Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, August 30, 2013

Are The Rich Hoarding Their Cash?

Are the rich hoarding their cash, and making us all a lot worse? Shane Killian of the Bogosity Podcast explains why this isn't the case, and why the Huffington Post's Jillian Berman is an "Idiot Extraordinaire" for suggesting that it is.



Bogosity Podcast for August 19, 2012

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Overrated!

I haven't exactly followed the internet cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson, but if this tweet is any indicator, then the guy isn't quite the super genius others portray him to be:

I don't know why they call it social science. It's simple: eliminate the rich. There, I've solved the biggest problems in social science. Try doing some real science sometime.
He doesn't even try to sugarcoat his sentiments! He doesn't say "tax the rich" or "force the rich to pay their fair share." He outright says "eliminate the rich." (And I can only assume by guillotine!)

If this guy were truly the genius his followers claim he is, then he could have easily spotted the glaring flaw in his logic: if you "eliminate" the  richest people (the richest one percent, I assume), that just make the next people down the rich. You haven't eliminated the rich. You've only changed who the rich is.

The only way to eliminate "the rich" is to reduce humanity to one person. As long as you have more than one person, and someone else has more wealth than the other, you will always have someone who is rich.

This is why I can never take wealth redistribution seriously, whether it cloaks itself as communism, socialism, or welfarism: it's completely utopian! You cannot realistically solve the world's problems by attacking the rich and trying to make everyone equal. You will always fail. It would be ideal if everyone had equal wealth. That sounds nice on paper. But it only works on paper. It can never work in practice because it ignores human nature. You cannot attempt to help human beings while ignoring human nature.

Ignoring nature in any form is anti-science, which in turn makes Mr. Tyson ironically anti-science, despite being the scientist he is.

Daily Pony: GONG YI TAMPAI!!!!!

With the premiere of Xiaolin Chronicles, I decided to share some MLP/XS crossover fan art. Anyone familiar with Xiaolin Showdown will know who's who in the picture below.


GONG YI TAMPAI!!!!! by ~himanuts on deviantART

Xiaolin Chronicles? Legend of Korra Season 2? MLP:FIM Season 4? I can hardly wait for fall to begin!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Real Motivational MLK Speech

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. I'm not sure which is more depressing about this occasion: that race hustlers like Al Sharpton have hijacked his legacy to push their own political agenda, or that this anniversary falls around the same time our first black president is contemplating war (whereas MLK was vehemently anti-war).

Many have speculated what King would think if he were alive today. I think he would be deeply grieved by current events, especially within the African-American community, and he would scoldingly condemn them.

So on this special anniversary, rather than copy every other blogger by posting MLK's original "I Have A Dream" speech, I'm posting a different speech by Dr. King, a speech he would probably give the black community if he were alive today.

It goes without saying that this speech come from The Boondocks, and as such, contains quite a lot of foul language, especially racial slurs:



Funny how the sentiments of this speech were expressed by Bill O'Reilly over a month ago, and yet when a white guy like him says something like that, he gets slammed as a "racist." Odd how that is!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

My Thoughts On The Chris Lane Shooting

If I didn't care about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman media circus, why in the name of Celestia's royal delectable plot would I give a flying feather about this media circus?

This isn't even that big of a news story. It's simply being blown out-of-proportion so that both sides may exploit it for political purposes.  The left is using it as a rallying cry for "MOAR GUN CONTROL!", and the right is trying to portray it as the white equivalent of the Trayvon Martin shooting. (Which it clearly isn't!)

Manning is in jail. Snowden is on the run. And yet this is the story people care about? A random crime story about some guy getting shot?

What the freak is wrong with our priorities?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Happy Belated B-Day, Dr. Paul!

I've been so swamped in work assignments that I completely forgot about the Good Doctor's birthday yesterday. Well, here's to his 78 years of defending liberty and freedom, and here's hoping for 78 more!

To celebrate this belated occasion, he's my picture of Rainbow Dash saluting the Good Doctor from two years ago:


Rainbow Dash Salutes Ron Paul by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

Daily Pony: Les Mis Ponies

Nostalgia Critic recently did a musical review of Les Misérables (with crossovers from other Channel Awesome reviewers.) Personally, it wasn't as great as his Moulin Rouge review (which is by far his best review ever!), though it did have its moments.

If anything, the part that really got me psyched was at the very end with his preview of his next review. (Insert fanboy squeal here!)

Anyway, to commemorate that review, here's some MLP Les Misérables fanart by the artist Reipid:


:Les Mis Ponies: On My Own by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: One Day more by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: When the Mirror Flips. by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: Stars by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis ponies: Confrontation by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: Master of the House by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: End of the Day Lovely Lady by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: The Arrest by ~Reipid on deviantART


:Les Mis Ponies: The Beginning by ~Reipid on deviantART

Monday, August 19, 2013

Daily Pony: Ponies vs. Pikachus


Why are the ponies fighting a horde of Pikachus? Why are they dressed in Viking gear? Why is Pinkie Pie leading them? Why is she quoting 300?

This is insanity. This is madness. THIS. IS. EQUESTRIA!

Who cares? This is awesome!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sheriff Of Nottingham Explains Taxes





Prince John: Taxes! Taxes! Beautiful, lovely taxes! Ah-hah! Ah-hah!
Sir Hiss: S-Sire, you have an absolute skill for encouraging contributions from the poor.
Prince John: To coin a phrase, my dear counselor, rob the poor to give the rich.

- Robin Hood (1973)


Robin Hood is one of my favorite Disney films of all time, which is why I get peeved when socialists try to claim the character as their own. "Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor," they argue. What they neglect to mention is that the poor were being oppressed by the rich through high taxation, and that Robin Hood was aiding them by returning the taxes that had been imposed on them by the king (government).

Go ahead and re-watch the movie! If you watch it, you'll see the Sheriff of Nottingham collect taxes from the poor, only for Robin Hood to steal the money back and return it to their rightful owners. If anything, he was more of an anarcho-capitalist than a socialist. What else do you call a guy who fought against taxation? Maybe a "teabagging redneck"?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

18 Facts That Prove Guns Make Us Safer

Michael Snyder from The American Dream provides 18 Little-Known Gun Facts That Prove That Guns Make Us Safer. (WARNING: If you support gun control and do not wish to have your anti-gun narrative contradicted, do not proceed to read this list.):
#1 Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent.

#2 A study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy discovered that nations that have more guns tend to have less crime.

#3 The nine European nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate that is three times greater than the nine European nation with the highest rate of gun ownership.

#4 Almost every mass shooting that has occurred in the United States since 1950 has taken place in a state with strict gun control laws
With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. Despite strict gun regulations, Europe has had three of the worst six school shootings.
#5 The United States is #1 in the world in gun ownership, and yet it is only 28th in the world in gun murders per 100,000 people.

#6 The violent crime rate in the United States actually fell from 757.7 per 100,000 in 1992 to 386.3 per 100,000 in 2011.  During that same time period, the murder rate fell from 9.3 per 100,000 to 4.7 per 100,000.

#7 Approximately 200,000 women in the United States use guns to protect themselves against sexual crime every single year.

#8 Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives.

#9 The number of unintentional fatalities due to firearms declined by 58 percent between 1991 and 2011.

#10 Despite the very strict ban on guns in the UK, the overall rate of violent crime in the UK is about 4 times higher than it is in the United States.  In one recent year, there were 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the UK.  In the United States, there were only 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people during that same year.  Do we really want to be more like the UK?

#11 The UK has approximately 125 percent more rape victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#12 The UK has approximately 133 percent more assault victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#13 The UK has the fourth highest burglary rate in the EU.

#14 The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.

#15 Down in Australia, gun murders increased by about 19 percent and armed robberies increased by about 69 percent after a gun ban was instituted.

#16 The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. So has this reduced crime?  Of course not.  As I wrote about recently, the murder rate in Chicago was about 17 percent higher in 2012 than it was in 2011, and Chicago is now considered to be “the deadliest global city“.  If you can believe it, there were about as many murders in Chicago during 2012 as there was in the entire nation of Japan.

#17 After the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home to have a gun, the crime rate dropped by more than 50 percent over the course of the next 23 years and there was an 89% decline in burglaries.

#18 According to Gun Owners of America, the governments of the world slaughtered more than 170 million of their own people during the 20th century.  The vast majority of those people had been disarmed by their own governments prior to being slaughtered.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Crime and Punishment: Murica Edition!

Just a few good ol' anecdotes about how our God-fearing men in uniform iz working hard to protect us 'Murican citizens from dangerous criminal thugs. We've gots to remain vigilant. Gots to be tough on crime, dagnabit! We izn't dirty tree-hugging hippies, now is we?

Here are a few of the dangerous criminal thugs that our men in blue managed to slap with some good ol' fashioned 'Murican justice:



PROFILE: John Wrana, 95, WWII U.S. Air Corps sergeant veteran

CRIME: Resisting medical treatment; threatening assisted living center staff and paramedics with a cane and a 2-foot shoehorn.

PUNISHMENT: Killed after being subdued with taser and bean bag shooter.



PROFILE: Israel Hernandez-Llach, 18, graffiti artist

CRIME: Evading police after spray-painting abandoned McDonald’s.

PUNISHMENT: Killed after having a taser shot into his chest.



PROFILE: Roy Middleton, 60

CRIME: Being mistaken for a car thief while scouring his own car on his own property for a loose cigarette.

PUNISHMENT: Shot 15 times in his left leg, forcing him to recieve surgery and hospitalization.


God bless our beloved police state fer keeping us God-fearing 'Muricans safe. Makes yah mighty proud to be an 'Murican, don't it? 'Murica, frick yeah!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Confirmation Bias



Interesting how those who claim reality has a "liberal" bias tend to saturate themselves with "news" from MSNBC, Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Salon, Think Progress, Raw Story, Alternet, The Young Turks, and other left-leaning sites. It's almost as if they only get their "news" stories from sites that confirm their pre-conceived political beliefs.

Reality does indeed have a well-known "liberal" bias--when you confine yourself inside a "liberal" bubble!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Obama: Big Fat Liar!

At this point, Obama isn't even trying to cover his deceit anymore. He couldn't be any more transparent about his dishonesty if his nose was growing while his pants were on fire!

Case in point: during his speech at an Arizona high school, while selling his ideas on housing market reform, which included scrapping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (which, in light of the housing bubble burst, is akin to suggesting throwing out your busted kerosene heater AFTER it burns your house to the ground and AFTER people had warned you countless times that it posed a fire hazard), Obama decided to make a few snide remarks at the protesters outside calling him a "socialist," telling them "I actually believe in the free market."

Since freaking when?!?!

When in the holy royal delectable plot of Princess Celestia have you ever believed in the free market? Was it when you bailed-out the banks and auto industry, or when you were offering corporate welfare to your political cronies in the guise of "stimulus spending"? Or perhaps it was when, just two years ago, you said that free-market capitalism doesn't work?!

But sure, Obama is all for "free market" capitalism--if by "free" you mean "free" for his political cronies, tilting the playing field in their favor to the detriment of their competitors. Obama may be a capitalist, but a "free market" capitalist he is not. Like every other Washington politician, he is, and always will be, a crony capitalist!

But that's hardly the worst lie this week!

Appearing on the Tonight Show, he was inquired by Jay Leno about the NSA and Edward Snowden, to which he replied with a straight face, "We don’t have a domestic spying program."

Like I said, Obama isn't even trying to cover up the fact he's lying. This is like him pointing at the sky and telling you it's red, or pissing on your face and telling you it's rain. The only thing more transparent about this "most transparent president" are his lies, and the saddest part is that he will never be held accountable for them. The media will never call him out on them, his party will never call him out on them, and his constituents, who gave him a second term on a silver platter, will never call him out on them--and if anyone dares to expose his lies, they have to worry about being labeled a "racist." He is the first black president, after all. Why else would anyone bother calling out his lies if for no other reason than his skin color?

And even if Obama were exposed for the liar that he is, he has nothing to worry about. Why should he? With a second term already under his belt, he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected, nor does he have to worry about getting impeached. If Clinton couldn't get impeached for receiving head from an intern, and Bush couldn't get indicted for his war crimes, there is no chance of Obama ever getting impeached. That's the joy of being a politician: you have a license to lie, cheat, steal, and kill. After all, who's going to stop you?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Obama Wastes $500 Million On Imaginary "Green Jobs"

Here's a little secret: whenever you hear politicians promise that they're going to "create" jobs, what they really mean is that they're going to take taxpayer money and give it to their corporate cronies in order to line their already bloated pockets.

Republicans are often associated with this form of "trickle-down" economics, but Democrats are just as guilty of it. Case in point: Obama was recently revealed to have spent $500 million on "green job" that don't exist!


A federal audit shows that nearly a half-billion dollars in government funds was spent on training workers for so-called “green jobs.” The only problem is that not enough positions in the growing industry exist.

The findings — released in a June report by the Government Accountability Office — showed that only 55 percent of those trained were able to place in a new job, many of which were not technically green jobs. The $501 million in funding came from the 2009 stimulus law. The report also uncovered that the Department of Labor created a framework that led grantees to broadly interpret the program’s definition to include any job “that could be linked, directly or indirectly, to a beneficial outcome” which led to the gap between training programs and available green industry jobs…

…“The GAO report is just more evidence that the administration has no clue what drives a successful economy and job growth,” said Paul Chesser, an associate fellow at the National Legal and Policy Center. “President Obama tried to build this economic sector, but the buyers didn’t come. And now after the initial flurry, the ‘green jobs’ are evaporating.”

“All along the administration has stretched descriptions to the extreme so they fit the “green job” categorization. Pour cement for a wind turbine? Green job! Pick up trash? Green job! Lay floors with ‘sustainable’ materials? Green job! Congratulations — you all get taxpayer subsidies for your work!”
Unsurprisingly enough, most of this "stimulus spending" went to left-wing groups that helped fund Obama's campaign. A crooked politician paying off the corporate cronies who helped him get elected? Say it ain't so!

Funny how Democrats berate Republicans (and rightfully so!) for whoring out to big business, but turn a blind eye whenever their ilk does the exact same thing. They suffer no cognitive dissonance when offering handouts to corporations they favor--especially if those corporations involve "green jobs." The magic word "green" has the power to switch off their brains that way!

Their glaring hypocrisy aside, Democrats are absolutely right about the corrupting influence of money in politics; where they are wrong is in suggesting that corporatism is the problem, when in reality, it is the symptom to a much bigger problem, which is government intervention in the marketplace. When the government has the power to hand out corporate subsidies, no one should be shocked when corporate interests start flocking to it by the droves and lobbying for subsides in their favor.

Big business isn't the problem: it's the symptom. The problem is, and always will be, big government.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Philosoraptor On Minimum Wage



But then that would require our politicians to admit that our fiscal and monetary policy has been a train wreck. They'd much rather slap a band-aid on the problem rather than address the root cause of it.

To learn the real reason why minimum wage hasn't risen with inflation, watch this video!

Bill Maher: End The DHS!

Did...did Bill Maher just say something that I agree with? Did he just suggest abolishing the DHS?


BILL MAHER: Do you think we can get rid of the Department of Homeland Security? I mean, this is one of those monstrosities that came out of 9/11. It has, I think, 240,000 regular employees -- Janet Napolitano quit at the top. The top 15 jobs there are vacant because no one wants to work there. It's thankless because some shit is going to happen and it's mostly luck, whether you're there or not when it happens. You can't stop everything. No one wants the job. Why don't we just get rid of it?

ALEXIS GOLDSTEIN: We unequivocally should. And I think this was an organization formed in the wake of 9/11, we had to do something --

MAHER: It was a Democrat idea. Republicans were against it. It was the last thing that Republicans were right about, and then they went, 'Oh, wait, we're Republicans, we can't be right about something.' So they joined the Democrats. They said it was going to be a giant bureaucracy.
Sweet Celestia, he did! He actually said something that I agree with!

The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are learning how to fly, Satan is skating his way to work, and I'm pretty sure I just became a monkey's uncle!

But I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. Maher has been a Ron Paul fan, so I'm guessing some of his "End the Fed" magic must have rubbed off on him.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Libertarian Reading List

For years, trust in government has been on the rapid decline, and with the recent revelations of government scandals, Americans are losing their faith in government now more than ever. Disillusioned with the political establishment, more and more Americans are dropping out of the two-party system in favor of third parties and are registering as independents.

Among the recent growth of third parties is the Libertarian Party, the third largest political party in the country. Surveys show that more Americans are identifying as "libertarian," with Cato revealing that 14 percent of Americans identify as "libertarian"; Gallup, 23 percent; and Zogby, between 59 to 44 percent. In the 2012 election, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received over one million votes. And though their most prominent and vocal political figure, Ron Paul, has stepped down after 30 years in Congress, many of his followers have won seats in the House of Representatives, while his son, Rand Paul, continues to grow in favor and prominence within the media and his own party, as he is potentially vying for a presidential run in 2016.

Despite their growing numbers and influence, libertarians remain on the political fringe in mainstream politics, as Americans are either unfamiliar with libertarianism or hold misconceptions about it, whether it's through the political right dismissing libertarians as "pot-smoking hippies" or the political left berating them as "corporate shills."

The following is a list of articles, books, and videos that cover the core political philosophy, tenants, and positions of libertarianism. The purpose of this list is two-fold: first, to introduce non-libertarians to libertarianism so that they better under it; and, two, to educate libertarians on their own philosophy so that they can better defend it. By reading and viewing the material on this list, libertarians and non-libertarians alike should have a stronger grasp and better understanding of libertarianism.

As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." Only by educating ourselves and others can we better ensure that liberty survives for generations to come.


The Libertarian Reading List


Articles
The following is a slightly-modified version of Robert Wenzel's 30 Day Reading List that will Lead You to Becoming a Knowledgeable Libertarian. Each article is relatively short and can be read within the span of a half-hour at least or an hour at most. There are 30 articles in total, allowing readers to complete the list within a months time by reading one article a day:

Myth and Truth About Libertarianism by Murray N. Rothbard
The Fascist Threat by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Free Economy and Social Order by Wilhelm Röpke
The Peculiar and Unique Position of Economics by Ludwig von Mises
What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us by Yuri Maltsev
Economic Depressions: Their Causes and Cures by Murray Rothbard
Is Greater Productivity a Danger? by David Gordon
Taxation Methods Evaluated by Murray Rothbard
Hitler Was a Keynesian by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Seeing the Unseen by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
The Watermelon Summit by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Equality and Inequality by Ludwig von Mises
How to Think Like an Economist by Murray Rothbard
The Health Plan's Devilish Principles by Murray Rothbard
Vices Are Not Crimes by Murray Rothbard
Repudiate the National Debt by Murray Rothbard
The Fallacy of the 'Public Sector' by Murray Rothbard
The Road to Totalitarianism by Henry Hazlitt
The Many Collapses of Keynesianism by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
The Crippling Nature of Minimum Wage Laws by Murray Rothbard
Who Owns Water by Murray Rothbard
Defending the Slumlord by Walter Block
The Freedom of Association by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr
How to Help the Poor and Oppressed by Walter Block
Everything You Love You Owe to Capitalism by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Is There a Right To Unionize? by Walter Block
What If Public Schools Were Abolished? by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Why Austrian? (an interview with Robert Higgs)
Economics and Moral Courage by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Do You Hate the State? by Murray Rothbard


E-Books
The following books have been penned by some of the most influential libertarian minds, ranging from Bastiat to Rothbard. They are all free to download from the Mises Institute and are compatible with most e-readers, tablets, and smartphones:

The Law by Frederic Bastiat
Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen by Frederic Bastiat
Lessons for the Young Economist by Bob Murphy
For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard
What Has Government Done to Our Money? by Murray Rothbard
Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure by Murray Rothabrd
The Truth About Robber Barons by Thomas DiLorenzo
Defending The Undefendable by Walter Block


Books
For those who are more serious about studying and reading about libertarianism, the following books can be purchased on Amazon either by paperback or e-book:

Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz
The Libertarian Reader by David Boaz
End The Fed by Ron Paul
Meltdown by Thomas Wood
Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty
New Deal or Raw Deal by Burt Folsom Jr.
The Real Lincoln by Thomas DiLorenzo


Videos
The following videos cover the basics of libertarianism and its positions on economics, education, and healthcare. They range from short informative videos to full-length hour-long documentaries:

The Philosophy of Liberty by Ken Schoolland
Libertarianism - A Lecture by Walter Block
Are You A Libertarian? by Shane Killian
George Ought to Help by Tomasz Kaye
You Can Always Leave by by Tomasz Kaye
Penn & Teller: BS! Taxes by Penn Jillette
Story of Broke, The Critique by Lee Doren
What Is the Cult of the Omnipotent State? by Shane Killian
Top 11 Statist Arguments by Tim Dyson
10 More Statist Arguments by Tim Dyson
Statism Is Slavery by Michael Shanklin
The Story of Your Enslavement by Stefan Molyneux
Illegal Everything by John Stossel
No They Can't: Why Governments Fail But Individuals Succeed by John Stossel
Does Government Create Jobs? by Learn Liberty
What is Capitalism? by Michael Shanklin
What is the Free Market? by Shane Killian
I, Pencil: The Movie based on an essay by Leonard E. Read
What Is Money? by Shane Killian
How Inflation Works by Shane Killian
Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve by Mises Media
What Caused the Great Depression? by Shane Killian
"Economics In One Lesson" Illustrated by Amanda BillyRock
Does Capitalism Exploit Workers? by Learn Liberty
Edgar the Exploiter (Minimum Wage Consequences) by Tomasz Kaye
Does the Minimum Wage Hurt Workers? by Learn Liberty
Are the Poor Getting Poorer? by Learn Liberty
Story of Stuff, The Critique by Lee Doren
How to Fix Health Care Without Spending a Dime by Shane Killian
Sick in America by John Stossel
Stupid In America by John Stossel

Economic Libertarianism Only Benefits The Rich?


Corporations hate the state so much that they're constantly lobbying for more subsidies, regulations, and tax loopholes in their favor; and libertarians love corporations so much that they want to deprive them of subsidies and other forms of corporate welfare.

Oh, wait...

Friday, August 2, 2013

My Top 12 Nostalgia Critic Moments

With That Guy With The Glasses celebrating its fifth year anniversary, I've decided to compile my Top 12 Favorite Nostalgia Critic Moments. Why Top 12? Because I like to go one step beyond the Nostalgia Critic! :D



This video was partially-inspired by another video created by my fellow pegasister in Christ makeacandidbroadcast, (theycallmesonic1).

Nostalgia Critic and TGWTG belongs to Doug Walker.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Adrian Wyllie For Florida Governor



Florida Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie appeared in Polk County on July 31, 2013. He spoke in Frostproof and Lake Wales to garner support from locals. His appearances are part of his statewide tour, during which he has traveled 30,000 miles across the state this year.

Having formerly served two years as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, the membership of which increased by over 1,200 percent under his leadership, he announced his candidacy for the 2014 Florida Governor's Race earlier this year following the end of his term as LP Chairman.

Since then, his grassroots campaign have been growing with over 500 volunteers and a core staff of 50 people. As a Libertarian candidate, he strongly believes in and campaigns on personal and economic liberty.

During the evening, he made several jabs at Florida Governor Rick Scott, whom, despite having sold himself as a "fiscal conservative" who promised to cut spending and reduce taxes, has increased the state budget by $73.5 billion per year; by comparison, Russia's annual defense budget is $70 billion.

Wyllie bemoaned how Gov. Scott and Florida Republicans tout his "fiscal conservatism" by claiming the Governor slashed the state budget, when, in reality, he cut $385 million from his proposed $4.5 billion state budget increases.

"That is what they call a cut today," Wyllie said.

He also berated the Governor over his stances on healthcare and gun rights, as he had previously implemented the Medicare expansion to the Affordable Care Act and had arrested and removed a Florida sheriff for refusing to book a suspect for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit--an action which prompted Wyllie to stage a rally outside the Governor's office in Tallahassee earlier this year.

If elected Governor, Wyllie seeks to improve the Florida economy by implementing his Intrastate Commerce Act, which would make any good or service originating, sold, and distributed in Florida immune from federal regulation. His act is expected to attract businesses to the state while allowing small local businesses to flourish, all while providing an economic model for other states to emulate.

He also pledges to ensure that funds remain local, criticizing how the federal government collects taxes from the states and provides them only a fraction of what they originally gave to fund their services.

"It's like getting in your car and driving completely to the Pacific Ocean, getting on a freighter, going across the entire globe, coming back to the other side of the state, renting a car, going back to your house in order to get to the bathroom," Wyllie stated.

As Governor, he plans on having a litmus test for any bill he has to sign, and will veto it if it does not meet any of his four criteria: Is it constitutional? Can we afford it? Is it a necessary and proper role of government? Does it address the root cause of the problem?

As he expects that most bills that reach his desk will not meet his litmus test, he expects to veto 99 percent of them, and considers it a positive measure if it means preventing laws that do more harm than good.

Addressing the small gatherings for his appearances, he not only vied for their support and donations, but also urged them to take a stand for their Constitutional rights in their personal lives: "One crazy libertarian fighting the Department of Commerce is not going to make a difference in the long run, but if we get a hundred or thousand or million people fighting like that, standing up for their personal liberty, standing up for their economic freedom, that changes everything. Let's stop them at the ballot box. Let's stop them here and now through peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience. Let's fight them in the election booth so that our children don't have to fight them in the streets."

Adrian Wyllie is a third generation Florida native, having been born in Dunedin on May 17, 1970. He has been happily married for 22 years to his wife, Dawn, and have two sons. He has served in the U.S. Army and Florida National Guard, and is president of the IT consulting firm White Hat Info Tech Co.

He hosts and produces his AM radio program, Liberty Underground, with his co-host Alexander Snitker on the 1787 Network. Their program airs Fridays from 9 a.m. - Noon on WTAN 1340 AM in Tampa, Fl; WDCF 1350 in Dade City, Fl; and KLRG 880 AM in Little Rock, Ark., and is broadcast live on-line at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/liberty-underground-radio-show/

For more information about Adrian Wyllie and his campaign, visit his website at: http://wyllieforgovernor.com/

That Sounds About Right!

Before You Cry "Racist!" Over Limbaugh, Again...

Big shocker: Rush Limbaugh said something that put leftist knickers in a twist!

Appearing on Greata Van Susteren's show, Limbaugh implied that Detroit's economic woes were caused by blacks:
LIMBAUGH: You have massive welfare states where citizens are given things left and right in order to buy their votes. You have no opposition whatsoever.

And in the case of the — you throw race into the mix and you bring on Mayor Coleman Young who causes riots in 1967 in Detroit and Mayor Young caused a white flight to suburbia, and Detroit is left with nothing but liberal Democrats running it. It is what it is. And you — any place in this country that has similar circumstances, the same fate is going to happen to them.
Now before any of you self-righteous PC Nazis berate Limbaugh for his "racism," please explain to me how his explanation is any different from that of white "liberals" who blame Detroit's downfall on "White Flight"--the narrative that the city is in ruins because rich white people left it in droves, leaving it to be inhabited mostly by poor black people.

THAT'S THE EXACT SAME EXPLANATION!

But I guess it's only "racist" when it comes from Limbaugh's lips rather than your own, right?

"White Flight," by its very nature, is racist, and it completely ignores the real problem that has been plaguing the city, which has been its decades-long mismanagement by Democrats and their union cronies.