Nuggets of Wisdom

Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Steps To (Really) Make America Great Again And Defeat ISIS

You’re a proud American. You love America. You think it’s the greatest country on Earth. That’s why you voted for Donald Trump. You want him to Make America Great Again. You want him to bring back American jobs. And you especially want him to kick ISIS in the taint.

So you were probably singing “Proud to be an American” when you saw him drop the “Mother of all Bombs” right onto ISIS’s front doorstep and send those terrorists straight up to their 72 virgins. Finally, you get to see a president get “tough” on foreign policy.

But hold on there! What if I told you there was a better way to defeat ISIS that didn’t involve launching a single missile, the cost of which exceeds what most people make in a lifetime? What if there was a way to not only defeat ISIS, but also create American jobs and produce more energy?

Well, my fellow Americans, there is such a way, and it doesn’t involve dropping a single bomb. Here’s five steps towards defeating ISIS and Making America Great Again:

Friday, April 21, 2017

NES Classic Discontinued, SNES Classic Rumored

Nintendo recently discontinued its insanely popular NES Classic console, in a move considered insanely stupid by most game critics.

I'm not really bothered by this. I was never too interested in purchasing the console, mostly because I never grew up on the original Nintendo.

However, I did grow up on the Super Nintendo. So I would be more than interested in a SNES Classic, which is rumored to be released later this year.

Now that I would buy! As long as it has both Super Mario World games, all three Donkey Kong Country games, and Super-Mario All Stars, I'll more than gladly be like...

Fan Art Friday: Now At Last I've Seen The Light

Disney Channel recently released its newest original animated series based on Tangled. I think it'! Not the best cartoon ever, but okay nonetheless. If anything, it makes me more excited for the Big Hero 6 series coming out later this year. Anyway, here's some awesome fan art based on the movie.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Arthur Explains Asperger’s

With April being Autism Awareness Month, and in light of less-than-happy recent events, I’d thought I’d dedicated this week’s Throwback Thursday to something Autism-related.

Earlier this month, Sesame Street introduced children to autism with its newest puppet, Julia. However, Sesame Street was not the first PBS to discuss the subject matter. That honor goes to another great PBS Kids show, Arthur.

Several years prior, Arthur released an episode that also explained Autism—specifically Asperger’s Syndrome—by introducing an Autistic character, and also through a very fitting and creative metaphor:

10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Arrested

The young boy you see being arrested above is John Benjamin Haygood. He’s a ten-year-old student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida. And as you can tell from his behavior, he’s also diagnosed with Autism.

Now you’re probably wondering why this boy was being dragged away in handcuffs, despite the protests from both him and his mother. What did he do to warrant such manhandling by the cops?

He was throwing paper balls in class.

I wish I were making that up:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Senpai Noticed Me!

I’m sure you all remember my Power Rangers parody comic? The one with various YouTube libertarian personalities? Turns out a few of them noticed it. Namely Seamus Coughlin (FreedomToons) and Julie Borowski. Both of them liked and re-tweeted it on Twitter. Seamus even made a few good comments. Now that really made my day :D

Star Wars Triggers Whiny Man Babies

As a rule of thumb, if you’re offended by something in a movie, show, or video game, chances are you’re a privileged special snowflake with no real problems in your life outside of first world problems.

This rule, of course, applies to feminist SJWs, but it also applies to the opposite side of the spectrum to anti-feminist anti-SJWs, especially those triggered by non-issues such as Tracer being gay, or, as of recently, by the main lead to a Star Wars game being a black woman.

Yes, apparently, the main lead for Star Wars: Battlefront II being anyone other than a cis-hetero white male triggered many an entitled Star Wars fan with the Dark Side of The Force, and the impotent rage is as hilarious as you'd imagine. Here's just a small sample:

Monday, April 17, 2017

VGM Monday: Lost Woods (Saria’s Song)

The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from Ocarina of Time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why You Should Never Punch Nazis

There was a clash yesterday in Berkeley between small-dicked pricks and dickless pussies—er, I mean Trump supporters and Antifa! It ended up as badly (and hilariously!) as you’d imagine. If you want more details, I’d recommend watching the videos about it by Mister Metokur and Lauren Southern.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the whole ordeal was the very reason why the concept of “punching Nazis” is a bad idea: Nazis punch back—hard!

North Korea In A Nutshell

Considering how big of a bullet we managed to dodge this weekend due to North Korea's incompetence (or rather, "impotence"!), this cartoon best exemplifies the current situation:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jesus Christ Was Politically Incorrect

The Pharisees were largely considered to be the political establishment of Jesus’ day. They were moral busybodies who considered themselves to be “decent human beings” and who insisted that everyone else uphold their arbitrary moral standards, judging people who fell short of those standards while failing to live up to those same standards themselves. As such, Jesus regularly called them out on their hypocrisies and double standards, often using the most “politically incorrect” rhetoric.

So, chances are, if Jesus Christ were around today, feminist social justice warriors (or rather, “anti-social injustice degenerates) would not be claiming him as their own. They would be too triggered by his political incorrectness and micro-aggressions, and they would berate him for his "cis-gendered straight white male privilege." How do I know this? Because that’s exactly how they’re treating another Jew who’s preaching love and forgiveness, Bernie Sanders!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Duck And Cover

Considering how close we are to a potential nuclear war against North Korea, this classic Cold War instructional film seems to have relevant advice for us today even 66 years later:

TL;DW: Stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Anti-Vaxxers Attack Sesame Street

Sesame Street recently introduced to their cast of colorful puppets a new character, Julia, the first Muppet character with autism. Aside from being used to introduced children to the concept of autism, Julia is also being used to teach children how to best interact with their autistic peers in spite of their differences.

As someone who is on the autistic spectrum myself, I really appreciate the show introducing this character, not only as a matter of representation, but also as a way to teach children about autism and how to get along with people on the spectrum.

Of course, you don’t have to be autistic yourself to appreciate this new character. You simply have to be a decent human being. Sadly, as the world has proven far too many times, especially under our current president, there is a vast shortage of decent human beings in the world.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

No, United Airlines Didn’t Have To Use Violence

I’m sure most of you have already heard about the United Airlines fiasco. Long story short: United Airlines overbooked a flight. They had to kick off passengers. One passenger refused to leave his seat. UA sick the police on him. He got beaten black and blue, and he was escorted off on a stretcher.

The situation itself was horrific enough, but even more sickening have been the countless sycophants coming to UA’s defense by blaming the passenger for refusing to give up his seat.

Even more infuriating have been how otherwise respectable libertarians like Julie Borowski have decided to blame the victim:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump Supporter Tears Taste So Tantalizing

The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency haven't been worth boasting for Trump supporters. His inauguration attendance was less than lackluster. His healthcare “reform” threatened to repeal parts they liked about Obamacare. His immigration policies are deporting their families. His border wall is tearing apart their properties. His travel ban was denied, not once, but twice. And his approval ratings are dropping faster and lower every passing second. Now the most recent smegma topping on this smoldering crap cake of a presidency has to be his airstrikes against Syria.

Fan Art Friday: Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! Rick and Morty are back, bee-yotches! Y’all catch the Season 3 premiere last week? Are y’all hungering for some McDonald's Mulan Schezuan Sauce? Y’all ready to get schwifty? Well, y’all will have to wait later this summer for new episodes. For now, let’s ask Mr. Meeseeks to show us some Rick and Morty fan art for this week’s Fan Art Friday. Can do!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trump’s A Non-Interventionist? LOL! No.

He just launched more than 50 missiles on a Syrian airfield in response to an alleged chemical attack.

But do tell me how he wouldn’t have started WWIII, oh fellow “libertarians” who voted for him, believing that he was better on foreign policy than Hillary.

I’d hate to tell you all that supporting the man as the better “libertarian” option was f***ing stupid, but…

Throwback Thursday: McNugga Lubba Dub Dub

I’m sure most of you saw the Season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty last Saturday. And I’m sure most of you are aware of the obscure nostalgic throwback made during that episode—a throwback concerning a popular restaurant franchise, a throwback to something that had long been forgotten, but has only recently resurrected into the mainstream consciousness thanks to the shameless corporate plug made by Dan Hamon and Justin Roiland.

That’s right! I’m talking about Shoney’s!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Your Personal Info Was Always For Sale

Recently, Donald Trump signed a Congress-approved bill that would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell your personal data such as your web browsing history.

Previously, ISPs at least had to extend the common courtesy of obtaining your permission before sharing such data; but now they’ve been granted free reign to sell your data to the highest bidder without even your knowledge.

The scariest thing about all this? Your personal internet data has always been for sale!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Stop Radical Islam! Fund NASA!

Before you ask, yes, this is a true story. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) does want to create a space colony on Mars as soon as 2117 (though not because they want to make Islam the official religion of the planet). Wouldn’t it be rather sad if the only reason we Americans manage to pull off the first manned Mars mission is because Republicans didn’t want Muslims to be the first people to reach the planet? Then again, the only reason why we Americans were the first to land on the moon was because we wanted to beat the Ruskies there. Chance are our next “space race” will be driven by the War on Terror. (Though if anything, Elon Musk will ultimately be the one to take humanity to Mars!)

Monday, April 3, 2017

VGM Monday: Tal Tal Heights

The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from Link's Awakening.

Spinach Leaves Turned Into Heart Tissue

Both parents and Popeye have been telling children that spinach is good for their muscles, and no muscle is more important than the heart.

Now scientists have discovered that spinach is good for the heart, not only because spinach provides iron and other nutrients, but also because spinach leaves can be used to replicate human heart cells.

That's what researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute discovered after transforming a spinach leaf into an artificial beating human heart:

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Shameless Plug Saturday: Julie’s Greenroom

This is certainly a first for Shameless Plug Saturday. Normally, I showcase a YouTube channel, website, or DA profile. This is the first time I’m showcasing a television show—specifically on Netflix. To its credit, it’s an excellent Netflix series! (Then again, what Netflix series isn't excellent?)

I’m sure most of you are concerned about the future of the arts since arts funding is on the federal chopping block—or at least you would be concerned if you weren’t smart enough to realize that overall NEA funding makes up only a fraction of a percent of the overall federal budget, that both Kickstarter and Patreon do more to fund individual artists than does the NEA, and that the free market does an overall better job of promoting the arts. Perhaps the most recent example of the free market shining in this department is with the newest Netflix original series, Julie’s Greenroom.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Go! Go! Power Rangers!

Go! Go! Power Rangers! Hard to believe that this franchise has not only survived for more than 20 years, but has also spawned a live-action movie. (You know, aside from the original live-action movie!) But then again, it's easy to see the appeal of this show. So to celebrate the release of the recent live-action theatrical reboot, this week's Fan Art Friday is showcasing Power Rangers fan art--those Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers fan art!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Space X Launches First Recycled Rocket

Space X has been launching rockets for a long time. So saying that they launched yet another rocket isn’t big news. However, what is big news is that they've launched the first ever recycled rocket:

Throwback Thursday: Muppets Sing Lonely Goatherd

Julie Andrews partnered with the Henson Company to produce and star in her own children’s show on Netflix, Julie’s Greenroom, which teaches preschoolers about the performing arts through puppets, songs, and celebrity cameos. Of course, this isn’t the first time Ms. Andrews starred in something Henson-related.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

VGM Monday: Dark World Theme

The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from A Link To The Past.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

So Much BS, Yet So Little To Say

I don’t know what’s worse: that there’s so much bulls*** happening in the world right now, or that there’s very little for me to say?

Because while there’s plenty of things for me to potentially blog about, I’m finding it extremely difficult to actually blog about them without repeating myself or others.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Tale As Old As Time

Beauty and the Beast truly is a tale as old as time, which is why it's told time and again, both in animated and live-action. With the recent release of Disney's live-action version, I'd like to celebrate this classic with this week's Fan Art Friday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Power Rangers Review

With the new Power Rangers movie being released tomorrow, I'd figure that I'd share something Power Rangers related for this week's Throwback Thursday. And what could be more nostalgic than the very first Nostalgia Critic review of the very first Power Rangers movie?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Top 5 Disney Movies That Need Live-Action Remakes

Once upon a time, I rolled my eyes at Disney re-making its classic animated movies as live-action films. At first, these “remakes” appeared to be the same thing as the made-for-DVD sequels: needless cash grabs created for the sole purpose of milking the company’s cash cows for all they were worth.

To be fair, neither Alice in Wonderland nor Maleficent proved me wrong in that aspect. However, since then, the Cinderella and Jungle Book remakes have made me reconsider my initial opinion, as these remakes proved that they had the potential of taking the original material, offering a different and fresh perspective, and even fixing and improving many flaws.

With the recent release of the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, I’d like to share my top five picks for classic Disney movies that deserve their own live-action remakes:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite

As always, amidst all the noise about Donald Trump and his incompetent administration, there's some good news about Elon Musk and his sheer awesomeness. This time, SpaceX has successfully launched a commercial satellite into orbit.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Back To The Past, Samurai Jack!


Gotta get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack! Well, now the animated series is finally back on Adult Swim and ready to reach the big conclusion it was supposed to have reached long ago. It's awesome to see this series back, as well as see a renewed interest in fan material, some of which I'll showcase for this week's entry:

MLP:FiM Season 7 Teaser

The newest teaser for MLP:FiM Season 7 (set to premiere on April 15) was released, and--well--tell me if this setup doesn't look familiar:

Trump Budget Bloats Already Overbloated Military

Donald Trump's first budget outline has been made public, and it's exactly what I expected: cuts to minuscule spending sources such as science and arts while increased spending to our already over-bloated military industrial complex:
$639 billion in total defense spending, including both base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations (the war budget) — a $52 billion increase.

Increases of 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs. That includes funding for a border wall, $1.5 billion more to remove undocumented immigrants, $314 million to hire more Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and a $667 million reduction in grants to state and local governments, including FEMA grants.
Yeah, any "fiscal conservative" who voted for this guy because they sincerely thought he was going to tackle "big government" and "wasteful spending"—well, I'd say that they should be feeling like suckers by now, but let's be honest: if they were too stupid to vote for him, they're too stupid to notice the cognitive dissonance of their expectations and his actions.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump Officially Worse Than Obama With Drones

The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he’s making former president Barack Obama look better in comparison, especially when it comes to drones.

Throwback Thursday: Hamtaro

Any-ham else remember watching this show? Any-ham?! Even with Cartoon Network airing its Dragonballs and Sailor Moons and Gundams back in the glory days of Toonami, it was rather refreshing to watch an anime that was something other than an action-adventure thriller. Of course, even cute little hamsters can have big adventures! :D

Monday, March 13, 2017

How FFVII Cross Dressing Helped A Trans Person Cope

Whenever I discuss feminism and social justice mixing with video games, I’m usually not discussing anything good. Usually, I’m sharing yet another example of a hyper-sensitive Tumblr SJW taking something in a video game way too seriously. Thankfully, this is one of the rare exceptions where the two polar opposites actually mix well together and produce something positive.

VGM Monday: Temple/Great Palace

The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from Zelda II: Adventure of Link.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Disney Sunday: Is Moana A Terrible Movie?

The obvious answer is no, no it isn’t. Moana is a great movie—not as great as Zootopia, but still a great movie nonetheless. However, it’s quite refreshing to hear a contrary opinion now and then.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Moana Madness (Part Deux)

Moana may not have been able to see "how far she'll go!" when it comes to the Oscars, but as least she went far enough to make it to DVD and Blu-Ray. Her movie may not be as great as Zootopia, but it's still a great Disney movie nonetheless. It's also a great movie with even greater fan art, as showcased for today's Fan Art Friday:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: I'm A Goofy Goober

Earlier this week was March 7. You know what that means? It was the grand opening of the Krusty Krab 2. Or at least it was 12 years ago when The Spongebob Squarepants Movie came out.

Yeah, how uncanny is it that the Spongebob movie is more than a decade old? Or that the cartoon series itself is nearly two decades old?! And it's clearly seen better days!

I'll admit it: if Spongebob had ended with the movie, I would have been satisfied--slightly disheartened, but satisfied. Better than feeling ashamed that the series continues to linger on despite having experienced seasonal rot years ago.

The movie was clearly supposed to be the big sendoff for the series, and the overall production value clearly showed. I mean, remember the Goofy Goober music video?

Monday, March 6, 2017

VGM Monday: Legend of Zelda Overworld

This weekend saw the release of the newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m going to be dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda. For the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting music from the Zelda franchise, starting from the older games onward.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Disney Sunday: LeFou Is Gay

Originally, for this week’s post, I was going to share the two videos by Nostalgia Critic and Lindsay Ellis discussing how Disney villains have changed, but it seems that there are more pressing matters at hand that need to be addressed.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is right around the corner. To ramp up the hype for the movie, Disney has made a big announcement concerning one of its characters—namely, that one of them is now canonically gay. That character is Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Shameless Plug Saturday: Red Panels

Earlier this week, the creator of Red Panels announced that he was ending his webcomic after having published 370 comic strips. I’ve always wanted to feature the comic on Shameless Plug Saturday, so I felt now more than ever would be the most opportune time to do so.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fan Art Friday: She's From Another Dimension (Part Deux)

The Star Vs. The Forces of Evil season two finale was earlier this week, and, well, boy was it something. For an episode called "Star Crushed!", it sure did crush a lot of Star fans. LOL!

Anyway, in an effort to make SVTFOE fans feel better after that "star crushing" episode, here's a showcase of some SVTFOWE fan art.

Space X Taking Us Closer To Infinity And Beyond

I don’t want my blog to be nothing but posts about bad news or Donald Trump (but I repeat myself!), so here’s a post about some good news. And about science, no less!

This Is The Future We All Want

NOTE: This is an edit of a previous macro set that has been edited to coincide with the “this is the future that liberals want” meme.

In the future of Nineteen Eighty-Four, society is dominated by an authoritarian state that oppresses the population into submission by controlling their actions and thoughts through brute force, mass surveillance, and crude propaganda. This is the future as created by Republicans.

In the future of Brave New World, society is controlled by a “benevolent dictatorship” that pacifies the population into submission by granting their every need and ensuring their utmost happiness through trivial distractions such as drugs, sex, and entertainment. This is the future as created by Democrats.

In the future of Tomorrowland, society allows its best and brightest minds to exercise their creativity and ingenuity without boundaries or restrictions, allowing them to create technological and cultural innovations that benefit the population at large. This is the future as created by Libertarians.

Which future would you prefer to live in? The future is what you make of it. So choose your future, and choose wisely. (But in all seriousness, go with the libertarian future. It has jetpacks and flying trains!)