Pro choice, my arseA short list of "choices" liberals disapprove of:Pro choice, my arse1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Owning a firearm, particularly a semiautomatic or fully automatic.Going to or assisting a pregnancy centerRefusing to give money to fund birth control that goes to more than just women who get sick on their periodProtesting abortion http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-youth-arrested-outside-school-and-held-in-jail-for-24-hoursUsing a cross or star of David where it's applicableHomeschooling your childrenRefusing to endorse, or otherwise get involved in a gay marriage, even if you're willing to refer the couple to someone who is.
Teaching children to abstain until marriage, or otherwise promoting a traditional lifestyleOpting out of ObamacareRefusing to pay income tax even though the 16th amendment has no good reason to existGoing to a therapist to change your sexual orientation or gender identity http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/30/sexual-reorientation-therapy-not-unethical-column/2601159/ http://www.frontpagemag.com/
Hasbro's Damage ControlYup, this is my journal entry on the season finale of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.Hasbro's Damage Control2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the interests of avoiding spoilers or perhaps having your feelings hurt (as I am not entirely positive in my appraisal of this episode) please do not read further if you'd prefer not to.
I've seen a LOT of positive reviews, enjoyment, and happiness this episode inspired and I do not begrudge that for anyone. I'm a critic by nature so I'm bound to be critical, but I love the show still and even if I get uppity I did think this episode was fun in many ways. Please keep enjoying
Now in the past MLP grabbed me by how it broke the mold.
The general rule of thumb for animated marketing ploys is be as safe as possible, and out of the gate this new reiteration of MLP under the helm of Lauren Faust did some extremely daring things. For one thing the main character was not a happy-go-lucky individual: she was closeted, irritable know-it-all with marked disdain for others. In other words she seemed out
Political Journal: Anti-Bullying BulliesWARNING: Political opinions and positions lie herein! I'm just hoping to stimulate conversations if I can though.Political Journal: Anti-Bullying Bullies3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I do not honestly begin this with the intention of telling people what to think or state emphatically that my positions are unassailable. All I want to do is make mention of my understanding and support that with evidence.
If I veer from the rails correct me and I'll attempt to readjust.
If you dispute any points too, PLEASE state them below!
I want to talk about it.
Just to make it clear though, some of these positions will be objective.
Dan Savage (the man who shares the unfortunate distinction of being the chief editor of a local Seattle publication called The Stranger) recently gave a speech at a high school as part of his anti-gay-bullying series It Gets Better. In addition to encouraging homosexuals on their lifestyles he made a point of calling out what he saw as Christian hypocrisy...or to put it in his own words 'Bullshit'.
To paraphrase, he brought up the point th
Am I Racist?Before anything, I would like to clarify: I'm Scandinavian; born with blue eyes, blond hair and light skin. Not that pretty, but relatively tall, just the type Hitler would have liked. I was raised in a lovely neighbourhood with the unfortunate tag 'ghetto' (no, not 'American ghetto', nor the ghetto type from WWII), where about 40% of the people I met on a daily basis were either from other countries or children of those – mostly from central Europe to the Middle East, but we also have quite many Vietnamese. It has never bothered me; thanks to that place and those people, that exact upbringing by my parents who welcomed any child I brought home into our house, I have never once thought of another person to be less than me based on skin color or nationality. The only ones I truly have problems with are religious and/or political fanatics who shove their beliefs down my throat, or the 'ungrateful type' (more about that later), but in general I respect and accept everyone who respecAm I Racist?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
God Bless America: Ugly and BrainlessANGRY MOVIE RANT INBOUNDGod Bless America: Ugly and Brainless3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Bobcat Goldthwait is only marginally (and undeservedly even then) famous for passing off his own complaints about humanity as art movies with such films as Shakes the Clown introducing the novel concept of a movie about a foul-mouthed, alcoholic birthday clown who bounces around groups of other sneering entertainers. It will surprise no one that this movie is a 'parody' of Goldthwait's own experiences as a stand up entertainer so even in the beginning he was creating effigies of his enemies to destroy them with his violent, profanity laced movies.
His recent film God Bless America has fallen beneath the collective radar, at least I hope so, but I'm bringing it up here because it's insulting on every level imaginable. If the movie had simply been insulting to a political party then it would have been irritating and not much else. I'm frankly used to almost every film released nowadays making some kind of unsubtle political jab at the same opponents over and over
You might be a feminazi if:1. You insist that teaching men to not rape (which we already do) is sufficient to eliminate the nonexistent "rape culture", and yet you cringe at the idea of teaching children to abstain until they can handle children, insisting that children are too stupid do control themselves, while potential rapists aren't.You might be a feminazi if:1 year ago in Personal More Like This
2. You insist that birth control and abortion is none of their business, and yet you insist you get their tax money involved in it.
3. You don't realize that hardly anyone wants to ban birth control, they just don't want to pay for it.
4. You ignore the problems that women face in third world countries. Bonus points if you compare them to your own like some spoiled brat.
5. You are completely unaware of Planned Parenthood's racist past, and their connections with the KKK, which they have never apologized for. You also ignore or excuse bad behavior from abortion clinics.
6. You insist that men should have no say in abortion or birt
Stop Dumbing Down Movie Trailers!A lot of people seem to believe that all Americans want to see in movies is violence, explosions, and sex. Seeing as a lot of Americans believe that's all Americans want to see you can't really blame other countries (or other Americans) on accepting this stereotype as without exception.Stop Dumbing Down Movie Trailers!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But here's the thing...it's not true.
Americans that I know of, and this is supported by box office numbers, are looking for more.
Sure practically everyone across genders and nationalities enjoys a little high tension conflict be it verbal or physical because we like the escapism of romantic adventure and danger.
But if all we're looking for is blood, guts, and guns...why are movies doing so poorly?
Even financially successful movies are pulling in paltry sums compared to the juggernauts of yesteryear. The interest in cinema hasn't died but it's flickering, especially in America, no matter how many pretty actors are running around or how many bullets are flying.
Which leads me to the poster boy of this
Words That Shall Not Be SpokenI wonder why people tend to think that if something has a specific meaning in their society/culture/language, it has the same meaning everywhere, when it has already been proven over and over that this is not the case, far from.Words That Shall Not Be Spoken2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What I'm referring to here, is a recent discussion on LJ's ONTD-politics - in short, it's about how this person wants to reword old books, because words like 'neger' appear, and they fear children might turn racist from reading them, or something like that. As for that matter, censoring books (especially older books that hold a cultural importance - such as, but not limited to, Lindgren's Pippi) just because the language has changed and words might have gotten new meanings, I don't think that's right. Why should we change and ignore something that reflects part of our society's history, just because an 'outsider' with little to no knowledge or insight feels offended by mere word use? Should we abandon part of our culture and become overly political correct, by
Bring Back (Some) 80s/90s!The 80s and early 90s seem to have be for me like ancient Greece to the Romans:Bring Back (Some) 80s/90s!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
a mystic historical time perhaps that never existed but when art, culture, and life was better, more real and meaningful for all its faults.
I keep hearing people rag on these times, especially it's entertainment and I'm not blind. A lot of the 80s and 90s like any other time period was forgettable and trite nonsense made for a quick buck. But here's the thing to me.
Our modern nonsense is so very BORING.
In the 80s and early 90s the genre movies were things like Arena (man fights aliens in gladiatorial combat) Grimm (troll seeks to resurrect army with ancient ritual) The Lost Platoon (vampires from every period of American warfare team up), Steel Justice (a cop in the future avenges his kid's death with a time traveler and a fifty foot robotic dinosaur) and Abraxas (superior beings from the future, good and bad, struggle for the life of a child who knows The Anti-Life equation).
Nowadays our b-movies are A
Common Myths About HistoryWhen I was growing up I learned the same well-known oft repeated facts about the history of my nation and the world as most people do. I didn't question what I read on the page or what I was told to believe from the front of the class and in all the television shows, movies, video games and modern novels the same ideas of what happened and why persisted.Common Myths About History3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But then I went to college. The same narrative continued oftentimes, but bizarrely my teachers started to disagree with the texts they were assigned. Their own experiences as professional historians led them to different conclusions then the popular perception would have it, and from that moment on I drew in my mind a disconnect between what the curriculum said was true and what actual recorded history revealed.
This disconnect grew stronger the more I began to read and research on my own.
I discovered to my amazement that those moments so fixated in the public consciousness, recreated in so many medias, and repeated by so many as unqu
Bronies are PervertsThat's the opinion of that idiot who wrote the article Triumph of the Bronies: Hasbro Turning My Little Ponies Into Sexy Human Characters. Neigh.Bronies are Perverts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a bit or a background for those of you unfamiliar with bronies. My Little Pony (MLP) is a franchise centered around pony characters that has been around since the 80's. A few years ago, a new generation of MLP was created called "Friendship is Magic" (FIM). This new generation had become fairly popular among older audiences. The male segment of this older generation has been called "Bronies". Equestria Girls is a MLP movie which features the pony characters from FIM as human teenage girls. .
Now, there are parents who are concerned about Equestria Girls and Amanda Marcotte has decided to blame it on the Bronies (who's only crime is being interested in a show with female characters)
She basically spends the latter half of the article saying that Equestria Girls was do
Um...Who Are You Talking To?The world froze over a long time ago. So long ago that I can't remember the warmth of the sun. I heard stories growing up... How the planet grew hotter as our fuel was burned. How we made towers to work the weather. But the truth is... one day... it started to snow. And it never stopped.Um...Who Are You Talking To?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
- Narration from 'The Colony'
So many worlds. But connecting them all is Dust. Dust was here before the witches of the air, the Gyptians of the water, and the bears of the ice. In my world, scholars invented an alethiometer - a golden compass - and it showed them all that was hidden. But the ruling power, fearing any truth but their own, destroyed these devices and forbade the very mention of Dust. One compass remains, however, and only one who can read it.
-Narration from 'The Golden Compass'
Oh yes, I forget to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire Universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fr
5 Cliches That Need To DieI know...I KNOW. I'm just obsessed with nitpicking I suppose. I hope that this is taken in the spirit of fun rather then cynicism. These cliches could easily stand to die, but I don't hate them with a fiery passion. The amuse me more then anything and I'd like to share some of that amusement.5 Cliches That Need To Die3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1: Everybody Loves the New Dictatorship
This never ceases to be hilarious to me. A big evil corporation or totalitarian regime takes power and the first thing they do is outlaw all primary colors, build tons of ugly buildings, hire armies of jack-booted thugs in face concealing helmets to patrol the streets...and apparently people couldn't be happier. Sure they whine about their taskmasters all the time but nobody attempts to rebel in public and said stormtroopers are so dedicated they will chase the hero EVERYWHERE and risk dying in horrible ways just for the honor of missing at them with their guns. In real dictatorships there's plots all the way up to high military officials to topple insane/ex
Liberal/antitheist hypocrisy1. Calls Christianity out for being authoritarianLiberal/antitheist hypocrisy1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A. Supports government run programs like healthcare, supports petty censorship of religious symbols/expression in public, makes excuses for regimes like the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, or the Obama administration.
2. Calls Christian apologetics out for using "insane troll logic" or excuses
A. Makes excuses for broken government programs, administrations, or making excuses for those involved in the Climategate scandal. Merely ignoring the issue is good enough.
3. Calls God "evil" for killing children/women
A. Supports abortion and human euthanasia
4. Demand we pay for another's birth control
A. Insist that abortion and birth control is not our business
5. Call anyone out who claims that legitimatizing homosexuality is a slippery slope
A. insist that free religious expression in a public place is a slippery slope
6. Insist we need to expose children to alternate lifest
How Not to Make Dark AdaptationsCasebook example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9246msCh7x4&feature=g-all-uHow Not to Make Dark Adaptations3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Sort of screams out 'We came up with the title first' doesn't it?
YES. This movie hasn't been released and good movies can come from bad trailers but my problems with this particular attempt at a 'dark' adaptation are so indicative of my difficulties with Hollywood's fumbling efforts to capture some kind of gothic/modern aesthetic that this trailer is practically a living example of everything these guys consistently get wrong.
Am I annoyed by the concept alone? Not really. Adapting a classic and iconic story in a new way is a great way to tackle universal themes without the needless complexity of backstory and exposition. Nolan's Batman trilogy (you knew I'd mention it) displayed how a comic book character can be used as a springboard for moral, political, character based stories.
Am I annoyed that it's an action movie? Not really either. I thought Expendables was a serviceabl
You might be a left wing statist if:1. You believe that big government is good, but big business is evil.You might be a left wing statist if:2 years ago in Personal More Like This
2. You believe that trimming down the size of government is a low priority (or not one at all).
3. You believe that gun control will deter or slow down criminals.
4. You refuse to take anything you have heard at a GOVERNMENT run school with a grain of salt.
5. You believe that minimum wage should be about $20 or so.
6. You believe that pornography, birth control, contraceptives, sex toys, or abortion are among the only things that shouldn't be regulated or banned. Bonus points if you support exposing children to these things under the guise of "sex education".
7. You believe that women should have a choice in murdering their own children, but you believe that criminal scum who have done everything they could to deprive themselves of the right to live shouldn't be executed.
8. You ignore the fact that many involved in "big business" vote or support liberal or democrat policies.
9. You think that Michael Moor
Suggestions to Revitalize Tired FranchisesReboots are all the rage, but like many things in this era they seem to fall victim to extremes on both sides of the spectrum, be it paying mild lip service to the source material and becoming only loosely connected with it (angering fans and confusing non-fans alike) or slavishly following its predecessor to the point that a remake/reboot seems pointless. Games and films are rife with the trend of digging up old franchises to garner some degree of excitement in the community; a promise for a return to the basics that made digital and cinematic entertainment enjoyable in days before. Its a shame that energy and promotion isn't turned towards marketing new ideas and more original franchises, but if there must be reboots and remakes a plenty I felt like offering some suggestions to allow the classic tales of old to shine in a new light. These are designed to add to a legacy long established. Not to trample on the past or echo it completely, but build upon a series with fresh iSuggestions to Revitalize Tired Franchises3 years ago in Personal More Like This
MLP Servicemen: Still Just For Little Girls?Online News article:MLP Servicemen: Still Just For Little Girls?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
'There's a new insignia showing up on the sleeves of a small group of military men, but instead of denoting rank, it advertises their love for a cartoon inspired by the girlish 1980s plastic toy called "My Little Pony."
So-called "Bronies," adult men who are fans of the TV show "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," have apparently been around at least since 2010, when the Hasbro-owned cartoon first aired. Within their ranks are "Military Bronies," service members from all branches of the military who share their love of the show and wear the "cutie mark" - a Rainbow Dash patch on their uniforms, Army Times first reported.
The bond may seem strange for men entrusted with defending their nation, but the Military Bronies' Facebook page has more than 1,500 "likes" and has inspired websites like FOB Equestria, where members proudly display their patches and profess their love for a show aimed at children.
Within the larger group, military Bronies hold a plac
Debating, what not to doWe covered the main meat of debating, this time, we're going to look at some common logical fallacies. These are tactics employed by the dogmatic and people who debate for the wrong reasons. Learn to spot them and make sure you don't commit them yourself for they offer nothing in expanding your understanding.Debating, what not to do3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"X is true but Y is exempt just because"
Special pleading is stating a principle or proposition and then making an exception to it for no reason. Statists are NOTORIOUS for this. Just about every single argument they make, they exempt the government from it and refuse to offer any explanation as to why no matter how much they are pressed.
Why is it wrong: If you can make an exception to a rule whenever you like without having to justify it, then it's not a rule in the first place. You're effectively saying "X is true except when it isn't" which proves nothing.
"Your claim is false because I call you
Why posting on the internet requires gutsI have often heard the phrase "don't like, don't comment". While this may work for a critic who criticizes fan art on the sole basis that he hates the work the fanart is based off of, It doesn't work for anything else.Why posting on the internet requires guts1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If your art can stand improvement, or if the nature of the art is political/religious/controversial, you cannot fall back on the "don't like, don't comment" excuse. Doing so reeks of said person not being able to take criticism, or not being able to stand listening to other people's opinion other than their own. A great example of this is Crusader Cat. He got banned from FA for threatening to sue the administrators. Why? He was upset about all the anti-christian art, and yet he himself was unwilling to remove his own bigoted fundamentalist tracts. On top of that, the admins had no legal obligation to do what Crusader Cat demanded. None.
Another way people try to shut down criticism is by ignoring "fair use" rules. Mea
Sources when debating on the internetIf you debate on the internet, the one thing that will make you look like a massive tool is if you insist that others "google it" to find the "information" to back your claims.Sources when debating on the internet1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Here's an analogy: If you write a paper for school, most of the time, you are expected to provide sources and citations, and include a bibliography. If you don't, you will get a failing grade, and if you're writing a serious study, you will get laughed out of the University. You would look like an even bigger fool if you tell your colleagues off for being "too lazy" to "google" your sources.
While debating on the internet is far less formal, you will look like an absolute fool if you make a claim, someone demands sources, and you refuse to give them. If my bibliography consisted of one sentence that said, "Just google it," that would speak volumes of my laziness. Any moron can demand that others "google" it.
Lessons in Nonviolence from Martin Luther King Jr.I could tell you what I think of MLKJ and his teachings of non-violence, but I'm no scholar, and I don't think there is anyone more suited to talking about Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy about non-violent activism then Martin Luther King Jr. himself:Lessons in Nonviolence from Martin Luther King Jr.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom
By Martin Luther King Jr.
Whole article here: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=1426
Selected quotes from the article:
"I am convinced that for practical as well as moral reasons, nonviolence offers the only road to freedom for my people. Violence as a strategy for social change in America is nonexistent. All the sound and fury seems but the posturing of cowards whose bold talk produces no action and signifies nothing."
"It is always amusing to me when a Negro man says that he can't demonstrate with us because if someone hit him he would fight back. Here is a man whose children are being plagued by rats and roaches, whose wife is robbed daily at overpriced ghetto
Have a Were-y Merry Christmas!This one goes out to all weres, therians, otherkin, furrs and draconics...! And a few aliens... and, uhm, yeah, that guy at the end there.Have a Were-y Merry Christmas!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I tried to find a furry vid for this, but, strange possibilites arose (obama? seriously?)
For the vid/audio link, I choose Bob Hope's Christmas with the Troops (one of many, anyway!)
Have a Were-y Merry Christmas
Let's have a very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year (a happy new year)
Give with love and joy and happiness
And lots of good cheer
I want you to have
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year ( a happy new year)
Filled with love and joy and happiness
And lots of good cheers
Just hear those sleigh bells jing-a-ling
It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride toget
Rip-Offs don't mean Instant AudienceI keep seeing an advertisement for a Comedy Central show and had to make this little entry to discuss it before my eyes fall out of my head from rolling them too much.Rip-Offs don't mean Instant Audience3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's about a fat man of limited intelligence who keeps inadvertently killing people in gruesome and tragic ways played for laughs, his large headed sarcastic companion animal and an ethnic stereotype all bumbling around in a world of random pop culture references, sex, swearing, and events designed to do nothing except stimulate the gag reflex.
No it's not Family Guy. As if we needed two of that show kicking around.
It's a show called Brickleberry and is set in a park, but according to the trailers I've seen on Blip videos and the like it has the same art style, the same 'comedic' delivery, the same sentiment of being of a cartoon that revels in how vile it is.
Ddi I mention art style? Allow me to mention it again.
It looks SO close to Family Guy that Seth McFarlane could almost get away with suing.
Only, and I never tho