Podzilla 1985

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Sunday Random Sunday....the BZ85 Version!

From....my apartment, this is Sunday Random Sunday, which tonight is on Blogzilla 1985 as opposed to our normal audio version because of the holiday. I hope you had a fun and safe Independence Day and I'm so thankful that you're back with us again on the website that started it all.

I'll be going it alone for this adventure into the things you should know, the things you might find interesting, and the things you wish you could just forget.

You can't seem to turn on a television or check your favorite news website these days without being assaulted with stories about the definition of marriage and how the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality is either progressing our country out of the dark ages or creating a new world of immorality. Gay rights activists call it a step forward in humanity, while many from the right say it's the first step towards a future where you'll one day be able to marry your neighbor's dog.

As ludicrous as that argument is, and it is one of the dumber things that the conservative community has ever spouted, there is a very real challenge to the new definition of marriage that came into the light over the weekend.

A little over a week after same sex marriage was found to be legal in all states, Nathan Collier and his legal wife Victoria have applied to marry another woman named Christine in Billings, Montana. He is quoted as saying that should his application be denied, he will file a lawsuit and take it all the way to the Supreme Court.

The former Mormon explained that he just wants to “add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family.”

There are those who would argue that a polygamist relationship would be harmful, but the marriage equality act raises the question of what the definition of a family is. Conservatives would tell you that the definition of a family was a husband, a wife, and children until the Supreme Court ruling. The thought that a loving household could involve two husbands or two wives in place of the traditional man and woman seemed impossible for a very long time, and there are still some who hold on to the outdated, insulting, and dangerous notion that a child is in more danger living with a same sex couple than a “traditional” one.

So where does that leave polygamy? The argument against people marrying a ten year old or a horse is that the ten year old can't legally consent, and the horse is a horse, of course of course. However, polygamist relationships are between consenting adults, and isn't that one of the arguments in favor of same sex marriage? Two consenting adults should have the same rights in relation to marriage, whether they're heterosexual or homosexual. So if two consenting adults can now enter into a bond made out of love, why not three? Why not four? If the fight for gay marriage was based on the slogan “love wins,” then what makes their "controversial" view of love different from a polygamist's?

As controversial as this may sound, I'm not against polyamorous relationships. What consenting adults do with their personal lives should be no ones business but their own, and just because it doesn't sound “normal” to someone else doesn't make it any less legitimate. Remember, that was the same argument used in support of same sex marriage and homosexual relationships. At one point in my own life I was very close to being in a polyamorous relationship, and although I realized it wasn't for me, I would not pass judgment on someone else if it makes them happy.

Now that gay marriage is just marriage, is polygamy next? Or, is it all just smoke and mirrors by those hoping to discredit the Supreme Court ruling? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the subject. Email us at podzilla1985@hotmail.com, or leave me a message on Facebook and let me know what you think.

Well, things keep getting worse for business mogul Donald Trump. The Donald recently announced his bid for the United States presidency, and it looks like that will be the only highlight of his presidential run.

His remarks against Mexican immigration, where he called the Mexican people “rapists” and “drug dealers,” already cost him dearly when Univision pulled out of airing the Miss Universe contest, which Trump has owned since 1996. Shortly after Macy's said they would no longer carry his clothing or fragrance line, and now it looks like his racist comments have also cost him his spot on NBC. NBC announced on June 29th that they've canceled the upcoming telecast of the Miss USA pageant and next year's Miss Universe, as well replacing The Donald on his one time hit show “The Apprentice.”

Trump has called NBC “weak” for the way they've responded to his “truth about illegal immigration,” and he plans on suing Univision for $500 million for backing out of their deal to air Miss Universe. He'll need every one of those dollars to help with his presidential campaign, which looks to be a bigger disaster than Ross Perot's legendary 1992 campaign, in which he referred to the black community as “you people” and said President Bush was trying to sabotage his daughter's wedding.

It did make for some great SNL skits though.

Some might point out that Trump does surprisingly well in polls, and is a definite threat to the Republican nomination. While that may be true, I remind you that at one point in the 92 election, Ross Perot was a legitimate contender, even though he ran as independent, which has never done huge numbers against the bigger left and ring wing parties. Perot started out strong and fizzled out, while Trump has come right out of the gate screwing things up, and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

Republican front runner Jeb Bush told reporters in New Hampshire “this is a guy who was a Democrat for most of the last decade. I don't think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what most Republicans think.”

Trump fired back that “Jeb Bush once again proves that he is out of touch with the American people,” and that “the last thing we need is another Bush.”

I think the biggest surprise coming out of this is that anyone didn't already assume Trump is a scumbag. He is the stereotype for the sleazy businessman that leaves your hand feeling dirty after shaking his. Being rich is not the best trait for being president, and it looks like there are some things that money can't buy, like a second chance to make a first impression.

A major story in geek culture was released online this week that our friends over at Pentanerd must be kicking themselves over missing.

Over on reddit, which serves as both a major hub of socializing and the sewer of the internet, a user calling himself analogueboy posted pictures and video of a prototype system made during a fabled collaboration between then the leader in electronic games Nintendo and future contender to the throne Sony. Legend has it that Nintendo actually worked with Sony to develop a new CD add on for the Super Nintendo, but nothing was created beyond a prototype, as Nintendo decided to work Philips instead on the upcoming CD-i. That unholy union spawned no console, but ultimately gave the gaming community a legendary trio of Zelda games, as well as a sort of spiritual successor to Super Mario World called Hotel Mario. Meanwhile, Sony created their own system, and Nintendo never regained the footing they would lose in the console wars once the Playstation arrived.

People are debating whether or not this new discovery is legitimate or not, but it is a very interesting footnote in history. The reddit user who posted the pictures said he found the prototype in a box of his father's, who once worked with someone named Olaf, who was employed at Nintendo.

If the system is real, it could be one of the rarest and greatest finds in the history of video games. If it's fake, he could always sell it to Fox. 

They'll believe anything.

As much as I'd love to keep talking, I'll save that for Podzilla 1985, where you can normally find me these days. Plus, it's off to the theater to watch Terminator Genesys!

In closing I'd like to reaffirm my commitment to both the BZ85 website and the PZ85 podcast. Expect more content to be uploaded to the site, while we continue to build our podcast network with lot's of great new programming. It's a lot of work, but I like to think somehow, someday, it'll all be worth it.

Or I'll quit. I'll quit hard, and I'll quit fast. Have a great night!
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