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.

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Commented on #OpKKK

A more constructive alternative: “For every meter the neo-Nazis walked, local businesses and residents [of Wunsiedel, Germany] would donate $12.50 to a nongovernmental organization devoted to making it easier for neo-Nazis to leave behind their hateful politics.”

via Washington Post

Nov 19, 2014 at 12:16AM EST

Commented on Might as well...

There’s not a nipple where one should be. Is it.. is it that far off to the side?

Nov 18, 2014 at 06:54PM EST

Commented on 473.jpg

The thumbnail I saw beneath this image in the gallery was relevant:

Nov 17, 2014 at 07:11PM EST

Commented on Elevatorgate

Compare a neutral reading of the facts (“…asked her to join him for coffee in his hotel room while they shared an elevator ride together at the World Atheist Convention in June 2011.”) to your rendering of the facts (“Asking a someone you’ve not spoken to before for coffee after following them alone into an enclosed space with no escape routes in the middle of the night isn’t normal behaviour, one would hope.”).

People meet people at conventions, including in elevators, by asking, “Hi, my name is,” or, “Hi, would you like to share a cup of coffee?” When you’re at a convention in a different town, your hotel room is a perfectly acceptable place to share that coffee (I’ve been at Model UN competitions and that was frequently standard for both sexes).

The malicious element of misogyny isn’t there. The YouTube comments are misogynist, but let’s isolate these issues and not treat them as identical.

The first is asking someone for coffee, even in an elevator at a convention and when the coffee is in a hotel room. To say that’s misogyny is really to stretch the outer limits of the word.

The second is the response. The YouTube commentors are definitely misogynistic. The question, is the mere act of disagreement -- even sarcastic disagreement in the case of Dawkins -- also misogyny. That’s a very hard case to make. There’s a distinction between the 4channer on YouTube and a man like Dawkins saying, in effect, “Get a grip on what’s really important, because this isn’t.”

Nov 12, 2014 at 04:56PM EST

Commented on Elevatorgate

>Publicly make generally unpopular comment while publicly shaming someone else for generally normal behavior. (One would think that a convention of like-minded people would be the prime place to ask people for coffee.)
>Receive predictable backlash.
>Claim harassment.

She may have been harassed, but that’s not in the evidence, as negative criticism alone isn’t harassment. I was quite unpopular as a columnist at my undergraduate university, and had a devoted following of Internet commentators who made it a mission to remind me (including my university president). But that’s not harassment.

Emma Watson, of whom I hold in high regard, said we should be for equality, and I agree. However, she said she did not understand why feminism had become a “dirty word.” It’s because much of contemporary feminism is about this sort of pettiness rather than equality -- a sort of “equality above equality.” I am an equity feminist, if I must adopt the title (I simply prefer “individualist”). I am not a gender feminist.

Nov 11, 2014 at 08:26PM EST

Commented on #IAmPerfect

They’re not selling the clothes. They’re selling the look. Much like beer commercials don’t sell beer. They sell a lifestyle. Dos Equis man’s not like, “Dos Equis tastes fantastic.” He’s selling class, high society, adventure, sophistication, etc. -- all things wholly unrelated to the beer itself, which is just a standard mass produced beer. Or Charmin isn’t like, “This’ll clean your ass well.” They’re like, “This’ll make your ass feel like it’s getting kissed by angels.”

Advertising is meant to sell things. It’s not exactly a treatise on anything but human psychology -- “see something desirable, associate product for sale with something desirable, make product for sale equally desirable.”

If people have their self-esteem injured by an ad campaign, they need to reevaluate the source of their self-esteem -- whether they value themselves, or whether they live up to societal standards is the difference between self-esteem and a spiritual sell-out.

Nov 04, 2014 at 06:09PM EST

Commented on #IAmPerfect

Self-esteem (n.): confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect

If what other people say, do, or think affects your “self-esteem,” it’s not really self-esteem. What you think of you should have no relation to what others think of you.

Nov 04, 2014 at 06:01PM EST

Commented on 3d0.png

“My colon exploded of how ridiculous it was!”

Oct 30, 2014 at 06:20PM EDT

Commented on Actually It's About Ethics

I date a girl who is a bigger gamer than I am, and I watch My Little Pony. What are gender stereotypes, again?

Oct 27, 2014 at 09:32PM EDT

Commented on 322.png

Lost it at the last panel. My sides.

Oct 26, 2014 at 11:46PM EDT

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

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