Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters

Tonight is All Hallow's Eve, and for the occasion, I decided to share something completely frightening: ventriloquism!

Okay, so Jeff Dunham's latest special "Minding the Monsters" may not be spine-tinglingly frightening, but it is gut-wrenchingly hilarious!

Jeff: So, where you're from, are there female suicide bombers?

Achmed: We're pushing for it.

Jeff: Why?

Achmed: It's a lot easier than divorce.

Jeff: So how did the [wedding] service go?

Walter: Well, the worst part was when the minister asked if anyone objected and no one would listen to me.

Jeff: Maybe they couldn't hear you?

Achmed: Hey, you're right. You weren't there!

Bubba J: I wanted to be a ghost, but somebody backstage told me a redneck in a white sheet weren't a good idea.

Jeff: Do you really think "Batnut" scares criminals?

Peanut: Of course, especially if they have a nut allergy. Taste my honey-roasted justice!

Daily Pony: Blazing Twilight Sparkle

This jack o'lantern is 20 percent cooler than all others.

No. Wait. Wrong pony.

I mean, this jack o'lantern is more Twilightlicious than all others.

There. Much better.

Blazing Twilight Sparkle by =joh-wee on deviantART

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blockbuster Buster: Twilight Movie Reviews

On this eve of All Hallow's Eve, I want to share something especially frightening: the Twilight saga!

Calm down! Calm down! I'm only sharing the movie reviews by the Blockbuster Buster. I'm not cruel enough to show you the real things.

Trust me, these reviews are far more entertaining than the actual films.

Blame Bites (10/30/2012)

MoveOn ad features old lady threatening to “burn this mother f***er down” if Romney wins | The Right Scoop

“The classy left continues to outdo themselves with ads, this time one from MoveOn with old ladies threatening to c***punch Romney and ‘burn this mother f***er down’ if Romney wins.”

Good Grief! First the “tolerant” left tries to scare us with grandma being thrown off a cliff, now they’re trying to scare us with grandma threatening violence. If Republicans had made this ad, the liberal media would be accusing them of trying to stir up violence. But it’s okay if Democrats do it? (Let me guess: false equivalency?)

Buckeyes for Obama: 'Free Food. Come Together. Make History.' | Big Government

"It’s happened again. A student organization that is part of the Barack Obama campaign is apparently breaking the law by trying to get other students to vote for Barack Obama by offering free pizza for votes – this time in Ohio."

Look, I can understand get-out-to-vote efforts held by non-partisan organizations, but considering how this was orchestrated by moonbats from Obama’s campaign—yeah, somehow I don’t think they’re encouraging people to vote for just anyone.

What do you call it again when you promise people free stuff for their vote? Oh yeah. Bribery!

Are You Better Off than You Were Four Years Ago? | Manhattan Institute

When it comes to housing prices, unemployment, bank regulation, city services, energy prices, and foreign relations, the short answer is no. The long answer? HELL NO!

Romney Leads Obama 11 to 8 in Swing State Newspaper Endorsements | NewsBusters

And in other news, nobody reads newspapers anymore.

Could Hurricane Sandy be Weather Modification at Work? | InfoWars

Alex Jones thinks Hurricane Sandy is an inside job. Somehow I'm not surprised by this.

Higher Taxes on the Rich Are a Precursor to Higher Taxes on the Rest of Us | Cato @ Liberty

Daniel J. Mitchell highlights these instances where the political establishment demands raising taxes on the middle class:
• The New York Times endorsed higher taxes on the middle class in 2010.
• The then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also gave a green light that year to higher taxes on the middle class.
• Earlier this year, MIT professor and former IMF official Simon Johnson argued that the middle class should pay more tax.
• The Washington Post also called for higher taxes on the middle class this year, as did Vice President Joe Biden’s former economist.
Both Romney and Obama claim to support the middle class yet desire to raise their taxes. This is like a father beating their young child within an inch of their life and then patting them on the head and telling them with a kiss that they love them.

Any politician who suggests raising taxes does not care about you. At all!

And don’t assume they will only raise taxes on the rich. A government big enough to tax the rich is big enough to raise taxes on everyone else. Who else are they going to go once they bleed the rich dry?

Daily Pony: First 8 Minutes Of Season 3

Several cable and satellite providers are providing an 8-minute preview of the first Season 3 episode. And as can be expected, the clip has since been leaked onto the interwebs.

As tempting as it would be to watch this clip, I think I’ll pass. Waiting for the third season may be nerve-wracking, but the wait will be worth it once Nov. 10th finally arrives. It’s a lot like Christmas. So I think I’ll be a good boy and wait.

But for everyone who isn’t as patient as I am, feel free to watch the clip here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Voted Early

This afternoon, my folks and I went over to the polls. This week in Florida we have early voting, and as they say, the early bird gets the worm. (Or in this case, the election!) The line was a bit long, but I can only imagine it will be much longer on Election Day. So the earlier we vote the better.

You all should know by now whose name I marked on the ballot for president: good ol’ governor of New Mexico himself Gary Johnson. Sure, he doesn’t stand a chance of winning, but at least I can sleep soundly tonight with a clean conscience knowing I voted for someone I believe in.

Next on the ballot was the senator. The Republican candidate was Connie Mack, who voted in favor of the NDAA 2012 and its indefinite detention provision. No way in hell was I voting for a man who gladly voted away our civil rights. Instead, I voted for Independent candidate Chris Borgia. His website concisely listed his policies—most of which I supported: auditing the Fed, rolling back the EPA and DOE, opposing SOPA, PIPA, and the NDAA. He's pretty much a younger, hipper Ron Paul. So he had my vote.

Picking the representative put me between a rock and a hard place. I had no desire to vote for Tom Rooney (who also voted for the NDAA) or William Bronson. The only third party candidate, who was a write-in candidate, was Tom Baumann of the Socialist Workers Party—in other words, not an option. I was considering not voting for the representative, but then I realized that doing so would probably allow a victory for Rooney. So I did what I had to do: I held my nose and pulled the lever for Bronson. I wasn’t proud voting Democrat, but if it meant getting rid of a civil rights-neglecting know nothing, so be it.

The other candidates were for local and state positions. Unfortunately, it was all Democrats and Republicans. With no third party options, I resorted to something that I despise: voting party line. I voted would have raised taxes in a heartbeat once elected, it was the only safe option.

Next up were Justices of the Supreme Court and of the District Court of Appeal. I knew nothing about any of them, so I did not vote. If you’re uninformed, you shouldn’t vote. (In fact, if you’re grossly uninformed, you should be prevented at gunpoint from voting.) All I knew was that the three justices up for re-election were being targeted by Republicans down here for being “activist judges.” Of course, the term often applies to judges who vote against the Republican party line (Like “keeping dem gays from marrying” or “getting Jesus back in dem schools.”).

Finally were the Constitutional amendments, of which I only voted for one, which ironically was Amendment One—which prevents Obamacare from taking effect down here in Florida. The other amendments I voted against because I felt they would be better off as legislation rather than amendments. Fixing a bad piece of legislation is easy, but once an amendment is passed, it’s pretty much set in stone, and removing or fixing it is a massive pain.

There were two amendments that caught my attention. First was Amendment Six, which prevented public funding of abortions. It sounds good, but the problem is that public funding of abortions is already illegal down here in Florida, and all this amendment would do is add more federal red tape. I hate abortions, but I hate needless government bureaucracy even more. So I voted no.

Another one was Amendment Eight, which is for religious freedom. Of course, by “religious freedom,” they really mean the freedom for religious schools to receive state funding, which isn’t so much religious freedom as it is a violation of church/state separation. So if you think about it, it’s more “anti-religious freedom”—for both the taxpayers and the schools. (After all, what the state funds, it regulates, and the last thing we need is government regulating religion.) Again, I voted no.

Those are my thoughts on the Florida elections. If your state has early voting, go out and vote now. The earlier, the better. And be sure to vote for the candidates and legislation that you believe in.

Blame Bites (10/29/2012)

Not Political? Emails Show White House Drove Failed Green-Loan In Colorado | Complete Colorado

"And these are decisions, by the way, that are made by the Department of Energy (DOE), they have nothing to do with politics."

That was Obama’s response to a question concerning a failed federally-subsidized “green energy” company. And wouldn’t you know it? Leaked e-mails reveal that response for the lie that it is. Politicians lying about cronyism? Inconceivable!

“Democrat of the Year” Convicted of Stealing Checks From 71 Year-Old Blind Woman with Cerebral Palsy | CBS Denver

Some would say naming this woman “Democrat of the Year” was a mistake. I disagree. The Democrats are all for spreading the wealth around, which means stealing from one person and giving to another (usually the highest bidder, like the banks or auto companies). So it only makes sense that the Party of Theft honors a thief as their own.

"One Marijuana Arrest Every 42 Seconds in U.S.," According to New FBI Crime Data | Reason Magazine

"The FBI has released a new report today showing that police in the U.S. arrest someone for marijuana every 42 seconds," writes Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, "and that 87% of those arrests are for possession alone."

Could you imagine if the police put that much effort into preventing rape and murder rather than arresting people for smoking a harmless plant? But that would be putting the best interests of the American people before the interests of the police unions and private prisons that profit from the War on Drugs.

VA Nurse Threatened for Supporting Romney: 'You Racist Bastards Might As Well Die' | Big Government

A registered nurse in Arizona received this note from her co-workers: "You Racist Bastards Might as well die and get it over. Romney Ryan will never win. You T Party Bastards Want to reverse the Progress in Society."

Can’t you just feel the love from the tolerant left?

Wisconsin Tea Party rally parking lots filled with nails | Legal Insurrection

"Attendees at a Racine, Wisc., Tea Party rally Saturday were met with a parking lots full of nails deliberately placed there early in the morning before the event," a Wisconsin blogger reported.

Now some idiots would jump to the conclusion that this sabotage was pulled off by a Democrat. But that’s can’t be the case. Because as we all know, liberals are tolerant and respectful. They’re clearly above such dirty-underhanded tactics, unlike those filthy Republicans!

Wait Until You See the ‘Blasphemous’ Bar Ad Featuring Jesus & Mary in Bed Together | The Blaze

While as a Christian, I find this ad blasphemous, as a libertarian, I support the restaurant owner’s freedom to create it. As Voltaire said: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Besides, at least the owner was smart enough (or perhaps, cowardly enough) to defame a religious figure whose followers will just send him angry letter and phone calls. If he chose to defame the Prophet Mohammad—well, I doubt he would have a restaurant left.

Daily Pony: Rush! A MLP Doujinshi

The following scene is from a translated MLP doujinshi, which is a japanese fan comic.

(Note: since this is japanese, you have to read right-to-left.)

This scene (which is my favorite) is from the second story, where Rarity faces an idenity crisis after some colts find Fluttershy more attractive than her.

The first story centers around Gilda coming back to Ponyville, much to Rainbow Dash's dismay and Pinkie Pie's delight.

You can read the whole thing here. (Again: make sure to read right-to-left!)

Friday, October 26, 2012

WTF Friday: A Sesame Street Thriller

With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to feature a music video combining the two scariest things ever: Michael Jackson’s Thriller…and Sesame Street.

Oh yes. You heard me. Our beloved fictional childhood neighborhood wasn’t all sunny days. There were moments that were downright creepy and disturbing, so much so that TV Tropes has its own page about them: Sesame Street Nightmare Fuel.

The following music video showcases some of these less than cheery moments set to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Some of the scary moments featured:

Ernie Goes Rock Hunting (and discovers something other than a rock…and much scarier!)
Bert and Ernie in a Pyramid (They don’t encounter a mummy, but something equally creepy: an Egyptian doppelganger of Ernie!)
The Count Sleeps Over At Bert And Ernie’s (This actually has two parts. The first part isn’t creepy, but the last part…well, let’s just say Ernie does not look good when he doesn’t get his sleep.)
Kermit "Sound of B" (Featuring the Beautiful Day monster. What’s that? You never heard of him? There’s a good reason for that. This thing scared the kiddies so much that he was removed from the show.)
Kermit “In the Box” (Kermit and an evil Grover discover what is in the box—and wish that they didn’t!)
I-Beam (Believe it or not, there were kids that were scared peeless out of this. Foreboding music? Hot intense flames? I can’t imagine why!)
The Count “Bones Inside of You” (It was one thing when they featured a puppet based upon a blood-sucking monster—but why in the holy hell did they feature an actual skeleton in a kids show!?)
Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty (Those teeth. Those teeth! TEETH ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO MOVE LIKE THAT!)

Blame Bites (10/26/2012)

Hillary Clinton to father of American murdered in Libya: We’ll ‘make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted’ | Red State

You know, rather than going after the filmmakers of a relatively unknown on-line movie, perhaps Clinton should go after the elected officals whose interventionist foreign policy sparked this blowback in the first place. But then again, that would mean taking personal responsibility for her and Obama’s own failed policies.

Wisconsin GOP campaign worker hospitalized after apparent gay-bashing assault | Daily Caller

First the young Romney supporter, now this guy. And yet the media isn’t covering either. I guess assault victims only matters if they’re Democrat. Because only those evil right-wingers commit violence against their political opponents, right?

Gallup: 2012 Electorate More Republican than 2004 | Big Government

"In 2008, 54% of likely voters identified as Democrat or lean Democrat. 42% of likely voters identified as GOP or lean GOP....This year, however, the Democrat advantage has disappeared. 49% of likely voters today identify as GOP or lean GOP. Just 46% of likely voters are or lean towards the Democrats. This is a 15-point swing towards the GOP from 2008 to an outright +3 advantage for the GOP. By comparison, in 2004, when Bush won reelection, the electorate was evenly split, with each party getting support from 48% of likely voters."

So the good news is that voters are more likely not to vote for Obama this year. The bad news is that they’ll be voting for Romney. Sigh. If only Americans were smart enough to vote for a real limited-government, fiscal conservative candidate like Gary Johnson.

Big Bird’s producer boasts well-padded retirement nest | Washington Times

"Far from being a pauper, Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the beloved children’s television program that has become an unlikely point of partisan bickering in the presidential campaign, has put away more than $100 million in investments, including more than $20 million in hedge funds and $9.7 million in a private equity fund."

So contrary to what Democrats claim, Sesame Street is not some dilapidated ghetto in desperate need of government backing. Judging by these figures, it seems more like a gated community within the Hamptons. So why are we worried about it losing funding, again? Oh yeah. That’s right. It’s to keep us distracted from the real issues.

Police Kill Dog, Shoot Owner As He Attempts To Intervene | Reason Magazine

This obviously isn’t the first time police have shot a dog, but this would be the first time they also shot the owner.

With all this police brutality against dogs, you have to wonder where PETA is on all of this? Are they seriously more concerned with Pokemon than they are man’s best friend?

CBS Plays Race Card: Will White Men Sink Obama? | Gateway Pundit

"It’s not just white men…It’s white women, thinking black men, enlightened Hispanics, free market Asians…Obama’s losing the whole rainbow of voters this year."

But of course, CBS has to focus on the white men not voting for Obama, because they’re clearly refusing to vote for him for no other reason other than he’s black.

Here's why you're tired of the campaign | Washington Times

"A record-breaking 915,000 presidential campaign ads have aired on broadcast and cable TV from late April through Sunday — a 45 percent increase compared with the 2008 election....President Obama’s campaign has spent an estimated $239 million on such ads so far, compared with Mitt Romney’s $92 million. Almost three-fourths of the president’s ads — 73 percent — are negative in tone...compared with 36 percent of Mr. Romney’s ads."

Yet another reason why I don’t watch television—though that hasn’t prevented me from being forced to watch political ads right before a YouTube or Blip video. Don’t you just hate having to watch ads before an on-line video? I stopped watching TV to get away from pesky advertisements, for Celestia’s sake!

Journalism in the Obama age shows the real media bias | Glenn Greenwald

“Ample ink is spilled over debating whether the US media is biased in favor of Republicans or Democrats. It is neither. The overwhelming, driving bias of the US media is subservience to power, whoever happens to be wielding it.”

And anyone who has been paying attention to the media would not be the least bit surprised by this. The media has been the lapdog of the politicians and their special interests rather than the watchdog of the people for a long time—far too long.

Daily Pony: Scaredy Cat Fluttershy

This picture combines two of my favorite things: Fluttershy and catgirls. Me-yow!

Scaredy Cat by *KittehKatBar on deviantART

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blame Bites (10/25/2012)

93-Year-Old WWII Vet Dies After Casting Final Presidential Ballot From His Deathbed | The Blaze

The touching story of a time-worn patriot exercising his duty to vote even while on his deathbed. (Warning: Reading this requires a box of tissues at arm’s reach.)

Brian Williams: Obama Crowds Down To 5,000 From 50,000 In '08—'Different Crowds, Different Candidate' | NewsBusters

I don’t know which is better: the fact that so many Americans are beginning to wake up from the “Hope and Change” sham, or that the liberal media is actually reporting on it.

Presidential Debates Would Have Violated 'Speech Codes' of Host Universities | Big Government

If you thought the presidential debates lacked substance, imagine what they would have been liked if the candidates had to adhere to campus speech codes, especially the one of the university that hosted the debate, whose speech code bans, “Making a false or misleading oral or written statement that misrepresents the character, qualifications, or reputation of another.”

Newspaper Downplays Beating of Man Over Romney Yard Sign While Giving Full Coverage to Man Whose Obama Sign Was Damaged | NewsBusters

"In what can be called "signs of the times," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted a sparse 79-word report about a man who was savagely beaten by thugs attempting to remove his Romney/Ryan yard sign, but comparatively lavished 399 words on an incident in which someone only set an Obama campaign yard sign on fire."

Nice to know the mainstream media has their priorities straight. No wonder fewer Americans are reading newspapers these days.

Democrats 'offer free pizza, T-shirts for votes' | CBS News Denver
Democratic operatives from the Obama campaign were caught handing out free pizza and t-shirts to Colorado State University students in exchange for voting less than 100-feet from an early-voting location, in violation of Colorado law.

Gee, what do you call it again when you offer people free stuff in exchange for votes? Oh yes: bribery!

Then again, if we’re going to fault politicians for bribing voters with free stuff, then no politician is innocent. Every politician promises the citizenry free stuff, whether they’re promising the upper classes subsidies and tax breaks and loopholes, or promising the lower classes welfare and food stamps and other government programs.

Vandal Scrawls 'Racist' on Chicago Shop with Anti-Obama Sign | Big Government

And what did the shop owner do to deserve this smear against him (in more ways than one)? He posted this blatantly “racist” sign in his window: "Obama, I built this business working 7 days a week, you didn’t." Followed by: "Romney, if you want to be president, you have to say this: 'If I’m elected, I will not bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia.'"

Can you believe that “bigot” had the audacity to post such “hate speech”! Why that’s more “racist” than saying Obama is from Chicago or saying he plays a lot of golf. What’s next? Burning wooden crosses on the lawns of blacks? No, my brother! We need to fight this wave of “intolerance” lest we go back to the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Who's with me?!

American Schools Go on Utterly Insane Hiring Spree Since 1950. Kids Shrug, Continue to Do Poorly on Tests | Reason Magazine

“America’s public schools saw a 96 percent increase in students but increased administrators and other non-teaching staff a staggering 702 percent since 1950, according to a new study of school personnel by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice....Teaching staff, in comparison, increased 252 percent.”

So not only are teachers not underpaid, but schools are not understaffed. Makes you wonder what the teacher unions are really upset about.

Silence on Libya | Judge Andrew Napolitano

The honorable Judge Napolitano finds Romney and Obama guilty of remaining silent about Libya to preserve their own political standing:

“One can conclude from this that the president uttered a silent sigh of relief when he dodged a bullet. And one can conclude that Romney wanted to look and sound presidential and emphasize his economic credentials and allay fears that he wants another war. Whatever the gain and whatever the strategy, this matter of American deaths in Libya is of vital importance to American voters. It is important because it shows how far the American government has drifted from the confines of the Constitution and how far we as a people have drifted from the rule of law.”

Open Thread: Third Party Debate and Candidates

Earlier this week was the first ever third party presidential debate. (For those of you who missed it, here’s the full video of it on Russia Today.)

I felt this single debate had more substance to it than the past three "official" debates combined. This was a debate where candidates and issues that were largely ignored by the mainstream media could be heard, where politicians with alternative viewpoints could discuss the real issues that mattered most to Americans: campaign finance reform, student debt, drug prohibition, and the indefinite detention in the NDAA 2012.

Here’s a rundown of the candidates that appeared that night and my thoughts on them:

Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party): Anyone who follows my blog will know that this is the man I have been rooting for. Ever since the Good Doctor lost the nomination to Mittens, this is the man I have dedicated my vote to. And he did not manage to disappoint in the debate. He clearly ran upon his record, claiming that he "vetoed more legislation than the other 49 legislators in the county combined." Every moment he spoke, he delivered a real zinger, and for that, he received the most applause. (Especially when he mentioned Ron Paul!) Clearly he was the most popular that evening. His best line: “A wasted vote is a vote for a person you do not believe in.”

Jill Stein (Green Party): This was the other third party candidate whom I knew about before this debate, and the other one that I somewhat support. I don’t agree with 60 percent of what she stands for, but the other 40 percent I agree with 100 percent. Sure she’s naive in believing that free education and healthcare pay for themselves, and that the money will simply come off the money trees the evil 1 percent are hoarding (something that Gary Johnson corrected her on, claiming that free comes with a cost and that federally-subsidized student loans are the problem not the solution), and I rolled my eyes when she parroted the bumper sticker talking point “Money is not speech; Corporations are not people," but I applaud her opposition to indefinite detention, warrantless wiretapping, and drug prohibition. As a doctor, she managed to diagnose the real problem with marijuana: “It is dangerous because it is illegal; it is not illegal because it is dangerous.” If I had to choose another candidate other than Johnson, Dr. Jill would be my next choice. She’s passionate, intelligent, and as a female politician, a breath of fresh air from the other political bimbos: Palin, Bachmann, Clinton, Shultz, etc.

Virgil Goode (Constitution Party): The only thing I knew about the Constitution Party before this debate was how it is to the right of the Republican Party. So my expectations were not high, and Virgil’s southern drawl did nothing to raise them. I admit that I admired his willingness to veto the NDAA, and I loved how he demanded “a balanced budget now, not ten years down the road.” However, unlike the other three candidates, he was the only one not to support drug legalization. He claimed ending the drug war would not fix our budget—which is true, but the revenue from the legal drugs through taxes would help! Overall, not that impressive.

Rocky Anderson (Justice Party): I knew nothing about this man or his party before this debate, and I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out the difference between him and Jill, between his party and the Green Party. Seriously, I have no clue. They’re mirror images of each other. One just happens to be lead by a woman. But unlike Jill, I found nothing impressive about him. He claimed that budget cuts were not the answer to our economic problems (even though said “austerity” worked in countries like Estonia, Canada, New Zealand, etc.) and he wanted to create a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights to all. (That amendment already exists: it’s called the Fourteenth!) So really, I was unimpressed.

Those are my thoughts on the candidates and debate. But I want to know what you all think: Which of the candidates do you support and why? And what were your thoughts on the debate?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Daily Pony: Derpy's Perfect Math Class

Derpy + Math + Japanese = SUPER KAWAII!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rank Your 3rd Party Candidate

The first third party presidential debate is over, and in my opinion, it had more substance than the past three “official” presidential debates combined. Needless to say, I loved it! (If you wish to see my thoughts on it, be sure to check out my Twitter feed!)

The next debate will be held October 30 at 9 p.m. Which candidates will be attending? Well, that’s for you to decide.

Visit the Free And Equal Foundation website and vote for your favorite third party candidate. The two candidates with the most votes will move on to the next debate.

The special thing about this poll is that it utilizes instant runoff voting. It’s a bit complicated, but according to the site, the voting method "allows voters to submit their top two choices, so they aren’t 'throwing away' a vote."

This is the same voting method that is utilized for the Academy Awards. If it’s good enough to chose the Oscar, than it’s damn good to choose our next president. This is how elections ought to be run!

Voting for the next debate will end within the next 24 hours, so vote now!

For those who missed the debate, you can watch the full video on Russia Today.

For more information on the candidates and their respective parties, be sure to check out their main websites: Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

Also, please visit Jill Stein's website and sign her petition demanding all presidential candidates be allowed to participate in national debates. The future of free and equal elections depends upon it.

Daily Pony: Hub's Sneak Peak Image

The Hub just released the following hilarious (or should I say, Rarlarious) sneak peek image for the third season:

Okay guys, time to play "write the caption." Write what you think Rarity is saying in this picture. Most Rarlarious caption writer receives free invisible cake. (Note: the cake is a lie!)

Blame Bites (10/23/2012)

Barack Obama: Corporatist Collectivist | Red State

An intriguing four-part essay that expounds upon how Barack Obama is less of a “socialist” and more of a “corporate socialist”—or as the essay labels him, a “corporatist collectivist.” The essay defines “collectivist” and “corporatist” and then explains how Obama matches these terms by examining his history, rhetoric, and policies. A must-read for anyone critical or skeptical of Obama and his administration.

CNN Poll: More Voters Likely to Switch to Romney | Big Government

While a CNN poll reveals that Americans overwhelmingly believe Obama won last night’s debate, “the poll [also] showed that while half of those questioned said that the debate hadn’t changed their vote at all, 25% said they would be more likely to vote Romney, and just 24% said they thought the same about Obama.” In other words, “Obama may have won the debate. But he also may have lost the election.”

So the good news is that more Americans have reconsidered voting for Obama. The bad news is that they’re considering voting for Romney, who’s only different from Obama in that he’s white. Well, I guess that’s progress, right?

Report: Obama Campaign Accepts 16x More Donations via Erroneous Zip Codes than Romney | Big Government

"President Barack Obama's campaign accepted 16 times more in donations that listed invalid zip codes than Mitt Romney's campaign, a report by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) found, further exposing the Obama campaign's lax online security measures that make the campaign vulnerable to fraudulent online donations."

Gee, I wonder how all those libtarded Obama-supporters who whine about big money in politics is going to defend their fearless leader on this one. “But—but secret campaign donations are only bad when the Republicans do it!”

Barack Obama RIPPED By Bayonet Co.--We're Still Relevant!!! | TMZ

Pro-Tip for Obama: If you’re going to chastise your political opponent for not knowing anything about the military, it’s best if you know something about the military, like how the Marines still use bayonets. Otherwise, the bayonet industry will chastise you for not knowing about the military.

Did Obama Supporters Really Misspell ‘Forward’ on Their T-Shirts? | The Blaze

Pro-tip for Obama supporters: If you insist that you’re the ones moving “Forward,” it’s best if your spelling skills aren’t backwards. If you too stupid to misspell your T-Shirts, you have no right to criticize Tea Party protesters for misspelling their signs.

'Mika Made Me Republican' | NewsBusters

"On today's Morning Joe, Willie Geist interviewed an audience member sporting a T-shirt reading 'Mika Made Me Republican.' The good-natured fellow explained that his daughter had made the T-shirt for him, that he was an independent who had voted for Perot, and that he watches Morning Joe daily because he likes to hear what the other side has to say. Whatever it was that Mika has been saying, it has apparently driven him into the Romney camp."

I don’t blame the guy. Considering how MSDNC is obviously in bed with Obama and the Democrats, watching it will prompt anyone with half a brain cell to vote Republican—or at least any party other than the Democrats.

Obama Kept Us Safe | Southern Avenger

The ever-euridite Jack Hunter describes Obama's foreign policy and the Democrats defense of it to a T:

"Imagine a husband and father who manages to feed and shelter his family, but who also cheats on his wife, ignores his children, depletes his savings, racks up massive debt and leaves his family with an uncertain future. Still, he somewhat protected his family for the time being. No one would think him a good husband, father or man. That no physical harm was done to his family would not be good enough."

3rd Party Prez Debate Tonite

Are you sick and tired of the petty squabbling between the two main parties?

Have the past three presidential debates left you disenfranchised with mainstream American politics?

Would you like to see politicians with alternative viewpoints debate issues that actually matter to you and the American people?

Then tune into C-SPAN tonight at 9 p.m. EST for the Third Party Presidential Debate.

Hosted by Russia Today and organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, this hour-and-a-half debate will allow third party presidential candidates to voice their visions for America that have otherwise been silenced by mainstream media and politics.

Attending the debate will be Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

Moderating this evening’s event will be former CNN anchor Larry King and Christina Tobin, founder and chair of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

A livestream of the debate can be viewed on the C-SPAN website.

And as with the other presidential debates, I will be offering my opinion through a livetweet on my Twitter feed.

This evening, break through the illusion of choice and watch the debate that the mainstream media does not want you to view.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Daily Pony: Season 3 Premiere Clip Review

I know it’s been forever since my last Daily Pony—which is ironic considering how something called “Daily Pony” should be, well, daily—but rest assured: come Season 3, I will be returning to posting my thoughts of the new episodes (which I’m disappointed is only going to be thirteen episodes this season).

Speaking of Season 3, as you all probably know by now, the release date has been announced for November 10. So the new season is just around the corner.

And to sate us, Hasbro released a premiere clip of from the new season a few weeks ago. For this post, I will share my thoughts on it:

• From the preliminary artwork and this clip, the architecture of the Crystal Empire is reminiscent of that of the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. They’re both cities made from crystal, so no surprise there.
• But what I do find surprising is how this city has streetlights. How can the city have electric lights if it’s over a thousand years old? Equestria may be different from our world, but I doubt they had electricity over a thousand years ago. (But then again, they could be powered by crystal magic.)
• Another thing that is surprising is how these ponies speak despite being thousands of years old. Princess Luna was trapped on the moon for a thousand years, and she spoke with an Elizabethan accent. (Then again, she didn’t have that accent after being transformed back from Nightmare Moon. I blame it on inconsistency.) Yet these ponies speak like modern ponies. What is up with that? (Again, I blame inconsistency.)
• The crystal ponies have crystal-like eyes, and from what Twilight mentions, their coats are supposed to be “crystaly.” Aside from the eyes and coats, one must wonder what other attributes separates the crystal ponies from the other pony races.
• Also, if King Sombra is (or was) the ruler of the Crystal Empire, why are his eyes much different from the Crystal ponies? Is he not a crystal pony himself? If so, then why is (or was) he ruling over them? Perhaps he wasn’t their rightful ruler and he usurped the real one. Considering Princess Cadence is supposed to be the ruler—or at least heir to the throne, considering how the city was under a spell for a thousand years—that could very well be the case here.
• Also, is the amnesia the crystal ponies are experiencing an effect of the spell, or is it self-induced. The crystal pony Twilight interviews does claim that she does not want to remember, so it could be very much self-induced.
• Rainbow Dash should know better than to beat up ponies for answers. I want to make a bad cop remark, but there is no good cop, so that would be pointless.
• Fluttershy almost slamming the table in anger = lulzy!
• Pinkie Pie is a spy!
• I know those goggles are a reference to something, but I don’t know what. They seem..familiar.

Final Prez Debate Livetweet Tonite

With the last presidential debate tonight also comes my final livetweet of the debates. So be sure to watch the debate and check in on my Twitter feed to see my thoughts on it.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blame Bites (10/19/2012)

As you can probably tell, I haven’t been regular with blog posts. Since time prevents me from writing full posts, I decided to experiment with something new.

This is the first in a semi-daily series I’d like to call Blame Bites. Basically, they’re links to articles I wish to share but don’t feel like writing full posts about. Think of them like the Daily Links from Red State or Skepchick Quickies.

This is my first attempt, so tell me what you think in the comments below.

Anyway, here’s the first round:

Clinton: Romney right, economy's not fixed | Weekly Standard

"Governor Romney's argument is, we're not fixed, so fire him and put me in. It is true we're not fixed. When President Obama looked into the eyes of that man who said in the debate, I had so much hope four years ago and I don't now, I thought he was going to cry. Because he knows that it's not fixed." (At least one Democrat is honest about Obama’s economic “recovery.”)

Meet the 5 Biggest Donors to the Obama & Romney Campaigns | The Blaze

A must-read article on the puppeteers pulling the strings of the two presidential candidates and their campaigns. You know the old saying: follow the money.

Countries Where You Don't Need 'Health Insurance' | Lew Rockwell

And the medical care is cheap and high-quality, says Simon Black: “Everywhere else, insurance isn’t necessary; the price of healthcare in most places is reasonable enough to pay cash. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in Thailand… home to one of the most advanced, highest quality, and cheapest private healthcare systems on the planet.” (So countries with successful privatized healthcare systems do exist! And they outperform our own healthcare system! And those of socialist countries!)

Obama’s Support Among Young Voters Craters | Red State

The number of young people who plan on voting has significantly dropped since the last election. And while Obama may have the most support from young voters, very few of his young supporters plan on voting in this election, as opposed to young voters who support Romney. (Well, I have them both beat, as I'm a young voter who's voting for neither of them. Take that, two-party establishment!)

Another Snack Attack! Schools Move to Ban ‘Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ | The Blaze

First the nanny state eliminates junk food from school lunches, now it prohibits students from bringing junk food to school? And specific junk food?! Good grief!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

This Week In Review (10/15/2012)

News of the Week

Pakistani Schoolgirl Victim Of Taliban Assassination Attempt

14-year-old Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai remains in critical condition following a Taliban assassination attempt Tuesday.

While returning home from school, the girl was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunman. She survived the attack but has since remained hospitalized, unconscious and in critical condition. Today she has been transported to the United Kingdom to receive further treatment.

Yousafzai lives in Pakistan within the Swat District, which has been under Taliban control since 2009. Under their militant interpretation of Sharia Law, women are prohibited from attending school.

Since then, Yousafzai has kept a blog where she has been detailing her life under the Taliban's regime and has reported on their activities including the destruction of several schools.

For her valiant efforts and her advocacy for women's rights and education, Yousafzai has received worldwide recognition and acclaim, even receiving the Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize.

During a CNN interview, she encouraged her peers to be like her and courageously stand against the Taliban and demand their rights: "God will ask you on the day of judgment where were you when your people were asking you, when your school fellows were asking you, and when your school was asking you (why) I am being blown up."

The plight of this brave Pakistani girl reveals the huge gap between women's rights here in America and throughout the rest of the world. While American feminists complain about their "oppression" under the "patriarchy" and "war on women" (and by "war on women," they mean people disagreeing with them forcing taxpayers, including Catholics, to cover their birth control), real feminists like Yousafzai face real oppression against a real patriarchy which is fighting a real war against women and their basic rights including the right to an education--a right which American women not only enjoy (among many other rights) but to a fuller extent than men, as women receive the majority of bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees. (Funny how feminists never mention this "gender gap"!)

As I said in an earlier This Week In Review, if feminists truly cared about women's rights, they would cease their petty whining about first world problems and start supporting their fellow women like Yousafzai and their struggle to achieve equal rights for women in Islamic and other third world countries.

But of course, feminists have more important things to worry about, like starting fundraisers for projects to reveal how video games are teh sexist!


Texas School Force Students to Carry Tracking ID

Disgruntled students often compare schools to prison, but for one Texas school district, that analogy may be a fair one.

A Northside Independent School District in San Antonio is experimenting with a student tracking system in an effort to crack down on truancy.

Under the system, students carry ID cards with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that monitors their location even outside of school.
The system is currently being tested in two schools and is expected to be implemented in 112 Texas schools and cover 100 thousand students.

The system was implemented earlier this month, much to the protest of students and parents over privacy concerns.

Students are required to carry the ID cards at all times and must present them in order to access certain areas such as the library or cafeteria. Those who fail to comply can face fines, suspension, or even transfers.

One sophomore, Andrea Hernandez, who refuses to carry the ID for religious reasons, claiming it was the "Mark of the Beast," has even been prevented from voting in school elections. (Citizens being prevented from voting because they don't have ID? Why does that sound familiar?)

"I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” she explained to World Net Daily. “I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote.”

This tracking  system reveals two things: first, it reveals the double standards towards minors in regards to civil liberties. If this were a corporation forcing employees to carry such privacy-invading ID, the ACLU would be assaulting it with lawsuits faster than you can say, "Freedom is slavery."  But of course, because these are high school students, it's perfectly okay to invade their privacy because, hey, they're just stupid kids. (Ironically enough, Hernandez and her family did contact the ACLU, but it declined to represent her case.)

And second, this system reveals how far the surveillance state has been implemented into our everyday lives. From red-light cameras to surveillance drones, every day the government gains more and more power to pry into our personal lives. Today it's a Texas high school requiring students to carry smart ID cards; tomorrow, it could be the entire country.

At this point, I don't have to quote Ben Franklin. You should all know the quotation by now. For now more than ever are those words relevant.


French Super-Rich Sell Luxury Homes To Avoid Taxes

Following his election earlier this summer, French president Francois Hollande, being the raving socialist that he is, promised to increases tax rates on the rich to 75 percent. The rich, of course, have been more than willing to hand over their money.

Just kidding. The rich are actually planning on leaving the country to evade this tax hike.

What? Did anyone seriously think French millionaires were going to allow the government to confiscate 75 percent of their wealth? If you did, then there’s a summer home on the Rivera I want to sell you.

Actually, there are more than “400 homes worth more than 1 million euro [that] have been put up for sale since May” following Hollande’s election, as Russia Today reports.

And herein lies the problem with taxing the rich: when you have that type of money, you have more than enough means to avoid having it taxed, either by moving it into foreign bank accounts (*cough* Mitt Romney) or by moving out of the country altogether.

All over the world, from France to America, the left has been demanding that the rich pay more taxes in order to fix the economy.

Ignoring the fact that America’s 1 percent already pays 40 percent of the country’s total income tax and 28 percent of the total tax burden, even if we were to tax them at 100 percent, we still wouldn’t have enough money to pay off the national deficit or debt.

And yet the left still insists that the rich don’t pay enough taxes and that taxing them is the only solution to fix our economic mess.

One example they cite to support their claim is how the rich were taxed 90 percent in the 1950s. So that means they paid 90 percent in taxes back then, right? Well, no. Because of tax deductions which were in place, the rich actually paid only 40 percent (which is their effective tax rate now).

Another example they cite is how tax increases under Clinton led to economic prosperity. The reality is that these tax increases (which were highly unpopular) actually led to stagnate growth in GDP, employment, and wages, and real prosperity, as Forbes explains, only came about “through tax and regulatory reform and a return to a rules based monetary policy that produces a strong and stable dollar.”

So if taxing the rich isn’t the solution, what is? Simple. It’s the spending, stupid!

And yes, despite what the left will have you believe, cutting spending actually has been proven to work in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and even here in America. Following WWII, it was spending cuts, not tax increases, that led us out of the Great Depression and into economic prosperity.

But the left will only ignore this and continue to insist on raising taxes on the rich, as Obama plans on allowing the Bush tax cuts expire later this year.

Insanity is described as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results every time. And if the left truly believes that the rich won’t leave the country and take their business elsewhere if their taxes increase, then they truly are insane.


Congress Forcing Army To Buy Tanks It Neither Wants Or Needs

Congress plans on spending $3 billion on new tanks for the army. The problem? The army doesn’t need or want them.

Army chief of staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told Congress earlier this year that the army has more than enough tanks on stand-by, over 2 thousand in the California desert alone, and that it doesn’t need any more.

In fact, he insisted that Congress could save $3 billion over the next three years (an amount the Pentagon spends within a single day!) if it simply withheld spending on creating new tanks or refurbishing old ones.

“Our tank fleet is in good shape and we don't need to [make repairs] because of the great support that we have gotten over the last two years," he told the Housing committee.

But despite the army begging Congress not to spend more on tanks, Congress has “set aside $181 million for tanks in the proposed congressional budget for next year.”

Congress claims that it’s doing this to protect jobs, but of course, the real reason is to appease their military-industrial complex lobbyists—specifically, General Dynamics, which was exposed giving campaign contributions around the same time Congress was deliberating this spending. (Isn’t that convenient!)

With all this talk in the media about spending cuts, it’s any wonder that no politician, especially the elephants in Congress, has addressed the real elephant in the room: the military.

With federal defense spending at 20 percent, America spends more on its military than the next 17 countries combined. Even if we were to cut it by 90 percent, we would still have the largest military in the world.

And yet “fiscally-conservative” Republicans refuse to cut even a dime from it. In fact, both Romney and Ryan have made it their campaign promise not to cut defense spending, even though they are more than willing to cut chump change like PBS—which barely makes up a fraction of a percent of our federal budget.

There was a time when Republicans spoke out against the military-industrial complex, now they’re in bed with it. Eisenhower must be doing 360s in his grave.


'Million Muppet March' Planned To Defend PBS

One would assume that, during an election season, politicians would be more concerned about places such as Libya or Wall Street; instead, this past week, they have been focused on, of all places, Sesame Street.

It all started after the first presidential debate when Mitt Romney suggested cutting federal subsidies to PBS, even though he claimed to love Big Bird. What followed was media hysteria about how Republicans wanted to pave over our beloved fictional childhood neighborhood.

The Obama campaign later released a political ad featuring Big Bird—an ad that the Children’s Television Workshop demanded be taken down.

Well now the Muppet madness has finally come full circle with the proposal of a “Million Muppet March.”

What started as an idea between two strangers on social media will become reality Nov. 3 in Washington, as protesters and puppets will gather to show their support for public broadcasting.

This is not a story from The Onion. This entire media circus is not satire. This is real life. During a presidential election, when people ought to be discussing more pertinent issues like indefinite detention within the NDAA, they’re busying worrying about the “fate” of Sesame Street.

PBS should not be an issue, and both sides are stupid for making it so.

The Republicans are stupid in thinking that cutting funding to PBS will help alleviate the deficit. It won't. Both PBS and NPR amount to only $445 million a year in federal spending, a drop in the bucket when compared to the $3.6 trillion we spend on the military--which ironically Romney has promised NOT to cut. (Apparently Romney never watched Sesame Street, otherwise, he would know that one of these things is greater than the other, and more likely to slash our bloated deficit.)

And Democrats are stupid in thinking that cutting federal aid to PBS will be the end of it. That's hardly the case. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting only receives 12 percent of its funding from the federal government; the rest is from donations from "Viewers Like You." Sesame Street alone makes $122 million in revenue. The show is a commercial success and is in no danger of going broke if it were to be kicked off on the government dole.

But of course politicians need to focus on non-issues like Sesame Street or Chick-Fil-A or the "War on Women" in order to distract from real issues such as foreign and economic policy. Because if they had to focus on the issues that mattered, they wouldn't stand a chance with the American public.


Dumbass of the Week

TJ Kincaid (The Amazing Atheist)

Canadian teenager Amanda Todd committed suicide Wednesday after having suffered years of cyberbullying and harassment.

If you thought this story couldn't get any sadder, this weekend, it did.

While many internet users have expressed their condolences for Amanda and her family, one blogger did the exact opposite: namely, the vlogger TJ Kincaid, otherwise known as the Amazing Atheist.

In what appears to be a mockery of Amanda's YouTube video detailing her ordeal through white note cards held up to the screen, TJ uploaded to his Tumblr account a picture of himself holding up a note card in a similar fashion with these words: "I am the other hundreds of thousands of people who died today other than Amanda fucking Todd."

Words fail me as to how insensitive this picture truly is. How heartless do you have to be to piss on the memory of a dead girl--mere days after her suicide?

This would not be the first time TJ has revealed his lack of empathy towards suicide victims--or his fellow human beings in general.

In 2010, following the suicide of Tyler Clementi, who, like Amanda, also suffered from cyberbullying, TJ released a video in which he pondered why the media gave attention to suicide victims, whom he referred to as "pussies."

And earlier this year, he was engaged with a lengthy (and misogynistic) Reddit spat with a feminist whom he persistently threatened with rape, and after learning that she was a rape victim, told her that her rapist deserved a medal.

So the fact that TJ released such a heartless photo is unsurprising to say the least, but what is surprising, if not depressing, is how so many of his fans continue to support him.

Then again, if Chris Brown can maintain his career and fans even after beating his wife, surely a deplorable vlogger like TJ can maintain his, even if his entire career (if you can call it that) is to act like a deplorable human being.


YouTube Vid of the Week

A 13-minute video every moderate/undecided voter should watch--a short un-narrated documentary that looks at Obama's first term with regards to transparency, healthcare, taxes, fairness, energy and the national debt through his own words.


Quote of the Week

"I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up....God will ask you on the day of judgment where were you when your people were asking you, when your school fellows were asking you, and when your school was asking you (why) I am being blown up." - Malala Yousafzai

Friday, October 12, 2012

WTF Friday: Obama-Romney debate via song

The fates are not happy with me. I’m swamped with work and my computer is broke. So don’t expect much from me until I get a handle on things.

Until then, here’s one smegged-up political music video.

Somehow Obama wearing a beanie is the only thing about this that makes sense. Everything else…well, words fail me!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sesame Street Under New Management

This is what Obama and the Democrats believe will happen to Sesame Street under Mitt Romney.

What? You were expecting a political ad?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Week Long Hiatus

I'm planning on placing my blog under hiatus. Two reasons:

First, I have new work assignments, so most of my attention will be going to them. Work is always first priority.

Second, this week, I had some close encounter with computer viruses. This is mostly due to my antivirus software being outdated and in desperate need of an update. So until I do renew my antivirus, I'm postponing my on-line activity. So no new blog posts, especially WTF Friday and This Week In Review.

I Haz Twitter!

I’ve just created my account, so I’m still sprucing it up. But I should be up and tweeting in no time. Be sure to follow me.
The first five Twitter feeds I’m following? Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Lew Rockwell, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and of course, the Brony Queen herself, Tara Strong! :D

If you all have any suggestions of hot feeds I should follow, please let me know in the comments below.

Also, to kick off my new account, I will be live tweeting the presidential debate tonight at 8pm. Be sure to follow me for some savvy commentary. W00t, this should be good!

Sixteen Doors Comic

Four stick figures are trapped inside a room. There are sixteen doors. Only one leads outside. The rest lead back to the room.

The stick figures have unlimited chances to try each door. But they must all try only one at a time. And they must vote in order to choose a door.

What follows is a creative and humorous satire of American voting. The comic has 85 separate panels. And since I’m too lazy to post them all here, you’ll have to visit POPsickleSTRIP to view the entire comic.

Daily Pony: My Little Pony: Friendship is MANGA!

Six school-aged female protagonists, each representing a different female character type, and each endowed with a magical element that they use to fight the powers of evil. Eeyup! Friendship is Magic definitely sounds like a shoujo manga (Japanese girl comic).

And it looks like one fan managed to create a doujinshi (fan comic) based off the concept. Kawaii desu ne? (Cute, isn't it?)

Friendship Is Magic by ~mauroz on deviantART

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Margaret Thatcher on Socialism

“Looking Ahead: The Next Ten Years”
from “Speech to Conservative Central Council” by Margaret Thatcher (1986)

There has been the odd report recently that Thatcherism has run its course, and is on its way out.

As an informed source close to Downing Street, I have to report that those reports are eyewash. We're only just beginning.

We've barely got past the stage of excavation, let alone of topping out!

You may feel that the first seven years of Conservative Government have produced some benefits for Britain.

And so they have.

But the next seven are going to produce more—many more.

And the next seven after that, more still.

Let me tell you why.

Conservatism is not some abstract theory.

It's a crusade to put power in the hands of ordinary people.

And a very popular crusade it is proving. Tenants are jumping at the opportunity to buy their own council houses.

Workers are jumping at the opportunity to buy shares in their own privatised companies.

Trade unionists are jumping at the opportunity, which the ballot box now gives them, to decide "who rules" in their union.

And the rest of Britain is looking on with approval.

For popular capitalism is biting deep.

It used to be Socialists who talked of crusades.

Well, let them launch a new one on the old Socialist lines.

What about a Socialist crusade to rehabilitate that old favourite, the municipal landlord, and to lure home owners back into becoming council tenants?

Or a socialist crusade to re-nationalise Vickers, and take back the workers' shares.

Or a Socialist crusade to abolish bothersome union ballots and get back to the good old days of Big Brother.

After all, these aims are the very heartbeat of Socialism.

But you may have noticed how muted nowadays are the trumpets for such Socialist crusades.

For popular capitalism, which is the economic expression of liberty, is proving a much more attractive means for diffusing power in our society.

Socialists cry "Power to the people", and raise the clenched fist as they say it.

We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.

To us Conservatives, popular capitalism means what it says: power through ownership to the man and woman in the street, given confidently with an open hand.


About the Speaker (from Wikipedia):

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS, née Roberts (born 13 October 1925) is a British politician, the longest-serving (1979–1990) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century, and the only woman ever to have held the post. A Soviet journalist nicknamed her the "Iron Lady", which became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented Conservative policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.

Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Finchley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970 government. In 1975 Thatcher defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election and became Leader of the Opposition, as well as the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. She became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general election.

After entering 10 Downing Street, Thatcher introduced a series of political and economic initiatives to reverse what she perceived to be Britain's precipitous national decline.[nb 1] Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Thatcher's popularity during her first years in office waned amid recession and high unemployment, until economic recovery and the 1982 Falklands War brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her re-election in 1983.

Thatcher was re-elected for a third term in 1987, but her Community Charge (popularly referred to as "poll tax") was widely unpopular and her views on the European Community were not shared by others in her Cabinet. She resigned as Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership. Thatcher holds a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher, of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire, which entitles her to sit in the House of Lords.

Daily Pony: Season 3 Premieres In November

Good news, everypony! Hasbro just announced via e-mail that Season 3 will premiere this November.

So the good news is that we finally know when the new season will premiere. The bad news, we still have to wait another month for it. At least we have something to look forward to in November—you know, other than the elections.

Speaking of which, I wonder if it will premiere before or after Election Day. I really hope its after, because I need something to cheer me up regardless of who wins the election. (Because no matter who wins, we lose!)

Monday, October 1, 2012

John Stuart Mill on Free Speech

An excerpt from "Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion"
from "On Liberty" (1869) by John Stuart Mill

When we consider either the history of opinion, or the ordinary conduct of human life, to what is it to be ascribed that the one and the other are no worse than they are? Not certainly to the inherent force of the human understanding; for, on any matter not self-evident, there are ninety-nine persons totally incapable of judging of it, for one who is capable; and the capacity of the hundredth person is only comparative; for the majority of the eminent men of every past generation held many opinions now known to be erroneous, and did or approved numerous things which no one will now justify. Why is it, then, that there is on the whole a preponderance among mankind of rational opinions and rational conduct? If there really is this preponderance—which there must be unless human affairs are, and have always been, in an almost desperate state—it is owing to a quality of the human mind, the source of everything respectable in man either as an intellectual or as a moral being, namely, that his errors are corrigible. He is capable of rectifying his mistakes, by discussion and experience. Not by experience alone. There must be discussion, to show how experience is to be interpreted. Wrong opinions and practices gradually yield to fact and argument: but facts and arguments, to produce any effect on the mind, must be brought before it. Very few facts are able to tell their own story, without comments to bring out their meaning. The whole strength and value, then, of human judgment, depending on the one property, that it can be set right when it is wrong, reliance can be placed on it only when the means of setting it right are kept constantly at hand. In the case of any person whose judgment is really deserving of confidence, how has it become so? Because he has kept his mind open to criticism of his opinions and conduct. Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious. Because he has felt, that the only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this; nor is it in the nature of human intellect to become wise in any other manner. The steady habit of correcting and completing his own opinion by collating it with those of others, so far from causing doubt and hesitation in carrying it into practice, is the only stable foundation for a just reliance on it: for, being cognisant of all that can, at least obviously, be said against him, and having taken up his position against all gainsayers—knowing that he has sought for objections and difficulties, instead of avoiding them, and has shut out no light which can be thrown upon the subject from any quarter—he has a right to think his judgment better than that of any person, or any multitude, who have not gone through a similar process.


About the author (from Wikipedia):

John Stuart Mill, FRSE (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy. He has been called "the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century". Mill's conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control. He was a proponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham. Hoping to remedy the problems found in an inductive approach to science, such as confirmation bias, he clearly set forth the premises of falsification as the key component in the scientific method. Mill was also a Member of Parliament and an important figure in liberal political philosophy.


About the selection (from Wikipedia):

On Liberty is a philosophical work by British philosopher John Stuart Mill, originally intended as a short essay. Mill's marriage to his wife Harriet greatly influenced the concepts in On Liberty, which was largely finished prior to her death, and published in 1859 shortly after she died. The work applies Mill's ethical system of utilitarianism to society and the state. Mill attempts to establish standards for the relationship between authority and liberty. He emphasizes the importance of individuality which he conceived as a prerequisite to the higher pleasures—the summum bonum of Utilitarianism. Furthermore, Mill criticized the errors of past attempts to defend individuality where, for example, democratic ideals resulted in the "tyranny of the majority". Among the standards established in this work are Mill's three basic liberties of individuals, his three legitimate objections to government intervention, and his two maxims regarding the relationship of the individual to society "which together form the entire doctrine of [Mill's] Essay."

On Liberty was a greatly influential and well received work though it did not go without criticism. Some attacked it for its apparent discontinuity with Utilitarianism, while others criticized its vagueness. The ideas presented in On Liberty have remained the basis of much liberal political thought. It has remained in print continuously since its initial publication. To this day, a copy of On Liberty is passed to the president of the British Liberal Democrats as a symbol of office.


Not Listening picture from What Sam Saw Today.