooka explains:

And please don’t put forward fantasies about everyone volunteering to merrily segregate into different cities and states according to race. Because that’s not going to happen. Putting forward such a premise is an absolute copout, a weak and feeble attempt to sidestep the issue and the fact that, even under the best of circumstances, a significant amount of force is going to have to be exerted to enforce this voluntary segregation. The only way they kept the population segregated prior to the civil rights movement was by reducing the rights of one group—black people in this case—so that they could justify and get away with force against them. You think it’s going to be any different now, you think that a city or state coded for black or white only population isn’t going to have to reduce the rights of the racial population that all of a sudden finds itself in the “shit out of luck” seats? Please! Either you people are very stupid or very na├»ve.…[S]egregationist ideology ends up being in direct conflict with one of the most basic principles of libertarian philosophy: that you don’t use force against others and infringe on their individuality. From a right-libertarian position, even using the slightest force to cause segregation, it is unacceptable. There’s just no way around it.
Having apparently struck the nerve of so many race realists, Pooka’s video was spammed to the point where he was forced to place his video in private. In fact, one person even flagged his video. Pooka points out the irony:

This dimbulb made use of the apparatus of our “state” here on YouTube, Google administration, to try to silence me and destroy my channel.

(sarcastic handclap)

Thank you. Thank you so very much for actually proving my point. It took one or some of you less than 24 hours to run to our internet version of the state for help, thus giving me the concrete proof I need to show without any doubt that my argument has strong merit.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Demotivational Poster: Michael Moore

Michael Moore

On Nov. 3, Occupy Oakland protesters forcibly shut down not only the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest port in America, but also several surrounding businesses and banks. The peaceful protests turned violent as protesters began smashing windows, spraying graffiti, and tossing Molotov cocktails. This resulted in dozens of protesters getting arrested and at least four being hospitalized.

When liberal filmmaker Michael Moore was asked on Piers Morgan Tonight what he thought of the violence, he simply answered, “there’s no violence coming from the Occupy protesters. This is a non-violent peaceful group.…They’re not destroying any property.” His response received applause from the studio audience.

Nearly a week earlier, Moore had appeared on the same show where he insisted that he was not part of the “one percent”—despite having made millions from his documentaries (which ironically berate the system from which he profits). To Moore, it did not matter that his income placed him in the same bracket as those he has been protesting, he did not consider himself part of the one percent because, as he put it, “even though I do well, I don’t associate myself with those who do well.” (This is sort of like saying he’s not overweight because, even though he’s fat, he doesn’t associate himself with those who are.)

At this point, is anyone really surprised that Moore lied on the exact same show twice? This libtarded moonbat has made his living peddling lies through his propaganda films—excuse me, “documentaries.” (On second thought, never mind. “Propaganda” best describes his films. Just search the dictionary and you’ll find his picture under “Propaganda.”)

In his first documentary Roger and Me, Moore portrays the negative impact that resulted from General Electric shutting down several plants in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Moore had messed with the chronology of events in order to fit his narrative, thus presenting a distorted and inaccurate one. Paraphrasing a review by critic Harlan Jacobson, New York Times critic Richard Bernstein wrote, “The film compressed events that actually took place over a long period of time and altered the sequence of some of them. The 11 plant closings affected 4 states, not just Flint. The 30,000 jobs lost in Flint were lost over 12 years, not the far shorter span suggested - though never explicitly stated - by Mr. Moore in ‘Roger and Me.’”

In Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore featured several video clips of George W. Bush and his administration, including Condoleezza Rice, who was shown saying, “There is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11.” The clip suggested that Rice was claiming that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, thus justifying the invasion of Iraq. However, the full context of the quote reveals that the “tie” she was referring to was not Hussein, but radical Islam: “It’s not that Saddam Hussein was somehow himself and his regime involved in 9/11, but, if you think about what caused 9/11, it is the rise of ideologies of hatred that lead people to drive airplanes into buildings in New York....[This] has perverted Islam from a peaceful religion into one in which they call on it for violence. And they're all linked.” (Ah, quote mining at its finest, or rather worst!)

In Sicko, Moore accompanies a group of Americans to a Cuban hospital in order to receive free healthcare. He claims that the treatment they received at the hospital was the exact same treatment every Cuban citizen received. In reality, the hospital they visited was actually reserved for the privileged elites. Poorer citizens tend to visit more rundown clinics with poorer, filthier conditions. In fact, the film’s portrayal of Cuba’s healthcare system was so exaggerated that it was banned in Cuba in fear that it would create “a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.”

And these are only a fraction of the lies Moore has made in his documentaries. (The website Michael Moore: Exposed provides a plethora of lies and distortions Moore has made in film and real life.)

Aside from being a pathological liar, he’s also a massive hypocrite. He profits from capitalism by making films against capitalism—and then he has the nerve to appear on television and claim he’s not part of the same “one percent” he and his fellow moonbats are protesting on Wall Street. Speaking of which, Moore is infamous for claiming “I don't own a single share of stock!” (And guess what: that’s a lie, too!)

At this point, calling Moore a liar is like calling him fat: it’s blatantly obvious, and anyone who doesn’t see it is blind (or liberal, or both)!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Demotivational Poster: Moral Majority



CHRISTIAN, n.: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin. (The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Pierce)

Why is it that politicians who espouse Christian “family values” also tend to be the most immoral sinners? Sarah Palin’s daughter had a baby out-of-wedlock. Larry Craig was caught soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom. Mark Sanford had an affair with an Argentinean mistress. And now Herman Cain has been accused of sexually-harassing two female employees. And he still remains ahead in the polls!

So let's get this straight: if you're a Democrat who tweets his junk, you get forced to resign; if you're a Democrat who receives head from an intern, you get impeached; but if you're a Republican who harasses two female employees, you remain ahead in the polls? And Republicans are supposed to be the Moral Majority?

For the record, I could care less what Cain allegedly did to his female employees. American politicians have been involved in sex scandals ever since Thomas Jefferson. Don’t hate Cain because he’s a sexual pervert. Hate him because he’s a Federal Reserve shill! (No need to audit the Federal Reserve? Bullshit!)

ANTI-LIBERTARIANS CAN'T THINK: atticana



"What always strikes me about libertarians...is that they are invariably white and middle class."

My second target in my series is atticana, who believes that libertarians are only morally-deficient atheists.

VIDEOS FEATURED

"Libertarians = Morally Deficient Atheists" by atticana

"We're not racists, BUT ..." by ZOMGitsCriss

OTHER LINKS

Economic Freedom and Quality of Life

Myth of the Robber Barons

Minimum Wage Equals Minimum Jobs

OTHER MEDIA

Arguing with Idiots Theme Song

Music by Kevin MacLeod

White Nationalism Is Like Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

New Rule: If you group people into collectives based upon their race, or defend people who do likewise, then you have no right to consider yourself a libertarian.

In his video Worst Argument Ever, Coughlan000 destroys "libertarian" greenghost2008 for defending “race realist” HeyRuka by claiming that White Nationalism is like having a favorite ice cream flavor.

How the hell is White Nationalism like having a favorite ice cream flavor? As greenghost explained: “It’s simply preferring people just like you. In this world, that very well has a racial context.”

Good grief. The problem with White Nationalists like HeyRuka, as Coughlan points out, isn’t that they prefer people of the same race: it’s that they consider their race superior to all others, want to maintain the purity of their race, and desire to eliminate everyone else of a different race. That’s like someone liking vanilla ice cream and wanting ice cream shops to serve nothing but vanilla ice cream.



But hold on, folks! It gets worse from here.

Coughlan released a second video in which he responds to the many responses he received from the first video, including one unintentionally lulzy personal message from a self-described racist.

If a white and a black have a child, not only their skin color mixes, but also their IQ. If one person has an IQ of 120, and the other has an IQ of 80, the end result is 100.
Coughlan gave an appropriate response: facepalm!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This Week In Review (11/06/2011)

Since so many things happen over the week for me to create individual blog posts, I decided to create a weekly digest of the week’s events (along with my snarky commentary). And yes, I plan on doing this every Sunday.

Nearly 650 thousand consumers have switched to credit unions over the past four weeks. This movement was in support of Bank Transfer Day yesterday, created to protest the debit card fees levied by big banks such as Bank Of America—fees which are the result of the costs created by the Durbin Amendment in the Dodd-Frank Law, which places restrictions on debit card transactions (and therefore the fault of big government, not big business). The protest has been largely successful, as Bank of America has since dropped its $5 debit card fees. In my opinion, this is the CORRECT way to handle big business: if you don’t like what a business or corporation is doing, take your business elsewhere! That’s how the free market works.

Occupy protests forcibly shut down the Port of Oakland. The peaceful “protest” turned violent when protesters began smashing windows, spraying graffiti, and tossing Molotov cocktails. This resulted in dozens of protesters getting arrested and at least four being hospitalized. Look, I despise police brutality as much as the next libertarian, but when your protest degenerates into violent chaos, you’re pretty much asking for tear gas—especially when your actions (violent or not) actually hurt the people you’re trying to help!

Herman Cain remains ahead in the polls despite his sexual harassment allegations. A Washington Post/ABC Poll shows Cain at 23 percent, below Mitt Romney at 24 percent and above Rick Perry at 13 percent. So let’s get this straight: if you’re a Democrat who tweets his junk, you get forced to resign; if you’re a Democrat who receives head from an intern, you get impeached; but if you’re a Republican and you harass a female employee, you remain ahead in the polls? So much for Republicans being the moral majority! (For the record: I don’t hate Cain because he allegedly sexually harassed a girl. I hate him because he’s a Federal Reserve shill! No need to audit the Federal Reserve? Bullshit!)

‘In God We Trust’ was reaffirmed as the National Motto by the House of Representatives. Yes, screw the fact that our economy is circling the drain, that we’re trillions of dollars in debt, that our entitlement programs are on the verge of bankruptcy, and that we’re currently engaged in perpetual war overseas. Our top priority should be affirming that our National Motto is ‘In God We Trust’—a motto that wasn’t added to our currency until 1957! Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against the motto or its appearance on our money. But this is not the time to be concerned about it. We have more pertinent issues to attend to. Good Grief! And Congress wonders why it has such a low approval rating!

Ron Paul won the Illinois straw poll. As a Ron Paul supporter, I should be happy about this. But let’s face it: with the media ignoring Paul and pimping candidates like Romney, Perry, and Cain, I know he isn’t going to be the Republican presidential candidate. Don’t get me wrong: I’m still voting for him, and I urge everyone else to do the same, but the stark reality is that he’s unelectable in the Republican Party, considering he’s been against most of its agenda. Too bad he doesn't want to run as an Independent.

Warren Buffet’s wife Elizabeth was called a “Socialist Whore.” In other news, the sky is blue!

Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her husband Kris Humphries only 72 days after their wedding. A celebrity couple getting divorced? This has never happened before! I would say “who cares?” but I don’t even care enough to say “who cares?” (Yet apparently I care enough to mention it. Sheesh. This is a slow news weeks!)

Racists Are F'N Stupid!

Coughlan616 released the following video debunking the four most asinine claims made by racists—sorry, I mean “race realists”:
1) There is a white genocide.
2) Anti-racist is code word for anti-white.
3) White people are genetically superior non-white, particularly when it comes to intellectual capacity and IQ.
4) Most white people are too brainwashed by political correctness and the media into saying anything OR they’re too scared to speak out because they don’t want to be labeled a racist.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pony Saturday: Luna Eclipsed and Sisterhooves Social

Welcome to the return of Pony Saturday. I apologize for not updating. Though as I said in a previous post, I had been on hiatus due to life in general.

I decided that for now and future Pony Saturdays that I would review the new episodes of the second season. Today, I’ll be giving my thoughts not only on this week’s episode “Sisterhooves Social” but also the last (and perhaps, most anticipated) episode “Luna Eclipsed.” (So Haha! The fun has been doubled!)

First, my thoughts on “Luna Eclipsed”:



• Spike dressed as a dragon? Funny or forced? I have to say forced.
• Question: Why was Granny Smith escorting three random fillies rather than Apple Bloom and the other Cutie Mark Crusaders?
• Pinkie Pie as a chicken. It really suits her!
• Pipsqueak: my newest favorite pony!
• Anyone else think that Rainbow Dash’s costume looked like the Shadow Bolts?
• Gotta love seeing Derpy Hooves being—well—derpy!
• Loved Zecora’s costume, especially her wig! (Or as Sweetie Belle would say: “I really like her mane!”)
• Question: If Nightmare Moon was imprisoned on the moon for a thousand years, how could she possibly come back to Equestria to “gobble up” little ponies on Night Mare Night? Continuity error!
• Question: If Nightmare Moon had been transformed back into Princess Luna, why continue the tradition of Nightmare Night? Isn’t that slightly disrespectful?
• Princess Luna’s portrayal slightly disappointed me, considering I’m used to her portrayal in fandom as a shy and reclusive pony like Fluttershy. Nonetheless, loved her Shakespearean accent. It suits her well. Also loved her mane!
• Only makes sense for a pony afraid of her own shadow like Fluttershy to lock herself in on the scariest night of the year.
• Loved the scene between Luna and Fluttershy! Funniest moment in the episode. Nice use of slapstick.
• Question: Why were Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie afraid of Luna if they had both helped transform her back to normal from Nightmare Moon using the Elements of Harmony? Pinkie Pie claimed she was only having fun, but Fluttershy was legitimately frightened. Did she just forget that Luna was no longer Nightmare Moon.
• New Meme Alert: Luna: “Haha! The Fun Has Been Doubled!”
• Luna can change to Nightmare Moon whenever she wants. Who knew?
• Rarity wasn’t in this episode. I don’t care. She’s one of my least favorites. I don’t hate her. I just don’t like her either.

And here are my thoughts on today’s episode “Sisterhooves Social”:



• Rarity has parents! And they’re nothing like her. One would think they would be suave aristocrats like Rarity, but instead they’re Midwestern Hoosiers (Gosh golly, don’cha know!). This begs the question of where Rarity received her grace and sophistication.
• Question: How DOES one burn juice? LOL!
• Question: If Rarity’s sweater wasn’t supposed to be washed, as it shrinks in the sunlight, what was it doing in the laundry room? Moreover, how does she wash and dry it? I don’t think there’s electricity in Ponyville, so there’s obviously no dryer.
• Rarity needed rare baby blue sapphires for an extremely important client. Sapphire Shores, perhaps?
• LOL! Rarity needs to live in "organized chaos" to be inspired. Just like every good artist.
• Question: Sweetie Belle is sleeping over? In other words, she doesn't live with Rarity. So, what about in "Stare Master" when Fluttershy has to take her off her hands? Was she "sleeping over" then?
• Loved how Apple Jack and Apple Bloom reacted to Rarity’s remark of “uncouth.” (As described by Jeff Foxworthy: Redneck: glorious absence of sophistication!)
• Two fandoms died in this episode. As was clearly shown, Derpy Hooves is not the mother of Dinky Doo, nor is Berry Punch the mother of Berry Pinch (She’s actually the sister to Pina Colada).
• New Meme Alert: Apple Bloom: “One day!”
• Loved Granny Smith’s scene! ;)
• Really didn’t expect the surprise ending. Seriously, I wasn’t. Kudos to the writers!
• First episode where another pony, rather than Twilight Sparkle, writes a letter to Princess Celestia.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chivalry Sucks? Benevolent Sexism?

One would think that men showing common courtesy to women by opening doors for them or volunteering to carry something for them would please the feminists. Unfortunately, to feminists like healthyaddict, such chivalry degrades women as a form of “benevolent sexism”—whatever the hell that is!



Yes, apparently to healthyaddict, a man volunteering to do the dishes for a woman is sexist. So would it be less sexist to let the woman do the dishes—along with the rest of the house work? Wouldn’t that imply that women are only good for cooking and cleaning? Wouldn’t that be forcing them to conform to sexist gender roles?

Good grief. It’s sexist if you do, sexist if you don’t.

Thankfully, Coughlan000 made an excellent rebuttal to this nonsense:

If sexism, in any way, or prejudice manifested itself in the worst way possible, and that worst way happened to be people holding doors open for you, we’ve kind of won at that point, haven’t we?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reality Has A Liberal Bias?

In his New York Times bestselling book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg wrote about the pervasive liberal bias he experienced firsthand while working at CBS News for 30 years. He claimed that the bias was not part of some conspiracy being secretly implemented by the media, but that it was an unintentional consequence of having so many politically like-minded journalists working together in the same environment with very little dissenting opinion among them.

“If you hooked network news reporters and producers to polygraph machines and asked them, ‘Do you think you are guilty of liberal bias?’ most would almost certainly answer, ‘no.’ And they would pass the polygraph test because they’re not lying,” he wrote. “They honestly believe what they’re saying. And that’s the biggest problem of all.”1

Goldberg did not write anything in his book that most Americans did not already assume to be true. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, 48 percent of Americans believe the media is too liberal, while only 15 percent believe it is too conservative.2 (Ironically enough, the study also showed that both Democrats and liberals are more likely to trust the media and perceive no bias.)

Of course, popular opinion means nothing without evidence to back it up, and fortunately, there is plenty of evidence to support the opinion that the media is liberally biased.

In his well-renowned study “The Media Elite,” Professor S. Robert Lichter found that of the 238 journalists he randomly surveyed from the top media outlets, 54 percent identified themselves as liberal while only 17 percent identified as conservative.3 These journalists also tended to vote mostly Democrat and support liberal positions on economic and social issues. While this study may be over 30 years old, subsequent surveys have shown, time and again, that the majority of journalists in the media identify as left-of-center, vote for Democratic candidates, and support liberal positions on economic and social issues.4

In spite of such surveys, liberals have insisted that the media is not really liberal, but conservative. As liberal pundit Keith Olbermann explained on his former MSNBC show Countdown, “the media which is, after all, owned by corporations, naturally leans to the right. Corporations, by definition, lean to the right, towards the status quo.”5

Notice how Olbermann insinuates that corporations “by definition” are conservative (which begs the question of which dictionary he used to obtain his “definition”), and therefore, the media is conservative because it is owned by corporations. Never mind that the Top 100 corporations in the Fortune 500 donate more to liberal political groups and candidates than they do to conservative ones.6 Never mind that most mainstream media executives and employees donated heavily to Democratic candidates, especially to Barack Obama, in the 2008 election.7 And never mind, of course, that Olbermann hosts his show on the overtly left-leaning MSNBC (which also hosts fellow liberal pundits including Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Dylan Ratigan, Ed Schulz, and Lawrence O’Donnell) which is owned by General Electric—a corporation that donates heavily to Democratic candidates and lobbies mostly for liberal causes.8 (Olbermann now works for Current TV, which is owned by former Democratic vice president Al Gore). No, the media is conservative because—well—Olbermann’s dictionary says so.

Olbermann then proceeded in a manner similar to a piece on the left-wing blog BartCop.com to list 25 conservative voices in the mainstream media (28 if you include Bill O’Reilly, Bernard Goldberg, and Glenn Beck, which were not part of the list but mentioned earlier in the segment).9 Four things about the people on Olbermann’s list:
1) A few of them (John Stossel, Neal Boortz, and Matt Drudge) identify as libertarian, not conservative (though technically, they are right-wing libertarians).

2) Most of them are either on Fox News (Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee, Neil Cavuto, Brian Kilmeade) or talk radio (G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Medved, Laura Ingram, Lou Dobbs)—and therefore make up a small portion of the mainstream media (if you consider AM radio “mainstream”).

3) The majority of them are commentators, not journalists, who offer opinion, not news. (And they openly admit that their opinion is conservative, which is more than can be said of Olbermann who claims not to be liberal, but American!10)

4) Even if we ignore the top three points and include these 25 people as part of the mainstream media, that still does not negate the fact that the majority of journalists in the media are liberal, thus making the media liberal.
And yet even when confronted with the overwhelming evidence that the majority of journalists in the mainstream media identify as liberal, support liberal causes, vote for liberal candidates, and work for liberal corporations which tilt the news towards a liberal slant, liberals will remain unfazed—worse, they will reply with perhaps the most blatantly and willfully ignorant response any supposedly critically-thinking human being can think up: “Reality has a liberal bias!”

Yes, ever since satirist Stephen Colbert uttered this line at the at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner,11 liberals have been mindlessly regurgitating it (just as they do with their other talking points: “Tax The Rich!” “Bush Lied! Kids Died!” “Keep Your Laws Off My Body!” “Fox Lies! Fox Lies! Fox Lies!”), and it has been plaguing the web in comment sections, discussion threads, and internet memes ever since.

“Reality has a liberal bias.”

Sometimes I wonder what drugs liberals heavily abused in order for their malfunctioning brains to think up such a response. Were they shaken by a British Nanny? Were they dropped on the head too many times? Do they drink out of the toilet? Do they honestly live in the same country—nay, the same reality—as I do? If so, I fear them driving down a busy highway or operating heavy machinery—or worse, running for office!

“Reality has a liberal bias.”

Yes, to liberals, it does not matter that the media has a liberal bias because, apparently, so does reality. After all, if the media is supposed to report on the facts, and the media reports on a story with a liberal bias, then one can only illogically logically conclude that the facts have a liberal bias, regardless of how twisted, flimsy, and selectively-chosen those facts may be. (This must be why liberals are more willing to trust the media. They never question it!)

“Reality has a liberal bias.”

Such was the title of a Huffington Post article by blogger Bill Swadley, who stated that “the reason almost all news outlets other than the most right-wing (you know who you are) can readily be accused of having a liberal bias regardless of how diligently they try to stay in the middle of the road is this simple explanation. Reality has a liberal bias.”12 He corroborated his statement with three examples where reality allegedly favored liberals: climate change, healthcare reform, and taxing the wealthy. The saddest part (for Swadley, at least) is that these three examples can be easily debunked with reality.

Let’s start with climate change. While it is true that earth’s climate has been changing in recent years (as it has been ever since the earth first came into existence), it has yet to be proven with concrete scientific and empirical evidence that the earth’s climate has been warming, let alone due to human activity. Contrary to what liberals or the media (or both) will have you believe, climate science has yet to be perfected. This is especially true considering that climate scientists in the 1970s once believed that the earth’s climate was cooling, and thus leading to another ice age.13 In fact, three different scientific analyses have suggested that the Earth is heading into a “mini Ice Age” due to recent low solar activity.14 Even NASA scientists, upon discovering that Earth's oceans have significantly cooled since 2003, have admitted that global warming has experienced a “speed bump.”15 Add other “inconvenient truths” like how Arctic temperatures were warmer in the 1940s16 and how many glaciers which were once receding have started advancing again,17 and the case for global warming falls short.

But let us assume that global warming is scientifically accurate. Who is to say that it is caused by human beings—other than liberals, the media, and the alleged “scientific consensus” (which doesn’t exist, considering many scientists do not believe in man-made global warming, having signed petitions such as the Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming,18 the Leipzig Declaration on Global Climate Change,19 and the Global Warming Petition Project20)? In order to prove that humans are responsible for global warming, liberals like Al Gore have used temperature charts that show how rising carbon levels in earth’s atmosphere (created by human activity, of course) allegedly correlates with earth’s rising temperatures; yet closer examination of these charts show that, in many cases, temperature actually rose before carbon had.21 Liberals try to explain this away by claiming that carbon both causes and is caused by rising temperatures, which is sort of like saying that high cholesterol both causes and is caused by heart attacks. Either high cholesterol causes heart attacks, or heart attacks cause high cholesterol. Either carbon causes global warming, or global warming causes carbon. It cannot be both!

The next example Swadley gives is healthcare reform. Liberals claim that universal healthcare is far superior to our current healthcare system, but as with climate change, reality does not agree with them. Obama’s Healthcare Reform, rather than help uninsured Americans, will not only leave millions uninsured,22 but will also raise costs and premiums and slash Medicare.23 Speaking of which, not only is Medicare (another example of universal healthcare) on the verge of going broke,24 but it also denies more claims than private insurers25 and is rejected by many medical professionals due to expenses.26 As for European healthcare, while Great Britain’s National Health Service is praised by liberals as a shining example of universal healthcare, it is often forced by budget cuts to pass draconian measures such as shutting down hospital wards,27 banning life-prolonging cancer medication,28 and even forcing hospitals to turn over bed sheets rather than clean them.29 Even British Health Secretary Andrew Lansley argues that the NHS faces a financial crisis due to a rising ageing population and rising drug prices: “Put simply, if things carry on unchanged, this would mean real terms health spending more than doubling to £230billion. That is more than £7,000 a second – twice as much as we are spending today. This is something we simply cannot afford.”30

The last example Swadley gives (and perhaps the easiest to debunk) is taxing the wealthy. Contrary to what liberals claim, the rich do pay their fair share in taxes. The richest one percent pays roughly 40 percent of the country’s total income tax31 and nearly 28 percent of the total tax burden,32 while the top 10 percent pay 60 percent of the total income tax and roughly 57 percent of the total tax burden. In contrast, the bottom 2 percent pays less than 3 percent in total income tax and less than a fraction of a percent of the total tax burden. If the rich don’t pay their fair share, it is clearly because they pay more, not less.

And that’s only three examples of how reality fails to have a liberal bias, contrary to what liberals like Swadley believe. There are many more beliefs liberals have that do not match up with reality (many of which I have debunked in previous essays including “100 Questions For Liberals”33 and “Top 10 Economic Myths—Busted!”34).

But does this suggest that reality has a conservative bias? Absolutely not. Like liberals, conservatives have plenty of beliefs not based on reality (many of which I have also debunked in “100 Questions For Conservatives”35). Reality itself has no bias. It is simply reality. And the more we learn about reality, the less relevant our older ideas become, making way for new ones. This is why we should keep an open mind, hear both sides of an issue, and then follow the facts to see where they lead us.

I myself, despite being the conservative libertarian I am, have kept an open mind and changed my political beliefs over time. For example, I once believed that prayer should be mandated in public schools; but after reading the Constitution and discovering a little something called the Establishment Clause, I decided mandatory school prayer would be unconstitutional. I once thought that drugs like marijuana should remain illegal and that stricter drug laws should be legislated; but I took a 180-degree turn on the issue after realizing that keeping drugs illegal does not eliminate drugs, but rather pushes them into the black market to be distributed and controlled by drug lords and gang members.

This is why conservatives like myself protest against liberal bias in the media and advocate for a more objective media where all sides can be presented and heard. This is why Fox News, despite its blatant conservative bias in spite of its motto of being “fair and balanced,” allows the opinions of liberal commentators like Alan Colmes, Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams, Greta Van Susteren, Shepherd Smith, Bob Beckel, Kristen Powers, Mara Liasson, Bill Shulz, Susan Estrich, and Ed Henry. Even Bill O’Reilly, whose “No Spin Zone” contains plenty of conservative spin, invites liberal guests onto his show to debate him (though he spends most of the time yelling at them)—which is in stark contrast to Keith Olbermann, who prefers his echo chamber where every one of his guests nods in agreement with him.

Because liberals do not care about presenting all sides to an issue. They do not care if the media slants towards the left. They simply do not care about other people’s opinions. Why should they? They already believe they are right. (Reality is on their side, after all!) That only means everyone else is wrong. Objectivity would only get in the way of the truth—or rather, their truth (which to them is the only truth).

This is why liberals like Keith Olbermann mock the “false god of objectivity,” which they believe places facts before truth.36

This is why liberals like Rachel Maddow will stand by their stories,37 even when they are proven to be false by independent fact-checking websites like PolitiFact.38

This is why liberal organizations like Media Matters (which are tax-exempt non-profit organizations39 that are forbidden by law from engaging in partisan political activity ) will run campaigns calling for the overthrow of Fox News.40

This is why liberal researchers release biased studies claiming Fox News viewers are misinformed41 (while said studies themselves are grossly misinformed42).

And this is why so many liberals like Keith Olbermann,43 Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher,44 Glenn Greenwald,45 Daniel Denvir,46 Chris Hedges,47 and Dennis Trainor, Jr.48 chastised (or rather, nearly castrated) Jon Stewart for criticizing both the left and the right (as opposed to the right, and only the right) at his Rally To Restore Sanity for having sensationalized and politicized the media.49

The ironic part is that, according to Roget’s Thesaurus, being “liberal” is synonymous with being “broad-minded” and “unbiased”—and if their attitude towards bias in the media is any indicator, then liberals are the polar opposite of their synonyms, being “narrow-minded” and “biased.”50 What else do you call a group of people who claim reality is on their side, especially when it is not?

And it is a real shame, too, as liberals like the great philosopher John Stuart Mill were once regarded for being open-minded. As Mill once wrote: “In the case of any person whose judgment is really deserving of confidence, how has it become so? Because he has kept his mind open to criticism of his opinions and conduct. Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious. Because he has felt, that the only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this; nor is it in the nature of human intellect to become wise in any other manner.”

Endnotes

1. Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News. Bernard Goldberg. (Regency Publishing, 2001)
2. Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High. Lymari Morales. (Gallup, Sept. 2010)
3. The Media Elite. S. Robert Lichter. (1981)
4. In the Tank: A Statistical Analysis of Media Bias. John Perazzo. (FrontPage Magazine, Oct 2008)
5. Keith Olbermann Destroys the Myth of Liberal Media Bias. (PoliticusUSA, Dec. 2009)
6. Funding Liberalism With Blue-Chip Profits. Sarah Haney and David Hogberg. (Human Events, Aug 2006)
7. Obama, Democrats got 88 percent of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters UPDATED! (Washington Examiner, Aug 2010)
8. GE employee Olbermann insists corporations are inherently conservative. Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner, Dec 2009)
9. The Myth of the "liberal" media. (BartCop, Dec. 2000)
10. Anchor Olbermann counts on commentary to boost MSNBC's ratings. Mackenzie Carpenter. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 2006)
11. Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
12. Reality Has a Liberal Bias. Bill Swadley (Huffington Post, Mar 2011)
13. Another Ice Age? (Time Magazine, June 1974)
14. Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade. Lewis Page. (The Register, June 2011)
15. Short-Term Ocean Cooling Suggests Global Warming "Speed Bump." Erica Hupp and Dwayne Brown. (Sept. 2006)
16. Would CO2 Emission Cuts Save Arctic Ice and Reduce Sea-Level Rise? Christopher Monckton (Science And Public Policy Institute, Apr. 2009)
17. There Is No 'Consensus' On Global Warming. Prof Richard S. Lindzen. (Wall Street Journal, Dec 2009)
18. 1992 Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming.
19. The Leipzig Declaration on Global Climate Change
20. Global Warming Petition Project. (Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine)
21. Climate myths: Ice cores show CO2 increases lag behind temperature rises, disproving the link to global warming. Catherine Brahic and Michael Le Page. (New Scientist, May 2007)
22. Senate health-care bill would still leave millions uninsured. Perry Bacon Jr. (Washington Post, Jan 2010)
23. Report: Overhaul would raise health care costs. (Associated Press, Dec 2009)
24. Trustees: Key Medicare Program Will Exhaust in 2024. (C-SPAN, May 2011)
25. 2008 National Health Insurer Report Card. (American Medical Association, 2008)
26. When Doctors Opt Out. Marc Siegel. (Wall Street Journal, Apr 2009)
27. Hospital wards to shut in secret NHS cuts. Jon Swaine and Holly Watt (The Telegraph, Mar 2010)
28. Life prolonging cancer drugs to be banned because they cost too much. (Daily Mail, Mar 2009)
29. Hard-up hospital orders staff: Don't wash sheets - turn them over. Daniel Martin (Daily Mail, Apr 2007
30. Why the health service needs surgery. Andrew Lansley (The Telegraph, Jun 2011)
31. Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2005. (Congressional Budget Office, Dec 2007)
32. “Table T07-0294 - Distribution of Federal Taxes Under Pre-EGTRRA Individual Income and Estate Tax Law, By Cash Income Percentiles, 2007.” (Tax Policy Center, Aug 2007)
33. 100 Questions For Liberals. (Blame The 1st!, Aug. 2011)
34. Top 10 Economic Myths—BUSTED! (Blame The 1st!, Oct. 2011)
35. 100 Questions For Conservatives. (Blame The 1st!, Aug. 2011)
36. False promise of ‘objectivity’ proves ‘truth’ superior to ‘fact.’ Keith Olbermann. (MSNBC, Nov. 2010)
37. Rachel Maddow Defends Her Reporting To Politifact, Takes On Her Anti-Gay Critics. Jack Mirkinson. (Huffington Post, Feb 2011)
38. Rachel Maddow says Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year. (PolitiFact, Feb. 2011)
39. Media Matters Puts Tax-Exempt Status in Jeopardy. Elizabeth MacDonald. (Fox Business, Aug. 2011)
40. DropFox
41. Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed: Study. Jack Mirkinson. (Huffington Post, Apr. 2010)
42. Fox News Viewers Are Misinformed Study, The Critique. Lee Doren. (HowTheWorldWorks, Dec 2010)
43. Keith Olbermann Talks About The Rally To Restore Sanity. (Nov. 2010)
44. Bill Maher vs. Jon Stewart: Maher Takes On Rally To Restore Sanity. Alex Leo First. (Huffington Post, Nov. 2010)
45. The perils of false equivalencies and self-proclaimed centrism. Glenn Greenwald. (Salon, Sept. 2010)
46. Jon Stewart, Your Rally Is Laughing-at-You Funny. Daniel Denvir. (Huffington Post, Sept. 2010)
47. The Phantom Left. Chris Hedges. (Truthdig, Nov 2010)
48. An Open Letter To Jon Stewart re: "The Rally To Restore Sanity." Dennis Trainor, Jr. (No Cure For That, Oct. 2010)
49. Jon Stewart Explains The Purpose Of The Rally To Restore Sanity. Frances Martel. (Mediaite, Oct 2010)
50. "liberal." Roget's Thesaurus