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    Tornado got a reaction from Yugi in Canon Immigrants   
    I'm sorry that a story arc in a children's comic book has given you permanent PTSD.
  2. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from 8ther in AMERICA: 2020   
    "I know what to do. Let's have Trump take part in a rally for the two GOP candidates in the Senate runoff. That will make sure his base comes out in force to support those candidates, and hopefully temper the thoughts that the election won't be fair and that the GOP candidates have no chance of winning so they might as well not bother voting"
     
    "FUCK"
  3. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from Johnny Boy in AMERICA: 2020   
    "I know what to do. Let's have Trump take part in a rally for the two GOP candidates in the Senate runoff. That will make sure his base comes out in force to support those candidates, and hopefully temper the thoughts that the election won't be fair and that the GOP candidates have no chance of winning so they might as well not bother voting"
     
    "FUCK"
  4. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from KnuxDLX in AMERICA: 2020   
    "I know what to do. Let's have Trump take part in a rally for the two GOP candidates in the Senate runoff. That will make sure his base comes out in force to support those candidates, and hopefully temper the thoughts that the election won't be fair and that the GOP candidates have no chance of winning so they might as well not bother voting"
     
    "FUCK"
  5. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from KnuxDLX in AMERICA: 2020   
    Same deal as last thread, different president.
     
     
  6. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from KnuxDLX in AMERICA: 2020   
    Michigan's (GOP) state senate leaders told Trump to fuck off after his meeting with them about overturning the popular vote when it comes to selecting electors.
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    Tornado got a reaction from KnuxDLX in Police Brutality Thread   
    "It definitely was all over the place like it is now, but I'm not going to provide any further context or information."
     
     
     
     
    Police departments having SWAT teams is not the same thing. The federal government funneling money and equipment into police departments for the War on Drugs, while similar in concept, was not the same thing (there were also significantly more restrictions on things then, as well as actual oversight regarding who was allowed to have what). That the 1033 program being so thoroughly abused now was originally established in 1997 is also not a smoking gun. You can also easily tell this is the case when a lot of the more blatantly unnecessary things that act as community lightning rods, like when university rent-a-cops are given anti-mine vehicles and small towns get federal grants to buy APCs to protect pumpkin festivals, is involving equipment that was first developed and procured during the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq and has been dumped on the civilian market as US involvement in those areas has drawn down; plus the fact that by the late 1990s the US military branches didn't have that much stuff sitting going unused to begin with to give away to police agencies as borne out by how underequipped they all were during the start of Operation Enduring Freedom.
     
    "Other stuff definitely showed it, but I'm not going to provide any examples."
     
     
     
     
    The fact of the matter is that regardless of military transfer programs existed prior to 9/11, regardless of if police forces had access to military hardware prior to 9/11, and regardless of if the War on Drugs was an initial catalyst for even rinky dink towns in Florida to get a crate of M16s that they probably never used; 9/11 was the catalyst for the situation we are in now. Billions of dollars were dumped each year into police departments under the guise of fighting terrorism following 9/11, proportionately moreso in places where the only thing people do all year is grow corn that needed none of the money at all; and that was even before the federal government started just giving police departments basically anything they wanted because the military didn't need them anymore after mostly pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq.
    9/11 is the reason cities that would struggle to fill a hockey stadium have Humvees and MRAPS.
    9/11 is the reason that the slightest mention of an armed suspect could have the entire police force respond in tactical gear and fatigues.
    9/11 is the reason that there's so little accountability over who actually gets and needs what that the GAO was able to get over a million dollars in weapons and equipment by providing a fake police department with a parking lot as an address in their procurement request.
  8. Absolutely
    Tornado got a reaction from KHCast in Police Brutality Thread   
    A lot of media did what? Make commentary about militarized police forces before they became a commonplace sight? Every podunk town with more cows than people didn't start getting AR15s and decommissioned Army equipment and piles of federal funding to vaguely fight TERROR until after 9/11.
     
    Sonic Adventure 2, a game that prominently features a fictionalized UN peacekeeping force (meaning not police) that had so much thought put into it's real life allegorical comparisons that they fly prisoners around in Soviet attack helicopters, does not feature a critique on a militarized police force. Maybe you could argue it was some kind of nebulous US policy stand-in since the main government in the series is basically the US, but it was about ten years too late/2 years too early for it to really fit as a Team America style pastiche either. Sonic Adventure 2, a game that came out in June of 2001, also notably preceded 9/11.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This take is even worse than what Tristan did a few months ago. It's as bad a take about real life politics as when someone on this forum claimed that Shadow's experiences in the series is similar to that of minorities in the US and thus if you don't like him you're racist.
  9. Absolutely
    Tornado got a reaction from Crow the BOOLET in Police Brutality Thread   
    A lot of media did what? Make commentary about militarized police forces before they became a commonplace sight? Every podunk town with more cows than people didn't start getting AR15s and decommissioned Army equipment and piles of federal funding to vaguely fight TERROR until after 9/11.
     
    Sonic Adventure 2, a game that prominently features a fictionalized UN peacekeeping force (meaning not police) that had so much thought put into it's real life allegorical comparisons that they fly prisoners around in Soviet attack helicopters, does not feature a critique on a militarized police force. Maybe you could argue it was some kind of nebulous US policy stand-in since the main government in the series is basically the US, but it was about ten years too late/2 years too early for it to really fit as a Team America style pastiche either. Sonic Adventure 2, a game that came out in June of 2001, also notably preceded 9/11.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This take is even worse than what Tristan did a few months ago. It's as bad a take about real life politics as when someone on this forum claimed that Shadow's experiences in the series is similar to that of minorities in the US and thus if you don't like him you're racist.
  10. Absolutely
    Tornado got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in Police Brutality Thread   
    A lot of media did what? Make commentary about militarized police forces before they became a commonplace sight? Every podunk town with more cows than people didn't start getting AR15s and decommissioned Army equipment and piles of federal funding to vaguely fight TERROR until after 9/11.
     
    Sonic Adventure 2, a game that prominently features a fictionalized UN peacekeeping force (meaning not police) that had so much thought put into it's real life allegorical comparisons that they fly prisoners around in Soviet attack helicopters, does not feature a critique on a militarized police force. Maybe you could argue it was some kind of nebulous US policy stand-in since the main government in the series is basically the US, but it was about ten years too late/2 years too early for it to really fit as a Team America style pastiche either. Sonic Adventure 2, a game that came out in June of 2001, also notably preceded 9/11.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This take is even worse than what Tristan did a few months ago. It's as bad a take about real life politics as when someone on this forum claimed that Shadow's experiences in the series is similar to that of minorities in the US and thus if you don't like him you're racist.
  11. Way Past Cool
    Tornado got a reaction from Remy in Official Anime/Manga Thread   
    I wanted to make an Inuyasha thread but I felt they would take my moderatorship away.
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    Tornado got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in AMERICA: 2020   
    Michigan's (GOP) state senate leaders told Trump to fuck off after his meeting with them about overturning the popular vote when it comes to selecting electors.
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    Tornado got a reaction from 8ther in AMERICA: 2020   
    Michigan's (GOP) state senate leaders told Trump to fuck off after his meeting with them about overturning the popular vote when it comes to selecting electors.
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    Tornado reacted to Zaysho in HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY TSS/SSMB! Our Fondest Memories!   
    So I'm fashionably late but I wanted to post something here. I thought about writing some personal history but honestly I'll just ramble on for too long so instead I made an illustration. I got the bug to try to make something the week the celebrations started and thought I could get it done in just in time for the anniversary date but I overestimated my ability to finish in a timely manner.
    I tend to give up on art pieces if I can't figure them out in the time I need, but every couple of days I'd see this thing in my projects folder and I just couldn't leave it alone. I'd pour a few more hours in late at night trying to teach myself something, bug my friends for feedback, and just play around. This was the basic pattern for the last three or so weeks, juggling with other projects. I feel like I'm finally at a point where I'm satisfied with it so I thought I'd share it with you all.
    I'm sure the rest of the mods will be happy for me to shut up about this one drawing finally too lol

    Happy (belated) anniversary, Sonic Stadium!
  15. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from PandaChao in AMERICA: 2020   
    Same deal as last thread, different president.
     
     
  16. Too Many Rings
    Tornado got a reaction from PandaChao in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    It's all over. Trump even dropped one of his frivolous lawsuits.
     
     
     
     

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    Tornado got a reaction from RobertAkio in For some reason, I've just been really interested in Sonic CD again.   
    CD is a truly fascinating window into both the conceptual foundations of Sonic 1 as well as the dramatic contrast between the Naka-led direct sequel to Sonic 1 and the Ohshiima-led direct sequel to Sonic 1. As a game it's pretty eh, even though the Taxman remame fixes a fair few of its niggles; but as an experience it's a very interesting one. 
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    Tornado got a reaction from Dr. Mechano in AMERICA: 2020   
    Same deal as last thread, different president.
     
     
  19. Nice Smile
    Tornado got a reaction from Indigo Rush in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    It's all over. Trump even dropped one of his frivolous lawsuits.
     
     
     
     

  20. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from Indigo Rush in AMERICA: 2020   
    Same deal as last thread, different president.
     
     
  21. Way Past Cool
    Tornado got a reaction from Teoskaven in AMERICA: 2020   
    Same deal as last thread, different president.
     
     
  22. Promotion
    Tornado got a reaction from Teoskaven in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    It's all over. Trump even dropped one of his frivolous lawsuits.
     
     
     
     

  23. Thumbs Up
    Tornado got a reaction from Zaysho in AMERICA: 2020   
    Same deal as last thread, different president.
     
     
  24. Thumbs Up
    Tornado got a reaction from PandaChao in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Since Trump literally did the first thing while he was in office and has done the second thing for decades as a matter of policy (since you do not commission major factories out of China to make goods for you without working through the CCP), you should try painting a better target.
     
     
    Biden politically over his career has largely been somewhere in the ballpark of where Bush was, minus the religious baggage that frequently dominated Bush's presidency. That may change after finally taking the presidency (he wouldn't be the first person to run for President and dramatically swing around his views once he is the active nominee), but you'd do better for being taken seriously if you weren't acting like he's a super-commie. The fact that he wasn't and blatantly wasn't (and that Harris also isn't) is precisely why he was chosen for such a high-stakes election in the first place; because it made it so Trump couldn't reasonably throw the typical GOP boogeyman at him (or her) and have it stick.
     
     
     
     
     
  25. Chuckle
    Tornado got a reaction from PandaChao in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
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