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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Elderly Man Tasered To Death By Cop

I know a lot of my followers get tired of me “hating on cops”, but how in the sweet plot of Celestia am I supposed to not hate them when they pull off blatant bull crap like this?

From the Free Thought Project:
74-year-old Roger Charlet recently died in a hospital just a week after police used a taser on him during a traffic stop. On January 4th, Charlet was pulled over by police on Interstate 10 and was accused of being drunk. He was quickly ripped from his car and tased without being given any chance to comply and leave willingly. Police claim that he was “resisting arrest,” however, the video clearly shows that he was not a threat and had no chance of getting away.
I’m sorry, but there's no way any thinking, feeling human being can watch that video and think to themselves, “Boy, the police sure do have our best interests at heart!” You cannot watch a cop taser an elderly man who's barely skin and bones and not consider that there may be something wrong with our law enforcement.

We need systematic police reform in this country. That should not even be up for debate, and yet it still is. Sadly enough, many of the same people who side with the cops claim to be against “oppressive, tyrannical government.” So-called “limited government” conservatives, if you can watch a video like that and still side with the police, you are siding with an oppressive, tyrannical government, not against it!

Daily Stevie Pony: Pony Steven Universe Intro

It’s been a long time since I posted a Daily Pony or Daily Stevie. So let me get the chocolate of MLP:FIM into the peanut butter of SU by presenting a ponified version of the SU intro. (And as a bonus, here’s a ponified version of the fan-made Peridot Rap!)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Give Kids The World

Normally for Shameless Plug Saturday, I feature a website, YouTube channel, or deviantART profile. But for this week, I wanted to share something truly special. To end this Disney-themed month, I could think of nothing more fitting and more shameless than to feature an organization that helps children make their dreams come true by giving them the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World.

Donald Trump The RINO

Do you want the government to stop raising your taxes? To stay out of your healthcare? To keep their hands off of your guns? To stop newborns from being killed before they can even exit the womb? To stop grabbing people’s lands for itself? To not let Hillary Clinton assume the chair of the highest position?

Well, Donald Trump isn't going to change any of that. In fact, he endorses most of it. He supports higher taxes, single-payer healthcare, gun control, partial-term abortions, eminent domain laws, and even endorsed Hillary Clinton as president back in 2008.

But I guess none of that matters because he hates Muslims and Mexicans? (P.S.: Obama has killed more Muslims and deported more Mexicans than Bush, so why don’t you love him for that?)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#1, For Real!)

#1: Fantasmic

If you had to name your favorite Disney World attraction, which one would you choose? Chances are you’d pick a thrill ride like the Tower or Terror or Rock n’ Roller Coaster. Perhaps it’s a classic ride like the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean. Or maybe it’s even a nostalgic classic that you remember fondly from your childhood like It’s A—yeah, I’ll stop there!

So perhaps it’s surprising to you that, for my number one spot on my list here, I chose not a ride, not even an attraction, but a show. Of course, to its defense, it’s perhaps one of the best, if not the best, show in all the parks.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the nighttime entertainment at the Disney Parks serve almost as a congratulation to park guests for having stayed at the park for the entire day, even long after spending grueling hours in the sun and waiting on line for their attractions. After such a long day, it’s quite rewarding to end it by watching the fireworks or the Main Street Electrical Parade. But for me, nothing quite completed a trip to the Disney Parks than the best nighttime show of them all: Fantasmic!

Fan Art Friday: Gravity Falls X-Overs

Gravity Falls is by far the best show to have aired on Disney Channel--well, next to Phineas and Ferb, of course! And Kim Possible. And American Dragon: Jake Long. (Such a grossly underrated show!)

With such a great series that majestically combined drama and comedy coming to an inevitable end, I feel that showcasing Gravity Falls fan art would be the most appropriate way to end this series of Disney-themed Fan Art Fridays.

Since there's too much good Gravity Falls fan art to condense into one single post, I figure I'd narrow down the topic to crossover fan art with other great shows. So here's a fond farewell to a great Disney Channel show with equally good fan art:

The First Jewish Nazi

Yes, this is clearly breaking Godwin's Law. And yes, it very well may be distasteful to compare a Jewish man who may have had relatives killed in the Holocaust to the same soldiers who killed said relatives. But quite frankly, I don't care! If a politician holds political views that are both nationalist and socialist, is it really a stretch to call them a "national socialist"?

Yes, Bernie is a nationalist because he supports protectionist policies through his opposition to free trade and open borders in an effort to protect "national interests." Yes, he is a socialist because he calls himself such and supports socialist policies that redistribute the wealth. He is a nationalist. He is a socialist. That makes him a national socialist.

And yes, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were socialists, and not simply because they had "socialist" in their names. Socialism was in his words and policies. History proves as much. Go educate yourself!

And before you claim that the main difference is that Hitler was a warmonger and Bernie is a "peace dove", I suggest you look over his voting record. Bernie has a long history of supporting military spending and activities. (When the left-wing Alternet calls you out on your war hawkish behavior, you know you are a war hawk!)

The only real difference between Bernie Sanders and actual Nazis is that Bernie isn’t racist. He’s not exactly calling for any ethnic groups to be placed into concentration camps. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that many of the “progressive” polices he supports, including minimum wage, have racist connotations to them. So at best, he’s not overtly racist, but his polices stink of subtle racism.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: SpectroMagic

With this Disney-themed month coming to a close, what would be a more apropos way to end this series of Disney-themed Throwback Thursdays that with a nostalgic throwback to a parade that helped end the day at the Magic Kingdom park?

Nighttime entertainment at the Disney Parks seems to serve as a congratulatory prize to guests for having spent many long grueling hours walking around in the blazing heat while standing hours in line for their attractions without going straight home at the end of the day. Whether they be the fireworks or nighttime parades, they’re the best way possible to end an otherwise great day at the parks.

Now when most people think of night parades, they often think of the Main Street Electrical Parade, and while I do like the parade (despite never having seen it in person), my all-time favorite parade would have to be the now long-gone SpectroMagic.

The Gun Show Loophole’s A Lie!

You've probably heard our Dear Leader and other anti-gun nuts talk about the “gun show loophole.” If their anti-gun rhetoric is to be believed, then any slack-jawed redneck with half a brain cell and a vendetta can walk into a gun show, buy any firearm without a background check, and start shooting up queers and black folks and little kids and whatever anti-gun nuts claim people buy guns for.

But of course, their rhetoric is not to be believed, as Steven Crowder demonstrates. He went undercover to several gun shows and stores asking to buy an automatic weapon without a background check. Turns out buying a gun isn't as easy as the anti-gun nuts claim it is:

Spot The Difference

Bernie Sanders supports single-payer healthcare and higher taxes on the rich, and opposes free trade and open borders. Donald Trump supports single-payer healthcare and higher taxes on the rich, and opposes free trade and open borders.

How is this possible? How can two politicians on opposite ends of the political spectrum have so much in common? It's a little something called "horseshoe theory."

Horseshoe Theory speculates, according to Wikipedia, “that rather than the far left and the far right being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, they in fact closely resemble one another, much like the ends of a horseshoe.” In other words, the further to the political left or right one goes, the more inevitable it becomes that you’ll find yourself wrapping around to the other end.

This can clearly be seen in both Trump and Sanders. Both politicians are on opposite ends of the far right and left respectively, and both hold differing political views from one another; but at the same time, they also hold very eerily similar views—especially when it comes to their protectionist policies.

Both politicians, despite their differences, subscribe to “protectionism”, a political belief that ascribes the government responsibility in “protecting” national jobs. From what, exactly? For Trump, it’s from immigration. For Sanders, it’s from outsourcing.

Despite neither immigration nor outsourcing having a negative effect on overall employment, both politicians have garnered support by promising their followers that they will protect “der jerbs” from being taken away from foreigners. In other words, both politicians manage to drum up support by prying on the racist, xenophobic belief that only white affluent Americans deserve to have jobs over brown people in third world countries.

This should not be the least bit surprising, as authoritarian politicians, on both the far left and right, have always relied on scapegoating foreigners, or “the other”, in order to gain political support. This is why Hitler and Stalin were both totalitarian dictators, despite being polar opposites, as is currently the case with Trump and Sanders.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#1)

#1: It’s A Small World

I see the expression that you’re making. I see you scratching your head in disbelief. You’re asking yourself: Why? Why did I rank the single most annoying ride of all the Disney Parks as my all-time personal favorite?

How did I place at the very top of my list the cheesy boat ride featuring annoying little kids from around the world singing the most infamous song that doesn’t end, and that goes on and on my friend, and they started singing it not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because this is a song that gets on everybody’s nerves, everybody’s nerves, everybody’s nerves, oh, this is a song that gets on everybody’s nerves, and this is how it goes, oh, it’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small world, because this is the song that never ends, and…

Why? Why in the name of everything sacred and holy, including the royal sweet delectable plot of Princess Celestia, did I name this ride as my favorite Walt Disney World attraction?

Well, I’m glad you asked that question, and the answer is a very interesting one to say the least. But if you want to know the answer, you’ll have to watch this video. Trust me: that video offers the only valid reason why this boat ride from hell is on the very top of this list.

Democratic Policies For Democrats Only

Go ahead and accuse this meme of “dog whistle politics.” Doesn't change the fact that the most corrupt cities with the most run-down ghettos tend to be run by Democrats. (See: Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, Ferguson, Flint.)

And these same corrupt Democratic politicians are voted in by the same people who are hurt the most by their policies. Poor, black people who vote Democrat literally vote against their own best personal interests. Thanks Lyndon “I'll have them n*****s voting Democratic for the next two hundred years" B. Johnson!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Educating On The Economy

Dear economic illiterates bitching about “teh Kochs taking over teh schools”,

FDR's New Deal did not end the Depression, minimum wage laws do not create jobs, the welfare state has not alleviated poverty, the gender wage gap does not exist, and the 2008 recession was created by the government, not business.

These are not opinions. They are objective facts supported by empirical evidence. The fact that you do not accept these facts does not prove that they are not true. That only proves that you value political ideology before verifiable evidence.

None of the previously-mentioned facts should come across as controversial or even political. They should simply come across as common sense. As such, teaching them in public schools should be no more controversial than teaching the fact that all complex life gradually evolved from simpler life overtime—but then again, even that fact is contested by ignoramuses.

So please do humanity a favor and kindly shut the fuck up forever about “political indoctrination”, because the only people interested in using our schools as “indoctrination camps” are statists such as yourselves who wish to advocate their ignorance as being equal to everybody else’s knowledge.



P.S.: Bernie Sanders is a na├»ve twat who doesn't understand that his so-called “socialist utopia” of Scandinavia isn't really socialist.

Monday, January 25, 2016

VGM Monday: Imagined Kingdom Hearts Music

With Kingdom Hearts III on the horizon, fans are wondering what new Disney worlds will make an appearance. With new worlds come new music, causing many fans to wonder what the new music for these worlds will sound like. Some of the more musically-inclined fans have taken the opportunity to create samples of what they think that new music will sound like, and it’s that music which I’m showcasing for this post.

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#2)

#2: Star Tours

What can I say about Star Wars? As with the Muppets, it’s one of those franchises that everyone loves. I certainly do. I love everything about it. I love the original trilogy. I love the new movie. I even love the prequel trilogy—unironically! And you bet your Wookie that I love the Star Tours ride at Disney Hollywood Studios.

Of course, the story of the ride itself started long ago, in a galaxy far, far away—well, actually, it takes place in the mid-1980s in Anaheim, California.

Facebook Facepalm

Facebook: Allowing useful idiots to oppose their own personal interests by sharing the propaganda of those who pretend to have their best interests in mind since 2004.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Extinct Attractions

Having been around for more than 60 years, Disneyland has garnered a rich history, especially though the innovations made through its rides and attractions. However, as I mentioned in a previous entry, while many of these attractions have withstood the test of time and become classics, others have since fallen by the wayside and become nothing but fleeting memories.

One man has strived to keep the memories of these attractions alive by preserving their history through video documentaries. That man and his work is the focus of this week’s Shameless Plug Saturday: Extinct Attractions Club.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Disney And Marvel

When Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, it caused many a jaw to drop straight to the floor, and once people finally picked their jaws up, they began to scratch their heads over what would become of the latest acquisition by the Mouse House. After all, combining Disney and Marvel seemed almost as “appealing” as mixing peanut butter and pickles.

Since then, the combination has proven to be more along the lines of peanut butter and chocolate. Disney has since proven itself worthy of overseeing Marvel, having produced a movie franchise that has reshaped the cinematic landscape, created several animated Marvel shows for its Disney XD channel, and even created attractions for its theme parks.

However, even with all of that, it seems as though this is only but a taste of what Disney and Marvel have to offer. One can simply imagine the possibilities that this partnership can bring about. If the Marvel Cinematic Universe is any evidence, then Disney has much potential in utilizing this new intellectual property, and fan artists of all shape have imagined what that potential can be.

She-Wolf Of Wall Street

Hillary Clinton made more money than any other person would make in a lifetime by giving twelve speeches to Wall Street banks. Who would have thought that the politician who voted in favor of the Wall Street bailouts would also be receiving most of her campaign donations from Wall Street banks? Anybody with half a brain cell, that’s who! So that certainly rules out Hillary Clinton supporters—especially those unapologetic about voting for her for being a woman! (By Celestia, I really wish I were making that up!)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Disney Magic Highway USA

Originally, for this week’s post, I was going to feature former Epcot attraction, Horizons, which exhibited a bold look into the future. However, since I’m scrapped for time this week, I’ve decided to save that for another time, and instead feature a blast from the past with an equally optimistic look into the future.

Walt Disney was enthralled with breakthroughs in science and technology, and he loved to envision how these developments could potentially shape our future. One of the venues through which he shared his futuristic visions were Tomorrowland and his original concept of Epcot Center.

Another venue was through his television series. Every week, on his Disneyland television series, Disney would often share an educational segment that exposited on the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs, with segments that envisioned what futures these developments could create for us.

Some of the more popular “Tomorrowland” episodes, as they were often called, involved space travel, which was then still in its infancy, with segments on the prospect of travels into space, the moon, and mars and beyond. But the episode I wish to share for this post involves travel, not in space, but on the road—specifically, the highway: Disney’s Magic Highway USA.

Keep The Dream Alive. #DropTheSuit

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched with millions in Washington D.C. to demand that black children be able to attend the same schools as their white peers.

Recently, in my home state of Florida, his son marched with thousands in Tallahassee to demand that teacher unions drop a lawsuit challenging an education voucher program, which would have ensured that poor children could attend the same schools as their more affluent peers.

All children, regardless of background or income, should have the same access to education. That access should include the choice as to what education they wish to pursue, be it public, private, charter, parochial, or home. Such access can only be made possible when money follows the student, not the school.

Demand equality in education for all children. Stand on the right side of history. Keep the dream alive. Drop The Suit.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#3)

#3: Space Mountain/Big Thunder Mountain/Splash Mountain

What could be more appropriate for my number three spot than a three-way tie among the three mountains of the Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain?

I had to make this a three-way tie, not because I couldn’t decide which of them I liked the best, but because each of them alone wouldn’t suffice for single entries, and putting all three on the list would simply clutter it. After all, there’s not really much I can say about roller coasters (and a log flume).

But that’s really the thing: these rides aren’t simply roller coasters (and a log flume). Like every other Disney attraction, they’re experiences in and of themselves with all of the storytelling and attention to detail that Disney has become famous for.

Any amusement park can build a roller coaster or a log flume, but only Disney can have you following the misadventures of a trickster rabbit, or zipping along on a runaway mine train through a ghost town, or soaring through the deep recesses of space.

Moonshot To Cure Cancer, You Say?

Obama promised in his State of the Union address to cure cancer. The Koch Brothers have been fighting cancer before fighting cancer was even cool. David Koch has been spending millions funding cancer research long before Obama ever became president.

Both he and his brother have spent millions funding scientific research, education, and the arts. They have also donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, and have opposed threats to our civil liberties such as the Patriot Act, the War on Drugs, and the Iraq War.

And yet they’re the bad guys while Obama is literally Jesus?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Destroyed Schools of Detroit

Can we drop the myth that increased education spending leads to better education? America spends more on education per student than any other country, and yet our test scores are an abysmal embarrassment when compared to our worldwide peers.

Nowhere else can this myth be so transparent than in Detroit. Its public schools spend well above the national average per-student, and yet their schools have become dilapidated hellholes that would be better off condemned than renovated.

Even more ironic is how the school district has the highest average public school teacher pay among metropolitan areas, and yet only a slim minority of its high school students are proficient in reading and math.

Gee, it’s almost as if overall education spending has no effect on overall quality in educations. (And before you blame any of this mess on Republicans, the city has been run by Democrats for more than 50 years!)

Please do not misinterpret what I’m trying to say. In no ways am I claiming that cutting education spending and teacher pay is going to improve public education; but it’s quite crystal clear that increasing spending and teacher pay has does nothing to improve it, so more of the same is clearly not the answer.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Average Bernie Sanders Supporter REDUX

Behold the cognitive dissonance of the average Bernie Sanders supporter!

They want to raise taxes on the rich, but they also want them to stop hoarding their wealth in offshore bank accounts.

They want corporations to pay a higher tax rate, but they also want them to stop sending our jobs overseas.

They want increases to minimum wage, but they also want to keep their entry-level jobs.

They want teachers to be paid more with increased salaries, but they also want “free” education.

They want public-sector workers to be able to unionize, but they also want bad cops who shoot and brutalize innocent civilians to be fired.

They want to abolish world hunger, but they also want to ban GMOs.

They want to end climate change, but they also want to do so using the biggest polluter on Earth.

They want to stop Donald Trump from closing the borders, but they also support Bernie in opposing open borders.

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#4)

#4: The Haunted Mansion

If you’re like me, the Haunted Mansion was one of the very first haunted house that you've ever ridden. Personally, I don’t care for haunted houses, but I always find myself wanting to ride the Haunted Mansion every time I visit the Magic Kingdom. That’s probably because the ride isn't like any other haunted house at any other amusement park.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

EPA Poisoned Flint

As last year's Colorado toxic waste spill showed, behind every major environmental disaster is total incompetence on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency--the very agency dedicated to "protecting our environment". Flint's contaminated drinking water is no exception, as the federal government knew, long before any city official, that the city's water might be tainted with toxic material.

But of course, without the federal government, who'd protect the environment?!? Clearly the free market can't protect us. That's why we need to trust the environment in the hands of the world's biggest polluter! /s

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Naivety of Sanders Supporters

Yes, it’s awfully trite and cliche to call young Bernie Sanders supporters a bunch of naive college students who've never experienced the real world outside of their “safe spaces.” Nevertheless, if Sanders supporters actually viewed the parts of the world governed by socialism—by which, I mean “pure” socialist countries like Venezuela, rather than countries like Denmark that are only part-socialist—then they wouldn't be so quick to demand that socialism be imported over here.

Shameless Plug Saturday: Bright Sun Gaming

There are Disney attractions that last the test of time and become classics. Such rides include Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and the-little-kids-from-around-the-world-ride-that-must-not-be-named-to-protect-the-sanity-of-others!

But then there are the attractions that fade with time and become nothing more than distant memories. Helping to preserve the memories of these attractions are individuals such as Bright Sun Gaming.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Disney Princess Leia

One could debate whether or not Princess Leia qualifies as a Disney Princess now that Star Wars is owned by The Mouse. After all, Disney owns Star Wars, and Leia is a princess; so does it not follow that she's a Disney Princess?

Of course, I'm not really sure how I would feel if Leia were to be inducted into the Disney Princess toy line. I'm sure she would have to receive an animated re-design just to be incorporated into it, and judging by how well Merida's re-design was received by fans, I'm sure Leia would receive a similar reception.

Either way, whether or not Leia will ever be recognized as an official Disney Princess, it's still interesting to imagine her as one. So here's a collection of fan art imagining just that:

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#5)

#5: Pirates of the Caribbean

Sing it with me now: Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic Disney attractions next to the Haunted Mansion and the happy-little-kids-from-around-the-world-ride-that-must-not-be-named-for-the-sake-of-everyone’s-sanity!

This ride has so permeated our pop culture that nearly everyone knows it inside-and-out, even if they’ve never ridden it. After all, the premise is simple enough: you take a boat ride through a small port town and witness as a gang of ruthless pirates have a good ol' time burning it to the ground.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Two More Great Brits Sadly Bite The Dust

What is with this week? First, David Bowie passes away. Now, we have, not one, but two more famous Brits joining the choir invisible? Does 2016 simply have it out for Great Britain? Can’t we at least have a British person that no one cares about bite the dust? Perhaps Piers Morgan?!

Yes, it’s sad but true: today saw the passing of two British actors: Alan Rickman at 69, and Brian Bedford at 80. In tribute to these great gentlemen, please allow me to remember them by the roles by which I have come to remember them most fondly.

Throwback Thursday: Journey into Imagination

When Epcot Center first opened in 1982, it did not fare very well. Aside from not having any Disney characters or thrill rides, the one thing the park sorely lacked was an attraction for little children—a major faux paus for any “family-friendly” theme park. Epcot eventually fixed this problem with the help from a spark of inspiration, which helped bring forth a new creation, and bring about a Journey into Imagination.

Journey into Imagination opened one year later in 1983. True to its name, the pavilion focused on the very concept at the heart of most technological and cultural progress—imagination!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#6)

#6: Muppetvision 3-D

Do I even need to say how much I love the Muppets? Really, who doesn’t love them? That question was actually the entire premise of their 2011 film, in which Disney seriously pondered the question, “Do people still care about the Muppets?” If that movie’s box office was any indicator, the answer was a resounding “Yes!”

Since Jim Henson created them in the 1950s, the Muppets have been entertaining audiences through venues such as Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and their various movies. So they were quite the sound investment when Disney decided to buy them off of Jim Henson in the late 1980s—and not a moment too soon, since he would meet his untimely death in 1990.

Since then, Disney has made good use of them. There’s the recent Muppet films, which have done well in the box office, as well as the earlier Muppet films made by Disney including Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. (There’s also Muppets in Space and various lackluster made-for-television specials, but that’s neither here or there.)

However, Disney’s first major project for the Muppets was actually a short 3D film for its new theme park, Disney-MGM Studios (Now Disney Hollywood Studios). As I had said previously, the film was actually going to be partnered with a dark ride for an entire Muppet-themed land. Instead, we only received the film—but honestly, that’s all we really needed!

Monday, January 11, 2016

VGM Monday: KH Tron World Music

Most other Kingdom Hearts fans would list their Top 10 favorite world and battle themes, but for this installment of VGM Monday, I’m simply going to skip to the punch and share my all-time favorite world and battle theme from my all-time favorite KH world: Space Paranoids.

R.I.P. David Bowie (1947-2016)

Artist and musician David Bowie has passed away at 69 after a long battle with cancer.

I just realized something. Bowie passed away on a January. One of his characters, Jareth from Labyrinth, was played by Justin "Jew Wario" Carmichael in the internet movie, Suburban Knights. Jew Wario passed away three years ago. On the exact same month! That is far too eerie to be a coincidence.

Anyway, let's no mourn his loss. He wouldn't want that. He'd prefer that we--dance, magic, dance!

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#7)

#7: The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride is a dark ride that pays tribute to Hollywood’s classic movies, ranging as far back as the silent era all the way up to modern blockbusters.

The entire ride is housed within a building designed after Hollywood’s Chinese Theater. True to Disney ingenuity, this replica truly does resemble the actual Chinese Theater. It even has more than three dozen concrete handprints of various famous Hollywood actors and actresses out front.

Upon entering the building, guests wait within a ride queue showcasing various props from famous movies, both Disney and Hollywood, followed by a movie theater that loops various classic vintage movie trailers.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Resist Economic Ignorance, Not Capitalism

Right now, #ResistCapitalism is trending on Twitter—a social media website created by capitalism, and used with computers that were also created by capitalism. Fortunately, most of the tweets are from people (with more than two brain cells to rub together) who realize the transparent irony.

Unfortunately, there are few other people tweeting the hashtag unironically. I’m here to point and laugh at their unashamed economic illiteracy. Here are just a few of the more egregious tweets:

Shameless Plug Saturday: Briberry

What makes Disney Parks unique is how much attention they put into even the smallest of details. This is especially true for their attractions, but it’s even true for something as minor as their costumed characters. They may be people in costume, but these actors remain so true to their characters that they make you believe they’re the real deal. You almost believe that you’re meeting the real Alice or Mad Hatter or Peter Pan and not somebody in a costume.

Being able to encounter and interact with these  characters is almost worth the price of admission itself. One could easily be entertained going around the park and filming them. In fact, that’s what this week’s Shameless Plug Saturday feature actually does.

What Working Poor?

"It is not a radical idea to say that someone working 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty."

Uh, that's actually the case, Bernie. No one working full-time in America lives in poverty. According to the U.S. Census, only 1 percent of Americans living in poverty work full-time. 93.4 percent do not work full-time, while 78.4 percent do not work at all. But who cares about facts? Clearly not Bernie!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Top 11 Disney World Attractions (#8)

Epcot Center is my favorite Disney Park. That's not even a joke. The Magic Kingdom may have all of the most memorable rides, but for me, Epcot will always be my personal favorite of the Disney Parks.

That certainly does sound strange, considering how it’s often slated as the black sheep of Disney World. Of the four parks, Epcot is considered to be the least favorite, and it's often ridiculed as such in popular media. Heck, there’s an entire Simpsons episode dedicated to mocking it!

The stigma against the park probably stems from it being focused more on education rather than entertainment. Here in America, the term "educational" has too often become synonymous with "boring", which is mostly due to our broken public education system.

You can blame it on inadequate funding, on an overemphasis on standardized testing, or on stifling bureaucracy, but the overall failure of our public schools to, well, educate our children has marginalized education as something tedious that should be avoided rather than sought. As such, anything deemed to be both "educational" AND "entertaining" is often treated with heavy skepticism.

However, I'm of the mindset that "edutainment", if done right, can be both educational and entertaining. Both Bill Nye the Science Guy and The Magic School Bus are prime examples of that, and the fact that I learned more about science from both shows than any science class is a testament to that.

I'd also like to think that Epcot has succeed in the “edutainment” department. Epcot may be focused more on “education” than any of the other parks, but its attractions were still created with the same ingenuity that Disney Imagineering has been famous for. The end result are experiences that manage to entertain guests while also teaching them something.

Sure, when the park first opened, it was severely lacking in the rides department; but since then, the park has received its fair share of thrill rides with attractions like Test Track, Mission: Space, and Soarin. But even if those rides didn’t exist, I’d still enjoy this park, if for nothing else than what it stands for.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Epcot Center was originally going to be Walt Disney’s dream city of the future, but it was inevitably turned into a permanent world’s fair instead. Even then, the park manages to capture Walt’s vision of the future, showcasing how a better tomorrow could be achieved through advances in science and technology (Future World) and through a mutual understanding of other cultures (World Showcase).

I don’t think there’s a single attraction in the park that better encapsulates this bold vision than in the park’s icon itself, Spaceship Earth.

Fan Art Friday: MLP Disney Princesses

I don't think it's any surprise that I'm a brony. (If it is, then you obviously haven't been following me for the past five years!) So of course I was going to have one of these Disney-themed Fan Art Fridays showcasing Disney-related MLP fan art!

Interestingly enough, there's been rumors (and only rumors) that Disney is going to purchase Hasbro. If that were the case (which it's not), would that make the Alicorn Princesses...Disney Princesses? First Leia, then Celestia, Luna, Cadence, and Twilight? Does Disney simply want to by all of the princesses? At this point, they might as well trademark the word "princess." Why not? Candy Crush tried to trademark the word "Candy"!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Mickey Mania Parade

Duuuudes! What IS up?! How’s it hanging? Feeling rad today? This is your main man, BlameThe1st—boi!—coming at you with some 90s nostalgia that’s most triumphant, can you dig it? And it's my totally rad pleasure to introduce to you the main Mouse in the House, the mickity-mickity-mickity-mickity Mac Daddy, and the diggity-diggity-diggity-diggity Daddy Mac, Mickey Mouse—yes, that's the M-to-the-I-to-the-C-K-E-Y! And he's coming to the street with a poppin' fresh beat that can't be beat with the totally gnarly Mickey Mania Parade.

*cough**cough* Wow! That’s the last time I try to squeeze in as much 90s slang I can in one breath.

Anyway, the Mickey Mania Parade was one of the first Disney parades I ever watched during my first trip to the Magic Kingdom. The parade was held back in 1994, and it really does show! Bright neon colors? Check. Hip hop music? Check. Extreme sports like roller blading and skateboarding? Check. Disney characters with totally gnarly hairstyles? Most triumphant! Yes, this parade is what you would get if Linkara’s 90s Kid himself was in charge at Disney World—because what you see is what you get:

And what parade would be complete without a totally poppin' fresh beat for the street?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#9)

#9: Carousel of Progress

Probably not a choice that many Disney fans would add to their list of favorite attractions, but it's one that really resonates with me on a nostalgic level, so I'm adding it to mine.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Carousel of Progress is that it originally started as a Disneyland attraction—quite literally! It originally existed in Disneyland before being moved across the country to Disney World in Florida. Technically, it started out as one of the attractions featured in the 1964 World’s Fair before being moved to Disneyland in 1967 and later to Disney World in 1972.

But I digress.

The Carousel of Progress is an audio-animatronic show that showcases the technological progress made during the 20th Century. The entire show takes place within a revolving theater that transports guests to the show's different acts. Each of the four acts take place in four different time periods—the 1900s, 1930s, 1950s, and modern day—and focus on the life of an average American family, showcasing how their lives have been made more convenient by the many inventions and innovations created during that time.

Shh! I Have A Secret...

Not going to rehash what I've already written about for the umpteenth time about gun control and violent crime. If you want information on that, read my previous posts here and here.

Long story short: Violent crime has been on a decades-long decline in America, we are safer now than we have ever been, you have nothing to fear about gun violence in America but fear itself, and any politician who tells you otherwise is trying to exploit your fears for their own political gain. Are we clear? Good.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Which Wolf Wins?

"Let's imagine, if you glimpsed the future, and were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? Would you go to the politicians? The captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck. The only facts they won't challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in. But what if … what if there was a way of skipping the middleman, putting the critical news directly into everyone's head: the probability of widespread annihilation kept going up. The only way to stop it was to show it. To scare people straight. What reasonable human being wouldn't be galvanized by the potential destruction of everything they've ever even known or loved. To save civilization I would show its collapse. How do you think this vision was received, how do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up! They didn't fear their demise, they repackaged it — to be enjoyed as video games, as TV shows, books, movies, the entire world wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse, and sprinted toward it with gleeful abandon. Meanwhile, your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation, explain that one. Bees butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, the algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint! In every moment there's a possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So you dwell on this oh terrible future. You resign yourselves to it. For one reason — because that future doesn't ask anything of you, today. So, yes, you saw the iceberg, warned the Titanic, but you all just steered for it anyway, full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink, you gave up. That's not the monitor's fault. That's yours." - Governor Nix, Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland is by far the most underrated movie of 2015. Sure, it lacked in action, and the pacing was all over the place, but the movie really showed humanity's potential if we refused to limit ourselves and instead maintained an optimistic outlook.

Too bad the movie lost out to the 90-minute post-apocalyptic chase scene! I guess the movie-going plebs more than gleefully embrace their inevitable destruction as a civilization and species. :(

Monday, January 4, 2016

VGM Monday: KH Gummi Ship Music

I was a fan of the Kingdom Hearts franchise before I even played the original games on the PlayStation 2, which I bought just for the sake of playing the games. Seriously, what's not to love about a game that lets you visit worlds of classic Disney movies, fight alongside beloved Disney characters, and fight the meanest of the mean Disney villains? This game manages to do everything right, especially when it comes to the music. Which is why, all this month, I will be highlighting music from the Kingdom Hearts games for VGM Monday.

Starting off, How weird is it that one of the worst aspects of the original Kingdom Hearts game also had some of the best music? The actual Gummi Ship gameplay may have been as slow and clunky as a Large Body heartless, but it’s music was the exact opposite with it being fast-paced and upbeat.

If anything, the sharp contrast between the two made the whole experience more alienating than it already was. Thank goodness, then, that you only had to go through the Gummi Ship levels only once!

The only downside was not being able to listen to the music, which, in all honesty, was the good thing about those levels. Thank goodness, for the OST, then!

Top 11 Favorite Disney World Attractions (#10)

#10: Kilimanjaro Safaris

Animal Kingdom is my least favorite of the Disney Parks. That’s why this item is so low on the list. In fact, I originally wasn’t even going to include an Animal Kingdom attraction at all.

Don’t get me wrong: Animal Kingdom is an interesting park, but I wouldn’t recommend it as one that you would want to re-visit like the other three parks. If you ride all of its attractions, you would have seen the entire park halfway through the day. Then you're going to use your Park Hopper Pass to go and visit a better Disney Park.

Sure, the animals are a great draw, especially if you’re an animal lover, but you can go to a zoo for the same experience. Heck, you can drive all the way to Tampa and visit Busch Gardens for the same experience—and that park has more rides!

And that’s probably the park’s greatest weakness: there aren’t that many great rides to draw people in. They didn’t even have a roller coaster until 2006 when they opened Expedition Everest. It’s a great roller coaster, and perhaps the greatest one in any of the Disney Parks. Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve only ridden it once, so I can’t include it on this list.

The only other ride I’ve enjoyed is “Dinosaur: Countdown To Extinction.” That’s also a great ride, but not one that I would call memorable. In fact, the only thing “memorable” about it is how much of a rip-off it is of Jurassic Park.

Other than those two rides, what does this park have to offer? A generic water rapids ride? A generic 3-D show? Generic carnival rides?

Perhaps the saddest thing is that, despite Disney having plenty of movies starring animals, there are few attractions based on those movies. There’s a Lion King show. There used to be a Tarzan show, before it was changed to a Finding Nemo show (which I heard is pretty good). But there’s nothing based on The Jungle Book or Brother Bear or, heck, even Bambi. In fact, their next attraction is going to be based on Avatar, and that’s not even a Disney property!

What I’m trying to get as is that, for me, there’s really nothing that spectacular about Animal Kingdom. However, if there was one attraction that I would mention, it would be its claim to fame: Kilimanjaro Safaris.