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  1. Ternaugh

    In other news...

    It's obviously a fluke.
    10 points
  2. Panpiper

    Remembrance

    Detonating artillery shells falling on Dunkirk echoed in the distance. It was late May, 1940, my father was only eleven years old. He was in a small restaurant with my grandfather, the two of them perplexed by the French soldier sitting next to them having a feast. The soldier's meal was lavish, far in excess of what virtually all Europeans were used to in those days of rationing. My grandfather struck up conversation with the soldier. "Excuse me, but you are using up all your ration coupons on this one meal. What will you eat later if you spend them all like this?" The soldier
    9 points
  3. "The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the Axe, for the Axe was clever and convinced the Trees that because his handle was made of wood, he was one of them" - Turkish Proverb
    8 points
  4. I take a different perspective on the issue of a pardon. What Donald Trump is being prosecuted for in New York has nothing to do with his activities as President. In his election campaign and his capacity as President, Trump used the rhetoric of hatred and fear to deliberately exacerbate divisions within America. He appointed his cronies to positions of authority, lied to the American people on numerous occasions, subverted the law and the Constitution, and abused his power. He did all this for personal gain and to pave the way for an authoritarian regime. And Trump still nearly su
    8 points
  5. 8 points
  6. I corrected the title. I expect no accolades for this. I also resisted the urge to change the title to "Y Earth more stupidhead!" I feel I deserve at least a golf clap for that display of willpower, perhaps an indulgent "Yes yes, you're very pretty"
    8 points
  7. President-elect Biden at the moment is giving a heart-felt Thanksgiving speech. He was talking about those we lost to COVID and the empty spots which will be around the Thanksgiving tables across the country this year. And started talking about the pain of losing his wife that first year and was apparently going to try to tie that thought into Thanksgiving and what he went through. But he kind of chocked up half-way through trying to get to his point and said, "I remember that first Thanksgiving" then kind of trailed off (choked up a bit), didn't complete the thought,
    7 points
  8. 7 points
  9. Old Man

    Coronavirus

    That lizard is smarter than about seventy million Americans.
    7 points
  10. I had to make it to fifty-five to have the confidence to dress up like this for Halloween, but at least I made it.
    7 points
  11. Lord Liaden

    Coronavirus

    No, we can put this fairly on the leadership. I live in that country on your northern border, where almost all our leaders took this pandemic seriously early on. Our per capita case and death rates are far lower than in the US, and while we're also experiencing a second wave it's nowhere near what America is going through; and our leaders are reinstating more stringent measures. Europe's approach to the virus was piecemeal and varied greatly, so it's not surprising things are getting bad again for the continent as a whole. Other countries like South Korea brought the outbreak under control eve
    7 points
  12. 7 points
  13. And yet the recent spate of extremely profitable superhero movies have been founded upon selfless action striving to help others, even at great personal cost. The biggest movie of last year, Avengers: Endgame, featured a whole cast of protagonists driven by responsibility, compassion, self-sacrifice, love. I believe the trend of narcissism, cynicism, nihilism in entertainment has worn down, and many people are hungry for stories of true heroism again. They just want those stories to be told well.
    6 points
  14. There's one thing I can't ignore even if I wanted to. The congressional oversight committee, by law, is supposed to have unlimited access to the president's tax returns so they can ensure he isn't compromised in some way...such as owing hundreds of millions of dollars to a hostile foreign power as Trump apparently does. When the oversight committee asked the head of the IRS for Trump's tax returns, Trump told him to ignore the law and not give them his tax returns. Note that if there are no serious problems found, the committee isn't allowed to publicize the
    6 points
  15. archer

    Coronavirus

    Not to get too political but I've always had a problem with the "get out to vote, it's your civic duty" schtick which people roll out at election time. No, it's your civic duty to be informed and interested. It isn't your civic duty to go out and vote at random, vote for the person with the best smile, or vote for the person with the best slogan. Sure, you're free to do it that way if you want but it isn't your duty to do it like that.
    6 points
  16. 6 points
  17. Pariah

    Coronavirus

    Lady P and I have both been tested in the past week. Results came back negative in both cases.
    6 points
  18. Starlord

    Coronavirus

    Again. For the millionth time. It is not about death or sickness rate of the virus. IT IS ABOUT OVERWHELMING OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, SERVICES AND HOSPITALS! https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/ohio-medical-professionals-overwhelmed-by-rising-covid-19-coronavirus-cases-and-hospitalizations/95-1c71ce72-65c3-4f13-a238-bf4966b24097#_=_ https://www.wcpo.com/news/coronavirus/live-gov-dewine-and-hospital-leaders-address-rising-covid-19-cases https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/coronavirus-dewine-ohio-hospital-association-to-give-update-on-pandemi
    6 points
  19. Oh, and isn't it strange that althought the Deep State Conspiracy can apparently manufacture as many fraudulent ballots as it needs to help Biden, it couldn't or wouldn't do that for all the down-ballot Dems who just lost races? Dean Shomshak
    6 points
  20. Some political humor, sorry it isn't more bi-partisan but those are the breaks: Congratulations to Donald J. Trump for winning the silver medal in the 2020 U.S. Presidential race! Hopefully, Biden will never be the leader of my country Because if he is, something‘s gone wrong with the Canadian legal system. I think there should be a vote recount. It’ll be awesome to see Trump lose twice. Joe Biden is not my president!! At least not till January, which won’t come soon enough. Donald Trump has now had the true 2020 e
    6 points
  21. Looking at the meme that the Electoral College was to protect slavery because the slave states were the low population states 1790 census information https://web.archive.org/web/20141121134738/http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0056/tabs15-65.pdf Virginia 691,937 total slave population 287,959 Pennsylvania 434,373 total slave population 3,737 Massachusetts 378,787 + 96,540 in the District of Maine total slave population 0 North Carolina 393,751 total slave population 100,572 New York 340,120 total slave popula
    6 points
  22. All I can say is that I'm deeply disappointed in results I'm seeing around the country. The worst president in my lifetime....easily...and people are flocking to him. Clearly evil men like Mitch and Lindsey retaining. Even if Biden wins....anti intellectualism has won the day. People want to be "ruled". I'm absolutely disgusted right now....
    6 points
  23. eepjr24

    Please vote

    I know you probably hear this everywhere, but this election is likely to be the largest in American history. Please, if you have not already done so, make some time tomorrow and cast your vote. I am sure some of you will vote differently than me and that's to be expected, we are a diverse nation with many different peoples and opinions. But please do make your voice heard in the least controversial way possible: Cast your ballot. - E
    6 points
  24. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    My sense of smell is slowly coming back today. Could faintly detect the cinnamon stick when I made applesauce earlier. Mind you, now the hubby's losing his sense of smell. But we woke up EARLY today for voting. Double-masked and wore latex gloves while waiting for curbside pollsters. I felt so forensical!
    6 points
  25. Watch the two 60 minutes interviews I linked up thread, and tell us which candidate you think is more coherent.
    6 points
  26. So I have downloaded GIMP and started playing around with some battlemaps for virtual tabletop use. I have not done any design like this in a long time. I don't claim to be a great artist, but I like to make things nice enough to allow easy suspension of disbelief for the players. As such, I would like to know if other do their own battle maps, make do without any, use those that others have made or some other solution? If you make your own, what do you use? Here is my first attempt, it's a cavern setting that will probably end up being a 2 session thing because of the number of en
    6 points
  27. Pariah

    Coronavirus

    Your concern for the children of your neighborhood in the midst of your own struggles is an inspiration to us all.
    6 points
  28. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    We had bought our candy before I got hit and hid it in the freezer to prevent us from devouring it all. Well, we can't endanger the kids even more in our neighborhood by allowing them to come to the house...
    6 points
  29. Finally! Well, it's not the nice big clear one I was looking for, but it's a smaller lo-rez copy of it. At any rate, this was something I found invaluable when we played lots of westerns, especially when the party travelled around a lot. Hope it helps.
    5 points
  30. If I were that guy, I'd show up to work tomorrow morning like normal. If someone questioned me, I'd point to the federal court filing by the Justice Department where the administration admitted that Trump's tweets should not be taken literally as government policy.
    5 points
  31. tiger

    Grimoire Arcanium

    Hey All Just wanted to announce that work on Tiger Paw Press second Print On Demand title has started. Grimoire Arcanium will hold all schools of magic from our spellbook titles. Spells from The Lost Grimoire, Grimoire Arcana I, II, II, The Elemental Grimoire, Necromancy & Time Magic will be included in the title. The 262 page PDF will be bookmarked and Hero Designer files will be included in the non-print title. The POD title is expected to be 29.99 and the PDF and files can be included in the purchase for $5.00. Grimoire Arcanium will be available for purchase in early 2021
    5 points
  32. Duke Bushido

    Mental Invis

    Up front: I am _not_ calling you wrong; I want you especially, and everyone else who might still be following along (we're almost at page 3, when it just becomes a philosophy discussion-- and where I try to bow out, because by page 4, it's a shouting match ) to understand that you are _not_ wrong when you say : 3 separate groups: bending light, being transparent, or simply being unnoticed. You're not wrong. I want to raise the point, however, that the absolute ultimate in-game mechanical effect of "invisibility" (which I am sorely tempt
    5 points
  33. Duke Bushido

    Mental Invis

    With every bit of respect I am capable of offering: Oh, no.... I'm not getting suckered into that one again! To explain: some time ago, I participated in a discussion on the same topic and was shouted down as being "too stingy" and "too liberal," and my favorite, "wrong" because if it's the mental command "ignore me!" then it should be mind control, period, and all else was wrong, wrong, wrong. (you may have noticed that I _never_ post builds, _ever_. It's the history of Bash Behavior from way back when that guarantees I never will.) I don'
    5 points
  34. I'm claiming the obvious joke. "Mr Trump, you're fired!"
    5 points
  35. The Dems really don't get it. They put up the most moderate, nay right-of-center, candidate they could. They still lost, compared to what they expected to win. Being Republicans with a paint job isn't going to cut it. They need a vision, and they need to sell it to get the public excited. It doesn't matter whether or not they talk about more leftist policies, because the Republicans will accuse them of being socialists without any evidence anyway. But all polls show that the majority of Americans want a government health care option. They want more support for the middle class and small busine
    5 points
  36. No offense taken, I ask myself the same question. I love a lot about Tennessee, and some not so much. Why Kanye? I don't know who voted for him and I sure don't know why. It could be he has a lot of fans here. It could be some folks don't want to vote for Trump but knew that it wouldn't matter so they perhaps did it as a joke. Forgive the cynicism of "It wouldn't matter", but it was a largely foregone conclusion that Trump would win here. We had record breaking voting going on, no blame to the young Millienals and even younger Gen Zs. I'm sure they made up a great chunk of that 36% that DID go
    5 points
  37. Old Man

    Please vote

    “If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t try so hard to take it away from you.”
    5 points
  38. We're starting to see some comments directed at posters rather than positions. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing Simon shut this thread down, because it just gives me high blood pressure. But if we want a place to talk about politics, let's try to keep it friendly, or at least non-confrontational.
    5 points
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