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Funksaw last won the day on March 25 2005

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  1. Funksaw

    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... Clive: "Jetpack Nazis made me late for work. Fuckin' jetpack Nazis." Calvin: (Nodding) "Yeah. Fuckin' jetpack Nazis." Clive: "Yep, they were holding up the toolbooth. Jetpack fuel's spendy. When they fly in formation, their exhausts are tuned to play the Horst Wessel Lied. I recognized it even though one of them was out of tune. It sounded awful. Dumbass nearly crashed into one of the toll booths. Slowed traffic for miles. It was about 2PM yesterday. I was on on the way to the office, fuckers were flying so low they took off my antenna, and then that happened. I mean, really how hard is it to tune a jetpack?" -------------------- This actually wouldn't be that weird a quote, except the game was Vampire, modern era.
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... This isn't from a tabletop game, but it's funny enough... over VoIP on Team Fortress 2, where it's considered "newbie weekend" because people get to play for free this weekend and the game only costs $10. There's a game called "Pipeline" where your goal is to stand near a cart of your team's color and push it up a hill. The team that pushes the cart up the hill first wins. The teams are clearly color coded - the blue team pushes the blue cart, and the red team pushes the red cart. So it was with some annoyance when I said: "Okay, when I give you this ubercharge [a type of buff] you head straight to the cart..." that the next thing I said was: "...no, head to the other cart!"
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... The funniest lines of the night cannot be printed. Let's just say that it wouldn't be out of place in an NC-17 comedy by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. I rolled up an energy blaster alien unfamiliar with the world's cultures and naive to boot. -------------- The scenario: An automatic alarm has gone off at the local Teenage Superhero Boarding School and Secret Super Base. Crescendo34 runs in the front door, and is surrounded by three nasty-looking men with machine guns. Crescendo34: "Hello. Are you the individuals who called in the alarm?"
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    The Real Obama?

    Re: The Real Obama?
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    The Real Obama?

    Re: The Real Obama? *sigh* Okay, yes, I'm an Obama supporter. The "Bitter" quote: I agree with it. Look, the people in the rust belt - and it's called the rust belt for a reason - DO cling to guns and Jesus. And they do cling to guns and Jesus because they're bitter - they're bitter because they've been let down. They're bitter because they've seen thier jobs moving away and have no faith in politics that things can get better - mostly because the Democrats have done jack and shite to solve problems caused by the lack of manufacturing jobs in the area. So instead of hoping for things to get better, they cling to the things that they know they can rely on - their faith and their guns. Is that healthy? Hell no. But it's not a moral criticism of the people - merely a reflection that troubled people turn to religion to give them hope when they've lost hope of things ever getting better in their own lives. (See "Middle East, The") Maybe this is a more nuanced position that requires more than a soundbyte to explain fully. Now, about Obama's religion: If there's one thing the Rev. Wright saga has made clear, it's that Obama is not a "secret Atheist" or a "secret Muslim" - as absurd as those sound, people believe it. It is clear that Obama is not an atheist, I wish he was - and indeed is one of my most powerful criticisms of the guy. Here's the thing: If you are a libertarian - if you are a Republican, you have enough reasons not to like Obama based on his policies, which are center-left. One of the things that I really hate is that it seems that people are finding reasons not to like Obama personally because they don't like his policies - or worse still, finding reasons not to like Obama personally because they worry other people will like his policies. This is the "silly season in politics." (I'd rather people not vote for him because they're racist and he's he's black - an objectively provable fact supported by the evidence - than because they "suspect" he's a "secret X", which is absurd.) Here's why I like Obama: Because for the first time in my lifetime, we have a candidate who is willing to look at nuance and subtle issues - I'm tired of candidates with "simple, easy to understand wrong answers." I'm tired of the lowest common denominator. Obama has policy positions which are controversial and should be discussed - but if the past eight years has taught us anything, it is that we can no longer afford the politics of dumbing down. So please - if you think the guy would make a lousy president - stick to the reasons that you've got evidence for, rather than the "truthiness" of the "gut feelings" that have led us astray and into a bloody and despicable era in America. If you think the guy might be hiding something - that's your right, but you need evidence - or at the very least, a convincing and logical argument based on something other than a "gut feeling."
  6. Re: Rev. Fred Phelps' church slapped with $11 million judgement Actually, there are a few people who joined up who aren't related to Phelps, but they're dwarfed by the family members.
  7. Re: Rev. Fred Phelps' church slapped with $2.9 million judgement I would call it assault. Look, I don't think there's anyone more on the "Free Speech" bandwagon than myself. But here, I don't see it. This is not the government coming in and saying: "You can't say this." Or as we journalists call it, "Prior Restraint." No one stopped Phelps from protesting. No one arrested him during or after the protest (which is something that oddly only seems to happen to protesters opposed to the Bush administration these days...) But these actions, though legal out of context, were done with the intention to inflict harm. The harm accomplished, the civil suit found it to be true, and as such, Phelps will have to compensate the family for the harm he caused. There are other areas where free speech is limited similarly. Alot of them are in publishing. Let me give you an example. Let's say that The Doctor was a real person. I run a pro-Dalek publication. Could be a magazine, or TV station, or Web site, doesn't matter. "The Doctor is an alien." Statement of fact. "The Doctor is an alien, and therefore should not be trusted." Opinion. "The Doctor is an 900-year old alien who has a habit of shacking up with teenage girls and whisking them far away from parental supervision for long periods of time." As scandalous as it sounds, this is a statement of fact. "The Doctor is an 900-year old alien pervert who has a habit of shacking up with teenage girls and whisking them far away from parental supervision for long periods of time." You're getting into dangerous ground - this could be interpereted as either a statement of fact or an opinion. "The Doctor is an 900-year old alien pedophile who has a habit of shacking up with teenage girls and whisking them far away from parental supervision for long periods of time." This is an incorrect statement of fact, and the Doctor could sue for libel. Although it's more likely that he'd somehow trick me into blowing myself up somehow. Yet, in the U.S., I can't get -arrested- for that. The Doctor has to prove, however, that I intended to -harm- him with my speech, by damaging his reputation or inciting others to act in a violent way against him. Therefore, I would most likely lose a civil suit by the Doctor unless I could somehow prove he's a pedophile. Which I couldn't. This is not to say that free speech isn't free - or that there are limits on what we should say. You can't arrest Phelps for what he says so long as he does it on public property, at a reasonable distance - he's got a right to his opinion no matter how noxious. But what you don't have a right to do in this country is inflict harm. And that's what Phelps' protests are about. The entire Westboro Baptist Church is designed to inflict harm on anyone who is not part of the Westboro Baptist Church. It's a cult fueled by rage and anger.
  8. Funksaw

    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... Caleb: "It's a long and involved story, but I kinda was wondering if I could stay here a while. Least until I figure out what I'm going to do next." Regina: "You know you can, Caleb. Your old room is still up there. " Caleb: "Considering all the structural damage this place takes, I'm pleasantly surprised that it is!" Caleb: "I've learned to avoid three things in this place that can kill you. Shrapnel, Women, and Kareoke Night." Caleb: "Just promise me you'll stop me if I start... acting like me." Regina: "Yeah, y'gotta promise there. Just stay away from chicks that fit the gothic profile." Caleb: "What can I say? I'm a sucker for black lipstick, clove cigarettes, and father issues." Caleb: "Right now, I'm between morally ambiguous jobs..."
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... Shh! No one tell him what the joke really was!
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... I'd Google the Queen's Beaver.
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... In Shoulder Gunk?
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... How often?
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... *slaps forehead* Dammit, I wrote a villian group called "Peanut Gallery" for Digital Hero, and one of the characters I came up with was "Yo-Yolanda."
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... It's either "personal immunity" or "hole in the middle" and I don't think "hole in the middle" is appropriate for an OIF Thong.
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    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... You know, I always wanted to try Changeling but I couldn't wrap my head around it. It always seemed to me to be a bit unrealistic. I know that's kinda the point... but still...
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