Showing posts from March, 2017

King Me

Last night, I promised that I'd write a post about Steven Arnold King. He is one of my least favorite, if not my least favorite Congressmen. Without further ado, here goes nothing (this was an HTML nightmare):

Steven Arnold King, better known as Steve King, is the United States Representative from Iowa's 4th Congressional District. For more than 20 years by this point,1 King has been involved in politics, having made his way to the federal level.

On a less savory note, King has become notorious for his... "questionable", to put it lightly, views on various subjects. Here's a compilation of some of his worrisome quotes:
"[I was] labeled by the Des Moines Register as Iowa’s most politically incorrect state legislator, and I’m very proud of that."2
-King, on basic human decency. "If [Barack Obama] is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaeda, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater number…

Teaser For Tomorrow

CJ-Moki here. Today's post will be kinda short, since it's getting pretty late. Tomorrow, I will probably write a bit about Steve King, one of my least favorite Congressmen. In the past few years, he's made some pretty vile statements, and I wonder how people like him get elected to Federal office. CJ-Moki, signing off. Stay tuned for tomorrow (I think).

Link about Republicare

CJ-Moki here.

According to the New York Times, President Trump is demanding that Congress vote on the American Health Care Act (AKA Republicare) on Friday, which would replace the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). I sincerely wish that enough Legislators vote to prevent the repeal of Obamacare.

I'm sorry that tonight's post is a bit short, I'm going to bed soon and couldn't think of better subject matter.

CJ-Moki, signing off.

Suggested Pages (Rant Time #1)

Hoo boy. I don't know whether or not this is a violation of No-Poli Monday, but here goes nothing:
RANT INCOMING. TURN BACK NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ ME COMPLAIN ABOUT FACEBOOK. UNCENSORED PROFANITY (NOT MINE) AHEAD. Earlier today, I noticed something peculiar in my Facebook "Suggested Pages" box on the right side of the page. You know, the place where Facebook puts its place for things that it suggests to you simply because you mentioned it in a private message. It's real annoying, and I wish I could turn it off. As Gerry Monroe asking a question on Facebook Business' Help Community put it, "If you could see my posts, you'd know beyond a doubt which way I lean politically, so why does [Facebook] keep suggesting political pages representing politics that I strongly oppose[?]"
Well, he's not alone.
For some bizarre reason (most likely me mentioning him in a Facebook update for this blog), the Facebook page for Donald J. Trump appeared in t…

Emmanuel Macron Interview

CJ-Moki here. I'm kind of in a hurry to get in my daily post, but here's something I found interesting:

German news website Spiegel Online just published an interview with French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Macron is my favorite candidate in this year's French Presidential election, and I think the interview is really interesting and insightful.

CJ-Moki, singing off. I wish that French voters in April and May vote to make Macron the President of France.

Dutch General Election 2017

CJ-Moki here. A post about the General Election yesterday in the Netherlands:

Yesterday, all the way East in the Netherlands, an election to elect all 150 members to the Dutch House of Representatives has held yesterday. Thankfully, despite various predictions in the wake of right-wing victories such as Brexit and the Trump election, Geert Wilders' far-right Party for Freedom lost in the election. Bigly, as President Trump would put it. I am glad that the primary right-wing extremist force in the Netherlands failed to gain much power in last night's election. Here is a link to a BBC story about the election.

 CJ-Moki, signing off. The next notable election in the western world will be Bulgaria's National Assembly election on the 26th.

Film Review: Kong: Skull Island

This review will also be published on Magnolia Preparatory Academy.

I wish I just saw Shin Godzilla.

This afternoon, my older brother Ken took my sister and I to see Kong: Skull Island, the second installment in Legendary Pictures' Monsterverse series (starting with Godzilla 2014). A few months earlier, I had seen Shin Godzilla, a superior, Japanese-made kaiju film, from its limited theater release in October.

Here's my review of Skull Island:

Kong: Skull Island is a reboot of the King Kong film series, which started with the original King Kong in 1933. Skull Island is primarily set around a group of people visiting the titular island to see King Kong in 1973, near the end of the Vietnam War.

Hoo boy. This is where things start declining:

For starters, there are far too many monsters. While Shin Godzilla had just one monster, and made it a very interesting and well-designed kaiju, Kong: Skull Island uses several poorly-developed and explored kaiju throughout its 2-hour runtime,…

Real History

CJ-Moki here. A word on a recent antisemitic hate crime committed at a synagogue in Capitol Hill:

I occasionally visit Capitol Hill, while on the way to go to a favorite gathering place of mine.

Earlier today, the Temple De Hirsch Sinai, a synagogue in Capitol Hill, was vandalized with extremely antisemitic graffiti, reading "HOLOCAU$T I$ FAKE HI$TORY!"

I don't know about you, but that sounds like the kind of utter madness that you'd read on someplace like Stormfront (a notorious Neo-Nazi internet forum).

For starters, every "S" in the graffiti is replaced with a dollar sign. This is an obvious reference to the antisemitic stereotype that all Jews are greedy. Second off, the idea that "HOLOCAU$T I$ FAKE HI$TORY"! is an obvious attempt at Holocaust Denial, a especially vile kind of lying. Here's a quote from former President Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower about Holocaust Denial:
I saw my first horror camp [on 12 April 1945]. It was near th…

Smalls Rememberance

CJ-Moki here. A little reminder about something completely irrelevant:

Today marks the twentieth year in a row without Christopher Wallace, AKA The Notorious B.I.G. Chances are, if you are 30 or older, you probably remember the splash Biggie made on hip-hop, the effects of which would be felt for years.

When not being insulted by 2Pac from the other side of the nation ("That's why I f___ed your b____, you fat motherf___er!") (NSFW), or getting an album released less than a month after being shot, Biggie Smalls was the king of East Coast Hip-Hop.

On the early morning of 9 March 1997, an unknown man (sketch pictured right) shot and killed Biggie Smalls in his car.
Two decades later, the man responsible for Biggie's death is still unknown, though conspiracy theorists have their own ideas.

While he died in a different millennium many of the internet's mashup makers and remixers were born, the music of Christopher Wallace continues to be popular choices for remixes an…

Heaven's Pei

CJ-Moki here. It's time to tell you about a secret of the world that I have recently decoded:

Today I learned that there is an ancient conspiracy plotting to take over the world run by Shar-Pei, Chows, and Pugs, three Chinese dog breeds. As it turns out, there is a hive mind composed of Shar-Pei (and, to a lesser extent, Chows and Pugs) that takes advantage of humans such as Matgo Law, Aaron Silver, and Jon Stephen Anderson

I would like to create a group known as Heaven's Pei, dedicated to those who are enlightened about the secret of the Shar-Pei. In case you couldn't tell, the name "Heaven's Pei" is a nod to the notorious UFO cult Heaven's Gate.

I wrote a rough draft of a timeline detailing the history of the Shar-Pei hivemind. The document can be viewed here.

CJ-Moki, signing off. I will do more research on the Hive Mind in the near future, and see if anybody else is interested in Heaven's Pei.

Awarded and Misguided

CJ-Moki here. I decided to take the weekend off of writing for CJ-Moki Live. This evening, I will blog about Ben Carson, the current US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

I decided to temporarily break No-Poli Monday, primarily because of a particularly egregious statement by a federal politician.

Hoo boy. Here goes nothing:

Ben Carson is an award-winning (detailed below) brain surgeon-turned-politician from Detroit, Michigan.

If you've heard about him, you probably know that Carson proved that you don't need to be in touch with reality to be an award-winning brain surgeon. Some of his degrees and awards are listed as follows:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Yale College, 1973Doctor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, 1977Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, Jefferson Awards Foundation, 2000William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, William E. Simon Foundation, 2005Spingarn Medal, National Association for the Advance…

Switched Away

CJ-Moki here. A quick post about something that happened with the Switch this evening:

Long story short, I managed to lose access to my Nintendo Network account as a result of a mix-up, and if I don't get it back within 24 hours, the console will be sold.

I'm sorry for the short and shallow post, I'm in a hurry to get in my daily post.

CJ-Moki, signing off. I need to get in contact with Customer Service tomorrow.


The year is 2015. The late Satoru Iwata, then-president of Nintendo, announces that Nintendo is working on a new gaming console, then codenamed the "NX". Speculation is abound for more than a year afterwards, with little to no news from Nintendo.

The year is 2016. While President Iwata had passed away, Nintendo reveals the NX to be the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid console that can function as both a portable and home console.

The year is 2017. Desperate page-refreshers on the internet attempt to buy a Switch from several online retailers, as well as going to the stores in person. Some succeed, many fail, and many will have to wait for a couple months.

Our family was one of those that succeeded.

By March 7, there will be a Nintendo Switch in our household.

CJ-Moki, signing off.

Finland Tastes the Rainbow

CJ-Moki here. Another post about European politics (colored rainbow this time):

While some of you were wondering what happened in Sweden on the evening of February 18, there is much better news from the other side of the Finnish-Swedish border:

Today, Finland inaugurated same-sex marriage.

While the Eduskunta voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2014, the fate of the legislation was set in stone in February, after a petition to repeal the legalization was shot down. Legally, there is no longer a difference in Finland between a same-sex "civil union", and a heterosexual marriage. Married gay and lesbian couples in Finland can now take each others' surname, and are now eligible to adopt children. While this is undeniably a step forward for same-sex rights across the world, of note is that Finland was the last Scandinavian country (including Iceland, and with the exception of the Faroe Islands) to legalize same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, about 6948 kilometers to the southwes…