Pony Confessions Commentary

An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose
 The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.  I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me  with a smile that lit up her entire being.  She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.  “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked. She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…” “No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.We became instant friends. Every day for the  next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine”  as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.  Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and  she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.  At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was  introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell  you what I know.” As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop  playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.  You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!There is a huge difference between growing  older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.  Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.  Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those  with regrets.” She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.” She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died  peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s  never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it! These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE. REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS  OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose


The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me
with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.We became instant friends. Every day for the
next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine”
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and
she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was
introduced and stepped up to the podium.

As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop
playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.

You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!There is a huge difference between growing
older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.

If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
with regrets.”

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.

At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died
peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s
never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

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asklibrapony:

I’mma burn ‘em.

Everyone knows that the Chinese Zodiac is full of baloney, but that the Mars Effect is real and 100% accurate. Why would you even ask about the Chinese Zodiac, you silly fillies?

three-apples:

Hi everyone,

Recently seen some gross stuff going around in circles pretty close to me and it’s frankly made me uncomfortable with having a blog with as many followers as this. If you think any of the following are acceptable behaviors, then I ask you to leave because I don’t want my work…

Capn Pea, speaking as an androgyne, let me tell you something:

Keep your Social Justice Warrior bullshit and complete idiocy and ignorance to your mod blog. It’s there for a reason. I don’t spam followers of my ask blog (few that they are) with my political or religious views. You could have the common courtesy to do the same for people that read Three Apples.

And yeah, the post sounds nice, sure. Whatever. Except that a quick trip to your mod blog shows what you really mean (though there were plenty of signs in the post itself).

I’m not even asking you to not post your ignorance and idiocy. Spew it forth at whatever rate you please. But leveraging Three Apples’s popularity to try to influence your followers? That’s completely fucked up. Trust me when I say that stopping that bullshit is what’s best for everyone.

This sort of movement has bothered me for a while, mostly because I’ve seen pretty much the same double standard as Maddox describes here.

Whether it’s video games (popular MMOs especially), comic books, movies, or whatever, people just cannot get over this idiocy.

I was actually planning a post on this situation, but after this video? Well, I don’t really feel a need to make it.

For full rage, please see his full article. I love the Spiderman Initiative and I would support it fully.

Too many facts

Everyone’s talking about Michael Brown, so why not me, too? I’ve spent so friggin’ long in the comments section of so many news sites and that’s just stupid, quite frankly. Even more stupid than spending 3-4 hours on a post on a blog with a hundred or so followers.

So I thought you guys would like a summary of the facts and my interpretation of them. I first heard about the events not long after Dorian Johnson gave his interview, where he claimed that a decorated police officer with six years’ of experience decided one day, out of the blue, to murder a teenager in cold blood for no reason whatsoever. That set off my bullshit detectors. How much sense does that actually make? Well, not much. And, as more and more evidence is released, we see why.

First we found out that Michael Brown had performed a strong-armed robbery of a convenience store. This wasn’t “shoplifting,” as people have tried to claim. He physically intimidated and assaulted the clerk when the clerk tried to stop him. He has been identified by many people as having been the person in the video, including Johnson. We also found out that Darren Wilson, the police officer that shot him, was treated for injuries after the fact.

Now, the police said that the “initial contact” between the two was not related to the robbery, but people focusing on that have left out a couple of details:

  1. After stopping them, Wilson did suspect Brown and Johnson of being the ones to have robbed the convenience store, as they matched the description and there was some plain-view evidence against them.
  2. One of the most common ways for a police officer to die in the line of duty is during a routine traffic stop when he doesn’t know that the people he’s stopped have committed a crime. See, criminals, as a general rule, are very paranoid just after committing a crime. Whether or not the police officer knows is irrelevant because they don’t know if he or she does or not.

To add to that, the injuries suffered by Wilson show that he was, in fact, attacked. This proved that his friend was outright lying. Eyewitness testimony, as a general rule, is notoriously unreliable, and people’s memories of events change over time as they hear new things about the events, such as a news report claiming that someone had their hands up in surrender just before being shot. You know, as an example. With the case of Dorian Johnson, however, his testimony was not a distortion of memory, but to the point where it’s highly unlikely that he didn’t know that what he was saying was a lie. For this evidence.

More evidence came to light recently, however. Michael Brown was not shot in the back, as Johnson claimed. He was shot in the arm and head—from the front. The autopsy also showed no gunpowder residue on his body, but that doesn’t actually mean a whole lot (especially since he didn’t examine Brown’s clothing), and keep in mind that both Wilson and Johnson claimed about the same range for the first shot, and both also claimed a range for the subsequent shots that would make the existence of gunpowder residue on Brown’s person pretty much impossible from those shots.

(Edit: Something I forgot to mention when I originally posted this: The medical examiner claimed that there was “no sign of a struggle,” but this is a gross overinterpretation of the evidence that the medical examiner had available to him, that being Brown’s body. Had there been a question of whether or not Wilson attacked Brown in the way it’s said that Brown attacked Wilson, showing no sign of stuggle would be significant. The question, however, is whether or not Brown attacked Wilson, something that would not show up on Brown’s autopsy.)

And then there’s another piece of evidence, one that most major news outlets refuse to release. It is extremely damning to the case against Wilson, and yellow journalism will be as yellow journalism is, reporting bias in this case aside (such as referring to Wilson as a “triggerman” or choosing a headline based off of the ludicrous claims of the family’s attorney and not the facts of the autopsy). The more right-wing news outlets have been circulating a video that disproves the claim that Michael Brown was surrendering (keep in mind that this isn’t a lack of bias, but rather pandering to a different audience). Someone recording the events after the shooting managed to accidentally capture a conversation wherein a witness is explaining to his friend that Brown charged Wilson. While eyewitness testimony is generally unreliable, because of how general the information is, as well as it being given without outside influence, this telling of the story can be taken as pretty reliable, far moreso than that of a known criminal and liar with plenty of motive to hide the facts and invent new ones. Brown charging is why Wilson shot him so many times. Handgun bullets don’t have the force required to stop someone from charging at you (in spite of what movies will tell you).

Was Brown unarmed? Yes. Did Wilson know this? Yes. But the claim that he was unarmed and therefore posed no danger shows a blatant disregard for how dangerous unarmed individuals can be. Boxing has, from the start, had a mountain of rules to help prevent deaths in the ring, but in spite of that, unarmed boxers still manage to kill their opponents without intending to do so. A 125 lb boxer can still threaten the life of someone else, even without intent to kill. Double that (more, in fact) and add that intent, plus numerous environmental weapons (the asphalt, for example), and you have Michael Brown. You also have the possibility of him taking the gun from the officer and killing him with that, something which, by the accounts of the only witness that has not been proven to be a liar, he had already intended to do.

Michael Brown was not some innocent victim of a murderous police officer that was surrendering when he was shot. He was a violent criminal that forced a police officer to act in self-defense. While his death sucks, it came as a result of his actions and is far preferable to that police officer dying. And the response from the community has followed the same lines. There’s been rioting, looting, massive destruction of private property, and, more recently, extreme violence. And when the police respond to these actions with force, they’re villified. When they try to evacuate reporters for their own safety because of the violence in the area, the reporters accuse them of censorship.

What’s especially interesting to me is that the Highway Patrol Captain, Ron Johnson, is getting a taste of how these protestors treat the truth. He is the one, for those that don’t know, that marched hand-in-hand with protestors when he was first called to aid the local police in the violence that has broken out (I have a message for him about that…). He spoke at a rally for Michael Brown, condemning the officer that shot him. Not long afterwards, he was forced to deploy tear gas and other riot control measures against protestors throwing molotov cocktails at police officers, along with other acts of violence and rioting. And now the media and those involved in the riots are accusing him of lying and attacking peaceful protestors. He’s being villified by the very people with whom he sided (prior to actually knowing the facts, mind you).

I have no doubt that some people in that group, probably even most, had nothing to do with the violence of those riots, but when you stand with those committing violent acts, it’s a little hard to distinguish you from those acting violently. And if you stand with them, you have nobody to blame but yourself when authorities respond to them in order to protect themselves and others.

One final note: People have been asking why the police didn’t reveal this information beforehand. There are two reasons: First, that’s not the way police operate. Investigations are closed-door for a variety of reasons, not the least of which relates to the points about eyewitness testimony mentioned above. Secondly, they didn’t for the same reason why the US used to have a policy of not negotiating with terrorists: If you give people what they want in response to violence, it encourages similar acts of violence in the future in order for those people to get what they want. They’ve only released information in response to pressure from higher-ups that don’t understand, and the fact that the rioting, looting, and violence only gets worse every time they release evidence only goes go show how much those “protestors” really want the facts.

To them, this is the only fact that matters: A black man was shot by a white police officer, and that’s terrible.

doubleclickthepony:

askgamingprincessluna:

Ask Gaming Princess Luna 023

So we lose Molestia and gain a polite Trollestia?  I’ve heard of worse trades…

Molly was so very much Trollestia for the last, like, two years of that blog. She’s just less horny now.

doubleclickthepony:

askgamingprincessluna:

Ask Gaming Princess Luna 023

So we lose Molestia and gain a polite Trollestia?  I’ve heard of worse trades…

Molly was so very much Trollestia for the last, like, two years of that blog. She’s just less horny now.

If you support gay marriage reblog this. If you’re on the homophobic side, keep scrolling.

askthefemaleeren:

like-an-icy-blast:

reachfortheflowers:

anigrrrl2:

askthefemaleeren:

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As a bisexual, it sickens me that some people WILL keep scrolling.

As the straight daughter of a gay man, it sickens me that some people will keep scrolling. 

As a straight girl with a basic understanding of equality and love, it also sickens me that people will keep scrolling.

As a straight Christian woman, I pray that people will not scroll past this. Love, not judge.

I’m re-reblogging for that last one.

As a firm supporter of gay marriage and acceptance whose religion, sexuality, and relationships are not relevant to the discussion, I recognize that my causes are not everyone’s causes and they’re not obligated to fight for my causes over their own.

I also recognize that reblogging this doesn’t actually do anything to help gay rights.

scrumptiousangst:

ponyconfessionscommentary:

Previous discussion removed by me for the sake of readers not having to scroll too much.
scrumptiousangst:

I will work an extended reply later. I have two simple questions. A. As a man, what precautions do you take to avoid being raped. B. How would you live your life differently if rape was not part of reality? For me the answers are A. Not go to jail (where it is men that would rape me) and B. Not at all. I have given my real name, real phone number, and even my physical address to many people with nary a concern I will be sexually assaulted.

I will answer your questions.
A. I don’t take any more precautions than the precautions I take to avoid being mugged, murdered, burglarized, etc. “Protecting myself from violence” (men being the majority victims of violence) is the primary issue with which I concern myself over “protecting myself from being raped by a woman” because I’m not a fucking misogynist.
B. I wouldn’t live it any differently, because letting fear rule your life for the sake very small statistics and prejudice is a shitty way to be.
As for your answers, you need to hold the fuck on. the CDC study whose explanation I linked in my original reply didn’t even count prison rape (you might want to click that link, if you don’t click any others). The issue was “forced envelopment,” the vast majority of perpetrators thereof are women. And let’s not forget the fact that women rape women (including via forced or alcohol/drug facilitated penetration) as well. But it’s great that feminists are seeking a definition of rape that doesn’t diminish victims of female rapists.
But not before they make sure that the discussion of sexual harassment on college campuses focuses solely on women (in spite of the majority victims being men) and informing women (with institutional and social power) of the evils of men. Those issues, you see, are much more important.

The basic point is that your answers are very very different what what almost all women have to answer.  Trying to avoid being raped is not a pressing concern for men but is a pressing concern for women.  It has nothing to do with hating men and everything to do with not being raped.  Whereas for men, it is a very small statistic.  You don’t have to watch your drink at a bar to make sure it doesn’t get drugged.  You don’t have to make escape plans, carry mace, have pre-arranged signals with friends, etc.  You can cite studies, but you live your life as if rape isn’t a huge concern.  Because it isn’t.

Oh my goodness the level of bullshit in this post is astounding. I have linked to you, twice, proof of gender symmetry in rape, along with proof of why the claim that women get raped more than men is because of the definition of rape (which excludes male victims and female perpetrators) and not actual cases of rape. And yet, you keep pressing with the claim that women are raped more than men. I think I’m done here.

scrumptiousangst:

ponyconfessionscommentary:

Previous discussion removed by me for the sake of readers not having to scroll too much.

scrumptiousangst:

I will work an extended reply later. I have two simple questions. A. As a man, what precautions do you take to avoid being raped. B. How would you live your life differently if rape was not part of reality? For me the answers are A. Not go to jail (where it is men that would rape me) and B. Not at all. I have given my real name, real phone number, and even my physical address to many people with nary a concern I will be sexually assaulted.

I will answer your questions.

A. I don’t take any more precautions than the precautions I take to avoid being mugged, murdered, burglarized, etc. “Protecting myself from violence” (men being the majority victims of violence) is the primary issue with which I concern myself over “protecting myself from being raped by a woman” because I’m not a fucking misogynist.

B. I wouldn’t live it any differently, because letting fear rule your life for the sake very small statistics and prejudice is a shitty way to be.

As for your answers, you need to hold the fuck on. the CDC study whose explanation I linked in my original reply didn’t even count prison rape (you might want to click that link, if you don’t click any others). The issue was “forced envelopment,” the vast majority of perpetrators thereof are women. And let’s not forget the fact that women rape women (including via forced or alcohol/drug facilitated penetration) as well. But it’s great that feminists are seeking a definition of rape that doesn’t diminish victims of female rapists.

But not before they make sure that the discussion of sexual harassment on college campuses focuses solely on women (in spite of the majority victims being men) and informing women (with institutional and social power) of the evils of men. Those issues, you see, are much more important.

The basic point is that your answers are very very different what what almost all women have to answer.  Trying to avoid being raped is not a pressing concern for men but is a pressing concern for women.  It has nothing to do with hating men and everything to do with not being raped.  Whereas for men, it is a very small statistic.  You don’t have to watch your drink at a bar to make sure it doesn’t get drugged.  You don’t have to make escape plans, carry mace, have pre-arranged signals with friends, etc.  You can cite studies, but you live your life as if rape isn’t a huge concern.  Because it isn’t.

Oh my goodness the level of bullshit in this post is astounding. I have linked to you, twice, proof of gender symmetry in rape, along with proof of why the claim that women get raped more than men is because of the definition of rape (which excludes male victims and female perpetrators) and not actual cases of rape. And yet, you keep pressing with the claim that women are raped more than men. I think I’m done here.

Previous discussion removed by me for the sake of readers not having to scroll too much.
scrumptiousangst:

I will work an extended reply later. I have two simple questions. A. As a man, what precautions do you take to avoid being raped. B. How would you live your life differently if rape was not part of reality? For me the answers are A. Not go to jail (where it is men that would rape me) and B. Not at all. I have given my real name, real phone number, and even my physical address to many people with nary a concern I will be sexually assaulted.

I will answer your questions.
A. I don’t take any more precautions than the precautions I take to avoid being mugged, murdered, burglarized, etc. “Protecting myself from violence” (men being the majority victims of violence) is the primary issue with which I concern myself over “protecting myself from being raped by a woman” because I’m not a fucking misogynist.
B. I wouldn’t live it any differently, because letting fear rule your life for the sake very small statistics and prejudice is a shitty way to be.
As for your answers, you need to hold the fuck on. the CDC study whose explanation I linked in my original reply didn’t even count prison rape (you might want to click that link, if you don’t click any others). The issue was “forced envelopment,” the vast majority of perpetrators thereof are women. And let’s not forget the fact that women rape women (including via forced or alcohol/drug facilitated penetration) as well. But it’s great that feminists are seeking a definition of rape that doesn’t diminish victims of female rapists.
But not before they make sure that the discussion of sexual harassment on college campuses focuses solely on women (in spite of the majority victims being men) and informing women (with institutional and social power) of the evils of men. Those issues, you see, are much more important.

Previous discussion removed by me for the sake of readers not having to scroll too much.

scrumptiousangst:

I will work an extended reply later. I have two simple questions. A. As a man, what precautions do you take to avoid being raped. B. How would you live your life differently if rape was not part of reality? For me the answers are A. Not go to jail (where it is men that would rape me) and B. Not at all. I have given my real name, real phone number, and even my physical address to many people with nary a concern I will be sexually assaulted.

I will answer your questions.

A. I don’t take any more precautions than the precautions I take to avoid being mugged, murdered, burglarized, etc. “Protecting myself from violence” (men being the majority victims of violence) is the primary issue with which I concern myself over “protecting myself from being raped by a woman” because I’m not a fucking misogynist.

B. I wouldn’t live it any differently, because letting fear rule your life for the sake very small statistics and prejudice is a shitty way to be.

As for your answers, you need to hold the fuck on. the CDC study whose explanation I linked in my original reply didn’t even count prison rape (you might want to click that link, if you don’t click any others). The issue was “forced envelopment,” the vast majority of perpetrators thereof are women. And let’s not forget the fact that women rape women (including via forced or alcohol/drug facilitated penetration) as well. But it’s great that feminists are seeking a definition of rape that doesn’t diminish victims of female rapists.

But not before they make sure that the discussion of sexual harassment on college campuses focuses solely on women (in spite of the majority victims being men) and informing women (with institutional and social power) of the evils of men. Those issues, you see, are much more important.