BulletproofBrony, Ace Law Student

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Joined Nov 13, 2011 at 12:58PM EST


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I’m 22 years old and a graduate of the University of Georgia in history and political science. I recently finished my senior thesis with a research grant from the Center of Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Counter-Enlightenment thought. I won the 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha essay contest in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs on the question of whether American culture tends to emphasize being an individual over being a citizen. The essay can be read here.

I am attending the Duke University School of Law. I will graduate with a Juris Doctor in 2017.

I am a prolific writer. My friend and I frequently write essays in politics, philosophy, history, and world events.

Religiously, I am a Christian as a member of the Church of Christ at Oglethorpe. I do not believe that miracles occur in the modern day, that God “speaks” to individuals in the modern day except through the Bible, or that religious belief is a justification for political policy. In fact, I believe the two should be strictly separated.

That brings us to the next section: politics. I am a capitalist. That means I believe that the only reason any government should exist is the protection of the individual rights of its citizens. In essence, I believe that each man (or woman) is the owner of himself (or herself), and that to infringe on that ownership (i.e. to violate another’s rights) is the only thing the government has the authority to regulate. Anything more than that becomes a violation of man’s self-ownership in and of itself.
Fluttershy is my favorite pony.

I find Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones inexplicably attractive:



I’m also a fan of the Duchess of Cambridge.

My favorite movie score is from How to Train Your Dragon:



Political drama is, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite movie genres. Some of my favorite movies include Lincoln, Charlie Wilson’s War, Amazing Grace (2006), and The King’s Speech.

I think everyone should see the final Twilight movie (I went with my girlfriend -- she watches it for the lulz too) just to hear Kristen Stewart’s vampire sex talk. It’s side-splittingly hilarious.

I think Wreck-It Ralph deserved the Oscar for best animated film over Brave -- by a lot.

Even so, I love that Brave introduced me to Julie Fowlis. I want to use this song as a lullaby for future children -- it’s fantastic:



I’ll add more as I think of it, but you can also ask random questions and I may pick a few to field.

Recent Activity

Commented on The Daily Mail

Almost all news is worthless -- certainly all cable news and most online news. Anytime you see a story that’s “unbelievable,” it’s probably not to be believed. Anytime you see something that comports too closely to your preformed opinion of the subject, it was probably created to comport with people who share your preformed opinion.

My advice is this: read the New York Times. Left or right. You don’t have to read the opinions section (but really, who does or wants to?), but section A news, at least, is top notch.

Oct 24, 2014 at 02:17PM EDT

Commented on Back To Normal by timsplosion

Well, they still live in an absolute monarchy, so I’m not sure the status of Equestrian Due Process. At least we know they have three branches of government, albeit subsidiary to the monarchy.

Oct 23, 2014 at 08:35PM EDT

Commented on At that moment, Rarity's heart melted like ice on Georgia asphalt.

Having been in Atlanta when ice was on the Georgia asphalt, I can attest to the fact that that is indeed a real change of heart. When the storm started, I preemptively shot my neighbor lest he raid my Costco stash. Once the ice melted, everything was better. Except my neighbor.

Oct 23, 2014 at 04:49PM EDT

Commented on Back To Normal by timsplosion

In the case of assassinating Lincoln, the intent didn’t matter so much. We kind of rounded up whoever had so much as caught the common cold from Booth. I don’t think we executed any people whose participation in the conspiracy was in doubt, but we certainly imprisoned one or two.

So it’s not certain that stupidity or ignorance is a defense in the crime of treason (but it probably is in much less hectic circumstances). Shining is just

Oct 22, 2014 at 04:41PM EDT

Commented on 614.png

This was ever an issue? I actually had to sit here and think about what episode that was. I always just took it as, “lul, pink pone is derp. Bothers purple science pone,” which, to be fair, is probably the extent of what the intended audience would get out of it.

You could extend it beyond that into the realm of faith versus science, but that’s the same as some people extending Frozen into a discussion of repressed sexual orientation an empowerment through embracing that identity. It’s not totally out in the blue, but you’re definitely reading into it far more than what I imagine the creators were actually conveying.

Oct 22, 2014 at 12:01AM EDT

Commented on d2a.png

This is a song about a whale… NO! This is a song about being happy. That’s right.

Oct 16, 2014 at 11:08PM EDT

Commented on Islamic State (IS)

NYT just released that we did find chemical WMDs in Iraq. Our own. In a territory now controlled by the IS.

Guys. Are we the baddies?

Oct 15, 2014 at 12:47AM EDT

Commented on #wakeupcall

Thoughts:

1. Insofar as campaigns like this actually get people to donate and aren’t just you’re typical “raising awareness” campaign about something that most people are already aware about, it’s good.

2. Whether donating money to UNICEF will avail much is uncertain. Charities of this sort are only capable of doing so much (e.g., Haiti in the western hemisphere, or Sudan in Africa). This is not to say that it will avail nothing, but that it does not get at the heart of the problem -- the war, and consequently, the role of the IS and Assad in this war. At most, it’s like a bilge pump in a ship with punctured hull -- it addresses the effects, not the source.

3. This may be the best and only way for private individuals who want to help to be able to help. The war will have to be solved by the various governments now involved (and it’s a complicated issue to solve, with a lot of forces at play). As a result, I see no harm in donating. (Also, I recognize UNICEF is part of the UN, but it’s not a governmental solution in the normal sense.)

(3a, As this is an issue for governments principally, there may come a point in which aid workers must be asked to return home. We’ve seen several; aid workers and journalists be captured and beheaded already. Thus, solving the problem itself may require tough cutbacks, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they come.)

Oct 09, 2014 at 03:55PM EDT

Commented on Bill Maher

He’s the leftist version of Bill O’Reilly, but that doesn’t make his or Bill O’Reilly’s points wrong. There’s a lot of ad hominems floating around. I’d suggest giving him a look. His style is often obnoxious and rife with fallacies and strawmen, but that doesn’t mean it always is.

With regard to Islam, he makes some interesting points about whether Western liberalism (and even conservatives in the West tend to fall under the a class of classical liberals, though not always, just as leftists don’t always) and mainstream Islam around the world are compatible or at odds. It’s a fair inquiry.

Oct 08, 2014 at 06:57PM EDT

Commented on f6d.jpg

I’m feeling so many feels right now that it’s hard to describe the feel I’m feeling. But if I had to describe it, I say it feels something like this:

Oct 05, 2014 at 02:20AM EDT

Commented on GamerGate

My girlfriend (see Caro) plays video games far more than I do -- essentially with me playing none and she playing every Nintendo game ever. I start telling her a story about some Smash Bros. feature I just learned about, and she tells me she knew about it for months. She fits into that “hardcore” gaming category, and I’m not even a casual (not while in law school, anyway).

So yeah. To hell with gender roles, and to the people who fault western society -- which has broken them and allowed everyone to basically do their own thing (with some outstanding exceptions to be addressed) -- for more or less imagined general claims (and even the outlying legitimate claims) of bigotry.

Oct 03, 2014 at 09:38PM EDT

Commented on Kropotkin is best pony.

I was being facetious by pointing out how 1. Twilight sees book, 2. Twilight reads book, 3. Twilight fundamentally alters life based on book.

Oct 03, 2014 at 08:49PM EDT

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Sep 30, 2014 at 06:33PM EDT

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