Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, July 27, 2015

Can We End The Drug War Now?

Remember when the Nostalgia Critic riffed on drugs PSAs and the Cartoon-All Stars To The Rescue? Well, John Oliver momentarily played the role of the Critic by riffing on the exact same anti-drug hysteria and how they had an adverse effect of helping to facilitate mandatory minimums:

In all seriousness, even if you don’t think people should do drugs, can we at least agree that low-level pot dealers shouldn't receive the exact same sentence as would an airplane-hijacking child-raping terrorist, or that a junkie shouldn't receive life in prison for using three ounces of meth? Please tell me you have enough humanity to say "yes".

(Also, John, shame on you for making this a partisan issue and neglecting to mention how Democrat Bill Clinton was equally responsible for pushing these horrible mandatory minimum sentences as were his Republican predecessors!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Moviebob Blows Top Over Pixels

I’m no fan of Adam Sandler, and I’m most certainly not a fan of his Happy Madison abominations. The only decent movie of his I’ve ever watched is “50 First Dates”, though I hear from a good friend that “Happy Gilmore” was also a good movie.

However, his most recent movie “Pixels” has somewhat sparked my interest, what with it looking almost like a more grown-up version of “Wreck-It Ralph”, and I’m seriously considering watching it. Well, now I’m having second thoughts about that after watching Bob “Moviebob” Chipman’s review—which is less of a review and more of him screaming “this is bullshit!” over and over.

Seriously, even if you haven’t seen the movie (or have no interest in seeing it), you still have to watch this review, if for no other reason than to hear the many creative obscenities Moviebob yells as he sets aside his otherwise calm and intellectual demeanor to unleash his inner rage. The movie pissed him off that badly!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Daily Stevie: Inside Steven

LOL! I'm sure most of you thought of this reference upon watching "Keystone Motel." Click here to see the rest of the comic.

What About The Starving African Children?!

As a little kid, my mother always told me to clean my plate because there were starving children in Africa who were less fortunate than I was. Something tells me other Americans weren’t taught that same lesson. How else do you explain that Americans waste 40 percent of their food? That statistic is even more troubling when you consider that 12 percent of American households are “food insecure” (which is a politically-correct term for “going hungry”!)

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to simultaneously help prevent Americans from wasting food and going hungry: tax incentives for businesses that donate unused food. This is a solution both sides of the aisle should agree upon: “bleeding-heart” Democrats because it help “teh poors”, and “fiscally conservative” Republicans because it offers “teh tax cuts.”

So why did Congress strike down a proposed bill that would have made it easier for small businesses to receive tax breaks for donating food?

John Oliver offers more details in his recent Last Week Tonight segment:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Police Misconduct Costs Taxpayers Big!

It always baffles me when fellow limited government “conservatives” scream bloody murder against “big gubmint” yet barely utter a whisper in response to police misconduct and brutality—if anything, they sing praises to the “proud men in blue”, especially when cops are caught red-handed killing unarmed citizens. Apparently, to these “conservatives”, “big gubmint” doesn’t include armed thugs playing the role of judge, jury, and executioner in the streets.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Take A Close, Intimate Look At Pluto

After traveling for nine years and more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently passed closer to former planet Pluto than any other man-made object in history, and the photographs it was able to take at such a close range are simply historic. Just this afternoon, NASA released photographs showing the finer details of the planet’s surface (including its icy mountains) and its five moons.

If you want to take a close and intimate look at Pluto, I suggest you check out this picture here. Of course, if you click on that link, you’ll discover that it’s not a picture of the planet Pluto, but rather of Sailor Pluto (in a really revealing, sexy outfit). If you want to check out the planet for real, check out these photos here. And if you want an even more intimate (read: NSFW) look at the Sailor Scout, click here! ;D

Shanghai Disneyland Unveiled

Disney recently unveiled designs and plans for its upcoming Shanghai Disneyland park. When it opens next spring, it will be the sixth Disney Park in the world and the third Asian park. Its upcoming attractions, which were featured in its recent showcase, includes a TRON Lightcycle roller coaster, a Pirates of the Caribbean themed land, an 11-acre botanical gardens area, and the tallest Disney Castle in the world.

Obviously, these rides are still under construction, as is the rest of the park; however, one park ride seems to have been completed and was available for public viewing. Unfortunately, it’s the infamous It’s A Small World ride—and, well, judging by the preview, it seems to be a creepily-cheaper knock off of the original. (Of course, if you clicked on the link, you’d realize that it’s not the real Small World ride, but a cheap yet creepy knock at another Chinese amusement park. Click at your own risk. LOL!)

Monday, July 13, 2015

R.I.P. Satoru Iwata

“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.” - Satoru Iwata

I’ve been a Nintendo fanboy ever since I was a little kid. My first video game console was a Super Nintendo. My first handheld console was a Gameboy Color. Since then, I’ve owned and played every major Nintendo console up to my current 3DS and Wii U consoles. Nintendo, second only to Disney, has been a pivotal part of my childhood.

So hearing that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away (and at the ripe age of only 55) is sort of big news to me. The man was responsible for greenlighting many of my favorite games including Kirby, Mario, Zelda, Pok√©mon, Animal Crossing, and Super Smash Bros.—which makes his passing feel almost like part of my childhood has also died. Of course, deep down I know that, even though the man is gone, his legacy will continue to live on in those games.

So, "Do you wish to continue?" Yes, yes I do!

To feel the feels that is currently being felt in the Nintendo fandom, view this fan art collection that has been recently compiled of fan art in his honor. Also, since today is VGM Monday, I feel it’s only fitting to share the Super Mario Bros. 2 credit music, as its tune of both melancholy and triumph fit the mood being collectively felt today by Nintendo fans:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

SU Recap: Sworn To The Sword

Perhaps the most interesting, if not most apparent, character development within Steven Universe has been Connie. When we first met her, she was a shy bookworm who always desired to make new friends but was far too reclusive to do so. In the course of the series, both Steven and the Crystal Gems have helped her to break out of her shell, and now, she is confident enough in herself that she becomes more than willing to undergo sword training with Pearl so that she may one day fight alongside them.

This episode really showcases the development Connie has undergone as a character, and hopefully, serves as a hint of what she will become as a character in episodes to come. And not only do we get a better glimpse of her as a character, we also get a glimpse into her relationship with Steven, if not also Pearl’s former relationship with his mother, Rose Quartz.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Daily Stevie: What Makes SU Awesome

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post like this, or a post period, but I wanted to share this Tumblr post that briefly showcases some of the small things that make Steven Universe awesome.

(DISCLAIMER: Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t watched any of  the more recent episodes, especially those from the recent Steven Bomb.)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4Kids National Anthem

Keeping with a long-running Fourth of July tradition here on this blog, here’s our national anthem as sung by the ear rape chorus 4KidsTV stars:

May Celestia bless the red blood gushing out of your ears, the white noise ringing inside your head, and the blue tears trickling down your face.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

And Now The Good News #04

Over the past few years, gay marriage has quickly become legalized in states throughout the country, and though a few states have implemented bans, those bans were as quickly lifted as they were implemented. Now, just this week, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. Now, any couple of the same sex is free to marry in whatever state they choose and recieve the same benefits as opposite sex couples. Though this is but a small step in the gay rights movement, it is a step forward nonetheless, as now consenting adults are free to marry the ones they love.

This story is but one of many stories of good news, be it good policy, good science, or overall good deeds. Other good news include the invention of hoverbikes and jetpacks, the banning of "revenge" porn, and 39 random acts of selfless good deeds as a birthday present for a little girl and her father. All of these stories and more should be enough to brighten your week: