Secret Touch

Alright, y’all. Let’s talk about consent. I’m going to start with a quote from Rush Limbaugh from his show on Oct 12:

“You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine, whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.”

When you listen to the clip, Rush is dismissive, like it’s ridiculous that consent is all that matters. Here’s the thing though; consent is all that matters. If two (or more) people want to get their freak on, they can do whatever they like, as long as there is informed consent between all parties. There’s a great tea metaphor out there:

Anyways, why do I bring this up today? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’re aware that we’re in the middle of what I sincerely hope will be the craziest election in US history. I mean, if there’s a crazier one at some point in the future, I don’t know that I can survive it. Yesterday’s big story was of course, allegations from (as of now) four different women that Trump assaulted them.

Now obviously, this is terrible. Objectively so. You know what makes it a little extra terrible, though? How folks on the “Trump Train” are trying to deflect attention from this scandal by talking about Bill Clinton’s past indiscretions. Now there’s a problem with this: Bill Clinton isn’t running for President. There are allegations of various types of assault that have and are being levied against President Clinton. Are they plausible? Some yes, and unfortunately cannot be proved one way or another. Are they relevant to the 2016 election? Absolutely not.

I’ll say this again because apparently it bears repeating: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is running for President, William Jefferson Clinton is not. Another thing worth noting is that, while I don’t want to defend the action of Bill Clinton, at least some of the allegations of misconduct against him are related to consensual relationships. (Ms Lewinsky, would you please stand up?) None of the allegations arising against Mr Trump are.



In Retail, No One Can Hear You Scream

Because of cheese.

This doesn’t make sense because you’re conscious.

The Bloggess is utterly brilliant at times.

Violence in Games: When the Agenda Dictates the News

Some food for thought on media depictions of “violence in videogames.”

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix – Debut Trailer

Omg, yay! I’m super excited for this. I was recently playing the KH HD 1.5 Remix, and was just wondering if/when they were going to get around to announcing this collection. If you’ll all excuse me, I’m going to go into a corner and have a nerd-gasm.

Happy Shutdown day!

First things first, seriousness aside:   Happy Oktoberfest everyone!  You haven’t really experienced a week-long festival of drinking until you’ve done so in Wisconsin.  We’re not drunks up here, we’re fucking professionals.

Now to be a downer.  This goddamned ridiculous government shutdown.  I just don’t understand the mindset behind politicos who believe it’s better to shutdown the government than to surrender even an inch in the battle against “Obamacare.”  What, exactly, is so bad about people receiving more/better healthcare insurance coverage in a country which spends the absolute most on healthcare costs?  Little bit of a confession, I’ve been unemployed for a while now, searching for a job.  While unemployed I’ve been on a waiting list for Wisconsin’s public healthcare program Badgercare for about 6 months now.  With the ACA healthcare exchange, I could have health insurance within the month.  What, exactly is so injurious about that?

Anyways.  Single payer.  That’s all I really gotta say.

Here Comes E3

E3 starts in a little less than a week and I was thinking about what I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Microsoft trying really hard to perform damage control and convince us we really, really honest to God want and X1.
  • Sony having a PS4 conference consisting of a giant screen with two lists: The awful things that Microsoft is doing with the X1 and the exact opposite things they’re doing with the PS4.
    • Maybe a price point so I know what to start saving?
    • Gran Turismo 6 looking hella sexy and reminding us the PS3 still has some life left in it.
    • Sony reminding us all that we should go buy The Last of Us like, right the fuck now.
    • More info on the new Infamous game!
  • Nintendo desperately trying to remind us that the Wii U is a thing that currently exists that we should totally buy.
    • New Zelda game(s) to make us want to buy a Wii U and/or 3DS.
    • Actually, I’m seriously looking forward to the 3DS Zelda game.
    • Not giving a shit about the new Mario Kart/Super Smash Bros./Pokémon games.
  • Another crazy balls Saint Row IV trailer.
  • Finally figuring out anything at all about Dragon Age III.
  • Hoping that Assassin’s Creed IV as a lot of naval battles, because the Naval Battles in ACIII were about my favorite part.
    • Actually, I’d take those naval battles as a full game, tyvm.
  • Hoping that this is an actual thing.
  • Remembering that I’ll have to buy a new controller before breaking mine playing Dark Souls II.
  • Looking for TESO info, then most likely quickly losing interest. Sorry Bethesda, I just don’t think that series needs an MMO.
  • TV.

So what about y’all? Looking forward to anything from E3 2013?