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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top 11 Most Disturbing MLP:FIM Fandoms (Prologue)

Screenshot from MLP:FiM Wiki

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably already familiar with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and don’t need an introduction. Despite being the fourth incarnation of an 80s little girl’s cartoon, the show has become famous for going one step beyond most other children’s shows by offering well-written storylines, developed characters, and memorable musical numbers.

The sheer effort put into the show has allowed it to garner a large fan base outside of its targeted demographic of litle girls, even attracting the interests of young adult men (or as they’re called on the internet, “bronies”). It’s impossible to browse the internet these days without running across Pony-related fan material—be it art, fiction, animations, videos, music, or even internet memes.

The show’s creators are well-aware of their fans and have openly embraced them on the internet. Lauren Faust and other creators directly communicate with fans on YouTube, deviantART, and Twitter. Hasbro has forged a close alliance with the fan blog Equestira Daily by sharing material from the show including full-length episodes. But best of all, many fan material has helped influence the cartoon. For example, the character Derpy Hooves started out as a background character with a simple animation error, but as her popularity grew on the internet, the creators began incorporating her more into the show until she finally had her own speaking role in a season two episode. Overall, the fanbase has offered creative material that has proven both inspirational and influential.

But like every other fanbase, this one has a dark side to it. For despite the cartoon being sugar and spice and everything nice, it has managed to inspire material that’s quite the opposite: dark, scary, creepy, gory, grotesque, vulgar, and even mature. These fandoms can either briefly cause mild discomfort or they can permanently ruin one’s perception of the show. Either way, they come off as rather, well, disturbing. By “disturbing,” that’s not to say they’re all bad—in fact, some of them are pretty decent; but they always leave you feeling uneasy afterwards and wondering how the hell they could possibly be inspired by a little girl’s cartoon.

So for the next few days, I will be counting down the Top 11 Most Disturbing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Fandoms. (Why Top 11? If you watch the Nostalgia Critic, you should know by now.) I will be covering and discussing a wide-range of material from fan art and fan fiction to even fan videos and fan games. But needless to say, they're all "disturbing" in their own way.

As a fair warning, if you wish to preserve your perception of the show as being sweet and innocent, then you should probably avoid this list. But if you don’t mind the occasional mindrape of your favorite cartoon show, by all means, follow and read at your own risk. (But don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

The countdown begins tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MSNBC: “Obstetricians” Helped With Michele Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign

If I wanted to consult an expert on proper nutrition, I’d probably consult a nutritionist, not a obstetrician, or doctor who helps women through their pregnancies.

Apparently MSNBC can’t tell the difference.

Transcript from Newsbusters:
KRYSTAL BALL, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: In general she's just been this incredible role model. And as a mother myself, I have a four-year-old little girl, and these are things that I'm thinking through, and how do you balance that fast-paced life with healthy eating and healthy habits. She's someone that I look to to see, you know, how she's managing to balance it all. It's quite incredible.

MARTIN BASHIR, HOST: But she's been in the vanguard of medical science that is warning us that if we don't take control of our diets, over 50 percent of the nation will be clinically obese in about fifteen years. So this isn't something that she's kind of made up as a political football. She's basing her compassionate desire to improve the eating practices of all of us on science, on warnings from obstetricians and people who are experts in this field

Moving From High-Tax States To Low-Tax States

People prefer to live in states with lower taxes? Huh. Go figure!

New York State accounted for the biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation between 2000 and 2010, with 3.4 million residents leaving over that period, according to the Tax Foundation.

Over that decade the state gained 2.1 million, so net migration amounted to 1.3 million, representing a loss of $45.6 billion in income.

Where are they escaping to? The Tax Foundation found that more than 600,000 New York residents moved to Florida over the decade – opting perhaps for the Sunshine State’s more lenient tax system – taking nearly $20 billion in adjusted growth income with them.

Over that same time period, 208,794 Pennsylvanians moved to Florida, taking $8 billion in income.

“Many of these New York and Pennsylvania residents no doubt moved to Florida for the warm weather,” says the foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “[B]ut many more may have moved there because the state does not have an individual income tax, an estate tax, nor an inheritance tax.”


California is also known for more onerous taxes and regulations, and the foundation shows similar trends of migration from there to other states like Texas and Arizona.

The Tax Foundation ranked the Golden State sixth highest in the nation for state and local tax burden in 2009.

Between 2000 and 2010, the most recent data available, 551,914 people left California for Texas, taking $14.3 billion in income. Texas has no state income tax or estate tax.

A total of 48,877 people moved to Texas from California between 2009 and 2010 alone, totaling $1.2 billion in income. Another 28,088 from California relocated to Nevada and 30,663 to Arizona, a loss of $699.1 million and $707.8 million in income respectively.

Daily Pony: Rainbow Dash Korra

Looks like I’m not the only one to see the connection between everyone’s favorite rainbow-maned pegasi and the new incarnation of the Avatar.

This is part of a larger project by NinjaHam featuring the six Elements, Shining Armor, and Princess Cadence. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Daily Pony: Toonami

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past two months, Toonami has returned to Cartoon Network as the Adult Swim Saturday night block. Unfortunately, I was unable to see its premiere last Saturday, but hey, at least it’s back on television.

From the looks of the schedule, it appears as though it’s just the former Adult Swim action block programming (Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop) with two new shows (Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins), all with Toonami bumpers in-between.

Bummer that it’s not airing any old-school shows (Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, Outlaw Star, YuYu Hakusho). And it’s not like they have any excuses either. Adult Swim airs from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. They could easily squeeze in some old-school shows for the fans. But oh well, beggars can’t be choosers! (Besides, I don’t think they can air DBZ anymore considering the rights have been given to Nicktoons.)

Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion, I was going to showcase some Toonami-related Pony fanart, but unfortunately, I can’t find any. Really? No pony versions of Tom or Sara? Bummer!

But I did find some Toonami-related pony videos. You all remember the fan Toonami intro for MLP:FIM? Well, here’s another version:

And here's a Pony version of a really old-school Toonami inspirational video:

Back To Blogging

Just got back from vacation yesterday. Had a great Memorial Day weekend. Will resume blogging as usual. I know I haven’t posted much, but I’ve been preoccupied with other things.

Expect my regular weekly posts as scheduled. Especially look forward to the next WTF Friday. This upcoming one will make up for all my previously lackluster posts. Trust me: this one is going to be majorly bucked up—and Pony related! (There’s the only hint I’m giving.)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How To Make Obama’s Spending Look Small (Infograph)

I’m sure most of you by now have heard about Rex Nutter’s—excuse me, Nutting’s—ridiculous assertion that Obama’s spending hasn’t been “that” big.

And I’m sure most of you are aware it’s complete bullocks.

But just in case you’re not, here’s a handy-dandy infograph from Hot Air. (Be sure to share it with your Obama-loving friends—if you have any!)

Brief Hiatus

I know I haven’t posted anything new in a while, and I’m afraid I will continue this trend this weekend as I will be going on a short vacation with the folks. So no WTF Friday or This Week in Review this week. But fret not: I have big plans coming up. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Daily Pony: Moments in Review

Sorry if I haven’t been keeping up with Daily Pony.

To make up for it, here’s a humorous review by Moments in Review. Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

This Week In Review (05/21/2012)

This Week In Review (05/21/2012)

Ron Paul ends his presidential campaign. Paul announced Monday that he would no longer campaign in states that have yet to hold their presidential primaries. While the good doctor has ended his campaign, he will continue his efforts to rack up delegates. But even if he doesn’t win the Republican presidential nomination (which is most likely), it’s safe to say that his political influence will continue to live on. His message of limited government, noninterventionist foreign policy, and sound economic policy has inspired many young people (including myself) to become involved with politics. Is it any wonder that he has overwhelmingly garnered the young vote? This clearly is the dawning of the age of Ron Paul.

House rejects amendment to ban indefinite detention. Sponsored by Reps. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.), the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 would have guaranteed terror suspects the right to due process and a fair trial. Earlier that week, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest had ruled the indefinite detention provision unconstitutional, claiming that it would have “chilling impact on First Amendment rights.” The judge argued that its vague wording would have allowed any American citizen who remotely associated with terrorist organizations, even journalists who had interviewed members of Al-Quadea or the Taliban, to be subjected to indefinite detention without charge or trial. Nevertheless, the House voted 238 to 182 to reject the amendment and uphold the indefinite detention provision. These are the names of the House representatives who voted in favor of stripping away your Constitutional rights. If any of them are from your district, come next election, vote them out!

Justice Dept. defends public’s Constitutional ‘right to record’ cops. The U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to the Baltimore Police Department advocating the right of citizens to videotape on-duty cops. The letter was sent the week of a civil lawsuit concerning a citizen whose cellphone was seized and tampered with by police after he had videotaped them arresting his friend. Following that incident last year, the police department released guidelines enforcing the right to videotape cops and preventing police from interfering, but as the U.S. Justice Department letter explained, the guidelines were too vague and didn’t go far enough in protecting those rights. The letter was prompted after several media and civil rights organizations sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a letter demanding action against police departments that arrest citizens who videotape police officers. Kudos to the U.S. Justice Department for standing up for the average citizen. Now more than ever, in a time when police brutality and abuse is increasing, along with the militarization of the police, we citizens need to be guaranteed the right to hold our public servants accountable by videotaping them. Let’s hope this leads to a much larger movement.

Senate unanimously rejects Obama’s budget. President Obama's 2013 budget, which would have increased spending by $47 trillion and added $11 trillion in debt within the next decade, was rejected by the Senate with a unanimous vote of 99-0. The Senate had rejected a similar budget earlier this year with a vote of 414-0. To date, the Senate has not passed a budget in the last three years. So let me get this straight: the Democratic President proposes budgets that are so bad that not even Democrats support it, the Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a single budget in three years, and yet it’s Republicans who are destroying the economy? Derp! Makes sense to me!

George W. Bush endorses Mitt Romney for president. As the former president escaped from an ABC News team into an elevator, his last four words before the doors closed were “I’m for Mitt Romney.” I had no intention of voting for Romney, but now that Dubya has officially endorsed him—yeah, I’m definitely not voting for him! That fact that he’s endorsed by the same imbecile whose policies royally screwed-up this country proves that his policies would be just as disastrous. Then again, it’s not like Obama has performed any differently. Bush. Romney. Obama. Same crap. Different assholes!

New evidence released in Trayvon Martin case. The state attorney's office in Duval County, Fl released new evidence concerning Trayvon Martin’s murder which showed that George Zimmerman was engaged in a scuffle between him and Martin. McClatchy's Washington Bureau reports: “Pictures showed Zimmerman's nose was swollen and had two cuts on the back of his head…The medical records and statements from police and emergency responders show Zimmerman was hurt: His nose had been whacked hard enough for it to swell. A paramedic said Zimmerman probably needed stitches.” Autopsies also showed that Martin had an abrasion on one of his fingers and that his body tested positive for marijuana. So does this prove that Zimmerman was merely defending himself from Martin? I don’t know, and quite frankly, I don’t care. Not that I don’t care about Martin’s death. I feel sorry for him and his family, and I hope justice is ultimately served. But I seriously don’t care about the case, especially the media circus that has developed around it. In my opinion, this is no different that the Casey Anthony case. This is nothing more than a sensationalized story that has taken precedent over all others for the sake of ratings. The same week the Martin case broke out, the House was considering CISPA, the bill that will allowed the federal government to request information from internet companies about their users without need of a warrant. And yet not even a single sound bite was given about CISPA, while the entire week was dedicated to a black teenager shot in Florida by an alleged racist Hispanic. Funny how the media picks and chooses stories that way. It’s almost as if they’re distracting us.

Ohio police boost arsenals with surplus military gear. The Hamilton JournalNews reports: “Police departments throughout Ohio are stockpiling millions of dollars worth of military gear — from army boots to mini-tanks — through a Defense Department program that provides law enforcement agencies free access to surplus weapons and equipment….[B]udget-challenged Ohio departments are increasingly using military surplus to arm and equip their staff — last year acquiring a record $12 million in equipment and weapons through the Pentagon’s 1033 program.” Oh yes! You heard that right: police are arming themselves with the same weapons used against enemy combatants in military conflict, and now those weapons are going to be used against average civilians like you and me. If this isn’t evidence enough of the militarization of our law enforcement, I don’t know what is.

Nato/Occupy protesters arrested over terrorist charges. The Washington Post reports that three NATO protesters were arrested and charged with “allegedly planning to bomb the mayor’s residence, police stations and Obama’s campaign headquarters during the upcoming summit.” All three men were members of the Occupy movement. So along with the five Occupy thugs who attempted to blow up a Chicago bridge, that makes eight potential Occupy terrorists. And yet the Tea Party protesters are considered terrorists?

74 percent of Americans, including 67 percent of Republicans, want Obama to end medical marijuana crackdown. Despite Obama’s campaign promise not to “use Justice Department resources to try and circumvent state laws about medical marijuana,” his administration has been prosecuting medical marijuana dispensaries even in states where medical marijuana is legal. Well, Americans from both sides of the aisles are fed up with it and want him to stop. But of course, as is the case with cutting military spending, it doesn’t matter what the majority of Americans want. Our politicians simply do not care. They only care about what their special interest donors want.

13 percent of NC Republicans think being gay should be a felony. A Public Policy Polling survey found that “8% of North Carolina voters, including 13% of Republicans, think being gay should be a felony.” Go figure, folks! The same homophobic hicks who supported banning gay marriage also think that merely existing as a homosexual should be considered on the same level as rape, murder, or treason. Only in America can queers having a threesome in the privacy of their own bedroom—something that doesn’t infringe on anybody’s rights unless it involves rape—be considered a felony. Meanwhile, our government violates our Constitutional rights by wiretapping our phones, torturing terror suspects, forcing airline passengers to undergo virtual strip searches, and indefinitely detaining citizens without charge, trial, or due process. I’m sorry, who are the real criminals here?

More minority babies than whites in U.S., says Census Bureau. Reuters reports: "U.S. Census Bureau data show the United States is on its way to becoming ‘majority minority,’ with almost half of all young children currently from minority groups, including Hispanic, black and Asian. As of July 1, 2011, 50.4 percent of babies younger than age 1 were minorities or of more than one race, up from 49.5 percent in 2010.” And the only people who give a crap about this are insecure rednecks who believe they’re being targeted for extinction through white genocide: “Derp! Herp! Them Jews is trying to genocide us. We needs to gas them before they gas us. White Power!”

Dumbass of the Week

• Runner-Up: Bill Maher: Saying that Bill Maher is disgraceful is like saying the sky is blue. It’s obvious at this point. This week, further evidence was revealed in the Trayvon Martin case that Martin had traces of marijuana in his system, and that Zimmerman had minor injuries including an abrasion to the head and a broken nose. So there’s an ultra-slim chance that Zimmerman could have been defending himself. So what did Maher do in light of this evidence? Crack an offensive joke about it, of course: “I just want to say if I had a son he would not look like Trayvon Martin, but I hope he would act like him.” Considering this is the same libtarded moonbat who said that the Pentagon shooter should have killed Glenn Beck, I’m not at all surprised by this. At all! And neither should you be!

• Third Place: Chris Matthews: It’s no secret that, like other MSNBC shills, Chris Matthews has a thrill up his leg for Obama, and is willing to say anything in order to see him re-elected. During his Let Me Finish segment Friday, Matthews addressed Mitt Romney with a series of loaded questions. He started by accusing Romney of having the same policies as Bush of cutting taxes and regulations, which he claimed led to the economic recession. Of course, contrary to popular misconception, Bush did not remove a single regulation; in fact, during his administration, the pages of the Federal Register, which lists every federal rule and regulation, increased from over 64 thousand in 2001 to over 78 thousand in 2007, making him the biggest regulator since Richard Nixon! The closest thing to deregulation was the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which, aside from contributing nothing to the recession, was repealed under Clinton, not Bush! It was also under Clinton that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reduced lending requirements for loans, thus aiding in the housing bubble. Again, not Bush’s fault! Matthews then claimed that it was Bush who “brought the phrase bailout into American political parlance.” Again, no. As Newsbusters reports, before Bush’s bailouts, there were eight bailouts in American history, the first being in 1791. Of course, it’s strange that Matthews and his MSNBC colleagues oppose Bush’s bank bailouts but support Obama’s auto bailouts. Gee. It’s almost as if they only care when a Republican does something they don’t like. It’s almost as if MSNBC is biased towards liberals. But of course, unlike Fox News, MSNBC only reports on reality, and reality has a liberal bias, right?

• Second Place: Ken Bennett: It’s hard to believe that even a year after Obama released his longform birth certificate, birthers still insist that he was born outside America. Case in point: Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett petitioned the state of Hawaii to confirm the existence of his longform birth certificate. In a radio interview, he said it would be “possible” that he would be forced to remove Obama from the presidential ballot if Hawaii refuses to verify his birth certificate: “I'm not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii -- or at least I hope he was, but my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.” But Obama already met the qualifications. He already released his birth certificate last year. And even before then, sources such as proved that Obama had a longform birth certificate. But that’s the problem with conspiracy theorists like birthers: unlike real skeptics, they don’t base their conjectures on any empirical evidence, and when actual evidence contradicts their theories, they willingly ignore it. That’s not skepticism! That’s blind ideology!

• First Place: Rep. Allen West (R-Fl.): Why is it that Tea Party Republicans who claim to support the Constitution know very little about it? Earlier this week in Congress, when an amendment was introduced that would have repealed the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, the majority of Republicans, including Tea Party Republicans like Michelle Bachmann and Allen West, voted against it. The party that claims to support the Constitution voting against our Constitutional rights? Go figure! And as can be predicted, their reason for voting in favor of indefinite detention was that they felt terror suspects didn’t deserve the same Constitutional rights as American citizens. As Allen West argued on the House floor: “I find that we have to understand that we are at a war. We are not in a police action. We cannot look to guarantee to those who would seek to harm us the constitutional rights that are granted to Americans. If we extend that to them, then we are starting to say that this war on terror now is a criminal action.” Where do I even begin? First of all, West asserts that it’s okay to strip away Constitutional rights during war, because as we all know, we need to keep Americans safe during these unsafe times. I’m sorry, but weren’t you the same people regurgitating Ben Franklin’s quote that “Those who trade liberty for security deserve neither”? I guess that only applies to tax hikes then? The fact is that indefinite detention—along with other blatantly Constitutional violations such as the Patriot Act, waterboarding, and draconian airport security measures—do not make us safer, only less free! Second, he claims that the Constitution only gives rights to American citizens. No it doesn’t! The Constitution doesn’t give us our rights, and neither does the government. Rights are something we are born with, and nobody gives them or takes them away. The Constitution merely protects the rights we already. And these are rights that everyone has, regardless of whether or not they were born in the United States. If we could try a war criminal as heinous as Saddam Hussein, we can try a lowly terror suspect. Every human being has a right to due process and a fair trial. To claim otherwise is truly un-American.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

How America Has Fallen

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I just finished a week of big work assignments, and I guess I’ve been enjoying my time off a little bit too much, to the point where I’ve neglected to upload anything of substance.

But rest assured, tomorrow is another Week In Review, and I have something major planned for a future WTF Friday. I’m not sure if it will be this Friday or next Friday. But I do know it will be major, something to compensate for my previously less-than-stellar WTF Fridays.

But today, I wanted to share an image I found on Reddit. It’s not particularly heartwarming, but it does convey an important truth (albeit ugly, cold, and painful) that most Americans need to realize: that America no longer represents the values it once stood for, values such as truth, justice, and freedom.

Here's hoping we can restore America to its former glory.

Friday, May 18, 2012

WTF Friday: Top Ten Most WTF Music Videos

About a month ago, I featured the music video “Mr. Krinkle” by Primus. I learned about that video from Bennett The Sage’s Top Ten Most WTF Music Videos. For this WTF Friday, I will be sharing that video so you may all experience the other 9 seriously messed-up music videos.

Yes, yes, I know this is extremely lazy of me. But don’t worry: I have something major planned coming up for an upcoming WTF Friday.

Demotivational Poster: European Austerity

National budgets are NOT decreasing their spending, they are increasing it:
  • Between 2000 and 2010, national budgets in the EU increased by 62 % while the EU budget increased by 37% over the same period.
  • In 2011, 23 national budgets out of 27 are currently increasing.
  • In 2012, 24 national budgets out of 27 are due to increase according to the latest estimations.
- European Commission

Suppose you were one hundred pounds heavier than you are now, and suppose you decided to go on a diet, but instead of cutting back on calories and starting an exercise routine, you decided to eat more junk food and spend more hours watching television. You do this for the next month, and when you weigh yourself—surprise!—you’re now more overweight than you were before. Would it be accurate to claim you were on a diet? Of course not! Because you increased calories rather than decreased them.

Now suppose you are a country with a struggling economy, and suppose you decide to pass austerity measures, but instead of slashing taxes and spending, you increase them. You do this for about a year and—surprise!—you’re economy is worse off than it was before. Would it be accurate to claim you were under austerity? Of course not! Because you increased spending and taxes rather than decreased them.

All throughout Europe, countries from Great Britain, France, Greece, and Italy passed “austerity” measures that increased taxes and spending, and to no one’s surprise, their economies became worse off because of it. If anything, these “austerity” measures only prove that tax increases and stimulus spending during an economic recession only make things worse. (Spending money you don’t have on government waste is a bad thing? Go figure.)

Of course, the fact that they were called “austerity” is proof enough for Keynesian ideologues economists like Paul Krugman that budget cuts do not work. If Keynesians wanted real examples of austerity, they could always point to countries like Germany and Sweden, where austerity measures have created economic booms; but then, that would work against their narrative that cutting taxes and spending is bad. Instead, Keynesians are forced to point to countries that only passed austerity measures in name.

The truth is that Keynesians are forced to rely on examples of phony failed austerity in order to cover up the fact that they have no examples to proves that their economic policies work. (And no, New Deal spending doesn’t count!) Stimulus spending does not work. Obama’s economic stimulus was a testament to that, as was Japan’s stimulus spending, which caused its debt to rise to about 200% of GDP. When it comes to economics, most people base theirs on common sense, while Keynesians base theirs on wishful thinking.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good News, Everyone!

Image from MyFaceWhen.

No. Ron Paul has not been selected as the Republican presidential nominee.

No. All troops overseas have not been withdrawn.

No. All drugs including marijuana have not been decriminalized.

No. Every abusive cop or TSA agent has not been incarcerated.

No. A flat tax has not been levied.

No. Military spending has not been slashed. Neither have entitlement programs been reformed.

No. The Federal Reserve has not been abolished. Neither has the TSA or any other federal agency.

But the next best thing has happened:

Toonami will be returning to Cartoon Network May 26!

Image from Wikimedia.

For those of you who don’t know, Toonami was the animation block on Cartoon Network that aired such classics as Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, YuYu Hakusho, and Tenchi Muyo. The block aired throughout the late 90s and early 2000s up until it was canceled in 2007, much to the disappointment of fans.

But then, earlier this year on April 1, Adult Swim decided to play an April Fool’s Joke on viewers by running its entire lineup based on Toonami programming.

And the fans went wild!

The next day, Adult Swim posted the following tweet on its Twitter page: "Want it back? Let us know. #BringBackToonami."

You could only imagine the response.

Now Adult Swim has announced that it will be returning the Toonami block on May 26.

You don’t know how ecstatic and nostalgic this makes me feel.

Funny thing: viewers have been demanding the return of Toonami, and Cartoon Network gives them what they want. Meanwhile, American citizens have been demanding the other demands listed above forever, and the federal government has done absolutely nothing.

Interesting how the market is more responsive to demands than is the federal government. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here’s a Toonami-style intro to MLP:FIM!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Why We're Entering the Age of Ron Paul

It’s safe to say that, even with Ron Paul ceasing his campaign, even if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination, that his political influence will still live on. His message of limited government, noninterventionist foreign policy, and sound economic policy has inspired many young people (including myself) to enter politics, and as such, will most likely inspire a shift in the political establishment, especially the Republican Party—which in the next decade will be forced to shift away from its far-right neoconservative stance to a more libertarian, paleoconservative one.

Despite his age, Paul understands what young people want—or rather, what they don’t want: they don’t want to be drafted into another war where they will mostly likely die for an unjust cause. They don’t want to be arrested for the victimless crime of smoking a harmless plant. They don’t want surmounting national debt to stifle their economic future or that of their children. Is it any wonder, then, that he has overwhelmingly garnered the young vote?

This clearly is the dawning of the age of Ron Paul!

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) will no longer be actively campaigning in forthcoming primaries for the Republican presidential nomination. But the libertarian politician's legacy - including controversial yet popular stands on everything from auditing the Federal Reserve to withdrawing troops from abroad to radically cutting government borrowing and spending - is just getting started.

Paul, says Brian Doherty, a Reason senior editor and author of the new Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired, "is leaving in his wake a set of institutions, and a set of hundreds of thousands of energized intelligent youngsters who are unquestionably going to shape American politics moving down the line."

Doherty argues Paul's long-term effect on the GOP will be similar to that of Barry Goldwater, the Arizona senator who, despite a crushing electoral loss to Lyndon Johnson in 1964, energized and transformed the Republican Party into the limited-government force that elected Ronald Reagan in 1980.

"His fans understand that Ron Paul is not just out to win an election," says Doherty. "Even if the [party bosses] shut the door in his face at the Republican convention as they did in 2008,...the ideas he injected into the party [and politics] are not going away anytime soon."

Romney Leads Women Voters 46 Percent

Despite the Democrats’ phony “War on Women,” Romney has 46 percent support of women voters over Obama’s 44 percent.

I’m not sure why women are supporting Romney. Or Obama. Neither of them cares about women. Or men. Or children. Or blacks or whites or Latinos. Hell, the only people they care about are their special interest donors.

Explain to me the difference between these two again.

Art from Reason Magazine.

Brit Proves Krugman Wrong On Austerity

Art made from Quick Meme.

So the British know more about the British economy (especially the not-austerity austerity measures) than does an American Keynesian ideologue economist like Krugman?

Huh. Go figure!

From The Telegraph:
Tullett Prebon, a bond trader, said that “public expenditures have hardly been reduced at all” and that claims of a “big cut in public spending is bare-faced deception”.

Figures highlighted by the firm show that public spending actually rose during 2010-11 and fell by just 1.5 percent last year.

Government spending is more than £22 billion higher than it was in 2008 when the financial crisis erupted.

The majority of extra money required by ministers to fill the black hole in the finances caused by the recession is being raised from extra taxes rather than cuts in Government spending.

Dr. Tim Morgan, the global head of research at Tullett Prebon, said: “It’s high time that this mendacity was exposed for what it is. Government has done very little about its spending, has appropriated three-quarters of all gains in economic output for its own use, has carried on piling up debt – and has tried to pass all this off as ‘responsible austerity’.

“The motivation for government spin is obvious enough. On the one hand, rises in market interest rates could be a disaster, given the extent to which British households are leveraged. On the other, implementing the real cuts required to back up a genuine austerity package have proved politically unpalatable.”

Dr. Morgan warned that it seemed “improbable” that the bond markets would “continue to fall for this spin-job” and would “sooner rather than later” call the Government to account.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Daily Pony: Epic Equestria Daily Logo

Recently visited Equestria Daily. This is today’s logo:

Not sure what’s it’s supposed to be (I’m guessing some sort of game parody), but it’s awesome as hell!

Also, this was the top art for the Drawfriend Stuff post:

Art by Drul.

Again, awesome as hell!

Chris Matthews To Black Pastor: “I Hope You Evolve”

Could you imagine what would happen if someone like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck told an African-American figure that they needed to evolve? No sooner would they have said it that the liberal media would be blasting them as racist!

Chris Matthews tells an African-American pastor opposed to same-sex marriage “I hope you evolve.” Nothing!

Then again, Matthews received little attention two years ago when he claimed he forgot that Obama was black.

Granted, in context, Matthews was merely suggesting that the pastor needed to evolve in his views on same-sex marriage, and said “I’m just teasing” afterwards. But really? Has context ever stopped libtarded moonbats from playing the race card?

In other news, Matthews bombed on Celebrity Jeopardy!

Elizabeth Warren Wrong About Glass-Steagall

Art from Gateway Pundit.

Following JP Morgan Chase’s $2 billion loss within less than two weeks, Democratic senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (or as she is called in her native tongue, “Princess Moonbat Who Speak’um Tall Tales About Native Heritage”) sent an e-mail to constituents urging support for a new Glass-Steagall Act.

"I'm calling on Congress to put Wall Street reform back on the agenda and to begin by passing a new Glass-Steagall Act,” she wrote. “This was the law that stopped investment banks from gambling away people's life savings for decades -- until Wall Street successfully lobbied to have it repealed in 1999."

Warren is maintaining the narrative that the repeal of Glass-Steagall through the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act helped cause the financial crisis; and as with all other narratives, the facts simply do not support it. explained this all four years ago when the crisis first hit:
The truth is, however, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act had little if anything to do with the current crisis. In fact, economists on both sides of the political spectrum have suggested that the act has probably made the crisis less severe than it might otherwise have been.

Last year the liberal writer Robert Kuttner, in a piece in The American Prospect, argued that "this old-fashioned panic is a child of deregulation." But even he didn’t lay the blame primarily on Gramm-Leach-Bliley. Instead, he described "serial bouts of financial deregulation" going back to the 1970s. And he laid blame on policies of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan, saying "the Fed has become the chief enabler of a dangerously speculative economy."

What Gramm-Leach-Bliley did was to allow commercial banks to get into investment banking. Commercial banks are the type that accept deposits and make loans such as mortgages; investment banks accept money for investment into stocks and commodities. In 1998, regulators had allowed Citicorp, a commercial bank, to acquire Traveler’s Group, an insurance company that was partly involved in investment banking, to form Citigroup. That was seen as a signal that Glass-Steagall was a dead letter as a practical matter, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley made its repeal formal. But it had little to do with mortgages.

Actually, deregulated banks were not the major culprits in the current debacle. Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase have weathered the financial crisis in reasonably good shape, while Bear Stearns collapsed and Lehman Brothers has entered bankruptcy, to name but two of the investment banks which had remained independent despite the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

Observers as diverse as former Clinton Treasury official and current Berkeley economist Brad DeLong and George Mason University’s Tyler Cowen, a libertarian, have praised Gramm-Leach-Bliley has having softened the crisis. The deregulation allowed Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase to acquire Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns. And Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have now converted themselves into unified banks to better ride out the storm. That idea is also endorsed by former President Clinton himself, who, in an interview with Maria Bartiromo published in the Sept. 24 issue of Business Week, said he had no regrets about signing the repeal of Glass-Steagall.
So if the Glass-Steagall repeal didn’t cause the crisis, then who did? lists several other factors (not surprisingly, the Fed being one of them):
• The Federal Reserve, which slashed interest rates after the dot-com bubble burst, making credit cheap.

• Home buyers, who took advantage of easy credit to bid up the prices of homes excessively.

• Congress, which continues to support a mortgage tax deduction that gives consumers a tax incentive to buy more expensive houses.

• Real estate agents, most of whom work for the sellers rather than the buyers and who earned higher commissions from selling more expensive homes.

• The Clinton administration, which pushed for less stringent credit and downpayment requirements for working- and middle-class families.

• Mortgage brokers, who offered less-credit-worthy home buyers subprime, adjustable rate loans with low initial payments, but exploding interest rates.

• Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who in 2004, near the peak of the housing bubble, encouraged Americans to take out adjustable rate mortgages.

• Wall Street firms, who paid too little attention to the quality of the risky loans that they bundled into Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), and issued bonds using those securities as collateral.

• The Bush administration, which failed to provide needed government oversight of the increasingly dicey mortgage-backed securities market.

• An obscure accounting rule called mark-to-market, which can have the paradoxical result of making assets be worth less on paper than they are in reality during times of panic.

• Collective delusion, or a belief on the part of all parties that home prices would keep rising forever, no matter how high or how fast they had already gone up.
Interesting. So reality doesn't have a liberal bias after all. (Well, maybe an "economic liberal" bias, but not a "Marxist liberal" one!)

John Derbyshire—Still A Senile Racist Worm!

Photo by Salon.

I would make an immature joke by calling Derbyshire “Derpy-shire,” but that would be insulting—to the “Derp” meme, especially Derpy Hooves! (I won’t demean the poor pony by using her name in reference to an unapologetic white supremacist!)

Looks like racist scumbag John Derbyshire found a new gig on after being fired from National Review for his racial diatribe, which he quickly defended in his recent post "Who Are We?—The 'Dissident Right'"?

Say what you want about his racism, but at least he’s honest about it. He even admits an affinity for the term “White Supremacist”:
Leaving aside the intended malice, I actually think "White Supremacist" is not bad semantically. White supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements History has come up with. There have of course been some blots on the record, but I don't see how it can be denied that net-net, white Europeans have made a better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group.
What utter nonsense!

European culture isn’t better because Europeans have a lighter skin pigment, it’s because for the past thousand years, they’ve lived in a geographic location that offered them better resources and living conditions which allowed them to make more social progress then their African brethren. If black Africans had been given the same opportunities that white Europeans had, they probably would be up to par with our culture.

Who knows? Perhaps in an alternate dimension, it was Africans who developed concepts such as the scientific method, representative government, and lassiez-faire capitalism, thus giving their culture the upper hand historically, and thus allowing them to dominate the world. (And in that dimension, the Founding Fathers are black. What a scary thought for white supremacists!)

Our culture has nothing to do with race and everything to do with—and I hate to use this word—privilege. (Man that word leaves a bad taste in my mouth.)

But oh wait! There's more! He continues to defend his “white” privilege:
I don't mind the word "white" in either of those expressions. Conservatism, Inc. or otherwise, is a white people's movement, a scattering of outliers notwithstanding.

Always has been, always will be. I have attended at least a hundred conservative gatherings, conferences, cruises, and jamborees: let me tell you, there ain't too many raisins in that bun. I was in and out of the National Review offices for twelve years, and the only black person I saw there, other than when Herman Cain came calling, was Alex, the guy who runs the mail room. (Hey, Alex!)
Why yes, Derbyshire: conservatism is a “white people’s movement.” In the same sense that liberalism is a “white people’s movement.” The same goes for libertarianism, socialism, communism, anarchism, and pretty much any other “-ism” out there. They’re all “white people’s movement” in that they were created by white people.

That’s because European political philosophy is the most dominate. But again, that’s not because of race, but because of a historically advantage we Europeans had that most other cultures did not have.
This isn't because conservatism is hostile to blacks and mestizos. Very much the contrary, especially in the case of Conservatism Inc. They fawn over the occasional nonwhite with a puppyish deference that fairly fogs the air with embarrassment. (Q: What do you call the one black guy at a gathering of 1,000 Republicans? A: "Mr. Chairman.")

It's just that conservative ideals like self-sufficiency and minimal dependence on government have no appeal to underperforming minorities—groups who, in the statistical generality, are short of the attributes that make for group success in a modern commercial nation.

Of what use would it be to them to embrace such ideals? They would end up even more decisively pooled at the bottom of society than they are currently.

A much better strategy for them is to ally with as many disaffected white and Asian subgroups as they can (homosexuals, feminists, dead-end labor unions), attain electoral majorities, and institute big redistributionist governments to give them make-work jobs and transfer wealth to them from successful groups.
So blacks choose to vote Democrat over Republican because of genetic inferiority?

No. Blacks overwhelmingly vote Democrat because of a decades-long strategy by the party to garner their vote. And it’s a shame, too, because Democrats have never cared for them. It was Democrats who started segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan. That’s why Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican while former Klan member Robert Byrd became a Democratic Senator!

Democrats have never cared for the best interests of blacks, nor will they ever, as their “progressive” policies have done more harm than good to the black community. But of course, blacks will continue to vote liberal (and thus against their best interests) because racist douches like Derbyshire scare them away from voting conservative or libertarian.

On a sidenote, Derbyshire is currently undergoing chemotherapy. I’m not the one to wish death upon a person, but sufficed to say, I could care less if he survives or not. I’m sorry if that sounds cruel, but honestly, his death wouldn’t be a great loss to humanity.

Ron Paul Ends His Campaign (But Not The Race)

Photo from ABC News.

The bad news is that the good doctor is no longer campaigning in new states. The good news is that he’s still in the presidential race for the long run, as he will continue his efforts to rank up delegates.

Ending his campaign probably won’t matter much anyway. It’s not like the media was giving him any attention to begin with, focusing all on the establishment Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Romney. Obama. Is there even a difference?

Art from Reason Magazine.

My Faith In Humanity Drops To An All-Time Low

While the rest of America is bawing over the Times cover with a supermodel breast-feeding a full-grown child, or the Newsweek cover with a rainbow-haloed Obama, there’s an image that’s far more offensive than those two combined which is receiving little attention from the mainstream.

This isn’t a fake image. Unfortunately.

This is a REAL gun-range target from a REAL gun range.

How sad is it that we live in a country where a murder victim is vilified for the sole crime of walking through a white neighborhood as a hooded black teenager?

Words fail me at this point.

Family Guy Bashes Tea Party

Big shocker: The latest episode of Family Guy, a left-leaning cartoon by a left-leaning comedian, bashes the Tea Party.

Another big shocker: it confuses limited government with no government.

Yet another big shocker: the libtarded moonbats on Daily Kos, Alternet, and Crooks and Liars are praising this garbage.

Somehow, I don't regret that I no longer watch Fox’s Animation Domination.

P.S.: South Park's episode bashing Occupy Wall Street was far funnier than this tripe.

Monday, May 14, 2012

This Week In Review (05/14/2012)

This Week In Review (05/14/2012)

North Carolina bans gay marriage. On Tuesday, North Carolinians voted “No Homo!” as they overwhelmingly supported Amendment One, a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. (In other news, Lyra and BonBon have decided not move to North Carolina.) The amendment, which affirms a pre-existing law banning gay marriage, received 60 percent of the vote. Nice to know North Carolina has its priorities straight. Screw the economy. Screw unemployment. Screw the national debt and deficit. Clearly the real issue at hand is preventing the gays from marrying. But then again, what else can you expect from an election year but politicians pushing social issues in order to distract from the real issues at hand. The saddest part is that this gay marriage ban may end up hurting North Carolina’s economy. (True fact: businesses don’t want to set up shop in a state filled with intolerant bigots!)

Newly-released surveillance video shows police officers brutally beating, suffocating, and tasing homeless man to death. The video was shown Monday during a preliminary hearing for police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, both charged with the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally-ill homeless man they had accosted outside a bus depot. The defense for the two officers claims that his death was due to the medical treatment he had received. But the new video evidence suggests otherwise. The 40-minute long video recording shows the officers confronting Thomas—one of them threatening him ("See these fists? They're getting ready to f*** you up!")—pummeling him to the ground, and beating him with their fists, batons, and even a stun gun. All the while Thomas cries out in pain, even calling out for his father ("Dad, they are killing me!"). According to the L.A. Times, the video was so graphic “that several spectators in the courtroom left and the judge paused the video at one point as people in the crowd groaned.” Yet another reason why it should be legal to videotape the police! These are our public servants. They are supposed to serve and protect us, and as such, they should be held accountable to us for their actions. And that should involve allowing us to videotape them while they are on duty.

Congressman demands TSA Chief's immediate resignation. On Thursday, Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (R-GA) of the House Committee on Homeland Security wrote a letter demanding the immediate resignation of John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration. Broun wrote of the “over-the-top behavior” of TSA agents and the corruption surrounding the entire ranks of the administration. He listed several instances of abuse and incompetence, including one story of TSA agents stealing $300 from a 95-year old wheelchair-bound Air Force veteran and his 85-year old female companion while giving them both an invasive pat-down. As Broun wrote: “The TSA has become nothing more than a bloated, broken bureaucracy which uses its extensive power to violate traveling Americans' civil liberties while doing little to ensure their safety.” He concluded his letter by demanding Pistole’s immediate resignation. While I certainly congratulate this Congressman for standing up to government tyranny, I feel that his actions do not go far enough. Removing the head of the TSA will only change the person in charge of the corrupt federal agency, not the federal agency itself. Did replacing Greenspan with Bernanke change the Federal Reserve? No! Did replacing Bush with Obama change the Executive Branch? No! If anything, we should follow Rand Paul’s advice and abolish the TSA altogether! And why not? It’s not as though it has helped prevent any security breaches. Get the federal government out of airport security and let individual airports pass their own security measures.

Texas inmate gets 40 percent of votes against Obama in WV Democratic primary. (I may be an English major, but I couldn't make this shit up even if I wanted to!) Keith Judd, imprisoned in a Texas correctional facility for extortion charges, only had to pay a $2,500 fee and fill out a form in order to get on the West Virginia ballot, and surprisingly, he received 40 percent of the vote from West Virginia Democrats, rivaling Obama’s 60 percent vote! Candidates need to receive 15 percent of the vote to qualify for a delegate, but so far, no one has agreed to be a delegate for Judd. Seriously. I don’t know what to make of this story—whether it’s an indicator of how unpopular Obama is, how stupid West Virginians are, or how broken our electoral system is that a federal prisoner can get on the ballot. Americans politics is all sorts of messed up!

Public overwhelmingly supports large defense spending cuts. According to three non-profit groups—the Center for Public integrity, the Program for Public Consultation, and the Stimson Center—the vast majority of the voting public want deep cuts to defense spending. As the Huffington Post reports: “two-thirds of Republicans and nine in 10 Democrats supported making immediate cuts -- a position at odds with the leaderships of both political parties.” So voters from both parties realize we spend way too much on the military while both parties refuse to do anything about it? Sounds like politics as usual! America spends $700 billion on the military, more than the next 17 countries combined. But don’t expect politicians from either party to address it. Obama claimed he was going to cut half a trillion from the defense spending earlier this year, when in reality, his plan would have allowed military spending to increase over the next decade. Meanwhile, “fiscal conservatives” like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have suggested budgets that would increase military spending. (Makes you wonder how Republicans are for “limited government” or “fiscal responsibility.”) Our politicians do not care about our best interests: they only care about maintaining the military-industrial complex and the wealthy cronies who finance it. Anyone who believes otherwise seriously needs to wake up!

The Avengers breaks box office record for biggest opening weekend with $200 million. This achievement allowed the long-awaited superhero movie to steal the record from last year’s blockbuster Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which received over $169 million its opening weekend. What does a comic book movie breaking the box office have to do with politics? The main argument from anti-piracy politicians has been that piracy hurts movie industry profits, thus justifying anti-piracy measures such as SOPA and PIPA. But this box-office record clearly proves them wrong. Despite the movie being pirated a week before its premiere with over a half-million downloads, Avengers still managed to be a box office success, the highest-grossing film based on a comic book and the twelfth film to earn more than $1 billion. The pirated downloads probably wouldn’t have hurt the movie even if it did perform poorly. As one TorrentFreak article elucidates: “Of all the people who downloaded a pirate copy of the film about 20% came from the US. This means that roughly 100,000 Americans have downloaded a copy online through BitTorrent. Now, IF all these people bought a movie ticket instead then box office revenue would be just 0.5% higher. Not much of an impact, and even less when you consider that these ‘pirates’ do not all count as a lost sale.” If anything, piracy could help with a movie’s success. If someone watches a low-quality bootleg on their computer, they may end up liking the movie, telling their friends about it, and seeing the real thing in theaters. So perhaps movie companies should focus more on producing movies people are willing to see in theaters rather than focus on lobbying for anti-piracy measures. That would certainly help them out in the long-run.

Dumbass Of The Week Awards

Runner-Up: Bristol Palin: Following his endorsement of same-sex marriage, Obama explained that his opinions had changed after discussions with his daughters about their friends, most whom have same-sex parents. This led Bristol Palin to post a screed on her Facebook page where she explained that a father should influence his children’s opinion on family, not the other way around: “While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.” Let’s ignore that Bristol is endorsing parents teaching their children to be intolerant towards other children who are different from them or who have different families—this is a young single unwed mother who believes children will be messed-up without a father. Let me repeat that: a young single unwed mother (in other words, she had children out-of-wedlock, and she is raising them without a father) who believes children will be messed up without a father. Do I have to explain the blatant hypocrisy behind that?!

Third Place: Rush Limbaugh: After president Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage, Rush Limbaugh responded on his show by claiming that Obama had declared war on traditional marriage: “We've arrived at a point where the president of the United States is going to lead a war on traditional marriage.” And what “traditional marriage” would that be, Rush? The type of “traditional marriage” where a man could buy a wife (as many as he could afford) the same way he could buy land or cattle? Hundreds and thousands of years ago, marriage wasn’t considered a relationship: it was considered a business transaction where women were property to be traded from her father to the highest bidder. (“Here, wealthy prince: take my land and my cattle, and oh, take my daughter. She will bear your children.”) It wasn’t until over a hundred years or so ago that we conceived of our modern concept of marriage as a “relationship” between one man and one woman. There is no such thing as traditional marriage. Marriage is a social construct that has always been evolving with society, and right now, it’s evolving to include any two loving consenting adults—regardless of their sex. That’s what we call equality! But that’s not the worst of it. Limbaugh later complained that people didn’t care about marriage until liberals wanted to change it: "People like me, who are minding their own business, all of a sudden have to stand up and defend these traditions and instutions from people like...the president, who's waging a war on traditional America." Oh please! Social conservative like Rush are not “minding their own business.” If anything, they’re trying to interfere with other people’s businesses by dictating who they can love, who they can love, or who they can sleep with in the privacy of their own homes. If they truly cared about "limited government," as conservatives often boast of supporting, they would keep the government out of other people's lives and allow them to marry whom they pleased.

Second Place: Mitt Romney: If there’s one thing you can be certain about Romney, it’s that he’s never certain about anything. From global warming, gay marriage, abortion, gun rights, and healthcare, Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on issues in order to garner conservative votes. And he has every right to do so. Granted, it makes him look like an insincere douche, but he has a right to change his own opinions. He does not have a right, however, to change his own facts. During a television interview, Romney claimed credit for the “success” of the auto bailouts: "I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy and finally when that was done and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back." Really? Because that’s not what you said in a New York Times op-ed ironically titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”: “Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” It would be one thing if Romney had said he changed his mind about the auto bailouts; it’s quite another for him to claim he said that he supported them when clearly he did not. What do you call it when someone says something that is untrue? Oh yes: LYING! A politician like Romney? Lying? Inconceivable!

First Place: Ted Nugent: Oh look, it’s everyone’s favorite right-wing psychopath, Ted Nugent! Remember Ted? I placed him at First Place over the comments he made about Obama at an NRA convention. (”If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”) Well, he appeared on a CBS interview to defend those statements and to discuss his meeting with Secret Service agents over them. He argued that his “threat” wasn’t really a threat, just a “clear statement of fear.” (As though that makes it any less effing stupid!) In fact, he claimed that the Secret Service wasn’t concerned that he threatened Obama, but rather “that someone claimed I threatened someone.” I don’t know Ted: saying that you will either be dead or in jail if Obama is re-elected sounds like a thinly-veiled threat against the president to me. He then went on to describe himself as a moderate (though his actions and political views would suggest otherwise), and from there, things became heated, as he yelled and cursed at the interviewer: “Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life. Call me when you [bleep] meet someone who does that more than I do. Because that’s really moderate. In fact, you know what that is? That’s extreme. I’m an extremely loving, passionate man and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy. If can you find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll [bleep]. Or [bleep]. How’s that sound?” Was anyone really shocked by that? Honestly shocked by that? Let’s just say it’s Ted Nugent being Ted Nugent and leave it at that, shall we?

Daily Pony: Fluttermac Fusion!

Fluttershy and Big Macintosh decide to get a little bit closer to each other. (But not the way you think!)

Don’t stop! Don’t stop! We’re in luck now. Don’t stop! There’s so much to be found!
We can find paradise, all we have to do is go, go, free the soul—dragon soul!

Art by MyMiniatureEquine.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Daily Pony: Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day, fillies and gentlecoats! Here’s hoping you all are treating your mothers to a very special day.

To celebrate, here’s a flash animation featuring Dinky Hooves and her mother Derpy! Click on the picture to view it.

Animation by ~AndySWAG.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Daily Pony: Cinema Snob Brony Joke

This is an old Cinema Snob review, but one that I wanted to share, considering how I’ve been featuring videos from That Guy With The Glasses lately.

This review is of The Terror of Tiny Town, which is your typical 1930s western—only with midgets!

During the review, Brad Jones cracks a joke about MLP fans.

I may not know the characters’ names, but judging what they’re riding on, looks like they’re at least bronies.
And Cinema Snob just became 20 percent cooler in ten seconds flat!

Friday, May 11, 2012

WTF Friday: Pineapples Don’t Have Sleeves

The more news stories I hear about the public education system, the less faith I have in it. Granted, I never had faith in it to begin with, but stories about teachers confiscating students’ lunches because they felt they weren’t healthy enough, students being suspended for turning over a knife they found accidently packed in their backpacks, and otherwise uncontroversial murals being censored for the sake of political correctness don’t really give me much reason to start having faith.

And this is one of those news stories that validate my lack of faith in public education.

There was a story written for a standardized English test in New York public schools that was so nonsensical nobody could figure it out. Students. Teachers. Administrators. No one!

How nonsensical is it?

The title alone should be an indicator.

“The Hare and the Pineapple.”

The story is about a hare racing a pineapple, and if you thought that was stupid, the moral of the story—and I swear I’m not making this up—is that “Pineapples don’t have sleeves.”

It reads as stupid as it sounds (Be warned: reading it has been known to kill brain cells):
In the olden times, animals could speak English, just like you and me. There was a lovely enchanted forest that flourished with a bunch of these magical animals. One day, a hare was relaxing by a tree. All of a sudden, he noticed a pineapple sitting near him.

The hare, being magical and all, told the pineapple, “Um, hi.” The pineapple could speak English too.

“I challenge you to a race! Whoever makes it across the forest and back first wins a ninja! And a lifetime’s supply of toothpaste!” The hare looked at the pineapple strangely, but agreed to the race.

The next day, the competition was coming into play. All the animals in the forest (but not the pineapples, for pineapples are immobile) arranged a finish/start line in between two trees. The coyote placed the pineapple in front of the starting line, and the hare was on his way.

Everyone on the sidelines was bustling about and chatting about the obvious prediction that the hare was going to claim the victory (and the ninja and the toothpaste). Suddenly, the crow had a revolutionary realization.

“AAAAIEEH! Friends! I have an idea to share! The pineapple has not challenged our good companion, the hare, to just a simple race! Surely the pineapple must know that he CANNOT MOVE! He obviously has a trick up his sleeve!” exclaimed the crow.

The moose spoke up.

“Pineapples don’t have sleeves.”

“You fool! You know what I mean! I think that the pineapple knows we’re cheering for the hare, so he is planning to pull a trick on us, so we look foolish when he wins! Let’s sink the pineapple’s intentions, and let’s cheer for the stupid fruit!” the crow passionately proclaimed. The other animals cheered, and started chanting, “FOIL THE PLAN! FOIL THE PLAN! FOIL THE PLAN!”

A few minutes later, the hare arrived. He got into place next to the pineapple, who sat there contently. The monkey blew the tree-bark whistle, and the race began! The hare took off, sprinting through the forest, and the pineapple …

It sat there.

The animals glanced at each other blankly, and then started to realize how dumb they were. The pineapple did not have a trick up its sleeve. It wanted an honest race — but it knew it couldn’t walk (let alone run)!

About a few hours later, the hare came into sight again. It flew right across the finish line, still as fast as it was when it first took off. The hare had won, but the pineapple still sat at his starting point, and had not even budged.

The animals ate the pineapple.

MORAL: Pineapples don't have sleeves
If you thought reading this was painful, you don’t know how I feel. I’m an English major. Reading this gave me a migraine headache.

The Jabberwocky made more sense than this story, and Jabberwocky was meant to be nonsensical. (And knowing Lewis Carrol, it was probably inspired by an Opium hallucination. Go figure: Opium hallucinations by a Victorian pedophile make more sense than New York public school test essays!)

But oh wait! There’s more! These are the questions that preceded the story:
Beginning with paragraph 4, in what order are the events in the story told?

A switching back and forth between places
B In the order in which the events happen
C Switching back and forth between the past and the present
D In the order in which the hare tells the events to another animal

The animals ate the pineapple most likely because they were:

A Hungry
B Excited
C Annoyed
D Amused

Which animal spoke the wisest words?

A The hare
B The moose
C The crow
D The owl

Before the race, how did the animals feel toward the pineapple?

A Suspicious
B Kindly
C Sympathetic
D Envious

What would have happened if the animals had decided to cheer for the hare?

A The pineapple would have won the race.
B They would have been mad at the hare for winning.
C The hare would have just sat there and not moved.
D They would have been happy to have cheered for a winner.

When the moose said that the pineapple has some trick up its sleeve, he means that the pineapple:

A is wearing a disguise
B wants to show the animals a trick
C has a plan to fool the animals
D is going to put something out of its sleeve
These questions are supposed to test intelligence? They do a better job lowering intelligence! I just finished reading them and I can’t remember how to tie my own shoes. (Or did I forget how to control my bowels?)

Why do people send their children to public schools again? Do they honestly believe that they are adequate enough to provide their children with a proper education? If they do believe that, then they must have gone through the public school system as well, because no parent would be that stupid unless they themselves were brought up in the system.

You know what? Here’s a story that’s far more coherent and meaningful that the one for the test:
In A.D. 2101, war was beginning.

“What happen?” the captain asked.

“Somebody set up us the bomb,” the mechanic replied.

Then the operated interrupted, saying, “We get signal.”

“What?” the Captain asked.

“Main screen turn on,” the operator commanded.

The main screen turn on, revealing the evil emperor CATS.

“It's you!” the captain exclaimed.

“How are you gentlemen?” CATS asked. “All your base are belong to us. You are on the way to destruction.”

“What you say?” the captain asked, banging his hand angrily.

“You have no chance to survive make your time,” CATS replied, laughing, “Ha ha ha ha!”

The main screen turn off.

“Captain?” the operator asked.

The captain thought for a moment, then exclaimed, “take off every 'ZIG'!”

Everyone else was astounded by this.

“You know what you doing,” the captain assured his crew. “Move 'ZIG'. For great justice!”

MORAL: All your base are belong to us!

In AD 2101…

A We get signal.
B Somebody set us up the bomb.
C War was beginning.
D All your base are belong to us.

What happen?

A Somebody set us up the bomb.
B We get signal.
C Main screen turn on.
D Move every ‘ZIG’

Who is you?

A The captain.
B The mechanic.
C The operator.
D The evil emperor CATS.

Why for move every ‘ZIG’?

A For great justice.
B For great honor.
C For great valor.
D For lots of spaghetti.
And for everyone who doesn't get the reference, click here!

What European Austerity?

Photo from CNN.

Earlier this week saw the election of Socialist Francois Hollande as the French president. Like other who subscribe to Keynesian ideology, Hollange has called for more stimulus spending to help alleviate the economy, and like other Keynesians, rather that point to the success of stimulus spending to support his solution, he has instead lambasted the failure of austerity measures, namely of his opponent former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Keynesians, especially “economist” Paul Krugman, have pointed to Europe as proof that austerity measures do not work—failing to realize the European austerity is only austerity in name, as it has increased spending and taxes rather than slashed them.

Indeed, Keynesians are forced to point out the alleged failure of austerity (even though it has worked in the past) to cover up the fact that they have no proof of the success of stimulus spending.

Robert Barro, professor of economics at Harvard and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, sums up this point in his recent Wall Street Journal column:
Every time heightened fiscal deficits fail to produce desirable outcomes, the policy advice is to choose still larger deficits. If, as I believe to be true, fiscal deficits have only a short-run expansionary impact on growth and then become negative, the results from following this policy advice are persistently low economic growth and an exploding ratio of public debt to GDP.

The last conclusion is not just academic, because it fits with the behavior of Japan over the past two decades. Once a comparatively low public-debt nation, Japan apparently bought the Keynesian message many years ago. The consequence for today is a ratio of government debt to GDP around 210%—the largest in the world.

This vast fiscal expansion didn't avoid two decades of sluggish GDP growth, which averaged less than 1% per year from 1991 to 2011. No doubt, a committed Keynesian would say that Japanese growth would have been even lower without the extraordinary fiscal stimulus—but a little evidence would be nice.

Despite the lack of evidence, it is remarkable how much allegiance the Keynesian approach receives from policy makers and economists. I think it's because the Keynesian model addresses important macroeconomic policy issues and is pedagogically beautiful, no doubt reflecting the genius of Keynes. The basic model—government steps in to spend when others won't—can be presented readily to one's mother, who is then likely to buy the conclusions.

Keynes worshipers' faith in this model has actually been strengthened by the Great Recession and the associated financial crisis. Yet the empirical support for all this is astonishingly thin. The Keynesian model asks one to turn economic common sense on its head in many ways. For instance, more saving is bad because of the resultant drop in consumer demand, and higher productivity is bad because the increased supply of goods tends to lower the price level, thereby raising the real value of debt. Meanwhile, transfer payments that subsidize unemployment are supposed to lower unemployment, and more government spending is good even if it goes to wasteful projects.

Daily Pony: CR’s “Swarm of the Century” Review

Chad Rococo recently reviewed the episode Swarm of the Century. The review was decent, but not as good as his reviews of The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 and The Mysterious Mare-Do Well. Check them out when you have a chance!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Daily Pony: MLP RPG in Paw’s “Fantasia 2000” Review

In his Music Movies review of Fantasia 2000, Paw is teleported to an alternate dimension where the original Fantasia was never released but its sequel Fantasia 2000 was. Upon arriving, he discovers fellow reviewers Jew Wario and Nella from Nostalgia Chick indulged in an interesting tabletop role-playing game:

Nella: Okay, so there’s a fire through Apple Jack’s orchard. Roll for initiative.

Jew Wario: (rolls die) 5.

Nella: Okay, so Big Macintosh comes running over with a bucket and he puts it down to say, “Quick, come this way! We have to save the apples!” So you follow him. Now roll again.

Jew Wario: Eeyup!

Nella: Now roll again for damage.

Jew Wario: 20.

Both: Yay!

Nella: Now we go to Pinkie Pie’s party to celebrate!
Never been to a role-playing session before, but if it’s anything like this, I want in!