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    wcw43921 reacted to Enforcer84 in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
    HE'S CLEANING HIS LITTLE PAWS!

     
     
    He looks like a powder puff.
    *sigh* I need to watch Mark Anthony and the Kitten again.

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    wcw43921 reacted to BoloOfEarth in Supers Image game   
    Magnetite detested paperwork; if he'd known how much he'd have to deal with, he might not have taken on being Chicago's VIPER Nest Leader.  So he was quite happy when two VIPER agents interrupted his daily administrative slog with a young woman in tow.  He ignored her tattoos, lip piercing, and multi-hued hair; many supervillains had very distinctive looks, and hers was milder than some.
     
    The Nest Leader stood and smiled.  "Amethyst, isn't it?  A pleasure to meet you.  I'm Magnetite, but you probably already know that since you did apply to work with VIPER."  He reached out and shook her hand, and wasn't all that surprised when his heads-up display warned of psionic activity.  He was mildly surprised, however, to see her hair changing colors slightly as she used her powers.  "I should warn you, my helmet will make mental attacks against me quite difficult.  And it really does get us off on the wrong foot if you try to manipulate me."
     
    The young woman shrugged and smiled.  "Sorry, old habit.  I was just trying a touch of telepathy.  It's nice to know how a potential boss thinks."
     
    "Understood."  Magnetite sat back in his chair.  "Just don't try it again, and we'll get along fine."  He pulled up her file on his HUD and glanced through it quickly.  "Full suite of mental powers.  That's good.  Specialty in... neural location and telepathic links.  Interesting.  Tell me, how many people can you mentally link at once?"
    "Fifteen to twenty with minimal effort.  I can go as high as sixty, but can't maintain that for longer than a few minutes."
     
    He shrugged.  "A lot can get accomplished in a few minutes, especially by a dozen teams of VIPER agents.  Cross-communication, or do you have to relay?"
     
    "Once linked, everybody can communciate with everybody else."
     
    Magnetite smiled.  "Excellent.  And would you mind giving me a demonstration of your scanning capability?  Where is state senator Michael Clayton right now?"
     
    Amethyst closed her eyes and tilted her head back.  Once again, her hair began to change color, ranging from turquoise to deep violet.  Magnetite noted that she really was quite lovely.  "He is... at the Garfield Park Conservatory."  She concentrated a bit more.  "Going over his speech in his head right now."  She opened her eyes.  "Want to know what his new crime bill's about?"
     
    "Not necessary.  We've had a copy of it for several weeks."  He drew a few sheets of paper from a folder on his desk and studied them for a moment.  "Tell me, how skilled are you at manipulation?"
     
    She looked mildly uncomfortable.  "I can do okay, but it's not my strong suit.  I can nudge people to do things they wouldn't mind doing anyway, and push to do things they're not flat-out against.  But I can't make someone shoot himself or a friend, if that's what you're looking for.  The more they're against it, the more likely they'll know they were mind controlled."
     
    Magnetite shook his head.  "Not to worry, I'm not looking for anything overly dramatic."  He pulled out a thick envelope and slid it across the table to her.  She opened it to see banded stacks of money.  "I hope that is an adequate retainer."  He stood and handed her the sheets of paper he'd been reading.  "And I would like this to be the speech that Mr. Clayton gives.  Nearly identical, but we'd mainly like him to go off the rails for this bit here." 
     
    He pointed to a paragraph, and Amethyst's eyes widened as she read it.  "What is his stance on S-Squad, and superheroes in general?"
     
    "Senator Clayton's not a huge fan.  Has called them 'costumed vigilantes' in private, but since they're media darlings right now he holds his tongue."
     
    Amethyst smiled.  "Well, I think I can make him let it go for a bit."
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Mister E in Supers Image game   
    Monsieur Vaillant, aka Mr. Valiant--Jacques Moreau, an All-American super-patriot from an alternate reality where North America was largely settled by the French.  The Americans declared their independence from King Louis in 1776, and with British aid the revolutionary armies led by Georges Beauchamp won their freedom.  When Napoleon's armies tried to reconquer the continent in the War of 1812, the Americans fought with all their might and defeated Napoleon, leading to his downfall.  Ever since then Les Etats-Unis have stood as a beacon of freedom, giving hope to all who would resist tyranny and oppression.
     
    Possessing the strength of twenty men, immunity to all but the greatest of harm, and "the courage of America's teeming millions,"  Monsieur Vaillant is the embodiment of America's esprit de combatif, and wherever innocents are threatened, whenever liberty is endangered, he is there to protect the innocent, destroy those who would bring them harm, and set wrong to right.
     
    Liberté!  Egalité! Justice!  Vivé Monsieur Vaillant!
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Lucius in In other news...   
    One could make the argument that this incident brings up First Amendment issues, and Playboy has been a source of controversy and a supporter of First Amendment freedoms.  Or one could figure that "Sex Sells" and her Playboy appearance was mentioned by the author to drive up interest in the story.
     
    As for her military service--I figure United States military personnel past and present are more likely to respect and even cherish  the flag, having very likely joined up out of a sense of patriotism and desire to protect their country.  (This may even apply to draftees, especially those before the Vietnam era.)  One of the most touted arguments against desecrating the flag is the phrase, "Men and women have fought and died for that flag!" (See footnote)  Manhart herself said that when she saw the protesters trampling the flag she thought of the flag-draped coffins bearing American servicemen, and that in her mind they were trampling on those coffins.  So yes, her military service was relevant to the story, as it was her motivation for interfering with the protest.
     
     
    I'm not a fan of flag desecration, but I agree--although it's not the worst thing she could have done.  This story tells about a 2004 incident where a protester at an appearance by Dick Cheney was attacked by a 66-year old former United States Marine.  This was a man exercising his right to petition the Government--the Vice President--for redress of grievances, and he was put in a headlock and his mouth gagged.  The man who did it was very likely applauded for his action ("Way to go, Marine! Semper Fi!") and I imagine that if someone were to tell him to his face that he forsook his oath to uphold the Constitution, that he went back on his word--that someone would likely get attacked himself.
     
    Then there are all the American military personnel who participated in the "enhanced interrogation techniques" inflicted upon people suspected of terrorism and insurgency in Iraq, Afganistan and elsewhere in the world, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments.  Men and women who swore to uphold and defend the Constitution--to bear true faith and obedience to same--and few, if any, stood up to say that it was wrong, that it should not be done.  They feared the consequences of disobeying their orders, of "letting the terrorists win," and so they dishonored themselves and their nation by allowing these things to happen, and by participating in them.
     
    Yes, Ms. Manhart violated her oath--but she is by no means the most egregious offender.
     
    (Footnote)
     
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    wcw43921 reacted to Cygnia in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
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    wcw43921 reacted to Zeropoint in In other news...   
    Her military service is relevant because someone who has sworn or affirmed an oath to support and defend the Constitution should know better than to violate someone else's First Amendment right to free speech.
     
    Her Playboy appearance is relevant because some people would consider what she did with the flag there to be as bad as or worse than what the protesters were doing with theirs.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from tkdguy in Cool Guns for your Games   
    Friendly fire--just ain't.
     
                   
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from BoloOfEarth in A Thread for Random Videos   
    A guy on another message board made this video as a tribute to the space exploration game Elite: Dangerous.  The video is brilliant; the song even more so.  It would be great if they could put the song in the next Star Trek movie.
     
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from tkdguy in A Thread for Random Videos   
    A guy on another message board made this video as a tribute to the space exploration game Elite: Dangerous.  The video is brilliant; the song even more so.  It would be great if they could put the song in the next Star Trek movie.
     
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    wcw43921 reacted to phoenix240 in Supers Image game   
    Name: Peter Darwin (Formerly: Horst Mueller)
    Hero name: Redstar
     
    Background: The advent of the superhuman (usually placed shortly before the beginning of World War 2) lead to an arms as the various national powers attempted to harness the powers of these exceptional beings. Over the course of the war the notion of creating superhumans grew popular. Germany quickly moved into the forefront of the nascent field due in no small part to sheer ruthlessness. Subjects lives were spent like water and a litany of horrors performed in hidden laboratories the name the Reich. But surprisingly few successes were produced but other projects produce at best one or two "Super Soldier" (American G.I., Union Jack and Monsieur Valiliant) or teams of highly trained, well equipped but "natural" super beings (see Force America or the Kingsmen). On the other hands, those projects, while enthusiastic and aggressive were pursued with at least some degree of ethics and humanity so the human toll in lives and number of twisted failures was far far less.
     
    Still, the German efforts did achieve its aims for the most part. The boy that would be known as Redstar" was one of first. The product of an already extant eugenics program his exceptional physical aptitude was clear even from early childhood and back by a sharp mind. Further testing indicated that boy possessed even more potential, laying dormant in his genes. So began an endless battery of tests, treatments and experiments designed to lock that potential accompanied by relentless indoctrination design to engender loyalty and a fanatical patriotism in the subject dubbed "Esienmenche". The project continued over most of the war but the being that resulted exceeded even his power hungry creators expectations, a superhuman that might even rival Free Spirit in raw power.
     
    But it was all in vain. The Reich lost, the war ended with the victorious Allies forces marching across Germany. It was a Russian force that found the secluded facility where Esienmenche lay, deep in suspended animation. They seized him along with everything else on the project and the entire incident was covered. The would be Esienmenche was lay, almost forgotten, in a secret bunker for decades. Until during the Cold War, a cadre of official stumbled across the record of his discovery and decided to try and utilize him as an asset. His mind was very carefully probed by psionic agents who constructed a new persona and insert new memories based on his original conditioning but with loyalty turned towards Soviet Union.
     
    At first, Red Star as he came to be known, was a great success. Powerful, charismatic and loyal, he made a perfect status symbol and figurehead for the Soviet Union and soon he was made head of the national metahuman team: October Guard. But shortly before the Proprietor Wars the Guard came up against the villain collective known as Anarchy Alliance and the telepath "Mind****" used her power to shatter the intricate and delicate that had been constructed, revealing Red Star's life as a life and flooding his mind with a mixture of horrific flash back to the Nazi labs and fragments of what little childhood he'd actually had. After brutal battle that left most of his team incapacitated, the insane metahuman headed to London, bent on carrying out a delusional mission to conquer England. He was met a collection of local metahumans including Big Ben, Paladin Hard Knight and Lady White. Working together, the heroes managed to contain Red Star long enough for Witch to make contact with his broken mind. She attempted to heal him but the damage was too much and there was too little to work with and less time. She was able to contact that small core of original nature, the boy inside that just wanted to be a hero and a champion of the people and awaken it.
     
    Horrified by what he'd done, become and what he'd become and aware this rationality wouldn't last, Redstar turned his power inward and was seemingly consumed in a blaze of crimson light. It wasn't until several days later that childless couple Edgar and Sally Darwin found a young boy wandering the streets, dressed in rags with no memory of how and who is was. Puzzled but quickly endeared by the charming child they took him with them to their country home. They knew they should report the child to the authorities but they had become very attached him and couldn't find any reports of a missing or abducted child so they eventually explained him as the child of a cousin who'd passed away. They named him Peter `It was long after that the boy began to display unusual abilities: greater strength and speed than a child his age should have. He was really enthralled by superheroes, watching any and all stores about with the rapt awe. Sally eventually made him a costume of his own, fashioning it to the boy's instructions all in red (Peter's favorite color). As suited the symbol on the chest, he's begun called himself "Red Star" though no one has made the connection yet.
     
    Personality: Red Star is a typical little boy in most ways. He's very bright, energetic and creative with a love of superheroes and adventure. Peter is very aware of his physical superiority and treats his playmates carefully. He truly wants to live up to his idols (and the mollify his subconscious guilt over his past). Unfortunately, his past life is not totally forgotten. Memories surface as nightmares and inapplicable emotional reactions triggered by sights, sounds, people, etc that remind him of his pasty. His adopted parents are considered counseling but so far these moments haven't been dangerous just a little odd.
     
    Powers: As an adult, Red Star had the classic array of super powers: Incredible strength, stamina, speed and endurance. He could lift nearly a hundred tons and easily withstand military grade weapons. He could fly at mach speeds via an unknown mechanism and project concussive bolts from his hands and eyes powerful enough to wreck armored fighting vehicles. By drawing on some inner reserve he could momentarily enhance his powers, heal himself and even demonstrate some minor psychokinetic and psionic abilities such as psychometry and moving objects at a distance. One his more unusual powers came from the control he has over his physical make up: he can control his appearance down to the color of his eyes and tone of voice. This control is mostly subconscious and seems to respond his emotional states, needs and the expectations of those around him meaning his appearance is exceptionally striking to a virtually superhuman degree. He mav have even greater potential. Some of his handlers theorize that all his abilities are psionic in nature.
     
    Peter has only manifested a tiny amount of these abilities. He is faster, stronger and more hardy than any child of his age should be, a match for many adults but not quite superhuman outside of relative comparison. Sometimes he gets "feelings" about people, objects and places, small flashes of intuition and other vestiges of psionic abilities. He hasn't manifested any sign of his energy generation or shapeshifting abilities so far and his resistant to injury hasn't really been tested by anything outside of normal childhood risk (to which he's proved to be immune).
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    wcw43921 reacted to Clonus in Supers Image game   
    He calls himself "Captain Star".  But most other people call him "Sucker Punch" because of how he made his debut, walking up to a supervillain and laying out the criminal with one unexpected punch while the bad guy was still laughing at the kid.  Captain Star/Sucker Punch has the most vanilla power set imaginable, with boosted strength and durability (and a phenomenal leaping ability from his strength versus his weight), gained from a brief close encounter with aliens dumping their garbage before leaving.  But he makes up for it with attitude and his incongruous appearance.  
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    wcw43921 reacted to dmjalund in Supers Image game   
    His name is Star Boy
     
    His abilities is to fly,
    he is damage resistant and he can project powerful beams of light-energy from his hands
     
    the powers are in his outfit
     
    the cape allows him to fly
    the wrist bands allow him to project light beams
    his mask stops even people who know him from recognizing him
    and when he wears the combination, he becomes damage resistant
     
    he found the outfit in his basement when the family moved to a new house
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Enforcer84 in In other news...   
    Cosplay just got real. 
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Christopher in Supers Image game   
    Monsieur Vaillant, aka Mr. Valiant--Jacques Moreau, an All-American super-patriot from an alternate reality where North America was largely settled by the French.  The Americans declared their independence from King Louis in 1776, and with British aid the revolutionary armies led by Georges Beauchamp won their freedom.  When Napoleon's armies tried to reconquer the continent in the War of 1812, the Americans fought with all their might and defeated Napoleon, leading to his downfall.  Ever since then Les Etats-Unis have stood as a beacon of freedom, giving hope to all who would resist tyranny and oppression.
     
    Possessing the strength of twenty men, immunity to all but the greatest of harm, and "the courage of America's teeming millions,"  Monsieur Vaillant is the embodiment of America's esprit de combatif, and wherever innocents are threatened, whenever liberty is endangered, he is there to protect the innocent, destroy those who would bring them harm, and set wrong to right.
     
    Liberté!  Egalité! Justice!  Vivé Monsieur Vaillant!
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Enforcer84 in In other news...   
    100-Year-Old Woman Sets Swimming Record
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Clonus in Supers Image game   
    Monsieur Vaillant, aka Mr. Valiant--Jacques Moreau, an All-American super-patriot from an alternate reality where North America was largely settled by the French.  The Americans declared their independence from King Louis in 1776, and with British aid the revolutionary armies led by Georges Beauchamp won their freedom.  When Napoleon's armies tried to reconquer the continent in the War of 1812, the Americans fought with all their might and defeated Napoleon, leading to his downfall.  Ever since then Les Etats-Unis have stood as a beacon of freedom, giving hope to all who would resist tyranny and oppression.
     
    Possessing the strength of twenty men, immunity to all but the greatest of harm, and "the courage of America's teeming millions,"  Monsieur Vaillant is the embodiment of America's esprit de combatif, and wherever innocents are threatened, whenever liberty is endangered, he is there to protect the innocent, destroy those who would bring them harm, and set wrong to right.
     
    Liberté!  Egalité! Justice!  Vivé Monsieur Vaillant!
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Burrito Boy in Supers Image game   
    Monsieur Vaillant, aka Mr. Valiant--Jacques Moreau, an All-American super-patriot from an alternate reality where North America was largely settled by the French.  The Americans declared their independence from King Louis in 1776, and with British aid the revolutionary armies led by Georges Beauchamp won their freedom.  When Napoleon's armies tried to reconquer the continent in the War of 1812, the Americans fought with all their might and defeated Napoleon, leading to his downfall.  Ever since then Les Etats-Unis have stood as a beacon of freedom, giving hope to all who would resist tyranny and oppression.
     
    Possessing the strength of twenty men, immunity to all but the greatest of harm, and "the courage of America's teeming millions,"  Monsieur Vaillant is the embodiment of America's esprit de combatif, and wherever innocents are threatened, whenever liberty is endangered, he is there to protect the innocent, destroy those who would bring them harm, and set wrong to right.
     
    Liberté!  Egalité! Justice!  Vivé Monsieur Vaillant!
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from bubba smith in Supers Image game   
    Monsieur Vaillant, aka Mr. Valiant--Jacques Moreau, an All-American super-patriot from an alternate reality where North America was largely settled by the French.  The Americans declared their independence from King Louis in 1776, and with British aid the revolutionary armies led by Georges Beauchamp won their freedom.  When Napoleon's armies tried to reconquer the continent in the War of 1812, the Americans fought with all their might and defeated Napoleon, leading to his downfall.  Ever since then Les Etats-Unis have stood as a beacon of freedom, giving hope to all who would resist tyranny and oppression.
     
    Possessing the strength of twenty men, immunity to all but the greatest of harm, and "the courage of America's teeming millions,"  Monsieur Vaillant is the embodiment of America's esprit de combatif, and wherever innocents are threatened, whenever liberty is endangered, he is there to protect the innocent, destroy those who would bring them harm, and set wrong to right.
     
    Liberté!  Egalité! Justice!  Vivé Monsieur Vaillant!
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    wcw43921 reacted to Enforcer84 in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Lock the thread (don't lock the thread, baby) 
    Lock the thread (don't tip the thread over)
     
    I'll show myself out.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from death tribble in Creepy Pics.   
    Tell me you wouldn't freak out if you met these guys in a dark alley.

    I dare you.

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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Nolgroth in Creepy Pics.   
    This is much more creepy to anyone following The Walking Dead--and while it's based on something that happened last season, the "cookie speech" from the most recent episode (3-8) makes it that much more creepy--
     
     
     
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Enforcer84 in In other news...   
    GEN CON isn't the only business thinking of leaving Indy.  .  .

    Salesforce Corporation To Leave Indy

    NCAA Concerned Over Law
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    wcw43921 reacted to Old Man in Cool Guns for your Games   
    The XM42 is the world’s first commercially available handheld flamethrower.
     

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    wcw43921 reacted to Old Man in In other news...   
    I've finally come to the conclusion that the A-10s and CAS mission should be given to the Army and/or Marines.  Along with the funding.  If the USAF hates the job that much, let's give it to someone who'll do it right.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Ragitsu in Cool Guns for your Games   
    Well, if you had absolute power, would there be a need for new weapons?  Because if you had absolute power, you could abolish war as a means of settling disputes domestically and internationally, because the whole world would be one people, one nation under your absolute control.  There would be no need of weapons of war, because there would be no war.
     
    Unless you planned to keep war going as a means of keeping the people impoverished, as per Orwell's 1984.
     
    Just thinking about things.
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