Games Beaten As Of 2018

I thought it was time to share more of my accomplishments! I posted a list a few years back but I’ve had plenty of time since then to add to the list. So as of April 6th, 2018, these are the games I’ve beaten! (Bear in mind, there are some that aren’t so much “beaten” as they are turned over. In the case of the NHL games, I take it to my first Stanley Cup victory and consider that a ‘win’ since those games go on for eternity and don’t actually have a game over credit roll. Same is true of other sports games.) Even given those facts, I feel pretty accomplished for my list here! A list I started compiling back in the early 90s because, as a youth, I wanted to know just what games I’d finished. And it’s only grown longer since then. If you’re reading this, THANKS! Elsewise, this is purely for me!

COLOR CODING USED:

VERY FIRST GAME (IE GAME #1 BEATEN)

QUARTER NUMBERED GAMES (IE GAME #25, #50, #50 UP TO 100TH PLACE)

100TH PLACED GAMES (IE GAME #100, #200, #300, ETC ETC)

GENERAL GAMES BEATEN THAT MEET NO MILDSTONE

 

1987

Baseball        (#1)                                         NES

Wizards N Warriors                                    NES

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  2

1988

The Legend of Zelda                                    NES

Tiger Heli                                                      Rounded Out           NES

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  2

1989

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest                   NES

Abadox                                                        w/code           NES

Astyanax                                                    w/code           NES

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  3

 1990

Dragon Spirit                                               NES

Dragon Warrior                                           NES

Pro Wrestling                                               NES

Bad Dudes                                                    w/code           NES

Robocop                                                        NES

Monster Party                                              NES

Skate Or Die                                                 Rounded Out               NES

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles                   ARC

TMNT 2: The Arcade Game                       NES

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  9

 1991

Faxanadu                                                      NES

Yo! Noid                                                        NES

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  2

 1992

Tiny Toon Adventures                                 NES                                                                March

TMNT 3: The Manhattan Project             NES                                                                March

Super C (Super Contra)                              w/code   NES                                                                April

Rescue Rangers                                            NES                                                                June

Ducktales                                                      NES                                                                July

Super Mario World                                     SNS                                                                 Aug

TMNT IV: Turtles in Time  (#25)              SNS                                                                 Sept

Quackshot                                                    GEN                                                               Oct

 Contra                                                         w/code          NES                                           Nov

Sonic The Hedgehog                                   GEN                                                               Dec

Xardion                                                         SNS                                                                 Dec

TMNT: Fall of the Foot Clan                     GBY                                                                Dec

                                                                                                           Total For Time Period: 12

 1993

TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist                   GEN                                                               Jan

Buster Douglas Boxing                              GEN                                                               Jan

Krusty’s Super Funhouse                           SNS                                                                 Feb

Bases Loaded                                               GBY                                                                Feb

Bonk’s Adventure                                        TGS                                                                March

Super Castlevania IV                                  SNS                                                                 March

WWF: Royal Rumble                                  SNS                                         01                    June

Batman Returns                                           SNS                                        14                    June

Tiny Toon Adventures:  Buster’s Hidden Treasure        GEN                07                    July

The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link              NES                30                    July

The Legend of Zelda III: A Link To The Past                  SNS                03                    Aug

Splatter House                                              TGS                                        18                    Aug

Jurassic Park                                                GEN                                       07                    Sept

Golden Axe                                                   SCD                                        15                    Oct

Silpheed                                                         SCD                                                                Nov

Mortal Kombat                                             SNS                                         09                    Nov

Starfox                                                           SNS                                                                 Nov

Robocop 2                                                     NES                                        15                    Nov

The Legend of Zelda IV: Link’s Awakening           GBY                          25                    Nov

Jurassic Park            (#50)                          SNS                                         14                    Dec

Sonic The Hedgehog 2                                GEN                                       28                    Dec

Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck                     SCD                                                                Dec

                                                                                                            Total for Time Period: 22

 1994

Micro Machines                                           GEN                                       22                    Jan

Sonic The Hedgehog                                   SCD                                        03                    March

Sonic The Hedgehog 3                                GEN                                       05                    March

TMNT: Tournament Fighters                    GEN                                                               June

TMNT: Tournament Fighters                    SNS                                         14                    July

Cool Spot                                                      GEN                                       29                    Aug

Mortal Kombat II                                         SNS                                         13                    Sept

Sonic The Hedgehog: Sonic & Knuckles (1,2,3)     GEN                          01                    Nov

Donkey Kong Country                                SNS                                         24                    Dec

 Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition              GEN

                                                Raptor Ending                                              28                    Dec

                                                Grant Ending                                                29                    Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 10

 1995

Rock N Roll Racing                                     SNS

                                                Regular Ending                                            02                    Jan

                                                Warrior Ending                                            02                    Jan

                                                Veteran Ending                                            03                    Jan

Mario Andretti Racing                                GEN                                       10                    Jan

Robocop Vs Terminator                             SNS                                         22                    Jan

Sunset Riders                                                GEN                                                               June

Silver Surfer                                                  w/code           NES                04                    July

Rocket Knight Adventures                          GEN                                       10                    July

Lagoon                                                          SNS                                         15                    July

Zool 2                                                             JAG                                       

Super Mario Bros 3 (Mario All Stars)     SNS                                         10                    Aug

Super Mario Bros 2 (Mario All Stars)     SNS                                         27                    OCT

Chaotix                                                          32X                                                                 Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 11

 1996

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island      SNS                                         21                    Jan

Illusion of Gaia        (#75)                          SNS                                         31                    Jan

Super Mario RPG                                        SNS                                         06                    July

Tekken                                                           PSX                                                                Sept

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest           SNS                      11                    Sept

Super Mario 64                                            N64                                         17                    Oct

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  6

1997

Suikoden                                                        PSX                                        08                    June

Vandal Hearts                                              PSX                                        13                    June

Starfox 64                                                      N64                                         06                    July

Tomb Raider                                                 PSX                03:15 AM      01                    Sept

Final Fantasy VII                                        PSX                03:40 AM      12                    Sept

X-Men Vs. Streetfighter                              ARC                                        22                    Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  6

1998

Tomb Raider II                                             PSX                                        16                    Jan

Resident Evil 2                                             PSX

                                                Leon Ending                                                 04                    May

                                                Claire Ending                                                                       June

Tekken 3                                                        PSX                                        04                    May

X-Men Vs. Streetfighter (Import)              SAT                                                                 July

The Legend of Zelda V: Ocarina Of Time                  N64      01:25 AM      10             Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  5

1999

Resident Evil: Director’s Cut                    PSX

                                                Jill Valentine                                                01                    May

                                                Chris Redfield                                                                      May

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  1

2000

The Legend of Zelda VI: Majora’s Mask         N64                                15                    Nov

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis                            DRC                                       06                    Dec

Resident Evil: Code Veronica                   DRC                                       13                    Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  3

2001

Final Fantasy IX                                          PSX                                                                Apr

Legend of Dragoon                                     PSX                                                                Sept

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver                     PSX                                                                Nov

Timesplitters                                                 PS2                                                                 Nov

Final Fantasy X                                           PS2                                                                 Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  5

 2002

Forgotten Realms: Baldur’s Gate (#100) PS2                                                                 Mar

Star Wars: Rogue Leader (Rogue Squadron II)       NGC                                               Apr

Resident Evil (Remake)                              NGC

                                                Jill Valentine                                                03                    May

                                                Chris Redfield                                                                      May

Starcraft                                                        CPU                                                               Aug

Timesplitters 2                                              NGC                                                               Oct

Halo                                                               XBX

                                                Normal Mode                                                                       Oct

                                                Legendary Mode                                                                 

Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy      PS2                                                                 Nov

Dragonball Z: Budokai                              PS2                                                                 Nov

Silent Hill 2                                                   XBX

                                                Reg Game w/James: Walking Away                                 Nov

                                                Restless Dreams: Mary                                                       Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  9

2003

Resident Evil 0                                             NGC                                                               Feb

The Legend of Zelda VII: Windwaker      NGC                                       07                    Apr

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic      XBX

                                                Light Side Ending                                        27                    July

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell                        XBX                                                                July

Metal Gear Solid                                         PSX                                                                Aug

Star Wars: Rebel Strike (Rogue Squadron III)       NGC                                              Sept

Soul Caliber II                 NGC       UsingLink                                                                  Nov

Final Fantasy X-2                                        PS2

                                                Standard Ending                                          25                    Dec

                                                Special Ending I                                                                   Dec

Kingdom Hearts                                           PS2                                         30                    Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  9

2004

Silent Hill 3                                                   PS2

                                                Good Ending                                                02                    Jan

Beyond Good & Evil                                   PS2                                         02                    Feb

Silent Hill                                                      PSX

                                                Bad Ending                                                                           Mar

Devil May Cry                                              PS2                                                                 Mar

Thief: Deadly Shadows                               XBX                22:00 PM      05                    June

Star Ocean: Till The End of Time             PS2

                                                Pepito Ending                                                                       Aug

                                                Sophia Ending                                                                      Aug

                                                Nel Ending                                                                            Aug

Halo 2                                                            XBX

                                                Normal Mode                                               11                    Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  7

2005

Resident Evil 4         (#125)                        NGC               02:30 AM      03                    Feb

The Granstream Saga                                 PSX                17:30 PM      10                    Feb

Wild Arms 3                                                  PS2                 00:58 AM      14                    Mar

Silent Hill 4: the Room                               PS2                 00:31 AM      23                    Mar

Timesplitters: Future Perfect                    PS2                 21:10 PM      29                    Mar

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow      XBX     16:16 PM      30            Mar

Okage Shadow King                                    PS2                 00:29 AM      13                    Apr

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory      XBX         22:35 PM      13                    June

Haunting Ground                                        PS2

                                                Good Ending                        02:40 AM      28                    June

Arc The Lad: Twilight of Spirits                PS2                 03:15 AM      30                    June

Ico                                                                  PS2                 17:25 PM      06                    July

Xenosaga                                                      PS2                 18:45 PM      15                    July

Star Wars: KOTOR II: The Sith Lords     XBX

                                                Light Side Ending                14:10 PM      11                    Aug

Contra: Shattered Soldier                          PS2                 17:10 PM      15                    Aug

Jade Empire                                                 XBX

                                                Good Ending                        15:39 PM      17                    Aug

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim                      PS2                 15:40 PM      22                    Aug

Xenosaga II                                                   PS2                 23:52 PM      28                    Aug

Sly Cooper & The Thievus Raccoonus     PS2                 23:31 PM      02                    Sept

Sly 2: Band of Thieves                                PS2                 20:15 PM      09                    Sept

Jak II                                                              PS2                 20:45 PM      15                    Sept

Jak 3                                                               PS2                 17:32 PM      19                    Sept

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves                     PS2                 18:27 PM      01                    Oct

Xenogears                                                     PSX                17:25 PM      14                    Oct

Mercs (Capcom collection)                        PS2                 15:29 PM      19                    Oct

Forgotten Worlds                                        PS2                 14:19 PM      20                    Oct

1943 KAI (Capcom Collection)     (#150) PS2                 11:05 AM      11                    Nov

Wild Arms                                                     PSX                15:11 PM                              Dec

Wild Arms 2nd Ignition                                PSX                13:01 PM      22                    Dec

Ratchet & Clank                                          PS2                                                                 Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 29

2006

Sailor Moon S (Import)                              SGG               18:51 PM      05                    Feb

Wild Arms: 4th Detonator                           PS2                 01:47 AM      22                    Feb

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

                                                                        PS2

                                                Normal Ending                     00:50 AM      22                    Mar

                                                Special Ending                     12:13 AM      01                    May

Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermilion        

                                                                        PSP                18:37 PM      31                    Mar

 Kingdom Hearts II                                     PS2

                                                Standard Ending                  20:54 PM      04                    Apr

                                                Special Ending                     02:23 AM      26                    Apr

Thief: The Dark Project                             CPU               18:29 PM      14                    June

Radiata Stories                                             PS2

                                                Non-Human Ending            23:17 PM      18                    June

Star Ocean: The 2nd Story                           PSX

                                                Rena/Claude Ending           23:45 PM      06                    July

Grandia III                                                    PS2                 14:06 PM      21                    July

Heroes of the Pacific           Pilot               PS2                 15:43 PM      31                    July

Darkwatch                            Cowboy         PS2                 18:58 PM      02                    Aug

Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus      PS2

                                                Hard                                       23:36 PM      18                    Aug

                                                Special Ending                     16:04 PM      20                    Aug

Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)

                                                                        PS2                 00:15 AM      20                    Sept

Final Fantasy XII                                        PS2                 00:55 AM      24                    Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 14

2007

Rogue Galaxy                                               PS2                 12:42 AM      27                    Apr

Splinter Cell: Double Agent                       360                 01:34 AM      18                    July

Prey                                                                360                 22:30 PM      28                    Aug

Blue Dragon                                                 360                 22:00 PM      16        Sun     Sept

 Blazing Angels                     Veteran          360                 00:06 AM      25        Tue     Sept

Halo 3                                    Normal          360                 23:56 PM      26        Wed    Sept

Bioshock                                Normal          360

                                                Little Sister Savior               22:54 PM      08        Thu     Nov

Assassin’s Creed      (#175)                        360                 03:45 AM      30        Fri      Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  8

2008

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare              360

                                                Normal                                  01:57 AM      20        Thu     Mar

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed             360

                                                Light Side                              13:20 PM      28        Fri      Nov

Mirror’s Edge                      Normal          360                 01:39 AM      25        Thu     Dec

Silent Hill Homecoming     Normal          360                 02:40 AM      26        Fri      Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  4

2009

Star Ocean: The Last Hope                        360                                                                 Mar

Star Ocean: First Departure                     PSP                19:30 PM      08        Wed    Apr

Mass Effect                                                   360                 01:56 AM      02        Sat      May

Resident Evil 5                                             360                 02:53 AM      11        Mon    May

Shadow of the Colossus                              PS2                 20:40 PM      06        Thu     Aug

Steambot Chronicles                                   PS2                 00:00 AM      22        Sat      Aug

Max Payne                                                    PS2                 13:30 PM      18        Fri      Sept

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne      PS2                 00:26 AM      06        Tue     Oct

Dead Space                                                   360                 19:34 PM      06        Fri      Nov

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core                   PSP                01:01 AM      08        Sun     Nov

Assassin’s Creed II                                      360                 13:35 PM      23        Mon    Nov

Silent Hill Origins                                       PS2                 11:14 AM      07        Mon    Dec

Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines                      PSP                15:10 PM      08        Tue     Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 13

2010

Final Fantasy IV                                          NDS                19:22 PM      31        Sun     Jan

Mass Effect 2                                                360                 02:18 AM      02        Tue     Feb

Final Fantasy XIII                                       360                 00:36 AM      07        Wed    Apr

Final Fantasy                                               PSP                19:00 PM      22        Thu     Apr

Silent Hill Shattered Memories                 PS2                 15:15 PM      22        Fri      Oct

Assassin’s Creed II: Brotherhood            PS3                 00:36 AM      01        Wed    Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  6

2011

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune                     PS3                 21:38 PM      18        Tue     Jan

Dead Space 2            Normal (#200)          PS3                 19:54 PM      01        Tue     Feb

Dead Space: Extraction                             PS3                 14:08 PM      09        Wed    Feb

Bioshock 2                                                     PS3                 23:07 PM      11        Fri      Nov

Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations              PS3                 17:37 PM      17        Thu     Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  5

 2012

Mass Effect 3                                                360                 18:15 PM      09        Fri      Mar

Silent Hill Downpour                                  PS3                

                                                Normal Ofr.Imprisoned      15:15 PM      24        Tue     Apr

Uncharted 2: Honor Among Thieves        PS3                 22:37 PM      06        Sun     May

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim                      PS3                 19:15 PM      29        Tue     May

Assassin’s Creed III                                    PS3                 21:20 PM      04        Sun     Nov

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period:  5

 2013

Batman: Arkham Asylum                            PS3                 01:26 AM      04        Fri      Jan

Dishonored                                                   PS3                

                                                Good Ending                        16:40 PM      15        Fri      Feb

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time                      PS3                 21:29 PM      27        Wed    Feb

Bioshock: Infinite                                        PS3                 19:35 PM      01        Mon    Apr

Tomb Raider                                                 PS3                 16:17 PM      14        Tue     May

The Simpsons Arcade                                  360                 21:37 PM      28        Tue     May

The Last of Us                                              PS3                 01:12 AM      05        Fri      July

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag               PS3                 20:20 PM      10        Sun     Nov

One Night                                                      CPU               02:52 AM      21        Thu     Nov

                                                                                                             Total For Time Period:  9

2014

Red Dead Redemption                                PS3                 01:45 AM      03        Fri      Jan

Heavy Rain                                                   PS3                 03:34 AM      10        Fri      Jan

                                                ~Jayden dies

                                                ~Shaun saved

Saints Row IV                                               PS3                 02:40 AM      04        Tue     Feb

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception              PS3                 01:46 AM      05        Wed    Feb

Injustice: Gods Among Us                         PS4                 00:05 AM      15        Sat      Feb

Outlast                                                           PS4                 20:24 PM      19        Wed    Feb

Thief                                                               PS4                 21:55 PM      04        Tue     Mar

South Park: Stick of Truth (#225)             PS3                 02:28 AM      07        Fri      Mar

Lone Survivor                                               PS3                 02:52 AM      07        Mon    Apr

Assassin’s Creed IV.2: Freedom Cry          PS4                 02:22 AM      13        Sun     Apr

Assassin’s Creed III.2: Liberation HD      PS3                 01:48 AM      17        Thu     Apr

Thomas Was Alone                                     PS3                 01:20 AM      22        Tue     Apr

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II          PS3                

                                                Light Side                              11:09 PM      08        Thu     May

Dead Space 3                                                PS3                 03:09 AM      20        Tue     May

Wolfenstein The New Order                       PS4                 03:18 AM      31        Sat      May

Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion               PS3                 00:46 AM      03        Tue     Jun

P.T. [Silent Hills Teaser]                             PS4                 17:10 PM      25        Mon    Aug

Soundless Mountain II                               CPU               01:00 AM      09        Mon    Dec

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 18

2015

Assassin’s Creed IV.3: Rogue                   PS3                 03:56 AM      03        Sat      Jan

NHL 13 [Stanley Cup Winner]                  PS3                 02:05 AM      09        Fri      Jan

Assassin’s Creed V: Unity                          PS4                 22:34 PM      11        Sun     Jan

NHL 14                                                          PS3

                        Memorial Cup                                                                                              Jun

Tomb Raider and the Temple of Osiris    PS4                 18:00 PM      10        Tue     Nov

King’s Quest          PS4            Chapter 1                         23:05 PM      24        Thu     Dec                

                                                                                                             Total For Time Period: 6

                                                                                                            Total All Time:          241

 2016

Firewatch                                                      PS4                 05:16 AM      08        Tue     March

Until Dawn                                                   PS4                 22:41 PM      04        Thurs  Aug

                                    Mostly Dead

Life Is Strange                                              PS4                 22:12 PM      12        Wed    Oct

                                                                                                            Total For Time Period: 3

                                                                                                            Total All Time:          244

 2017

Final Fantasy XV                                         PS4                 01:38 AM      06        Fri      Jan

Resident Evil VII                                          PS4                 23:25 PM      08        Wed    Feb

Mass Effect: Andromeda                            PS4                 19:09 PM      07        Fri      Apr

Passportout                                                  PC                  23:34 PM      09        Fri      Jun

South Park Fractured But Whole              PS4                 13:51 PM      21        Sat      Oct

                                                                                                             Total For Time Period: 5

 2018

Assassin’s Creed Origins   (#250)            PS4                 23:42 PM      06        Sat      Jan

Horizon Zero Dawn                                    PS4                 22:18 PM      06        Fri      Apr

                                                                                                             Total For Time Period: 2

                                                                                                            Total All Time:         251

THANKS FOR READING!!

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Oh My God! There’s a WOMAN in your soup!!? Let me introduce you to Metroid, son, where your lead character just turned out to be a woman in a suit of armor! HOLY SHIT! EPIC!

I mean seriously…The Goonies, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Super Mario Bros, Metroid, Duck Hunt, HOWARD the Fucking Duck, Monster Squad, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, SPACEBALLS, Time Bandits, Bad Dudes, Double Dragon, Jaws and all its dumbass sequels, One Crazy Summer, Thundercats, Jem, My Little Pony, Q Bert, and…goddamn the list could go on!

The point is is this (and listen well my little snuggle bunnies), back in the 80s, we knew what entertainment was. We didn’t sit there and try to offend one another and deride each other because we thought Transformers was a serious form of storytelling (IT’S NOT! STOP BASHING MICHAEL BAY FOR MAKING A FUCKING SERIES OF MOVIES ABOUT OVERSIZED ROBOTS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER! THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE, OR MARK TWAIN, OR ISAAC ASSIMOV! THIS IS A SERIES OF MOVIES ABOUT GIANT ROBOTS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER! THAT’S WHAT MICHAEL BAY WAS MADE FOR! SO IF I HEAR ANOTHER PERSON SAYING HOW SHITTY A TRANSFORMERS MOVIE WAS, I’M GOING TO LOSE MY SHIT BECAUSE IT’S A BUNCH OF ROBOTS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THE FREAKIN’ CARTOON WAAAASSSSS!!!! 80S MOTHUFUCKA!! DEAL WITH IT!) No what we did was go ‘Holy shit! Did you see that thing and how AWESOME it was!?’ And we would reply, ‘OMG! Right!? That was totally EPIC!’ Because unlike this current generation we grew up appreciating entertainment for what it was. Entertainment. We didn’t try to attribute any sort of special meaning to it, we were just glad that it was coherent HALF of the time.

For Christ’s sake! One of our Heroes in the 80s was a man wearing nothing more than a loin clothe smacking around a cackling skeleton with vaguely homo erotic undertones with supporting characters so obtuse you’d swear you were watching a porno these days! (He Man Mother Fuckers! Deal with it!)

And yet, you take your entertainment so seriously you can no longer suspend your disbelief? Luke Skywalker wouldn’t act that way? Deadpool isn’t being serious enough? SJWs are taking over our entertainment? I mean, can we stop. Just..just stop. This is bullshit. I’m calling BULLSHIT! SHENANIGANS! IT’S ALL SHENANIGANS!!! Because this is stupid. I go to movies to be entertained. When I’m entertained, I smile. You know what I do when I am NOT entertained? Not do it again and find something else. I keep hearing this phrase over and over again: liberal snowflakes or sometimes just snowflakes. You want to know what us guys from the 80s would tell ya? It takes one to know one.

You don’t like something, that’s fine. But STOP trying to ruin it for others you, you, you SNOWFLAKES! Because you don’t really know what it means to be entertained. You’re soooooo obsessed with what is ‘TRUE’ to the original story, you’ve forgotten how to just lean back and enjoy the ride.

I mean MY generation sat back and LOVED Top Gun! Do you know what happened in it? Nothing. It was just great character development with a half assed action scene at the end. But we LOVED it. Why? Because it ENTERTAINED us!!! Why can’t you be entertained anymore?!?! What are you looking for!??

Ugh. I’m tired. You people make my face tired. Sometime in the next few days I should rent the Transformers Last Knight movie. Just so I can see massive robots kicking the shit out of each other. Because that’s entertainment you rejects!!!

THE FLAT EARTH CONSPIRACY

THE FLAT EARTH CONSPIRACY

Once upon a time, science was regarded as one of the most respectable and important tools in our arsenal to understand our world, ourselves, and our place in the universe. Sure, it’s had its problems, its fanatic practitioners who’ve embarrassed the look of said tool, but always it was driven by fact and observation. Its butted heads with religion but at the end of the day science is not a religion but a practice of logic and practicality. Whereas religion is about feeling and faith, science is cold and calculating. A dominion of the mind.

     If a scientist said the moon was round, composed of various elements, and could only be reached via a slow two day trip, we believed them. Because they were scientists. These were the people who ‘knew’ because they used their minds to solve problems.

     And then something happened.

     Over the last few decades, hardline ideologues with a mind towards the theological, managed to convince a number of the public that scientists were wrong and not to be trusted.

     Global warming being caused by human beings?

     Don’t be ridiculous! Just because we’re pouring 40 billion tons of carbon into the air annually, doesn’t mean that’s having an effect on the environment! Besides, here’s a snowball!

     We need better monitoring systems of NEOs (near earth asteroids)? Ludicrous! A near earth object hasn’t hurt Earth since the dinosaurs! Scientists are just trying to panic you! We’ll never have to worry about that again!

     Immunizations can stop child hood diseases? Laughable! Do you think we don’t see what you’re trying to do!? You’re trying to make our children autistic! Don’t trust them!

     Our energy needs need to change? Preposterous! We’ve been using gasoline for over a century and we’ve never been better! They just want to take away your independence!

     Rhetoric is trumping our scientific understanding. And no where is it more apparent than under the growing movement of the Flat Earth Society.

     Yes. That’s right. There are people who believe that the Earth is flat. Still. And it’s getting larger. The movement that is.

     Now, I’m not going to sit here and give a rational summizing of how they’re wrong and this is the evidence supporting my claims and etc etc etc. Mostly because, I’ve already had this argument many, many times. And it’s frivolous. They just believe it and their minds cannot be changed. So I’m going to take this opportunity to lament over the lost scruples of our new day and age because, obviously, we’re devolving as a society.

     So, just what is the Flat Earth Society and the Flat Earth Movement (affectionately known as ‘flattards’ in some circles)? It is a movement that believes there is a global conspiracy to conceal the true nature of Earth. That every nation on the face of the planet might be in conflict with each other from time to time but agree on this one fundamental issue that they must keep the fact from everyone around the world that the world is actually flat. And that flatness is encircled by a giant sheet of ice known as Antarctica. And that no one has ever crossed that ice sheet because: A) it’s illegal and monitored by every nation’s military and B) because it’s impossible to do.

     They also believe that gravity doesn’t exist. That what we call gravity is a force of acceleration by the massive disk we live on as it continues to fly upward by some unknown force. Through space. Forever. The sun and the moon are also small spheres twirling around each other above us giving us day and night.

     That’s it in a nutshell.

     And this…THIS is what people believe in that movement. It’s impossible to believe that the Earth is round with its own gravity well but, BUT it obviously makes much more sense that a giant disc encompassed by an ice sheet is speeding upwards through space for all eternity with two marbles doing a synchronized dance just above its surface!

     Sure, why not.

     How have we gotten to the point in our society where science is ridiculed but believing THIS is rational!?

     But, Tim, you might say, we have the evidence to show them! We’ve been to space! We travel around the world every day! Photos show the curvature of the globe! Satellites are in geo synchronous orbit! We have the factual evidence of the distances of the sun, the stars, and other planets away from us! We can observe!

     LIES! They’ll tell you. According to the Flat Earther, NASA never went to space. It was made up because we were in the cold war with Russia. Those photos allegedly taken in space?  Fabrications to fool the public.

     Travelers flying on planes, the Flat Earther will say, are not flying around the globe. No they’re actually completing a wide circuit on the disk top that somehow expends less fuel than say flying in a straight line, I guess. OH! But planes also can’t fly in a straight line, they’ll say! Because the pilot must readjust altitude if this were a real globe and since they don’t that shows how flat the Earth really is! Don’t believe me? Watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOWZGky6Rc0

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCbdneAe2gk

     You’ll note that Flat Earthers will keep saying ‘show me the evidence to support your claim’. And when you show the evidence from over three thousand years of human migrational patterns, photos, stories, observations, your own eyes- they’ll dismiss it out right as ‘fake’ because there is NO evidence that you can provide them that will satisfy their conditions of ‘truth’.

     On the other hand, if you ask them to provide evidence to support THEIR claims, the likely response will skirt the ‘it can’t be shown’ argument and references to some idiot over a century and a half ago performing visual experiments on a lake because, to them, a boat doesn’t disappear ‘over’ a horizon, it vanishes view because of a curvature of your eye. But if you grab binoculars or a telescope you can clearly see the boat is still there so therefore the Earth is flat.

     And that’s it. Nonsensical retorts to scientific observations because what science has shown of the true nature is empirical.

     But that’s really part of the modern problem though isn’t it? These days the Flat Earthers CAN exist because our culture encourages them to exist. It’s no longer about empirical evidence and replication of experimentation. It’s no longer about the mind and what you can support with facts. It’s now about how you ‘feel’ something is true and therefore must be. I’ll use a word I once heard Stephen Colbert use: ‘truthiness’.

     Truthiness: I feel it is true so it must be.

     That sums up the state of our nation, of our species any more. The idea that personal world views supersedes factual demonstration is now paramount in the average mind. It’s a self placating gesture to shield oneself from serious problems in a world that continues to become more complicated and difficult to find a solution within.

     That and fear. Both are driving forces convincing people to follow the rhetoric of obvious liars because at least they offer a solution to issues we’re generally ill equipped to contend with. But this sort of personal security comes at the cost of other’s well being.

     If you’re a parent afraid to vaccinate your child because you fear the potential of autism being acquired, then you should be aware of the FACT that you’re definitely putting your child’s health on the line to whatever disease they might have been vaccinated against.

     If you don’t believe that human activities are a direct link to climate change and go out of your way to help elect candidates that are staunchly against environmental regulation, you should be aware that 40 billion tons of pollutants are entering the atmosphere every year. which, admittedly, is only .oo4 percent of the total atmosphere of our biome. However, the caveat being that that very slight change causes a warming of up to 1 degree temperature overall which leads to melting polar caps which add fresh water into the world’s oceans which disrupt currents, change migration patterns, can cause droughts and famine, and alter the soils where we farm making those locations no longer viable for food production.

     If you believe we are not facing an energy crisis and that our society will always have access to fossil fuels, you should know that the future viability of fossil fuels are very much in question and a need for alternative sources of energy production are required moving forward if we don’t want our society coming to a screeching, screaming halt.

     I’m sure a few people reading this will already be saying, “Look at this liberal cuck spewing ideological nonsense! You liberals are why we have problems!” To that I retort that’s part of the problem and what I’m talking about. Science has been demonized so much over the last few decades that it’s been given a label that doesn’t properly denote its value, that if you follow science you must therefore be a liberal. Effectively turning science into an ideology and thusly an enemy to be despised.

     But science is not liberal. It is not conservative. It is a tool. A tool we use to understand our world. The people who use those tools can have an ideology but the observation and replication aspects of the tool espouses no desire and only provides findings. And those findings give us the information we need to make educated decision.s Which is something I should think we’d all want.

     However, too many are taking aim at science. Taking aim at the very notion of finding real, irrefutable facts. Instead favoring ‘alternate facts’ and the idea that feeling is just as valid as the reality around them. Don’t get me wrong, feelings are important. They can keep you out of trouble and help you be wise in your decision making. But feelings are not observable. Alternative facts are not observable. Facts are facts because they were observed to be true. And that comes about by using the scientific approach.

     Unlike Flat Earthers who are the most notable syptom of this increasingly widening problem. And we need to get back to our respect of science. Or one day we’ll all believe we’re living on a giant disk screaming through space with two twirling marbles in the sky just above it giving us night and day.

     Are we sober yet?

 

For further reading check out this excellent article on the subject:

https://www.distract101.com/2017/01/flat-earth-theory-debunked-complete-guide/

To Hell With The PC “Master Race”!

I am so SICK and tired of hearing how AWESOME the PC players are with their nonsense gaming experiences! Playing games on the PC fucking sucks! I mean completely! I have had enough of the obstinance from the PC community thinking they’re superior to the rest of us. I’m a console player through and through and there’s a reason why.

With a console I don’t have to worry about tweaking my damned game to work right. I don’t have to fine tune the details until it is visually acceptable. It works right when I put it in. The controllers do EXACTLY what they’re supposed to do! I don’t have to download this driver or that update. On a console it just does it! This is the disconnect between PC gamers and console gamers. PC gamers don’t understand WHY console gamers like their consoles.

“Well it’s outdated as soon as it releases!” And I say True! But I don’t have to spend 20 hours trying to get my software to work in the vein hope that there won’t be any issues at the end of the process. With a freaking PC I have to be a fucking programmer with advanced knowledge in C++ to make the goddamned game play. This is true for Steam products and EA products and any games that you have to download! Sure, y0u get to customize your experience but keep in mind this you, “master PC gamers”, those of us who like consoles like them because we DON’T have to be fucking programmers to play one fucking game!

It’s fucking ridiculous! If I buy a controller for the PC and plug it in, the mother fucker should work the second I plug it in! I shouldn’t have to find some obsolete driver that may or may not still exist on the internet just to use it! I shouldn’t have to update my windows os to some newer version I just don’t fucking want just to sample the newest game released! Plug N Play is a term for a reason jackasses! And it’s not for me to sit there and pretend I’m something I’m not and to be berated for not being on board with your bullshit to begin with!

What’s great about the PS4 or XBOX One is that you can just put in a game, plug in a controller, and sit back and enjoy the fucking game you just spent 70 dollars on without having to jump through a million hoops! I HATE, HAAATTTTTEEEE PC gaming! It is soooooooooo inconvenient and frustrating! There is NO fun to be had in it unless you’re some psychopath who has hours a day to spend on specking your rig to the optimal settings and knowing what graphical cards you need, what audio drives you need, what cooling systems are required to make your fucking PC actually fucking work!!!!

To HELL with that shit! Sorry for my obscenities but I’ve had enough! Stop claiming to be the superior gaming society when you have to go through a military boot camp just to play the latest release! It’s annoying and inconvenient! You want to know why so many gamers like console releases!? It’s because they don’t have to spec their PS4 or XBOX One every time they buy a game! They can just plug it in and it works! Period! After a dozen hours of just TRYING to sample a new game, I’ve entirely given up! It’s not worth the stress and agitation! It’s not worth the grief! I’ll stick to my consoles thank you fucking much and don’t you come at me anymore with your bullshit PC master race crap! Because I’ll just call you a sadist and a masochist who’s only happy to suffer under the most unbearable of electronic circumstances!

I just wanna play!

Anyhow…that annoys me sometimes so I won’t be doing that anymore. Just wanted to vent my frustration because, damn, it’s ridiculous. But, you know, if that’s your thing, more power to you.

Viva La Console Race!

The New World Order

I’ve been wondering lately about something. Do we still need nations? We’re so divided as a species that we’re all constantly warring with one another over “sovereignty” and “statehood” yet we refuse to be concerned with the issues of others who are not ourselves. This leads to the very real threat of global violence on a scale we’ve never seen before. The fascist tendencies of our administration in the US has isolated us already from many diplomatic connections the world over. I mean, how much power does the UN have anymore themselves? There are five veto wielding members of the UN: The US, Russia, France, the UK, and China. Anyone of those entities can basically at a moment’s notice tell the world to go screw itself and no one can say anything about it.

Iran still seems obsessed with controlling the Middle East agenda. As does Saudi Arabia. North Korea seems to think it’s a real threat to the world while China wants to dominate Asia. The UK voted to leave the EU in the vain conceit that somehow they don’t need the rest of Europe. Africa has always been a hotbed of warlords. Russia is flexing its muscles yet again to show that they’re still relevant. Mexico is in a tiff with the US over the border wall. And ISIS STILL thinks they can establish a caliphate in the middle of territories controlled by multiple governments.

But to what end?

Where does this get ANYBODY?? Are any of us safe? 

Trump keeps spewing rhetoric out of his ass as if he actually gives a damn about anyone other than himself about “making America safe again” or even “Great Again” as if this country has never ever been the backbone of trying to establish some sort of global cooperative that wasn’t just about itself.

And no I’m not excusing the poor behavior America has engaged in in the past. Because, let’s face it, we’ve done fucked up on a number of issues but we at least TRIED in the past to be better than the stupid shit we’ve done. And for one brief moment throughout the late nineties we ALL looked to be becoming a global community finally. After at least a dozen wars worldwide over the last century (oh that’s just what I can think of! I’m sure it’s as high as 40 or more easily!) we’re no closer to being an actual global community than we were since. We all gave up! We listened to our leaders who just wanted to get into an epic dick measuring contest with each other across the world! AND FOR WHAT!?! WHAT ARE WE GETTING OUT OF IT!?! HOW ARE WE BENEFITING FROM ALL THIS CARNAGE!??!

We’re not! Religious wars, oil wars, territory wars, border wars, immigrant wars, hate wars, spite wars, economic wars, climate wars…it just doesn’t fucking end! And whenever you bring up a global government that might be able to bring some sort of hope to the destitute survivors of constant war, you have some assholes spouting nonsense about global conspiracies trying to control the populace! It’s too much! Any sane mind has to ask “why?” Why are we doing this to ourselves? What’s the point of nationalism when nations keep changing and borders keep getting redrawn? Will there ever be a time when we can just put down our arms and look to exploration again? When we can thrive together in a cooperative to preserve our societies and ensure that no one is left behind? Must there always be conflict? 

I see the hate in my own nation. See people turning against each other because of political diatribes and dubious ideologies. We’re all so up our own asses about our own beliefs that we’ve stopped being concerned about how our neighbors are doing. And this is because too often even our neighbors are out to get us! How have we survived this long as a species!?

This has become more than a rant than anything but I need to get this off my chest. I no longer care about nations. I care in being Terran. This is our world. We our ONE species. The color of our skin is meaningless. But the test of our character is eternal. 

I look to stories told such as Mass Effect and see a glimmer of hope in the writing that people want to see a better tomorrow. Want to see our species reach for the stars and to coordinate our efforts to be better than the sum of our parts. That we’re not just the rhetoric of our leaders, but that we, as humanity, have a place in this galaxy. We must be driven to be a United Earth. One that will not put up with mutually assured destruction as a defensive mechanism. That we can protect ourselves from the natural threats present in our solar system and that we can settle Mars. And the moon. And Titan. And even Pluto. That we will work together to solve our problems as a world. As Terrans. Not as individual nations selfishly trying to destroy one another. Because if we can’t…then we don’t exist. And that might be okay from those arrogant SOBs who profess to be looking out for our best interests, but it can’t be okay for our species.

We have to give up our notions of boundaries and focus our efforts on those who would strike out against us. Because those who want to control us (criminals, terrorists, xenophobes, racists, tyrants, imbeciles) don’t represent the best of our kind. They only represent the worst of the individual. And no nation is an individual. It’s made up of a world of people.

So let’s stop being individuals. And start being a world. Because then and only then will we truly be great.

The Trump Presidency: How Did We Get HERE?

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY HOW DID WE GET HERE?

It was Tuesday night. November 4th. 2016. I was mostly drunk and furious. On my knees with tears on my face raging to the heavens at the absurdity I was witnessing. This wasn’t the world I wanted to live in. This wasn’t the way I wanted to see a Republic fall. Or rather, I wailed about not wanting to live through the collapse of my nation.

     I went on Facebook and ranted and raved. My wife locked herself in the bedroom because, despite our vows, she didn’t want to move to Canada. And several of my friends just left Facebook altogether due to the diatribes they were seeing. Not just from me of course.

     The next day, embarrassed by my hyperbolic posts, I deleted them save for one. Which I’ll get to later. I then proceeded to write an amended piece. Not one of “Let’s give him a chance,” but one devoted to a more in depth analysis as to WHY I was so vehemently upset. You see, I meant what I said. I was just ashamed with how I said it.

     Now, based on the fact that I raged so (afterall, no one saw this coming…well, outside of a few predictors) one might assume that I’m some far left liberal nutter who can’t imagine a conservative president being in office again. Because they don’t hold the same values as America right?

     Sorry to disappoint. The truth is I’m a moderate with liberal leanings. It’s also true that I despised Hillary Clinton. But, and it’s important to stress this, I didn’t throw my support behind her because I thought her policies were superior. Nor that I just hated the guy she was running against and she was the lesser of two evils. (I mean, she was, but that’s incidental.) No it was because I knew she could do the damn job. Hell, I know Mike Pence could do the job. That Romney would do the job. That certainly John McCain could do the job. And even that walking meme Jr could fumble his way through most of the job (with help from his puppet master, of course.) In fact, the majority of the voters felt the same way.

     YET, here we are. The bumbling cheesy poof won. The man who probably couldn’t figure out how to zip up his own pants with his tiny, tiny hands without assistance from his yes men is now leader of the free world and God help us all.

     Like I said, I’m a moderate. So this isn’t an ideological issue I’m having as such a charge is levelled quite frequently at people who hate the man. In fact, though liberal leaning, I would have been fine with a McCain administration. Ok with a Romney administration. Somewhat dubious of a Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, or a dozen other’s administrations. Yet they still would have brought a certain perspective to the table that we are currently missing: that they alone are not the ones to “save” America but would work within the framework of the Constitution to perform their jobs.

     That we find ourselves with this affront against all the values we hold dear is a terrifying example of what can go wrong when a nation loses faith in its government. What’s even more worrisome is that his supporters don’t seem to get what all the uproar is about.

     So how did we get here?

     I have heard a variety of reasons of how we ended up with the current president. Reasons running the gamut from racism to xenophobia. From sexism to destroying Washington. And from what I can tell it’s all of the above. And none of said reasons. You see, for whatever the reason was, it was determined that the only way to solve it was to pull the pin on a giant orange grenade, lob it at Washington, and see what the end result would be.

     And what these last several weeks have demonstrated quite clearly is that such a mentality is a detriment to our Republic.

     Drain the swamp? How about we make it more murky.

     Build a wall and make Mexico pay for it? Well, they probably won’t pay for it but we’re gonna build it anyway no matter the cost!

     Immigration reforms? Let’s go ahead with that Muslim ban but NOT call it a Muslim ban and assume no one will notice. (And then argue with the Judicial Branch claiming they’re “so called Judges”. They’re judges, bub. This is what judges do.)

     Deal with actual terrorist threats? Nah. Let’s make up terrorist attacks and then focus on our daughter’s clothing line when a real one happens.

     Defend the LGBT community like we said? Pfffft! Don’t be absurd! It’s clear people only go to the bathroom to watch each other do their business. (I mean, I don’t. I don’t want to know what’s going on in the next urinal or stall over. I get my business done and get out. No time for conversations. You hear that?? I don’t want to chat while doing my business so stop trying! Where’s the “Shut Up And Do Your Business” legislation, huh?)

     He has also gone slap happy with executive orders and memorandums (which are on par with the number Obama issued in his first three to four weeks. Both went crazy compared to the last six presidents) in his first month in office. My issues with these last actions are not so much numerical (insane though it is) but substantive. We rolled back regulations on Wall Street before. Did that help America or, oh I don’t know, lead to an economic crash in 2008? Why is he obsessed with creating a government run task force to combat crime nationwide? Shouldn’t we rather make sure our police forces are better trained and prepared to handle a wider variety of modern threats? Doesn’t this idea of his sound a bit…authoritarian? Will they have a cool set of initials too like the SS or KGB? In fact, I can only give das führer one cause for applause in that he wants to combat human trafficking. It does need to be stopped. But why do I get the feeling that policy endeavor will come with some caveats? I mean, it’s not like anything from the hand of orange can be purely altruistic? Can it? It would be great but doubtful.

     And now the nuclear powers around the world are starting to flex their muscles in a bid to take advantage of a perceived vacuum on the global stage. What’s General Hairpiece up to? Golfing. After ridiculing the idea while campaigning. Nice.

     Now about those reasons.

     First up, the accusation of racism. Agent Orange didn’t do himself any favors by labeling Mexicans “rapists”, inferring the police are the only victims in a system badly in need of reform, called for a ban on all Muslims (yet, and I must be clear, was fine with Christians from those nations coming in-so less racist than a religious test yet still bigoted in its approach), and encouraged his supporters to punch and hit “those” people (though he likely just meant protesters YET had to have known how white nationalist his crowds were getting, right? RIGHT?!) And though Captain Planet claimed he didn’t know who David Duke was, it has been shown that he IS aware of him as he once called him a racist and denounced him several times for it. Therefore, at some level, there has to be a recognition by him of this fact and may even be using it to further his career.

     However, though we can see there is a racist component in the candidacy and possibly in the administration itself too, we can’t conclusively say racism is what got him elected.

     What about xenophobia? It can’t be argued that our subject of interest wants to bring a halt to a majority of immigration for the time being. But can we call it xenophobia? Certainly there are elements in the support base who’ve taken it upon themselves to show those nasty foreigners what’s what and definitely the xenophobic urge is present in his base. What was once the Muslim ban became the Travel ban and the wall to keep out those pesky Mexicans is going up. (Though there doesn’t seem to be a concern about Canada and potential terrorist cells there. Perhaps tackling THAT border would be too monumental of a task.) There does seem to be a legitimate concern from this supposed president over terrorists entering the country illegally. He wants stronger vetting measures afterall. But his arguments get undermined when terrorist cells have entered LEGALLY and are often homegrown. But sure let’s pick on the Syrians and then undermine our own arguments by saying it’s alright to let in the Christian ones. Because a Christian has never committed a terrorist act. Oh wait…

     Sure there’s fear about the unknown but given the massive protests over the Travel Ban (even by some former supporters) it’s likely this wasn’t the sole contributor to victory either.

     Let’s consider sexism. Because you can’t be a 70 year old man talking about grabbing women by the pussy and disparaging their appearances on national television without you NOT being labelled sexist. Yet there were an alarmingly large group of women who didn’t seem bothered by this. In fact, a lot seemed to view it as an indicator of honesty. Especially given the deep distrust of Hillary. But what’s really remarkable are those women who’ve I’ve personally talked to who voted against Hillary because they truly didn’t believe a woman should be running the nation. (An issue that will have to be addressed by any future women running by either party if they hope to win.) In fact, the general consensus among those individuals is that a woman is too emotionally unstable to concentrate on such weighty issues as national security, or domestic policy. (Total bunk, mind you, as the world has already had numerous female leaders who were more than up to the task and are still there. But there’s also the bunk idea that a man can’t be ‘emotionally unstable’. Hell, we’re living through proof right now.)

     Hillary didn’t do herself any favors by bringing on board the most boring and whitest white guy who ever whited Tim Kaine. A man so forgettable that one can easily forget he was even the VP pick. And then there was the whole email controversy which further convinced the anti-women women that women couldn’t handle the responsibilities of higher office. (And an issue that seems to be moot now given that the entire administration has, up until recently, had their own private servers. The claim now though is that those accounts have been deleted. We shall see. Regardless, Commander Hairpiece STILL won’t get off the unsecure Twitter account!)

     But despite these issues, the perception of Hillary being the elite example of Washington may have more to do with the vitriol. Making even this idea of sexism, sexist statements aside, another unlikely sole component to get him elected.

     And the destroying Washington claims and claims like them? I can’t take these that seriously. Though the thought among most was to shake up Washington, the majority (vast majority) still want a federal government. They just want the representatives to do their jobs and stop the infighting. It’s the extremist fringe that holds up true reformation in Washington. Even so, I can’t imagine that many people just want to do away with it all.

     That sets the stage for anarchy and there has never been a large presence of anarchists in the US making this the most unlikely component of the Orangutan’s ascension.

     Therefore, the only conclusion to draw here, in my personal estimation, is that it was all a part of the process yet none of it clearly drove the outcome. In the end, it just seems like a way to grab Washington by the shoulders and shake it till it listens. Which I’m doubtful about. Afterall, Washington is so entrenched with itself that not even an orange grenade will do much more than make it flinch. Personally, I think congress is just waiting for him to tire himself out and likely won’t move on anything vital until he’s willing to follow their lead. Well, asides from the Affordable Healthcare Act that they’ve been chomping at the bit to tear apart for a while now. (Oh and apparently go nuts on some ideological issues that they’ve been hungry for for a long time leading to some really horrifying results. I’ll probably get into that in a later blog.)

     We got here by policies that ignored too many people for too long a time. And by the implementation of a political agency (the electoral college) that no longer seems relevant in this day and age.

     We got here because the nation wants Washington to listen, but Washington doesn’t seem to care.

     We got here because our choices in an election seem to really come down to a turd and a giant douche so this time they went with the absurd.

     We got here because there’s a mentality in the country bent on dividing the nation into extremist elements that can easily be labelled Retardicon or Libtard with no consideration for a centrist viewpoint.

     We got here because talking points are more important than facts and faux media is at war with journalism. (And the parties right now seem more concerned about just holding office and just don’t care WHO represents them in the office. Just so long as they have power and THIS is a dangerous goal to hold.)

     And we got here because half the country is in an ideological war with itself while the other half has stopped caring altogether.

     This is an untenable situation and if we’re not careful the next election cycle is going to give us something even more outrageous. This time from the extremist left. Let’s turn back to moderate and centralized ideals where diplomacy and compromise are no longer dirty words but the most useful tools in our social contract. Let’s get back to recognizing that America is great and it’s great BECAUSE of our values of compassion, diversity, sense of unity, and for being the beacon of hope that recognized all peoples for who they are.

     I mean, isn’t that why we’re having an immigration problem to begin with? Shouldn’t we be proud that so many people WANT to come here? Do we need to drive away the world to make ourselves feel better? If we continue down this path we won’t be a Great America, we’ll be an America that was once great.

     Oh, and as for that one post I kept? It’s this picture below and I think it says it all.

 

 

 

Open Enrollment Needs To End

So I’ve been trying for the last two and a half months to get ahold of somebody through my company’s insurance provider. Nobody would answer the phone (their directory menu was utter crap allowing no way to talk to an actual person), I couldn’t enroll online through the system because it didn’t “recognize my information”, and when I finally did get ahold of an operator they treated me like some slithering beast because I’d missed the deadline. “Well you should have enrolled, sir. The deadline has already expired.”

Then I decide, fuck it, I’ll sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Health Care programs. Ha Ha. Nope. Nothing affordable about that. The cheapest I could get per month  was 138 bucks and let me tell you I can’t afford that. I don’t make the most money out there. I work for retail. And the whole process of trying to find insurance has left me sour and cynical. I remember years ago just calling a provider and getting hooked up. Now you have to jump through so many hoops it just leaves you feeling like a circus chimp ready to rip off someone’s face.

What really pisses me off, though, is the fact you have to wait an ENTIRE year just to enroll for health insurance. Why? You don’t have to wait a year for car insurance. You don’t have to wait a year for home insurance. Why do you have to wait a year for health insurance? Shouldn’t you be able to purchase it at any point when you’re ready?  It’s fucking ridiculous.

We should all demand of our representatives that they put in measures into the system, or something, that opens up the availability of insurance all throughout the year and not just at some designated point at the end of the year where maybe not everybody is in a position to sign up. It would certainly make life easier. Also, if I can’t afford health insurance, what on God’s green Earth makes these idiots think I can afford the penalty for not having it?

Open Enrollment and this overpriced system needs to end. Those of us on the bottom, us sorry little dregs of society, can’t take the crap anymore.