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I don't know. Off the top of my head, Comrade BeeNee, but if I were to guess, I'd guess Chicago around the time of the failed attempt to march to Cicero where King gave up and SNCC got attacked by brick-wielding Nazis. It's just a guess, though.
There was an American Nazi party all through the sixties led by a guy very awesomely named George Lincoln Rockwell.
Earlier today, my buddy showed me a meme he made (I think, maybe he just stole it from somewhere else) for his anti-police brutality website. I was going to refrain from linking it, but then I remembered that Fake Healer was that guy pining for a new Night of the Long Knives a while back.
Kingpinmaker, Game N+1
Short game, Genny's player couldn't make it.
The PCs gathered in the captain's cabin of The Whale and conferred about a great many things, trying to remember all of the loose ends from a month ago. Meanwhile, Symoreel Singha, who has a new name, but I forget what it was, is converted from pantheistic ancestor worship of the Jambala Jaeg to the worship of Iomedae by a halfling slave, Tadeusz Lightwhistle. Princess Mwangli was a little upset by Symoreel's apparent desertion of the tribe (which was essentially motivated, as far as I can tell, by Symoreel's player wanting to multiclass into warpriest) and says she will release Symoreel from fealty to the tribe, BUT ONLY after Symoreel fetches The Heart of the Jungle from the Mack Daddy's secret storehouse in Pezzack, the Abandoned Clocktower. Symoreel agrees. Rest of the party is ready to go. For the sake of convenience, I assumed that the Chelish tax-collector rescued from the Rovagug-worshipping Blackcovians is still recovering from the drugs the latter pumped into the former.
The Whale sails a day north of Pezzack to a secret cove Barbie Ragnarock recommends, near a local monument called the Devil's Tor. Barbie has secret backstory reasons to know about the Devil's Tor, too, but she doesn't reveal any of them. Anyway, from the secret cove to the road is but a quick walk up the beach and over some hills and then it's only a day's walk south to Foxglove Manor and from there just a skip and a jump to Pezzack. For the trek are: all of the party members, Buck Rogers and Toby and Jillian Poodlecock, the freed halfling slaves who are looking forward to being Giles and Esmerelda's domestic help.
They travel south for half a pleasant summer's day (it now being the last month of that season--I forget the Golarion name), strolling and joking, when they come across a twenty-wagon gypsy caravan on the side of the road. There were many sights and wonders to behold, but the party all made their Perception checks and were drawn immediately to the most wondrous sight the caravan offerered, which was a wagon pulled by a giant snail attended to by an ancient halfling wizard.
He was working underneath his wagon when Symoreel approached and, trying to be playful, she pulled the wizard out by his slippered feet. The wizard, startled, cast burning hands at Symoreel for 11 points of damage after she made her saving throw, and burned most of her hair off. The wizard yelled at her and bade her away, especially after he noticed that she didn't have any money. The rest of the party did, however, and he introduced himself as Ebeneezer the Magnificent, Traveling Tinker at your service, etc. There was quite a bit to it, really, but if we fast forward past the magic stuff I made up ("As he opens the door into his wagon, you peer over his shoulder and notice that the inside is easily three times as big as the outside of the wagon. Inside you see a fully-stocked library, papers everywhere, an alchemist's lab bubbling away and smoking, and a menagerie of almost every imaginable animal--all miniaturized in small glass boxes. You see a giraffe, etc., etc.") and the haggling, essentially the party dumped all of their superfluous +1 chain shirts and +1 longswords and got a broom that sweeps by itself, a Small-sized +2 small sword (dubbed Black Razor) and a +2 belt of dexterity. In the middle of it, the lunch whistle blew, and the party had to wait an hour and a half for Ebeneezer to finish his midday meal.
As they continued their trek south, they realized that due to the many halflings in the party, and the advanced age of Toby and Jillian in particular, the party wasn't making as good time as they'd like and they probably wouldn't roll into Foxglove Manor until way after dark. So they decided to find a place to camp for the night. It was then that Toby and Jillian revealed that they had blown all of their money (Genny had given each of the liberated slaves 20 gp a whiles back, don't think I mentioned that before) on a magical skillet that didn't need a fire and a bunch of luxury food items, which they then began to prepare for their masters. "I'm not your master," said Giles, "Stop calling me that." "Yes, master."
Anyway, the party had been warned by Ebeneezer and the Varisians that there was quite a bit of strix activity recently (I gave a knowing look to Barbie Ragnarock's player, although I'm not sure he caught it), so they found spent a good deal of effort in making their campsite undetectable (too late--the strix had already been spying on them for the past four hours) but then totally goofed by only posting one sentry, Brother Makao.
And here it is that I have to admit to a terrible error. When reading the Bestiary entry for the harpy, I misread the range of their captivating song as 30' instead of 300'. I even remember thinking that 30' wasn't that far [facepalm], but anyway, two harpies popped up on either side of the camp and started singing their song. One of the Poodlecocks (I forget which), Genny, Esmerelda (the bard!) and Barbie all fell under the song's power. Brother Makao was about to get the jump on one of the harpies--when a peryton dropped out of the sky and attacked Buck Rogers! (in fairness, I had foreshadowed the peryton a bit, not my players noticed, the poor suckers). And, finally, adding insult to injury, after the captivated characters all got next to the harpies, a dozen strix jumped out of the high grass and bundled Genny and the Poodlecocks into bags and flew away! (They had to beat the non-capitavated Poodlecock unconscious first, poor thing.)
Brother Makao engaged the peryton in a mighty one-on-one duel and made mince meat of the antlered horror. Giles went around stabbing the harpies with his gladius and interrupting their songs. This, finally, led to Esmerelda and Barbie coming to their senses in the last round of combat, whereupon Barbie eviscerated one of the harpies with her four talon attacks per round and the other harpy decided to beat it.
Meanwhile, when the strix took off with the bagged halflings, Symoreel activated her fly hex and took off after them. There was a stunning aerial battle--she took out all of the non-bag carrying strix in mid-air, although she took way more damage than she should have. I had warned her that taking a level in warpriest would only make her more likely to get into not terribly intelligent melee battles, but anyway, two of the strix decided to ditch their halfling in a bag (much gasps as I roll the falling damage the poor Poodlecock takes). Anyway, the long of it is, I was right, Symoreel shouldn't have been flying off by herself into melee combat, and the game ended with her unconscious but stabilized at -3 hit points a good two miles north of the rest of the party in the middle of the night. I probably should have had the strix coup de grace Symoreel, but I am a merciful Dungeon Master.
Next time, though...
I haven't, alas, been able to follow the news as closely as I would like this past week--busy with Anklebiter clan shiznit mostly--so I hadn't yet seen any Cornel West commentary.
Hee hee! I haven't even finished watching it yet and I already love it. Had me at "Obama reeks."
Back in 1955, veteran American Trotskyist Richard S. Fraser made the point that Eisenhower only intervened and sent in federal troops after the local black community organized itself and started fighting back.
I can't see any parallels with today at all.
[Stomps on cookies]
I'm feeling pretty unambitious today, Citizen Oak, and have merely assembled three of my favorite books that touch on the topic:
Yours for the revolution,
Vod Canockers wrote:
The UAW had it's starting wages slashed in half with a campaign to get old-timers to retire as part of Barack "Friend of Labor" Obama's Big Auto bailout.
Has the price of cars gone down? I hadn't noticed.
I'm going to guess because the riots have gone on for longer and have been more destructive, but it's just a guess.
A second, darker, guess occurs to me, and that is that this story might be more likely to be picked up by certain media outlets because it allows people to call black people "animals" and get away with it.
I'll favorite this, but I got the feeling that Zimmie could have shot anybody of any color. But it's just a hunch.
Also, speaking of political correctness, I don't really get the line "this is only news because he's black." My buddy was attending community college during the Trayvon Martin thing and he said all the young white kids kept saying "It's just 'cuz he's black."
I don't understand, nor can I understand why the liberal-dominated media only picks up certain stories and doesn't pick up others (I'd imagine it has something to do with the days of rioting, but it's just a guess) but I would like to invite others who are interested in this kind of thing over to the Bride of Government Folly thread* where we do make some attempt to cover all of the other stories. And boy are there lots of them.
(How's that for political correctness?)
EDITED: Forgot the second link!
[Tries not to be ill]
So, what's the status of the smear campaign now? Last I heard, the Confederate-flag flying police chief had held a press conference where he said that even if Brown had been trying to steal cigars (is that the WCC party line?) it had nothing to do with his killing.
But, admittedly, I am the type of person that the phrase "policital correctness" was invented to describe.
I, of course, would be the last to deny that race is at the heart of it:
America: Young Black Men Have No Right to Life
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
“They can be arrested for nothing, or shot down in the streets with impunity.”
There are lots of pictures coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, a two-thirds Black town just outside St. Louis, where a policeman shot down Michael Brown, this past weekend. The 18 year-old’s last words before dying were: “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting.” The cop kept shooting anyway. The pictures show Brown’s body in the middle of the street, where it was left for four hours in the baking sun.
Other pictures show Brown’s grief-stricken mother, and his stepfather carrying a sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.” There are plenty of images from the two nights of disturbances in the town, where there isn’t really much to loot. However, I think the most poignant picture shows young Blacks blocking the street in front of the Ferguson police department, their upraised arms signaling surrender, just as young Michael did before the cop administered the coup de grace.
How different that picture would have been in 1966, when young Black people in California responded to murderous police violence with armed patrols of their own, under the newly formed Black Panther Party for Self Defense. The Party declared that Black people had just as much right to defend themselves as white people, including the right to defend themselves from the police, who act as an occupying army. Which is, of course, a self-evident truth.
The Mass Incarceration State
The Black Panther Party’s vigorous assertion of the right to self-defense prompted the U.S. government to double-down on its monopoly on the use of force – first, with a massive campaign of assassination and false imprisonment against Black radical leadership, many of whom still remain behind bars. Then, as the decade of the Seventies began, mass Black incarceration became the universal policy of the United States – north, south, east and west. A new class of Black politicians filled the void that police repression had created. These were men and women who were quite amenable to corporate rule and made comfortable homes in the Democratic Party. Even as the prison population rose to nine times 1970 levels, the Black Misleadership Class blissfully celebrated its own upward mobility.
Meanwhile, the Mass Incarceration State consumed millions of Black lives and consigned most Black communities to Constitution-free zones, where young Blacks could be arrested for nothing, or shot down in the streets with impunity, as was Michael Brown, and as happens to other young Blacks every day of the year.
The people who rule America no longer need Black labor. What they do need is a class that is forcibly anchored at the bottom of U.S. society, who can be scapegoated for whatever is wrong with America, and whose very presence serves as an excuse for massive urban dislocation and the steady erosion of civil liberties. Michael Brown and countless others have died in order to keep America deeply stratified. That’s the only use the United States has for young Black men.
For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com to sign up for email notifications of our new issues, each Wednesday.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.
Again I argue calm... does any one think there would be ANY of this craziness if the ethnicity of the teen or officer were changed?
I never tire of linking the police riots after demonstrators took the streets in New Mexico to protest the police killing of a homeless white man.
I don't know. The sixities riots helped give us the Great Society.
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Maybe it just sags
Or does it explode?"
Yes, yes, it can only be a republic or a democracy, it can't be both, and there's no reason to think the Founding Plutocrats ever thought the two could be combined and they never, ever formed a party called the Democratic-Republicans, especially not within two years of the Constitution coming into play.
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Edited for the Japanese bunny. (It's weird, if I'm not looking at your avatar, Usagi-san, I always picture the character and when I look at your avatar--Roy, right?--I get disappointed.)
Vo Giap, Ambassador of Bachuan wrote:
I don't consider it's fully a revolution when the king keeps his crown... and his head! The revolution ends when royal heads roll and all hereditary privileges are canceled. British made half of it; I admit a democratic system is working that way, nonetheless the 360° of the revolution weren't completed.
In the 1640s, Charles I was executed and a republican Commonwealth was set up that quickly became the domain of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, who was kinda like the Thermidorian Stalin of his day.
In the 1680s, well, I forget who it was that got kicked off the throne, but absolutist monarchy in the Britishiznoid Isles was done for and replaced by some Dutch royal figures who presided over the Constitutional Monarchy that Perfidious Albion has been to this day.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I'd think someone who claims to speak for the entire continent of Europe would know that.I love when you speak that way...
I forget, did you ever get back to me about the Tuaregs?
I don't recall ever asking "Who is Sexy Putin?"
If I haven't ever asked "Who is Strelkov?" it's because I was already led to believe by other left-wing websites that he was a glorifier of the Whites and an anti-Semite who blamed the problems of Russia on "Jews like Trotsky."
It doesn't matter, though. I don't put preconditions of political correctness on nations exercising their right to self-determination, or, in this case, limited self-rule.
EDIT: Woopsie. I guess it wasn't Strelkov who said that. My apologies for the calumny and slander.
I just saw a thing where Gazans were tweeting advice on how to deal with tear gas to the residents of Ferguson.
Confession: I've never seen Convoy
I'm sorry, I haven't been paying attention to the latest round of fascist-infested Ukrainian army bombing civilian areas and causing thousands (tens of? hundreds of?) ethnic Russians to flee.
If Sexy Putin, who should be overthrown by workers revolution, is sending them humanitarian aid, or even guns, I've got no problem with it. Seems only fair. IIRC, Kiev didn't even begin the offensive against the samostoyatel’nostists until after a visit by the director of the CIA.