Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Don't Diss Gary On TPP

I don’t have patience with fellow libertarians who consider Gary Johnson’s stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a deal breaker. So what if he supports it? You know who opposes it? Donald J. Trump. Does that make Trump better in comparison? (If you answer yes, GTFO!)

Is Gary Johnson perfect? No. Is his TPP support problematic? Yes. Is he far, far more preferable than either of the two major party corporate warmongers? Hell yes! A clogged toilet would make a better president than the giant Oompa Loompa and the less-than-green Wicked Witch of the West. That shouldn’t even be debatable at this point. My vote is with Gary. Always has been, always will be.

Also, R.I.P. Gene Wilde. And may a choir of Oompa Loompas sing thee to thy rest.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Blame EpiPen On The FDA, Not The Free Market

Mylan, the company that produces EpiPens, was allowed to get away with price gouging because it had cornered a monopoly on the product thanks to the FDA blocking any potential competitors. Only after receiving public backlash from consumers did the company finally reduce its insane prices. In other words, big government created the problem, and the free market solved it.

(Side Note: Mylan is a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, and it's CEO is the daughter of a Democratic Senator. So don't blame this on Republicans, you libtards!)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Guess Those Ponies

For this Fan Art Friday, I’ve decided to play a guessing game with you all. I’ve collected the following fan art of various characters from different media as ponies.  I want you all to guess who they are and where they're from. Whoever can guess all five wins free cake. (Disclaimer: The cake is a lie!) So name. Those. Ponies.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Penn & Teller on Vaccines

Recently, for my Statist and Anarchist series, I created a comic on anti-vaxxers, which managed to draw the ire of several anti-vaxxers who insisted that vaccines were "teh ebil." The whole debacle reminded me of the Penn Teller: BS episode on vaccinations. Sadly, that episode is no longer on YouTube, but what is on there is their epic opening skit to that episode:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Can't Trust Hillary With Nukes

Hillary Clinton claims that Trump can't be trusted "with nuclear weapons." (And she might have a point!) Her leaked e-mails also reveal that she conspired with NATO to invade Libya and overthrow Gaddafi because his gold-based currency posed an economic threat to the Euro. But that's none of my business.

Monday, August 22, 2016

5 Reasons We Love Steven Universe

Having recently reached its 100th episode, Steven Universe has quickly become one of the most popular animated series on Cartoon Network, second only to Adventure Time. Not only has the show garnered a broad and active fanbase, but has received critically acclamation, including being nominated for Emmy and Annie Awards. But is this show about a young boy and his three space rock moms really something that the people of this world can believe in, or is this show doomed to fizzle and burn like Greg Universe's rock career? Here are five reasons why we love Steven Universe:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Disney Sunday: Search For The Worst Not-Disney Movies

For my first Disney Sunday in a long while, I won't be focusing on any Disney movie, per say, as much as I will be on movies that try to be like Disney but fail. No, I'm not talking about Illumination Entertainment or Blue Sky Studios. I'm talking about "mockbusters."

For the life of me, I don't know why the "mockbuster" industry is even a thing, or at least still a thing. I know that back in the day of VHS, before the internet was commonplace, it would have been easy for someone to mistake a fake movie for the real deal. But now? It's quite easy to determine that an obviously fake movie is fake.

So I don't get it. Why are these movies still being made? How are they being distributed on streaming services? How are they even being distributed period without evoking lawsuits from Disney?

None of those questions are going to be answered today. Instead, we have one brave soul, I Hate Everything, reviewing--not one, not two, not three, but eight, count them--eight fake Disney movies, from NOT Frozen to NOT Tangled, in one epic review:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Wisecrack

If you’re like me, when you attended college, you probably took one class of Philosophy 101, during which you attended lectures where the professor explained what was already in the textbook, making you feel more “euphoric” and “enlightened” than everyone else before you eventually forgot everything you learned over summer break.

Let’s face it, philosophy, like algebra, has no real practical application outside the classroom for the Average Joe. It’s one of those studies that’s more “useful” when used by hoity-toity, artsy-fartsy hipsters to over-analyze the arts and literature. And let’s face it: in our less-than-sophisticated culture, most of us don’t visit art galleries or pick up a book that isn’t a New York Times bestseller.

However, we do watch movies and television shows and play video games, all of which are art. So wouldn’t it be cool if we were able to apply philosophy to the arts that we actually enjoyed as a culture? Wouldn't it be great to feel more "enlightened" for watching a big summer blockbuster, binge-watching Netflix, or gaining an achievement on Xbox Live? Fortunately, there’s one YouTube channel that allows us to do exactly that: Wisecrack.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Gawker's End Of An Error

"Joy to the world, Gawker is dead. Let's barbecue it's head (of staff). What happened to it's body? We flushed it down the potty. And around and around it goes. And around and around it goes. And around, and around, and around it goes!"

After having their pants sued off by an all-star tag team of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan (both of whom had been wronged by the media company), Gawker Media has declared that it will be ending operations next week. That's the good news. The bad news is that its satellite outlets such as Jezebel and Kotaku will continue under new management. Sigh.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: What A Nicktoons Movie Could Look Like

Nickelodeon announced earlier this year, much to the excitement of 90s kids everywhere, that it was planning a Nicktoons crossover movie.

As the movie is still in the conceptual stages, it's still anyone's guess what such a crossover would look like. However, Toons These Days seems to have imagined one possibility:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sorry, Milwaukee Police Shooting Was Justified

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I’m against police brutality. So vocal am I against it that many of my more “conservative” followers believe that I “hate” cops. I don’t. I hate bad cops that are trigger happy, especially against unarmed citizens. The cops in Milwaukee weren’t gun happy, and the person they shot certainly wasn’t unarmed.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Geeky Glasses TV

Have you ever had one of those conversations where you’re trying to convince your friends to check out a show you like, but you can’t think of any reasons why it’s good other than, well, you like it? Then perhaps Geeky Glasses TV can help you out.

Unfit To Be President?

Obama has killed more Muslims and deported more Mexicans than had the last guy. So remind me again why Democrats think Trump is "unfit to be president" while Obama is the best in their book?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

You’re Not A Real Libertarian, Jason Lewis!

Already, I can hear people crying “No true Scotsman!” Here’s the thing: like with any logical fallacy, the No True Scotsman fallacy has its exceptions. Yes, it would be fallacious to state that “no true Scotsman” puts sugar in their porridge, but it wouldn’t be so fallacious to insist that someone born in South Africa without any Scottish heritage is “no true Scotsman.”

If someone claims to be part of a group, yet actively works against the interests or goals of that group, then it’s safe to assume that that person was never a “true” member of that group. If someone claims to be a vegetarian animal rights activist, yet they wear fur coats and eat barbecue, then, yes, it’s quite accurate to say they’re not a true vegetarian who cares about animal rights.

Here’s another example: Jason Lewis.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

5 Reasons We Love Zootopia

Zootopia quickly became the surprise animated hit of 2016. What was supposed to be Disney's B-movie to its A-movie later this year, Moana, managed to become an animated blockbuster in its own right. Earning more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide, this movie broke box office record after record, becoming the second highest grossing original film of the year and fourth highest grossing animated movie of all time. But was this buddy cop movie (or rather, "bunny cop" movie) truly deserving of this level of success, or was its box office hit merely due to it being the only animated movie in March? Here are five reasons why we truly love Zootopia:

Monday, August 8, 2016

Gary Johnson Worse Than Trump? LOL! Nope!

Let’s set the record straight: Donald Trump is a reprehensible human being and by far the worst choice for a presidential candidate second only to Hillary Clinton. He wants to ban an entire race of people based on their religion. He wants to target the family members of terrorists. He wants to target religious institutions and shut them down. He wants to shut down the internet. He has no qualms about torture or mass surveillance or even nuclear weapons. For f***'s sake! The man's being endorsed by the KKK and American Nazi Party! And that’s merely the smegma on top of the s***-infested cock bucket that is Donald J. Trump.

Even if you disagree with Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party, there is no f***ing comparison between him and Trump. None. Claiming that he’s worse than Trump is like claiming that a plastic toy knife from a Playskool kitchen playset is sharper than a samurai sword. It’s a comparison so transparently ludicrous that no rebuttal other than a head shake and polite "no" seems necessary.

And yet blogger Benjamin Studebaker will have you believe that not only are the two equally bad, but that Gary Johnson is worse than Donald Trump, calling him “the most reactionary and right wing candidate in the race.” (I’ll wait until you stop laughing and pick yourself off of the floor.)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

DC Fans Want Rotten Tomatoes Shut Down

Man of Steel was a flop. Batman vs. Superman was a flop. So is it a real surprise to any one that the new Suicide Squad is a flop?

Apparently, it's very well a surprise to DC loyalists. They're so butthurt that their comic book movies are getting bad reviews, that they think it's a giant conspiracy by Marvel to make DC look bad--as opposed to the simple Occam's Razor explanation that the movies are getting bad reviews because they're, well, bad.

These poor DC fanboys are so buttmad over these bad reviews that they've created an on-line petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes--and it's gained more than 7,000 signatures:

Friday, August 5, 2016

SU Recap: Summer of Steven (Week 2)

Well, it looks like Steven is continuing to harvest his new powers, from mind-swapping with other human characters to entering their dreams during their sleep. Obviously, such powers are being developed for a reason and purpose, and we can expect such a reason to be revealed in future episodes, perhaps even later during this Summer of Steven.

Until then, here’s a look at the episodes for the second week of Summer of Steven:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

SU Recap: Summer Of Steven (Week 1)

After several Steven Bombs focused on the potential annihilation of Earth at the many hands of a giant multi-colored Cloverfield monster, it’s nice to have a break during this "Summer of Steven" with several episodes focused on Steven helping out the Beach City denizens with their daily mishaps.

Here’s a look at the episodes for the first week of the Summer of Steven:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SU Recap: In Too Deep

You know, for an event called "In Too Deep", the very first two episodes only seemed to be really "deep." The rest are filler. Fun filler, to be sure, but still filler. Well, whether we're watching Lapis and Peridot act out the Odd Couple, or seeing the Crystal Gems play baseball against a team of Rubies, there's no doubt that these episodes were at least fun to watch.

Anyway, here's a quick recap of the remaining three episodes of the "In Too Deep" event. For the first two episodes, I have individual full recaps of both "Super Watermelon Island" and "Gem Drill."

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Check Me Out On Buzzfeed and Medium

I recently created profiles on both Buzzfeed and Medium. Go ahead and check them out, and subscribe to me if you're on either platform. Right now, I have my "Top 5 Reasons We Love Frozen" article re-posted on both of them, so go ahead and check it out, either on Buzzfeed or Medium, and be sure to share them.

SU Recap: Gem Drill

One of the things that I appreciate about this series is how a lot of the conflict is settled through non-aggression rather than violence. Obviously, the Crystal Gems aren't afraid to pull a few punches, and they've managed to pummel quite a many foe. And yet many times, the day is saved, not through violence, but rather non-violent means. One notable example was their showdown with Lapis in the first two-parter. And we see yet another example here with the Cluster.

In most other series, the Cluster would have been the big baddie that was defeated though an epic boss fight. Here, though, in Steven Universe, where feelings are seen as a strength rather than a weakness, we have the main character doing something completely unthinkable: actually talk to the antagonist and hear him (or rather, them) out. The result is conflict resolution that ends well for both parties. Such a commitment to the non-aggression principle makes me proud to watch the show as a libertarian.

Anyway. For more of my thoughts, check out the following frame-by-frame recap below:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Steven Universe Recaps Schedule

Now that I ended my blog's hiatus, I'm going to restart posting Steven Universe episode recaps. The problem is that Cartoon Network has since launched its Summer of Steven event, airing new episodes on a nightly basis.

As such, there are too many episodes for me to write full individual recaps on. Instead, for this special event, I'll be offering weekly compilations for each week, with brief thoughts on each individual episode.

I'll start this week by posting a full recap of the "Gem Drill" episode, followed by a compilation of the "In Too Deep" event, followed by compilations of each past week during the Summer of Steven.

Here's my post schedule:

Tues: "Gem Drill"
Wed: "In Too Deep" event
Thurs: "Summer of Steven" (Week 1)
Fri: "Summer of Steven" (Week 2)
Sat: "Summer of Steven" (Week 3)

5 Reasons We Love Frozen

Frozen remains one of the most popular animated films in recent history. Even three years after its initial theatrical release, the film remains unrivaled as the top-grossing animated movie and best-selling Blu Ray of all time. Having recently spawned two attractions (a show and ride) in Disney Parks as of this summer, and with a planned sequel on the horizon, Frozen is driving a hype train that Disney hasn’t ridden since Lion King. But is this hype simply the hype of a one-hit wonder, or does Frozen truly deserve to be considered a Disney masterpiece? For any doubters out there, here are five reasons we can’t seem to “Let it Go” when it comes to Frozen: