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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in 6th Edition Conversions   
    Insectoid aliens are my fav!  The talents and complications lead me to believe they were inspired in part by the aliens in Clarke's Childhood's End.
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to bubba smith in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    if it is true that whatever does not kill you makes you stronger I must be as strong as Hercules by this point
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to Badger in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Go GIant Meteor!
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I'm not thrilled with the direction things have taken over the past few posts, so I'm out.
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from gewing in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It is hard to get a complete picture since the evidence of inappropriate influence on journalists was provided in the 'Guccifer' leaks last month as well as the recent Wiki leaks, and it appears to be a relative handful of the thousands of emails.  Sources are scattered all over the web, but from what I can tell the DNC leaned on or changed content to benefit HRC with: Politico, Washington Post, NBC/MSNBC, CBS Polls, CNN, and Wall Street Journal (so far).  With some of the other choice bits, a composite picture is created of a systematically biased DNC.  But this only confirms what I started to suspect a long time ago, and what Sen. Sanders likely knew would be the case even before he launched his campaign.
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from gewing in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Coronation is how it feels to me, but that is the wrong word.  Technically, she's already been nominated, and she's simply accepting the nomination tonight (?).
     
    I would point out that 1) Sanders won key demographics also, running away with the youth vote http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/06/21/report-sanders-won-young-voters-clinton-trump-combined/and 2) Even if he had somehow edged out his opponent in delegates, it sure seems the superdelegates were always going to tip the balance for the presumptive nominee. 
     
    Likely, our country isn't ready for a 'Democratic Socialist' at the present time.  But the idea that political operators and numerous major media outlets were working together to ensure unbalanced coverage is (needless to say) deeply disturbing - in fact, corrosive of our democracy and our founding principles, which rely on a strong and independent fourth estate.  That is worrisome above and beyond this particular race.
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from gewing in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I partially agree - obviously there was a build-up of bad blood between the DNC and Sanders over time.  There does not to my knowledge appear to be any evidence of outright bribes.  But there are hundreds of emails disparaging Bernie and/or figuring out how to put Clinton in a positive light.  Again, I listed one example.  Collusion in my book.
     
    The DNC did issue a formal apology:
     
    "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nomination process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited towards our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again."  http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/25/12279134/dnc-apology-leaks-bernie-sanders
     
    But of course this is complete spin trying to make it sound like a few isolated incidents and not a systemic problem.  When the chair herself was the primary instigator!  Breathtaking duplicity and audacity, imo.
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The man definitely has the gift of gab - that's why he's been such a successful politician.  But every four years we go through something like this - warm homilies and witty anecdotes to make the candidate seem personable, workaday, trustworthy; someone you can believe has your best interests at heart.  Sheer manipulation.  Sweetener to make the castor oil go down - continuing regressive tax policies, hollowing out of the middle class, and endless military engagements on the pretense of safety.  The same shell game.  Every. Four. Years.
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The man definitely has the gift of gab - that's why he's been such a successful politician.  But every four years we go through something like this - warm homilies and witty anecdotes to make the candidate seem personable, workaday, trustworthy; someone you can believe has your best interests at heart.  Sheer manipulation.  Sweetener to make the castor oil go down - continuing regressive tax policies, hollowing out of the middle class, and endless military engagements on the pretense of safety.  The same shell game.  Every. Four. Years.
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Iuz the Evil in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The man definitely has the gift of gab - that's why he's been such a successful politician.  But every four years we go through something like this - warm homilies and witty anecdotes to make the candidate seem personable, workaday, trustworthy; someone you can believe has your best interests at heart.  Sheer manipulation.  Sweetener to make the castor oil go down - continuing regressive tax policies, hollowing out of the middle class, and endless military engagements on the pretense of safety.  The same shell game.  Every. Four. Years.
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to Hermit in Quote of the Week From My Life.   
    DC  trip last week, two friends went to see the White House.. .I did not.
     
    Me when they come back "So, what was the White House like?"
    Friend: "Just like what you've seen in the movies."
    Me: "It was exploding??!!!!"
    Friend: *Eyeroll*
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Doc Shadow in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Sanders hasn't formally conceded; of course Clinton won't formally be the nominee until the July convention when the delegates vote.  Bernie just released an op-ed:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/23/bernie-sanders-heres-what-we-want/#comments
     
    It basically reiterates all his campaign's main priorities, and that he expects most/all of these to be present in the party platform.  Some folks are accusing him of being a sore loser; I think it shows a lot of integrity to continue the fight, and not immediately bargain away his grassroots support in some bid to increase his personal cachet of political power. 
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Netzilla in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Sanders hasn't formally conceded; of course Clinton won't formally be the nominee until the July convention when the delegates vote.  Bernie just released an op-ed:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/23/bernie-sanders-heres-what-we-want/#comments
     
    It basically reiterates all his campaign's main priorities, and that he expects most/all of these to be present in the party platform.  Some folks are accusing him of being a sore loser; I think it shows a lot of integrity to continue the fight, and not immediately bargain away his grassroots support in some bid to increase his personal cachet of political power. 
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Certified in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Sanders hasn't formally conceded; of course Clinton won't formally be the nominee until the July convention when the delegates vote.  Bernie just released an op-ed:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/23/bernie-sanders-heres-what-we-want/#comments
     
    It basically reiterates all his campaign's main priorities, and that he expects most/all of these to be present in the party platform.  Some folks are accusing him of being a sore loser; I think it shows a lot of integrity to continue the fight, and not immediately bargain away his grassroots support in some bid to increase his personal cachet of political power. 
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Ragitsu in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Exactly, it's now looking like a choice between Greater Evils.   I really don't feel represented by either major party (and haven't for many years).
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Enforcer84 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    "Every country has the government it deserves" - Joseph de Maistre
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to wcw43921 in Superhero Cosplayers   
    Up.  .  .Up.  .  .And AWAYYY!

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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from BoloOfEarth in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Terra Firma is the powerhouse.  Supposedly the victim of repeated and traumatic UFO abductions in her youth, as an adult she became an archaeologist.  True to four-color tradition, this career let to the discovery of a mysterious, ancient Sumerian amulet dedicated to Ki, the Earth Mother.  With the amulet, she can tap into a wellspring of geologic abilities - greatly enhanced mass and strength, at-will formation of a rocky armored crust around her skin, short-range bursts of magma, and the transformation of solid ground to soupy mud.   She has devoted her existence to smashing, pulping, probing and otherwise dismembering any spindly, grey, bulbous-headed being she sees!
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to Ternaugh in Random Song Lyrics Thread   
    Minimum Wage! Yah!
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from death tribble in Random Song Lyrics Thread   
    Ah, Freak out!   (Le Freak, c'est Chic)   Have you heard about the new dance craze?
    Listen to us, I'm sure you'll be amazed
    Big fun to be had by everyone
    It's up to you, It surely can be done
    Young and old are doing it, I'm told
    Just one try, and you too will be sold
    It's called Le Freak! They're doing it night and day
    Allow us, we'll show you the way   Ah, Freak out!   (Le Freak, c'est Chic)
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from death tribble in Random Song Lyrics Thread   
    (The Tribble never does anything half-way does he?)
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from death tribble in Random Song Lyrics Thread   
    We're through being cool
    We're through being cool
     
    Eliminate the ninnies and the twits
    Going to bang some heads
    Going to beat some butts
    Time to show those evil spuds what's what
     
    If you live in a small town
    You might meet a dozen or two
    Young alien types who step out
    And dare to declare:
     
    We're through being cool
    We're through being cool
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from Burrito Boy in Random Song Lyrics Thread   
    After nine days I let the horse run free
    'Cause the desert had turned to sea
    There were plants and birds and rocks and things
    there was sand and hills and rings
    The ocean is a desert with its life underground
    And a perfect disguise above
    Under the cities lies a heart made of ground
    But the humans will give no love
     
    You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name
    It felt good to be out of the rain
    In the desert, you can remember your name
    'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain
    La la, la, La, la la la  . . .

     
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    CaptnStrawberry got a reaction from gewing in The cranky thread   
    My week:
     
    Two-day business trip to Baltimore + lack of sleep in strange bed + whirlwind tour of every frickin' elementary school and community center in the city + cramped flight cabin, turbulence and sinus pressure + mental stress of catching up on work when I get back + additional mental stress of bailing out a friend about to have her car repossessed = a cold, and a weekend evidently going to be spent recovering at home.
     
    Now that I see the complete formula, the result makes sense.
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    CaptnStrawberry reacted to Storn in Storn's Art & Characters thread.   
    I really don't do much superhero art anymore.  Been really working in the fantasy genre more..  
     
    My long time patron Death Tribble gave me the challenge of doing Medusa as a super heroine.  Seemed like fun and it was.  I gave her a jaunty pose and smile.  He asked for a long, slinky outfit, but I felt that was kinda in the vein of a villain, so I gave her a skirt, semi-grecian, instead.  Hope he doesn’t mind.  What do y’all think?

    Next are a couple of images from Green Ronin’s Cosmic Handbook.  Got to trout out my Kirby homage and my love of sword and planet motifs.  I went with some super vibrant colors on these both, trying for “alien and cosmic” after looking at a lot of what Kirby did back in the day.
     


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