Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's That Time of Year Again!

Tomorrow is the First of December. You know what that means? It’s that time of year again!

It’s the start of the Nostalgia Critic’s Christmas and Disneycember reviews! :D

Sunday, November 29, 2015

MLP Season 5 Finale Reaction

When I learned from the ending of Equestria Girls: Friendship Games that the season five finale would involve time travel, I thought I had the entire finale figured out: Starlight Glimmer would go back in time and prevent the Sonic Rainboom that helped the Mane 6 get their cutie marks. The result would be a dystopian future where Starlight’s influence went unchecked and spread across Equestria, now transformed into her “egalitarian utopia.” Twilight Sparkle would have to seek help from her friends, who would all now be living different lives with different cutie marks because of Starlight’s tampering with the past. So blah blah blah, the magic of friendship ends up saving the day, and everything is returned to normal. Honestly, I was prepared to be bored for the next hour.

Good thing that the MLP staff is far more creative than I am, because—holy multiverse, Batmare!—was that an epic two-parter. (Not as epic as past season finales, but still epic nonetheless!)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NSA Ends Bulk Phone Surveillance

November is almost over. There’s no denying that it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month. But at least it’s ending on a good note: the NSA has ended its mass surveillance of bulk phone metadata.

Obviously, this is not the end of Big Brother. He’s still going to be watching us, but at least his gaze will be somwhat restricted. Under the Freedom Act, the NSA “must now get a court order to ask telecommunications companies…to enable monitoring of call records.”

And obviously, Edward Snowden remains on the lam. Funny how Obama will pardon a turkey that will only end up dying days later, but he won’t bother pardoning actual whistleblowers like Snowden or Chelsea Manning.

But, hey, at least it’s some good news—and Celestia knows that we need it in light of all the crazy s*** that’s happened this month, from the Paris attacks, to mosque threats, to the BLM shootings, and now the recent Planned Parenthood shooting. The world may be going insane, but at least it hasn’t gone completely insane!

Monday, November 23, 2015

One Big Reason Why I No Longer Support The GOP

Ebaum World

When the current GOP frontrunner supports big government policies such as watch lists, surveillance of religious organizations, religious registrations, and, now, torture, can we please stop pretending that the Republican Party stands for "limited government"--unless, by which, you mean a government that strictly limits the rights of its own citizens, especially those with brown skin and "ethnic-sounding" names?

You want a real "limited government" solution to fighting ISIS? Here's what a real limited government Republican, Ron Paul, has to say!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Who The Freak Defends WW2 Internment Camps?!?

The Japanese internment camps, along with slavery and the mistreatment of Native Americans, were a blight upon our nation’s history. So of course some dumb hick mayor is going to use them as an example of why we need to keep out Syrian refugees!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How To React To Terrorism

Before I tell you how to properly react to terrorism, let me share an example of how not to react. Recently, neocon pundit Erik Erikson wrote this on his blog:
I’m really glad I didn’t get tickets on opening day to see Star Wars. Seriously.

I have no confidence in this Administration to keep us all safe, particularly in light of President Obama’s statement today that there’s really no way to stop this stuff.

There are no metal detectors at American theaters.

I think I’ll wait till Star Wars is less a threat scenario.
Erik here is so frighten of the terrorists that he’s refusing to watch the new Star Wars movie on opening day.

But that’s exactly what the terrorists want!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Burning Down Mosques Doesn’t Help!

By now, you’re probably well aware of the recent Paris terrorist attack that claimed more than 128 lives.

What you’re probably not as well aware of is how, since that attack, there has been acts of “retaliation” against mosques, most in France, but also here in the States (with quite a few in my state of Florida).

That would be bad enough, but making matters worse is how too many Republicans—well, honestly, it’s mostly been Donald Trump!—have been stoking the flames of this irrational fear and hatred.

Following the attacks, Trump has suggested shutting down mosques. (And if you want a taste of what his followers are like, the comments to that article are not only backing him, but going above and beyond in recommending burning down mosques.)

Guys, this isn’t helping.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Why I Hate Family Guy

There was a time in my life when I loved Family Guy and watched it religiously. I started out loving it. Then I simply grew to tolerate it. Now, I hate it.

It’s not so much that the comedy has gone downhill. It’s not even that they’ve resorted to shark-jumping tactics to keep it remaining relevant. (Remember when Brain died? Or when they crossed over with The Simpsons?) But when it tries to become “culturally relevant” by touching on hot button issues, not only does it fail, but it fails in such a way that it does more harm than good.

I can think of no better example of this than when it tried to tackle the issue of domestic violence in “Scream of Silence”—an episode that rivals “Not All Dogs Go To Heaven” as being the single-most worst episode of the series.

Daily Pony: Mane Six Cartoons

What do cartoon characters do in their spare time? Watch cartoons, of course:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Are Mizzou Protesters Really This Dumb?

Unless you’ve been stuck under a sleeping dragon, chances are, you’ve heard of the Paris terrorist attack that killed up to 140 people.

You’re probably also heard of the Mizzou protests, where students are protesting for, um, reasons—which may or may not be true.

When considering both events, and determining which one would be more penitent and newsworthy, chances are, you’re probably inclined to consider the terrorist attack.

That is because you are a thinking human being capable of both reason and empathy, and thus capable of prioritizing.

The same cannot be said of the Mizzou protesters and sympathizers.

I wish I were kidding about that. No, really, I do. Read for yourself:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Who Storms Into Battle?!?

The latest Nintendo Direct dropped a lot of WTF bombs. The original Pokemon Gameboy games on the Virtual Console? An HD Twilight Princess? A female Link? What's next? Cloud in Super Smash Bros.?

Welp, you know what this means: now hardcore gamers can truly test out who would win in a death battle: Link or Cloud?

Monday, November 9, 2015

VGM Monday: Super Mario World Medley

I know I already posted this video before, but please forgive me. I recently purchased Super Mario Maker, and it's been helping to bring back old memories. I still can’t believe I now have the ability to make my own levels based on old Mario games—including my very first!

Super Mario World was one of the first video games I ever owned and played, so the video game music still remains near and dear to my heart. The very fact that I can now build levels based upon this game is more than exciting for me. Of course, playing levels others have created is equally as fun, if not equally as frustrating. (Some people are pure sadists!)

Tough On Crime Sends More Ex-Prisoners Back To Jail

Long ago, back when I was more of a “conservative Republican”, I used to think that our justice system was “tough yet fair”, that our law enforcement were dedicated to “protect and serve”, and that our country needed to get more “tough on crime.” But later on, I stumbled upon something very important that helped burst the bubble of my former political worldview: the facts!

Because when you learn that we have the highest prison population in the world, despite decades of violent crime rates declining, and when you realize that cops are quick to “shoot first and f*** asking questions ever” for offenses as minor as jaywalking, then it becomes quite clear that the real problem isn’t with our criminal justice system being too “soft on crime”, but rather, being way too f***ing tough!

Starbucks War On Xmas? They’re Just Cups, People!

Normally, when I talk about “outrage culture”, I tend to focus on the faux outrage of left-wing Tumblr SJWs; but as living proof that “outrage culture” knows no political boundaries, this time around, we have people on the opposite end of the spectrum, right-wing evangelical Christians, voicing their own faux outrage—over Starbucks cups, of all things!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Obama Opposes Keystone XL—And So Do I!

President Barack Obama recently voiced his disapproval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which caused many Republicans to howl their disapproval of his disapproval.

However, Obama isn’t the only one to oppose the pipeline. I oppose it as well, along with many other libertarians. In fact, it’s one of the rare instances when libertarians take sides with environmentalists.

Why? Two words: Eleanor Fairchild.

Friday, November 6, 2015

“Ferguson Effect” As Real As Santa Claus!

Take a good look at the chart above. This chart shows violent crime rates in America over the past few decades. Notice how the overall trend shows a consistently sharp decline? That’s because, contrary to media sensationalism, violent crime in America has been decreasing, not increasing.

Overall violent crime is at an all-time decades-long low. At no other time in our history have we ever been safer. If anything, you’re more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist.

Unfortunately, it seems like the police would have you believe otherwise.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NASA: Antarctic Gaining More Ice Than Losing

Ever since Al Gore claimed more than a decade ago that “global warming” has been melting the polar ice caps, actual scientific studies have been released proving the exact opposite to be true: the ice caps have been growing, not shrinking.

I mentioned a few years ago how a NASA study revealed that the Arctic ice caps have increased by 60 percent within the course of one year. Now, another NASA study shows similar events in the Antarctic, which has been gaining more ice than it has lost overall, and has actually been offsetting rising sea levels:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Holiday Clusterf**k!

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and everyone has been preparing for Christmas since right before now. You know what that means? It's the Holiday Clusterf**k!