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    wcw43921 reacted to tkdguy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I haven't been online since yesterday, and even then I was working on one hour of sleep. So I haven't read what has been posted here, and I'm not going to.
     
    I'm just letting you know that I am bowing out of this thread. I thought I could control my emotions, but I was wrong. I think I should just stop reading this before I post something that will get me banned. I have more important issues going on outside the Hero Boards at this time, and I will devote my energies to those issues instead.
     
    Peace.
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    wcw43921 reacted to megaplayboy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Policy wise, the Democratic party adopted the most progressive platform ever. Clinton modified several of her policies to be closer in alignment with Sanders, and her higher education proposal got Sanders endorsement. Tuition free public college. Student loan debt relief.
    Sanders endorsed her and campaigned for her. Elizabeth Warren endorsed her and campaigned for her. Clinton worked hard to try to win over millenials.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Lucius in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I forget who it was who said this--it might have been someone on this forum--but this quote has stuck with me--
     
    "Clinton's supporters support her in spite of her negative aspects.  Trump's supporters support him because of his negative aspects."
     
    I'm afraid I don't remember it exactly, but that's the gist.
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    wcw43921 reacted to aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    But we all knew that already, hence the multiple fake IDs we all have.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Balabanto in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    My problem is VERY simple. Nuclear Launch Codes should not need Child Safety Locks.
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    wcw43921 reacted to megaplayboy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Well, 2004 was followed by 2006, and then 2008. So there will be better days ahead (not without a LOT of work though!)
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Grailknight in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Is Trump Your Fault?
     
    Twenty-four percent for me.  Apparently I could have done more to stop him.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Darren Watts in Golden Age Champions Discussion Thread   
    One of my favorite parts of this book to write was the chapter on archetypes, which refers back to the earliest breakdowns of superheroic "character classes" from Champions. I address all of the different subtypes of Bricks, Energy Projectors, etc. present in the Golden Age, rename a couple (the "Martial Artist" is better explained as the "Mystery Man"), and add a fistful of brand new subarchetypes. Forthwith to demonstrate, an excerpt from "The Sidekick":
     
    <4> The Derivative Kid
    The first type of Sidekick to spring to most players’ minds, the Derivative Kid has more or less the same powers or skills as his mentor at a lower level, a costume either based on his mentor’s or specifically designed to stand out in contrast, and the stock standard personality for kids in 1930s and 40s popular culture: inquisitive bordering on outright nosey, brave, usually a wisecracker, and with an absolute faith in and even hero worship of the adult he’s working alongside. Robin defines the archetype the same way Batman does that of the Mystery Man, and his popularity led to a small army of clones: Bucky (Captain America), Speedy (Green Arrow), Sandy (Sandman), Pinky (Mr. Scarlet), Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Vigilante), and Dusty (The Shield.) The Guardian had an entire team of noncostumed preteens similar to the Our Gang kids of the movies in the Newsboy Legion. In a rare gender switch, Cat-Man took on a girl Sidekick named Kitten. If the mentor hero has superpowers, his Sidekick might as well. Toro had the same powers as the Human Torch, usually portrayed as being a few Active Points less. Similarly, Dan the Dyna-Mite (TNT) and Roy the Super Boy (Wizard) had similar powers to their mentors.
     
    <4> Female Counterpart
    Several superheroes of the period had their girlfriends wind up joining them in their war against injustice on occasion. Most notable was Hawkgirl, who appeared in Hawkman’s first story as Shiera Saunders, and was eventually given her own set of wings and costumed identity. (In the retconned stories of the All-Star Squadron, she keeps up protecting the homefront when her husband enlists after Pearl Harbor.) Bulletman created a second Gravity Regulator Helmet for his girlfriend Susan to wear, and she joined him in his adventures as Bulletgirl. Doll Man’s girlfriend Martha underwent a similar transformation late in the Golden Age, duplicating her boyfriend’s power to shrink and adopting a costumed identity. The Human Torch briefly teamed with Sun Girl, who had no powers but was armed with several interesting gadgets that were given no explanation, including a “Sun Gun” that fired blinding light beams.
     
    <4> Comic Relief
    Several superheroes in the Golden Age had Sidekicks who were mostly suited to slapstick comedy rather than serious superheroing, even if the hero himself was generally not portrayed as particularly lighthearted. Green Lantern was frequently aided by a portly taxi driver named Doiby Dickles, who would drive his cab “Goitrude” into dangerous situations armed only with a ludicrous approximation of a Brooklyn accent. Captain Marvel, who had already acquired a superpowered “family” consisting of his long-lost sister Mary and best friend Freddy Freeman (better known as Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Junior) also had a recurring sidekick named Uncle Marvel, a “lovable old fraud” character who claimed to also have superpowers that his various physical ailments prevented him from showing off at that particular moment. Plastic Man was regularly aided by Woozy Winks, a doltish ex-con who once saved the life of a wizard and was rewarded by being gifted with invulnerability.
     
    <4> The Boy In Charge
    A similar archetype to the Sidekick is the Boy In Charge, a teen (or even younger child) with no or limited powers but who has access to a much more capable ally who for whatever reason is bound to the young hero and follows his orders. The ally can vary widely in power level, from a cheerful adult bruiser of a chauffeur to a magical genie who can grant wishes in a wink. Examples of this type include Star-Spangled Kid & Stripesy, Johnny Thunder, The Boy King, and Kid Eternity (who summoned any number of temporary Sidekicks from the mists of history.) Two players can work together to create this sort of partnership if the characters themselves are of approximately the same value (perhaps one is smart and skilled while the other handles the rougher stuff.) Otherwise, it’s best to have the player build the more powerful servant as their primary PC, with appropriate limitations to reflect that the “sidekick” is actually the one in charge. Perhaps the more powerful ally can only appear for a limited amount of time each day, or is inconveniently sized for some activities (like the Boy King’s giant statue.)
     
    <4> Unusual Sidekicks
    Some comicbook Sidekicks defy any sort of categorization. The Vigilante was occasionally assisted by an ornery old cowboy named Billy Gunn, who the hero had met when he was running an arcade at Times Square and persuaded to come out of “retirement.” The Crimson Avenger, who in many ways resembled the radio show hero the Green Hornet, further appropriated the idea of an Asian sidekick like Kato, called Wing. Unfortunately, where Kato was an impressive combatant, skilled driver and inventor of Green Hornet’s souped-up car, Wing mostly told jokes in pidgin dialect while his mentor did the crimefighting. Captain Marvel had yet another occasional sidekick in Tawky Tawny, an anthropomorphic tiger who wore a loud suit and hat. An actual tiger who had been given a serum that allowed him to walk and talk like a human being, Tawky became friends with Captain Marvel after accidentally causing a panic in the city, and took a job as a docent at the Museum of Natural History when he wasn’t helping his pal fight criminals...
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Tom in Superhero Cosplayers   
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    wcw43921 reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    According to fivethirtyeight, you only get to wake up from all of this on a 12- on 3d6.  You might want to push, or dodge, or something.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from bigdamnhero in Interesting article about Sexism in Geek Communities   
    While I cannot speak for any of the Forumites, I do think this exchange from Supergirl makes a good point--
     
    Kara Danvers: [on discovering that Cat dubbed her "Supergirl"] "'Supergirl?' We can't name her that!"
    Cat Grant: "We didn't."
    Kara: "Right, I'm sorry. It's just, uh... A female superhero. Shouldn't she be called Super... woman?"
    Cat: "I'm sorry, darling, I just can't hear you over the loud color of your cheap pants."
    Kara: "If we call her 'Supergirl,' something less than what she is, doesn't that make us guilty of, of being anti-feminist? Didn't you say she's the hero?"
    Cat: "I'm the hero. I stuck a label on the side of the girl. I branded her. She will forever be linked to CatCo, to the Tribune, to me. And what do you think is so bad about 'Girl?' Huh? I'm a girl. And your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot and smart. So if you perceive 'Supergirl' as anything less than excellent, isn't the real problem you?"
     
    Names and labels can be what a person makes of them.  Take Kara's cousin, for instance.  Before he came along, anyone calling himself--well, you know--would very likely be regarded as trying to set up up as "superior" to regular people, and therefore entitled to rule over them.  But Kal-El turned that on its head by using his powers and abilities not to rule over people, but to help them.  "Superman" became a term of respect and admiration--not a word of which to be wary.
     
    Most of the time, anyway.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Tjack in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    Truths for heroes of all ages, by one of the best ever--
     
    The Lone Ranger Creed
     


     
    I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people,” shall live always. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. That sooner or later…somewhere…somehow…we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from bigdamnhero in The Flash   
    Top was entirely the wrong name for that villainess.  Given her powers there was one perfect name for her--Countess Vertigo.
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    wcw43921 reacted to GM Joe in Golden Age Champions Discussion Thread   
    Ever grab a grown lizard-man's tail, Joey?
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    wcw43921 reacted to Pariah in Jokes   
    Mountains aren't just funny. They're hill areas.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Ternaugh in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And that's me done. Very long line that moved fairly fast at the mall. One man was asked to remove his Trump hat (but not his "Fear God/Trust Jesus T-shirt*) when he was approaching the "no campaigning" line (which is posted), and I think that he was also asked not to take pictures of folks in line with his tablet, but I was too far away to hear the conversation between him, the campaign worker, and the security guard. He did get back in line, and apparently did vote.
     
    My signature didn't fully match the one on file**, and so I showed my DL, and everything was good***. Our electronic voting machines are pretty easy to use, and print a paper receipt (behind glass) that allows for verification and for both electronic and manual recounts.
     
     
     
    *I wore a Goonies T-shirt, which I figured was "good enough".
     
    **I believe that the signature on file is probably over 25 years old now, and it's changed dramatically in that time. During my time as a manager, I needed to sign stuff so often that first all of the vowels dropped out of my signature, and then all but the first consonant in my first name went missing. Given that I rarely sign anything on paper anymore, the final consonants in the last name are starting to warp into illegibility.
     
    ***Our local election department also sends out voter ID cards, and that would have been satisfactory, as well.
     

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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Cassandra in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    Truths for heroes of all ages, by one of the best ever--
     
    The Lone Ranger Creed
     


     
    I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people,” shall live always. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. That sooner or later…somewhere…somehow…we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
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    wcw43921 reacted to steriaca in Golden Age Champions Discussion Thread   
    That does remind me, a pre-Doctor Destroyer Doctor Destroyer. And, if he was old enough, Archmago (I suspect that he got his start in the golden age, but won't be a real threat till the silver age).
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    wcw43921 reacted to megaplayboy in Cool Guns for your Games   
    I own a couple of these Mark I Manual Grenade Launchers. They're capable of launching a wide variety of grenades, though the range is quite limited and the accuracy is iffy.
     

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    wcw43921 got a reaction from tkdguy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Now the good news--
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Lucius in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
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    wcw43921 reacted to Old Man in Cool Guns for your Games   
    9mm vs. ballistic gelatin:
     
     
     
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    wcw43921 reacted to zslane in Supergirl   
    That interview is very good.
     
    It is a shame, though, that this (more authentic and genuine) version of Superman has to be regarded as a "throwback". And while he may be more suitable for kids than Snyder's Superman, that doesn't mean that Supergirl is strictly for kids. I suspect that this Superman reaches and resonates with the widest possible spectrum of viewers, which I think is a good thing.
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