Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Daily Pony: Best Friends Forever


Best friends forever. by Coltsteelstallion on deviantART

The three mares were later banished by Princess Cadence to the same icy limbo where King Sombra was imprisoned for a thousand years.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reasons Why I Dislike Feminists


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Currently, the hashtag “Women Against Feminism” has been trending on social media, and it has created quite the on-line feminist backlash. Feminists have been left scratching their heads, wondering why women of all people would have a problem with feminism. Why would women be against people who claim to be “advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men”?

If I had a dollar for every feminist who rebutted the phrase “I don’t like feminism” with “what do you have against equal rights for women?”, my wealth would rival that of Steve Jobs!

No, feminists, we do not have a problem with women wanting equal rights to men. Our problem is not with what feminists claim to stand for. Our problem is not with their positions. Our problem is with their words and actions.

You see, feminists, I don’t judge people based upon what they claim to stand for. If that were the case, I would take the word of Republicans that they support “limited government” or Democrats that they support “civil liberties”—and that would make me a very gullible person, indeed!

No, I simply do not trust feminists who try to define their feminism by mindlessly regurgitating the dictionary definition. I assume they are either liars or hypocrites. This is because their actions do not match their words. They claim to support gender equality, but their actions prove they do not.

I cannot claim to know why women oppose feminism (because I, as a man, do not feel I should speak on behalf of women, as I think that they, as grown adults, can speak for themselves), but as to why I oppose feminism (or at least feminists), here are a few of my own reasons:
#1: They claim to care about "gender equality" yet only focus on the "privileges" of men and "inequalities" of women while ignoring the privileges of women and inequalities of men.

#2: They blame the "gender wage gap" on "institutional sexism" while ignoring all other contributing factors.

#3: They claim that women should be free to do what they want with their own lives, yet often demean women who choose traditional roles such as being stay-at-home mothers.

#4: They claim that they don't think "all men are rapists," and yet argue that the most effective method of preventing rape is to "teach men not to rape."

#5: Some of the more radical ones insist that "all men are rapists" by claiming that all PIV (Penis-In-Vagina) sex is rape, even if it's consensual.

#6: They claim that America is a “rape culture,” when even the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), one of the most trusted sources of sexual violence information in the nation, has dismissed the concept.

#7: They promote mixed messages such as "no means no, but sometimes, yes doesn't mean yes."

#8: They claim to support "female empowerment," and yet when someone like Miss Nevada suggests that women empower themselves by taking self-defense training, they accuse her of supporting "rape culture."

#9: They claim rapists should bear full responsibility for rape, and yet when a human rights activist was raped in Haiti, the blame was placed, not on the man who raped her, but rather on the "oppression of white men."

#10: They fudge data in order to lie about how domestic violence against women increases on Super Bowl Sunday.

#11: They deny that men can be victims of domestic violence, going so far as to make death threats against activists who argue on behalf of male domestic violence victims.

#12: They want men to respect women, and yet claim that men showing respect towards women is "benevolent sexism."

#13: They want to "ban bossy" because they claim not enough women are in positions of power because little girls are called "bossy." (Not helping their credibility: one of the female "role models" is Condoleezza Rice--the female politician whose lies forced America into a needless war!)

#14: They create dishonest propaganda regarding "sexual objectification" within video games.

#15: They demand more empowered female characters in the media, but claim many female characters do not count because they are simply "assuming the role of a man."

 #16: They oppose how the media presents an "unrealistic body image" for women, but say nothing about the "unrealistic body images" facing men.

#17: They accuse a little girl's cartoon of being homophobic, racist, and smart-shaming.

#18: They oppose science on the grounds of "male privilege," even going so far as arguing that Newton's Principia is a "rape manual," E=mc2 is a "sexed equation," and that male genitalia aids in "the privileging of solid over fluid mechanics."

#19: They resort to illegal tactics such as pulling fire alarms to silence dissenting opinion.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are far too many more reasons as to why I dislike modern feminism and their acolytes. But these are a few of the more notable and apparent ones.

And to any feminists who wish to rebut any of my points, before you leave a comment, please follow the links I have provided and either read the source or watch the video in its entirety. This way, you have a firm understanding of my points.

Daily Pony: Cider Master Dash


Cider Master Dash by GSphere on deviantART

Dash, you're drunk. Go home! (And the scary thing is that was non-alcoholic cider!)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sesame Street: 45 Years And Still Awesome

Having released highlights of its upcoming 45th season, Sesame Street shows that it still has the power and creativity to teach children even after 45 years on the air!



Sesame Street is parodying Comic Con. SESAME STREET IS PARODYING COMIC CON! Yes, this show still remains awesome after 45 years.

I am gushing over the references: Star Wars. Star Trek. X-Men. Batman. Doctor Who. Super Mario. Even The Simpson’s Comic Book Guy! “Best. Convention. Ever.” BEST. PARODY. EVER!



They see Bert rollin’. They hatin’. Think he's just too white n' nerdy. Think he's just too white n' nerdy.



She loves her hair. She wants to change the world. And now, in her newest video, that adorable little black girl puppet sings along with the other colored Sesame Street cast members about how they love their skin. Yay for racial pride! Wait…

Daily Pony: My Little Pokemon Trainer


My Little Pokemon Trainer by kilala97 on deviantART

This is making me so hyped for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Funnies (07/27/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. So here's your weekly compilation of political cartoons. This week sees the continuation of the everlasting circle of death. Civilians continue to die in the Middle East, death row inmates continue to die from botched executions, veterans continue to die waiting for healthcare, and Obama's ratings continue to die along with his credibility.


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SATIRE: College Dress Code Bans Fedoras


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College Dress Code Bans Fedoras
Feminist backlash leads to trendy hat being banned as a "hate symbol."

Walter Crackpot
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Male students returning to Farnsworth University this fall will have to leave their triblies at home.

That's because F.U.'s new dress code prohibits fedoras on campus, labeling the hats as "hate symbols."

F.U. officials released a statement explaining that the decision to ban fedoras was made due to the hats being associated with men's right activists and receiving complaints from female students.

Men's rights activists, or MRAs, as their name implies, claim to advocate for the rights of men and to address male gender inequalities; however, critics, especially feminists, argue that the movement is merely a facade for sexism and misogyny.

Recently, MRAs have received notoriety following the Isla Vista Shootings, as the shooter, Elliot Rodger, who killed seven people and injured 13, expressed within his manifesto misogynistic attitudes similar to those espoused by MRAs.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2012 released a report on MRAs and others within the so-called “men's right movement” and “manosphere,” but have not officially labeled them as a hate group.

For these reasons, there has been a push within the F.U. student body to ban fedoras and other apparel associated with MRAs.

F.U. dress code already prohibits clothing that displays racist and sexist language, and bans other apparel that are considered "hate symbols" such as gang symbols and swastikas.

Leading the charge to ban the fedora has been F.U.'s student feminist group, "Feminists Against Regressive Troglodytes."

Prior to summer break, F.A.R.T. forwarded to college officials a petition containing 50 signatures, mostly from F.A.R.T. members and other female students, calling for a ban on the fedora.

The petition included a written statement from F.A.R.T. president Ima Kuntz decrying the hat as a “symbol of patriarchy” and “male privilege” that should be no more be acceptable to wear on campus than Ku Klux Klan uniforms.

“White men are not allowed to walk around in white hoods giving the Nazi salute and yelling racial slurs at colored students, so why should they be allowed to proudly wear a symbol of patriarchy that they tip at women while addressing them as ‘M’lady’?” Kuntz wrote. “Such a gross display of male privilege is quite unsettling, even triggering, for female students, and thus should be banned from campus for good taste.”

Other apparel that were called upon to be banned as “hate symbols” also include My Little Pony clothing and apparel for men, as, with the fedora, this clothing is often associated with MRAs and other on-line sexists.

“By wearing this type of clothing, men who already benefit from far too much privilege within society steal a brand meant for underprivileged little girls and claim it as their own, thus taking a television show that is meant to be empowering for young girls and associating it with misogyny,” Kuntz elaborated.

Upon considering F.A.R.T.’s petition, along with similar complaints from female students, F.U. officials decided to comply with their concerns by revising the college dress code to prohibit fedoras, My Little Pony male clothing, and other apparel as “hate symbols.”

F.U. has since mailed letters to students informing them of the dress code revision.

“We at F.U. pride ourselves with maintaining a safe and comfortable learning environment where students of all backgrounds are free to learn without fear or threat to their personal wellbeing,” F.U. President Ben Dover wrote. “As such, if even a few students feel uncomfortable with something controversial such as an article of clothing, we find it necessary to consider their personal sensibilities and ensure that whatever is interfering with their learning experience is promptly addressed.”

As can be expected, the fedora ban has prompted negative counter-reactions from students, especially male students, who consider the revised dress code an example of “political correctness” and an infringement on free speech and expression.

“I don’t wear fedoras or Pony shirts, but that doesn’t mean other men shouldn’t wear them,” one male student, Joe BeLaugh, commented on the college’s forum in a thread about the new dress code. “Not all men who wear those things are sexist, and even if they were, this is a free country and they should be free to wear that.”

F.A.R.T. has since lauded F.U.’s fedora ban, hailing it as step towards “gender equality” while decrying its critics as “vanguards of patriarchy.”

“Any neckbeard who is crying crocodile tears over this is merely mourning his loss of unwarranted male privilege and is only upset because he can no longer oppress women through their clothing,” Kuntz said in a phone interview. “Sorry, s***lords, but your right to free expression ends where my feelings begin.”

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What if the fedora-shaming and Brony-shaming propagated by Internet feminist social justice warriors managed to have an impact in real life? What if fedoras and male Pony apparel were banned because it hurt the delicate feelings of feminist SJWs? Sometimes my own satire depresses me as to how it could easily become reality.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Favorite VGM: Corneria (Star Fox SNES)

To think that I had introduced this new segment over a month ago, but have not updated it until now. Oh well! Here’s more of my favorite video game music:



I’m not a huge Star Fox fan. I’ve only played a few games. But the one thing that I love most about them is the music.

Take for instance the music for the SNES Corneria stage. This is the very first stage that you play in the very first game, and its music definitely gets you pumped up to play it. When I think of a space shoot ‘em up, this is the music I hear in my head. Its speedy tempo and heavy beats combined with alternating harsh and light notes gets you energized to shoot down asteroids and enemy craft.

Compare this track with that for the Star Fox 64 Corneria stage. It sounds less like a space shooter and more like a slow, boring military march. Star Fox 64 may have had impressive graphics back in its day, but what it may had gained it graphics it more than lost in its music.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl offered a remix of the SNES Corneria music, and while it’s a fitting update to an epic song track, for me, I will always prefer the vintage, old school instrumentation of the SNES version.

Daily Pony: Let The Rainbow Remind You



The new Season 4 highlights video contains an extended version of “Let The Rainbow Remind You.” This song was perfect to end the season on, if not perfect overall, but I felt it was a tad bit short. This video has since made it 20 percent cooler! :D

Friday, July 25, 2014

TGWTG Doesn’t Know Real Talent!!!


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(In which I channel my inner Drinking with Bob. Yes, I need to blow off steam THAT badly.)

What’s next? I’ll tell you what’s next: Channel Awesome.

For those who don’t know, Channel Awesome (or That Guy With The Glasses) recently held auditions for new reviewers. I just finished reading their results list, and I’m not happy. At all!

The only reviewer I know who managed to be accepted was Some Jerk With A Camera. (Gee, I wonder if the fact that his name is similar to the site’s had anything to do with him getting accepted!)

Other than that, every other reviewer that I know and love was rejected: Bobsheaux, Hardcore Kid, Huey's Animated Movie Reviews, Jaimetud, Media Hunter, Rowdy Reviewer, The Autarch of Flame, The Fiery Jokerm The Obscure, Vaulting.

Are you freaking kidding me?

All of them are talented reviewers. All of them are more than worthy to join the ranks of Doug Walker and company. Instead, they were given the whole “don’t call us, we’ll call you” routine.

I wouldn’t be so disappointed if it weren’t for the fact that most of them are from Reviewers Unknown, which is going to be shut down this fall. Worse, many of them are being booted from Blip (because the website is run by a bag of salty dicks).

This reveals a lot about TGWTG. They all may be talented, but they can’t spot good new talent even if it’s hitting them right in the freaking face. Doug, if you’re responsible for this, my respect for you has dropped by a good level or two.

I mean are you kidding me? Are you FREAKING kidding me?! You all have to wake up. WAKE UP!!!

WHAT’S NEXT? WHAT’S NEXT? WHAT’S NEXT?!


Daily Pony: SDCC 2014 Panel


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For the third year in a row, juicy announcements were revealed during the MLP Panel at Comic Con in San Diego. Equestria Daily has already posted panel highlights along with a special Season 5 sneak peek. I’ll be sure to throw in my two cents later this weekend. Until then, feel free to discuss the happenings in the comments below. (So it goes without saying: SPOILER ALERT!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daily Pony: Somewhere In The West


Somewhere in the west by vombavr on deviantART

Just look at the detail on this. My Celestia, the detail! It's darn near photo-realistic. It's talent like this that makes me love the fanbase even more.

And to think there are probably detractors out there who think that such talent is being “squandered” on a little girls cartoon.  them! Any show capable of inspiring such fine talent is a darn good one.

NYPD Officer Chokes Man To Death



The man you just witnessed being strangled by NYPD officers while crying out that he can’t breathe was 43-year-old father of six, Eric Garner, an asthmatic. He had been placed in a chokehold by an officer and slammed onto the pavement as other officers piled upon him. His crime? Trying to break up a fight. He later died.

The good news is that the officer responsible for his death has been stripped of his gun and badge. The bad news, of course, is that this act of police brutality happened in the first place—especially since the offending officer has a history of complaints against him.

If someone were to tell me years ago that they hated cops, I would have assumed them to be a mere thug. Now, after years of reading news story after new story of police abuse and brutality, along with the growing militarization of local law enforcement, I have to wonder why more people don’t hate cops.

Acts like this are not isolated incidents. They’re not the result of one bad apple. Police brutality is systematic within our law enforcement system, with most victims being black or Hispanic men. Is it any wonder that many inner city youth grow up with resentment towards police?

But of course, the anti-police mentality among inner city youth isn’t due to systematic police brutality, now is it? It’s because of fatherless children, right?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Daily Pony: Sonic Dash


Sonic Dash by Pembroke on deviantART

If I had a dime for every Rainbow Dash/Sonic reference, I would have enough money to buy Sega and create my own Rainbow Dash/Sonic crossover game.

Puppets Explain America’s Broken Prison System

America’s prison population has been rising within the past few decades despite its violent crime rates declining. So sky-high are incarcerations that a Sesame Street special has been released to help children cope with parents in prison. Taking a note from the place where the air is sweet, John Oliver on Last Week Tonight used puppets to help humorously explain America’s broken prison system:


It's a fact that needs to be spoken:
America's prisons are broken.
It's a hard truth about incarceration,
Prisons are needed for a civilization.

But mandatory minimums for heroin and crack
Stack the system against Hispanics and blacks.
Our prison population is bigger than Slovenia
Because we put people in jail instead of treating schizophrenia.

It's a fact that needs to be spoken:
America's prisons are broken.
Prison conditions are a national disgrace
With violence and maggots and possibly rape.

It's a fact that needs to be spoken:
America's prisons are broken.
America’s broken prison system are brought to you by decades of neglect, a lack of political courage, and a generous donation from the GEO Group as well as viewers like you.
There once was a time when I considered myself a “tough-on-crime” conservative, but after learning about our country’s high incarceration rates, countless incidents of police brutality, and the overall failure that is the War on Drugs, I have since made a complete 180 from such a stance.

You cannot claim to be against big "tyrannical" government while simultaneously supporting a government big enough to incarcerate half the population. Anyone self-respecting conservative or libertarian who claims to support limited government should oppose mandatory minimum sentencing, drug prohibition, private prisons, and other bad policies that create such gross high incarceration rates. Otherwise, you don’t oppose tyranny. You support it!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Funnies (07/20/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. So here's your weekly compilation of political cartoons. This week saw yet another example of government incompetence when CDC labs nearly unleashed smallpox, anthrax, and bird flu onto the public. That would be much funnier if it weren’t so true. In other news, Gaza remains in conflict with Israel, Putin remains in conflict with Ukraine, and Obama and the Democrats remain in conflict with reality.


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Daily Pony: The Night Watch


Comic Block: The Night Watch by dm29 on deviantART

I don't give a buck what other bronies claim: FlashLight is the cutest shipping. (Though not as cute as FlutterMac!) Oh, and this comic is hilarious.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daily Pony: Flashlight Paradox


Flashlight Paradox by saturdaymorningproj on deviantART

Despite being a real FlashLight fan, this managed to get a giggle out of me. I take it that his secret identity is…Barry Stallion.

SATIRE: Pop Star's "I Love Rice Balls" Tweet Sparks Internet Outrage


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Pop Star's "I Love Rice Balls" Tweet Sparks Internet Outrage
Racists want her to leave America. Anti-racists want her to stop appropriating Japanese culture.

Perez Schmilton
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Teen pop star Kitty "Katharine" Lovestar faces internet backlash after expressing her love of Japanese culture on Twitter.

Earlier this week, Lovestar, 19, posted a picture of herself eating Japanese rice balls with chopsticks while dressed in a kimono and wearing her blonde hair in a bun. The wall in the background of her photograph displayed a Sailor Moon poster.

"Finished making these rice balls. They are sweet. Better than apple pie," her tweet read.

Lovestar is a self-proclaimed "Japanophile" who claims to have had a sweet spot for Japanese culture ever since she was young.

In her spare time, when she's not busy recording her next album or touring the country performing her pop song hits, she loves to listen to Japanese pop music, eat sushi and pocky sticks, and watch anime, with her current favorite shows being "Kill la Kill" and "Lucky Star."

However, as the week progressed, Lovestar quickly discovered that others did not share her love of Japan.

The very next day after her tweet was posted, Fox News published a scathing op-ed piece accusing her of promoting anti-American sentiments: "Rice Balls Better Than Apple Pie? Does Lovestar Hate America?"

"We teach our children since birth that there is nothing more American than apple pie," the article read. "So how can a celebrity like Lovestar claim to love America when she places a higher regard on Japan? By promoting her pro-Japan message to her young impressionable fans, she undermines their view of America by claiming there are countries better than it, thus teaching them to hate their own country."

When Lovestar was linked to the article on Twitter, she denounced it, insisting she was an all-American girl, having been born in a small town within the Heartland with a father in the military.

"@FoxNews not cool. I heart America. My daddy got his Purple Heart fighting for it," she tweeted.

The next few days brought a flood of tweets denouncing Lovestar's alleged lack of patriotism with the hashtag #KittyHatesAmerica.

"@KittyLovestar if you love Japan so much, why don't you move there? #KittyHatesAmerica," wrote Twitter user ProudRedneck4Jesus.

"No rice balls 4 gooks taste better than Apple Pie! Murcia f yeah! #KittyHatesAmerica," wrote user RedBlackNBluePatriot.

However, on social media, Lovestar's opposition did not only come in the form of right-wing xenophobic racism. From the opposite end of the political spectrum, she was also attacked by left-wing social justice warriors.

The very same day after her tweet was posted, Salon published an op-ed by Internet social justice activist Suey Park, most infamous for her failed #CancelColbert campaign, who accused Lovestar of "cultural appropriation."

"Kitty Lovestar thinks she's so 'kawaii' with her kimono and Japanese hairstyle and love for rice balls and anime and all things Japan," Park wrote. "Well she isn't! She's just another privileged white girl who thinks she can appropriate non-white cultures for her own sake. Her tweet reveals that she views and treats Asians and their culture as nothing more than fashion accessories, and for that, she might as well swap her kimono for a pointy white hood."

When Lovestar replied directly to Park on Twitter by asking her how it would be any different if an Asian like her decided to photograph themselves eating chili while dressed in Western garb and a cowboy hat with a Clint Eastwood poster in the background, Park angrily replied "@Lovestar OMFG! That's totes different u stupid white supremacist bitch! STFU!" before promptly blocking her.

Throughout social media, other social justice activists expressed their disgust with Lovestar's cultural appropriation.

Andrew Ti, of the "Yo! Is This Racist?" Tumblr blog, was asked if Lovestar's picture was racist.

"Yo, if some wack white trailer trash turned pop star posing as an Asian doesn't constitute white supremacy, then I don't know what the f**k does," Ti replied.

Other "social justice warriors" expressed less vulgar, if not still aggressive, sentiments on Twitter.

"@KittyLovestar We are not fashion accessories. We are human beings. #culturalappropriation #racism," tweeted user SocialJusticeSamurai.

"@KittyLoverstar liek OMFG u r oppressing me with ur cultural appropriation bull**** plz stop," another user, AsianPride4ever, wrote.

Lovestar has since deleted her offending tweet and has since apologized for it.

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This time I tackle two of the most annoying people on social media: racists and social justice warriors. If anything could possibly unite these two opposing factions together, it would be an American pop star tweeting about her love for Japanese rice balls.

This satirical article was inspired by the internet backlash that Avril Lavigne received from her “Hello Kitty” music video, which many a SJW decried as “racist” and “cultural appropriation.”

Teen Titans Go! is BETRAYAL!

As with TheMysteriousMrEnter, I was willing to ignore Teen Titans Go! as the inferior non-canonical spin-off to the much more superior Teen Titans animated series, but the moment it started making a mockery of the official canon by taking a huge steaming pile of poo on it, then the animated atrocity went into full-blown BETRAYAL! BE-TRAYAL! BE-TRAYED ME! mode:



Seriously, how do you turn one of the best episodes of the original series and turn it into the worst? Perhaps more disturbing is how MrEnter claims that this is not the worst episode of that abomination. That scares me, a little. And makes my soul weep!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fedoras: They're Just Freaking Hats!

As a fedora-wearer myself, I appreciate this comic strip setting the record straight on my ever-marginalized choice of hat:


Fedoras by kevinbolk on deviantART

The Purge: Anarchy PARODY

Little girls selling lemonade without a license? Old ladies growing vegetable gardens? People washing their cars in their own driveways? Sweet Celestia, what a dystopian nightmare! May the almighty state protect us from these lawless anarchist sociopaths!

Open Thread: New Super Smash Characters


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Two video game legends. A villager. A fitness trainer. A rising boxing champion. A space princess. Her faithful star companion. A goddess. A ninja frog. A magical swordsman. And a female Marth cosplayer. The new character roster for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. is looking better and better every day.

So which new character are you looking forward to playing as the most? What other video game character would you like to see included? Leave your answers in the comment section below.

Thank Black People For Summer

Do you enjoy munching on potato chips and licking an ice cream cone (made using an ice cream scoop) while lounging in the cool of the air conditioner right before going out for a super soaker fight? Well, you can thank black people for all that:



I may not be a “social justice warrior,” but even I have the common decency to realize that the question “why haven’t black people invented anything?” should never be asked by any self-respecting person, especially a full-grown white person privileged enough to have received an elementary school education, and especially since that question can easily be answered with a simple Google search.

Having sat through many classes during Black History Month in elementary school, I can already tell you that the most famous African-American inventor, George Washington Carver, developed over one hundred uses for the peanut, the most famous of which being peanut butter.

Then again, sadly enough, there are people out there who not only believe that black inventions are myths, but insist that peanut butter doesn’t count because “peanut butter is a recipe, not an invention!”

Yes, people are just that ignorant and racist!

Daily Pony: In The Name Of The Moon...

...I will punish you!


In the name of the moon, I will punish you! by gor1ck on deviantART

Meh. Scootaloo is far too tomboyish for this. Sweetie Belle seems to be more of the Sailor Moon cosplaying type. But any picture with the CMC terrorizing Diamond Twat and Silver Snatch is always a good one. ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily Pony: Kucyki



Kucyki by Fukari on deviantART

Only problem with this picture is how Rainbow Dash is shown dissing books...even though, since Season 2, she's been established as a hardcore Daring Do fan.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weird Al Yankovic: Word Crimes

As an English major and professional writer, I approve this new music video by Cheese Sandwich...er, I mean Weird Al Yankovic:



Thing is, even as someone who’s studied English, I still find myself committing these word crimes. For example, I often say “literally” when I really mean “figuratively,” which would make Weird Al here want to “literally” smack a crowbar upside my stupid head.

Daily Pony: Pinkie Pie


Pinkie Pie by true-artist-mas on deviantART

Pinkie Pie has a really nice set of round, bouncy balloons. She also has some nice party decorations! ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Trailer

Disney recently released its first trailer for its first animated Marvel movie, Big Hero 6:



Just a few random thoughts:

• The animation and art style looks marvelous, with a blend of Eastern and Western influences. It definitely seems like its going to be a good movie, but for some reason it just doesn’t feel like a Disney movie. Seems more like something Dreamworks or Illumination Entertainment. I guess I’m too used to Disney movies being about fairy tales. Nice to see them experiment, though.
• The movie is set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. Sounds like the name the Japanese would have given San Francisco if they had managed to win WW2. Wonder if the movie is set in such an alternative time line.
• Should a police officer really question the validity of a story about a kid being attacked by an army of nanobots telepathically controlled by a Kabuki-mask wearing fiend when there’s a giant robot using his scotch tape to repair himself? Seems like the very existence of sentient robots in this universe would lend credence to it.
• The robot is inflatable. Even more reason to compare it to the Michelin Man. Seems like Michelin Tires could very well be filling a lawsuit in the near future.
• Also, doesn’t it seem odd for a robot to be designed as inflatable? Seems like this very trailer proves how flawed such a robot would be.
• Anyone else reminded of Iron Man when the robot flies across the city in its new armor?

Daily Pony: Rock Pit


Rock Pit by zelc-face on deviantART

This certainly seems to be more fun than the $17,000 ball pit that was wasted at the epic failure known as DashCon.

Epic Rap Battles: TMNT vs. Artists

For its Season 3 Finale, Epic Rap Battles pits the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles against the Renaissance artists whom they are named after:



The turtle costumes look corny, by at least they’re far superior to Michael Bay’s abominations.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Daily Pony: Of Mice And Mares


Of Mice And Mares by DanielSplatter on deviantART

Well, this is...um...dark.

More Female Characters For Super Smash Bros.

Aside from veteran smasher Captain Falcon, whose “Falcon Punch” is going to be making an epic comeback (and was there any doubt that it wasn’t?), Nintendo announced that it will be introducing—not one, not two, but three-and-a-half!—new characters from Fire Emblem in the upcoming new Super Smash Bros. game.

Both Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening will be bolstering the Fire Emblem character roster along with Marth and Ike. As an added bonus, Robin will be playable as both male and female. Chrom is also expected to make an appearance, though he will not be a playable character.



I never played Fire Emblem, so I’m not as psyched as a fan of the game would be over this news. However, a book-carrying spellcaster with an epic magic sword is always a plus in my book.

Another plus is how these new additions beef up the number of playable female characters. Super Smash Bros. has always been aptly named, as it’s mostly been a meatball and sausage fest with the exception of Peach, Zelda, and Samus. Now there are far more Super Smash “Sisters” to choose from with the Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina, Palutena, Lucina, and Robin (and also with Sheik and Zero Suit Samus now being separate playable characters, and with the option to play as a female Villager)!

Now if they can only include Krystal from Star Fox. Screw Falco and Wolf. Bring the blue vixen into the fray!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

SATIRE: Six-Year-Old Girl Sued For Decorating My Little Pony Birthday Cake


Six-Year-Old Girl Sued For Decorating My Little Pony Birthday Cake
The Daily Bungle

A six-year-old-girl is being sued by Hasbro for copyright infringement after decorating her birthday cake with a My Little Pony cartoon character.

Samantha Jones, 6, only wished to celebrate her birthday with a cake of her favorite cartoon character, Pinkie Pie, from the popular little girl’s cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

After baking a yellow cake with her mother and frosting it with white vanilla frosting, Samantha used pink icing to doodle a crude outline of a horse and spell out “Hapy Birfday From Pinky Pie” (with the ‘p’ in ‘Pie’ spelled backwards).

“The only thing that my daughter loves more than watching My Little Pony is drawing pictures of all the characters, and Pinkie Pie is her all-time favorite,” said Audrey Jones, Samantha’s mother. “So I could think of nothing better for her birthday than for her to decorate her own cake with Pinkie Pie, especially since she’s the show’s party pony.”

But after Samantha’s mother uploaded a photograph of the cake onto Facebook, the company that owns My Little Pony, Hasbro, quickly caught wind of it and responded with a lawsuit.

Because the character, Pinkie Pie, is intellectual property of Hasbro, any use of her image without the company’s expressed permission constitutes copyright infringement, according to the legal notice mailed to Samantha.

“If the Jones Family wanted a birthday cake decorated with characters from My Little Pony, they could have legally bought one from a bakery that had been licensed to decorate them,” said Robert Greeves, Hasbro legal attorney. “By decorating their own cake, they have taken away potential profit from my company.”

Hasbro is suing Samantha and her family for $1,000 in royalties. The defense attorney representing the family is currently seeking an agreement to have the royalties decreased to only $5—the amount the family initially spent to bake and decorate the cake.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has proven to be Hasbro’s most lucrative franchise since its toy line and animated series premiered in 2010, and especially since gaining popularity from outside its targeted demographic with teenage and young adult male fans, who call themselves “bronies.”

However, with the franchise’s surprise popularity, Hasbro has proven to be extremely protective of its intellectual property, seeking legal action against many fan-created content over copyright infringement.

In January 2013, Hasbro filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claim to have a parody series, "Friendship is Witchcraft", blocked from YouTube.

The following month, in February, a cease-and-desist letter was sent to halt development of the fan-made, non-profit fighting game, "Fighting is Magic."

Later that year, Shout! Factory, which holds the distribution rights for the animated series, began targeting video reviews that contained footage from the animated series, blocking several videos from multiple YouTube users including PaleoSteno, JoshScorcher, and MysteriousMrEnter.

Earlier this year, Hasbro sent a cease-and-desist letter to the owner of the parody blog, "Princess Molestia," ultimately leading to the blog being taken down.

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The Daily Bungle
“News so messed up, it almost seems real.”

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My first attempt at Onion-style satire. For my first "news article", I tackle the issue of copyright abuse using one of my favorite cartoons. As much as I feel that an artists’ work should be protected by copyright and intellectual property laws, corporations like Hasbro have taken these laws way too far.

Ironically enough, this article was inspired by the urban legend about a daycare center being sued for painting murals of Disney characters. Sadly, that "urban legend" is actually true.

Daily Pony: What Would You Do?


What Would You Do? by DoggonePony on deviantART

Seriously, the last time I had a Klondike bar was more than a decade ago. I'm not sure if I'm willing to do anything for one. Give me a good old-fashioned ice cream sandwich, please!

Sunday Funnies (07/13/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. So here's your weekly compilation of political cartoons. This week saw much disorder on the U.S. border from the lack of law and order. Aside from that, more of the same with Obama's face glowing red in embarassment while feminazi faces glow red in anger.


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