Don’t Like Bigots? Then You Must be with Hitler!

There is a growing paradigm in this country that is actually a little bit disturbing for me to see.  I have been viewing it for some time in the public forums and it is honestly a little bit off-putting and off-pissing.  It is becoming so commonplace in modern society that people are not even noticing and getting as offended as they should be.  Really, it is becoming so widely used that history is becoming nothing but a joke.  This is dangerous because people need to understand about real history.  They don’t need Christian bigots and right-wing morons giving them deliberately bad information in order to get people’s fear going.  The new target paradigm for people those groups don’t like – Hitler and the Nazis.

Now, here is a bit of real history – Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German who became the leader of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, which is known in modern vernacular as the Nazi Party.  It is the horror of what the Nazi Party did during their reign that has been one of the big talking points of people who are against socialism, which is a huge logical fallacy, but we’ll get into that later.  Hitler was a devout Roman Catholic.  He believed what he did was for God.

Now, a lot of people believed that Hitler had a very cozy relationship with the Pope, Pius XII, but there is also some data that shows Pius didn’t see eye-to-eye with him.  I will choose not to voice and opinion because there is too much data that contradicts itself.  Besides, some Catholics get their panties in a bunch when you do that.  Of course, we’ll get into it later about how the Catholics have no reason to get on anybody’s case, ever, about the views of Adolf Hitler.

But back to history, Hitler began his Party as a grassroots movement.  All fascism starts as a grassroots movement (don’t tell that to the Tea Party, eh?).  They quickly came into power after the Great Depression.  In 1934, he came into total power as the Fuhrer.  Using his power he did atrocities all over the world.  Some estimates put him at killing 17 million civilians, over 6 million Jews, and half a million Romani people.  That is who the man really was.  He was a monster who killed, destroyed, and had no regard for human life in any significant way.  His way of thinking didn’t die with him, and this is a tragedy that should be mourned by everybody.

But now the new paradigm that people think is perfectly acceptable is to have groups that they don’t agree with compared to the Nazis and Hitler.  Every example that has come up is tragic and the people who makes these examples are nothing but scum.  Not one of them is a worthwhile person in any way.  The first example that I am going to bring up is when Pope Benedict (or as TJ calls him, Been-a-dick) decided to link Atheism to Nazis.

Even in our own lifetimes we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live.  As we reflect on the sobering lessons of atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and
thus a reductive vision of a person and his destiny.”

Yup, apparently, all the muder that Hitler did was because he was an atheist.  This is an issue that makes me question Pius XII and his unsettlingly cozy relationship with the Nazis.  When somebody goes out of their way to make the point that a group they don’t like is like a group who has some evidence of being too cozy with them, that doesn’t bode well to me for the point that they weren’t friends.

Now, I know that all Catholics don’t think like this guy.  I know plenty of Catholics who didn’t like that statement and severely disagreeded with his sentiments.  But this is offensive becuase, as Richard Dawkins also commented on, it diverts attention away from the fact that Hitler did what he did in the name of the Catholic church.  He killed so many people because he wanted to, and his faith did guide him.  So that is probably the most extreme, but certainly no the last example.

It is easy to forget now that he is gone and nobody gives a shit about him all the comparisons that Lonesome Rhodes Beck made between the liberals and Nazis.  It is kind of amusing how Lewis Black said that he has “Nazi Tourrettes.”  Beck would go on and on and on about how everything Obama did was like Hitler, how the liberals were all like Nazis, and the Tea Party movement that gathered around him was quick to pick up the slack and go on and on and have sign after sign about how Obama is Hitler.  Yes, the President, the democratically elected president of this country is a Nazi.  And why is he a Nazi?  Because he wants free healthcare.  Yeah, that so seems like something that Nazis were all about.

And the bigotry keeps going.  Bryan Fischer, a very good friend of a group that is funding Rick Perry’s little shindig that is going to be happening on August 6th, had a thought about who the Nazis are.  His belief is that the Nazis were gay.  Yes, if you are gay, you are just like the Nazis.  He believes that the Nazi Party began in a gay bar.  Yeah, because the Nazis were very cool with gay people too, right?  Wrong, you bigoted dumbass!  The LGBT community were also victims of the Holocaust.  It is unclear how many were killed in the concentration camps, but they were also struck down by the Nazi regime.  But of course, no point telling Bryan Fischer that.  He doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together, so it is pointless to try.  Here is Bryan Fischer’s quote about being gay and being a Nazi –

The Nazi Party was formed, ladies and gentleman, in a gay bar, and historians agree.  Hitler’s earlies enforcers, the stormtroopers, the brown shirts, were almost, without exception, homosexuals.”

And my final example was brought to my attention today from a person I had heard a little bit about, but had never looked into in a significant way until now.  There is a woman named Pamela Geller.  This woman is the worst kind of bigot.  Her bigotry knows no limits and she never has a problem making her voice heard.  There are Republicans who think she is attractive, but I am with Coughlin when I think that she looks more like the Crypt Keeper.  In any case, she believes that the reason that the Nazis exist is because of Muslims existing.

These people are all scum, each and every one of them.  Given all the crimes that the Catholic church has been involved in, like thed Spanish Inquisition, witch burnings, the Crusades, and the list goes on and on, they have no right to ever lecture anybody about how one group is better than another, morally speaking.  And for those who point to Hitler and talk about evil socialism, you think all socialism is like this?  If you do, you’re an idiot.  Guilt by association, very classy.  But the fact that people find it so easy to ignore history is even worse because people who have actually done horrible things are now being misrepresented and when people start to forget real history, they are even more doomed to repeat it.

Until next time, a quote,

“Even if Hitler had been an atheist, as Stalin most surely was, how DARE Ratzinger suggest that atheism has any connection whatsoever with their horrific deeds!”  -Richard Dawkins, a rally protesting the Pope in England

Peace out,

Maverick

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Shockofgod is a Flaming Idiot With NO Brain

There is a YouTuber who every once and a while comes up among the atheist community, so I thought that I would take a crack at him.  He is a giant moron who can’t think for himself for two seconds, but hey, I might as well try and reason with the unreasonable person that this Christoholic is.  Really, I think this guy is drunk on his delusions.  I think that he is absolutely consumed by his little-man and love-of-God syndrome.

For those of you who don’t know, this guy is famous because he posed a question to as many atheists as he could find –

Prove to me that atheism is true and accurate.”

That was his question.  It gave him internet stardom for his blind idiocy.  It gave him a huge opening with which to attack the atheist community because the overwhelming response was, as TJ Kincaid put it –

 No.  Prove that belief in God is true and accurate.”

That was the response from that atheist community at large.  Of course, other elements of the atheist community made much more comprehensive videos, like tooltime9901, The Amazing Atheist, The Skeptical Heretic, King Heathen, and there was even a response when the blind and ignorant idiot phoned in his non-sensical question to The Atheist Experience, which is a TV show down in Texas.  My personal favorite responses are from the first two listed above.  I will provide links to their videos here and here.  TJ came back later and made another video taking apart the fact that shockofgod deliberately ignored their answers and didn’t seem to care what any of the answers were.

Here’s a truth about shockofgod – he is a blind ignorant fool who is too stupid to accept any information other than that which supports his claim.  And the information that he has is half-assed, blind, dim-witted, and worse, he almost never cites the sources.  He will go on and on about what all the “philosophers” and “scientists” are saying, but how many times does this ignorant moron actually provide evidence?  Well, never.  He gives names, but never references, articles, links, anything.  He just talks and talks and talks and never has any backbone enough to show the sources of his information so that his critics can argue with him on a level playing field.

What’s more, proof of his scum is that he deletes comments that he doesn’t like, because he doesn’t have the balls to be able to come out and debate on a level playing field.  The reason is simple – he has no ground to stand on.  There is a reason that well over 90% of all scientists are agnostics or atheists.  The reason is that there is not a single bit of scientific evidence to prove the existence of a God or gods.  If there were a physical manifestation, there would be no doubt.  Instead, it is up to those who defend it to be biased, and choosing to see evidence where none exists.

But back to his request for people to prove atheism is true and accurate – hey shock, prove that God is true and accurate?  And better yet, prove that the Christian God is true and accurate.  Prove that your linguistically bullshit question isn’t able to be answered by another god, or a cabal of gods.  Prove that it is this one guy.  Prove that it is any of the Abrahamic gods!  Prove that it is any of these guys!  You can’t do it!  You can’t do it for the same reason that I cannot prove that (and this is what you, you dumb fuck, were trying to say) there isn’t a god or gods – because this is an unfalsifiable claim.  It cannot be proven or disproven.  Now, I can almost hear this ignorant imbecile’s retort that since it cannot be disproven, it’s real.  Guess what, my man, you are wrong without opening your ignorant mouth!  Science doesn’t work that way.  Something has to be proven before it is real.  And it is the reason that good scientists don’t acknowledge your religion at all.

And a really tragic note on this guy’s resume is that he is so stupid that he doesn’t even look outside of the Bible to prove his bullshit.  He can talk all he wants about how scholars and philosophers and scientists have his back, but here’s a nifty bit for you – he gives no references, of any kind to any studies, articles, letters, anything that back up his claims.  This man is stupid on a level I have not seen in a very long time, and I’ve argued with a lot of dumbass Christians (I fully accept that there are very intelligent Christians, and I have had some very intelligent conversations with them, but this dipshit isn’t one of them).  He believes that because something is in the Bible, it is true.  I believe Warren Vidic had a quote about that –

Anyone can write a book.  And they can put whatever they want onto its pages.  Used to be we thought the world was flat.  Or that the moon landing was a hoax.  I believe there’s also a book, claims the world was created in seven days.  Best-seller too.”

Just because something is written in a book doesn’t make it true.  It has never made it true.  It has never made anything true.  Things that are written in books are being disproven all the time.  All the fucking time.  But I don’t put it on shockofgod to understand that.  A guy who rattles off numbers without even knowing what he is talking about and cannot give a single link to any of the knowledge he claims to possess is not somebody I will accept having a plethora of information.  The fact is that shockofgod doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together.  He just doesn’t.

He also then tries to shift the blame to atheists when his own arguments fall on their ass.  He tries to make us out to be some kind of evil devils.  Yeah, never mind that atheism has never killed anyone.  Christianity has never killed anyone.  All the people who are getting killed are getting killed by other people.  And after some of the horrible atrocities that Christianity and the ilk who follow that have been involved in, I think that this guy has absolutely no room to talk.  Ignorant ass.

Shock, I am sending this message to you – you are scum.  You are scum who wants to feel important, but in the broad scheme of things, ignorant morons like you will be forgotten by history.  You will be forgotten by the world that we all live in because we live in this real world.  You are the one who lives in a land of fantasies.  You are the one who does not understand that God is a man-made machination based on our fear of the unknown and our wish for life to be more easy to understand.

This guy is an idiot, and I hope that none of you take anything that he says serious.  Sometimes I wonder if this ignorant dick takes himself serious.  I know I wouldn’t.

Until next time, a quote,

“So, the question is incoherant because it’s asking for proof and evidence of belief.  When you say that you are a theist, that means that you are describing your belief in God.  Where if you are an atheist, you are describing your lack of belief in God.”  -tooltime9901, Shockofgod’s Incoherant Question

Peace out,

Maverick

My Favorite Moments from The Wire

This show has not only been, in my opinion, the crown jewel of HBO’s creations, but it is also probably one of the best shows that has ever been done.  It was a masterful creation capturing every element of a city and saying some very harsh thing about society and the entire world and how we treat one-another, and how the groups all manage to affect one-another.  Really, there isn’t much more to say than that.

This is going to be a list of my favorite scenes from this masterful creation that is being forgotten over the years, and I hope nobody ever does.  Nothing HBO has created since then has even come close to this, or really ever will.  One can hope, but probably not.  If you don’t know the show, there are a lot of spoilers, and you should watch it instead, then come back and read this.

1. the scene where McNulty asks Bodie to help him bring down Marlo Stanfield
and tying into that
2. the scene where Bodie loses his temper after Little Kevin is brought out of a vacant

Bodie is a character who is in a very dirty game just trying to do the right thing.  His character is a tragic reminder of somebody who knows nothing else, who wants to do right, and who keeps getting screwed by the system every time.  It is kind of interesting how D’Angelo’s lesson on how to play chess comes back.  In the first scene here, Bodie remarks –

This game is rigged, man.  I feel like one of them little bitches on the chess board.

Bodie has been a soldier, never doing wrong by his boss, and never talking to the cops.  He finally decides to work with the police after he sees Marlo pulling his friend Little Kevin out of a vacant.  He talks to his friend Poot about how Marlo has no code, no honor.  He doesn’t kill people because of business, or because they are snitching.  He just kills people because he can, because he enjoys it.  He is an evil person.  Bodie remarks on that to McNulty saying that those without a code need to go.  They need to be taken out of the game, because to him, standing by your people, being reliable, being faithful to the cause, and having a level head means something.  It means everything.  A quote from Bodie from the second scene (there is some racially explicit language that I am not exempting because I believe in being true to the character.  If that offends you, I’m sorry, but I have more respect for this than that) –

This mother-fucker just be killing niggers just to do it.  You see?  Nigger kills mother-fuckers just cause he can.  Not cause it’s snitching, not cause it’s business, but cause shit shit just comes natural.”

These scenes are so integrated because it shows that Bodie not only has a code, but also that he is a good person, and only wants to do right by his own people.  It was powerful, and makes his death later on that much more tragic.

3.  The scene where Brianna comes to talk to McNulty about the death of D’Angelo

This scene was powerful because it got into the minds of not only McNulty, but Brianna Barksdale, who had always seemed to be a kind of ruthless character.  As a little background, her son, D’Angelo, was in prison for carrying drugs for his uncle, Avon.  However, before he chose to take prison, he was close to flipping on his uncle and the entire organization, giving up everybody.  Brianna then confronted D’Angelo and convinced him to take the years.  Stringer Bell, on the other hand, believed D’Angelo was weak, and had him killed.
McNulty comes into the picture later.  He is gifted cop, as Freeman calls him, “natural police.”  He thought the killing was fishy, so he did some poking.  Brianna naturally was upset by this, and the confrontation was powerful.  She didn’t want to believed that her family could have been involved in the killing of her son.  Ironically she didn’t know that her family wasn’t.  The confrontation between Stringer and Avon about this was pretty cool too.  But the best line from this scene came right at the end.  Brianna asks McNulty –

Why go to her?  Why not come to me first?”

To which one of the most brutal responses was –

Honestly?  I was looking for somebody who cared about the kid.  I mean, like I said, you were the one who made him take the years, right?”

4. The scene where Brother Mouzone confronts Avon

Here was another scene where you get to see a lot into the mind of a character.  The relationship between Avon and Stringer had quickly deteriorated after Stringer disagreed with Avon’s way of doing business, and after finding out that Stringer had ordered the killing of his nephew.  But Avon tried to stand by him, even then.  But here is where Brother Mouzone comes into the picture.
He had been hired as a protection man for holding Avon’s towers.  He did his job exceedingly well.  This cut in on the business plans Stringer was trying to set up with Proposition Joe.  So he set up a meet with Omar (my favorite character on the show) to tell him that it was Brother Mouzone who had killed his boyfriend Brandon.  This naturally sent Omar on the war-path, and his used his cunning and skill to get close and then nearly killed Brother Mouzone.  He naturally sensed that something was off about it all, so he backed off.
When Brother Mouzone comes to Baltimore seeking revenge, he quickly finds out from Omar what had happened, and then goes to confront Avon, in order to seek restitution in the means of Stringer’s life.  What you find out is that Avon cares more about his business in the end than his people.  He gave Stringer up.  It makes the irony that Stringer betrayed Avon that much more tragic.

5. the scene where Brother Mouzone confronts Omar

Here you get to see how Brother Mouzone and Omar are two of a kind.  They are both smart, dedicated, will stop at nothing to achieve their goal, and who fear nothing.  The banter between these two here is actually too cool for words.  They both are in an alley, facing one-another.  Guns drawn, each knowing they both might die.  It begins and episode that ends with my favorite scene in the whole series.  A nice little choice bit of this banter is as follows –

I suppose we could stand here all night.”  -Brother Mouzone

The response was priceless –

I suppose we could, or settle this once and forever.”  -Omar

When Brother Mouzone revealed he was looking to talk, rather than to kill, it starts a partnership for one express purpose –

My all time favorite scene – When Brother Mouzone and Omar kill Stringer Bell

This scene is probably, in a very subtle way, so powerful if you know everything that happened before.  This scene depicts the end of a character who you come to realize is so manipulative and so horribly twisted up inside, who is what the Joker was talking about in every respect.  He is a schemer.  His schemes were endless, huge, and he had no limit of them.  In the end, it was his own schemes that brought about his downfall.  It is also one of the few scenes where you get to see genuine rage in Omar.

Stringer schemed against everybody, even his own friends.  For his schemes to be the end of him, it is kind of poetic.  Really, this is my favorite scene in this entire show for the same quote I am going to leave you all with.  It was masterful poetry of the end of a man who wanted everything and his own incompetance and lack of foresight caused him to lose everything.

This show was a work of art, and needs to be given more respect by the community of people.  People see things that they want to see, like Game of Thrones, and they instantly are drawn to that, but to be honest, it is rarely the things that are liked by the masses that are the greatest works of all.  I hope that sticks with you.

Until next time, a quote,

“You still don’t get it, do ya?  Huh?  Your boy gave you up!  That’s right.  And we didn’t have to torture his ass neither!”  -Omar Little, The Wire

Peace out,

Maverick

Stop Quoting Your Book at Me. And God Denial?

So, here is a contention that I have had for a long time and has never really voice in any significant way until I saw a new video uploaded on YouTube by a good YouTuber named rationalwarrior.  He talked about in a very simple way, but I will get into the details.  I want to get into the details because the fact is that the Bible, Koran, Torah, or any of the other holy books are terrible and hopelessly subjective sources of information.  Not to mention there isn’t a single piece of information in them supported by evidence.

Look, here’s a nifty fact – the Bible is a REALLY boring book.  I’ve read it from cover to cover, and the fact is that the book is boring!  The characters are flat and one-dimensional.  The plot lines are hopelessly complicated to the point that the average intellectual wouldn’t be able to suspend their disbelief, and worse than that, they’re boring.  They are really boring.  Every story is told in a melodramatic pose like the guy in the original Planet of the Apes screaming “get your paws off me you damn dirty apes!”  I wouldn’t enjoy this book as a reading material on my own.

But what makes it worse is that people quote this book like it is somehow true because it exists.  There is a quote by the main antagonist of the video game Assassin’s Creed, Warren Vidic, about how things are in this world when it comes to literature and what you can find in literature.  He said that you can put anything you want into a book, and the moment you do, people start to believe that you have said the truth.  Here was his response –

Anyone can write a book.  And they can put whatever they want onto its pages.  Used to be we thought the world was flat.  Or that the moon landing was a hoax.  I believe there’s also a book, claims the world was created in seven days.  Best-seller too.

And that is the truth.  You can put whatever you want into a book, and guess what – because it’s a in a book doesn’t mean it’s true.  There are books saying that the world is flat.  They’re not true.  There are books talking about how the moon landing was faked.  They’re not true.  There are books talking about how 9/11 was an inside job.  They are also not true.  Just because something is written in a book doesn’t make it true.

The fact is that when a person of faith quotes their book to me, I take it about as seriously as a person who is speaking in “tongues” when we all know it’s just gibberish.  And I could just as easily do it back to you.  I could quote any number of books.  I could quote any source and claim it as fact.  I could quote The Social Network and claim it is fact.

You’re offering a conclusion not found in evidence.”

Ironically enough, that’s the truth.  You aren’t offering a conclusion found in evidence.  The absolute lack of evidence of a supreme being (and the burden of proof is on you, religious people) should say something.  But the fact is that quoting a book to me like it is the absolute truth and telling me to believe it just the same is not only not convincing, but the fact that it convinces you says something.  Something that isn’t good.

I wrote a post about how people can get their values from television, and how absolutely ridiculous it is.  It is equally stupid to get your values system from a book.  Worse, a single book.  You are basing your entire life’s system of morals and value on what you read in a book.  You are basing your entire system of behavior not only on a single book, but also a book that was edited and have parts that were meant to be in it thrown out.  Whole Gospels, a lot of Gospels were thrown out of the Bible.  They were thrown out of that book because the Catholic church didn’t like them.  This is a book that is not only biased, but had any part of it that didn’t agree with the rest thrown out.

And also there are parts that are altered.  It even says that the texts in some regards were changed.  So, the book has missing pieces, has had parts changed deliberately, has been basically screwed with by lots of people, so the legitimacy of what it says should already be suspect to you, and you believe it like it is truth.  That’s weakness right there.  It is weakness and denial.

See, I was approached some time ago by a man who believes that I am a “God-denier.”  He believes that I am in “G0d-denial.”  This guy was a flaming idiot.  Let me explain.  Denial is when you have a concept.  All the evidence points to it being true, and you choose to ignore it.  Take Holocaust denial, for instance.  There are not only first-hand accounts of what happened, but there are mass-graves, the facilities where the killing of Jews was happening, there is a metric ton of evidence (don’t tell a white nationalist that, like the people on Prothink.org.  That might make them think, which is something that we all know that none of them can do) that the Holocaust happened.  So, to be in denial of it is a sensible term because the evidence is overwhelming to one side.

However, when it comes to God-denial, there is no claim to call it denial.  For one thing, there isn’t a single shred of proof, none whatsoever, that God is real, or that any supreme being is real.  It is an unfalseafiable claim.  Meaning that it cannot be proven or disproven.  So I’m not in denial.  There is no evidence to say I’m in denial.  Plus, denial requires that you know what the truth is, you just choose to look the other way.  I am not doing that, because there is no truth about this.  There is no proof about this.  There is nothing at all.

So, stop quoting your book at me.  Stop talking about it like it is the absolute truth.  Stop telling me I am wrong.  Go the fuck away.  I don’t talk to idiots.

Until next time, a quote,

“And I said, well, according to this book, God doesn’t exist.  Because it said so in this book.  Would that be convincing to you?  I think not.  And it shouldn’t be, because it’s a bullshit argument.”  -rationalwarrior, We Don’t Believe Them Either So Stop Quoting

Peace out,

Maverick

Glenn Beck and Anders Breivik: Are They So Different?

Now, before you all go off saying the Glenn Beck hasn’t killed anybody, I know.  At least that much Beck has going for him.  Of course, his endless quotes telling people to “rise up” and encouraging people to be as militant as possible does say something, but let’s not get too much into that because that isn’t what’s important right now.  What is important right now is the fact that Glenn the fucking idiot Beck seems to agree with all of the talking points of the terrorist in Norway, Anders Breivik.

It has come to light over the last few days that Anders was a very right-wing man.  He hated multiculturalism, the liberal way of thinking, and he also hated Muslims.  He hated that there was Muslim immigration in Norway and Europe.  The real irony of it all is that these have been talking points of, as Keith Olbermann calls him, Lonesome Rhodes Beck for some time.  For those of you who don’t know, the name reference comes from the film “Face in the Crowd.”  I won’t go into that, but it is a good movie.  See it.

Anyway, Beck has mirrored a lot of these points about how Muslims are evil and how they are a threat to western society for some time.  During the big overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, he was talking about how the Muslim Brotherhood was going to take power and then, take over the world!  This guy has been doing his fear mongering demagoguery like this for years.  Ever since 2009 when Fox News brought him on, as TJ Kincaid said in a recent video

He is a social critic devoid of social awareness and critical thinking.  He’s a brain-dead brain washer and a slightly washed-up on at that.”

The fact is that Glenn Beck shouldn’t be relevant anymore, but he comes back swinging into the spotlight by his most recent comments about the shooting that happened in Oslo, Norway, recently.  His thoughts were so stupid, so ignorant, and have pissed me off.  I have a few choice clips from his radio show that I will play for you now that will prove the Glenn Beck and Anders Breivik really aren’t that different, ideologically speaking.  In fact, they’re the exact same person.

I don’t think we made a comment on it because we didn’t know other than there was a bombing that happened.  And as the thing started to unfold, and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler youth, or whatever.  I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics?”

Unbelieveable!  Un-fucking-believeable!  Does this guy not have any shame at all?  Does the weight of his own evil nature not affect him in the slightest way?  Does the fact that he says things that are so fucking stupid just not get to him?  I guess it must not.  He keeps on about how the liberal mentality is just like Hitler, the same way the pope goes on that atheists are like Hitler, and how Bryan Fischer that gay people are just like Hitler.  Evil fuckers every one.  And they don’t care.  It doesn’t bug them.  They can be as evil as they want and it doesn’t even phase them!  But he keeps going.

And never mind having a camp for the things you believe in.  Beck’s right, that is so weird.

And he continues in his tirade to defend the very points that Breivik was talking about!  Beck goes on in his show about how multi-culturalism is bad and how Islam is bad.

We don’t want to kill our daughters in ‘honor killings.’  We don’t want to stone people to death.  We don’t want our husbands to have, what is it?  Hourly marriage.  We like to call it ‘prostitution’ here in the United States.  That Sharia Law does not have a place in today’s world.”

Those word, the same words that the shooter in Norway was motived by, ideologically speaking.  He was motivated by the belief the Islam is the enemy and multiculturalism was the enemy, the kids at the camp was weird, and he was making what he believed to be a necessary stand against them and the people who espouse those beliefs.  He believed his actions were required.  But every point that he killed all of those people by was the same talking points that Beck just defended!  He defended his mentality and his way of thinking while trying to distance himself from Breivik.  Why?  They’re so much alike.

I suppose probably the biggest difference that I see between Beck and Breivik is that Beck is a Moron, oh sorry, Mormon, and Breivik is a hardcore Christian fundamentalist.  Yup, difference of faith is the only thing (aside from Beck not killing anybody) that I see as a major difference between these two characters and their ideologies.  I like what TJ brought up, that at least with Breivik, he has been deranged on his resume as an excuse for how he behaves.  What is Beck’s excuse?  What is his excuse for his endless amount of bigotry against Islam?  I hate Islam.  I think it violent and loathesome, but I don’t hate the people who believe it.  I hate the belief.  What is Beck’s excuse?  He calls pretty much all Muslims terrorists, all liberals Nazis, anybody who doesn’t agree with him a socialist (not a bad word to me, but then-again, I doubt Beck and any of his dipshit followers know what it really means).

What’s worse is that Beck has a bunch of ignorant dumbass followers who nod their empty heads whenever he talks and sink the money they don’t have into buying his dumbass books and going to his ignorant social gatherings.  People are free to blow their money on whatever they want, but I reserve the right to make fun of them for following a man who basically agreed with everything Breivik did the shooting for.

And the really interesting thing is that Beck tries to seperate himself from Breivik.  Here’s his defense –

 This guy who’s the shooter, is from the right-wing.  Different than our right-wing.  It is still big-government.  He is coming out and he is doing the work of a madman.  He is doing the work of what all people that want big government always do, and that is, commit terrorist acts.”

Yup, everybody who wants big government kills people.  Un-fucking-believable.  This guy is so stupid that there isn’t a way to register his level if idiocy.  His own ignorance is drowning in stupidity.  And what’s more, he agrees with all the talking points of Breivik, but doesn’t get that he does.  Pure stupid.

Until next time, a quote,

“So here’s my question for Glenn Beck – if you’re nothing like Anders Behring Breivik, then why the fuck are you so much like Anders Behring Breivik?”  -TJ Kincaid, Glenn Beck Said What?!?!

Peace out,

Maverick

It’s High Time For Video Games to be Cultural Art

When you hear of a titles like – To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Indiana Jones, The Matrix, Star Wars, Star Trek, The Old Man and the Sea, Moby Dick, and a million others, you think of some great pieces of creation that people often make a point about if you don’t get a reference from them or if the themes of one of them elude you.  They are parts of our culture that the academic community has fully come to accept.  There are even classes in universities about these forms of art and how they have affected modern culture.

But you want to know another form of art that has been neglected to find acceptance from the academic community as a big part of our culture – video games.  But the fact is that the Mario theme is a song that is almost universally recognized not only in this country, but all over the world.  Video games have become such a massive part of our culture in the same way as books, films, TV shows, you name it.

For real, when you see the warm and charming face of Mario, you have a memory.  I was brought up in a world that Mario was a big part of.  Him and those like him who have been involved in the evolution of this genre are now a huge part of our culture, even if the academic community doesn’t want to accept it.  For real, I can list of a million characters, and each and every one of you will know who I am talking about, and have a feeling or a thought about these characters and what they mean to you.

Cloud Strife, Link, Mario and Luigi, Mewtwo, Donkey Kong, Solid Snake, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Albert Wesker, and the Master Chief.  All of these names (or probably almost all of them) are a part of a culture that my generation has grown up coming to know and love.  We have come to care about these characters because they mean something.  They are important.  It is one of the reasons that when they screw up a video game movie by making an absolute piece of crap, it says something.

Plus, one of the aspects about knowable and likeable video game character is that they stand the test of time better than novel characters.  You read a novel, you can see into a time period that it was written in, but with video game characters, they have to evolve to keep up.  In fact, most of these characters have been pioneers in their own way for the evolution of this genre.  Most of them have been involved in every step of the way of video game evolution.  Mario has been here for almost every Nintendo system.  The Master Chief is still what the Xbox is known for.  Halo: Combat Evolved was the game that made the Xbox’s reputation.  And what’s more, it is pretty clear that these things are such a huge part of modern culture.

It should be obvious from the fact that so many movies are made from these works that they are a large part of American and worldwide culture.  Granted, all of those movies (without a single exception) have sucked, but the point is that filmmakers realize how big a part of our culture they are.  It is just general incompetance that has led to them all sucking, because not a single filmmaker has gotten the source material enough to make a decent movie of them.

The big theory among the video game lovers is that games are inherantly impossible to make into films given how complex they are.  Another reason that games should be recognized as art – they have stories that are complicated enough for any critic to enjoy.  The games that are held in such high esteem, the best ones, are the ones with spectacular storyline.  When most people hear that, they think that that only comes in the realms of RPG’s.  Not true.  There are games of every genre that have great stories.  Bioshock told the story of an underwater metropolis that fell apart and the character is just trying to survive and get away from this nightmare.  Dead Space tells the story of a starship that was victim to a alien race and an alien artifict, along with the main character trying to stay alive and to not join the ranks of the living dead that inhabit the darkened and blood-stained corridors.

I like the video that GrapplingIgnorance did on this and what he believed should happen with the video game culture

For too long have video games been denied entrance into the prestigious of cultural contributions, while they have provided as much inspiration, adventure, diversion and entertainment to the modern youth as any works of popular fiction have done for generation of the past.

He is absolutely right.  The fact is that video games have had as much of a cultural impact as any of the other works.  They are continuing to have a cultural impact as they are evolving with the times.  The stories are more complex, the characters are more realistic.  The visuals are so arresting that you feel like you are there with the people who you are playing.

What’s more, the intellectuals who look down on those who play video games fail to realize that this war has happened before.  Back when film first came about, there was a huge controversy on what was artistic, and a lot of grumpy old men didn’t like to see them regarded as art forms.  When television became a big deal, many intellectuals didn’t like the idea of including TV shows as forms of cultural relevance.  Now we have whole classes about the cultural themes and contributions of one of the greatest shows created – The Wire.  There has been (and still is, in a way) a huge debate about whether or not comic books should be considered artistic.

It is a very difficult for a culture that has had such a rigorous system for so long like America has to accept new things, to accept change (look at the debate over gay marriage).  It is not easy for a person to be able to step outside of their zones of comfort and look at the big picture.  But the fact is that video games are just as significant to our culture now as the books of the past were to theirs, and the films of the past were to their generation.  The pruddish scholarly types have to accept that video games are a huge part of our culture, and as time goes on, it isn’t going to get less that way, it is going to get moreso.

Until next time, a quote,

“For too long have those who sit in a chair to read books for hours been considered the automatic intellectual superiors of those processing information, solving puzzles, committing to mastery of newly-learned skills, and interacting with an impossible virtual world that surrounds them.”  -GrapplingIgnorance, Underdog of Culture Contribution

Peace out,

Maverick

Modern Feminism is a Joke, Part III!

Yet again, TJ Kincaid, my favorite YouTuber, has brought something to my attention that correlates with something that I have been noticing in the system of this country for a very long time.  It is that there is a HUGE disparity for what is acceptable for men to say and what is acceptable for women to say.  There is also a huge disparity in the legal system favoring one gender over the other, but you wanna know something – it isn’t men.  The system and the media disparity favors women WAY more than it favors men, and as for me, I think that not only is it bullshit, but it is part of the reason that I have such a huge problem with modern feminism.

So, for those of you who don’t know, there is a show on CBS called “The Talk.”  It is their version (in really every conceivable way) of The View.  Really, there is no huge difference.  It is a bunch of women sitting around a table and talking about pop culture (something I loathe with my entire being), celebrity news, their problems, whatever.  I like how Family Guy depicted The View, because I depict The Talk the exact same way.

In any case, on this show they talked about a story that was in the news.  A man asked his wife for a divorce.  Instead of talking about it rationally, she decided to chop his dick off and sticks it in the garbage disposal.  You would think that the response this horrible crime would have been revulsion, right?  Wrong!  Sharron Osbourne, one of the women who talks on that show, thought it was so funny!  Here is the clip that I am refering to.  Watch it and be prepared to be sick.  Her comment about this was –

I mean, I don’t know the circumstances, I don’t know why he filed for divorce, I don’t know between them, however, I do think it’s quite fabulous.  I mean, can you just imagine that thing wizzing around the disposal, it’s like…”

And the reaction from the audience – laughter.  They laughed to their heart’s content.  They laughed until their sides split.  It was a gesture that says something really awful to me, and should say the same thing to all of you – that it is perfectly acceptable to laugh at something like this.  Let me put this plainly – this woman is a criminal!  She committed a crime!  She deserves to have the book thrown at her and to rot in jail!  And I hope she does.  I hope she suffers in the American penal system because of what she has done.  No man deserves to have this done to him.  But really, it isn’t that she did this that gets on my nerves so much.

What bothers me the most is that it is acceptable to laugh at this.  And if a man protests, he is called sexist.  What’s more, if the situation were reversed, and it was a man (and a woman on The Talk brought up this very point and I am so grateful that at least one of these cackling harpies had the decency to do it) who was laughing over a woman getting her genitals cut off after she told her husband she wanted a divorce, the media uproar would be incredible.  The attacks would be endless.  It would be a storm of media hellfire!  And when this thought was posed on The Talk, do you know what Osbourne’s response was –

It’s different, though.  One’s floppy and wide and sometimes stick up like that (makes a hand gesture), it’s easy to do that!”

This harpy, this sociopathic harpy actually has the nerve to make this joke?  Really?!  This is bullshit, and the fact that it is accepted and even looked positively upon by the female culture in this country is even worse.  But what really is worse is that it goes beyond the media.  The legal system has it too.

There was a case where a woman got a shotgun, went into her husband’s room late at night, (This was on Forensic Files, on Tru TV) put the shotgun to his temple, and blew his brains out all over the bed.  She killed her husband in cold blood.  All of the evidence points to her doing this in cold blood.  She was arrested for the crime and it went to trial.  On the stand she says that he deserved it because he beat her and abused her mentally.  This man deserved to go to jail for spousal abuse, he deserved a lot of things, but never, in any possible conceivable way did he deserve to get killed in his sleep.  This wasn’t self-defense.  She wasn’t in any danger.  She walked into the room and blew his fucking brains out while he was sleeping.  And what was the verdict?  Not guilty.  She was acquited of this crime because the jury believed that he did deserve it.

WHAT?!  Are you fucking kidding me?!  He deserved to get murdered in cold blood?!  Is this a statement we want in this country?  I love a quote by TJ –

That’s American justice, that’s how we perceive these gender issues in America.”

And what’s more, it goes beyond stuff like this.  In divorce cases, it has been (it is changing now, but this is a VERY recent development and the numbers are still very one-sided) tradition that the men pay alimony because the belief has been that women are incapable and need to be given more.  In divorce cases, it is routinely believed that the mother is the better parent than the father.  In sexual harassment cases, it is pretty routine to believe the man was the one who did the wrong.  Michael Chrichton wrote a great book about the concept of sexual harassment and how it is perceived in the workplace called Disclosure.  I recommend it because there is a quote from it that was great.

In this quote, the husband is talking to his wife.  They are both very upper-class citizens and the wife (who is a wealthy lawyer at a successful law firm) is talking about how women are oppressed in this country.  Here was the husband, Tom Sanders, response –

How are you oppressed?  You never wash a load of clothes.  You never cook a meal.  You never sweep a floor.  Somebody does all that for you.  You have somebody do everything for you.  You have somebody take your kids to school and somebody pick them up.  You’re a partner at a law firm, for Christ’s sake.  You’re about as oppressed as Leona Helmsley.”

The fact is that the oppresion of women is something we just don’t have in this country.  In Iran, it is a huge issue.  In China it is a huge issue.  In Russia it is a huge issue.  The fact is that in this country women have so much more opportunities and the fact is that women are now becoming more and more the breadwinners of a house.  There was a report on ABC where women were complaining about the fact that they have to pay alimony, and how it is becoming a reverse of what the complaint used to be.

But to put this point home, there was a story about something that happened in Russia (now, there is some serious contention as to whether or not this is true, but the reaction is what we are going to talk about) where a guy tried to rob a woman’s store, and she beat the shit out of him, tied him up in the back, and raped him for several days.  The reaction to this was appalling.  She has a fan-page now on Facebook, people comment about how great this is, how he deserved to be fed Viagra and be kept as a sex slave of this woman for three days.

This is the reason that feminism in the modern age is such a joke to me – because it doesn’t address these kinds of disparities.  If the situation were reversed with the woman in the store, what would be the reaction?  Women were saying about how this empowers women!  That is bullshit!  This is sick, but in countries like this where women have a multitude of opportunities and where they are more and more becoming the more enabled class, the feminists don’t address this.  Instead, we have bullshit feminism like Rebecca Watson talking about how a guy should talk to a girl, or Eve Bit First talking about why a man is a rape-supporter.  They talk about how porn is evil.  They talk about absolute bullshit, but do they touch this, does the bulk of the community goes after this?  Not a fucking chance.  It is the biggest double-standard that I have EVER seen.

Here is the reason it is a joke to me, and the last I am going to talk about it because I have kind of gilded the lilly already, and it is time to move on.

Until next time, a quote,

“This is why I can’t fucking take feminism seriously.  I just can’t.  I can’t take it seriously.  Because they don’t address things like this.  They want to talk about the disparities between genders but they never want to talk about this shit.”  -TJ Kincaid, It’s Only Sexist When Men Do It

Peace out,

Maverick