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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Funnies (08/31/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. So here’s your weekly compilation of political cartoons (and I finally manage to post them on a Sunday!) This week, Burger King moves to Canada to dodge a high corporate tax rate, Obama wears a tan suit to better dodge foreign policy, and school children across the country would love nothing more than to dodge the first day of school.


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On Burger King's Tax "Evasion"



My thoughts on left-wing complaints concerning Burger King moving to Canada to avoid taxes. If you didn't want corporations moving out of the country to evade taxes, then your country shouldn't have had the highest corporate tax rate in the world! But I guess suggesting that makes me a far-right crypto-fascist corporate shill, doesn't it?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shulk Foresees A Fight

Looks like the leaks were true: Shulk of Xenoblade Chronicles will be joining the new Super Smash Bros. game!



I've never played Xenoblade Chronicles, so I have no idea who this Shulk dude is. But all Xenoblade fanboys, feel free to rejoice!

Daily Pony: They Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost

My friend and I went to see the 30th anniversary screening of Ghostbusters last night. She’s such a big fan girl that she dressed up for the occasion in her Nostalgia Critic Ghostbuster cosplay. I had seen the movie before on Netflix, but getting to see it on the big screen was quite the rare experience. To commemorate this occasion, here’s Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. They ain’t afraid of no ghosties. They giggle at them!


They ain't afraid of no ghost by Christinies on deviantART

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seltzer and Friedberg Take Note

The MysteriousMrEnter explains how to make a proper parody by reviewing Duck Dodger’s “Samurai Quack.”


Not Even Anita Deserves This!

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Anita Sarkeesian, but I wouldn’t say that I hate her. I wouldn’t even say that I’m against what she stands for. Ultimately, she wants more and better female representation in video games, which I’m sure most of you also want as well. What I’m against is how she’s trying to go about accomplishing this, which leads to her grossly misrepresenting games and gamers. At best, she’s disingenuous; at worst, dishonest. But she’s not evil, and she’s not deserving of death threats like this:


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These death and rape threats have gotten to the point where Anita has been forced out of her own home!

Guys, please don’t do this.

I’m all for free speech, but I also understand that it has its limits. Death threats are not protected free speech, and they do nothing to help your case. They just make you look like a psychopath. If you’re going to use free speech against her, be like Thunderf00t and do so through constructive criticism.

Monday, August 25, 2014

SATIRE: NYC Bans Walking


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New York City Bans Walking Long Distances

Pedestrians wanting to walk farther than five city blocks will have to take public transit.

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Daily Bungle

Visitors wishing to tour the Big Apple will have to take a cab, bus, or train. That’s no longer a recommendation. That’s the law.

The New York City Council approved a ban on walking long distances within city limits. The bill passed with a 49-1 vote, with one city council member abstaining.

Under this new law, pedestrians are prohibited from walking farther than five city blocks. Those that break the law could face fines up to $25, the average fare for a single cab trip.

The law was proposed to encourage New Yorkers to utilize public transportation, be it the subway, the bus system, or one of the city’s iconic yellow taxi cabs.

Since the start of the economic recession, public transit revenues have declined as residents have opted to save money by walking, biking, or carpooling.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has backed this bill as a way to help stimulate the city’s economy by having citizens “prime the pump” of public transportation.

“We know that New Yorkers have been hurting under the recession, but by refusing to take public transit, they only ensure that transportation workers are hurt the hardest,” Blasio said. “Money saved from a cab ride is food money taken away from a taxi driver and his starving family.”

“An economy cannot recover when people are hoarding money for themselves,” he continued. “Economic recovery is only possible when money is circulating within the system. This new law will help prime the pump of our transportation system and ensure that money remains circulating within it.”

A recent poll shows that the new law is highly unfavorable with New York residents, with more than 80 percent opposing it. Most of the 20 percent who support it are transportation workers.

The bill was lobbied for by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), the agency responsible for regulating the city's taxi industry. For this reason, opponents have decried the new law as political cronyism.

The city has a long history of close political connections between government officials and the transportation sector, especially the taxi industry.

For example, De Blasio received more than $350,000 from taxi interests during his mayoral campaign. Once in office, he appointed Izabella Vais, whom he had paid $50,000 for fundraising services, to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Vais now serves as TLC's assistant commissioner for policy and intergovernmental affairs.

The political connections that the taxi industry has with the city government has made it easier to lobby for regulations allowing it to maximize profits and limit competition, all in the guise of protecting public safety.

Its lobbying efforts against ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have kept both services at bay. Lyft was recently prevented from expanding its operations into the city by an injunction granted by the state’s Supreme Court last July. Even when Lyft was finally permitted into the city, the regulations imposed by it through the TLC had inhibited the company to the point where its services were essentially rendered useless.

TLC requires cabs operating within the city to be certified by owning or renting taxi medallions. However, the agency’s restrictive leasing policy has increased medallion prices, and in turn, decreased the city's taxi supply.

When the agency was first formed in 1937, medallions sold for as low as $10; since then, their prices have risen to almost $1 million. The past 30 years have seen a price increase of at least 1,000 percent. Because of this price increase, the number of medallions have decreased from 16,900 when the medallion system was first implemented in 1937 to 13,605 today.

This price increase has allowed existing medallion owners to benefit from above-market profits and limited competition while new cab drivers are kept out of the market and passengers are forced to pay for higher cab fares, which have increased six times over the past 30 years.

For these reasons, opponents have likened the TLC to a cartel. As Jeff Horwitz and Chris Cumming explained in Slate, "by converting a portion of cabbies’ future revenue into a freely tradable asset, New York...[has] created a powerful investor class, medallion owners and financiers, whose interests routinely compete with those of drivers and passengers."

“The NYC taxi medallion system cartel is a good example of 'government failure' and crony capitalism that harms consumers and impoverishes the citizens of New York City, while enriching a small group of wealthy, politically-connected rent-seekers," they further elaborated.

To ensure that NYC cabs are properly-certified, TLC enforcement agents have the power to stop and seize vehicles they suspect of operating as illegal cabs. This authority has led to countless drivers having their vehicles wrongfully seized as illegal cabs when they were merely driving friends or family members.

In one such instance earlier this January, a pregnant woman and her husband were forced to trek home in freezing cold weather after TLC inspectors seized their vehicle under the suspicion that her husband was operating it as an illegal cab. Their vehicle was later returned to them, with their case dropped after her husband proved he had a job elsewhere.

In another instance in June, a charity driver for Chesed, a Jewish charity which offers free rides to cancer patients, was stranded on the side of the rode with his two sick elderly passengers after his car was seized and impounded by TLC inspectors, who issued him a $2,000 citation.

Of the 7,000 claims made by the commission last year, 1,500 cases were discovered to have been “dismissed because officials weren’t following the law or ignoring explanations,” according to an investigation by DNAinfo.

Former TLC investigators have come out publicly to confess that these dubious seizures have been carried out due to quotas, which were motivated less by public safety and more by greed.

One such investigator, Alan Kaeckmeister, who has since quit his job, claimed that he was forced by superiors to seize cars even when there was little evidence that they were illegal cabs. The motivation for this was always money.

"I wanted an entry-level law enforcement position and to help people," he wrote in a 12-page statement that he submitted last year to the Department of Investigation. "However, within a few weeks of starting actually working with the TLC, I can see that the TLC doesn’t offer any real value to the public and the enforcement section of it is more or less just a corrupt money-making scam for the city."

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Would NYC ever ban walking for the sake of the taxi lobby? Considering the city's past history of political cronyism between it's government and taxi industry, this idea isn't quite far-fetched.

DISCLAIMER: This satrical piece contains both fact and fiction. To help readers differentiate between the two, links are provided to actual factual statements made within it. If it doesn't have a link to it, it's not real.

Daily Pony: Pegasus Mating Dance


Pegasus Mating Dance by Ravenpuff on deviantART


"Now we can observe the before unseen and rare mating dance of the pegasus, attempting to attract a possible mate. Unknowing that the female they are dancing for is not pegasus and still new to their wings. Although the pegasus instinct seems to be kicking in as reacting to the dance performed before them."

Seriously, nothing I can say can top the artist's own description for this piece!

Belated Sunday Funnies (08/24/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. So here’s your weekly compilation of political cartoons. This week, everyone is down, down, down, down, down. The man is keeping the people down in Ferguson, while boots on the ground are going down in Iraq. Wait! Didn't I say all that last time? Huh! Funny how some things never change.


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Friday, August 22, 2014

TRAILER: Next Anti-Libertarians Can't Think Vid



For my upcoming "Anti-Libertarians Can't Think" video, I will be tackling Dusty Smith , otherwise known as the Cult Of Dusty, a YouTube atheist celeb who suffers greatly from the Dunning-Kruger effect. My next video should be up by September.

Disney Avatar Fan Art

To celebrate the Legend of Korra Season 3 finale premiering earlier today, I'm sharing this awesome fan art by racookie3 of Disney characters in the Avatar universe. To see more, visit racookie3's gallery. There hasn't been a sweeter combination since peanut butter and chocolate! :D


Water Bender, Ariel by racookie3 on deviantART


Airbender Pocahontas by racookie3 on deviantART


Snow White and the Seven Earth Benders by racookie3 on deviantART


Firebender Princess Jasmine by racookie3 on deviantART


Mulan of the Kyoshi Warriors by racookie3 on deviantART


Swamp Bender, Tiana by racookie3 on deviantART


Princess Aurora of the Northern Water Tribe by racookie3 on deviantART


Earthbender, Cinderella by racookie3 on deviantART


Belle and the Mystical Library by racookie3 on deviantART


Rapunzel of the Ancient Sun Warriors by racookie3 on deviantART


Merida of the Freedom Fighters by racookie3 on deviantART


Waterbender Elsa by racookie3 on deviantART


Firebender Anna by racookie3 on deviantART


Megara, Master of Throwing Daggers by racookie3 on deviantART


Firebender Esmeralda by racookie3 on deviantART


Jessica Rabbit as Asami Sato by racookie3 on deviantART


Disney Order of the White Lotus by racookie3 on deviantART

Daily Pony: Is This Me?


Is this me? by uotapo on deviantART

Even Twilight loves Twilight Sparkle plushies! :D

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Anti-Libertarian Video Coming Soon

I’m currently working on my latest Anti-Libertarians Can’t Think video, and boy, is this one going to be a doozy. This is one of my biggest video projects to date. In fact, this video is so big, I’m going to have to create two versions of it: a full-length version, and a two-part version.

I’m almost done with the full version, and I’m going to start working on the two seperate parts. I should have everything uploaded by the first of September. I’ll have a teaser trailer uploaded by tomorrow.

As for the subject of my video, well, I’ll let you all guess for yourself. Let’s just say that my newest target has quite the "cult" of personality surrounding him. Use some “logic” and you can guess who he is.

Daily Pony: Twilight Accepts The Ice Challenge

Or rather, her voice actress, Tara Strong, accepts it:



And she challenges Pinky and the Brain--or rather, their voice actors, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche.

Richard Dawkins Should Have Been Aborted!


If you think that’s a tasteless suggestion, you should have read what Richard “The Dick” Dawkins tweeted about Down’s Syndrome children:
In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral."

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.

A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised."

Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings."

Later, Dawkins said that "the question is not ‘is it 'human'?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’"

In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that he or she "honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."

Dawkins advised the writer to "abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."
BLARG! Excuse me! I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Is it wrong to say Dawkins hates people with Down’s Syndrome? He may not outright hate them, but he clearly considers them less worthy of life than other human beings. Seriously, freak this man!

The tasteful irony here is that many of his pro-choice atheist sycophants are chewing him up over these tweets. I’m not sure why. His comments are perfectly consistent with their twisted ideology.

After all, if human beings were not created in the image of a loving God, then what value do their lives have other than what other human beings give them?

And if a woman truly has the unadulterated right to kill her unborn child, then she has every right to kill it for whatever reason she wants, even if that reason is grossly ableist. (Damn it, Dawkins, you’re making me use SJW speak!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Daily Pony: A Little Magic from My Friendships


I Get By with a Little Magic from My Friendships by BerryPAWNCH on deviantART

So if the PonyTones are the Beatles, does that make Fluttershy Yoko Ono?

Anti-Police Militarization, Pro-Gun Control?



So let me get this straight, liberals: you’re rightfully upset that Ferguson police shot an unarmed teenager. You’re upset that Ferguson police have been brutalizing unarmed protesters. And yet you still trust only these people to have guns?

Guys, you cannot oppose police militarization  while supporting gun control. You cannot complain that the police are armed to the teeth while arguing that only the police should be armed. The only way for the police to own all the guns is if, well, they own all the guns. You're not anti-gun. You're only anti-everyone-else-having-guns.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Daily Pony: Rainbow Dash Does A Leeroy Jenkins


Rainbooooooooow by AbyssalEmissary on deviantART

What if Equestria had magical role-playing games that drew players into the game the same way magical comic books drew readers into the story? I’m supposing this is how such a scenario would play out with the Mane 6. (For the few who don't get this reference.)

Take The F***ing Toys Away From The Police!

Ever since Mike Brown’s shooting and the impending chaos that followed in Ferguson, as is the case with every single act of police brutality, the cop apologists have been hand waving away this event as an “isolated incident.” The hell this was a freaking isolated incident! It wasn’t even an isolated incident in Ferguson, which has a long, terrible history of police brutality.

When you have prisoners being charged with “destruction of city property” for bleeding on an officer’s uniform (after being brutalized by said officer), and when you have a police lieutenant telling his colleagues to “have a black day” and “make the jail cells more colorful,” the police brutality in your town isn’t isolated, it’s freaking systematic.

Both the War on Drugs and Terror have created an influx of military-grade equipment to local law enforcement, and with it, an increase of police raids and brutality. I don’t agree with everything John Oliver says, but I agree with him wholeheartedly when he says that it’s time to take the “f***king toys” away from the police until they learn to behave themselves.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

No Daily Bungle Article This Week

Sorry, but real life has been keeping me too busy this week. I should have a new article next week. Until then, here’s Freakazoid offering a test of the emergency broadcast system:


Daily Pony: A Sedimental Moment


A Sedimental Moment by Toxic-Mario on deviantART

To anyone who was wondering where Maud Pie was during Pinkie's first party with her family.

Sunday Funnies (08/17/2014)

Need a good laugh? We all do. So here’s your weekly compilation of political cartoons. This week, everyone is down, down, down, down, down. The man is keeping the people down in Ferguson, boots on the ground are going down in Iraq, and everyone’s spirit has been down with the passing of Robin Williams. But, baby, don't worry. You are my only. You won't be lonely. Even if the sky is falling down. Baby, are you down, down, down, down, down? Down! Down!


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