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Monday, September 30, 2013

My Top 13 Scariest Nostalgic Moments (Intro)


Don't worry! The picture above (thankfully!) is not of me as a kid, though you still have to feel sorry for the tike who was forced to take this picture.

As children, we tend to scare easier than adults, and even though most of us were probably prohibited from watching horror movies, that didn’t prevent us from getting the ever-loving piss scared out of us.

Remember back to your childhood and recall when you were watching something that was supposed to be “kid-friendly.” It could be a movie, television show, video game, or even a book. All of a sudden, out of nowhere comes a scene or moment that forces you to scream, cover your eyes, or even cry in sheer terror.

That scary moment doesn’t just scare you, it scars you! It leaves behind emotional and psychological scars that remain with you throughout your entire life. You suffer through your childhood keeping it a secret, afraid to tell anyone else about it, fearing that they will judge you, even ridicule you, for being afraid of it.

But then something strange happens. You grow up and start using the internet. There you discover other people who were afraid of that exact same scary moment that traumatized you back in your childhood. You also learn that other people had similar moments that scared them as kids. As you discuss your nostalgic scary moments, you all manage to get a good laugh out of them, realizing that what used to scare you back then no longer scares you anymore.

Many internet critics have listed their scariest nostalgic moments, and mustered the courage to confess the ones that truly scared them the most. For the Nostalgic Critic, it was the Banshee from Darby O'Gill and the Little People. The Firey Joker: Gmork from The Neverending Story. Jaimetud: The Witches. Watcher of the 2000s: Giygas from Earthbound. Areolisadork: the ghost children from Coraline. Eshbaal: the Groke from Moomin.

Well, after watching many of these other lists, I decided to create my own. After all, I have my own fair share of childhood scares that I've been meaning to get off my chest for some time.

So, in celebration of this most haunted time of year, I’m counting down my Top 13 Scariest Nostalgic Moments. Why top 13? Because 13 is such a horrific number!

And when I say this is my list, I mean this is MY list. These are the moments from movies, television shows, video games, and even theme park attractions that personally sent me screaming, even crying, as a young’un. As such, this list will be as original as possible, with moments that have rarely been touched upon in other lists, with the exception of maybe one or two.

So pull up a seat and pull up your covers, and join me as I take a stroll down memory lane as I revisit some of my most repressed childhood memories. There are my Top 13 Scariest Nostalgic Moments.

But before I begin, here's a few common scary nostalgic moments that will not be on this list:


Night on Bald Mountain from Fantasia.

This scary nostalgic moment makes it on every single list--every single one, that is, except mine. Why? Because it never scared me as a kid.

When I first watched Fantasia, I remember watching it in my living room when it was a bright, sunny day outside. So it's hard to be scared of a scene like this when the sun is shining right through your window.

Perhaps if I had watched it at night or inside a dark theater, it would have been scarier for me. But otherwise, this final act from an otherwise masterpiece of a movie hardly fazed me.


The Tunnel Scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Yet again we have another nostalgic scary moment that appears on every other list except mine.

There are several reasons for this omission.

For one, I never watched this movie as a kid. I watched it as a pre-teen. So I was beyond being scared by something like this.

Perhaps if I had watched this scene when I was younger, I probably would have found it scary. But for me, this scene came across as more confusing than scary.

I mean you have a movie that is otherwise bright and colorful, where one moment you're in a giant candy room singing about the wonders of imagination, and the next thing you know, you're in a dark tunnel with creepy imagery. Again, it's more confusing than scary.

And the most confusing part about this scene? After it happens, it's never mentioned again. That would make this a....BIG LIPPED ALLIGATOR MOMENT!


Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Roger Rabbit is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love everything about this movie, including the villian. Here you have a judge who is trying to exterminate all toons while he himself is secretly a toon. This is the type of twist ending that M. Night Shama-lama-ding-dong wish he could write!

So as you can tell, no, his big reveal at the end did not scare me one bit, even as a three-year-old kid.


Large Marge from Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

I would explain why this most nostalgic of nostalgic scares never scared me as a kid, but I'm saving that explanation for later when I discuss another scary scene from Pee Wee's Big Adventure that did manage to scare me. Which one is it? Well, you'll have to wait to find out.

Top 13 Even More Disturbing MLP:FiM Fan Works (Intro)


Over a year ago, I compiled my list of the Top 11 Most Disturbing MLP:FiM Fan Works*, where I listed some of the most disturbing fan art, fan fiction, fan games, and even fan concepts to have ever been spawned by the MLP community, ranging from the repulsive Pony.MOV, the rapetastic Princess Molestia, the gorefest Sweet Apple Massacre, and the infamously psychopathic CupCakes.

Ever since then, the MLP community has proven itself to be even more disturbing. Many of you left comments on my previous list mentioning other disturbing fan works, and I have since stumbled across a few more myself.

So as an addendum to my previous list, I’m counting down thirteen even more disturbing MLP fan works. And what would be a more fitting time to do so than during the Halloween season?

As with my previous list, when I say “disturbing”, I don’t necessarily mean bad. I just mean something fan-related that makes your skin crawl thinking about how it was inspired by a little girls cartoon. It can be scary, creepy, gross, dark, macabre, or even sexually-deviant. (Rule 34 of the internet, everypony!)

So pull up a seat, hold close to a pony plush (if you have one), and join me as I count down the Top 13 Even More Disturbing MLP:FiM Fan Works!

*And yes, I know it’s "fan works," not "fandoms." There is only one fandom. I merely wanted to find a word that encapsulated everything fan-related: fan fiction, fan art, fan games, and fan theories.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Introducing “Blame The Fright!” Month

This is my favorite time of year. The weather is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and of course, Halloween is just around the corner.

Halloween is my favorite holiday next to Christmas, and how fitting is it that the two holidays are polar opposites. Whereas Christmas is bright, joyous, and cheerful, Halloween is dark, grim, and spooky. And while I don’t care for getting scared myself, I love everything scary and spooky.

Every internet celebrity seems to have their own month-long Halloween celebration. Angry Video Game Nerd has Monster Madness, Nostalgia Critic has Nostalgiaween, and Linkara now has Longbox of the Damned.

So I decided to jump the bandwagon and start my own month-long celebration: Blame The Fright! Month. (Ah! Get it? Blame the First. Blame the Fright. Funny, right!)

Every day in October, I’m going to be showcasing something that will either send a shiver down your spine or tickle your funny bone.

October is going to be a lot of fun. I have three separate series planned out for this month, including one old favorite and something that I have been dying to do for a long time.

And in case you’re wondering: yes, I will still be blogging about politics as usual; but to relish the holiday season, and to give myself a break, it won’t be as frequent.

This is something I have been planning and working on for a long time, and I hope you all love it as much as I do.

Fair warning: if you don’t take too kindly to the creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, you may want to stay away from my blog for the rest of this month, especially if you are of weak constitution.

But if you’re brave enough to face the most dreadful of frights, the most horrific of horrors, then join me all this month as I dedicate my blog to the season of horror. This is Blame the Fright! Month.

Nightly Frights (Daily): Ever day, I will be showcasing something both delightful yet frightful, be it a scary story, video, comic, urban legend, or creepypasta.

My Top 13 Scariest Nostalgic Moments (Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday): Like every other great internet critic before me, I will be listing some of my scariest childhood moments in television, movies, and video games that used to scare me as a kid.

Top 13 Even More Disturbing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Fan Works (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday): An addendum to my previous list showcasing the most disturbing fan art, fan fiction, and other fan-related content to be spawned from everyone’s favorite little girl’s cartoon.

MLP Villains (Friday): A collection of some of my favorite fan art featuring the My Little Pony villains including Nightmare Moon, Discord, Queen Chrysalis, and King Sombra.

Maher Calls California Liberal Utopia

Bill Maher pontificates on how California is so "special" because it doesn’t care about the “nonsense that keeps Fox News up at night”:


Bill Maher ended Friday night with a proud boast that California is creating the kind of “moderate liberal nation” the country as a whole really needs to be, and it’s doing so thanks to the lack of a Republican “legislative cockblock.”

Maher boasted, “We’re not just gluten-free and peanut-free and soy-free, we’re tea party-free! Yes, we can live in reality!” He tore into the “caboose part of America” that isn’t embracing the kind of change California is, saying that conservatives may love the free market and states rights, but those two things will ultimately “bend the country in California’s image as a socialist fagtopia.”

In California, Maher said, NRA stands for “nuts, racists, and assholes,” and while other states are “working with Jesus to make abortion more miserable,” California is making it easier, not to mention being more welcoming to illegal immigrants.

Maher concluded, “We can’t be worrying about the nonsense that keeps Fox News up at night.”
I’m sorry, but is Bill talking about the same state which has the most violent and bankrupt cities in the county?

Is this the same state with the fifth highest unemployment rate and the most overcrowded prisons?

And is this the same state that he threatened to leave because it was going to raise his taxes?

Sorry, but the real state the country should be striving to emulate is New Hampshire.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Daily Pony: Guess Those Ponies #4

Hey kids, what time is it?

That’s right! Time to play everypony’s new favorite game: Guess Those Ponies.

The game is in the name: I show ponified versions of different characters and you have to guess who they are.

Before we begin, here are the identities of last week’s ponies: Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange), Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell), Tali'Zorah nar Rayya (Mass Effect), Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, or Radical Edward (Cowboy Bebop), and Jeff the Killer (Jeff the Killer creepypasta).

Congrats to pharmmajor for guessing all five correctly (almost!).

Now here are this week’s ponies. Can you guess who they are?

Pony #1:



Pony #2:


Pony #3:


Pony #4:


Pony #5:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Teach Men Not To Rape Is Bullocks

Thunderf00t puts the feminazis in their place by intellectually eviscerating their meme “teach men not to rape”:



Five years ago, I hated YouTube Atheists like Tunderf00t and The Amazing Atheist. I couldn’t imagine a more loathsome group of human beings than them.

But within that time span, I managed to discover such a group: feminist social justice warriors—a horde of irrational, overtly-emotional loudmouths who feel that the most rational response to criticism is to shout “rape!” or “racist!”

Since then, I have discovered a common ally with the YouTube Atheists, whose pseudo-intellectualism will not bend to the otherwise anti-intellectualism of the feminist social justice warriors. It’s like Goku teaming up with Vegeta in order to fight Cell.

Question is, in the future, what group will prove themselves dangerously irrational enough for me to cling to the feminist social justice warriors for support?

P.S.: Thunderf00t uses my Mixed Messages demotivational poster in his video (14:00). Squee!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Feminists Laugh At Violence Towards Men

(You should all know by now that when I announce I’m going on hiatus, it’s not going to be for long until I start posting again.)

For those of you unfamiliar with Jezebel, what rock have you been living under? This website is the main hub for all things feminist.

So if you want a good peek into the feminist psyche, feel free to browse the articles on this site along with the comments—then watch a manly movie like Judge Dread to compensate. (Because there is nothing more manly than Sylvester Stalone wearing a Captain Falcon helmet screaming “I am the law!”)

This is something that I recently discovered on Tumblr: six years ago, Jezebel ran a story about a study which revealed that 70 percent of nonreciprocal violence within relationships are committed by women.

Let me repeat that: 70 percent of domestic violence is committed by women against men!

And yet domestic violence and abuse is only considered a woman’s issue? (Violence Against Women Act, anyone?)

So Jezebel, being consistent in their feminist social justice warrior stance, used this study to push the message that violence against men is just as bad, and should be taken just as seriously, as violence against women, and that it’s not cool for women to beat up their boyfriends or husbands.

Oh wait, I’m sorry! That’s what would happen in a consistent universe not govern by hypocrites.

What happened instead? The comment section became a comedy club dedicated to cracking jokes about beating up men:


 
 
 

 


Okay, feminists! New Rule: You cannot whine about feminism being stigmatized when you make and allow tasteless comments like that! This is why feminists are considered man-hating misandrists!

And please stop pretending that misandry don’t real, because comments like that prove that it is.

You want feminism to be taken seriously? Then acknowledge that feminists do use it as an excuse to bludgeon men, and speak out against such misandry. As long as your movement is controlled by such crazies, people are going to associate you with them. Guilt by association.

And it would also help if you were to start taking equality seriously. Acknowledge that there is just as much gender inequality facing men as there is facing women. The fact that more men than women are victims of domestic violence should be a testament to that. You cannot oppose violence only when women are targeted. That makes you lot look like hypocrites.

So feminists, by all means, behave yourselves, or you're going to be treated like the little girls you are!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

On Hiatus Until October

For the rest of the month, I will be on hiatus until October. I have some real life assignments I have to focus on, plus I have something big planned for next month.

And I mean big.

Big.

Big.

Big!

What is it? Well, you’ll have to wait and find out!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Daily Pony: Guess Those Ponies #3

Welcome back to Equestria’s fastest growing game “Guess Those Ponies.”

As always, I’ll post a few ponified versions of famous characters and you guess who they are and where they’re from.

Last week’s game was way too easy, only because the first week was somewhat difficult. Last week’s ponies were Harry Potter (Harry Potter), Korra (Legend of Korra), Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), and Duncan (Total Drama Island).

Kudos to everyone who guessed correctly!

This week, I’m switching the difficulty level to a harder setting with some more obscure references.

Can you name these ponies?

Pony #1:



Pony #2:



Pony #3:



Pony #4:



Pony #5:

Is Critical Thinking Dead?


The more I delve into the cesspool of social media, the more I'm convinced that my generation is incapable of critical thought.

Consider rape, for example.

I always thought I was looking out for the best interests of my female friends by advising them not to walk alone late at night or to accept drinks from strangers.

But apparently, according to Tumblr feminists, offering that advice makes me a "rape apologist" and "victim blamer" because it assumes women deserve to be raped if they don't take such precautions.

By that logic, I must also believe that victims of theft deserve to be mugged if I advise people not to carry large amounts of cash and flash it in public!

No, clearly, rather than teaching women to protect themselves from potential rapists, I should be teaching potential rapists (i.e.: MENZ!) not to rape.

What I should really do is tell my guy friends not to have sex with women without their consent--which I'm pretty sure they already know, or if they don't know, they don't care because they're psychopaths who could care less whether or not rape was wrong.

(Trust me when I say none of my guy friends are like that!)

Clearly rapists only rape because they don't know rape is wrong. Bad people only do bad things like murder, steal, or cheat because they don't know those things are wrong. So the obvious solution is to tell them that these things are wrong.

Of course, this assumes that human beings are moral, rational beings that avoid doing things they know are bad, which would make them more angels than men. And as a wise man once said, if all men were angels, no government would be necessary.

Speaking of which, if I even offer the mildest criticism of government, I'm chastised for "hating America" and instructed to move to Somalia, which is apparently a libertarian free-market anarcho-capitalist paradise!

Now I'm no expert of Somalia (and neither are those who make such arguments), but I'm pretty sure that its current situation was not caused by its people agreeing to govern their country by libertarian principles or maintain their economy through free-market capitalism, but rather, it was caused by the collapse of its government under the despotic rule of its tyrannical leader.

As my friend LordTHawkeye said, "A failed third-world state is not proof that government works!"

On a side note, Somalia is faring much better under anarchy than it previously did under its former government, though not to the point where I would consider moving there myself.

If I really wanted to move to a free-market "paradise", I would opt for Hong Kong, which has had the freest economy on earth for nearly two decades, along with one of the best economies in Asia, if not the entire world.

But since I have no interest in learning Mandarin Chinese, I would rather choose an English-speaking country like Australia or New Zealand, both which have freer economies than our own and better economies to boot.

While there are no pure free-market libertarian countries, there are plenty of countries with libertarian policies and liberalized markets, all of which fare better than the United States in economic and personal freedom.

But even then, why should I be forced to move from my home country if I don't like the way it's being run? Are we not a representative government? Does that not allow me a say in how my government is run? Does that not allow me the right to petition my government for grievances?

Apparently not! If I don't have a complete hard-on for America and everything it does, I should just leave.

How ironic that the same "liberals" who make this love-it-or-leave-it fallacy to libertarians like myself were given the same argument from neocons during the Bush administration. ("If you don't love Murica, you can always leave, ya filthy commie hippie!")

Come to think of it, I always wonder why such adamant government apologists don't take their own advice. If they love government and hate capitalism and think there should be more of the former than the latter, then why don't they move to a country like North Korea?

And this is just a small sample of the faulty arguments that spreads across social media faster than the clap spreads through a frat house keg party during midterms.

If millennials are easily swayed by such talking points, which sound when good parroted on the internet but fall apart when one applies even a minutia of critical thought to them, then I fear for my generation.

The obvious panacea to this pandemic of uncritical thought would be to improve education, but this is easier said than done.

Sadly, most politicians feel the best way to fix education is to throw more money at it--even though we spend more on education per student than any other country, and yet our test scores remain stagnant and linger behind those of other developed countries.

And heaven forbid you even dare to suggest reforming our education system any other way, as "education reform" has devolved into a dirty word associated with hating education and promoting anti-intellectualism.

If you want to reform education, it's because you hate it, and if you want to maintain the educational status quo, it's because you value education.

The only people who would accept such doublethink are those who lack critical thinking, which aptly describes what is wrong with my current generation.

But even if through some Biblical miracle our education system were to transform into the envy of the world, why should I expect it to improve my generation's critical thinking deficit?

Intelligence does not necessarily equal rational. Even the most intelligent freethinker will become the staunchest dogmatist when his personal political ideology is challenged.

This inconvenient truth is quite apparent while engaging in internet arguments, but it has recently been confirmed through scientific evidence.

A recent psychology paper reveals what everyone who has ever engaged in a political internet debate knows for a fact: that people ignore evidence that contradicts their own political beliefs, be they liberal, conservative, or moderate.

So when my generation clearly lacks the critical thinking skills to question their own political ideology, and they refuse to reform and improve our education system in order to ensure the next generation is equipped with critical thinking skills, is there any hope for the future?

Is this the way the world ends: not with a bang, but a derp?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Not This Racist Crap Again!

Twitter racists are revolting again over someone not lily white winning a major national competition. First they threw a tantrum over an Indian winning Miss America, now they’re fuming over an Asian winning America’s Got Talent.

“Because it’s ‘Murica’s Got Talent not JAPAN’s Got Talent!”

As with the last post, I’m not going to showcase ever single racist tweet. You’ll have to click here to view them. But to spare you the time and pain, most of them are simply calling the winner every Asian slur in the book and telling him to go back to Japan.

But this one has to be the worst offender by far:


Manning is in prison. Snowden is on the run. Obama is getting away with war crimes. And yet this douche wants to take up arms because an Asian won a talent competition?

This is why our country is screwed!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

School District Pays to Monitor Students' Social Media



This is why I don't support increasing education spending. It won't go to "educating" students. It'll go to crap like this!

Here's a better solution: rather than increase education spending, just dump the school security guards and invest the money that would have gone to their salaries into the arts program. Orchard Gardens did that and their overall academic performance drastically improved.

You mean to tell me that investing school funds into the arts is far more beneficial than investing it into draconian security measures? Treating students like potential artists is far more beneficial for their education than treating them like prisoners? Huh! Go figure!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Don't Politicize The Navy Yard Shooting!

I normally don't care for The Young Turks, but there are times I will agree with them on an issue. After all, a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day.

In the wake of the recent Navy Yard shooting, the cause of the shooting has been speculated by media pundits from both sides of the political spectrum, whether it's Fox News blaming it on Islamic terrorism or the liberal media blaming it on domestic terrorism.

Cenk Uygur puts some much-needed perspective into this tragedy, explaining why the shooter's motivation ultimately doesn't matter:


Look, obviously it's the first day. We barely know how many people have been killed and wounded, and we don't know what their motivation was. And at the same time, I always think what difference does it matter what their motivation was. They killed all these people. They're just as despicable and heinous no matter what their motivation was, no matter what their race was, no matter what their religion was. Those people are dead either way.
Amen!

Whenever tragedies like this occur, politicians and media pundits are quick to exploit it for their own agenda, whether its liberals demanding more gun control or conservatives demanding more national security measures.

Can't these people take a break from politics as usual for even a split second and allow the nation to mourn the loss of its own citizens? Is it too much to ask that these people refrain from politics as usual at least until the dead have been buried? Why does every tragic event have to be turned into a political issue?

Well, I guess the obvious answer to that is obvious: because these events play upon people's fears, and fear is the modus operandi of politics, whether it's fear of guns, fear of terrorists, fear of foreigners, or fear of political extremists. As long as politicians can feed upon these fears, they can manipulate the masses to accept their political agendas. As Scarecrow once said: "Fear is the glue that holds society together. Fear is power."

Look, as a political blogger, I know the temptation to use anything as a political talking point, but can we at least have the common human decency to wait until the victims have been buried and their loved ones have mourned until we start talking politics?

Daily Pony: Loyalty Unflinching


Commission - Loyalty unflinching by ~JackJacko-Eponymous on deviantART

Does this setting remind anypony else of the Palace of Twilight from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess?

Imagination!


Why Raising Taxes On The Rich Will Not Create Jobs

Should We Tax the Rich More?

Will Taxing the Rich Fix the Deficit?

Will Higher Tax Rates Balance the Budget?

How Raising Taxes Will Not Balance the Budget: More Evidence

EAT THE RICH!


Why Raising The Minimum Wage Will Not Create Jobs

The Truth about the Minimum Wage

Does the Minimum Wage Hurt Workers?

Why Minimum Wage Hasn't Risen With Inflation

Why a $9 Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea

Edgar the Exploiter

Monday, September 16, 2013

Racists Rage Over Indian Miss America

As I mentioned in a previous post, I don't mind calling out racism as long as the racism being called out exists.

Case in point: Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned this year's Miss America, and being of Indian heritage, this made her the first Indian-American to receive the crown.

And of course, seeing as how we now live in a post-racial society, Americans received their first Indian Miss America with open arms and minds.

Just kidding!

What I meant to say is that racists who are stupid enough to hold to antiquated bigotry yet smart enough to use a keyboard took to Twitter to complain that their Miss America wasn't another blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan.

And seeing as how these racists have a collective IQ that rival spore mold, they obviously couldn't tell the difference between someone from India or the Middle East ("Dur, they all look same to me!"), and as such, were quick to label her a terrorist.

I'm not going to list all of the offending tweets here. You'll have to visit this blog post to see them all. But I'm going to share what I consider to be the crème de le poop:

Whites Can Be Victims Of Racism, Too!

Let me start by saying that I oppose racism. Bigots who hate other people simply because they have a different skin color are dumb. Even dumber are those who believe their race is superior to all others.

I'm not a "social justice" warrior, but I have spoken out against racism where it actually exists (as opposed to racism where it doesn't exist), especially when it comes to white nationalists and supremacists, whether it's idiots who believe in "white genocide" or in Obama's "missing" birth certificate or his private black army.

And unlike "social justice" warriors, I realize that racism goes both ways: not only are there whites who are racist against blacks, but blacks who are racist against whites. Unfortunately, the latter type of racism is not as heavily attacked as the former.

I say all of this as a disclaimer for this post, which saddens me that I even have to write. Because even if you hint that whites have been killed by blacks for no other reason than being white, you're assumed to be a member of either Stormfront or the Ku Klux Klan.

And that shouldn't have to be!

It should be common sense that it's wrong to kill people for being a different race than you whether you're black or white. And yet in this country, the only type of "hate crimes" that people talk about are crimes against blacks. Crimes against whites are never mentioned because they're the majority race. This is ignoring crimes for the sake of political correctness. And that is sad. Very sad.

Here are five people who were murdered for being white in America as listed by Townhall's John Hawkins:
1) "I Hate White People!" (New York, New York, 2013): Earlier this month, Lashawn Marten yelled out, "I hate white people," and started punching people around him in New York City’s Union Square. One of the people he assaulted was 62 year old Jeffrey Babbitt, the sole caretaker for his sickly 92 year old mother. Babbit was initially walking around, but he slipped into unconsciousness. Babbitt went into a coma and was pronounced braindead. A few days afterwards, Babbitt died.

2) They wanted to rob a white person (Denver, Colorado, 2010): The Denver Crips gang had been specifically targeting white people to rob. They had robbed and attacked dozens of people because they were white. They went out specifically looking for another white person to rob and found 23 year old Andrew Graham. Graham, who had just been accepted into a Master's program for mathematical engineering, was walking home. Five members of the Crips followed him for two blocks before they confronted Graham, murdered him, and left his corpse lying in the front yard of a home in a residential neighborhood.

3) "90 percent of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM." (Duncan, Oklahoma, 2013): Twenty two year old Australian baseball player Chris Lane was jogging when he was shot in the back by James Edwards. Edwards said he did it "just for the fun of it," but his racist tweets suggest that he shot Lane because he was white. Edwards tweeted, "Ayeee I knocced out 5 (pecker)woods since Zimmerman court! :)" He also wrote, "90 percent of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM."

4) Shot dead for $10 and a sandwich (Wilmington, N.C., 2012): Four thugs were looking for white people to rob. After failing to break into a house and catch a woman they were stalking, they came upon a 20 year old college student, Joshua Proutley. They took ten dollars, a cell phone, and a sandwich before they shot him in the head and killed him.

5) "Who are those crackers walking past the park?" (Sarasota, Florida, 2011): Two British tourists got lost and wandered into the wrong part of town. They caught the attention of Shawn Tyson, who said, "Who are those crackers walking past the park?" Tyson tried to rob the men, but they said they had no money. Tyson responded by saying, “Well, since you ain’t got no money, I got something for your ass." He then shot the men to death as they pleaded for their lives.
George Zimmerman shoots Trayvon Martin for not other reason than being a teenage black boy walking through a white neighborhood late at night in a hoodie, and the "social justice" warriors decry it as the hate crime that it is. Yet these same "social justice" warriors remain silent when three black men assault and rob a white man while telling him "This is for Trayvon Martin!"

In fact, if you dare mention any of these crimes against whites, you are called the racist. So beating up a white person for being white is not racist, but pointing out this crime makes you the racist?

Racism is wrong regardless of what form it takes, whether it's whites hating blacks or blacks hating whites. And racism is especially wrong if it motivates you to attack and even kill somebody else simply because they have a different skin color than you, whether you're black or white.

We should not have to ignore black crimes against whites for the sake of political correctness. To remain silent in the face of injustice is to be in compliance with it. We should speak out against "hate crimes" regardless of the race that is targeted.

If you do not speak out against such racially-motivated crimes, or you do not consider them to be racist, then you remain compliant with them through your silence. You are openly approving and accepting of these crimes. You are essentially saying that it is okay for blacks to hurt or even kill whites for no other reason that being white, and in that case, you might as well have been the perpetrator of that crime.

Racism goes both ways, and anyone who denies that is the real racist.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Daily Pony: Guess Those Ponies #2

Welcome back to another edition of everyone's newest favorite game: Guess Those Ponies!

As always, the rules are in the name of the game: I'll show you ponified versions of different characters and you have to guess who they are and where they're from.

Before we begin this week's game, here are the identities of last week's ponies: Kratos (God of War), Mordecai and Rigby (Regular Show), Samus Aran (Metroid), Wednesday Addams (Addams Family), and Xigbar (Kingdom Hearts).

Kudos to hisarcher19 on deviantART for guessing four out of five. Enjoy your non-existent cake!

Here are this week's ponies, and as a hint, each of them correlate with a big event this week.

Can you guess these ponies?

Pony #1:


Pony #2:


Pony #3:


Pony #4:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Colorado Boots Anti-Gun Lawmakers

Good news out of Colorado: not only did it become the first state to adopt recreational marijuana laws, but through a recall election, it ousted two anti-gun lawmakers, one of which had the audacity to call gun owners a "sickness in our soul." (The rational response to which is "Forget you too, pal!")

So anyone who cares about the Second Amendment and the rest of the Constitution should rejoice over this news. Not the anti-gun nuts. They're busy bawling moonbat tears, and by Celestia, do they taste refreshing!

One especially hysterical temper-tantrum comes from Esquire's Charles Pierce, whom I'm surprised was able to write this tirade with all the huffing and puffing he was doing, so much so that it would make Donald Duck ashamed:
Guns have won. Period. The people who make them have won. The people who sell them have won. The people who want to use them to shoot up elementary schools have won. Iowa's arming the blind. The NRA's fighting state laws to reduce the amount of lead in the bullets used for hunting because there's evidence that the lead in abandoned carcasses is leaching into the environment, and lead does very bad things to the body. We have decided to be an armed nation. And the next time some lunatic opens fire in a movie theater, it really would be nice if we could dispense with the maudlin national mourning pageants on cable-TV and admit that these are the kind of things with which we have chosen to live. It at least would be honest.
Isn't it hilarious (yet sad) how the anti-gun nuts project their paranoia onto gun rights advocates, accusing them of spreading fear when their entire platform is fear--fear of guns, fear of school shootings (which usually happen in gun-free zones), and fear of violent crime (which has been on the decline for decades)?

"Imma scared of guns! They so scary! They make boom-boom noises! We's gots to ban them all!"

And isn't it also hilarious (yet sad) how Pierce here warns how opposing gun control will lead to more shootings like Aurora and Newtown, even though those shootings occurred in areas with gun-free zones and strict gun control?

Projection and paranoia, thy name is gun control!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Thoughts On September 11

Yes, I know this post is one day late, but I have two good reasons for my tardiness: 1) I've been bogged down with work assignments, and 2) I simply don't care about that day.

Don't get me wrong! I care about the over two thousand innocent lives that perished on that fateful September morning. I just don't care about how that day and the tragedy surrounding it have since become yet another political talking point.

Ever since the day after, September 11 has been used as justification for every government encroachment on our daily lives, from the Patriot Act to the NDAA. Every war waged, every drone launched, every civilian killed, every prisoner tortured, every whistleblower detained, every dissenter silenced, every right revoked, every liberty trampled has been justified by self-serving politicians because "9-11 was bad!" (How sad that Family Guy accurately reflects reality?)

I realize that the jingoistic flag-wavers will accuse me of defaming the memories of the victims by saying this, but to them, I say that the self-serving politicians who use this tragedy to propagate their own agenda are the real offenders pissing on their graves.

Even now, as we speak, our president is contemplating sending us to war with Syria. Why? Because they have weapons of mass destruction, and if we don't do anything about it, the terrorists have won! You want to stop the terrorists from winning? You want to prevent another terrorist attack from happening? Then stop creating more terrorists through our imperialist foreign policy!

I know I come across as negative. I really don't want to be. But it's hard for me to remain positive when so many phony politicians feign patriotism by paying lip service to this day, only to later use it as justification for taking a massive dump on us and wiping their plots with the Constitution.

So yes, by all means, remember the victims, but also remember the politicians who used their memories to push their own agenda and never allow yourself to be fooled by the likes of them again.

Never forget! Never surrender!

Oh, and here's a political cartoon by my friend IAmTheUnison:


My Opinion of 9-11 by ~IAmTheUnison on deviantART

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

College Condoned Underage Rape Chant For 5 Years

As I've mentioned many times before on this blog, just because I don't believe in feminism doesn't mean that I approve of sexism or misogyny. If anything, it means that I can focus on real instances of sexism and misogyny rather than those that only exist in the fevered imaginations of feminists.

For an example of real sexism and misogyny, Saint Mary’s University recently got into hot water over a student chant that endorses underage sexual assault--that has been used by students for five years!

The college only recently took notice of the chant (conveniently enough) when the following video was leaked onto the internet:



SMU boys, we like them young.
Y is for your sister.
O is for oh-so-tight.
U is for underage.
N is for no consent.
G is for grab that ass.


I don't know what's worse about all of this: that this chant was used by the student body for five years without controversy, that the student leaders caught singing it only received a slap on the wrist by being required to take sensitivity training, or that this chant only garnered attention following the suicide of a teenage girl who suffered cyberbullying over an alleged sexual assault she had suffered.

You know what? Scratch that. Obvious answer is obvious! That this blatantly sexist, misogynist, underage rape-condoning chant remained under the radar of school officials for five years only until a girl committed suicide after suffering cyberbullying and sexual assault is. The. Worst. Possible. Thing.

Any student group caught singing such a dehumanizing chant should be disbanded and have their offending members expelled. Okay, so maybe expulsion is a tad severe, but it would be far more punishing that simply requiring students to take "sensitivity training."

Feminists, if you want to bitch over this, by all means, be my guest. This is actual sexism and misogyny most deserving of your rage.

The Ice Caps Returneth


Take a good hard look at the two photographs above. Both reveal that the Arctic ice caps have increased--I repeat, INCREASED--by 60 percent within the course of one year.

This photographic evidence single-handedly destroys the mainstream narrative that global warming is melting the ice caps. If anything, scientists are now admitting that the exact opposite is happening: global cooling!

The only possible way you can accept man-made global warming without ignoring this inconvenient truth is if you subscribe to the Day After Tommorow version where rapid climate change actually creates tiny pockets of intense cold that freezes everything in sight.

But in that case, you would have to get all of your scientific understanding from Hollywood, which you probably already do if you learned about global warming from Al Gore's propaganda film documentary.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Daily Pony: Unicorn Horn


Unicorn Horn by *dm29 on deviantART

Does this remind anyone else of the time Futurama's Bender replaced his nose with an airhorn?

Pretty sure this comic was inspired by that, though if it were accurate to the source material, Twilight Sparkle should be deaf.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Scariest Movie Ever...

Filling in for Mr. Repzion, Charles St. Michael explains why political beliefs are far more dangerous than religious beliefs:


A common statement from a lot of atheists is that we don't need religion to teach us morality: we have common sense, we have our own intellect, we have reason. And that's an outstanding point. However, belief trumps everything. And if you are invested into a political belief system, you're going to hang onto it. You're going to cling onto it like it's the last life preserver on the Titanic going down.

And that belief system could actually push out your way of thinking and replace it with its way of thinking, and that is a scary place to be setting up shop because you will see people of conscience, people who are articulate, intelligent, well-read, throwing that all away and bowing down before a belief system that doesn't give a s*** about them, a belief system that will talk them into doing things they would never ever do under normal circumstances like giving up their freedoms, giving up parts of the Constitution, justifying unjustifiable wars. The National Defense Authorization Act is the scariest movie I've ever seen.

And in case anybody isn't really paying attention, we about to go to Syria, y'all. Imma say that one more again: We going to Syria. You want to know why we're going to Syria? Has nothing to do with religion. People could say it has to do with oil. You want to know what it really has to do with? Political beliefs. And political beliefs right now are the most dangerous church anybody can walk into because that God is insane and ungrateful.

Make no mistake about it: beliefs come in all shapes and sizes, but the biggest and most dangerous church we have in the United States of America is in Washington D.C.
Charles is spot on!

And in a related note that reinforces his point, a recent study confirms that people from both sides of the political spectrum tend to ignore empirical evidence that contradicts their ideology. Anyone who has ever suffered through a political internet debate can attest to this fact.

When so many people are unwilling to have their personal beliefs, religious or political, challenged and are unwilling to accept evidence that contradicts them, is there a point in having political discussion anymore?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Daily Pony: Alicorn Apple Bloom

Poor Apple Bloom! All she wants is her cutie mark, and instead she becomes an alicorn princess.


ATG13 Day13: Alicorn Applebloom by ~tehflah on deviantART

You may want to check your blood sugar after seeing this. You might just have diabetes!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Putting Syria Into Perspective


If you don't get the comparison or are offended by it, then you might be a jingoistic warmongering neocon. Or John Kerry!

Daily Pony: Guess Those Ponies #1

Ever since MLP:FiM exploded in viral popularity, pretty much every known fictional or non-fictional character had been made into a pony, which is why I'm starting a new feature I'd like to call "Guess Those Ponies."

The game is as the name implies: every week, I present five ponified versions of characters from different media, and you all have to guess who they are and where they're from. Whoever can guess all the ponies gets a free cake. (Disclaimer: The cake is a lie!)

Okay, gang, here's our first lineup. Can you guess those ponies?

Pony #1:


Ponies #2:


Pony #3:


Pony #4:


Pony #5:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nostalgia Critic: The Last Airbender

This was the review everyone was waiting to see. Ever since Doug Walker announced his Avatar vlogs and his intention of reviewing The Last Airbender, this was the review we had all been anticipating.

Doug could have reviewed this movie blindly like he did with previous films such as Pokemon: The Movie, but he realized that the only way to do this review justice would be to understand the original series from beginning to end, even reviewing the Legend of Korra spinoff.

I remember reading one of the comments to his early vlogs telling him that he would only need to watch the first series in order to understand the movie. I'm glad Doug ignored that advice. It may have meant waiting longer for the review, but man, was that wait worth it.

With each vlog, we saw as this newcomer into the franchise developed a love for it, a love that would inevitably translate into righteous indignation when it finally came time to review the live-action movie. And when this review was finally released, we were hardly disappointed.

All this waiting, all this buildup, all this anticipation finally paid off when he released The Last Airbender review this week, and while it may not be as great as his Moulin Rouge or Son of the Mask reviews, it definitely stands up there as one of his greatest.

There are so many great moments within this review. Perhaps the most cathartic for me was his outrage at the Earthbender prison scene. While I never had a burning hatred for this film as most other Avatar fans do, this scene really made me facepalm. I mean, seriously? Imprisoning people with the power to bend earth at their will makes as much sense as trapping a termite colony in a wooden box or imprisoning pyromaniacs in a dynamite factory. It just doesn't work!

But I have to agree with my friend theycallmesonic in that my favorite moment is when he's in the Hot Air Temple absorbing all the knowledge of the series from his other life, which would be his Avatar Vlogs. Oh, and the song and ditty the preformed summarizing the series was also hilarious. (Azula is coo-coo for Coco Puffs!)

If you haven't seen his review yet, by all mean watch it, and if you've already seen it, feel free sharing your favorite moment in the comments below.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Your Taxpayer Money At Work!

In a sane universe, politicians required to make spending cuts would target blatant government waste like a $6,600 plane designed for an outdated and ineffective mission.

But we don't live in a sane universe. We live in a bat guano insane universe where politicians consider such waste worth preserving:
At an airfield in rural Georgia, the U.S. government pays a contractor $6,600 a month for a plane that doesn’t fly.

The plane is a 1960s turboprop with an odd array of antennas on its back end and the name of a Cuban national hero painted on its tail. It can fly, but it doesn’t. Government orders.

“The contract now is a ‘non-fly’ ” contract, said Steve Christopher of Phoenix Air Group, standing next to the plane. “That’s what the customer wants.”

The airplane is called “Aero Martí,” and it is stuck in a kind of federal limbo. After two years of haphazard spending cuts in Washington, it has too little funding to function but too much to die.

The plane was outfitted to fly over the ocean and broadcast an American-run TV station into Cuba.

The effort was part of the long-running U.S. campaign to combat communism in Cuba by providing information to the Cuban people uncensored by their government.

But Cuban officials jammed the signal almost immediately, and surveys showed that less than 1 percent of Cubans watched. Still, when Congress started making budget cuts, lawmakers refused to kill the plane.

But then they allowed across-the-board “sequestration” cuts. And there was no more money for the fuel and pilots. So the plane sits in storage at taxpayer expense — a monument to the limits of American austerity. In this case, a push to eliminate long-troubled programs collided with old Washington forces: government inertia, intense lobbying and congressional pride.
This is why I don't trust our current politicians with spending cuts. Even when forced under the thumb of sequestration, rather than slash blatant examples of federal overspending such as the military, they opt to preserve such government waste in favor of cutting vital public services we require.

We could easily balance our budget and fix our national debt and deficit by slashing military spending and reducing politician salaries, but since those things benefit the corporate elites running the government, they never get cut, whereas the public services we all depend on such as infrastructure and education are.

As much as I would love to see real austerity take place, it's simply isn't going to happen within our current corporate state. As long as the corporate elite continue running things, spending is going to go to what benefits them, even if it's to the detriment of the rest of us.

Government Is Your Family?

Anyone who seriously believes that our public schools provide for an "educated population" clearly hasn't been to a public school, or they have been to one and were programmed like the good little children they are.

It's the only plausible explanation as to why so many Americans are oblivious to blatant propaganda such as this:
Fourth-grade students in Illinois are learning that “government is like a nation’s family” because it sets rules and takes care of needs such as health care and education.

So says a worksheet for social studies homework that was distributed to students at East Prairie School in Skokie, Ill, complete with a drawing of Uncle Same cradling a baby that represents the citizens.

Students are then prompted to answer 10 questions comparing government and families, including how their family provides for their health care needs and how the government does the same, and what rules families set and what rules government sets.

The worksheet it titled, “What is Government?” and then goes on to answer that question.

“Government is all of the agencies, departments, organizations, groups, individuals in a nation who make, carry out, enforce, and manage conflicts about rules and laws,” the worksheet says.

“Government is like a nation’s family. Families take care of children and make sure they are safe, healthy and educated, and free to enjoy life. Families encourage children to be independent hardworking and responsible,” it continues. “Families make and enforce rules and give appropriate punishments when rules are broken. Government does these things for its citizens, too.”

Of course government is a "family", just like the Mafia is a "family": it provides you with protection, but if you fail to make a payment or fall out of line, it comes to your house, breaks your arms and legs, fits you in cement shoes, and makes you swim with the fishes!

And you wonder how the Democrats can get away with blatant propaganda trying to con Americans into believing "the government is the only thing we all belong to"? Decades of public school indoctrination like this!

And to further insult our collective intelligence, the school's superintendent outright denies that this blatant political message is really a political message.

If this isn't social engineering, I don't know what the freak is!

It should be clear to anyone with an ounce of critical thinking skills that our public schools are designed for indoctrination rather than education; but then again, most Americans lack critical thinking skills, in which case, the public indoctrination system is succeeding in its prime objective of raising complacent, obedient servants.

Boehner, Congress Backs Obama On Syria Strikes

The good news is that "constitutional law professor" Obama is finally following the Constitution by seeking Congressional approval for military action against Syria.

The bad news is that John Boehner and the rest of the warmongering neocon congressmen are more than likely to back the Syria strikes.


No! Really? Warmongering neocons supporting neocon warmongering? Simply unheard of!

In lighter news, Jon Stewart returned to hosting the Daily Show last night, and with his return appearance, he slammed the neocon talking heads pushing for the Syrian strikes, instructing them to "SHUT THE F*CK UP! SHUT THE F*CK UP!"


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Impeach Obama?


Currently, most Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, tea partiers, and even a few liberals are demanding Obama's impeachment.

Don't get me wrong: I don't like this man either. I would love to see nothing more than for him to be taken out of office and indicted for his war crimes.

But as much as I would love to see that happen, does it actually stand a chance of happening? Clearly not!

If Clinton couldn't be impeached for receiving head in the Oval Office, and Bush couldn't get impeached for his war crimes, it's highly doubtful that Obama will ever be impeached.

Like every other war criminal before him, he will see his term though till the end, leave office, and spend the rest of his life enjoying his taxpayer-funded retirement. Here in America, we don't hang our war criminals, we pamper them until they die of old age.

But even if it were possible for Obama to be impeached, and even if he were impeached, nothing would change. If anything, things would only get worse.

Why? Because his replacement would be Joe Biden!

Even if you don't like Obama, do you really want THIS GUY leading our country? Because I don't!

Equestria Girls Recap


I've recently finished watching Equestria Girls, and I'm sure most of you have already exposed yourselves to it. The movie has been shown in theaters, leaked onto the internet, released on DVD, leaked onto the internet again, and had recently aired on The Hub Network. So at this point, you all should have seen this by now.

Well, after having ranted about it earlier this year, you all should know how I feel about it, and it should come to no surprise that, after finally watching this movie, in my honest opinion, I think that it is...okay!

That's it. It was okay. It wasn't the super-girly abomination we had speculated it to be, nor was it the franchise killer we feared it was going to be. It was just okay. It wasn't the best movie ever made, but it was hardly the worst. It wasn't bad. It wasn't good. It was okay. Just okay.

To its credit, the animation was beautiful as always, especially since this was the first time DHX Media started experimenting with human models. And even when the ponies are human girls, they still remain true to their characters, with very few, if any, out-of-character moments.

Obviously, the story was your stereotypically, cliché-as-dirt, high school drama about the new girl winning the entire school's affection and elevating herself up the social ladder as the homecoming queen--or in this case, fall princess. Most of the new characters were bland, with Flash Sentry as the useless love interest who contributes nothing to the plot other than being the main character's crush, and Sunset Shimmer as the stereotypical, flat-as-cardboard high school bitch antagonist with her climax being extremely predictable.

But perhaps where the movie shines most is with the music. Though most of the songs were bland and forgettable, a few managed to stand out as being the high quality music Daniel Ingram has become known for. At worst, they are forgettable, but when the songs do well, they do exceptionally well, especially the main song "Equestria Girls" or "Helping Twilight Win The Crown." This is what High School Musical wish it could be.

This movie is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to what many had speculated it was going to be, it passes as a decent flick, or at least a movie you can pop into the DVD player and have the kids watch to keep them pre-occupied. If you haven't seen this yet, especially if you have been avoiding it like the plague, I suggest you at least give it a chance. Who knows? You may actually like it.

Anywho, enough of the preliminary review. Onto the recap:



Thoughts

• I love how Twilight is hesitant to wear the crown all the time. It shows that she's humble about her new position, and even hesitant to accept it.
• Oh look: one of the royal guards is a different color than the others and isn't sparkling. I wonder if he plays an important role in this movie? /sarcasm
• Cadence forgot to do her special handshake with Twilight. Shame on her!
• Princess Celestia invites everyone over for an important meeting, then just rushes them off to bed.
• Again, I love how Twilight is self-conscious about her new role as princess, and how she second-guesses about whether or not she is ready or capable of handling this new responsibility. It really gives her character depth, and makes her anything but a Mary Sue.
• Either the doors in the castle don't have locks, or Twilight doesn't lock her doors.
• I know many people ask why Twilight didn't just grab the crown by magic, but in her defense, she had just woken up, and the thief had probably stepped out of her range when she realized what had just happened.
• 30 moons must mean full moons, which equals 30 months, or two and a half years. Coincidently, that's roughly how long the series has been around. Coincidence.
• It makes no sense for Celestia to send Twilight alone without the help of her friends. It's been a running theme throughout the series that you need the help of your friends and cannot do anything on your own. I know the obvious reason for why Celestia commanded what she did, but it still goes against everything the series has stood for up until now.
• Spike is a dog. Spike is a dog's name. Hee!
• Sorry, but I just can't get over that Spike is a dog! I know he was a different species in Equestria, but he was still a sentient species. That makes him human. This just makes no sense.
• Twilight has hands and fingers. Lyra would be jealous.
• And yet the guy walking the dog barely reacts to Spike talking.
• Twilight walking shows how anatomically-incorrect the human designs are. She's unable to balance on her two feet.
• The school door opens inward. Most doors open outward.
• Notice how most of the students have symbols somewhere on their clothing, sort of like cutie marks.
• I would wonder why Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are in high school when they're in elementary school in Equestria, but I think I can explain: 1) It has never been specified what age the younger characters are, so they may not be elementary school age. 2) The human world may be far more different than Equestria, so even if the characters are elementary school age in Equestria, their human counterparts could be much older. And 3) It appears that the human characters are middle-school age, so it makes sense that they would be in the high school building, since most school districts have junior-senior high in the same building. There, I answered everyone's big question about the movie.
• Oh look, that human character looks exactly similar to that guard in Equestria. Gee, I wonder if they are the same. /sarcasm
• The pointdexter has the same hair color and style as Feather Weight. Could it be his human counterpart? If so, why is he older than the CMC?
• Looks like Cheerilee is a teacher here as well.
• Vinyl Scratch!
• Wait, is Photo Finish a high school student. Then again, her age was never specified in the show, so she could be.
• First time we see Fluttershy and she's being bullied by Sunset Shimmer. Seems fitting, but still cruel.
• Horray for Twilight standing up to Fluttershy being bullied!
• Only Fluttershy would pass out flyers from that distance.
• Of course Celestia and Luna are the principals.
• Of course Fluttershy carries Angel Bunny with her.
• Granny Smith works in the cafeteria. (And apparently, she just hands out apples without asking kids to pay for their lunches).
• The high school is highly segregated into cliques: the athletes, the dramas, the fashionistas, the eco-kids (back in my day, we called them hippies!), the techies (back in my day, we called them geeks and nerds), the rockers. Well, at least it isn't as blatant as Middleton High. And at least we don't get a song about it.
• Of course Pinkie Pie is the head of the party planning committee.
• Since when has Fluttershy been a real meanie? Well, there was that time during the Grand Galloping Gala. And the time she took Iron Will's instruction. (Does Flutterbitch also exist in this world?)
• "Do you have a twin city who lives in the city and has a pet dog just like that one?" I'm guessing Twilight does have a counterpart in this world.
• Pinkie keeps things in her hair.
• Pinkie is unfazed by Twilight holding the pen in her mouth.
• Apple Jack and Big Macintosh distribute apple cider.
• Of course Rainbow Dash is the captain of ever sports team.
• "How did you know my name is Applejack?" You wear apple-related clothing and sell apple cider. Not hard to guess!
• Big Mac still is the man of few words.
• Looks like Snips and Snails have something for bitchy females.
• Funny how Sunset Shimmer confronts Twilight in the only hall with the malfunctioning lights.
• "Pop Quiz: What happens when you bring an element of harmony to an alternate world?" I don't know. You tell us. That was never explained.
• "And I'd keep an eye on your mutt if I were you. Wouldn't want him taken away from you." FORESHADOWING!
• Sunset Shimmer should take her own advice and watch what she says.
• I take it vending machines do not exist in Equestria.
• The great and powerful Trixie loves her some peanut butter crackers.
• Apparently, computers don't exist in Equestria either.
• LOL! Cheerilee has to get into the mood before talking to others.
• Cheerilee facepalms.
• The CMC seem quite popular on YouTube. (Or Not.)
• They prove that little children do not belong on the internets.
• Photocopiers: yet another invention that does not exist in Equestria.
• Not sure how comfortable a bed of books would be.
• Only someone like Twilight would compile a list of talking points.
• As if the Spike/Rarity shipping weren't creepy enough.
• Yeah, anyone with two eyes can recognize Twilight through the disguise.
• Just like in Equestria, conflict is easily created through lack of communication.
• Rainbow Dash seems to have Super Mario Soccer powers.
• Insert sterotypical sports montage here.
• Of course Rainbow Dash is going to help.
• The Cakes run the coffee shop.
• Twilight and Flash, sitting in a tree, c-l-o-p-p-i-n-g! Oh wait...
• Of course Flash is Sunset's ex!
• Vinyl's chill-axing in the coffee shop listening to her tunes.
• The school mascot is the Canterlot Wondercolts.
• And of course, just like every high school musical, one musical number is capable of uniting the entire school.
• Of course Luna's office is pitch black.
• I think it would be fairly obvious that the school would not allow a crime such as vandalism to go unpunished. Pretty sure that vandalism is not only an exclusionary offense, but a felony as well.
• Pretty sure something as obvious as those photo cutouts would be obvious.
• And the lights go on in light of the good news.
• How do you keep an idiot trapped in a closet? Put a "do not enter" sign on the inside of the door.
• Rainbow Dash does not like looking pink and frilly.
• Fluttershy has her hair done by her animal friends, just like a Disney Princess! :D
• Spike still has his mustache phase.
• You have to wonder what happened after Rarity threw the jewelry in the air. I know it looks good for a scene, but only as a cutaway scene. In real life, it just leaves you with an awkward mess you have to clean up.
• You know, I was almost expecting Sunset Shimmer's name to be called out, thinking she had rigged the ballots.
• Spike's chase scene seems awfully familiar, like it had happened earlier, only with the crown.
• Trixie is still after her peanut butter crackers.
• "Equestria will find a way to survive without my Element of Harmony. This place might not." Uh, no! I know this is supposed to sound heroic and everything, but Sunset is right: without your element, Equestria is screwed!
• Now they play monkey in the middle with the crown!
• Spike had no problem entering the door before.
• And Sunset Shimmer transforms into a...generic demon creature!
• Not going to lie: Snips and Snails look awesome as demons! :D
• "I'm going to rule Equestria, and with my own little teenage army behind me, I'm going to get it!" Seriously? Did Sunset Shimmer think out what she was going to say or plan? How are you going to take over Equestria with an army of brainwashed teenagers. (Besides, you don't need magic to brainwash teenagers. All you need is MTV!)
• I love how seeing Flash Sentry brainwashed really gets Twilight revved up for a fight.
• Sunset Shimmer uses Big Bang Blast! It's not very effective!
• Equestria Magical Girl Transformation!
• I know this is cliche, but: TASTE THE RAINBOW, MOTHERFREAKER!
• The rainbow beam hitting the other students seems reminiscent of the beams hitting the Nazis during the opening of the Ark in Indiana Jones. Or is that just me?
• Sunset Shimmer's transformation seems more contrived than Trixie's in Magic Duel.
• "I don't know the first thing about friendship." I USED TO WONDER WHAT FRIENDSHIP COULD BE.
• "Would now be an awkward moment to ask for that dance?" Considering how the portal has only so long to stay open, yes, yes it is.
• Rainbow Dash flies Scootaloo! Still awesome!
• I know forcing Sunset Shimmer, Snips, and Snails to clean up is supposed to be their comeuppance, but having three students rebrick an entire entryway seems a bit much.
• Oh look: Twilight bumps into the royal guard, again! (Big surprise! His name is Flash Sentry, too!)
Questions
• What exactly is the Princess Summit? I ask because obviously there wasn't always more than one princess in Equestria. Twilight just became a princess. Luna was trapped in the moon for a thousand years. And I'm pretty sure Cadence wasn't always a princess. So that just leaves Celestia. Does that make the princess summit a recent thing, or did it use to be something only Celestia attended by herself? Perhaps there is more royalty in Equestria than we know about. Or maybe I'm overanalyzing a show for little girls. (Probably that!)
• Twilight hasn't become accustomed to her new wings, and yet at the end of the season three season finale she was flying just fine?
• How does Twilight bump into one of the guards while walking in a straight line?
• What exactly have the others been doing since Twilight's coronation? Looking at Twilight, apparently not learning how to fly, even though she was flying perfectly last time.
• How has Twilight not become accustomed to sleeping with wings by now?
• Why didn't Twilight just chase Sunset Shimmer through the mirror when she first entered it? (Oh yes, so we can get exposition from Celestia!)
• How could Sunset Shimmer have been Celestia's student before Twilight. Twilight was in magic kindergarten when she became Celestia's student. Does that make Sunset Shimmer older than Twilight? Perhaps too old to be in high school.
• Furthermore, how did Sunset Shimmer learn that Twilight was the princess? She was living in another world through a magical portal that only opens every 30 moons. Does she have clairvoyance? Judging from her actions in this movie, clearly not.
• Is the punk with the red mohawk and skull shirt a guy or a girl? Seems slightly busty.
• What was Twilight doing while introducing herself to Fluttershy?
• So Fluttershy introduces herself to Twilight the same way she did in Equestria. Meta, or lazy writing?
• If pets aren't allowed on school grounds, then what about the guy walking the dog earlier?
• How does Fluttershy manage to keep a cat, bird, and bunny in the same backpack without them killing each other?
• Why does human Celestia sound differently from pony Celestia?
• Does the school photographer normally take pictures of students making evil laughs.
• Does Hasbro have any offenses against using words like hippie (eco-kid) or geeks and nerds (techies)?
• Pinkie Pie says being psychic is something she is "not usually" able to do. Does this mean she has Pinkie Sense in this world?
• Twilight didn't see Snips and Snails standing behind glass doors?
• How is Twilight able to sleep in the library without anyone noticing? Does the school not have security guards?
• So just now all the human mane six figure out that someone else may have been responsible for all the miscommunication?
• So just now everyone figures out it was the school bully responsible for their messes.
• How does no one notice the auditorium being destroyed? I'm sure someone would have been alerted by the noise.
• I would ask how Pinkie Pire figured out Twilight's story, but the real question has to be how no one else didn't, considering how loud Twilight was about it in the changing room.
• If the auditorium could have easily been cleaned and re-decorated in an afternoon, why did it have to be postponed until tomorrow?
• Where did the girls get the limo?
• Where does a teenager find a sledgehammer?
• How does Sunset Shimmer know how to use her new demonic powers?
• I know Rainbow Dash and the others sticking up for Twilight is touching, but how is it practical? They don't stand a chance against a demonic witch.

Gags
• Pinkie Pie is a Transformer. Pinkimus Prime!
• Spike supports himself on his tail.
• Twilight reacting to herself being human.
• Twilight first walking.
• Twilight slamming into the door upon realizing she cannot use her magic without her horn.
• Boy shutting himself into locker when SS passes by.
• Fluttershy crying. (Hnnnngggg!)
• Spike correcting Twilight saying "everypony."
• Twilight eating her apple like a horse.
• AppleJack spittakes.
• Pinkie floating by balloons.
• Applejack using balloons as puppets.
• Pinkie bouncing by balloon.
• Applejack fuming.
• Snips and snails act just like their names.
• Spike really loves tummy rubs.
• Derpy Twilight!
• Twilight headdesk!
• Spike zipping himself inside the backpack.
• Twilight fails to kick the ball.
• Spike's lovey-dovey face.
• Snips and Snails dancing with the ears and tails.
• Twilight seeing her pony self in the mirror.
• Pinkie Pie "What?"
• Pinkie Pie figuring out Twilight's story. (Squee!)
• Fluttershy's rape face.
• Fluttershy yay!
• Pinkie Pie cleaning the floor with her hair.
• Pinkie Pie's hairstyles. (Including Pinkamena.)
• Flash Sentry crashing into the door.
• Scootaloo does the chicken dance!
• Psy, is that you? Dancing Gangam Style?
• Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara do their sugar lump rump bump!
• Applejack's lasso FTW!
• The Wilhelm Scream attends the school!
• Twilight Sparkle still dances just as awkwardly as she did as a horse!
• Flash Sentry dancing with her! :D
• Vinyl Scratch DJing.
• Photo Finish taking the photograph.
• Rainbow Dash falling down after her wings dissapear.
• Pinkie Pie crashing into the portal.
Quotes
• Pinkie: You're nervous-cited! It's like you want to jump up and down and yell "Yay me!" but you also want to curl up in a teeny-tiny little ball and hide at the same time.
• Sunset Shimmer: I can speak to anyone anyway I want.
• Fluttershy: Wouldn't you just give anything to know what they're thinking?
  Twilight: Usually he just tells me.
• Celestia: If you need anything else, my door is always open. (Of course, except when it's closed.)
• Twilight: Imagine if one of them showed up in Equestria saying they came from a world filled with tall pudgy two-legged creatures with these. They would think they were crazy. (And the boy in the hall slowly backs away.)
• Twilight: Looks like if I want my crown back, I'll have to become princess of the Canterlot High Fall Formal. So that's what I'm going to do.
  Spike: and how exactly do you plan on doing that?
  Twilight: I have no idea.
• Pinkie: That girl is keeping a secret but I am totally onto her. She's psychic!
• Sunset Shimmer: I should have known Princess Celestia would send her prize pupil and her little dog too. (Obvious reference is obvious.)
• Cheerilee: No, just no!
• Spike: You, make a list? That is so unlike you!
• Pinkie Pie: Hugs! Hugs are always good.
• Rainbow Dash: Of course you lost. I'm awesome!
• Flash Sentry: One no would have been fine.
• Rarity: He can talk.
  Spike: Oh, I can do more than talk, back in my world, I'm  a ferocious fire-breathing dragon.
• Pinkie Pie: If only I had some sort of party cannon that could decorate everything super fast.
• Guy: Did that dog just talk?
  Spike: Seriously? The talking dog is the weirdest thing about this?
• Twilight: You know what, Spike? I am starting to feel a little bit more comfortable wearing this crown.
• Rainbow Dash: What are hands?

Songs
• "Opening Title" Love the remix and the animation. Makes the theme song--30 percent cooler! :D
• "Strange New World." Meh. It's okay. It does its job. Not perfect, but otherwise okay.
• "Helping Twilight Win The Crown." Best. Song. Ever. Or at least in the movie. Shows that they music team can be just as creative as they are in the show.
• "Time To Come Together." Meh.
• "This Is Our Big Night." Second best song in the series. Not as good as the first, but overall okay.