Lucien’s First Take: Jurassic World

I’m gonna level with you about something – Jurassic Park was the first movie I saw in theaters.  I fucking love dinosaurs.  I loved that movie.  The first sequel was…bad.  It was a bad movie.  It wasn’t totally actively terrible.  Julianne Moore was trying to do a good performance.  But she had nothing good to work with.  And Ian Malcolm being in the film bugged the shit out of me or a number of reasons.  I’m about to go all book worm on you.  In the first book, Malcolm died.  When asked where Malcolm was, Muldoon just shook his head.  He was clearly dead.  In the second book (which also existed for no reason), he is suddenly alive again!  How the fuck does that work?!  They don’t even address it!  It annoyed me then and it annoys me now.  That was part of the reason that I didn’t like the second film.  The third film comes out, and I felt so sorry for everyone involved.  Sam Neil especially.  He’s a talented actor who has gotten a lot of shit roles.  Not to mention – they took away the awesome factor of the T-Rex!  It’s now a little bitch in this movie.  What the hell?!

Yeah, this franchise has had its fair share of issues.  When I heard about another sequel in the works, I was done.  Especially since the author of the series has sadly passed away a few years back.  To me, this felt like it was dishonoring his creation.  I heard the title, Jurassic World, and that didn’t help.  But my friends kept telling me how cool it was going to be, so I said, “alright, I’ll give it a chance.  If the trailer for the film wows me, I’ll go see it with you.”  It all comes down to the first trailer.  It debuts, and here it is -

Ugh.  Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t like what I see in this movie.  For one – why do they have these brother characters?  They have no point, and clearly are in this just for the fear factor with the kids in danger.  That’s…bullshit.  Weapons-grade bullshit.  Next – this movie looks beyond cliche.  You have some company (they never have an Ingen logo on anything, so you don’t know if this is them or not.  It might be that company who was trying to steal the DNA they had) trying to make super-hybrid dinosaurs, and one of them gets out.  Now, you have some hunter guy, played by the dude who was Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy trying to kill the creature.  In other words, it’s a monster movie.

Now, that isn’t to say that there aren’t things about the trailer that looked good.  A lot like Tron: Legacy, this movie looks to have elements that could be cool, that never really go anywhere.  For example, there is a scene where the hunter is on a bike.  You see raptors being released from a facility, and they don’t appear to be hunting him.  They actually are keeping pace.  That’s cool!  Like they have found a way to control the minds of raptors.  That is a neat thing!  Dinosaur mind control could open up so many interesting ideas about the idea of enslaving these creatures and what is right and wrong.  Even the idea of a hybrid dinosaur isn’t THAT terrible.  But it’s actively clear that this film is going to just devolve into a monster movie.  And that is such wasted potential!  This movie could be awesome!  Why does it have to go all cliche?!

Do I think it will be a terrible movie?  No.  I just don’t see anything here that is going to interest me enough to see it in theaters.  I have Netflix for it, once it comes out on video.  Take that for what you will.

Initial Verdict
6 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Cops Killing Innocent People Doesn’t Even Surprise Anymore

Well, the cop in Ferguson gets away with murder.  Whatever.  At least there was a trial.  That’s more than a lot of victims of police brutality get.  However, riding on the heels of that is another story from Cleveland.  The police are called about a kid in the park who has a gun.  However, the person who called it in is unsure if it’s a real gun or not.  She says this more than once.  The cops arrive on the scene, and according to the chief of police in a press statement, there was no verbal or physical altercation.  They just saw the kid reach down and opened fire.  Two bullets and the kid is dead.  What weapon did he have?  A BB gun.  And it clearly looked fake, with the large clip out of the top of it.  Did they yell at him to drop the weapon?  Did they tell him to freeze?  According to the statement that they made – no.  They merely opened fire when the kid reaches to pull out the BB gun.  Naturally, the family has a lawyer, and I hope they take these fucking cops to the cleaner.

You know, there is story after story about shit like this, and each time, it just makes me less surprised.  For real, this is becoming normal, in America.  Police killing innocent people who didn’t pose any risk, and as always, they are never held accountable.  No legal bodies will make an example of these cops.  And whenever people call out this kind of behavior, they are told, “well, it’s only a few bad apples!”  I take issue with this line of rhetoric.  Why?  Simple – where are the good cops?  Where are the good ones, standing against the bad ones?

Where were the cops in Detroit, when actual police officers were holding people up and robbing them?  Where were the good cops in New York City, when a 35 year old man who was mentally disabled was being beaten to death?  He was screaming for his dad the entire time.  Where were the good cops when a cop rapes a girl on the hood of his car, telling her that nobody will help her if she goes to the cops?  What good cops came out and spoke out about the rampant use of the SWAT team, like in that instance where they busted into a house on a raid and threw a flashbang into a baby’s crib, mutilating the baby?  Tell me – where the fuck are all the good cops, who should be standing against the rampant corruption and lack of accountability?

I can hear people already – they would lose there jobs if they talked!  Cops do a hard job!  You’ve never been there!  What would you have done?!  Same BS that they always say, because they want to believe that the policeman is your friend.  But we’re learning, with the militarization of the police forces in this country, that when you give cops grenade launchers, they become less about protecting and serving than they do about wanting to play with their new toys.  The worst part is that, with the almost non-existent oversight from the legal system, they get slaps on the wrist.  Time and time again this has been demonstrated.  It’s indefensible!  I have a friend who is going for a law degree, and doesn’t like people trash-talking lawyers and judges.  Well, I’m sorry, but when you have a system this broken, somebody needs to say something.  Here’s what I’m saying – the system is broken.

Here’s a reality that I argued with my old man about for hours on end – the police need to be held to a higher standard than normal people.  When you are given a badge and a gun, with the ability to kill another person, you are expected to be able to handle situations better than normal people.  We don’t expect you to kill a kid without saying a single word to him.  We don’t expect you to kill an unarmed black teenager.  We don’t expect you to rape women on the hood of your patrol car.  We don’t expect you to kick the fuck out of someone who is in custody and has cuffed hands.  We don’t expect you to strip someone naked and leave them like that, cuffed, for hours.  There are a lot of things that we don’t expect.  I can’t be the only one who thinks this way.

But I’m just bitching, right?  What solutions do I have?  Well, the reality is that it would be hard to fix entirely.  This would be a big thing.  However, I do have a solution that could be implemented rather quickly and we have already seen does a lot of good – requiring that ALL officers on duty wear cameras.  After all, if we can afford to give the cops tanks, some cameras shouldn’t be too hard, right?  Although, if you heard that story about a cop that kept having a “camera malfunction” whenever he brutalized people, then even this isn’t perfect.  But it’s a step in the right direction.

Law enforcement’s use of both regular and lethal force is out of control in this country.  It’s weird that we live in a surveillance state, yet they smash the cameras of whoever films them, or in the cases of some states, try to outlaw filming cops altogether.  The police is now so militarized, but without the discipline and restraint of soldiers.  They took their lessons on how to handle this stuff from Call of Duty.  And the fact that people seem content to brush this shit off is mind-boggling.

Something needs to be done.  Now.

Until next time, a quote,

“I consider contributions to society at large to be the most important part of pride in your country, and not mere thoughts.  If patriotism is all about what level of fervor you love your country, or how many fireworks you light off on the Fourth of July, then that’s not a very impressive trait, to me.  Because then you love your country like a four-year-old loves mommy.”  -Zaunstar, Nationalism: Foolish Pride

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men Days of Future PastFollowing the second X-Men film, without a single exception, the films in this franchise have sucked.  A lot of people say that First Class was pretty good, but the fact is that it is merely the best of the crap.  That’s not saying a lot.  When I saw the preview for this movie, I thought that this was it – the franchise was totally fucked.  This was the bottom of the barrel.  However, when I finally got around to seeing this movie, I am happy to say – I was dead wrong.  Thank god.  Not only did this film bring a franchise that was teetering on the edge of death back to life, but it red-conned the single worst part of it.  Well, okay, the second-worst part.  There is almost nothing worse than Origins: Wolverine.  That film will go down in history for what a piece of shit it is.

The plot of this movie kicks off out of nowhere.  Set many years after the events of the third film, a war has been fought between humanity and mutants.  What kicked it off?  They never really say.  New machines, called Sentinels, were deployed into battle.  They were able to identify mutants, and used to kill them.  But not just the ones already existing.  No, they also identified people who are potential mutants, and anyone who was helping them.  It was a massive global genocide, leaving only the worst of humanity to rule what little was left.  Most of the X-Men are dead, and what few are left have devised a radical and dangerous scheme that could end the war before it starts, or destroy what little is left.

Now, this movie is a bit of a mixed bag in a lot of ways.  On the one hand, there are some very great things, and on the other hand, there are a LOT of little plot holes that go nowhere and get REALLY annoying in a big way.  Let’s discuss the good stuff first.

The powers in this movie are very cool.  It helps that they have some excellent special effects.  It makes the use of powers and the battle sequences excellent.  That is the very best part of this movie.  The X-Men films have always had difficulty making the most of the fact that they have all these people who can do amazing things.  It should make set-piece moments more like Avengers than what they have been so far.  This movie seems to have taken that to heart.  It uses all the potential of what mutants are capable of.  There are two scenes in-particular that are so cool to watch.  I won’t spoil them, but let’s just say, one involves speed, the other involves metal.  Those two moments are just spectacular.  The most fun one gets from this movie is watching the awesome battle sequences and how well the powers flow with them.

The other thing is the characters.  This is a very dark movie, and it plays to that a lot.  But it combines the best of the characters from First Class with our old favorites from the old trilogy.  My favorite is Kitty Pryde, but that’s just because I have a thing for Ellen Page.  I’m man enough to admit that.  Still, Logan is funny and able to carry his role with class.  The young Charles Xavier is too much.  For real, this guy is awesome.  Young Magneto is delightfully evil.  Young Beast is infinitely better than the old one.  Since this movie is going out of its way to make it so that the third movie didn’t exist, I am down with that.  It’s like the third film’s Beast didn’t, either.

Which brings us to the last element that makes this film work – the darkness.  A lot like the Captain America film, this one goes to a very dark place.  It was very reminiscent of X2.  It makes for a more rounded experience.  However, the darkness does, unfortunately, lead to the films problems.

The first problem is that the plot comes right the fuck out of nowhere.  For real, there is a little lip-service paid to how it all started, but it is rushed as fuck.  Same with a lot of areas of the pace of the movie.  Characters are introduced with a rushed explanation, only for them to vanish without a trace.  We meet a ton of new people, but barely get to know any of them.  Some mutants get new abilities that are never even addressed where they came from.  Though maybe that is for the best.  Perhaps its better to treat something that makes no sense like, in the film’s universe, it does.  I will say that it didn’t annoy me for too long.  Add up all the smaller plot holes, it does get annoying sometimes in a big way.

But all that is really just nit-picking.  The reality is that this film is saved by one of the most fitting endings for a X-Men film.  It wraps up its plot rather nicely.  Plus, it red-conned the entirety of the third film.  Thank fucking god.  I think this entire movie was made for the express purpose of making that film not exist.  I’m not complaining.  It works.  It works very well.

This was a lot of fun to watch.  It’s ironic that the best films that came out last summer were the ones that people least-expected to be good.  There was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now we have this movie.  It isn’t the greatest superhero film in the world, but I am glad to say that I watched it.  Take from that what you will.

Final Verdict
7 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Stuff About Me

A list of questions that is making the rounds.  Thought that you, my audience, might like to know a bit about your enigmatic blogger.

0:Height
6′ 10-1/2″

1:Virgin?
Nope

2:Shoe size
17

3:Do you smoke?
Pan

4:Do you drink?
Not really. Used to when I was living with my ex, but not since then

5:Do you take drugs?
Pan

6:Age you get mistaken for
18

7:Have tattoos?
Can’t decide what I want yet, so no

8:Want any tattoos?
God yes

9:Got any piercings?
No

10:Want any piercings?
No

11:Best friend?
Not currently. I’ve had three, and now all three of them are estranged.

12:Relationship status
Single and loathing it

13:Biggest turn ons
There’s no easy way to answer that. It can vary from person to person. Me and me are complicated.

14:Biggest turn offs
Stupidity.

15:Favorite movie
That’s a very broad category.
Part One
Part Two

16:I’ll love you if
You can talk with me about good stories for hours on end

17:Someone you miss
The first girl I loved.  She moved away and now we see almost nothing of one-another.  A pity that things couldn’t have been different.  I am convinced that we could have worked.  Never got a chance.

18:Most traumatic experience
Head injury when I was 14.  I was dead for almost a minute and in a coma for a month.  Everything that followed that sucked.

19:A fact about your personality
I am very depressing, but am good-humored enough to hide it among friends.

20:What I hate most about myself
That I seem to be completely unappealing to people, both romantically and sexually.  All my relationships have been blind luck.

21:What I love most about myself
I am the first person that my friends come to when they have problems.  They know that they can trust me.

22:What I want to be when I get older
I am older, and I still don’t have a fucking clue.

23:My relationship with my sibling(s)
Non-existent

24:My relationship with my parent(s)
Pretty decent.  It’s had its ups and downs, but we’re at a good place now.

25:My idea of a perfect date
Going to a burger joint, where the person I am with doesn’t feel the need to get all uptight.  I’d rather it just be us, as people, getting to know one-another, without the pressure.

26:My biggest pet peeves
Stupidity

27:A description of the girl/boy I like
Long brown hair, creamy skin, a gentle smile.

28:A description of the person I dislike the most
Short, spiky, bleach-blonde hair

29:A reason I’ve lied to a friend
I really didn’t want to see anyone that night.  I wasn’t proud of it, but I was in a very bad mood.

30:What I hate the most about work/school
I have no idea where I’m going, once it’s done.  Staring down the barrel of life, without a compass.

31:What your last text message says
That’s kind of personal, don’t you think? (for real, that’s what it said)

32:What words upset me the most
When people say, “I’m doing good.”  It’s “well,” dammit!

33:What words make me feel the best about myself
“Wanna hang out?”

34:What I find attractive in women
That’s kind of tricky.  As I said above, it varies from person to person.  I will say that I like a woman who isn’t dolled up all the time.  And I do not find heels attractive at all.  For real, ladies, if it hurts your foot to wear, don’t wear it!

35:What I find attractive in men
Another tricky question.  I will say that, with guys, I am VERY much not into effeminate dudes.  The men I have been into were very much their own people, making no apology for it.

36:Where I would like to live
On an ocean, somewhere temperate

37:One of my insecurities
This nagging suspicion that I’ll be alone forever.

38:My childhood career choice
That’s gone all over the place.  For a time, I wanted to be a paleontologist.  Then I wanted to be an astronaut.  Then I wanted to be a lawyer.

39:My favorite ice cream flavor
Dulce de Leche

40:Who wish I could be
Someone with a LOT of money.  Not fame.  Money

41:Where I want to be right now
That’s kind of private.  Yeah, it’s like you think.

42:The last thing I ate
Ice cream and cake, at a birthday party

43:Sexiest person that comes to my mind immediately
A girl that I’m into.  I won’t say more than that.

44:A random fact about anything
You can increase your speed by moving faster, and decrease it by going slower.  Word

45. Selfie
Not a fucking chance.

Until next time, a quote,

“The more you learn, the less you know.”  -Omar Little, The Wire

Peace out,

Maverick

IGDA, the Blockbot, at the Vilification of Dissent, #GamerGate

I haven’t seen any big news about GamerGate in a couple of weeks.  It’s been pretty quiet.  But, just when things were looking to have settle down, the anti-GamerGate crowd decided that they just couldn’t let sleeping dogs lie.  No, they had to decide to kick some shit at gamers, because that seems to be all that the gaming media industry is good for, these days.  At least, sites like Polygon and their ilk.  Although, they seem to have expanded and got a larger organization to back them.  These people just can’t give up, can they.

The International Game Developers Association has decided to go on a branding and blocking campaign.  For those of us in the atheist community, we know quite a bit about this kind of thing.  In fact, the group who is behind this seems to have taken a page out of their book.  I wonder if Oolon designed this for them?  We all remember the Blockbot.  The Atheism + special snowflake weapon of protecting themselves from differing opinions.  Now, the IDGA has employed this weapon for themselves, and have thus far blacklisted over 10,000 accounts.  Some of which are reporters.  There are also people who have had nothing to do with GamerGate, but are critics of the Puritan Feminists.

The fact that a company who is supposed to be a voice for the gaming industry at large is using a block bot, with poorly-worded criteria of what qualifies to get one added to it, and is targeting anybody who the anti-GamerGate people don’t like is sending a poor message.  This is a company who is supposed to be a trade group.  Now, they are siding with a group of people who are nothing but bullies and claim to speak for all women in the gaming industry.  The problem with that is – it blatantly ignores the fact that there are women, growing in number, who disagree with this assertion.

And take a look at some of the people that this list has added to their blockbot – Penguin publishers, several Guardian journalists, the actor Taye Diggs, and weirdest of all – Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Seriously, when did KFC get involved with GamerGate?  That’s an odd thing to associate them with.  According to the maker of the IGDA blockbot, Randi Harper, KFC is one of the worst harassers of women on Twitter.  You can’t make this stuff up.

It’s nice to see another group associated with gaming who has decided to throw in their lot with the Puritan Feminists.  That’s sarcasm, of course.  The reality is that this is REALLY fucking annoying.  It’s so frustrating that another part of the gaming community has thrown themselves behind a group of people who actually got on a man who landed a spacecraft on a comet because of the shirt he was wearing.  That’s the company that IGDA feels they want to ally themselves with.  This is a major-league company, and this is who they want to be friends with.

But the real issue here is – they have decided to just label people.  Man, it’s almost impossible to escape how much these people and their lists are EXACTLY like the McCarthy witch-hunts, back in the day.  For real, the comparison is almost spot-on.  You get accused of being a communist, so you are.  That’s how the media sees you, and will have people like Brianna Wu come on and caricature you, without being able to defend yourself, because these people go out of their way to avoid having to actually discuss things with their opponents.  They are much happier making them into boogeymen for the media to attack and vilify.

Something that I never brought up before is how, a lot of the college-grad Puritan Feminists have degrees in things like Marketing, along with Communications or stuff to that regard.  Everything these people do has been for one purpose – to keep the money coming in and get their agenda out in a way that is efficient.  It’s only natural that they prey on the far-left progressives, who are so eager to be part of anything that is culturally forward-thinking that they seem to forget to be critical of people whose ideals are going too far.  The women who are part of the social justice snowflake movement are using their marketing to market their agenda.  And their agenda is – men are bad, and men are the problem.  These people have commandeered feminism, atheism, and now they are trying to get gaming as well.  However, when they tried to get gaming, something happened that they didn’t expect – resistance.  Lots and lots of resistance.  In fact, the gaming community has successfully stuck back at them and has been dragging their dirty deeds into the light.  No longer is this battle on Twitter and Tumblr.  Now it’s out in the real world.  Which would explain why they are trying to get mainstream media on their side.  The worst part is, that it is working, because now they have the IGDA with them too.  That education is being well-used, I see.

I suppose that I am on the list, since I know that I follow people who are on the list.  And when I hear that I am on the list, here is what my mind harkens back to -

And now I am on the list.  Are you on the list?

Until next time, a quote,

“Any anyone and everyone who’s ever made me pissed!  I’ve got them on the list!”  -Stewie Griffin, Family Guy

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Review: Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

Kirk Cameron's Saving ChristmasThere was a term that Lois uses on Family Guy to describe the film Vanilla Sky.  The term is – cinematic abortion.  That’s what this movie is.  It is painful to sit through.  This has been an odd year in that a TON of religious-propaganda films have come out.  They all, without a single exception, have one thing in common – they all suck.  Some have sucked to a point where they are fun to watch, like God’s Not Dead.  Others are still bad, but not so awful that it pains me to watch, like Persecuted or Noah.  That was not this.  This film is one of the worst pieces of shit that I have ever seen.  Period.  It was painful, from start to finish.  Nothing was good.  Nothing was enjoyable.  I just lost over an hour of my life.  I’ll never get it back!  Kirk Cameron, I want my fucking hour back!  You owe me!  I have to put out my review of this, because you all need to understand why seeing this movie is wrong!  Let’s get this over with.

The plot of this movie is about a man who is so cast to be like Scrooge McDuck that I am going to just call him by title.  Scrooge has come to dislike Christmas, and refuses to take part in it, much to the chagrin to his family and their stereotypical gay black friend.  So, Kirk Cameron, who clearly is playing himself (because he can’t act), goes out to the car where Scrooge is sitting and the two talk about Christmas and what it really means.  Does he eventually come around to thinking that Christmas is awesome and Jesus is great too?  You bet your cliched ass he does!  Even does a sliding run into the Christmas tree and presents.  Ugh…

So, here’s the part where I talk about the elements of the film.  Why do I do this to myself?  This is almost cruel and unusual punishment.  I know, I have to.  I hope you all appreciate what I put myself through for you.  NOTHING in this movie works.  Nothing.  The cinematography is boring, except for some weird shots where it is entire too self-aware.  There is this dance number that comes right the fuck out of nowhere at the end, and the way they shoot it, everyone is just too aware of the camera’s existence.  The entire end of this film is like an acknowledgement that it’s all a movie, and doesn’t mean a fucking thing.  It’s so annoying!

While we’re talking about that, let’s address the characters.  Scrooge is such a caricature.  He is meant to be one of the atheists like me, who think that Christmas is just a corporate holiday, and that Christians stole it from the pagans (which is the absolute truth).  However, Cameron takes it a step further.  He believes that Jesus was born on December 25th.  I guess he never saw that bit in The Boondocks where Huey explains why the idea of Jesus being born on the 25th of December makes no sense.  Yeah, Cameron doesn’t logic much, and it shows.  His inability to logic is all over this film.  Every other character is such a stereotype.  You have the concerned wife stereotype, the gay black friend stereotype, the bland kids who clearly don’t know what they are doing in this movie stereotype.  Yeah, whoever lent this film their kids, it wasn’t worth it.  I wouldn’t want to be associated with anything having to do with this movie.

So, how’s the message?  Well, I don’t suppose I need to tell you.  It’s dumb.  Really, really dumb.  For starters, the whole idea of “putting Christ back in Christmas” is the bread and butter of Fox News each holiday season.  Can’t wait to see what their “War on Christmas” line is this year.  It’s gotten so predictable.  Here’s some truth for any Christians who happen to read this – the story of Jesus’ birth is bullshit.  Here’s why – the earliest Gospel doesn’t even talk about it.  What’s more, there are two conflicting narratives.  In the first, Caesar Augustus says that there is a census of his Empire being done, and all people are to return to their towns of origin.  Never mind that such a huge undertaking would have been recorded by somebody.  Let’s just forget the small plot holes in the story.  The other story is the one that most people know.  King Herrod is told that a king is going to be born who will rule all men.  So, he has his soldiers go out and slaughter all the baby boys of the land.  Again, you’d think that that would have been talked about by somebody.  Inconsistency?  What’s that?  Not to mention – the whole virgin birth thing makes no sense.  After all, human parthenogenesis is theoretically possible, but here’s the kicker – it wouldn’t produce male offspring.  No Y chromosome.  But yeah, if you take apart all the plot holes in the Bible, people get upset.

Now that I’ve lectured you about this film’s history, I want to tell you all another neat fact about how bad this movie is – Kirk Cameron has decided to take on Rotten Tomatoes, which took this movie to town in the rating department.  He posted on his Facebook page, asking his readers to go on Rotten Tomatoes and give the film a higher rating, so more people see it.  That worked…for a while.  See, the atheists also went on the site and rated the movie, giving it the rating it deserves.  Kirk, if your movie is so terrible that you are having to use your status to get people to watch it, it’s doomed anyway.  Are you going to keep appealing to people forever?

This movie is the worst.  The absolute worst.  It is an hour and a half of time that I will never get back, and if I ever see Kirk Cameron, I’m kicking him the balls for having to sit through this. People should do the same for Michael Bay movies.  It would be fitting punishment.  I hated ever second watching this.  Porn has more believability than these characters.  I at least believe that they are real people, faking emotional interaction.  This film deserves the title – cinematic abortion.  The ONLY people who will like this garbage is people who already know what they are getting.  People who want to hear the Christian echo chamber.  In other words – Fox News viewers.

Final Verdict
Dumb out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

The Word “Freshman” Promotes Rape? (A response to Elon University)

You know, I try and not take things too seriously.  I know that, given my recent involvement in GamerGate and things like that, that it might appear that I take a lot seriously, but I really don’t.  Life is too short to try and take on every windmill one comes across.  I’m already getting older, it’s just not worth it.  My middle finger still works, but I use it sparingly.  But sometimes, you come across something so stupid that you can’t help but be in awe, absolute awe, of the fact that people actually behave like this.

Given the infiltration of radical feminism into the atheist community, which has typically educated people, because it takes critical thinking to realize that religion is bullshit, it is only natural the Puritan Feminism tries to make its way into academia.  For those who don’t buy into this, I present you with what Elon University is doing.

See, they have themselves a belief.  It is silly, makes no sense, and is part of a larger problem with the Puritan Feminist worldview that is not only infecting my hobby, but has also given young women a flawed and depressing view of college.  They don’t like the word “freshman.”  Why?  Well, according to Leigh-Anne Royster, the university’s “Inclusive Community Wellbeing Director” (the most pretentious position that I have ever heard), it is a word that promotes rape.  It’s also sexist.  That’s important for people to know.  This isn’t like a minor thing, either.  Any orientation person who used that term would get fiercely corrected.

The University has actually gotten the word banned from   This brings up the first issue.  Banning words is VERY close to thought-policing.  It’s very 1984.  Puritan Feminism seems unconcerned just how fascist a lot of what they want for the world is.  You can’t use certain words, you can’t be a certain way (unless they approve, which ties right in), you can rat out people for being against them or doing wrong without a single shred of proof (think the Michael Shermer accusations and such).  These people are either totally unaware or don’t even seem to care that they are becoming the people who oppress.  Slowly but surely, these people are trying to erase differing opinions, making their doctrine the only one.

A neat fact to point out – a lot of the women who are among the Puritan Feminists are non-believers.  They trade in one set of dogma for a new ideology that is just as much, if not moreso, dogmatic.  That’s ironic.

The next thing is – is this how these people not only see college, but also men?  Do they think that men in college look at women who are just entering and go, “hey boys, the fresh meat is here!”  Yeah, because they enter like they are in prison, right?  And all us men are so rape-y that we are just foaming at the mouth to get at them.  That’s the worldview that they are espousing.  They caricature men as rapist pigs, with women now saying that they are afraid of going to college because of men.  That is so infuriating and offensive.  It goes more to prove that they view women as weak and pathetic, and men as sexist animals who are waiting to prey on any woman they can find.  I’ve long said that Puritan Feminism is thinly-veiled misandry, and I keep getting more and more proof that I’m right.  These people HATE men, and I just wish they would come out and say it.

So, what word does Elon University want to replace the word “freshman?”  You’re gonna love this.  They want to call them “first years.”  Yes, that’s right – First Years.  Hey, do the students go to college on a train?  Do they ride across the lake and get escorted by Hagrid into orientation?  They’ll then go to the Sorting Ceremony afterwards and have the Sorting Hat tell them what degree program to get into.  I bet most of them are praying not to be stuck in Liberal Arts.  And God help whoever gets into Women’s Studies!  They are going to turn into one of these creatures.  After that, the Dean of Students, Dumbledore, will give a speech to welcome them to the University.

It’s rare that Puritan Feminism can give me a laugh like this, so good on them.  I am thoroughly entertained.  I guess we know what the Inclusive Community Wellbeing Director is into.  But we also know that she is part of the most sexist movement in recent memory.  Not only does it think that all men are pigs, but it thinks that all women are weak and need their protection from the rape-y men.  Yeah, very empowering.

Until next time, a quote,

“Relax!  Just get a drink and settle down.  There’s nothing going on, and you’re missing it!”  -Doug Stanhope

Peace out,

Maverick