Soon after taking office, Trump made his first military command and ordered a raid in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of civilians, including an 8-year-old girl and Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.
“Almost everything that could go wrong did,” the New York Times said about the raid, which was reportedly ordered without sufficient intelligence or preparation. But White House press secretary Sean Spicer stood by the operation’s success, saying anyone who criticized it “does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens.”
That threat, however, won’t stop Owens’ father, Bill Owens, from challenging the president’s decision.
“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” Bill Owens said in an interview with the Miami Herald, attacking the White House’s remarks.“I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation." Read more(2/26/17 12:30 PM)
Michael Rodriguez is both a military man and a muse. Years
after President George W. Bush sent him into war, the two men now call each
Rodriguez was a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret who
served from 1992 to 2013. He’s featured in President Bush’s book of portraits
of more than 60 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served in wars under
his watch. It’s called Portraits of
Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.
in the early days, steve doesn't realize the avengers care about him a lot because they are vastly different people with vastly different socialization than the commandos, but then something happens to him in a fight and the avengers collectively flip their lids and that is how he learns he is Very Important to them
Steve had never been a stranger to friendly teasing. Bucky was a little shit, of course, but so were the Commandos. He’d been called every moniker that popped into his friends’ brains: “Captain Tightpants” (long before it was a cultural reference, thank you very much), “Captain Mom,” “Twinkle Toes,” “All-American Showgirl,” “Blushing Betty,” and names far more filthy. But he’d understood why. He was the commanding officer and he was, when it came down to it, a greenie who got damn lucky 95% of the time. Dugan, Dernier, Falsworth, even Bucky, they all would have been infinitely more qualified to be CO, and so he knew where the teasing was coming from. He knew it was his men’s way of telling him they cared for him while keeping his ego in check. (Bucky could’ve told them Steve was a good enough self-critic as it was and they all could just damn well stick to the dancing references.)
The Avengers, though. Steve had no idea what to think of the way they spoke to him.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Episode 21 Word Bank
We finally have our Work Bank.
The word bank is not an index, or a glossary. Instead, it’s a selection of words that we consider worth learning, or at least putting somewhere in one’s mind.
As you’re aware, every single word in the episode is defined. So this is something more for the hardcore studiers.
You’ll find the word in Japanese script, the Romaji in parentheses (), the definition, and then the Part of the runthrough where this word can be found in brackets . It may not be the first time it appears, but it will be there.
は (wa) — topical particle
って (tte) — casual topical particle
が (ga) — nominative particle
に (ni) — dative particle
へ (he) — locative particle
の (no) — genitive particle
で (de) — instrumental particle
を (wo) — accusative particle
と (to) — quotative particle
って (tte) — casual quotative particle
と (to) — comitative particle
も (mo) — secondary particle, meaning “too” or “even”
さ (sa) — emphatic secondary particle
の/ん (no/n) — substantivizing suffix
し (shi) — conjunctival suffix, marking an item in a non-exhaustive list
i'm curious: do you think the animorphs could have won if they were adults? marco starts out as the only one with the maturity to understand death; it's sort of because the others don't have that understanding that they're so eager to fight. jake NEEDS to idealize past soldiers/leaders in order to keep himself, well, 'good', acting like he thinks they did, as much as he can. what do you think??
Let’s suppose the Animorphs are five adults—thirty-three, let’s say,
instead of thirteen—who encounter Elfangor as they walk home from where they
were getting a few drinks at the local bar.
Suppose Marco is a smart-mouthed lawyer with more secrets and lies than
genuine wins in his resume. Suppose Rachel
works as a graphic designer for a fashion magazine by day, but she lives for
the nights when she goes surfing in the moonlight swells off the California
coast or skiing at breakneck speeds in the Canada Rockies. Suppose Tobias has been an adjunct professor
at the local college for five years now and suspects he’s headed nowhere
despite his Ph.D., whereas Jake is a high school dropout rocketing up through
the ranks of his contracting firm thanks to his canny leadership skills. Suppose Cassie’s in night school so that she
can continue as a vet tech, always exhausted and always telling herself it’s
all worth it. Suppose they’re joined two
weeks after the war begins by War-Prince Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill, who got
his own self out from under the ocean without calling for help.
thing the Animorphs do is fly north and tell the governor about the
invasion. She calls the National Guard,
the president, and the United Nations. Within
a month, the yeerks have doubled their force on Earth and the two species are
in open total war.
The U.N. appoints a military commander to
oversee the Animorphs, a five-star general with thirty years of combat
experience. Jake and Ax both salute him
and call him “sir,” but they’re the only ones.
Cassie calls him by his first name when she asks about his family. Rachel and Marco hold side conversations in
whispered thought-speak throughout his briefings. Tobias sits in the back of the room, either
preening feathers or doodling on his intel packet depending on what form he’s
in. Every time he gives them an order they
thank him, leave the room, and then look at Jake to find out whether or not
they should obey it.
The war wears on for months, then years, and the
humans lose steadily.
Here’s the thing that it takes the U.S. and the
U.N. a dangerously long time to adapt to: every time they lose a soldier, they lose
every single scrap of intelligence contained within that soldier’s brain. Every single time they’re forced to leave a
man behind, they lose every base that person has ever visited, every file that
person has ever seen, every scrap of knowledge once kept secret in that brain. The humans start equipping their soldiers
with cyanide capsules; the yeerks start gagging hosts the instant they’re
Here’s the other thing they don’t figure out
until it’s too late: even hardened soldiers balk at shooting their own friends
and neighbors and siblings. Even the
ones with years of training will hesitate to shoot a child. The yeerks know this, and they take
David is the son of the deputy director of the
NSA, placed with the team in a blatant act of nepotism after he finds the morphing
cube. Rachel gets dishonorably discharged
in the aftermath of the “accident” that causes his death.
Dissent starts to grow large within the ranks of
the humans. Several believe that the
yeerks come in peace; several more believe that the humans should stop fighting
and negotiate a truce. There are still
pockets of people who insist that there are no such thing as aliens, and the
whole thing is made up to target certain types of people as “controllers.”
The yeerks take the entire Eastern seaboard of
the U.S. and Canada. There are simply
too many people, too densely packed; the human military cannot protect those
areas. The humans retreat to the Midwest
Visser One gets put in charge of the invasion
force, quietly moving Madra and Darwin offworld in the process. Marco and Rachel, acting against orders,
infiltrate her base and kill her and nearly sixty other high-ranking
controllers before they are themselves gunned down. The U.N. erects a statue in their honor,
makes fifty other morph-capable soldiers to take their place, and keeps
Jake and Cassie marry. She gets pregnant twice during the war, and knows
that she can’t afford to keep either pregnancy.
She never tells Jake about this. Later,
they will divorce in the last weeks of the war.
Visser Three once again takes over the invasion
of Earth; he thrives at open war. He
bargains and threatens and calmly assures the human forces that they will lose, and that there is only one
way to avoid death. All they have to do
is walk to the nearest yeerk compound, surrender, and let one of his warriors
take away all their worry and pain.
The human race is dwindling. There is no other way around it. The yeerks kill humans because they already
have more hosts than they need, and the humans kill humans every time they succeed
in bombing a yeerk base or shooting a controller. The species has already been decimated;
everyone fears that within a decade it will be annihilated.
The humans destroy a Blade ship. Forty humans and eighteen hork-bajir
Visser Three gets revenge by turning his dracon
canon on China’s east coast. Two hundred
million humans die.
The humans blow up a yeerk pool. Two hundred thirty-eight humans die.
The yeerks blow up Rio de Janeiro. Twelve million humans die.
So it goes.
The human armies take refuge in Brazil and
Argentina, in Tanzania and Angola and the DRC.
The yeerks have control over the entire northern hemisphere. Communications between the two continents are
constantly intercepted. Jake and Cassie
and Ax go on mission after mission after mission, no one bothering to tell them
what to do anymore. Tobias comes
sometimes; more and more since Rachel’s death he’s nowhere to be found.
Food runs short.
Electricity runs out. In the heat
of the summers and the cold of the winters, in the times when a few handfuls of
dried sorghum are all that can go around, dozens of humans quietly slip
away. The controllers are well-fed,
well-equipped, well taken care of. All
it takes to earn safety and comfort is to give up your soul.
Three years pass this way, and the andalites
They are merciful: they rescue the few hundred free
humans who remain before they blow up the planet.
Cicero Who wins: ???
I don’t know who will win this but please, he is so egotistical. Beat him up. Do it.
Who wins: Nobody
No one benefits from this. Why would you fight Vergil? What kind of evil person would do that??? He’s not hurting anyone, he is too precious. Don’t fight Vergil.
Who wins: You
Dude is essentially a scrawny little white boy. if you punch him he will probably cry. Do it. Fight Catullus.
Who wins: You
BUT he will probably sass you so badly in one of his poems and you will never be able to live it down. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Martial.
Who wins: You
I know you want to punch him, hell I kinda wanna punch him, but you’ll regret it. He’ll probably seduce everyone in your family after. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Ovid.
Who wins: Caesar
I know his poems are shit and he deserves to get punched in the face for them but don’t fight him. Dude is a renounced general and is practically unstoppable. Don’t fight Caesar. He will kill you.
Who wins: You
Dude is so fucking old you can probably KO him in one punch. Do it. Fight Seneca.
Who wins: Horace
He was a fucking officer in the military. If he wanted to, he could kill a man. Plus if you fought him you would probably make Vergil sad. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Horace.
Who wins: You
Please look towards the entirety of De Rerum Natura. Dude is a weak ass fucking nerd. Do it. Fight Lucretius.
Who wins: Petronius
He is metal as HELL. He does basically anything he wants and chose to fucking kill himself before he could be sentenced and will probably not hesitate to punch someone in the gut. Don’t do it. Don’t fight Petronius.
Pliny the elder
Who wins: Pliny
He was a military officer and commander. He knows how to fight and stuff. He will most likely not hesitate to beat you up. Don’t do it. Don’t fight him.
Pliny the Younger Who wins:??? Who wins this is irrelevant. Dude practiced law. He’s practically BEGGING for someone to punch him. Do it. Fight him.
Who wins: ???
I honestly don’t know who will win but he looks deeply distressed in every picture ever as well as completely punchable. Do it. Fight Quintilianus.
Who wins: You
Look he may have written about wars, but he didn’t do shit. You can punch him in the face easily. The only issue is that he’s a sweetie and you’ll feel super bad about it after.
And why is Pink Diamond seen bursting out of the ground?
It’s not uncommon for us to think Pink Diamond was the “youngest” of the Diamonds, but… what if we’re right, and she was. Where was she born? I offer up this idea: Pink Diamond was born on Earth, with the intent of starting a colony on Earth once she was ‘of age’ to do so. This is why the Moon Base is White, because Pink Diamond was still learning how to lead.
I hear Pink diamond is thought to be a military commander, and I don’t necessarily disagree with that idea. It could be what happened was: Homeworld tried to grow their influence and power and made Pink Diamond in an effort to achieve that. Pink Diamond started making Quartzes, and instead of being unquestionably loyal warriors, they ended up with gems that were too independent for their own good, ultimately leading to the Gem War.
Due to this “You’ll have to excuse them, they’re from Earth” mentality, and the idea that Pink’s zoo is seen as a sort of “weird fascination”; I think this points to Earth being Pink’s birthplace.
Also, another idea why Earth is Pink’s birthplace, note the Murals:
Every diamond is gazing at a planet. What if these planets are where the Diamonds were made?
It’s so symbolic of the authoritarian Crusader / Spanish Inquisition mirrors for the bmol.
They think they know best and are doing terrible things for the greater good. They’ve lost their way, they’ve lost their morality. They are targeting whole groups of people regardless of guilt. Those that stand against them are ruthlessly targeted. Those that dared to question it from the inside are disposed of.
It also kind of reminds me of the Angels’ military command symbolism but that’s for another time.
btw rebecca wanted to put in the homophobia allegory in the answer
then she made blue diamond sympathetic
no, not just a random member of the crew with shitty writing skills, especially zucchini
but rebecca herself
also why the fuck didn’t rebecca like how yd was portrayed in message received? wasn’t she…designed to look intimidating??? (more angular, coat, boots) like she looks like a military commander, she should fucking act like one. plus she’s a villain so…??? i mean im all for grey morality if it’s DONE RIGHT but rebecca is just doing that for the sake of some angsty “deep” shit and it just ends up being as bad as some shit-tier fanfiction. at this point can we just have…a good villain please? an extreme, ruthless one? honestly saturday morning cartoon villains are better than this shit, at least they’re sorta entertaining imo lol. then again they didn’t fuck yd up as much as bd so yd’s still sorta villain-y, she just has a reason for the cluster and she feels a bit toned down now.
oh and this is literally bd’s SECOND appearance in the show so how do they just forget shit like “we SPECIFICALLY wrote this SPECIFIC character to be an allegory for a SPECIFIC issue in society” and “also they tried to SHATTER one of our main characters”
then again, if the crew actually did forget about that, i wouldn’t be surprised lol.
After having picked through all of Vowrawn’s dialogue, I think I’ve pinned down the actual reason the empire chose to invade a Core world despite the odds.
The Battle of Corellia was a military disaster for the Sith Empire. That goes without saying. The outcome was a temporary hold on the planet at the expense of a tenth of their forces and a good chunk of their resources.
But victory wasn’t the end game.
In fact, I believe the whole campaign only existed as a smokescreen for Sith politics.
I found out it wasn’t truly Darth Decimus leading the military campaign despite being in command of Imperial forces. It wasn’t Darth Baras despite being the head of Military Offense. It wasn’t Darth Ravage despite being the head of Expansion. It wasn’t even Darth Marr.
It was Darth Vowrawn.
That’s right. The head of the Sphere of Logistics and Productivity.
Yes, it’s true his sphere tends to overlap with military affairs… but to be given the full reins to this kind of operation when there were others more qualified? Hmm.
But Vowrawn is good at numbers. He’d have to be in his position for so long. So why was the Battle of Corellia going sideways? Why even choose that particular planet?
Now this is where I’m jumping to pure assumptions but I do believe Vowrawn deliberately set out a full-blown incursion knowing it would be met with Corellian resistance. In fact, I think he counted on it. It meant Baras would be forced to turn much of his attention to the battle because, lo and behold, the man is still in charge of the Sphere of Offense even as he claims to be the Voice.
With Baras distracted, Vowrawn is able to dismantle his power base on Corellia with far less trouble.
But why would Darth Decimus let Vowrawn overshadow him in this?
Decimus strikes me as a gloryhound in both his actions and his interactions. Then I remembered this little tidbit from the SWTOR Encyclopedia:
Vowrawn saw a man he could use as a patsy and installed him in the Dark Council so he could utilize him for this very purpose. Decimus owes him his seat and thus cannot object when Vowrawn comes knocking. Though I imagine Decimus doesn’t have much to complain about since Vowrawn gave him the chance in the spotlight while he works backstage.
Vowrawn deliberately put an incompetent military leader in command of Corellia so all his loud fumbling covered up his own motives.
Vowrawn weighed the loss of Imperial resources against the long-term consequences of Baras usurping power and decided, yes, the sacrifice was necessary.
I really like how a lot of Overwatch Heros have jobs outside of mercenary or soldier, but I especially like how the female Heros are usually in jobs I don’t associate with women characters, it really opened my eyes.
I mean Ana is a military commander, D.va is a pro gamer, Mei’s an environmental scientist, Mercy is a Doctor and medical researcher, Pharah is a security guard, Sombra’s a hacker, Symmetra is an architect, Tracer is a test pilot, Widowmaker is an assassin and Zarya is a pro weightlifter!
In the couple of character design courses I’ve taken they always word it like “Well of course anyone can be anything… but Men are usually the strong front line types, and women are soft background people, not to say women can’t be strong characters, but it’s just not good character design…”
But Blizzard was like nah fuck you gender roles, your country bias and body shamming, we’re making our signature character gay!
In 65 BC, Marcus Licinius Crassus was elected censor with another conservative Quintus Lutatius Catulus (Capitolinus), himself son of a consul. During that decade, Crassus was Julius Caesar’s patron in all but name, financing Caesar’s successful election to become Pontifex Maximus. Crassus also supported Caesar’s efforts to win command of military campaigns. Caesar’s mediation between Crassus and Pompey Magnus led to the creation of the First Triumvirate in 60/59 BC, the coalition of Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar (by now consul in 59). This coalition would last until Crassus’ own death.