my band swag arrived safely from inter-dimensional customs :B
(aka @stanchez-sloppy-seconds is amazing and not only oldschool hand-bleached and dyed this dope freakin chicken nuggets shirt, but also made me a package brimming full of in-universe goodies including a signed polaroid and a legit mix cd)
Feinstein’s trajectory to the Senate began with a double murder inside San Francisco City Hall.
…By that time, she had already broken one glass ceiling, becoming the first female chair of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. …California’s first woman sent to the US Senate in 1992 racked up many other firsts as she became a DC powerhouse. She was the first woman to sit on the Judiciary committee, the first female chairwoman of the Rules Committee, first woman to co-chair the inaugural committee – and the first female chair of the Senate intelligence committee.
…When I asked Feinstein why she never ran for president, her response surprised me, given how much she has accomplished. “I don’t know. I felt I’d never be elected. See, look how hard it is, look at Hillary [Clinton]. I mean, look at what she’s gone through,” Feinstein responded wistfully.
“I truly believe that there is a center in the political spectrum that is the best place to run something when you have a very diverse community. America is diverse; we are not all one people. We are many different colors, religions, backgrounds, education levels, all of it.”
Her advice to women who want to be the next Dianne Feinstein?:
“Run, but prepare yourself. So many times, and I’ve seen it happen in the Senate elections, talented young women go for the top first. You can’t do that. Start young and, you know, with a commission or committee or special effort. Earn your spurs.”“You don’t drop out, you take defeat after defeat after defeat, but you keep going.”
I’ve come to a point in my life where I can’t accept reality. We live in an appalling world full of countless grief, social injustice, poverty, and cruelty. And I can’t look at it anymore. So my new approach to life, to avoid getting angry and bitter and sad about the way the world is, is to get as weird as possible. To get as weird as I can comfortably make it and as far away from reality as I can without letting too much light in. As I understand why I need to do this in my life, I look at musicians, artists, and filmmakers who people refer to as mad eccentrics and off the wall, I get it now. This is how people deal with reality. This is why fantasy is so important in the world.
THE MEDIC’S BACKSTORY or How The Medic Killed 23 Nazi Officers During the War [A Meet-the-Mercs Tf2 Headcanon/ Backstory Fiction]
If you don’t like Nazi Ass-Kicking, then here’s your warning
The Medic is depicted as literally a violent killer, which is honestly what he was hired to be, so here you go.
you’re not familiar with this name then I’m assuming you’ve never seen the
movie Inglourious Basterds directed by Quentin Tarantino.
premise of the film is that a bunch of Jewish- Americans get together and kick
Nazi ass in Nazi occupied France.
I mentioned Hugo, by far one of my
favorite short-lived characters ever, because this mother fucker is exactly
what I picture the MEDIC to be.
Stiglitz was a nazi soldier who was enlisted in the Wehrmacht but hated the
Nazi Regime. This lead him to kill 13 Gestapo officers, by himself, by
assassinating them like by strangling one with garrote wire, stabbing
another one in the face through a pillow and choking a third one by literally
fisting that Nazi bastard’s mouth.
to say Hugo Stiglitz is a bonafide badass who kicks Nazi ass.
(If you need more clarification here’s a video)
NOW THAT YOU’RE ACQUAINTED WITH HIS INSPIRATION HERE’S DR. LUDWIG’S BACKSTORY.
the time Herr Ludwig had just received his doctorate, he was top of his class at Stuttgart Medical School, he had just
gotten married, and he’d been making designs for a machine to heal patients
during medical emergencies where other doctors couldn’t readily operate.
the war had been raging for a solid three years and in 1941, it should be
expected, that Adolf Hitler was looking for ways to make his war machine far
more efficient at domination. When word rose that a Stuttgart medical doctor
was creating a machine that could remake flesh in little over a minute the Nazi
high-command was very interested.
afternoon Dr. Ludwig was met with a problem. The Gestapo came to his simple shop in
Rottenburg, a small village near Stuttgart, and was asked the simple question
of, “Will you join us? We can provide all the resources needed, including
Herr Ludwing responded with, “No, I am man of medicine, and I am needed
elsewhere. Though it seems tempting, I will not join Herr Hitler’s cause.” He was
aware of what the Nazis were doing in Poland, and kept silent about it.
to say the Nazis weren’t pleased so they did what any fascist dictatorship bent
on domination would. An order from Himmler himself was sent to a squad of Gestapo officers. Their order was to kill Herr Ludwig’s wife, which they
succeeded in. They were also ordered to attempt to end the doctor’s life as well, but were only
able to damage his eye before he fled into the woods, (The Medic has a glass
Ludwig fled Rottenburg and hid in an abandoned hospital, keeping his schematics
for the ‘Medi-Gun’ in a locked file cabinet in the abandoned Emergency Room of
was broken, weak, and exhausted. His wife was dead, and he was being hunted by
the Gestapo for a machine that was supposed to be used for the benefit of humanity. He
was alone. But one evening as he was scavenging through a pile of garbage in
a nearby town he saw something he was oddly elated to see.
Gestapo officer drunkenly wandered out of a bar and seemed to be walking in his
smiled a wicked smile; he saw an opportunity for revenge. Herr Ludwig found a
piece of wood and waited for the man to pass him, as the drunken oaf walked by
the alley the former doctor bludgeoned the man until he was unconscious and
dragged him back to the alley.
first he was terrified, if the man was found Herr Ludwig would’ve been executed, but as
he sat in the darkness of the alley, confused and scared, Herr Ludwig
formulated a plan. He quickly undressed the man and put on the filthy uniform.
Ludwig hated the thought of wearing the uniform but he needed to for his plan
to come to fruition.
hacking the body into pieces with the Officer’s knife and tossing them in a
bag Ludwig made his way back to the abandoned hospital. After a month of preparation
and gathering what materials he could, Dr. Ludwig spent a year murdering and
violently slaughtering Wehrmacht and Gestapo officers, experimenting on the
one’s he would drag back to the Hospital.
officers were KIA 5 of which were experimented on (Baboon uteri surgically placed
in 2, surgically attaching an additional two arms in 1, radiation exposure in 1, exposure to
low temperature environments recreated in a subbasement area of the hospital in
another, and experimentation of the Uber Invulnerable feature of the Medi-gun
on their dying bodies before they were promptly euthanized.)
disappearances lead to the “The Bavarian Butcher,” finally being caught and
sent to Berlin. The silly name was given to him by a unit of German Infantry he
infiltrated and jokingly told stories of his exploits to. They thought his
stories were just the product of a dark sense of humor. The unit’s commanding
officer was violently eviscerated and splayed out in the center of camp the
following morning. Ironically, having exposed himself, Dr. Ludwig was seen for
who he was and was caught a week after this last kill.
for our favorite Nazi-Killer though, a French resistance fighter, an American
soldier, and a British Demolitions Expert were also arrested and held in the
same jail cell. They escaped a few hours later and fled the city and they
separated at a crossroads. Ludwig doubted he would see them again.
after the war ended, a group of American soldiers found Herr Ludwig hunkered
behind a small barricade of sandbags in front of the E.R. Garage door. He was armed
with a Luger, an MG42, an MP40, and boxes of ammunition and medical supplies.
The soldiers easily over-powered the exhausted man, and after interrogating him
on the spot, discovered that he was the Doctor they had been assigned to search
Operation Paperclip, the soldiers brought Herr Ludwig to America along with a
few ex-Nazi scientists. This is where Herr Ludwig spent some time in a locked prison
cell, when he refused to provide Nazi intelligence to the American government.
he wasn’t withholding anything, he wasn’t a Nazi, rather
he had become paranoid of the Americans just wanting his device for their military, which he began to
perfect before he was caught by the American soldiers.
in the 1960′s, Herr Ludwig was set to meet a woman who persuaded the government
that he be released to her. His new found freedom had a price however, as he
was enlisted as The Medic, and that his new team’s assignment was that Dr.
Ludwig and his team, of relatively familiar faced mercenaries, were to go back
home and gather some equipment at an abandoned hospital.
OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO MEET
THEM ALL BUT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. MOST OF MY HEADCANONS REVOLVE AROUND
THE MEDIC. I’LL POST THEM WHENEVER I CAN.
I read short story collections fairly often, but rarely short stories on their own now that I’m out of college. I like to really bury myself in a book, and I don’t like reading on screens.
2. What are your favorite short stories?
I might go with short story authors, because it’s so hard to pick individual stories from their collections: Ray Bradbury, Anthony Doerr, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, Mariana Enríquez, Roxane Gay, and George Saunders. One of my favorite short stories ever is “The Hunter’s Wife” by Doerr, so I’m happy to see it on the schedule!
3. What’s the last short story you read?
The last short story I read was “Things We Lost in the Fire” of the book by the same name from Mariana Enríquez. I was not okay after I read that book. It was incredible, but also terrifying.
4. What short story author(s) do you have an interest in?
Hmmm, Charlie Jane Anders, George Saunders, always Okorafor and Gaiman, and Flannery O’Connor.
5. Which stories in our calendar are you most excited to read?
“As a kid, I never saw the Life With Loopy short ‘Larry’s Girl’ as Nick didn’t play the KaBlam episode it was in very often. Now that I’ve seen it, it’s my favorite Loopy short ever. Not only because Larry and Stacy were a cute couple, but because it pretty much sent the message that no matter what odd interests you’re obsessed with, there’s someone out there just as big a fan as you are. As an Aspie, it’s really important to me.”
Part two of my fic recs. These ones are my absolute favorites that I will defend for eternity. They are perfect, flawless pieces that the world does not deserve but I am so grateful to have in my life.