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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pony Couples: Other Couples

Welcome back to yet another installment of Pony Couples. All through the month of February, I'm sharing my favorite My Little Pony shippings. For my final post in this series, I’m sharing all of my favorite pony shippings. We have a lot to go through, so let’s get started:


Twilight Sparkle/Comet Tail


Comet Tail and Twilight by ~Groxy-Cyber-Soul on deviantART

For quite some time, all of the Mane Six had been shipped except Twilight Sparkle, with the exception of maybe being shipped with Spike or Trixie, neither shippings I really care for. But then fans began noticing a yellow unicorn with a comet cutie mark in the background of several episodes, decided to call him Comet Tail, and had him shipped with Twilight. The shipping seems fitting, as both ponies have celestial-related cutie marks, but since this is a background pony, not much is known about him. Then again, this does allow for fans to be creative with his character. I admit I like this shipping, if for no other reason but to finally have Twilight hooked up with a colt.



COMMISSION: Twilight and Comet Tail by ~CatsnCupcakes on deviantART

The two as anthros. Really love the lighting in this scene. Makes it extra romantic. Also love the little details like their horns glowing.



Vanilla Twilight by ~sebastieng on deviantART

The stars lean down to kiss you
And I lie awake and miss you
Pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere
Cause I'll doze off safe and soundly
But I'll miss your arms around me
I'd send a postcard to you, dear
Cause I wish you were here


Cute picture, but what is up with Spike? Looks like he’s going to clobber Comet Tail. Uh, why?



Comet and Twi by *Kloudmutt on deviantART

The two as a newlywed couple. Obviously, Comet Tail has Twilight Sparkle in his arms because he’s carrying her into their honeymoon suite for their wedding night. Let your imagination wander from there. :D


Pinkie Pie/Discord


Discord Pinkie Pie Sketch by *Mickeymonster on deviantART

Discord’s favorite element is laughter, and Pinkie Pie loved how he made it rain chocolate rain. Add the fact that both are the most comical and random characters in the show, and they obviously make a cute couple. Disturbing, but cute. And since Discord has been reformed, it makes this shipping all the more likely.



Pinkie wears Discord by ~Az-Pekt on deviantART

Great, now I’m imagining Pinkie Pie as Cruella DeVille.



Pinkie and Discord by ~maxtaka on deviantART

Get your minds out of the gutter! They’re just cuddling together. Nothing more!



Discord's Personal Favourite Element by *Mickeymonster on deviantART

You heard the man…goat…dragon…thing! You’re argument is invalid!



Discord's Chubby Pie by *Mickeymonster on deviantART

Something tells me that Discord may be a bit of a chubby chaser here. Considering how he can make sweets out of thin air, that could very well be the case.


Vinyl Scratch/Neon Lights


A W1SH for a P0N3 by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

I know Vinyl Scratch (DJ Pon3) is commonly shipped with Octavia, but personally, I was never a fan of yuri ships. I think Neon Lights (MC W1sh) is a better choice for her, both as a music partner and love partner.



Mixoff Battle by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

I’d imagine this is how the two would meet and fall in love. They would make for better lovers than rivals. Her beats, his lights, it was meant to be!



I wub you by *PluckyNinja on deviantART

The two as humans. Love how Scratch keeps her red eyes. Of course, this makes me wonder how she has red eyes. Is she…a vampire? Well, that would explain why she usually appears at night.



Vinyl Lights by ~Metroplizer on deviantART

I want to say that the two are simply snuggling on the couch after a long night, but considering how Neon Lights took off his shirt, well, I’ll leave your imagination to that.



Coppertone Vinyl Scratch by *AleximusPrime on deviantART

You have to wonder why ponies would wear bathing suits. We human beings wear bathing suits as a way not to be weighed down in the water by clothing while remaining decent. Ponies don’t have to worry about that since ponies don’t normally wear clothes except to show off. So pony bathing suits seem superfluous.


Octavia/Fredric Horseshoepin


Octaves for Fred by ~NarbeVoguel on deviantART

As I said before, I don’t care for the Vinyl Scratch/Octavia shipping. I find Octavia better shipped with her band mate Fredric Horseshoepin. Piano does compliment stings very well.



Octavia and Frederic by ~NarbeVoguel on deviantART

The only thing missing in this picture is Octavia wearing a cocktail dress and holding a microphone.



A Love to Tango by *StarryOak on deviantART

“Shall we dance?” “With Pleasure!”



Octavia and Frederic by *SeaBastian on deviantART

And of course, when she says she wants to hear more of his notes…she literally means she wants to hear more of his notes. Seriously, some things can’t be interpreted as an innuendo.



Crying Octavia by ~NarbeVoguel on deviantART

Nice to know Fredric provides Octavia a shoulder to cry on. Wait. Do ponies even have shoulders?


Trixie Lulumoon/Prince Blueblood


Trixie and Blueblood (BETTER QUALITY) by ~Bronyman1995 on deviantART

They're both the most narcissistic ponies in Equestria, so only person they would love more than each other are themselves. It's a match made in pony heaven...or hell...depending on how you see the situation.



TrixXBlood by *dcencia on deviantART

Funny as this may seem, I'd imagine this is exactly how the two would hook up.



Trixie and Blueblood by ~Mikash91 on deviantART

Of course, this could also be a plausible way the two would hook up also. Who needs love poison when you have booze goggles?



+MLP:FiM - TrixBlood+ by ~A-Ponies-Love on deviantART

I'd imagine this is the morning aftermath from the last picture.



Trixie Kissy by ~TheSketchyEnigma on deviantART

And here are the two as human. Aw! Don't they make a cute couple? And by cute, I mean nauseating!


Derpy Whooves/Time Turner


Derpy + Doctor by *Shinta-Girl on deviantART

I was a bit skeptical of this shipping. I'd imagine Derpy would be more of an assistant than a partner for the Doctor, sort of like Rose. But hey, shippings grow on you. A time lord with infinite knowledge paired with one of the dumbest pegasi in Ponyville? Well, they do say opposites attract.



Wibbly Wobbly Lovey Wovey by *ThePhoebster on deviantART

A cute picnic scene with the two. And of course, Derpy brought the muffins. And apples. At least she didn't bring pears. The Doctor hates pears!



Time and Bubbles by *DERPYLOVER on deviantART

Too. Much. Kawaii! Must. Avert. Gaze. But. Can't. Resist. KAWAII DESU NE!



Derpy Kiss by ~MLJ-Lucarias on deviantART

Derpy sneaking a quick kiss from the Doctor...upside down of course. Who does she think she is? Spidermare?



I'll always be here by ~CloudDG on deviantART

Well, he is an immortal time lord and she is a common pegasus. Derpy isn't going to be around forever. But even if she does go away, their love for each other never will! ;)


Cloudchaser/Thunderlane


MLP Ship: Cloud Chaser x Thunderlane by ~SkyCrescent on deviantART

Well, Cloudchaser seemed very close with Thunderlane in "Hurricane Fluttershy," and the two do go to Wonderbolt Academy together. Seems like an obvious shipping to me. Though that raise the question of whom Cloudflitter is shipped with?



Cloudchaser x Thunderlane by ~VegaNya on deviantART

You can almost say they're on...Cloud 9! (rimshot)



Thunderlane and Cloudchaser by ~Groxy-Cyber-Soul on deviantART

The two snuggling really close together. Who knows? Maybe they'll...cook up a storm together? (rimshot)



Cloudchaser and Thunder by ~XMgLX on deviantART

Really cute close-up shot of the two.



ThunderChaser by *Illu-Mint on deviantART

What's this? A 3D rendering? In a fan art post? Finally!


Strongheart/Braeburn


Trotting-thru-the-field by *caluriri on deviantART

When these two first met in "Over A Barrel," it was obvious that they were smitten with each other. Very obvious! In fact, I was half-expecting the episode to play out like "Romeo and Juliet" or "Pocahontas" with these two trying to console their respective sides through the power of their love. Unfortunately, we wound up with a war instigated through Pinkie Pie's singing and ended with the love of apple pies. Well, at least I can say the episode went against my expectations, which I guess is a good thing.



Heartburn- Nights in White Satin by ~Hasana-chan on deviantART

Don't get any ideas. They're just passionately kissing and nothing more. Or are they?



First Date by ~thelivingmachine02 on deviantART

A romantic picture of the two as humans.



Never Wonder What They're Worth by ~Hasana-chan on deviantART

Another more intimate humanization of the two.


Fancy Pants/Fleur-De-Lis


Fleur and Fancypants by *KP-ShadowSquirrel on deviantART

I know most people like to ship Fancy Pants with Rarity, but let's be honest: Fancy Pants seems a bit old for Rarity--and I know that probably sounds hypocritical coming from a guy who likes her shipped with Spike. And it only makes sense that Fancy Pants would be shipped with Fleur as we're introduced to the two together. That clearly show's they dating, if not close friends.



Exquisite Company by *atryl on deviantART

Is it just me, or does Fleur look like Princess Zelda in that dress?



I don't always become a human... by *Sallymon on deviantART

...but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis. Stay thirsty, my friends!



fancypants y fleur de lis by ~rainygami on deviantART

Yet another humanization.


Queen Chrysalis/King Sombra


MLP--Evil Royalty by *intelligent-zombie on deviantART

I used to prefer Queen Chrysalis shipped with Discord, but now that Discord has turned to the light side, King Sombra seems like the next plausible shipping partner. And they would seem to go well together, both being evil royal figure. Though I would suspect that they would hook up as a matter of shared power rather than for romantic interest, as has been the case in the past with other royal pairings.



Still beautiful no matter what by ~SkitzOpheliac on deviantART

Sombra knows exactly what the ladies wants.



You're awful... I love you! by ~SkitzOpheliac on deviantART

This picture makes me wonder if the combined power of Chrysalis and Shining Armor would have the same effect as Cadence and Shining Armor. Perhaps. But obviously Cadence and SA would overpower them hands down.



The King's bed by ~Yula568 on deviantART

These two look good with their hair down. Wait a minute. Their hair is always down. Well, at least they look better in candlelight.



You are my most precious crystal [colored version] by *Anzu18 on deviantART

I wonder which would be worse: Chrysalis and Sombra having a child, or Pinkie Pie and Discord? No contest! Pinkie and Discord having a child would threaten the fabric of space and time. "And that how Equestria was unmade!"

The Truth About Sequestration


Imagine a morbidly obese man riding a power scooter into McDonalds. Imagine him ordering five Big Macs, three McChickens, three large fries, a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets meal, two McFlurrys, and a small Diet Coke--all of which he pays for using the college savings of his children.

Now imagine his wife, concerned about his health, taking away his Diet Coke. And imagine his protests that this will starve him to death.

That's the sequestion debate in a nutshell! Pretty stupid, isn't it?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Future Plans

Just a few quick announcements of what I have planned for this blog:

Pony Couples. Tommorow will be my last post for my Pony Couples series, and I do mean my last. Not sure if I'm going to do this again next year, let alone if I'm still going to be around next year. So I decided to end it with a bang. You can only imagine what I have planned.

Birthday Q&A. Hey, remember when I asked you guys for questions to answer for my birthday? Notice how it's been a good month since my birthday and I still haven't answered those questions? Well, the reason has been that I've been too tied down with work to get to it. But now I have some free time, I've decided to get around to it. I'm planning on releasing the answers sometime this weekend, thoug that's not a promise.

Top 5 Best/Worst MLP:FiM S3 Episodes. As with Seasons 1 and 2, I will be releasing a list of my top five favorite and least favorite My Little Pony episodes for Season 3. When is this list going to be released? When it's finished!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Obama's Red Ink Express


A.F. Branco


Just who is trying to drive us off the fiscal cliff?

Give Me Food Stamps Or Give Me Death!


Look, I understand the concept of food stamps. It's to ensure that poor people don't starve to death. It's a social safety net that ought to be provided to help the less fortunate in society. I get it!

But if that's going to be the case, then food stamps should at least be restricted to basic necessities: milk, bread, eggs, etc. They should not be used, or rather abused, to buy luxury items like crab legs or sushi, which even well-off citizens can barely afford. I think that's a reasonable request.

This is why politicians like S.C. Gov Nikki Haley have pushed for legislation that would limit food stamps to healthy items rather than junk food. Not only would it save taxpayer money, but it would also combat obesity, which is rampant among the impoverished. Sounds like reasonable legislation, right?

Not unless you're the libtarded hivemind of r/politics, where logic and reason take a backseat to sensationalism and hyperbole--because obviously reality has a libtarded bias!

Here is just a taste of the "intellectual" gems within the comment section of this thread:
• But if Michelle Obama had suggested this the republicans would call her a commie food fascist.

• 'Big liberal nanny-state government'

• I love how the teabaggers can't even finish SAYING "big government is bad" before they come up with a list of things they want to have the government enforce. It's funny how when Michelle Obama suggests people might want to consider eating healthier it's ULTRA-SOCIALISM, but when a Republican is actually dictating the menu it's just smart governance. Is there any topic, no matter how minor, that these idiots won't trip all over themselves to be hypocrites about?

• Is this idea from the same people who hate Government Overreach and the Nanny State?

• Will this make republicans heads explode? They don't want government controlling what people eat, but they don't want people on welfare to waste tax funds.
The false equivalency here simply burns! There's a major difference between Michelle Obama or Michael Bloomberg limiting what food citizens can purchase with their own money, and Nikki Haley limiting what welfare recipients can buy with other people's money. Major effing obvious difference!

But oh wait, the comment section goes full libtard here (and you never go full libtard!):
• While some Republicans would likely criticize this move if Michelle Obama proposed it simply because they hate everything the Obamas do, I think many conservatives would support this bill as they wouldn't want government spending being used to make people unhealthy and cost them more money in the long run due to healthcare costs.

• Just like Republicans supported NYC's ban on large soda cups.

Oh, wait... Fox News called that fascist-socialist-jack-boot-nanny-state-bald-eagle-killing-freedom-death.

• Please. They'd be much more likely to support it just because it gives them yet another chance to treat poor people like crap. I can hear them now -- "If you want a potato chip, get a job! No Snickers bar on MY dime!"
Because obviously junk food is an inalienable right and the social contract dictates that we provide it for our fellow man!

You want to live on a diet of Mountain Dew and Cheetos? Fine! That's your lifestyle choice. As such, you should pay for it with your own money, not mine. What you do with your money is you business, and what you do with my money is my business.

I swear, these libtards sound like the lowlife friend you invite to lunch and offer to pay for his meal, only for him to buy the most expensive item on the menu and leave you with a check that forces you to wash dishes in order to pay it.

And the saddest part is that these comments only reveal that we as a country will never have real entitlement reform, and considering how both Medicare and Social Security are equal to defense spending--and when combined, actually dwarf it--this is especially disheartening. The gross sense of entitlement of this generation is turning the next one into debt slaves.

When Trolling Crosses The Line

Adalia Rose was a six-year-old girl with progeria. Despite her condition and less than appealing appearance, she loved to play dress-up and dance to music like any other girl her age. Her mother would take pictures and videos of her and post them on Facebook and YouTube.



While her videos often attracted the awe of sympathetic souls, it also attracted the ire of internet trolls. And I warn you, the hate she received would make even the thickest of skins cringe:
Facebook groups popped up with names like, "Adalia Rose should have been aborted," "Adalia Rose is responsible for 9/11," "Adalia Rose is a veiny testicle head." An arbitrary selection of archived comments: "I can't take Adalia Rose seriously, she looks like dobby the house elf" ... "Whats the difference between Adalia and a watermelon... One is fun to hit with a sledge hammer, and ones a watermelon" ... "If Adalia Rose is beautiful then my ballsack must be a model."
Her entire story is extremely heart-wrenching, and I wouldn't suggest reading it without a box of Kleenex nearby. Still I suggest reading it in its entirety in order to feel the complete severity of her situation. For this post, I'll highlight the most relevant--if not revolting--portion of the article:
Sometime in June, Carl Ludwig Sherburne noticed a new "bandwagon," his term for the Internet’s ephemeral obsessions, cluttering his Facebook timeline. The notoriously disruptive 4chan board /b/ had seized upon some evidently sick girl’s Facebook page, and with the Miami Cannibal Zombie meme dying down, the rage among his online peers had shifted to PhotoShopping this child’s veiny, hairless head onto the bodies of famous monsters and extraterrestrials. People pasted her face on E.T., Roger from American Dad, Teletubbies, Land of the Lost Sleestaks, Gollum, Mini Me. There were so many different juxtapositions of this Progeria Girl, as Sherburne would come to call her, that he would start collecting them, like virtual trading cards, and eventually amass more than 500.


After Adalia’s passing, he said, the only online trace of her existence would be these cruel images. “You know whose fault it’s gonna be? It’s not gonna be the millions of people on the Internet who looked at them. It’s gonna be yours for letting these pictures escape,” he stammered, as if Adalia’s baby photos were leaked documents. “You are a sick woman. You are more disgusting and horrible than my fat disgusting ass could ever be.” He was nearly spitting. “You are one stupid bitch.”
When it comes to trolling, I can understand targets like Chris Chan or CopperCab. At least they're grown men whose behavior partially incited it, who are mature enough (or at least should be mature enough) to handle internet drama, and who are old enough to defend themselves. But when it involves a defenseless, terminally-ill six-year-old girl, then it crosses the line. This is sick. Just sick!

The only bright side is that Adalia is in a much better place now and no longer has to endure her physical suffering, much less the emotional suffering she received from heartless bastards like Sherburne, who defend their repugnant actions under the guise of "trolling." There's a special spot in Hell for these cretins, and it's frozen in the ninth circle getting corn-holed in the eye sockets by pineapple-dicked demons from now until the end of effing time. (Or is that the punishment for creating Ultima 9? I get that confused sometimes.)

Friday, February 22, 2013

“Magical Mystery Cure” Recap


Took me long enough, but I finally have a recap for the Season 3 finale. You all know what my thoughts on the finale are, so let’s jump right into it:

Magical Mystery Cure



Thoughts
• Spike is still not a morning dragon.
• The colt with the cherry cutie mark walking alongside Mayor Mare was one of the ponies waiting in line at Sugarcube Corner in “Putting Your Hoof Down.”
• The sofa clerk also sells quills. Interesting marketing choice! (Though I find it interesting that he refers to Twilight as “kid.” Knowing Twilight, I would assume she would be a regular customer, and thus he would know her by name.)
• Twilight Sparkle does a mean Latin dance.
• The unicorn couple eating at the café has appeared in many Canterlot episodes including “Sweet and Elite.”
• Forget Rarity! Twilight has the best wet mane!
• Doctor Hooves seems to have changed his Cutie Mark into a crescent moon. Perhaps the Mane Six were not the only ponies who had their Cutie Marks switched.
• Who doesn’t love sleeping in the rain?
• Gummy is hanging out at Fluttershy’s—er, I mean, Rainbow Dash’s—cottage.
• The cat is the same one from “Read it or Weep.”
• Vinyl Scratch appears in Sugarcube Corner along with Bon Bon and Berry Punch.
• Was Spike just doing Gangham Style with the Groucho glasses?
• Pinkamena Diane Pie has returned—with a Southern drawl!
• I don’t know where, but I think I may have seen the dress with the grass headdress somewhere before.
• Bon Bon is one of the sunburned and snowbound ponies.
• Spike has seven-hour bubble baths. Funny. Sounds like something Rarity would do—which is why the two are obviously made for each other.
• Twilight neglected to sign for her package.
• The Elements of Harmony are stored in a glass case.
• So that’s the book that Luna was carrying at the end of “The Crystal Empire”!
• Spike suggests using the memory spell from “Return to Harmony” and Zecora’s cure in “The Cutie Pox” to fix Twilight’s accident.
• When Pinkie Pie said in “A Friend In Deed” that it was her job to make sure every pony was happy, she wasn’t kidding, considering how grumpy all the town ponies are.
• Was anyone else teary-eyed by Twilight’s sad song? Because I know I was.
• The group photo that always appears in the opening is framed above Twilight’s mantelpiece.
• Spike is extremely pleased to carry the case for the Elements of Harmony.
• Sheesh! The animals are about to eat Rainbow Dash alive! (If it was Scootaloo, they would be preparing chicken soup!)
• Angel Bunny happily eats his vegetables—unlike in “Putting Your Hoof Down.” (Still haven’t forgiven him for that!)
• Berry Punch being chased by a thundercloud.
• Seems like Rainbow Dash used that tornado trick she used in “Wonderbolt Academy” to good use.
• Oh gee, Twilight gets zapped with the Elements of Harmony. I guess this is where she gets transformed into an ali---oh my gosh, she just got obliterated!
• “Hello? Where am I? What is this place?” SPAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCEEEEEE!
• Looks like Twilight has been zapped into the Matrix!
• I guess this is what Celestia meant by taking Twilight to the next level of her studies in “The Crystal Empire.” It makes her actions back then make sense.
• Notice how Twilight appears to the others at night, and how she was zapped away during the day. You have to wonder how long the others were waiting for her, and what was going through their minds during that time. After all, they had just seen their best friend zapped away with nothing but a scorched mark left behind.
• I don’t care what the other bronies say: Alicorn Twilight is best pony! (And to think many have threatened to leave the fanbase because of it!)
• We get to hear new terms for the Elements: Charity, Compassion, Devotion, Integrity, Optimism, and Leadership.
• And everypony bows before her.
• Rainbow Dash’s coronation dress: Ri-Co-La!
• We get to see Twilight’s parents again, obviously teary-eyed and proud.
• Spike present’s Twilight’s crown.
• It’s Derpy!

Questions
• Why have the Ponyville pegasi not intervened in Rarity’s weather madness? I would assume there would be more than one pegasi other than Rainbow Dash in charge of the weather.
• How would Pinkie not know how to work on a farm if she grew up on one? Are rock farms simply different from regular farms? Well, obvious answer is obvious.
• What would have happened if Twilight did not recite Starswirl’s spell near the Elements of Harmony? Would it have had the same effect?
• Here’s something that ran through my mind: If the spell changed the Cutie Marks around the first time, would it not work again the second time around, or multiple times? It seems to me that Twilight could have cast the spell multiple times until the cutie marks were the way they originally were.
• Why does Fluttershy, a pegasus, need to take a balloon to Cloudsdale?
• You have to wonder what the Apple Family was doing with Apple Jack making dresses and Pinkie Pie ruining their farm. Did they simply allow this to happen?
• Well, this raises a lot of questions about alicorns. Is this how Celestia and the others became alicorns, or were they born that way? Is Twilight immortal, or does that apply only for Celestia and Luna? Now that Twilight is a princess, what is she a princess of? How will this new title affect her relationship with other ponies in the series? Obviously, she will be treated differently now than she was as a normal pony. And finally, did she learn how to fly before the coronation, or do alicorns instinctively know how to fly?

Gags
• Spike waking up, and falling back asleep.
• Twilight Latin dancing.
• Fluttershy with Groucho glasses.
• Pinkamena Diane Pie!
• Twilight: “Oo-ooo!”
• Fluttershy’s whoopee cushion.
• The bear hugging and kissing Fluttershy.
• The eye effects after each pony realizes their true destiny.
• Pinkie: “Alicorn Party!”
• Pinkie’s spit take.

Quotes
• Rainbow Dash: Um, Hello? Friend trapped inside. Remember?
• Rarity: Oh my! What a terrible dream I just had…or maybe I’m still having it!
• Pinkie Pie: C’mon, ponies! I want to see you smile!
Ponies: Pinkie!
• Twilight: (Finishing Starswirl’s spell) From all of us together, together we are friends, with the marks of our destinies made one, there is magic without end.
• Rainbow Dash: Ha! Twilight’s got wings! Awe-some! A new flying buddy.
• Twilight: What do I do now? Is there a book about being a princess I should read?
• Twilight: “Today I consider myself the luckiest pony in Equestria.” (“Today I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth!”)
• Twilight: Are you crying?
Shining Armor: Of course not! It’s liquid pride. A totally different thing.

Songs
Wow! So this is where all the songs for Season 3 went! I have to admit Daniel Ingram outdid himself with this episode. I feel like Paw commenting on them all. So here we go:

• Morning in Ponyville. Don’t get me wrong: this is an excellent song—really upbeat and catchy. The problem is that it’s Twilight who sings it. I just don’t feel that Twilight would sing and act like this, especially in the morning. This is more fitting of Pinkie Pie. Overall, great song, but the singer is miscast.
• What My Cutie Mark Is Telling Me. Well, it’s a simple song, and an effective one in providing exposition at a quick pace, but otherwise, it isn’t that special or memorable.
• I’ve Got To Find A Way. Does this remind anyone else of those sad pop songs that play on the radio?
• A True, True Friend. This is by far the best song and most memorable in the episode. Extremely catchy with its repetitive chorus. I’m still humming it to this day.
• Celestia’s Ballad. It’s Celestia singing. Need I say more?
• Behold, Princess Twilight Sparkle. Meh! For what it is, it’s decent.
• Life In Equestria. Next verse, same as the first!

LIBTARD SMASH!


I recently stumbled across the funniest YouTube video, and I am seriously LMFAO over it! I kid you not: I had to pause the video multiple times just to catch my breath I was laughing so hard.

Throughout this libtard’s temper tantrum, I was half-expecting him to transform into the Incredible Hulk. He didn’t. But his rage still managed to provide unintentional comedy gold.

And why is this relatively unknown YouTube libtard declaring war on half the country? Because the welfare reform in his state of Alabama (which he claims is more conservative than North Korea!) is forcing him to get a job rather than suckle off the teat of the welfare state. Oh the humanity!



If you’re feeling depressed today, by all means, watch this video. The bouts of uncontrolled laughter you’ll get from it will cheer you up in ten seconds flat.

Ann Coulter Calls Libertarians "Pussies"

You know, there was a time when I considered Ann Coulter a decent political pundit. But then again, there was a time when I considered Spongebob Squarepants a decent cartoon, Inuyasha a decent anime, and Dane Cook a decent comedian. Funny how tastes change.

And it's moments like these that remind me why I fell out of love with Ann:

Federal Spending With & Without Sequester Cuts


Truly terrifying, isn't it?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Obama's Approval Rating At 3-Year High

President Barack Obama...

...extended the Patriot Act, not once, not twice, but three times.

...has prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other president combined.

...signed legislation permitting the indefinite detention of American citizens without even the slightest due process.

...used executive privilege in order to withhold documents concerning "Fast And Furious", a federal operation that smuggled guns to Mexican drug cartels.

...approved the assassination of two Americans citizens, including a 16-year-old, outside of a battlefield.

...has cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries, despite having promised not to.

...whose administration has pushed for internet censorship through proposed legislation such as SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and CISPA.

...approves targeting American citizens for drone strikes if they pose an "imminent threat" to national security--and by "imminent threat," he means no "clear evidence" of one whatsoever.

...is experiencing his highest job-approval rating in three years!

Americans are suffering from serious Stockholm's Syndrome!


Know Your Meme

DVD-R Hell: Deception of a Generation (Part 2)

Brad Jones continues his commentary on the Christian propaganda piece Deception of a Generation. In this second part, we learn how ET is a homosexual, the Smurfs are zombies, and how Voltron promotes witchcraft. We also get insight on My Little Pony--or rather, My Pony, as talked by their legion of fans the Brother-nies!

Pony Couples: Cutie Mark Crusaders

Welcome back to yet another installment of Pony Couples. All through the month of February, I'm sharing my favorite My Little Pony shippings. This week, I’m featuring shippings of the show’s youngest: Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo, otherwise known as the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

Let’s start this fan art series off with their leader, Apple Bloom, paired off with the better half of Trixie’s fanboy duo, Snips:


Toss Snips Another Ring, Apple Bloom by ~thedarklordkeisha on deviantART

While this is a fan pairing, it does have origins in the show. In The Cutie Pox, after Apple Bloom shows off her new cutie mark and special talent, we see Snips fawning over her. So in a way, this is a canonical shipping.



A Snips Pick Up Line by ~NikkyDash on deviantART

Snips really needs to work on his pickup lines.



Sweetie Dreams by ~gimpcowking on deviantART

Next up we have Sweetie Belle and Spike. I know I said I liked Rarity and Spike as a couple, but now that I think about it, he is a tad bit young for her. He would be better of hooking up with her little sister, and seeing them dance in A Canterlot Wedding, they do look like a cute couple.



Gift by ~PrinnyAniki on deviantART

Spike giving Sweetie Belle a Christmas gift…excuse me, I mean Hearth’s Warming Eve gift!



Sweetie Spike-Commission by =thetriforcebearer on deviantART

This picture of Sweetie Belle cuddling with Spike is so saccharin sweet, I think I’m going to need an insulin shot.



Sweet Valentine by ~PrinnyAniki on deviantART

I hope Sweetie Belle asked Rarity if she could use her rare blue rubies to make a Hearts and Hooves Day card for Spike.



Let Me Sing My Song For You by *TheSketchyEnigma on deviantART

Does teenage Sweetie Belle remind anyone else of Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2? Something tells me she’s singing "Real Emotion" here. Great! Now I’m imagining the CMC as the Gullwings. Sweetie Belle is Yuna, Apple Bloom is Rikku, and Scootaloo is Paine! Though I have a better time imagining them as the Kingdom Hearts 2 Gullwings.



September Love by ~lordvader914 on deviantART

A cute moment between Sweetie Belle and Spike. Rarity seems to be happy about this, though you have to wonder if she’s happy her little sister found a special somepony (or rather, somedragon), or that Spike is now off her shoulder.



MLP--Higher Than the Moon (commish) by *intelligent-zombie on deviantART

Various cute scenes featuring adult Sweetie Belle and Spike. Though I have to wonder what the two are doing in the bottom panel. Hope they’re using protection. Then again, Sweetie Belle is wearing leather.



My Favorite MLP Shipping by *xniclord789x on deviantART

Huh, I guess they weren’t using protection. Smart remarks aside, this is a cute scene, and a proper end result for the couple.



Rumble and Scootaloo sitting in a tree.. by ~Elslowmo on deviantART

Now we have the last of the three, Scootaloo, paired up with Rumblew. And what better way to end a movie date then to fall asleep on the couch in each others’ arms?



Scootaloo X rumble cuddle. by ~Skwareblox on deviantART

…K-I-S-S-I-N-G! First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a filly in the filly carriage.



Together we Fly by *adcoon on deviantART

I assume Scootaloo is heartbroken that Rainbow Dash has left for the Wonderbolt Academy, and Rumble is cheering her up, since his brother is also attending the academy.



Err... Scoots? by *DaringDashie on deviantART

Only fitting that Scoots and Rumble grow up to be Wonderbolts, considering how their older siblings (or role model in Scoot’s case) are becoming Wonderbolts.



Babs and Snails by ~pikurosonai00 on deviantART

And finally, we have the CMC’s newest member Babs Seed with Snails. If Snips is paired with somepony, it’s only fair that Snails gets a special somepony too. And what better match than Babs? I guess it has to be the hair. They have similar hairstyles, don’t they?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Libtards OK With Drone Strikes If Obama Does It, Study Shows


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Remember my post last week when I discussed how Americans can be targeted for drone strikes if they pose an "imminent threat" to national security--and by "imminent threat," they mean no "clear evidence" of one whatsoever?

Remember how I ranted against the libtarded moonbats who would have protested this if it was carried out by Bush, and yet have remained silent about it under Obama, implying that they don't have a problem with their civil liberties being curtailed so long as it's a Democrat curtailing them?

Well now an official study confirms this to be the exact case!
Civil libertarians have worried that some of President Obama’s comparatively hawkish national security policies are silencing “liberal” Democrats who would have opposed such measures under President Bush or another Republican. Now there’s new evidence that Obama’s support for such policies isn’t just silencing them — it’s winning them over.

That’s the finding of new research by Brown University political scientist Michael Tesler, who studies what he calls the “racialization” of political issues in the age of Obama: mainly, the way voters’ attitudes about race can make them more or less likely to support policies once they know those policies are supported by Obama. Last year he made headlines with an American Journal of Political Science article about the way racial attitudes shaped opinions on the Affordable Care Act.
The Salon article reveals the study's results as follows:
In a YouGov poll of 1,000 voters last August, Tesler found significantly more support for targeted killing of suspected terrorists among white “racial liberals” (i.e., those liberal on issues of race) and African-Americans when they were told that Obama supported such a policy than when they were not told it was the president’s policy. Only 27 percent of white racial liberals in a control group supported the targeted killing policy, but that jumped to 48 percent among such voters who were told Obama had conducted such targeted killings (which Tesler refers to as the “Obama cue”). He found a similar difference among African-Americans, but cautions that the sample size, of 60 in a control group and another 60 who were given the “Obama cue,” is small. “We can be pretty confident that blacks are more supportive when given the Obama cue, but not at all confident about how precisely large that difference is,” he told me via email.
Can we please stop calling these people "liberals"?! They are most certainly not liberal! John Locke was a liberal. Adam Smith was a liberal. Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers were liberals. But Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrats are not liberals. So let's stop calling them that. Let's call them what they really are: libtards. In fact, let's call them by a more accurate term: authoritarian psychopaths!

Also, as mentioned above, the study shows a clear correlation between the president's race and how others view his policies. Clearly they're against these policies until they learn that Obama supports them. Gee, it's almost as if they only support his policies because he's black. Doesn't that sound a tad bit racist? But silly me! I guess it's only racism if they oppose him. Then it's clearly because he's black. So you better support Obama and his draconian policies, or else you're a racist!

Daily Pony: Twilight's New Wings


Twilight's New Wings by ~Pimmy on deviantART

Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash help Twilight Sparkle with her new wings.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Democrats Aren't The Only Party Of Stupid

Yesterday I shared a letter to the editor which reveled the stupidity of the average Democrat. To be fair, Republicans have their share of stupid, too, as this local op-ed reveals:
Signs that read “Deer Crossing” and the like are going to continue to pop up throughout our country including Avon Lake, but who are these signs for? Deer cannot read, do not obey the law and probably will cross where they wish. Although adorable companions, it is hard to remember the last time that the news reported an animal talking, thinking or providing significant input for the benefit of society. Yet, these signs cost taxpayers like so much of government.
Oh, so that's what those "Deer Crossing" signs are for! Silly me! I always assumed it was to let drivers know where deer tend to be most populous.

Daily Pony: Twilight Princess and her Dragon Guard


Twilight Princess and her Dragon Guardian by ~dot-DOLL on deviantART

Forget Xena! Princess Twilight Sparkle has a dragon!

Monday, February 18, 2013

"Proud To Be A Democrat": Proof You Can't Fix Stupid

Republicans are often belittled as the stupid party--and in many cases, they are, but if this letter to the editor from a "proud democrat" is any indicator, the Democrats have their fair share of stupid:


Gulf Coast Gun Forum


For those who can't read the print in the image above, here is the text of the letter:
Beaufort, N.C.

Jan. 17, 2013

TO THE EDITOR:

Republicans and “so-called” conservatives are at it again. They are claiming that the Constitution gives people the right to have guns without the permission of the government. If that were true, then how could New York and Chicago have laws against it?

We Democrats are sick and tired of Republicans constantly using the Constitution to cover up their true plans, which are to make us all afraid of everyone else. Our great president came from a civilized part of the country where there is strict gun control, and he is only trying to bring the benefits of that more modern way of living to the rest of us. I don’t know the exact statistics, but I’m quite certain that Chicago is a lot safer that Morehead City, when it comes to gun violence.

But do Republicans and conservatives listen to the voice of reason? No, of course not. All they want to do is whine and complain about how gun control and wealth redistribution violate the Constitution, as if the Constitution were all that great, anyway. There are a lot of things that need to be changed about the Constitution, I’d say, and President Obama needs to change it.
So far, this letter is your typical anti-gun, anti-Republican, pro-Obama screed. Nothing exceptionally out of the ordinary--until you get to the next paragraph (emphasis mine):
The Republicans are just trying to stand in the way, because the president is black. They even dared to question whether he was born in this country. I think all this demonstrates that the Constitution needs to be amended when it comes to the qualifications for being president. Right now, it says that a person has to be 35 years old and be a natural born citizen. Well, that is obviously unfair because there are a great many otherwise qualified people who cannot run for president because their mothers had to have a C-section.  But because the Constitution was written a hundred years ago, nobody even thought of the discrimination that would result from a doctor having to deliver a baby in this unnatural way. Now that we Democrats are in control of the government, that’s just one more thing we should change in our drive to make life fair.

Please withhold my name because I don’t want to get crank calls.

PROUD TO BE A DEMOCRAT
If you require me to explain to you everything wrong in that paragraph, chances are you probably need to go back to school--preschool that is!

I feel dumber having read that. I may have even lost a few brain cells. I'm going to have to read some Ludwig Von Mises and Murray Rothbard in order to regain my intelligence. I hope I still remember how to read!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Daily Pony: How To Become A Princess


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Here's one reason why I liked Twilight's alicorn transformation, and yet another reason why I think this is an excellent show for little girls, as opposed to the other crap that's marketed to them!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MLP Season 3 Finale Reaction


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Well, fellow bronies and pegasisters, this morning was the moment we've all been waiting for: the MLP Season 3 Finale!

You can tell that Hasbro and The Hub have been building up to this episode, what with them promoting the ever-living heck out of it and releasing tons upon tons of spoilers. With the finale being only one episode, I didn't think they would release as many spoilers as they did.

As with every other brony, I've really been anticipating this episode. I really wanted to preserve my first impression of it, so I decided to forgo the spoilers. It wasn't easy, and it was even tempting to want to take a sneak peek, but I decided not to, and waited until the episode was released to finally see what it was about.

Of course, I knew what the premise was--and really, it was hard not to know ("Princess Coronation")--but even then, I didn't know exactly what to expect.

And then I saw the episode this morning.

Holy. Sweet. Celestia.

Obviously this episode had a big impact on me, as it apparently did the rest of the brony community.
I'm not going to go into much detail now. I'm going to wait until my recap on this episode--which sadly is going to be late, as I have a lot of work this weekend!

But my two initial thoughts on this:

First: Ah, so this is where all the songs for Season 3 went to! I was wondering why there were so little songs this season. They were saving it all for this episode, and boy, did they save the best for last!

Second: So, where do we go from here?

You have to admit, with the BIG change that happened in this episode, it's a game changer for the  series. You know things aren't going to be the same from here on out. How can they be? This was a really big change. Perhaps even too big. Who knows? This could very well be the series jumping the shark. It can either get better from here on out, or it could be all downhill from here. Who knows? We'll have to wait until Season 4 to find out.

As I said, I'll go into more detail in my next recap, which will obviously be my last for this season.

And as with the previous two seasons, I'm going to have a "Top 5 Best/Worst Episodes" list for this season. Obviously, this episode is going to make the list. Which one? Well, I think you can guess.

And for those who haven't seen the episode yet, you can watch it here!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pony Couples: Mr. And Mrs. Cake

Welcome back to yet another installment of Pony Couples. All this month, I'm sharing my favorite My Little Pony shippings. And how fitting is it that this week’s post is on St. Valentine’s Day, or as it’s known in Equestria, Hearts and Hooves Day?

This week, I’m highlighting yet another official couple: Mr. and Mrs. Cake, otherwise known as Carrot and Cup Cake.

As with Princess Cadence and Shining Armor, despite them being an official couple, they’re also not very well-received. In fact, the birth of their twins, Pound and Pumpkin, a pegasus and unicorn, led many fans to speculate that Mrs. Cake was unfaithful to Mr. Cake, and thus the two are sometimes depicted in fan art cheating with other characters.

I feel this is unfair. There is no reason to believe that Mrs. Cake cheated on her husband. Yes, Mr. Cake’s explanation on how two earth ponies could end up with unicorn and pegasi children is extremely convoluted, but at least it makes more sense than saying Mrs. Cake cheated on her husband with a unicorn and pegasus, which would not biologicaly produce such a result.

Anyway, with that rant aside, here is my favorite fan art of the two:


Cake Date by ~ParadigmPizza on deviantART

A cute simple picture of the two nuzzling noses.



Cake War by ~Graciegirl328 on deviantART

Something tells me these two may have been rivals when they were little. How else do you explain that both of them have cakes as their cutie marks?



Carrot and Cup at the prom by ~Ghost-Peacock on deviantART

Oh yes, this is exactly how I imagined they looked like in high school.



mr y mrs cake by ~rainygami on deviantART

Un retrato humano de Senor y Senora Pastel. Y sí, como se sabe, el artista es el español.



mr and mrs cake by ~Rackas on deviantART

Yet another human portrait, and a somewhat more realistic one.



birth is magic by ~lexx2dot0 on deviantART

I don’t know whether or not this is Greek or Russian, but your guess is as good as mine, as is the rest of the comic.



MLP: The Cakes by ~Dulali on deviantART

A lovely picture of the two with their twin foals.



The Cakes Nightmare Night by *johnjoseco on deviantART

The family out on their first Nightmare Night.



Family Photobomb by *TehJadeh on deviantART

And what family portrait would be complete without Pinkie Pie?



Furry Pop: MLP Mr. and Mrs. Cake by ~CaseyLJones on deviantART

Looks like Mr. Cake just became a beefcake! :D