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    wcw43921 got a reaction from pawsplay in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Winston Churchill is supposed to have said, “Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”
     
    This is one of those times---and it doesn't happen as often as it should.
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    wcw43921 reacted to IndianaJoe3 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Biden isn't the (presumptive) nominee because a small cabal of party insiders considered him the, "most electable" - it's because he got more votes than any other candidate.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    I'm calling this in favor of steriaca's entry.  Nothing against Quackhell's entry--both of these were very good.
     
    And I apologize for the outburst.  I was not in the best of moods that day.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from steriaca in Supers Image game   
    He is Ramahaukan, a forgotten deity from the Egyptian pantheon, who through some twist of cosmic circumstance has found himself in the present day.  Although he lacks much of his power from before--including his immortality--he can still control and manipulate minds, and has used this to build a following of devoted and committed worshippers, who are ready and willing to do anything--anything--to advance his cause.  As his worshippers grow in numbers, so does Ramahaukan's power--and it may not be too long before he can regain the full range of his divine attributes.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Cygnia in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
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    wcw43921 reacted to Barton in My favorite supervillain to run and the players to fight against would be   
    Foxbat - the GREATEST OF ALL TIME!
     
    He is his OWN category!
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    wcw43921 reacted to Pariah in Jokes   
    So John Fogerty is standing at the ticket counter at the airport.
     
    "Which section would you like to sit in, Mr. Fogerty?"
     
    "Put me in coach."
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Winston Churchill is supposed to have said, “Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”
     
    This is one of those times---and it doesn't happen as often as it should.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Pariah in Random Television Quotes   
    “It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid.”
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    wcw43921 reacted to Cygnia in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Emperor Kang in Jokes   
    A friend in Germany tells me everyone's panic buying sausages and cheese.
     
    It's the Wurst Kase scenario.
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    wcw43921 reacted to fdw3773 in Superhero Images   
    Here are two more superhero images I created for past character write-ups several years ago, Lady Victrix and Shadowhawk.


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    wcw43921 reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I admit, I am of at least two minds.
     
    On the one and, yes, American culture fetishizes guns to an astonishing degree. Insurrection from any nationwide attempt at sudden, serious restriction or regulation is a real threat.
     
    Though bluntly, I think the odds are high of insurrection within the next 5 years anyway. A civil war disconnected from real economic or political issues -- only about mythology and identity. I hope I am proved wrong, but there seems to be a significant percentage of the population that is *flipping crazy* at the loss of their caste privileges and cherished myths of identity.
     
    OTOH, we do have the example of gay rights. There were predictions of civil war over that, too, and it didn't happen. First laws against homosexuality were rolled back. Society didn't collapse, either in a Gay Sex Orgy or an Evangelical crusade. Then a few states tried civil unions. Again, nothing happened. Then outright marriage. And what do you know, nothing happened. Finally the Supreme Court (narrowly) declared same-sex marriage had to be legal everywhere. And God did not smite the country as He smote Sodom and Gomorrah, neither did the Evangelicals rise up in armed rebellion and the military join them. Too many people realized they had friends and family who were gay, lesbian or bisexual, and they were just people instead of some abstract boogyman of "The Gay." A solid majority of Americans think same-sex marriage is just fine, and what's the big deal?
     
    Already, polling shows that a solid majority of Americans think some kind of tighter gun regulation is okay. So it may be possible to follow the same-sex marriage playbook. A few states or major cities institute small restrictions, such as on magazine size. There are lawsuits, some laws fail but some stand. Some politicians support these restrictions, the NRA fails to unseat them in the next election, and starts looking like a paper tiger. More regions institute more restrictions, and yet the people are neither crushed by jackbooted government thugs, nor massacred by brown criminals invading their homes! And the myth starts crumbling.
     
    Success is not assured. Like I said, we could still get a Seinfeldian civil war over nothing, or Donald Trump could secure de facto dictatorship. But all hope for improvement is not lost.
     
    Dean Shomshak
     
     
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    wcw43921 reacted to DusterBoy in Superhero Images   
    Talking about Michelle Yeoh in SilverHawk, am I alone in thinking that high-end Hong Kong martial arts movies are basically super hero movies?
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from pinecone in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    "Let me get this straight--you rolled an eighteen/ninety-six for strength---and you're making the character a wizard?"
     
    "Hey---how often do I roll a seventeen for intelligence?  I'm not going to waste that score on a fighter."
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    wcw43921 reacted to Logan.1179 in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    Expectation vs Reality
     

     
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    wcw43921 reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Well, I'm told that J. K. Rowling is a billionaire because she wrote some books that a lot of people liked, and had the luck or foresight to insist in the copntract that she get a cut of any spin-off profits from merch and movies. I don't see how she robbed or cheated anyone.
     
    An unusual case to be sure, but it's an "existence proof." If one can exist, so can others.
     
    It's why I no longer feel outrage at high-paid athletes or entertainers, when so many obviously more worthy people toil for modest wage. Consider everyone who enjoys watching, say, LeBron James play basketball. Millions ever game. Imagine each one of them could pay ten cents directly to him in appreciation. Clearly, he soon becomes a very rich man. And can one say that each of those millions did not receive ten cents' worth of pleasure? Repeat for actors, musicians, etc.
     
    I am willing to extend this exercise to providers of other goods and services, dividing profit gained by the value gained by others. BUT... In such cases, everyone in the supply chain for providing those goods and services has a right to a share as well. If the business model that makes a few people very rich depends on keeping most people's wages artificially low, there is certainly unfairness that should e corrected. Or if the wealth comes from rent-seeking rather than honest competiton for customers.
     
    Returning to J. K. Rowling, it is likely she would not be as wealthy as she is if all the people making the Harry Potter merch in Third World countries were paid a share rather than, well, Third World factory wages. But she would still be very rich.
     
    I see the problem as less that some few people are so very rich as that so many are so very poor. And that their poverty is not an unfortunate natural event, but deliberately created by those who would rather extract wealth than create it.
     
    Dean Shomshak
     
     
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Ragitsu in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    "Let me get this straight--you rolled an eighteen/ninety-six for strength---and you're making the character a wizard?"
     
    "Hey---how often do I roll a seventeen for intelligence?  I'm not going to waste that score on a fighter."
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    wcw43921 reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Don't be ridiculous. Trump is obviously Chaotic Evil.
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    wcw43921 reacted to fdw3773 in Superhero Images   
    Here are a few superhero characters I created using some form of CGI a few years ago: Fiero, Firephoenix, and Interceptor.
     
     



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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Panpiper in Superhero Images   
    This well-experienced superhero comes to us from the work of Andreas Englund--
     

     
    Don't let his age fool you--he can still dish it out with the best of them--
     

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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Pariah in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    Why am I laughing at this?  I shouldn't be laughing at this.  What kind of horrible person am I?
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