10 years without you

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Ten years ago I had a 3rd tragedy in as many years. On May 22nd of 2009 I lost a dear friend and so much more. I was beginning to recover from the losses that plagued me in 2007 and 2008. The loss of my mom to cancer was the first and the loss of my marriage was the second. And love had left me behind.

But of course when you don’t go looking for something you always find it. And I found love. I found that I could open my heart again to another. Friends become closer and other talks begin. That is what happened between myself and Susie. She called herself Susan to most of our mutual friends and people we both knew. But she used Susie with another group of friends. I liked either name. They both enabled me to smile.

We talked endlessly across the distance. I was in Des Moines and she was in Chicago. We both had our pasts and present. We talked to on another almost daily. The sound of her voice even today makes me smile. As we talked and chatted about everything. We discovered our mutual attraction. And we talked about the future. And our future.

Even though she suffered from asthma, she was planning on running in a race for the cure event over the Memorial Day weekend. I was thinking about making a weekend trip to Chicago so I could watch the run and was checking out hotels in the area. I didn’t make it to Chicago the way I planned over that weekend.

Susan passed away suddenly on May 22nd in 2009. I couldn’t eat, had trouble sleeping. I was depressed and struck with a terrible loss. The loss of my friend, the loss of a possible future, and the past 2 year losses all came tumbling back on me.

I did go to Chicago after Memorial Day that year. My aunt Alice paid for a hotel room so I wouldn’t have to attempt to drive back home the same night. But I went to Susie’s wake and memorial service. I had to go, I needed to go. To say good-bye. It was a very tearful day for me. And now 10 years later, I am still saddened by the loss.

Rest in Peace my sweet Susie, Zipper Sister and Mistress of Complications of the Deryni fandom.

The contenders

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The 2020 Election is fast approaching and this time the Democratic Party has a lot to gain. This go-around in American politics they currently have 23 announced candidates for the Office of President. The largest group in more than 40 years. And there are yet others thinking about getting into the race as well.

So looking at the demographics of the Democratic field we have the youngest candidate just 37 years of age and the oldest is 77 years of age. There is about a 3 to 1 male to female ratio. In hard numbers that is 16 males and 5 females running for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.

There are 7 current sitting US Senators. Four current sitting US House members. And 2 former US House members. There are 2 candidates that are former Obama Administration officials.

One former state governor with 2 current sitting state governors in the race. And at lastly there are 3 current sitting mayors. All of these vying for the Democratic ticket.

Although these candidates have a wide set of skills and experiences, some not helpful at all as President of the United States. They all have somethings in common with one another.

They all promote Leftist ideals of Socialism that have never worked in practice. These ideals are contrary to the founding principles of the United States as clearly written in the US Constitution and writings of the Founding Fathers.

They all promote so-called solutions to both real and imagined issues facing the nation and the world by spending money. This money must come from taxes or tariffs as the government is not a producer of any goods. Thus they are promoting increased taxation on everyone even if they deny it.

They are all against everything that President Donald Trump has done, which is a good number of things. President Trump has fulfilled campaign promises of his own and those promises that past Presidents have failed to accomplish.

Our taxes are lowered. Strangling regulations have been removed. Our economy is booming. Our allies and friends have our respect again. Israel, our only true ally in the middle-east, has it’s capital of Jerusalem recognized by the placement of our embassy.

And our enemies know that it is not business as usual anymore. America has awoken from its long slumber and is taking back what belongs to her. So even our enemies fearfully respect the US once again. And world peace is at its strongest point in many decades.

What do any of the Democratic candidates offer in exchange for your vote? Nothing but the end of American Exceptionalism, the end of our great Republic and wanting to replace it with a flawed democracy or socialist state.

Despite having 23 candidates the answer is already crystal clear for November 2020. The Trump Train isn’t stopping and everyone will need to be onboard.

Game Publishing Dilemma

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I’ve been a table-top gamer for many decades now. During that time, I have played and GMed in a lot of game sessions using a vast number of rule sets or systems.

But when I look back only three of those rule sets are my favorite to play in or run. This doesn’t mean I don’t like the others by any means. It just means that three of them are my favorites.

Those three rule sets are:
1) The d6 system by West End Games
2) FUDGE by Grey Ghost Games
3) TinyD6 by Gallant Knight Games

These are just my top three favorites. I do enjoy others as well.

I have used many rule sets over the almost 40 years since my homebrew campaign started up with friends back in high school. From running whole story arcs with one rule set and switching to another for a single-shot adventure or two. And then changing again for the next major story arc.

So here I stand again at the crossroads of my great campaign setting. And I’ve debating with myself to create a published rule set for it. That of course brings me back to my top three favorite systems again.

I have private notes detailing the campaign setting into each of the three systems. None of them are 100% complete and they all get tweaked from time to time as I learn about other ways of using those rule sets and incorporate that information into my campaign of six-guns, sorcery, and psionics. Even with the incomplete notes, I could easily run an adventure using any of those systems around a gaming table.

So here is the point that has been driving me a bit crazy. Which one do I concentrate on?

Due to current licensing and other legal restrictions I am not able to publish my TinyD6 details. They are fine to use around the gaming table with friends but nothing more. Perhaps in the future this option will be available but at this time I must scratch it off the list.

The other two systems are open and very available to use in publishing material on my own setting with my own rule adaptations. And I already love both of those systems. I would like to spread the popularity of both FUDGE and the D6 system so this too has created a dilemma.

How do I choose one over the other?

Then I remembered. In the back appendix of the Fate 2 Fudge Edition book is a section on how to use Fate, which is derivative of FUDGE, with D6’s. I could do the same for FUDGE itself.

With that revelation I would be combining two of my favorite rule sets together. It was the perfect answer to the dilemma I was facing. I don’t have to choose. I can use both.

Thus I will work on the combination of FUDGE that uses d6’s like the D6 system. And the resulting hybrid will be FUDGE D6 for the Teara Adan campaign setting.

Release the Kraken … er Report!

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Releasing the entirety of the Mueller Report is not something that is going to happen. At least not right away. This will of course lead to more conspiracy theories by the Left and others.

This same thing happened decades ago with the Warren Commission and Report surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. Even today not all of the details of that report have been released to the public. To demand that the entire Mueller Report be made public at this time is just lunacy.

The summary of the Mueller Report is simple. No collusion with Russia took place by then-candidate Donald Trump or any member of his presidential campaign. This means that President Trump lawfully won the 2016 election. The Left just needs to accept it and get over it.

The Socialism Scareword

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The internet is full of Leftist memes that are completely bogus or misleading so the uneducated or low information voter will fall victim to the false teachings with in them. I love exposing them.

I will start with the obvious here. This quote is attributed to President Truman. I haven’t fact checked it to see if he really said this or not. But let’s for the sake of argument say that he did in fact say this quote. There is the other fact that President Truman was a socialist, just as FDR was before him. Of course he is going to speak fondly of it. The Devil speaks fondly of Hell too.

The first statement is incorrect. Socialism is NOT a scareword that the unammed “they” have hurled at so-called advancements made between 1932 and 1952. Socialism is a warning word, that our Liberties, freedoms, and Republic are in danger of loosing because of these so-called advancements.

Public Power, I don’t know anywhere that has public power. All power is generated by a corporation, yes sometimes that corporation maybe owned by a municipality, but it is still for profit. If there is any power that is public an freely given to the people, then that is in fact socialism at work. And it should be abolished.

Social Security. This is socialism alright. The government should not be the one’s looking out for someone’s retirement years. Take personal responsibility and look out for yourself. I would like to have all of my FICA tax back thank you and never be charged it again.

Farm Price Supports. These are indeed socialist. Like all things socialist they should be abolished. A free and open market, despite its problems, is the best economic solution.

Bank Deposit Insurance. This was created after the Great Depression when banks closed because of poor practices and economic collapse that happened in that time period. What makes this socialist is that it is ran by the government. There again the government doing things it should not be doing. With the proper insurance company you can get anything insured, including your bank deposit with the free market.

The Growth of Free and Independent Labor Organizations. That is joke right? Every labor organization is controlled by the Democratic Party and their Leftist ideas. They are nothing but propaganda and funding sources for the Democratic Party elite.

And then there is that mysterious “their” again. Calling socialism a name for anything that helps all people. That too is also false. Socialism has never helped all people. History has repeatedly shown us this fact. Socialism widens the gap between rich and poor. Socialism brings everyone down to the same level and never allows anyone to rise above. Socialism has been tried, even in the original settlements of the American colonies. And it was abandoned then because it does not work.

So in conclusion here, the 1st and last statements are completely false and misleading. It also has the “them” and “their” as an invisible bad guy. The rest of it is accurate. Those things are all socialist and need to be abolished.

The Browser Wars Continue

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Google Chrome is the new Internet Explorer. Before you freak out it’s not due to a lack of security. No browser has security holes greater than those found in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. No this time it’s due to web developers.

Back in the days when Internet Explorer was the apex of browsers. All others were either not around yet or up and coming. Web developers wrote code that only supported Internet Explorer. Other alternative browsers has various issues with these sites when attempting to load them due to this coding method.

Fast forward to now. And Google Chrome is the main browser of choice by the masses. So web developers are once again coding sites only for this browser. But today we have a wide market of browsers to choose from, Google Chrome isn’t the only one here. We still have IE/Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and others as well that are not as well known.

When a web developer codes a site for only 1 browser, various issues can arise when a user attempts to load that site in another browser. Making that site unusable by some browsers and users.

So now Google Chrome has taken that exalted space once held by Internet Explorer and has become the new IE as web developers continue to code for it and only it.

NO!

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After 675 days of time spent on 28 hearings, 121 interviews and testimonies, 53 document requests with the cost to American taxpayers of 25 million dollars. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General of the United States after investigating the President and his campaign for collusion with Russia and obstruction during the 2016 Presidential Election.

Special Counsel Mueller has reported that there will be no further indictments against the President’s current or former staff or any indictments against the President himself. The multi page report can be summed up with the following:

There is NO evidence of collusion with the Russian Federation or its agents by anyone associated with the Trump campaign or Trump Administration, including the President himself.

Of course the watch dog who has been witch hunting the President for the last 675 days is now being called biased by the Democratic Left and they are calling the report incomplete. The reason? They lost the 2016 election and can’t understand why the American public voted for Donald Trump. So it has to be some kind of criminal act or conspiracy that allowed him to win the election. Robert Mueller has gone from the hero of the Left to their public enemy number 2 in just 48 hours time.

This is normal for the Democratic Left. If you are with them. You are held in high honors. The moment you step outside of their talking points you loose all credibility. They are the party of denial. Denying science when it shows that there are 2 genders. Denying due process when it shows Kavanaugh to be innocent. Denying history when it shows socialism always fails. And now denying Mueller when there is no collusion found.

Lowering the Voting Age

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The Democratic Party idea about lowering the voting age is insane. Even if this was just for national level elections. Most 16 year olds lack maturity and haven’t been through any kind of course in government or civics. They are very ignorant when it comes to the hows and whys of the political systems of the United States and the world.

Truth be told here, if any change to the voting age was to be made. It should be raised, not lowered. I would be for raising it up to 21 for all citizens. With exceptions given to any active duty personal in our armed forces. If you sign that paper and take that oath. You can vote, drink, rent a car, and do a lot of other age restricted activities.

But the real truth on this subject isn’t that the Democratic Party believes that 16 year olds are mature and educated enough to intelligently vote. No, they are hoping for just the opposite.

With the strong Leftist control over our educational system, the Democratic Party is hoping for an increase in their voter rolls. Since they haven’t figured out a way to have foreign national non-citizens vote in our elections, they are turning to manipulable children to vote for Democratic and socialist candidates.

That is the plan. And it must not be allowed to happen.

Leftist Terrorism in New Zealand

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We can learn a lot from the terrorist attack that took place in New Zealand recently. The first and most important is that so-called White Nationalists or White Supremacists are Left-wing on the political spectrum.

The very fact that this Leftist states in his manifesto that he favors the Communist government of China is a beacon of this truth. It proves this without a doubt or even looking into it further. The only way to enforce the his ideology of racial superiority is to use governmental control. The loss of Liberty. These are all hallmarks of Leftist governments, be they socialist, communist, oligarchy, or a monarchy.

Additionally, this lunitic is no Conservative in the arena of politics. As the conservative movement is a Right-wing one on the political spectrum and we have already shown him to be a Leftist.

This man is also not Christian. No Christian would commit such an act. Muslims need the saving Grace of Christ Jesus, like all of mankind. Not to be executed before they can have a chance to hear the Good News, turn from sin and believe.

There is a time and place for a Christian to pick up the sword. But this is not it. This act was evil. And he should hang for it.

We should also talk about race, this was a motivating factor in his attack. There is no such thing. We are all one race. Human. This has been proven by the Science of Genetics. Let’s drop this notion of white race, black race, Asian, Hispanic, and “native” American. These are all falsehoods and lies as a racial designation.

The last thing to learn here is that a foreign national did this attack specifically to influence American politics, policy, and public opinion. This is not collusion but it is certainly an attempt to promote Leftist ideology in the United States. Something we must stamp out with all of our energies.

I’m back and a shout-out to Thomas

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I haven’t posted anything in a while. Not because there wasn’t anything to post about, as there is always something. But due to some personal reasons.

The death and memorial of a friend who passed away from a sudden illness.

The 2nd anniversary of my dad’s passing which also lands on my birthday.

And the Celebration of Life for my step-mom passed away suddenly last November.

All these things and others have contributed to my lack of writing. But I should be writing more in the future and I just wanted to give a shout-out to my friend Thomas.

His wit, humor, and writing has filled in the gaps that I missed during my absence. Thank you Thomas.