Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, June 30, 2014

Voice Actress Shares AppleDash Art For Pride Day

If a voice actor ships two characters that she voices, does that make the shipping canon? Probably not. Either way, it was a nice gesture for voice actress Ashleigh Ball to post this AppleDash fan art to commemorate World Pride Day:


I know many of my followers do not believe in gay marriage. Personally, neither do I. But just because you don’t believe in something, doesn’t mean you have to force others to believe the same way you do. I’m not asking everyone to support gay marriage. I’m not even asking everyone to support it. All I ask is that you all at least tolerate it.

With the Fourth of July around the corner, I think it’s important to remember the true meaning of freedom: it’s not being free to do what you want to do, it’s allowing others be free to do what you don’t want them to do. That’s how it works in a free country like ours!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

IF Men acted like FEMINISTS!

What if men acted like feminists? What if Anita Sarkeesian's cherry-picking, victimhood mentality, and flat-out dishonesty were applied by men to how other men are portrayed in the media? It would probably be exactly like this parody by Thunderf00t:



And as an added bonus, here is a video of the Top 10 Female Protagonists in Video Games (Because half of them would probably be dismissed by Anita as "sexist caricatures"!):

Sunday Funnies (06/29/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. Which is why I’m starting a new weekly feature where I showcase some of the week’s funniest political cartoons. There was a lot to laugh about this week, from Hilary’s pathetic attempt to make herself appear poor and struggling, to Obama getting his ass handed to him by the Supreme Court, to warmongering neocons pushing for war in Iraq—again!


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Daily Pony: Wannabe


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Perhaps Twilight should cast the species-changing spell on Lyra already. This level of obsession isn't exactly healthy.

Someone Put Family Guy Out Of Its Misery, Please!

Oh, Family Guy! I remember when I was in high school and I used to watch your show religiously. Your episodes were random, over-the-top, and unashamedly juvenile and vulgar. But since then, I've grown up, and now your episodes are random, over-the-top, and unashamedly juvenile and vulgar.

While my sense of humor has since matured, yours pretty much stayed the same. Oh sure, once in a blue moon, you’ll release a good episode, but the thing is, a bad television series that occasionally makes good episodes is not worth watching like a good series that occasionally makes bad episodes.

One episode that reveals how far this once great animated series has fallen is also one of its most recent: "Fresh Hair," which was recently reviewed by TheMysteriousMrEnter:


Fresh Heir review from John Enter on Vimeo.

Sadly, I was unfortunate enough to have watched this animated abomination when it first aired. I’m not sure what’s worst: the fact that they implied Chris taught his elderly grandfather how to masturbate by giving him a handjob, or—actually, you know, that’s bad enough as it is! (Why do I get the uneasy feeling that someone actually made a Rule 34 fan art of that?)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good Week To Be A Libertarian


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Being a libertarian in a country where one’s individual rights are being slowly stripped away by both Big Government and Business, reading the news can be frustrating, even depressing; but this week has provided good news to those who value individual liberty and freedom.

Just this week, Utah has struck down its same-sex marriage ban, New York City has struck down Bloomberg’s large soda ban, Florida has banned schools from suspending students for playing with their toaster pastries, and the U.S. Supreme court has ruled warrantless cell phone searches unconstitutional, and has slammed Obama's unconstitutional executive overreach for being, well, unconstitutional and overreaching.

Oh, and my home state of Virginia has qualified libertarian Robert Sarvis for the U.S. Senate race. But they haven’t approved him for the debates. Sigh. Well, I guess not every news story can be fully good.

Daily Pony: Celestia Helps Fluttershy


Celestia Helps Fluttershy Overcome Her Troubles by poptart36 on deviantART

Don't ask questions. Trying to explain it only raises more questions.

An Accurate Description Of Our Current Government


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Well, that sounds just about right!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Week In Tumblr Social Justice

Many people ask me why I left Tumblr. To help answer that question, I’ve decided to start a new regular feature on this blog. Every week, I’ll venture into the wilderness known as Tumblr in search of the man-eating carnivores known as feminist SJWs, and come back here to civilization to showcase and ridicule what I have found. So come with me as I embark on a safari through the Tumblr badlands where those with pale complexions can hardly survive:


Now here is a prime example of how Tumblr feminism can almost be viewed as a foreign, barbaric culture. Most people within the civilized world interpret smiling as a friendly gesture. Tumblr feminists, on the other hand, interpret it as a threat, and thus provocation to slit someone’s throat. Yikes! Someone keep Pinkie Pie away from these sociopaths.


And here I thought I loved playing my Nintendo 3DS because its games offer an entertaining deviation from the daily grind. No. Clearly I only play video games as a way to control my testosterone-induced urge to rape. If it were not for video games, my mind would revert back to my caveman instinct and I would end up raping every moving thing that has a vagina.


Just because its natural doesn’t mean people have to know about it. You know what else are natural bodily functions that are censored by society? Peeing and pooping. You don’t see people walking around with yellow and brown underpants as a way to fight the systematic oppression of having to use the restroom rather than defecate on the sidewalk.


If these people truly cared about "social justice", they would see this as a brave affirmation of one's sexual identity in the face of heteronormativity, not as an act of sexism. “What do you mean you’re not attracted to women? What are you, sexist? Everyone knows that sexual attraction is something that you choose rather than something you are born with. Just ask the Evangelicals!”


What this artist doesn’t realize is that the One Piece characters already depict different nationalities. The manga’s creator, Oda, has revealed that Luffy is Brazilian, Zoro is Japanese, Nami is Swedish, Usopp is African, Sanji is French, Chopper is Canadian, Robin is Russian, Franky is American, and Brook is Austrian. But of course, I’m sure that feminist SJWs will try to retort with “But half of those are WHITE nationalities, shitlord!”


And here we have yet another post where someone shows ignorance of the show they’re appropriating to push their own insipid ideology. (Because world peace only existed before those evil white people came along!) What this cretain doesn’t understand is that the Four Nations within the show are based off of Asian cultures. The Fire Nation is based off of Imperialist Japan, as it was the first nation to be industrialized and militarized. Let’s not forget that Japan was one of the Axis Powers in WW2. But I guess that doesn’t count because we evil white people dropped a bomb on them and caricaturized them within our anti-war propaganda, right?

What’s especially ironic about this is that feminist SJWs are always complaining about white people appropriating other people’s culture, and yet here we have an SJW appropriating Asian culture in order to bash white culture. The irony here requires asprin to endure.

No More Pop Tart Suspensions In Florida!


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Remember last year when a second-grader was suspended for playing with his Pop Tart like a gun? Well, Florida just passed a bill preventing schools from suspending students over stupid crap like that:
Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law a bill that says students cannot get into trouble for "brandishing a partially consumed pastry" or other harmless items meant to simulate a gun. The "Pop-Tart" bill aims to stop students from getting in trouble for play that involves obviously pretend guns. Students shouldn't face discipline, for example, for drawing a picture of a gun or pretending a pencil or their finger was a firearm.

The bill is similar to legislation first proposed in Maryland, after a 7-year-old boy was suspended from his Baltimore school for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. That case was widely viewed as an example of zero-tolerance policies gone too far.

State lawmakers have, in recent years, worked to dial back Florida's zero-tolerance policies, fearful hard-line enforcement had led to students being suspended for relatively minor infractions. Advocates for reforming school discipline policies have been in favor of such moves.
I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing that kids can now play with their Pop Tarts in peace, or a sad thing that schools have to be reminded that playing with Pop Tarts is not grounds for suspension. Really? That ought to be common sense!

Daily Pony: Beat It PMV

You heard the song, you saw the live-action music video, and now it's finally here: the PMV for Beat It, as performed by Michelle Creber and Black Gryphon:



A dance-off between the ponies and brony OCs? Nothing could be more epic than this! Off the top of my head, I spotted Flufflepuff, Digibrony, Kimi Sparkles, Wooden Toaster, and Brony Curious. How many OCs can you identify?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Daily Pony: Rosario+Flutterbat


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Well, it was only a matter of time until someone made a Rosario+Vampire reference with Flutterbat. (And for any pony out there who isn't an otaku, and doesn't know what Rosario+Vampire is, here's a review by the Cartoon Hero.)

Thom Hartmann Debunked (But Does It Matter?)

If you’re unfortunate enough to have any left-leaning friends on Facebook, chances are they’ve probably shared the following meme made by leftist radio pundit Thom Hartmann:


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The good news is that Being Classically Liberal has written a lengthy yet thorough article debunking this nonsensical meme point-by-point. The bad news is that, well, it probably doesn’t matter.

You see, internet memes are easy to generate and even easier to propagate. Just open up Microsoft Paint, type in a few insipid talking points, attach a funny looking photo, and when you’re done, send it off into the interwebs through your social media outlet of choice.

Debunking memes, on the other hand—well, that’s a little bit more difficult. You have to spend valuable time and effort researching each of the points made in the meme (which both Google and Wikipedia have made much easier), gathering enough data to debunk said points, and then using this data to write a thorough rebuttal.

However, by the time you’re done writing your refutation, chances are the meme has already been seen and spread by millions upon millions of hapless rubes who are gullible enough to believe everything that shows up in their Facebook timeline and are too lazy to perform a simple Google search to see if the meme stands up to scrutiny.

And by the time you’ve published your refutation, chances are it will only manage to garner a quarter of a quarter of a fraction of the meme’s overall viewership. In other words, far more people would have already seen the meme before they have managed to stumble across your refutation of it.

That’s one of the most incendiary aspects of the internet: despite being called the “Information Super Highway”, its infrastructure allows for misinformation to spread much quicker than information. As the old saying goes, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

But don’t let this get you down. If you see this meme floating around, put a link to the blog post refuting it in the comments. Hopefully, it will enlighten someone to the truth, but more likely, it will probably be dismissed with a flimsy excuse, like, “Oh, who cares what some random libertarian blog has to say? It’s probably run by a far-right think tank funded by the Koch Brothers.”

Right. Because some random meme on the internet with baseless talking points carries far more weight than a well-researched article backed by facts and statistics. Makes sense!

Relevant C.S. Lewis Quote

The sign of a great writer like C.S. Lewis is that his words remain relevant even decades after his life:


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“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” - C.S. Lewis

Friday, June 20, 2014

10 Weird Things Banned by Governments

From chewing gum and emo culture, to Valentine’s Day and Scrabble, to even re-incarnation and time travel, governments around the world have imposed ridiculous bans on the most innocuous things, and Alltime10s counts down the most ridiculous with the 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments:



But of course, most of these bans are in other countries, especially third-world dictatorships. No such ridiculous bans would ever pass in Murika, right?! We’re the Land Of The Free—gosh darn it!—and our government never bans or tries to ban stupid stuff. I mean, it’s not like our country is so obsessed with banning things that a publication like Reason Magazine has a regular monthly feature called "Nanny of the Month", right? Right?!

Daily Pony: Princess Zelestia


Princess Zelestia of the Hyrule Kingdom by CiscoQL on deviantART

For Zelda and Pony fans, consider this fan art the cherry on top of the sundae that is the news concerning Hyrule Warriors and the newly-announced Zelda Wii U game.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Daily Pony: Help Me


Help Me by Assassin-or-Shadow on deviantART

If Fluttershy can help reform Discord, certainly she can reform yet another villain. Right?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Anita And Violence Against Teh Wymynz!

The feminist Jack Thompson, Anita Sarkeesian, has released yet another insipid video in her “Tropes Vs. Women” series. This time, she’s whining about teh ebils of sexual objectification and teh violence against teh wymynz in vidya gaymez:



Isn’t it interesting that, as evidence that video games promote violence against women, Anita uses games such as Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row as examples, games where the protagonists are criminals who routinely engages in illegal activity such as murder? Because a game that allows you to maul down cops, hijack cars, and use said cars to run over hordes of pedestrians isn’t that shocking, but the moment you start killing hookers whom you solicited for sex, well, that's when the game crosses the line for Anita. That’s simply too much!

And of course she argues that video games promote violence and sexual objectification. Because we never heard that argument before! (Like I said: feminist Jack Thompson!)


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Fav VGM: Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)

With E3 2014 having long since concluded, I’ve decided now would be the best time to introduce a new series that I’ve been meaning to start: “Favorite Video Game Music.” Title pretty much says it all! On occasions, I will create a post tol feature a selection of my favorite video game music.

The only thing that I love more than video games is the music. Nothing else does a better job setting up the mood. It tugs your heartstrings during emotional cutscenes, revs up your adrenaline during boss battles, and congratulates you for a job well done during the credits after you finally beat the game. Without the music, videos games would be nothing more than bland images moving across the screen--bland high-def graphics! Music gives games the emotion, the thrill, and the drive it takes to play through them.



What better selection to start off this new series than the music from my favorite Mario Kart track? In all of its neon-color brilliance, Rainbow Road is simply awe-inspiring to gaze upon, especially in the N64 version. But the only thing more beautiful than the track itself is the music.

The song used for the track is great in whatever version, but the best version by far is the remix in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. This song is what you’d imagine hearing traveling through a rainbow-strewn starfield. The music is very spacey, almost dreamlike, especially when combined with the neon-colored visuals. Sometimes I feel sleepy just listening to it. But fortunately, I never fall asleep while behind the wheel. That’s just a recipe for disaster!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

America's Pathetic Minimum Wage?


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As midterm elections draw near, the Democrats are saber-rattling their bases with cries to raise the minimum wage, and the liberal media is more than willing to propagate their message with such news stories as this HuffPo piece on how "America Is Globally Shamed For Its Pathetic Minimum Wage":
The International Monetary Fund on Monday cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year, warned of sluggish growth for years to come, and made a bunch of suggestions for getting America's economic house in order -- including raising the abysmally low federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

"[G]iven its current low level (compared both to U.S. history and international standards), the minimum wage should be increased," the global financial-stability group wrote in its annual assessment of state of the U.S. economy. "This would help raise incomes for millions of working poor and (help) ensure a meaningful increase in after-tax earnings for the nation’s poorest households."

The IMF didn't say how much it thought the minimum wage should be, exactly. President Barack Obama has proposed an increase to $10.10 an hour. If the minimum wage had been adjusted for inflation regularly, it would be at least $10.68, according to the National Employment Law Project. Many fast-food workers would prefer $15 an hour. If wage floors had been raised to keep up with productivity, then they would be closer to $22 an hour.

However you figure it, the wage is too low, and one of the lowest among the world's developed economies.
Yes, let’s wag our fingers at America like a puppy dog who just peed on the carpet and shame it for how low its federal minimum wage is. And to think that there are some “wingnuts” out there who believe that we should eliminate the minimum wage altogether!

Those greedy selfish sociopaths! Don’t they know that minimum wage is the only thing preventing workers from being exploited by their greedy bosses? Without it, those poor workers would be forced to slave away for mere pennies. Does America want to devolve into a third-world wasteland like the many other countries without minimum wage? Countries like Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, or Switzerland?

Oh wait! None of those countries are in the third world. In fact, those are all European countries that libtarded moonbats love to faun over. None of them have workers who are paid mere pennies. Most of them have fairly decent living standards with low unemployment.

In fact, compared to their neighbors with minimum wage laws, those countries have relatively lower unemployment rates. Scott Sumner explains:
Regarding the minimum wage, here is some data for Western Europe:

There are nine countries with a minimum wage (Belgium, Netherlands, Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Luxembourg).  Their unemployment rates range from 5.9% in Luxembourg to 27.6% in Greece.  The median country is France with 11.1% unemployment.

There are nine countries with no minimum wage (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.)  Five of the nine have a lower unemployment rate than Luxembourg, the best of the other group.  The median country is Iceland, with a 5.5% unemployment rate. The biggest country in Europe is Germany.  No minimum wage and 5.2% unemployment.

Still want to raise our minimum wage to $10?  Germany used to have really high unemployment.  Then they did labor reforms to allow more low wage jobs, combined with subsidies for low wage workers.  Now they don’t have high unemployment.

Still want to raise our minimum wage to $10?
Huh? It’s almost as if minimum wage laws are completely irrelevant to employment or living standards. If anything, they actually lead to higher unemployment. How shameful and pathetic, indeed!

Inflation Makes Us All Hungrier!

Want evidence of inflation and how it affects our everyday lives? Just takes a step into your local grocery store.

That’s what ABC News did for a consumer report, which Peter Schiff shared and discussed on his show:



The news report reveals how many store items carry less of the same product than they originally did, despite being sold at the same price.

For example, one box of crackers had 20 fewer crackers than an older box, one juice box had 10 percent less juice than an older box, and one package of diapers had 92 pairs of diapers when it originally carried 100.

If you’re the type to squeeze the Charmin when Mr. Whipple’s not around, you’ll be squeezing 70 percent less tissue paper than was being sold 20 years ago.

The kicker was that both the old and new items were sold at the exact same price, even though the newer items had less of the product. Even more of a kick, many of the older products were being sold right next to the new ones on the shelf!

So what gives? Why are food companies becoming such cheapskates and selling less items for the same price? Don’t blame them. Blame inflation! Inflation forces them to make one of two tough decisions: either raise prices, or maintain the same price by selling less.

Speaking of price increases, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the price index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has risen to an all-time high. So unless you don’t mind spending more to quell your carnivorous appetite, now is probably the best time to become a vegan.


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Either way, when inflation forces companies to raise their prices or sell less of their product, the end result is us paying more and receiving less, which is especially painful if you’re poor.

But pay no attention to this inflation! It’s no big deal! Paul Krugman said so, and he’s an economics professor with a shiny medal. If he says inflation is no big deal, then it isn’t, and anyone who thinks otherwise is an “inflation obsessive.”

Daily Pony: Everything Is Terrible!


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Note to self: watch Lego Movie when it comes out on DVD. From what I hear, everything is awesome!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Warmongers: Either Join The Fight Or STFU!

Iraq is currently experiencing major civil unrest with ever-rising sectarian violence. Warmongering neocons claim this wouldn’t have happened if we never left Iraq, while most sane people (i.e.: libertarians and other non-interventionists) argue this wouldn’t have happened if we never entered Iraq in the first place!

Disgustingly enough, Mitt Romney had this to say about the current situation: “Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.”

To which, one blogger, Jim Wright, a retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer who had fought in Iraq, responded to Romney in the most fitting way: “F**k you!”

In his lengthy blog post, Wright destroys ever flimsy justification for the Iraq War and why the warmongers supported it. It wasn’t because of 9/11. It wasn’t because of WMDs. It wasn’t to spread “freedom and democracy.” As most sane people had figured out since the war first broke out, the war was nothing more than a lie for oil.

The entire response is a well-written “F**k You!” to all the warmongers who supported this war, and a worthy read for anyone who ever opposed the war and wanted to hear their sentiments expressed from a disgruntled war veteran.

But the best part is when Wright tells the warmongers outright to put their money where their mouths are: if they sincerely believe this is a war worth fighting for, and we should return to Iraq to quell the civil unrest, then they should join him and the other troops in battle:
Sure, let’s go back to Iraq.

Oh, yes, let us do that.

I’ll dig out my uniform and strap on my pistol and gird up my sword and ride into battle yet again.

Just so long as Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and every single one of those powdered, Botoxed talking heads at Fox News are in the vanguard. That’s right, you cowards, you put on a uniform and you lead the charge this time around. The Koch brothers and Mitt Romney can pay for it, every goddamned penny, we’ll bleed them until they’re dry and then we’ll pull the gold fillings from their teeth to pay for it right along with the rest of their Wall Street cronies. You fuckers got rich off the last one, you can damned well pay for this one. And when you run out of money, we’ll take your blood, fair’s fair.

Strap John McCain into the cockpit of an A-4 Skyhawk and let him fly air cover.

If he gets himself shot down and taken prisoner again, well, you know what? Fuck him, leave him to the enemy because frankly his hate and bile and raging insanity have done more damage to this country than Bowe Bergdahl ever did.

The terrorists can keep him.

You want to go to back to war? No problem, this time, you go first.
Funny how the warmongering neocons, for as much as they wave their flags and aing "God Bless The U.S.A. and shout "support our troops," never join the wars that they claim to support. Strange, is it not?

Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don't

Sigh. There's no pleasing anti-racist social justice warriors, is there?


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One comment in the TumblrInAction thread puts it succinctly: “So. Make weed illegal, white men are racist. Make weed legal, white men are racist.” They just can’t win!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daily Pony: Non-Aggression Principle For Ponies

Here’s an image I found linked to on the Bogosity Forum:


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Normally I blog about politics. Sometimes I blog about ponies. Rarely do both topics mesh as perfectly as they do here. Fluttershy is best spokespony for the non-aggression principle!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Magic School Bus Will Mess You Up

With the Magic School Bus reboot having recently been announced, you have to wonder: after going through so many bizarre field trips, how would such experiences affect the students later in life? This mockumentary offers a glimpse at Miss Frizzle and her students 20 years after the show. You'll never look at the cartoon the same way again!



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If you grew up in the 90s watching public broadcasting like I did, you’re probably familiar with Reading Rainbow and Magic School Bus. One was a show that inspired children to become interested in reading. The other inspired children to become interested in science. Both made learning fun, and both are making a comeback.

With Reading Rainbow, the former host LeVar Burton held a Kickstarter for his old show's revival. In only 12 hours, his kickstarter reached its $1 million goal. The funds will be used to create a new web series and free classroom version.


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As for Magic School Bus, a new CGI-animated reboot, Magic School Bus 360, is currently in the works. 26 episodes are being planned for the series, which is scheduled to stream on Netflix in 2016.

Aside from Sesame Street, both of these shows made public broadcasting entertaining for me, and I’m more than excited to see them return once more to inspire young minds.

The only thing that would make this better is if Bill Nye were to bring back his old show. Considering how he’s managed to maintain his popularity even until now, that wouldn't surprise me. C'mon Bill! LeVar managed to gain support to bring his show back. Why don't you do the same?


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Friday, June 13, 2014

More Libs Than Dems On Ballot In Virginia


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I’ve not had many good things to say about my home state of Virginia, the least of which was its politicians banning the term "sea level rise" and "climate change." Its politics are so royally messed up that last year’s gubernatorial race was between a crony corporatist and a regressive Bible thumper. (Who won? Does it matter?! Either way, we lost!)

If there’s one good thing to say about my home state, it’s that the Libertarian Party is slowly, but surely, growing there. Just recently, eleven Libertarian candidates made the deadline for this year’s midterm election ballot, and they outnumber the Democratic candidates:
Eleven Libertarian candidates for the House of Representatives from Virginia and the party’s U.S. Senate candidate all turned in the minimum number of signatures to qualify for the November ballot before the deadline on Tuesday, June 10.

These candidates would constitute what’s called a “full slate” contesting the state’s congressional seats.

Every House candidate submitted more than the minimum number of 1,000 signatures. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis turned in “between 15,000 and 17,000,” he told me. Statewide candidates must submit a total number of 10,000 signatures that includes 400 signatures from each of the 11 House districts.

Three of the LP candidates — Will Hammer in the Sixth Congressional District, Jeffrey Carson in the Eighth Congressional District, and Bill Redpath in the Tenth District — have already been informed by the State Board of Elections that they have qualified for the ballot. Hammer is running against incumbent Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Carson and Redpath are running for open seats made vacant by the retirements of, respectively, Jim Moran (D-VA8) and Frank Wolf (R-VA10).

It will take a few days for the SBE and local electoral boards to review the signatures and other paperwork before certifying the ballot status of the remaining eight House candidates and Sarvis.

According to election-law expert Richard Winger, the last time a party other than Republicans or Democrats ran a full slate of congressional candidates in Virginia was 1916, when the Socialist Party did it. If the LPVA succeeds in fielding all eleven House candidates, it will have more nominees on the ballot than the Democratic Party of Virginia this year.
With so many Libertarians on this year's ballot, there’s a good chance that one of them could potentially win a House seat. Sure, that hope is grossly optimistic, but not completely unfounded.

During last year’s gubernatorial race, the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, managed to pull 6.6 percent of the vote with more than 142 thousand votes, or as Reason explains, “five times the vote total Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson won last November.”

Of course, Sarvis ended up losing, but if he managed to gain that much support in the last election, surely there’s enough support this year to send at least one of these Congressional candidates to Washington. We can only hope.

Behold The Horrors Of Lawless Anarchy!

What would you do if all laws were suspended for a day? Julie "Token Libertarian Chick" Borowski posed this question to her followers on Facebook, and the answers she received may shock and horrify you:


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Oh, the horror! Such ruthless lawlessness! Clearly we need the power of the Almighty State to protect us from the sheer chaos these sociopaths would unleash upon civilized society.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

So Fades The Two-Party Illusion


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Good news and bad news. The bad news is that Americans have become increasingly polarized along political lines. Not since the Civil War has the county been this politically divided.

The good news is that more Americans, especially millennials, are refusing to identify as Team Edward or Team Jacob—excuse me, Team Red or Team Blue—and are instead identifying as political independents.

As the gap between the two parties ever increase, the illusion of choice becomes all the more clearer, and Americans are quickly becoming disillusioned by it. We can only hope that this trend helps foster a formidable third party, and that we finally have a real choice at the voting booths.

The Social Contract Does Not Hold Up In Court

Shane Killian recently released a video explaining how statists should better defend their positions. This video should be required watching for statists before they attempt making arguments against libertarianism and anarchism.



It’s a lengthy video, but every minute is worth the watch. If anything, it’s worth watching just to hear Shane say “You can point a gun at me and make me say 'I'm Twilight Sparkle!' but that won't make it so.”

In all seriousness, the part is when he exposes the absurdity of the Social Contract, explaining how it would never hold up as a legal contract in a court of law:
Plaintiff: But your honor, he agreed to the agreement!

Judge: How?

Plaintiff: He was born into it!

Judge: Oh, come on! We don't have slavery in this country! Haven't you read the 13th Amendment?

Plaintiff: Okay, yeah, but his parents agreed to it!

Judge: Parents can't enter into a contract for a minor, you know that. Your contract would with the parents, but the minor can cancel it at any time, even after reaching the age of majority.

Plaintiff: But he didn't! He turned 18 and didn't cancel it!

Judge: Didn't you hear what I just said? You don't have a valid contract with the parents to begin with! And even if you did, it does NOT IN ANY WAY bind the child to agreeing to it!

Plaintiff: But he didn't actually say he disagreed with it until now!

Judge: Come on! That's tacit consent, and no court in the civilized world upholds that.

Plaintiff: He agreed to it because he didn't move somewhere else!

Judge: I'm THIS CLOSE to jailing you for contempt of court! Because he didn't move somewhere else??? The only way inaction can be considered agreeing to a contract is through estoppel, and you KNOW that doesn't apply here!

Plaintiff: I think it does! Because we fed him and he took the food!

Judge: So, you're saying that a slave agrees to be enslaved when he accepts a meal from his master? Give me a break! Two days in jail for contempt of court! Bailiff, take him away!

Daily Adventure Time: The Jakesons

You were expecting Daily Pony? Well, I wanted to mix things up a little with an Adventure Time post instead. And how could I resist sharing this cute pic that I found on the DA front page?


The Jakesons by space-kid on deviantART

I really WUV Jake and Lady Rainicorn’s pups. Too bad they grew up so fast in their first apperance! Creators, y 4 u do that? Rainicorn offspring mature faster? I call bull:iconfluttershysqueeplz:! You all just wanted an excuse to push them aside that quickly! New characters get no lovin! :(

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A New Challenger (Or Three) Approaches!


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Good news and bad news concerning the upcoming Super Smash Bros. The bad news is that the 3DS version, which was scheduled for a summer release, will be released later this fall in October. Darn! And I was looking forward to some smashing handheld summer fun! Oh well. At least I recently pre-ordered the game so I can play it once it finally comes out.

The good news is that three new characters have been announced. I briefly touched upon them with my last post, but I’ll share their individual trailers here and discuss them further.



It seems almost inevitable that the Miis would be included. Most Nintendo games such as Mario Kart have included them as playable characters, and even the SSB developers admitted that they wanted to include Mii characters in Brawl. Now they finally get a chance to go up against other Nintendo favorites.

What makes them especially intriguing is their overall customizability. Of course, you can choose your own Mii, which you created yourself, but you also get to choose their fighting styles (brawler, sword master, and gunner) and even their own moves. Of course, you have to wonder what their Final Smash will be, or even if that will also be customizable.



Next up is Queen Palutena from Kid Icarus: Rising. As some who has never played that game, I don’t have much to say about her. Personally, I would have preferred the snarky wit (or witty snark) of Hades, but she seems like an equally capable fighter. (Oh, and the anime-style trailer was epic!)

One good thing about her inclusion is that it bolsters the female character roster. Whereas previous games only featured Peach, Zelda, and Samus (And Nana of the Ice Climbers, if she counts), this game will also offer the Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina, and now Palutena. If there are more characters to be announced, I hope they offer more girl power.

Personally, I’m dying to see Krystal from Star Fox. I still scratch my head as to why she was excluded in favor of obvious clones such as Falco and Wolf. Do we really need another character with the exact same moveset and with Landmaster as their Final Smash? Screw them both! Bring in the blue vixen!



And finally, we have Pac-Man. If you were shocked by his inclusion, you really shouldn’t have been. Namco is making this game. Their mascot is Pac-Man. This makes his inclusion inevitable.

Many have complained about his character design, insisting that it should have looked more like his design from the animated series, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Me? I feel this design is much more timeless. We’re looking for video game characters, not animated characters based upon video game characters. You might as well base Link or Mario off of their animated counterparts, and I’m sure most of you don’t want that! (Though it would be very interesting for Link’s taunt to be “Well, excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!” Or not!)

As for his moves, I don’t know. Aside from turning into his arcade form, none of them seem relevant to his game. Most of them are based off of other Namco games. In fact, one of his taunts is showcasing other Namco characters. But I guess you can’t expect much from a character who’s basic move is eating pellets.

And lastly, I love how he was introduced alongisde the other vintage video game characters like Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, and Mr. Game and Watch. (And yes, he is returning to the fray as well!)

With the new games on the horizon and fast approaching, the anticipation for them grow even stronger. Perhaps even more characters will be announced until then. If so, who would you like to see added to the roster? And what are your thoughts on these new three additions? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Daily Pony: This Game's Winner Is...

With E3 underway, and especially with the latest Super Smash Brothers announcements, what would be more fitting than to share SSB-related MLP fan art? And what better art to share than the otherwise weakest pony winning with the weakest SSB character?


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Makes me wonder what the other ponies would play as. I’m guessing Pinkie Pie would play as Kirby, Rarity would play as Peach, and Spike would play as Bowser. What are your guesses?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nintendo E3 Digital Event Recap

Earlier today, Nintendo held its special ‘Digital Event’ for E3 2014. Since Nintendo’s press conference is the only one that matters (:iconfluttershysqueeplz: Microsoft and Sony! Imma Nintendo fan boy!), here's the full video presentation followed by my initial thoughts and reactions:



• Really loved the clay animation! Very reminiscent of Robot Chicken. (In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Robot Chicken animators made this.) My only complaint is with the jokes aimed at the stereotypical Nintendo fan. Seemed rather mean-spirited to me, especially since Reggie torched a guy for asking about Mother 3. “How dare you request that we localize a game that has a massive fan following. Who do you think you are? Paying, loyal customers willing to throw money at us?”
• Reggie vs. Miyamoto? :iconfluttershysqueeplz:  Goku vs. Superman! This is the battle of the century! Good way to introduce the Super Smash Bros. announcements.
Super Smash Bros. The Mii Fighters are a fitting touch. I was hoping that Miis would be incorporated back in Brawl. (We had the ability to use our Mii characters in Mario Kart. So why not Smash Brothers?) And now not only can you use them, but customize their fighting styles (brawlers, swordfighters and gunners) and moves. With so many potential combinations, the creativity is boundless.
• October 2014? What? WHAT?! What do you mean you’re pushing the 3DS release date to October? You said we would have it this summer! Fffffffuuuuu—
Amiibo. I don’t care for Skylanders. I don’t care for Disney Infinity. So I don’t care for this cash-grabbing marketing gimmick.
Yoshi’s Wooly World. I don’t care what the developers say! This is Kirby’s Epic Yarn with Yoshi.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Meh. I guess this was inevitable. Luigi has Luigi’s Mansion and Super Luigi Wii-U. Peach has Super Princess Peach. And now Toad has his own game. Only a matter of time until Bowser has his own title. Interesting game, but it doesn’t make up for the lack of an original Mario Wii-U game. (C’mon, Nintendo, where is the Wii-U equivalent to Super Mario Galaxy?)
Hyrule Warriors. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I don’t care for this game, as it’s merely Dynasty Warriors with Zelda characters. Though in all fairness, the fact you can play as different Zelda characters is quite appealing. Aside from Link, you can play as Zelda (finally!), Impa, and Midna—which is surprising, considering most Zelda fans hate her, even more so than Navi. Apparently, there are going to be other playable characters from previous Zelda games. Wonder who else they will use. Personally, I’d like to see Nabooru (Ocarina) or Byrne (Spirit Tracks). Or perhaps the three goddesses (Din, Nayru, and Farore) can make an appearance. That would be epic!
Zelda WiiU. Ah, :iconfluttershysqueeplz: yeah! Now this is reason enough for me to buy a WiiU. A new Zelda game? And it’s going to be an open-world explorer like the original Zelda game? Shut up and take my money, Nintendo! Seriously, the graphics are more than gorgeous, and it will be interesting to have a game that breaks from the usual formula and allows you to explore an open world. Sounds like the Nintendo equivalent of Skyrim. I SAID SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY, NINTENDO!
• When I saw the trailer with the kid exploring the forest and cave, I thought it would be for Zelda. Miyamoto has said that he was inspired to create Zelda from his childhood experiences exploring the forest and caves in his backyard. But nope. It’s a Pokémon trailer!
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As with Blaziken, the final forms of the two other Hoenn starters (Swampert and Sceptile) are going to have their own Mega Evolutions. So yes, if you do liek Mudkips, you can mega-evolve too! Makes you wonder what other Hoenn Pokémon are going to get Mega Evolutions. (You know what would be awesome? Know how you can get the Kanto starters in Pokemon XY? What if in these games you can get the Johto starters, and their final form have Mega Evolutions? That would be 20 percent cooler!)
Bayonetta 2. Never played the original. So no thoughts on its sequel. Though I wonder how its fans feel having to switch consoles just to play it. Probably not too happy about it.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. It’s Kirby’s Canvas Curse with clay. What else is there?
Xenoblade Chronicles X. Never played the original games, but from what I hear, them being released in the states were a big :iconfluttershysqueeplz:ing deal. So I can only assume this sequel is a big :iconfluttershysqueeplz:ing deal.
Mario Maker. An official make-your-own-Mario game platform creator? Seems promising enough. But considering how any tech-savvy fan can hack old Mario emulator roms and create their own games with them, you have to wonder how well this game will fare.
Splatoon. A game where you turn into a squid? The fact this comes from Japan give it a very iffy subtext. Other than that, meh!
Super Smash Bros. Queen Palutena? Meh. I would have preferred the snarky wit (or witty snark) of Hades, but she will do. Also, anime-style trailer. Awesome!

So those were my thoughts on Nintendo E3 2014. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Daily Pony: My Little Housepets


My Little Housepets by TheDoggyGal on deviantART

Now if only they had a more decent episode than “Just For Sidekicks”! Spike finally received a good episode. Why not the pets?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Losing Our Religion? Not Quite.


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In my last post, I mentioned how atheists often boast about how atheism is on the rise while religion is dying out. Well, it turns out they may be wrong. If it seems like religion is on its death bed, it’s only in the sense that Jesus Christ once died, only to come back from the dead. Like Jesus rising from the tomb, religion, especially Christianity, is expected to rise again in the near future:
The world could see a resurgence of Christianity driven by population decline in sceptical countries, the geneticist Steve Jones has claimed. Professor Jones said history had proven that religion grows rapidly during large population booms, particularly in poorer countries. He argued that rapid growth in Africa could spark a new resurgence of major religions like Christianity. However in increasingly atheist countries in Europe people are no longer reproducing in sufficient numbers to avoid population decline, he told the Hay Literary Festival.

"We atheists sometimes congratulate ourselves that the incidence of religious belief is going down. But religious people have more children. Where are people having the most children? It’s in the tropics and in Africa. It’s clearly the case that the future will involve an increase in religious populations and a decrease in scepticism."
Sorry, anti-theists, but your religion-free utopia is not on the horizon.

Flying Spaghetti Monster? Seriously?

If there was one indicator that education in this country was circling the drain, it would be the emerging rise of atheism, especially among millennials. When you have government mismanaging education, what else can you expect but an entire generation of uneducated rubes easily susceptible to irrational notions such as a self-created universe? ("The universe requires a creator? That's silly! Everyone knows that the universe created itself. That's clearly a far more rational explanation than your sky daddy! Derp!")

One can only differentiate the philosophical bearings between theism and atheism by the fortitude of their own arguments. While theistic arguments are based upon thousands of years of theological and philosophical inquiry, atheistic arguments are based upon recent memes spawned by the internet and pop philosophers such as Richard Dawkins.

One of the more popular (and insipid) memes is the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The argument goes that, because the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not exist, neither does God. Now anyone who has not had their intellectual faculties warped by such screeds as The God Delusion could see that this argument is flimsier than lemon gelatin on a hot summer porch. Essentially, the argument barrels down to: “Derp! This imaginary creature that I just pulled out of my plot does not exist; therefore, your God, whose existence has historical, traditional, and philosophical precedent, does not. Checkmate, Christians!"

StateOfDaniel obliverates the Flying Spaghetti Monster meme (along with other insipid memes such as Pink Unicorns) in his recent video:


The fact that I am sitting here talking about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Invisible Pink Unicorns is a testament to the detrimental effect that the New Atheism Movement has on intellectual and respectful conversation. I think it's extremely sad that there's a mock atheist cult that feels the need to parody religion just to make a statement against God, which it fails at doing.
Indeed. Romans 1:20 explains that nature makes God's existence so obvious that atheists are without excuse. So what does it say when an entire generation easily falls prey to such flimsy atheistic arguements such as "If God answers prays, why are there amputees?" or "If God is all-powerful, can he create a rock he cannot lift?" when anyone with a remote understanding of theology can recognize these as arguments from ignorance?

Daily Pony: Better Late than Never


Comic: Better Late than Never by drawponies on deviantART

You have no pony to blame by yourself, Twilight, for creating this monster. LOL!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Open Thread: E3 2014 Expectations


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The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3—one of the biggest gaming events of the year—is just around the corner. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have since offered a slight taste of what to expect at this year’s event. With all three next-generation consoles on the market, this year, they guarantee that it will be all about the games!

Personally, there have only been two games I have been anticipating news for: the new Super Smash Bros. and Kingdom Hearts 3—and sadly, Square Enix announced that there would be no KH3 news this year. (Darn it! And I wanted to know if there’s going to be a Frozen world!)

So it seems like I have to settle with Super Smash Bros. news. Though honestly, I don’t what else there is to reveal. Most of the game’s character roster and features have already been revealed. If anything, the only item that hasn’t been announced is the release date, other than the vague dates of Summer 2014 (3DS) and Winter 2014 (WiiU). So it seems that those release dates are certain to be announced.

What I, as well as most Nintendo fans, would really like to see announced is a new Mario or Zelda title for the WiiU. Those two franchises are Nintendo’s bread and butter, and with WiiU sales not looking so great, it seriously needs it bread buttered.

Sure, Mario has New Super Mario Bros. WiiU and Super Mario 3D Worlds, and Zelda has Wind Waker HD and the upcoming Hyrule Warriors, but let’s be honest: none of those games really matter. What fans really want is an actual Mario and Zelda game, not some flashy remake.

Hopefully, we get to see something announced for Zelda. We had a tech demo when the WiiU was first announced. Surely Nintendo has made something out of it. Right? C'mon, Nintendo! Give me another reason to buy a WiiU other than Super Smash Bros.

Anyway, those are my hopes for E3. What about you? What are you looking forward to most at E3 this year? What would you like to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Evolution? More Like Dragonball Regression!

I have a confession: I did not grow up watching Dragonball Z. I was more into Sailor Moon. Now why would my prepubescent self decline to watch a show about musclebound men throwing energy blasts at each other in favor of a show about magical girls running around in skimpy outfits and short skir—I think I answered my own question there!

In all seriousness, I never watched DBZ until Kai was released in 2010, one year after I graduated college. Overall, I think the show is okay—slightly overrated, but good enough to watch. I much prefer the abridged series by Team Four Star. I feel the glaring problems with the series are easier to handle when they’re being comedically acknowledged and ridiculed. (Also, it’s abridged. In a series where the story arcs drag on for faaaaaar tooooo looooong, that’s a plus!)

With all that being said, even without having been a DBZ fan, let along having watched the series, I knew that the 2009 live action movie Dragonball: Evolution was going to be absolutely NOTHING like the anime—and if fan reactions provide an accurate enough gauge, I was right in my assumption. Even without having watched the film, I knew it sucked hard like every other live-action movie adaptation ever.

How bad is Dragonball: Evolution? It’s so bad that its CinemaSins video is more than 22 minutes long! Most “Everything Wrong With” videos are less than five minutes. So when a movie forces it to exceed its normal time frame, you know that movie sucks major dragon balls.


Daily Pony: Tourist Trap


tourist trap by CSImadmax on deviantART

Private property? Um, Twilight, dear, your tree is now a royal palace. That makes it government property that's open to the general public, including pesky tour groups.

Oh, and now I see why Spike wasn’t originally allowed into the Crystal Empire: it was to prevent him from eating everything.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

HISHE Targeted By Copyright Nazis

You’ll all recall me sharing the "How It Should Have Ended" Frozen parody. Well, that video was recently taken down and re-uploaded. Why? Well, you remember the last few seconds of the video where Elsa and the X-Men are signing “Let It Go”? Apparently, those few seconds of signing with no music whatsoever were enough to have the video claimed as a "performance" of the song.



YouTube, why you no fair use?

Anyway, here’s the “re-issued” video:



Sorry, this just isn’t as good as the original. You want to see that? Then check out many of the mirrors such as this:



Crap like this prove we seriously need copyright reform in this country!

Daily Pony: Can I Keep Him?


Comic Block: Can I Keep Him? by dm29 on deviantART

C’mon, Hasbro! Quite teasing us! We know you want Twilight to hook up with Flash Sentry. You had her crushing on him in Equestria Girls, and even though you said the movie wasn’t going to be canon, lo and behold, you sneak the pegasi guard in as a Season Four cameo anyway. Just get on with it and make TwiFlash canon!

I know many fans are reluctant to see Twilight or any of the other Mane 6 in a relationship. They assume it would be the end of the series as we know it. Listen! I have faith in these writers. If they can pull off turning the main character into an alicorn princess, or turning her library house into a crystal palace, they can pull off something as simple as a relationship. Not only can they do it, but they can do it well. They have proven themselves!

Seth Rogen Has Blood On His Hands?

Did you know that Seth Rogen’s films are responsible for the UCSB shootings? If you’re a sane, rational human being, you probably think that’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard. So what does that say of CNN and most of Twitter who think otherwise? (Seriously, how is CNN still relevant at this point?!)

The Amazing Atheist and his friends on The Drunken Peasents ridicule the ridiculousness of CNN and feminist SJWs, especially those on #YesAllWomen:


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I Was Definitely Frozen Today!

Are you getting tired of Frozen yet? Well, too bad! Until the fans decide to let it go, you're going to have to deal with "Let It Go!" parodies like this:



It was inevitable that Christopher Lloyd’s infamous “I was frozen today!” line from Suburban Commando would be exploited within the Frozen fandom. Obviously, there's fans exclaiming “I SAW Frozen today!”, but this video pushes the meme to the next level!