Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, July 31, 2016

NEW FEATURE: 5 Reasons We Love...

In an age of war, mass shootings, police brutality, and political tension, pessimism and cynicism both seem to be the current default setting. This pessimism has seeped into our own entertainment and our attitude towards it. Whereas once we turned to entertainment as a form of escapism from the drudge of daily life, now it seems that the drudge of daily life has worn away that illusion of escapism.

As such, nowadays, it’s become more common to lash out against and tear apart bad media and even good media. Most reviewers and critics these days focus more on pointing out the flaws of movies, games, and television, even those that were once considered beloved. After all, with so many people losing faith in once sacred institutions such as government and journalism, why should they maintain any faith in their entertainment? If everything else is bad, why should anything be considered good?

I can’t change the current political or cultural zeitgeist, but the least I can do is change my own perspective, which is why I’m starting a new blog feature dedicated to showing why the things we love are worth loving with a new feature, “5 Things We Love About…”

The premise is simple: each week (or two weeks) I focus on something from movies, television, or video games that I and everyone else love and explain why we love it so much in five points. I’m here to tell you that what you love is good and that you should feel good about it. Simple as that!

My inspiration is three-fold. First, and most obvious, is Steve Shives’ “5 Stupid Things About…” v-log series. Obviously, I’m maintaining the same five point list style, but instead of explaining why something is stupid, I explain why it’s the exact opposite.

Two other inspirations for this new feature are Moviebob’s “Really That Good” and Jill Bearup’s “Stuff You Like”, both of which do excellent jobs of dissecting and explicating the reasons why the things we love are, well, the “stuff you like” that are “really that good.” Both series have proven that it is possible to have a serious review format focused on building up rather than tearing down.

My first blog post for “5 Reasons We Love…” will be posted tomorrow, and I plan on having a new post at least every week or two weeks. I really hope this new feature helps to further the tonal shift of my blog from typical political muckracker (which I’m still going to do) to something a little bit more positive, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Anti-Vaxxers Make Clinton Look (Relatively) Better

If there’s one good thing, and only one good thing, that I can say about Hillary Clinton, it’s that at least she’s not an anti-vaxxer:
That by no means makes her less evil. It simply means she’s not as evil.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Anti-Vaxxers Threaten Lawsuit Against Critic

I find it hard to believe that I could loathe anti-vaxxers more than I currently do. They’re already a superstitious cowardly lot that peddle scientific misinformation about how vaccines cause autism, dissuading gullible parents from vaccinating their children, and in turn, permitting the outbreak of otherwise preventable diseases, many of which had previously been extinguished.

And yet, even then, despite all of the damage they have caused, this loathsome lot manages to find new lows to stoop towards. Just last month, after a 12-year-old boy released a humorous video showing how there’s no proof that vaccines cause autism, anti-vaxxers obtained and released his personal information on-line.

Yes, anti-vaxxers were so butthurt by a gag video poking fun at them that they resorted to doxing a 12-year-old. These people are as fragile as feminists! And yet, all of that pales in comparison with their most recent moment of buttpain.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Two-Party System Failure

If there’s one good thing about this election, between Trump’s borderline fascist speech and the recent DNC leak, it’s that search terms such as "Libertarian Party" and “third party candidate” have been trending on Google during that time. People are finally being woke as to how badly the two-party system is broke. That's something at least worth celebrating!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

At Least One Good Thing About This Election

If there’s one good thing about this election, between Trump’s borderline fascist speech and the recent DNC leak revealing how badly the Democrat establishment wanted to screw over Bernie’s campaign in order to bolster Hillary’s, it’s that the search term “third party candidate” has skyrocketed by 1,150 percent on Google within the past few days during that time.

People are finally being woke as to how badly the two-party system is broke. That's something at least worth celebrating!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Election 2016 And The Post-Factual Democracy

Do I need to comment on Trump's speech last night? Seriously? Do I? If you want a dissertation on his speech, then by all means, read Politifact. Because they did a good enough job of highlighting all his half truths and lies.

I didn't even watch his speech. Why should I? I already know what his schtick is at this point: illegals are "terking ur jerbs". Criminal thugs are shooting down innocent people and cops. And ISIS is out to destroy us all unless we vote for Big Daddy Trump to protect us.

Never mind that more Hispanics have left the country than have illegally entered it. Never mind that violent crime is at an all-time low, especially against cops. And never mind that you're more likely to be killed by a cop then buy a terrorist.

No. Seriously. Never mind all that. Because none of it matters. It obviously doesn't matter to Trump, and it certainly doesn't matter to his followers.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Can We Revoke Obama’s Peace Prize Now?

More innocent civilians killed in a US airstrike? Must be a day that ends with ‘y’ under our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president:
US air strike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters.

Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee fighting in their area, in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country.
For real, can we please take away his peace prize? He clearly hasn’t earned it within the past eight years upon receiving it, especially since he’s managed to kill more Muslims than the last guy.

The worst part is that this status quo foreign policy of “brown every bomb person first and f*** asking questions ever!” is only going to be continued under Clinton and amplified under Trump. Either way, we're one bomb away from WWIII.

Twitter Sacrifices Milo On PC Altar

As I mentioned in a previous post, the new Ghostbusters movie, contrary to its initial knee-jerk reaction, proved to be a decent film. Obviously, part of what made the film great was the four main female leads.

This includes Leslie Jones, who, apart from being a stereotypical “street smart” black character, actually proved to be quite “book smart” when it came to the Big Apple’s history, thus making her a valuable part of the team.

Her stellar performance in the movie only made it more painful to see her attacked as the target of a Twitter hate campaign. It would be one thing if she were merely being barraged with tweets telling her she sucked. But making these tweets most toxic was the racism behind them:

The New Ghostbusters Is Good (No, Really, It Is!)

Yesterday, I went to see the new Ghostbusters movie. If the preliminary vitriol this movie received was any indicator, this movie was allegedly going to cut off my penis and rape my childhood. At the very least, I walked into the theater expecting the movie to be not be as bad as everyone claimed it was going to be.

My expectations were proven correct: the movie wasn’t that bad.

In fact, it wasn’t even mediocre or fine or decent. It was good. Really good! Not great, by any means, but entertaining nonetheless.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

When Will The Madness Stop?

I know I’m supposed to be on break from blogging, but recent events seemed to have elicited a response from me. The problem is, I don’t know exactly how to respond.

I’m simply speechless about how the past week alone has seen the world plunge into utter chaos and bloodshed, to the point where I don’t even know where to start.

The start of the week saw the deaths of two innocent black men at the hands of cops—yet again! And on the exact same day, no less! One man was pinned down and shot several times in the chest for selling CDs in front of a convenience store. The other man was shot point blank after being pulled over for a broken taillight.

The very next day, during a protest in Dallas of those shootings, some random jerkoff decided to us said shootings as an excuse to start shooting up the place, killing and wounding at least a half dozen police officers.

As if this weren’t maddening enough, the random jerkoff was killed off by the police using a “robot drone”—something you’d swear the military would use in the Middle East to kill terrorists, but was instead used on American soil by American police against an American citizen. (Because it wouldn't be 'murica if we didn't have an excuse to further militarize our police force.)

Meanwhile, the whole mess has elicited the usual Black Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter/All Lives Matter hashtag wars on social media, along with another trending hashtag #WhitePrivilegeMeans placing all the blame on white people. If anything, statistically speaking, "white privilege" means being more likely to be shot by the cops, yet having police brutality against your race ignored.

Don’t believe me? Just recently, a white unarmed teenager in California was shot down by police. I doubt you’re going to see that story running 24/7 in the news. You probably won’t even see #WhiteLivesMatter trending as a hashtag.

But I digress.

What can I possibly say about this whole mess that hasn’t been said about any other instances of police brutality in the past? What can I say about Alton Sterling or Philando Castile that hasn’t been said about Freddie Gray or Mike Brown or Tamir Rice or Eric Garner or Alton Sterling or any other person shot down or killed or brutalized by the police?

This very story has played out so many times by now that we already know what’s going to happen. The cops responsible for their murder will be place on paid vacation known as “administrative leave.” If any charges are made against them, it will be swiftly dropped by the time they step in front of a judge. The cops will be free to walk away as free men, while their victims will remain as worm chow in the ground.

Most Americans won’t care. Those that do will eventually forget a few days later, only to remember when the whole violent cycle starts again. Any discussion about the matter during this time will involve maybe one or two people offering sensible reforms, while the remainder of the conversation will involve conservatives defending the cops as only “doing their job”, while BLM and other black activists continue to scream at white people.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

And that seems to be the worst part about this whole mess. It’s a never-ending vicious violent cycle, dooming everyone to repeat the history that they refuse to learn from. This problem keeps happening and nobody seems to want to do anything about it. They barely want to acknowledge it, and when they do, it’s usually through B.S. identity politics.

As is the case with every 12-step program, the first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one, and until we admit we have a police brutality problem in America, it’s only going to continue happening.

 Leon H. Wolf from Red State (of all places!) managed to touch exactly on that in a recent editorial:
“I think the evidence would show that the vast majority of police do their jobs with the greatest professionalism possible. I don’t think that’s a sufficient answer to the reality of lingering mistrust between police and minority communities, especially in certain areas of the country. And the proliferation of cell phone video recording has really confirmed (in their minds) something they have long anecdotally believed or been taught - that police often interact with minority communities in different ways than they do with the white community.

And here’s the most important part: when they do so, they never or almost never face punishment.

…The most important safety valve to prevent violence like we saw in Dallas last night is the belief that when officers do go off the rails, the legal system will punish them accordingly. If minority communities (and everyone else, for that matter) believed that, resort to reprisal killings would be either non-existent or far less frequent.

But they don’t, and there’s good reason for that. And that is because a huge, overwhelming segment of America does not really give a damn what cops do in the course of maintaining order because they assume (probably correctly) that abuse at the hands of police will never happen to them. As long as the cops keep people away from my door, they have my blessing handling “the thugs” in whatever way they see fit.
When the ultra-conservative Red State speaks out against police brutality, you know it’s a real problem.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th Of July

It’s the 4th of July. Independence Day. (Not the epic 90s movie, and certainly not the craptacular sequel!)

So you all know what that means? That’s right! It’s time for my annual tradition of making your ears bleed with our national anthem:

And I suspect this is how most of you are reacting to that right now. LOL!