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Monday, February 27, 2012

This Week In Review (02/27/2012)

Pentagon says U.S. citizens with terrorism ties can be targeted in strikes. Let me make this perfectly clear: I have no problem with our government hunting down terrorists—especially those responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks—and bringing them to justice. The problem is that our government, while doing so, tends to overlook “minor” things like habeas corpus and due process. The past decade has proven that our government is willing (actually, MORE than willing) to overlook our constitutional rights for the sake of fighting the terrorists, what with the Patriot Act, Guantanamo bay, “enhanced interrogation techniques,” and targeted assassinations. This raises the question of who poses more of a threat to our freedom: the terrorists, or our own government?

Alaska introduced a bill that would criminalize TSA screening procedures. The bill was introduced by Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna, who last year was forced to pass through a full-body scanner, which much to her embarrassment revealed her breast cancer surgical scars, and after refusing to undergo a pat-down, was prevented from boarding her flight. The bill would issue a statewide ban on the full-body scanners and invasive pat-downs required by the TSA over a year ago. Similar legislation has been suggested in others states such as Texas and Utah. If passed, this will mark a victory for constitutional rights—not only for those that prevent “unreasonable search and seizures,” but also those that protect state rights. Now more than ever, we need to strengthen our local and state governments in order to fight against the ever-encroaching tyranny of the federal government. Here’s hoping this and other legislation will pass.

Virginia votes to refuse NDAA. Speaking of strengthening state governments to fight the federal government, the Virginia General Assembly voted 96-to-4 on a bill that would, on a state level, cancel out the indefinite detention provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. And considering that Virginia has been suggesting batshit insane legislation, such as requiring women to receive vaginal probes before obtaining an abortion, or requiring a loyalty oath for Republican voters, this legislation provides a breath of fresh air for rationality.

Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional. In a victory for gender equality, the Defense of Marriage Act, which restricted the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, and prevented states from recognizing same-sex marriages approved in other states, was stuck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge. This ruling came one year after president Obama declared that he and his administration would no longer uphold this blatantly unconstitutional piece of legislation. This ruling, along with the recent overturning of other anti-gay legislation such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and California’s Proposition 8, and the legalization of gay marriage in states such as Washington and Maryland, has furthered progress with ensuring equality for all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation. While I personally do not believe in gay marriage, I do believe that the government—federal, state, or local—has no business dictating how citizens live their own lives, especially when it comes to whom they love and what they do in the privacy of their bedrooms. In an ideal world, the definition of marriage would not be dictated by the government, but by the consciences of individuals through the religious organizations of their choosing. Here’s hoping that one day marriage will be unfettered from the narrow scope of government.

Pepper-sprayed students sue UC Davis. Most of us remember the incident last November when Occupy protesters at UC Davis were pepper-sprayed by police in an effort to disperse them. Well, fortunately for them, and everyone else concerned about the militarization of our law enforcement, these protesters are taking this blatant act of police brutality to court by suing the police officers involved. Let’s hope that these protesters win their case, as it would mark a small victory against the police state. Our law enforcement are public servants, and as such, are hired to serve us, the people, and not abuse their power in doing so.

Obama proposes cutting corporate taxes and closing loopholes. President Obama announced his plan to cut corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 28 percent and to close tax loopholes. This in my opinion is a fair compromise. Not only does it cut our corporate tax rate (which is second only to Japan at being the highest), thereby making it more competitive with other countries, but it also eliminates tax breaks that allow corporations to cheat the tax system by not paying their fair share. Though I highly doubt that this legislation will ever pass Congress.

Dumbasses of the Week

Runner-Up: Bill Press: Why is it that tolerant liberals who preach against hate speech and violent rhetoric also tend to be the most intolerant, hateful, and bigoted people ever to exist? Liberal pundit Bill Press recently released his new book “The Obama Hate Machine” in which he complains how the Republicans have been nothing but big mean doodie-heads to Obama. Appearing on C-SPAN to plug his book, Press claimed: "I don’t know that anybody ever said that Ronald Reagan was a terrorist, or George W. Bush was a terrorist. Right? This isn’t a slight difference. It’s a huge difference, the level of attacks we’ve seen against President Obama.” Nobody ever called Bush a terrorist? Was Press asleep during the eight years of Dubya’s presidency? Not only was he called a terrorist, he was called every other name in the book, including dictator, fascist, war criminal, Nazi, and Hitler. You would think that, with him decrying Republicans for using hateful, divisive language, that Press would be clean of using such rhetoric, right? Well in a recent column, Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center listed at least eight instances of Press spewing hate—including calling people “terrorists.” Go figure! It’s wrong to call Obama a terrorist but perfectly okay to call Republicans “terrorists.” Nothing like the liberal pot calling the conservative kettle black!

Third Place: Rick Santorum: Big shock! Ricky boy is on the list yet again! This is his fourth time, right? Perhaps I should institute a rule that prevents repeat offenders from appearing on the “Dumbass of the Week.” But anyway, as can be expected, Ricky boy said something stupid—again! This time, during an Ohio rally, Santorum claimed that liberals, not conservatives, “are the anti-science ones!” Now I can easily ignore this, as it does contain some truth: liberals have objected to scientific developments like nuclear energy and genetically modified mood—mostly with hype and hysteria rather than science. But that’s not why he’s on the list. He then went on to say, “Freedom isn’t to do whatever you want to do, it’s to do what you ought to do.” Oh really? And what is it exactly that we ought to do? What you claim it is? That’s not freedom! That’s compliance. This sounds like something that a dictator would say. No! Scratch that! That’s something a caricature of a dictator would say—the type of caricature you would find in a WWII propaganda cartoon, like a cartoon Hitler addressing a crowd of sheeple right before Bugs Bunny came along to kick his ass. “Nein! Nein! Freedom and democracy are the enemy of the German people!” And the more you think about it, the more it seems modern politics is becoming a cartoon!

Second Place: Gordon Warren Epperly: Not everyone who hates Obama is a racist, but sufficed to say, racists hate Obama. Case in point: an Alaskan citizen by the name of Gordon Warren Epperly has filed a lawsuit to prevent Obama from appearing on the state’s ballot come this election. According to the complaint: “for an Individual to be a Candidate for the Office of President of the United States, the Candidate must meet the qualifications set forth in the United States Constitution and one of those qualifications is that the Candidate shall be a ‘natural born Citizen’ of the United States.” Sounds like Epperly is another crazy birther, right? But oh wait! It gets worse—a hell of a lot worse! He continues: “As Barack Hussein Obama II is of the "Mulatto" race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of "Negro" or "Mulatto" had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.” In other words, Obama is ineligible to be president because he’s black. Do I even have to explain what’s wrong with this?

First Place: Tucker Carlson (Fox News): After enduring two foreign wars overseas (three if you count the military action in Libya), the last thing Americans need is another war. The warmongering neocons in the Republican Party think otherwise, as they’re drooling over the prospect of war with Iran—even though the country poses no nuclear threat, and even though the hype of a nuclear threat from Iran has been going on for decades. We don’t know whether or not Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map, but we know for certain that neocons like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson wants to see Iran wiped off. Appearing on Red Eye, Carlson boasted: “I think we are the only country with the moral authority...sufficient to do that. [The U.S. is] the only country that doesn’t seek hegemony in the world. I do think, I’m sure I’m the lone voice in saying this, that Iran deserves to be annihilated. I think they’re lunatics. I think they’re evil.” So let’s get this straight: because there’s a small chance Iran has nuclear weapons (which it doesn’t), the United States should wipe out the entire population—including innocent men, women, and children—with our own nuclear weapons. That certainly sounds moral. Wait. No it doesn’t. That sounds like the complete opposite of moral. But unfortunately, this mentality is not shared solely by Carlson. At least 70 percent of Americans believe that Iran has nuclear weapons. Nine years ago, that same percent believed Iraq was behind 9/11. I guess Dubya was wrong: a fool me can get fooled again!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pony Couples: Rarity/Spike

And now, with this being the last Saturday in February, we come to the conclusion of Pony Couples. I haven’t saved the best for last, but I did save the most interesting: Rarity/Spike.

I know. I know. Spike is a dragon. Rarity is a unicorn. And she’s much older than him. But you know what? I don’t care! I still like the paring regardless. I really think it’s cute. Besides, they’re not real anyway.

As anyone who watches the show knows, Spike has a crush on Rarity. She’s quite oblivious to the dragon’s affections—or is she? In the episode “Secret of My Excess,” while the two are falling to their deaths, Spike tries to confess his love to her, but Rarity cuts him off halfway through, covering his mouth with her hoof, and looking at him lovingly. Some have interpreted this scene as Rarity being aware of Spike’s affections for her all along, and for the most part, I haven’t seen this interpretation contested.

Again, it’s probably improbable that the two would be a real couple, considering the species and age difference. But again, I don’t care. I think it’s cute.

And so, here’s some of my favorite art work of the couple:

Rarity's favorite helper by ~MooMinded on deviantART

Rarity commenting how Spike is her favorite assistant, and Spike replying how she is his favorite pony to assist—all while a jealous Twilight Sparkle rages in the background. (Now she knows how Spike felt when she called Owlicious her favorite assistant!)

Greed is good by ~MooMinded on deviantART

Both characters had to struggle with greed in the second season—Rarity in “Return to Harmony,” and Spike in “The Secret of My Excess.” So what would happen if their two greedy personas met? A match made in heaven! (Or perhaps hell?)

Greedy Goddess by ~sabretoothlioness on deviantART

Speaking of greed, Rarity has shown in “Dragonshy” that she likes dragons for their treasure hoards. Spike, who is a dragon, likes Rarity. So one would put two-and-two together and assume that, if Spike ever received his own dragon hoard, that Rarity would fall for Spike for his hoard. (Now I ain’t callin her a gold digger…) Of course, this theory was probably destroyed in the episode “Secret of My Excess.” (Or was it?)

MLP:Spike and Rarity by ~ss2sonic on deviantART

Spike can play the piano, as shown in “Over A Barrel.” Perhaps he could play while Rarity sang. That would be an interesting duo, as portrayed here.

MLP:Spike x Rarity by ~ss2sonic on deviantART

A humanoid Spike and Rarity gazing into each other’s eyes. I was going to label this as NSFW, as it somewhat suggests that the two are wearing nothing, but the way I see it, you can’t see a thing from the shoulder up—not to mention they’re doing nothing but lovingly staring into each other’s eyes. (Or are they?)

MLP: Spike x Rarity 2 by ~ss2sonic on deviantART

Another image by the same artist of a humanoid Spike and Rarity. Rarity seems a little P.O.’d in this one.

MLP: Rarity by ~ss2sonic on deviantART

In the words of Sweetie Belle, Spike really likes Rarity’s mane—especially when it’s wet!

Spikey-wikey by =aeolus06 on deviantART

A human version of the two. This one shows an age difference of at least a decade between the two. Then again, that’s probably how it is in the show. I still think it’s cute—if not for its puppy love charm.

Not Now Spike Line Art Contest by =CaptainJenkins on deviantART

Another human version of the couple, this time with both at the same age. I know it’s not a realistic age portrayal, but I love it anyway, especially because Rarity has really big—um—hair. (Yeah, that’s it: big hair!)

MLP - Treasured by *MarmaladeJane on deviantART

Of course, one would have to wonder, if the two ever did hook up, how their relationship would be received. After all, in real life, interracial couples are still looked down upon. One would assume that “interspecies” relationships would receive the same prejudice, as this picture shows. Here, we can only assume that Rarity meets with Spike in secret, as he now lives outside Ponyville due to his size, and they have to keep their relationship secret because the other ponies would dissaprove. But Spike reassures him that true love surpasses all, including bigotry!

In Matrimony by *coyoterainbow on deviantART

Here’s a lovely wedding picture of the two. Now I really enjoy this picture, even if the artist does art of pairings I don’t agree with (i.e.: Twilight/Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash/Spitfire). But I love it anyway.

Gem is best Kirin by *coyoterainbow on deviantART

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in the baby carriage. So what is the offspring of a unicorn and dragon? (Assuming the two species can interbreed.) A kirin! And believe it or not, kirins are real mythological creatures. (Wait! Isn’t “real mythological creature” an oxymoron?) What’s a kirin? A mythical creature of Eastern folklore, often called the Chinese unicorn, often depicted as having the head of a dragon, the body of a tiger, and the horn of a unicorn. In Equestria, they’re the offspring of dragons and unicorns. This little guy is called Gem. (Go figure! A boy named Gem!) As can be expected, he’s often ridiculed and ostracized for being a mixed breed, as the children of mixed couples tend to be in real life. But he manages to have some friends, and his parents unconditionally love him, of course.

Little Bitty Baby by *coyoterainbow on deviantART

Here’s another picture featuring Gem, this time as a baby. Here his daddy Spike is playing with him as his mommy spike watches lovingly from the couch. Dawwww!

Here’s a picture of the couple by the famous johnjoseco. And don’t worry, I have more images from jon—and they’re all NSFW! :D

Speaking of NSFW, as with all my other "Pony Couples" entries, I have some NSFW art. First off, continuing with the gold-digging Rarity theme, we have a picture of Rarity as Spike’s “pet”—in the sense that Princess Leia became Jabba the Hut’s “pet.” (Only in this case, Rarity isn’t wearing a slave bikini—or anything, for that matter!) Seems like a good tradeoff: Rarity gets access to Spike's treasure, Spike gets his own personal "pet."

And now for some of Jon's NSFW work. First off, here's a parody of the “Titanic” scene where Rose poses nude for Jack as he sketches her, only with a human Rarity and Spike.

Finally, a cute scene with human Rarity snuggling next to Spike. Nothing explicit, but it suggestive, so NSFW!

Friday, February 24, 2012

WTF Fridays: Robin Sparkles "Let's Go To The Mall"

Decided to rename “Random Fridays” to “WTF Fridays.” I believe the name’s more fitting, don’t you think?

This week’s gem comes from the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” a show I’ve quickly taken a liking to thanks to a few friends. In the episode “Slap Bet,” the other characters try to guess why Robin doesn’t like going to the mall. Her boyfriend Ted pries from her the secret that she was married to another man in a mall—a secret which is quickly proven bunk through a legal database search. Barney then discovers an on-line video featuring a young Robin dressed as a school girl pleading with a male teacher not to give her detention. Everyone suspects it’s an opening to a porn, to which Robin replies that it’s not, as “a porn would be less embarrassing.” The video then continues, and the young Robin declares “Let’s go to the mall!” and changes her appearance to a stereotypical 80’s popstar.

Robin confesses than when she was growing up, she was teenage popstar Robin Sparkles (No relation to Twilight Sparkle, of course!) whose one-hit wonder “Let’s Go To The Mall” was performed throughout Canada in a concert tour of malls. Robin said that during the time she mostly lived off a diet of Orange Juilius and Wretzel Pretzels. She was so embarrassed by this aspect of her life that she has since developed her aversion to malls.

The music video itself is as cheesy as one would expect an 80’s music video to be, what with its lame fashion and flashy special effects. Robin Sparkles is an obvious parody of Cyndi Lauper, and the cheese factor is multiplied with her Canadian accent (“At the mall, having fun is what it’s all aboot!”). And if you forgot she was Canadian, the music video will constantly remind you with the Canadian flag in the background, a reference to Canada Day, and an appearance from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Below is the music video, followed by the lyrics:

Let's go to the mall, everybody!

Come on Jessica, come on Tori,
Let's go to the mall, you won't be sorry
Put on your jelly bracelets
And your cool graffiti coat
At the mall, having fun is what it's all aboot

I haven't done my homework yet (That's OK!)
And you know how my parents get (Whatever!)
I don't care,'cause all my friends are gonna be there
Let's go to the mall today

There's this boy I like
Met him at the food court
He's got hair like Gretzky
And he does jumps on his skateboard

I hope he asks me out
Takes me to my favorite spot
It'll be just him and me
(But don't forget the robot)

Dad says I'm too young to date (Lame!)
But baby, I don't want to wait (Let's do it!)
That's OK, I'm going to rock your body anyway

I'm going to rock your body 'til Canada Day
Everybody come and play
Throw every last care away
Let's go to the mall today

I went to the mall with a couple of friends
I had a whole week's allowance to spend
I want hoop earrings and a Benetton shirt
We came here to shop and we came here to flirt
I turned around and who should I see
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
He said, "Young lady, I don't approve."
So I had to get down and bust a crazy move

Hit it Fred, come on
Let's go to the mall

Let's go to the mall, everybody!
Everybody come and play
Throw every last care away
Let's go to the mall today

Everybody loves the mall!
Everybody come and play (Yeah!)
Throw every last care away (I love my hoop earrings!)
Let's go to the mall today

Monday, February 20, 2012

This Week In Review (02/20/2012)

I was considering not doing a list for this week since most every news story or discussion I’ve come across has been about menial social issues like contraception and abortion. Republicans are either bitching about Obama’s contraceptive mandate or passing anti-abortion legislation in their states—whether it be personhood amendments or federally-mandated vaginal probes. Republicans are screaming “War on Religion.” Democrats are screaming “War on Women.” It’s much adieu about nothing.

But fortunately, there have been a few news stories about issues that actually matter. And here they are:

The Department of Justice failed to report its increased use of surveillance for four years. “Between 2004 and 2008, the Department of Justice failed to provide Congress with mandatory annual reports detailing its use of surveillance tools called pen registers and trap-and-trace devices, which record the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses that communicate with a targeted entity. During this time of congressional inattentiveness, the DOJ’s use of this technique nearly doubled, increasing from 10,885 to 21,152. Effective Congressional oversight of pen register/trap and trace activity is critical because the government may obtain court orders for this surveillance based on mere relevance to an investigation, rather than probable cause.” In other words, the federal government for four years straight has been left unchecked as it increasingly tried to keep a check on its own citizens through more invasive surveillance techniques. Who watches the Watchman, again?

Female passengers say they were unfairly targeted for TSA body scanners. Over 500 complaints have been filed against the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport by women claiming to have been unfairly targeted for full-body scans. Most of these complaints suggest that female passengers were disproportionately singled out for screenings over male passengers, and that they were the target of lewd remarks and behavior by TSA agents. We don’t know how many of these complaints are legit or not, and there is a chance many of them are bogus. But is this really unbelievable? When the government has the power to subject its own citizens to virtual strip searches (many of which can be easily leaked to the internet), it’s going to attract authority figures willing to abuse that power for their own self-indulgence. So of course we’re going to have sexist pigs working as TSA agents so they can have their own personal peep show. Go figure!

Obama Administration asks Supreme Court to dismiss ACLU challenge to warrantless wiretapping law. In March 2011, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) allowing the government “unchecked power to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and emails.” Even though an appeal court’s ruling allowed the lawsuit to be move forward, the Obama administration has since intervened and have asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit. But what else can you expect from the same administration which has extended the PATRIOT Act (twice!), approved the assassination of an American citizen, and signed into law a bill allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens. Why do liberals support Obama again? How is he any different from the last guy?

The Maine GOP has agreed to consider late caucus votes. To no one’ surprise, Mitt Romney allegedly beat Ron Paul in the Maine caucus—I say “allegedly” because not all of the votes from all of the counties were counted: three of Maine’s 16 counties had their votes left uncounted! For example, Washington County had postponed its caucus due to a potential snowstorm, and even though they were told that their vote would still be counted in the state caucus, state party chairman Charlie Webster had announced that no more votes would be counted. This move was considered so outrageous that the Waldo County GOP has moved to have Webster removed as state chairman. The Maine GOP has since considered a recount that would tally the missing votes. Many have considered the whole mess to be a ploy by the Republican party to steal votes from Ron Paul (as was suspected with the Iowa caucus), and while I’m no conspiracy theorist, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

Leaked memos reveal Media Matters coordination with the government and media. Media Matters is a watchdog group that monitors bias in the media—and by “bias,” they really mean anything that doesn’t align with their left-wing agenda. As such, they tend to target conservative figures and networks, even going so far as to hold campaigns (even though tax-exempt non-profit organizations are forbidden from politicizing) to have them removed from the air. Remember how Glenn Beck was canned from Fox News? That was Media Matters! But Media Matters has recently proven to be even more sinister and shady, as the Daily Caller brought to light several leaked memos and sources revealing that the organization has been coordinating with the government and media. The investigation shows that Media Matters has frequently met with government officials—including those from the White House—and have heavily influenced news networks—even going so far as writing their own stories! So in other words, we have an organization working with the media to get the government’s message across while simultaneously targeting and crushing any form of dissent? Ladies and gentlemen, Media Matters is Obama’s Ministry of Truth!

Dumbasses of the Week

3rd Place: Rick Santorum: I don’t know which is worse: Santorum always leading this list, or him always leading in the national polls? Well, this time, he’s relatively lower on this list for making a relatively dumb comment—though a comment Ron Paul supporters like myself would have him ranked as #1! After losing to Romney in the CPAC straw poll, Santorum accused Ron Paul of having rigged former polls in order to win. “For two years Ron Paul has won those because he just trucks in a lot of people, pays for their ticket, and they come in and vote and they leave,” Santorum said. “We didn’t do that. We don't do that. I don't try to rig straw polls.” Hey Rick, did it ever cross your mind that Ron Paul has always won, not because he rigs polls, but because he doesn’t say stupid shit like you do? Funny how other Republicans accuse Ron Paul of rigging elections when the past few months have proven that Republicans have been rigging them against Ron Paul. Projection, anyone?

2nd Place: Foster Friess: Who can be dumber than Rick Satorum? How about one of his supporters? And not just any supporter, but one of his top supporters—one of the largest donors to his campaign! That supporter is Foster Friess, and aside from giving the most money to Santorum through his largest SuperPAC, he’s also given the most retarded comment concerning contraception. In the midst of the controversy surrounding Obama’s contraceptive mandate, Friess calimed there was no need for women to have access to affordable birth control. “Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives,” he said. “The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” Three points: First, Bayer’s Aspirin is not a contraceptive and has never been used as such, even “back in the day.” Second, even if it was, it’s oral medication. It only works by ingesting it with your mouth. You can’t take it any other way. Third: even if you ignored points one and two, why would you use it between your knees? How would that even work? Between your legs, maybe. But your knees? Sheesh! Friess might as well have suggested using Coca-Cola as a contraceptive!

1st Place: Liz Trotta (Fox News): The Pentagon recently reported that sex crimes committed by soldiers have risen by 97 percent over the past five years. Obviously, no one in their right mind would defend the rape of women in the military—or the rape of women, period! Enter Fox “News” pundit Liz Trotta. Concerning the increase of rape in the military, Trotta had this to say: “Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it's strictly been a question of pressure from the feminists.” Do I even have to explain everything wrong with this?!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pony Sunday: A Friend In Deed

Fillies and gentlecolts, welcome back to yet another Pony Sunday. Here are my thoughts on this week’s new episode, A Friend in Deed:

• Pinkie Pie in 80s exercise gear! (Was anyone else expecting a Showgirls reference?)
• And we get to see Pumpkin and Pound Cake again! :D
• LOL! Pinkie’s expression after sitting on the jacks.
• Looks like cows and donkeys are actual races in this world and not just ordinary animals.
• Roseluck sells lilies. You’d think she sell roses.
• The old pony with the pipe cutie mark (who appeared twice this season) is named Mr. Waddles.
• Zecora’s birthday coincides with Cheerilee’s.
• “Hoof Bump” is canon!
• Well, it wouldn’t be a Pinkie Pie episode without Pinkie Pie acting annoying.
• “Cranky Doodle Donkey”? How can there be a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” reference in a world without the good U.S. of A.?
• Well, we transitioned from the best song of the season to the worst!
• Really liked the felt cutout stop animation!
• And Pinkie holds the green felt check!
• “Ooh! What does this bobble do?” Exactly like Dee Dee from Dexter’s Lab!
• Why does the episode with the best song also have some of the worst? Then again, I never expected much from Pinkie Pie’s songs, which I considered mostly bad.
• “Oh, silly me! I must have put the confetti in the over and the cake in the confetti cannons—again!”
• Pinkie Pie warns the town not to look at Cranky without his toupee. Sometimes I wonder how people manage to refrain from strangulating Pinkie to death.
• We finally get to see the Spa Sisters this season!
• “It’s not going to explode or anything. Promise!” Knowing Pinkie, it very well could of.
• The new toupee definitely looks better.
• LOL! Derpy is in the snow globe!
• Sheesh! Pinkie has absolutely no respect for other people’s property or privacy. It’s a wonder Cranky didn’t slap a restraining order on her during this episode!
• “That’s four ‘evers’. That’s like—forever!”
• And Rainbow Dash is still reading Daring Doo! :D
• Twilight’s headesk summed up my feelings exactly!
• Unnecessary chase scene is unnecessary.
• Does this remind anyone else of Griffon The Brush Off?
• Too many Pinkies! Must refrain from destroying TV!
• The eyeball through the keyhole: Creepy!
• Does anyone else feel that the “surprise” ending was tacked on? It’s not like there was any development or subtle enough clues to hint that Cranky was searching for Matilda. It’s just thrown in there.
• Real moral of the story: bother the ever living crap out of people if to make them to do what you want them to do.
• This is the first time the ending credits don’t play the ending theme music.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pony Couples: Apple Jack/Caramel

Welcome back everypony to yet another edition of Pony Couples. All this month, I'm sharing my all-time favorite My Little Pony shippings. This week, I'm highlighting Apple Jack and Caramel.

And yes, I am aware that this shipping was probably killed in the last episode Heart And Hooves—or was it? The character of Caramel hasn’t been consistent through the series. In most episodes, he’s an earth pony, but in Sonic Rainboom, he was a pegasus. In The Last Roundup, he appeared in Ponyville sheering Apple Jack, but he also appeared at the Canterlot rodeo—with no clue who Apple Jack was! And then there’s Read It and Weep where the doctor had the same appearance as Caramel, expect he was a unicorn with a heart monitor cutie mark!

And who knows: maybe Caramel will break up with his “girlfriend” and fall for Apple Jack. That’s always a possibility.

But enough of that. Here are some of my favorite Apple Jack/Caramel fan art:

Caramel Apples by *bibliodragon on deviantART

Uh-oh! Looks like clumsy Caramel fell into the Apple Family’s caramel apple pot. But fortunately AJ is there to “clean him up.”

Request: Can't Catch Me by *Echowolf800 on deviantART

Caramel playing a friendly game of keep away with Apple Jack's cowboy hat.

Hay In Your Mane :PC: by =MoonLightTiger on deviantART

The two fooling around in the hay—and I mean that in a non-sexual way! (Or am I?)

CMSN Guess who by ~RedRenji-28 on deviantART

A really romantic picture for Valentine's Day—or rather, Hearts and Hooves day. I love how in most Apple Jack/Caramel pics, AJ is always the one to take the first step.

Caramel to the Rescue by *bibliodragon on deviantART

Early in the series, Caramel was interpreted by fans as the shy, quiet type. So it only makes sense that he would daydream about being the heroic type, especially when it comes to rescuing his secret love Apple Jack!

Caramel to the Rescue Part 2 by *bibliodragon on deviantART

A follow-up to the previous image. Love Big Mac’s eyes in this one! LOL! :D

Sweet mistletoe by =Ojos-Color-Bosque on deviantART

A special Christmas, or rather, Hearth Warming Eve, comic where Caramel actually kisses AJ under the mistletoe—and faints!

Disguise by =StaticWave12 on deviantART

I especially love this one, as it reconciles the Hearts and Hooves episode with the Apple Jack/Caramel shipping. It was AJ all along!

Caramel's Story by =DespisedAndBeloved on deviantART

This is the first part in a comic series about how Caramel met AJ. In this series, Caramel was a rich kid from Manehattan who befriends AJ when she comes to live with her Aunt and Uncle Orange during Call of the Cutie. After she leaves, he falls into a great depression and determines to find her once again. You can read the rest of the series in =DespisedAndBeloved's gallery.

Applejack's Family by *dlazerous on deviantART

A married AJ and Caramel with their daughter Toffee Apple. And Caramel has a black cowboy hat–LIKE A BOSS!

And it wouldn’t be Pony Couples without some NSFW art. Nothing explicit in this one (as the two are fully-clothed), but it is suggestive.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Random Fridays: Bluebeard

Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics was a Japanese animated anthology series that was translated and broadcast on Nickelodeon during the late 80s/early 90s. As the name implies, the episodes were animated adaptations of Grimms Fairy Tales—from classics such as Red Riding Hood and Snow White, to more obscure tales such as The Devil and his Grandmother. One such obscure fairy tale is the episode I’m featuring for this Random Friday: Bluebeard.

Once upon a time, there was a young maiden name Josephine who lived in the forest with her three woodcutter brothers. One day, a royal carriage arrives to whisk her away to marry a rich suitor—the mysterious Bluebeard—named because of his blue facial hair. Josephine marries Bluebeard and soon enjoys her new life of splendor. Bluebeard later departs on a journey and entrusts Josephine with a set of keys which open every door in his mansion, informing her that she is free to explore any room she desires—except one! As soon as Bluebeard leaves, Josephine begin opening every door and exploring every room. She soon comes across the door she was forbidden to open, and out of temptation, opens it anyway. To her horror, she discovers that the room contains the corpses of Bluebeard’s former wives. Shocked, Josephine rushes out of the room, but not without picking up the key she had dropped on the blood-stained floor. She soon learns, to her dismay, that she is unable to wash away the blood on the key. Bluebeard returns and demands his keys back. He notices the blood-stained key, realizing that she had entered the room he had strictly forbidden her from entering. He informs her that the room contains the bodies of his wives who also disobeyed him, and that now she must now join the rest of them. Before he can slay her, her brothers rush to her rescue and kill him.

I’m highlighting this particular episode because it clearly shows what no longer passes on children’s television nowadays. For one thing, the episode starts with Bluebeard driving a sword right through one of his former wives (though we only see the silhouette). Later, we see Josephine enjoying dinner with a glass of wine—not grape juice, not fruit punch, but wine—and Josephine brags that she hopes she doesn’t get tipsy! (This was clearly long before 4Kids did a reverse Jesus and transformed wine into water on YuGiOh!)

And then there’s the blood. Oh yes: there will be blood! Not lots of it, mind you, but more than you see on modern children’s television—which is none! The scene where Josephine enters the forbidden room is especially frightening, with the dead wife corpses (some nearly decomposed) hanging from the walls and the white roses turning red and transforming into pools of blood. (One can only assume this was some poor kid’s nightmare fuel!)

Of course, this was all back in the 80s. None of this stuff would fly on television nowadays—especially Nick Jr., which is what this show originally aired on. Everything has to be squeaky clean with no violence, no horror, no death, no alcohol, and especially no blood.

Is it just me, or does watching shows like this make anyone else long for the 80s—back when standards for children’s entertainment were less strict? Back when G-rated movies had three-breasted harpies and PG-rated movies had fat kids shouting “Shit!”? Back before soccer moms had our entertainment whitewashed, transforming an entire generation of children into pussies?

Man I miss the 80s!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You Know What's Bull****? Pennies!

Inflation isn’t just killing off the dollar (which is quickly losing to the Euro and the Chinese Yuan): it’s also killing off the rest of our currency—including our nickels and pennies! One penny (one cent) costs 2.4 cents to mint, while one nickel (5 cents) costs 11.2 cents! Our fiat currency is quickly losing its value, and our politicians are trying to desperately curb this. Recently, Obama has considered changing the metal to more cheaply mint these coins.

Personally, I think the penny is antiquated and needs to be made obsolete. It’s not as though people use them to begin with. They’re mostly collected in coin jars and cash trays, only to gather dust without ever being spent.

Reminds me of one of the very first You Know What’s Bull****? video by James Rolfe (The Angry Video Game Nerd):

You Know What's Bull****? Pennies.

Pennies are worthless. What can you buy with a penny? Nothing. So, why do we even have pennies? Get rid of them. Nobody likes to carry pennies around. Why's there so many pennies lying on the street that don't even get picked up? Because nobody f**king wants 'em! They're like mosquitoes - go away, you f**king pennies! Think about it. There's four quarters to a dollar, two nickels to a dime, and there's FIVE f**king pennies to a nickel. It's pointless.

Even if you save a bunch of pennies, you're not going to feel like counting them! I mean, think about it. Think about how much time store clerks waste counting pennies back to people. And, how often when the change is just a penny, how often do you people say, "Keep the change."? A lot. 'Cause people don't want a penny. Every price should end in a five or a zero. Pennies are bull****!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Hearts And Hooves Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day—that time of year you spend with that certain special someone. (Or you spend contemplating suicide because you’re all alone!) Either way, Hope you’re having a good day today—even if you are alone. (But please refrain from ending it all!) As a present, here are some Pony-related Valentine’s Day cards—or rather, “Hearts and Hooves Day” cards—created by EpicOswald88:

Hearts and Hooves: Fluttermac by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Time Bubbles by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Fancy Pants x Rarity by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Spike x Apple Bloom by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Caramel x Applejack by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Discord x Pinkie Pie by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Twilight x Cappuccino by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

Hearts and Hooves: Soarin x Rainbow Dash by *EpicOswald88 on deviantART

I really enjoy most of the couplings here: Fluttershy/Big Mac, Rainbow Dash/Soarin’, Apple Jack/Caramel, Derpy Hooves/Doctor Hooves, even Pinkie Pie/Discord. (What? They’re perfect for each other!) I find the Apple Bloom/Spike coupling cute and appropriate—even if I prefer Rarity/Spike. As for Rarity/Fancy Pants, I don’t know. I always thought Fancy Pants was coupled with Fleur De Lis. Besides, a young mare coupled with an gentlecolt who’s probably old enough to be her father? (Then again, it’s not out of the ordinary. Anna Nicole, anyone?)

Monday, February 13, 2012

This Week In Review (02/13/2012)

Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and had it overturned. In related news, Washington state plans on legalizing same-sex marriage by this week. Many people hope that same-sex marriage will be legalized on the federal level, while others claim it should be left up to the states. Personally, I don’t think the government, federal or state, has any business dictating what constitutes a marriage. If we’re going to make marriage a church and state issue, then we must conclude that it is primarily a church issue, not a state one. Marriage has, and always will be, considered a religious institution; therefore, it should be left up to churches and other religious organizations to decide their own definitions of marriage. A southern Baptist church should be just as free to deny marrying a gay couple just as an Episcopal church should be free to marry one. In fact, Mormons and other religious people who recognize polygamy should be free to marry as many spouses as they wish. Unfortunately, as long as the government controls the definition of marriage, the freedom to marry the one you love will always be constrained.

Top Susan G. Komen official resigns after Planned Parenthood controversy. Vice President for Public Affairs Karen Handel resigned following the backlash against the decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood—a decision that was later rescinded. I said this last week, and I’ll say it again: this was nothing more than a private organization ending its partnership with another private organization—nothing to get worked up over! Of course, if anything, this event proves that the “free market” works. Think about it: you have a business making a decision that the rest of the people disagree with, and then you have the people putting pressure on the business in order to change it. In other words, you have liberals—who often hate the market—using the market to their advantage. Ironic, don’t you think?

Mitt Romney wins CPAC 2012 Straw Poll. After two years of Ron Paul consecutively winning the CPAC Straw Poll (and seriously, the only reason he didn’t win this year was because he didn’t attend), Romney won this year’s poll with 38 percent of the vote. Seriously, conservatives? This is the man you want representing conservatism: a massive flip-flopper who only opposes the things he once supported in order to gain the Republican vote? Then again, the Republican party has pretty much devolved into the party of massive hypocrites, so I guess it’s only fitting that he won.

30,000 surveillance drones could be flying over America by 2020. If you thought traffic light cameras were a sign that Big Brother was watching you, then you haven’t heard what the Federal Aviation Administration has planned. Congress passed the FAA Authorization Act this week, allowing the federal government to more easily fly unmanned spy planes within U.S. airspace. And here’s the punch line: officials say this won't be used as surveillance. Right! And the PATRIOT Act will only be used to monitor terrorists! Can the federal government please stop pretending it’s not trying to spy on its own citizens? They might as well quit the act and start implanting microchips into our brains. We all know that’s their ultimate wet dream!

Rand Paul offers legislation to strip foreign aid to Egypt. The son of the great Ron Paul suggested stripping Egypt of foreign aid until it releases 19 American protesters from its custody. "Right now innocent American citizens who work for pro-democracy organizations in Egypt are being held hostage. There really is no other way to put it. They are not being allowed to leave Egypt and are facing trial from a military government,” Paul said. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you influence countries to do the right thing. You don’t bomb them with missiles. You simply refuse to do business with them. That’s the beauty of noninterventionist foreign policy: you get things done without spilling a single drop of blood.

Fox Business cancels Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch. (Enter string of profanities here!) The Judge’s show, along with several others, has been scrapped in favor of reruns of other shows. The Judge will still make appearance on other Fox News shows. Either way, this is one more reason not to watch Fox “News.” But what else can you expect from an overtly neoconservative propaganda machine but to fire it’s only libertarian-leaning conservative? This was only to be expected when the Judge said that Bush and Cheney (the very asses Fox “News” has been kissing for over eight years) should have been indicted as war criminals. Yup. After that, it was only a matter of time till the good Judge lost his career with Fox. But at least we still have John Stossel!

Dumbasses of the Week

Runner-Up: Andrew Rosenthal (New York Times): In his editorial “Stop Compromising,” Rosenthal criticized Obama’s plan to compromise on his contraceptive mandate: “I understand that the Catholic Church in particular feels strongly about birth control, but this isn’t a theocracy.” Allowing religious organizations to be exempt from a contraceptive healthcare mandate if they object to contraception is not a theocracy. Now if Obama had thrown out the entire mandate on behest of the Catholic Church, then that would be a theocracy. Actually, in a true theocracy, contraception would be banned simply because the Pope said so. But we don’t live in such a country, now do we? We live in a country where people are free to follow their own religious beliefs—and that includes not being forced to do something that goes against their beliefs.

3rd Place: Melinda Henneberger (Washington Post): Separation of church and state goes both ways: not only does it prevent the church from interfering with the state, but it also prevents the state from interfering with the church. In the case of Obama’s contraceptive mandate, church/state separation prevents the state from outlawing contraception due to religious dogma, and it also prevents the state from forcing religious people who object to contraception from using it. It is this religious freedom, among many other freedoms, which has made America great. But unfortunately, many people disagree with this. Appearing on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Washington Post’s Melinda Henneberger had this to say concerning religious freedom: “Maybe the Founders were wrong to guarantee free exercise of religion in the First Amendment but that is what they did and I don't think we have to choose here.” Good grief! It seems whenever somebody uses their freedom to do something that liberals disagree with, liberals always blame the Founding Fathers. “Well, if the Founding Fathers knew about automatic assault rifles, they wouldn’t have given us the right to bear arms!” or “If they knew how fast misinformation could travel across the internet, they wouldn’t have given us free speech!” In this case, because religious organizations are exempt from offering something that goes against their beliefs, the Founding Fathers were wrong to give us religious freedom. I shudder to think what would happen if liberals ever invented time travel.

2nd Place: Rick Santorum: Seems like ol' Ricky boy suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, considering how he’s always putting his foot in his mouth. This time, it’s over the military—more specifically, women in the military. In response to a question concerning the decision to put more women on the front lines, Ricky has this to say: "I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat.” Why would it be more unique? Because they’re women? C’mon! There are plenty of women out there who can more than handle the stress of combat, and plenty of men who can’t. In fact, who’s willing to bet that if forced into combat, Ricky boy would sissy up once the grenades start flying over his head?

1st Place: Congressman John Fleming (R): With the crazy crap happening these days, it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between news and satire. However, one should be able to tell that an article from The Onion is satire. Not Congressman John Fleming. On his Facebook page, he posted a year-old Onion article called “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex” which he confused for a real article. Even if Fleming was unaware that The Onion was a satire magazine, he should have told from the title alone that the story was satire. Our politicians, ladies and gentlemen: easily fooled by The Onion. Doesn't it make you want to trust these people with more power?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pony Sunday: Hearts And Hooves Day

Welcome to yet another edition of Pony Sunday. Well, I thought this week’s episode was going to be the last one for this season, but it turns out there will be at least three more this March. Until then, I still plan on sharing my thoughts on the other episodes I didn’t cover.

Anyway, here are my thoughts on this new Valentine’s Day episode “Hearts and Hooves”:

• The cutie mark crusader’s valentine for Cheerilee = epic!
• Aw! Looks like Chubby Cheeks has a crush on Twist. :D
• Again, I must ask: where are Snips and Snails? They’re supposed to be part of Apple Bloom’s class, yet they’re never shown in the classroom. Again, I’m posturing the theory that they’re playing hookey.
• A single schoolteacher? We haven’t seen that before!
• Sweetie Belle’s smile! :D
• LOL! Twist misses and pins the heart on Cheerilee!
• And the CMC skip school to look for Cheerilee’s special somepony. I “love” how lenient the school system in Equestria is.
• Well, it’s our fourth full song in the series, and it doesn’t fail being awesome. I really love Sweetie Belle’s singing voice.
• Doctor Hooves is on a bridge with Derpy Hooves! The couple is officially canon!
• Hey look: it’s the old pony with the pipe cutie mark from “The Mysterious Mare Do Well”—and he’s apparently holding a funeral. Um, morbid.
• CARAMEL IS WITH ANOTHER PONY?! Well, there goes the Apple Jack/Caramel shipping! But then again, this is My Little Pony: it’s not known to be consistent with its background characters. After all, he was shown as a Pegasus in “Sonic Rainboom” and working in the Canterlot rodeo in “The Last Roundup.” And who knows. Maybe he’ll break up with her and go for Apple Jack! Horray! :D
• No, Cheerilee can’t have Doctor Whooves! He’s already with Derpy!
• The colt obessed with Jelly is creepy! O_o!
• Does the CMC jumping up a pyramid of hay remind anyone else of the video game Q-bert?
• They want to couple Cheerilee with Big Mac? NOI Fluttershy is Big Mac’s Waifu!
• Maybe it’s just me, but is the carrot building to the left of Sweet Apple Acres new? If so, what is it? Carrot Top’s house?
• Really love how the gazebo looks. Really natural.
• Oh yeah, girls: way to be inconspicuous! They won’t suspect a thing.
• NO! Fluttershy and Big Mac are perfect for each other!
• Sweetie Belle: “Aw, C’mon!” (Rainbow Dash: “Oh, for Pete’s sake!”)
• Yeah, Twilight should be more caerful with whom she shares books with—especially after explaining one book has a recipe for a love potion that could be a love poison!
• The other book Twilight suggests is the same one from the opening to “Mare In The Moon.”
• Where did the lookout from the treehouse go to? It was there in “Family Appreciation Day.”
• They get the puff of cloud from the same cliff the bus ran over in “The Mysterious Mare Do Well.”
• Apparently, rainbow’s can be vacuumed of their glow.
• Oh yeah, two carefully poured-out cups of punch. That’s not suspicious at all!
• Sweetie Belle: “Yes!” (FlutterMac fans: “NO!”)
• Cheerilee: “He’s my Shmoopy-Doopy Sweetie-Weetie Pony Pie!” (Love her expression—even though I want to off her for stealing Big Mac from Fluttershy!)
• “Cutie-Patootie Lovey-Dovey Honey Bunny”? “Hearty-Smarty Smoochy-Woochy Baby-Waebee”? Is anyone else developing diabetes from this?
• Apple Bloom: “What’s going on?” You slipped him a love potion. What did you expect?!
• I’m not going to write down all the cute nicknames. I’m vomiting a little in my mouth just listening to them!
• Why would someone write down the recipe for a love poison? That’s almost like writing down the instructions to the atom bomb. Then again, this is the same world where any unicorn can cast an attraction spell that can cause chaos amongst the entire townspeople.
• Also, isn’t the potion—or rather, poison—supposed to be for “two ponies who are not in the know”? How can someone cast such a spell on themselves?
• Apple Bloom: “It will be chaos! It will be chaos!” Love the Southern inflection there!
• Oh yeah, let’s just suggest that the two love-poison infected lovebirds prepare to get married! That can’t possibly backfire in any way imaginable!
• I feel the same way, Apple Bloom and Scootaloo: I can’t even write those cute nicknames without fainting from a diabetic shock!
• Funny how Rarity isn’t around while Sweetie Belle and Cheerilee are in her boutique trying on dresses.
• LOL! Sweetie Belle uses Rarity’s couch to block the door.
• Big Mac almost nods his head the same way Fluttershy does in “May The Best Pet Win” (which only proves why the two are meant for each other!)
• The six gems together remind me of the Elements of Harmony.
• That was a quick purchase!
• Big Mac prances like Pepe Le Pew! LOL!
• Even prancing he can pull an ox-driven wagon of anvils! They don’t call him Big Mac for nothing.
• Big Mac carries away Berry Punch’s house!
• Cheerilee running towards Big Mac and through the CMC = Epic!
• Love how Cheerilee and Big Mac troll the CMC into thinking they’re in love again.
• Well, at least Cheerilee and Big Mac are only friends now. That means Fluttershy still has a chance with Big Mac! Yay! (Or rather: GASP…yay!)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Pony Couples: Rainbow Dash/Soarin'

Welcome to yet another edition of Pony Couples. All this month, I’m sharing my all-time favorite My Little Pony shippings. This week, I’m highlighting Rainbow Dash and Soarin’.

It goes without saying that the rainbow-maned tomboy is considered an ipso facto lesbian by most fans—even though Lauren Faust has stated that Rainbow Dash isn’t a lesbian. So of course she’s often paired with the other six, most often with Apple Jack and Fluttershy (No! She’s Big Mac’s Waifu!). I personally don’t care for these shippings (or any yuri shippings). Unfortunately, there are few colts in Equestria who are compatible with this 20% Awesome mare—save perhaps Soarin’ of the Wonderbolts.

Rainbow Dash has had very little screen time with Soarin’—though that’s more than one can say of Fluttershy and Big Mac. She did save him (along with the other Wonderbolts and Rarity) in Sonic Rainboom, and saved his pie in The Best Night Ever. It is very likely that the two could hook up—especially if Rainbow Dash joins the Wonderbolts.

But enough talk. Here are some of my favorite fan art of the Rainbow Dash/Soarin pairing:

MLP: Pink Clouds by *Mn27 on deviantART

The two pegasi smooching in the sky! Really love the textures here. Seems almost like spray art.

SxD:Uncomfortably Comfortable by *Mn27 on deviantART

The two fooling around in the clouds. Strangely enough, the art style is striking similar to the one above, but is done by a different artist. Go figure!

Catch Me by *NabbieKitty on deviantART

The two flying hand-in-hand in the night sky. Again, the picture reminds me of the first one, even if the art style is different.

Nothing Can Ruin This by =Veggie55 on deviantART

Not even a Derpy-induced storm can tear these two apart! I really like their manes (LOL! Sweetie Belle reference) wet. Reminds me of Rarity's wet mane in Sisterhooves Social.

Wonderlove by *Teengirl on deviantART

Looks like Rainbow Dash joined the Wonderbolts and found her true love at the same time! Isn't it just cute?

Laying in the summer sun by *Teengirl on deviantART

Rainbow Dash taking a nap under Soarin's wing. Dawwwww!

first blush by *Siansaar on deviantART

Just the two enjoying each others company in the clouds. Really love the lineart on this one. Seems more proffesional, streamlined.

Dash and Soarin' 2 by *ponymonster on deviantART

A human Rainbow Dash and Soarin'--at the Gala no less. Interesting how Rainbow Dash looks less like a tomboyish punk and more like an 80s pop singer--almost like Cyndi Lauper or Jem.

Welcome little one by *tinuleaf on deviantART

Here's the two married and with children. The newborn is White Whirl, the daughter is Cloud Puff, and the son is Sunrise Brisk. The artist, tinuleaf, maintains a Tumblr where you can ask the family members questions (and they answer). Lovely!

As with last time, I'm going to post some NSFW art. This one's a human version of the couple. It isn't explicit--in fact, it's rather tame, save for the fact that Dash isn't wearing any pants--or underwear. You can't see anything, but I'm posting this as NSFW anyway!

This one contains full-frontal. It's Dash trying to prove that she isn't "flat." Of course, Soarin' has to make sure--with a magnifying glass! (He's secretly elated!)

Random Fridays: Yu-Gi-Oh! Singapore Dub

Yu-Gi-Oh! is a Japanese animated series (or anime) about a high school student named Yugi Moto who, using the powers of an ancient Egyptian artifact called the Millennium Puzzle, transforms in his alter ego Yami Yugi in order to play a card game. The series and card game was fairly popular in Japan, so it was only predictable that it would be imported to America. Unfortunately, the rights to the English translation were bought by 4Kids Entertainment—an American company infamous for butchering good anime (One Piece being its worse case).

I’m not going to go into detail on the damage 4Kids did to the Yu-Gi-oh! series. If you’re curious, you can find detailed analysis and comparisons on sites such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Uncensored. Personally, I didn’t find the edits to be all that bad. Some edits seemed sensible enough in order to market the series to a younger American audience (for example, editing out blood and nudity); others, I admit, were quite baffling (like removing English text!).

I will say this, though: the American 4Kids dub has nothing on the Singapore dub.

The Singapore dub is more faithful to the original series, what with it being unedited and uncensored, preserving most of the original script and music; the voice acting, however, is nothing to be desired. Honestly, it’s as bad as an unlicensed fan dub. The worst part, by far, is Yami Yugi’s voice.

Uncut Dub Episode 72 by Candellings

You heard that right: Yami Yugi—the spirit of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh—has the voice of a California surfer dude. Does this remind anyone else of Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

If you want to catch more of the Singapore dub, you can watch episodes on this Dailymotion account. Personally, I prefer the Abridged parody series.

Rape Is Not Funny, Amazing Misogynist!

I occasionally reference The Amazing Atheist in my blog posts. Like Bill Maher, I consider him to be a broken clock which tends to tell the correct time at least twice a day. I disagree with many things he says, but most of the time, he says something right—especially when it comes to feminism.

This week was not one of those times.

TJ was recently involved in a flame war with a feminist on reddit, apparently over something a redditor called “ICumWhenIKillMen” had posted. What ensued was nothing short of misogynistic. Here's just a sample:
• I will make you a rape victim if you don’t fuck off.

• Yeah. Well, you deserved it. So, fuck you. I hope it happens again soon. I’m tired of being treated like shit by you mean little cunts and then you using your rape as an excuse. Fuck you. I think we should give the guy who raped you a medal. I hope you fucking drown in rape semen, you ugly, mean-spirited cow. Actually, I don’t believe you were ever raped! What man would be tasteless enough to stick his dick into a human cesspool like you? Nice gif of a turd going into my mouth. Is that kind of like the way that rapists dick went in your pussy? Or did he use your asshole? Or was it both? Maybe you should think about it really hard for the next few hours. Relive it as much as possible. You know? Try to recall: was it my pussy or my ass?

• I’m going to rape you with my fist.

• BTW, you have to admit, when I told you that I hope you drown in rape semen, you got a little wet, didn’t you? It’s okay. We’re friends now. You can share.

• Fuck you, liar. All night you douches have tried to shit on me and tear me down. Then when I do the same it’s like, “Whoa man! That’s too far. Calm down.” No. Fuck you. Go get raped in whatever orifice you have to get fucking raped in. I am sick of your shit. I regret nothing.
To make matters worse, the redditor he was insulting—the one he was threatening to rape with his fist and drown in rape semen—claimed to be a rape victim! Just, wow!

I don’t care what George Carlin said, rape is never funny—ever! It should never be used as a joke or insult. I don’t mean to sound politically correct here, but this isn’t political correctness, this is common decency, and TJ crossed the line!

Coughlan000 managed to upload an appropriate response explaining how TJ was out of line.

TJ replied with a pathetic excuse of a blog post, to which Coughlan replied with another video response—that was actually flagged! (I don’t know if it was TJ or someone else who did the flagging, but it goes to show that being a voice of reason against a popular user can be, well, unpopular.)