The Shield 2

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 12:00 AM

If you've read my commentary and my archives, you've probably picked up that there's only one thing more dangerous than Tona with a gun, and that's Tona with a microphone.

The Rainbow Brite bra is totally a dog whistle, but not to the demographic you're thinking of.

You get three guesses as to who's writing her speeches.

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Call Me Tom
20th Aug 2016, 12:10 AM

Tona is rocking that mic!

I think Lirvilas is writing her speeches!

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 6:25 AM

Flattering, but I don't speak for my characters.

Tona's not bad at impromptu speachifying.

This one was scripted.

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ProfEtheric
20th Aug 2016, 2:50 AM

So Tona and Maerc get a Maerc Techno branch in Spoon Lake? And Tona, under the tutelage of Kay Macdonald (my guess for speech-writer) begins the climb up the political ladder...

This is one of the most terrifying pages you have ever drawn.

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 6:38 AM

Put Sanders's physical and political traits through a mirror darkly and there you go... and no, Kay MacDonald doesn't have the skills to create rhetoric at this level. It's someone else in Spoon Lake.

A shame Tona has to leave y'all like this.

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steveha
20th Aug 2016, 4:22 AM

Looks like that GPS tracker is no longer on her leg.

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anonymous coward
20th Aug 2016, 6:47 AM

Well now, that's a little bit unusual of an outfit to wear for the traditional political 'ribbon cutting' type photo op and speech shindig.

I suspect that if I copied parts of this speech into a search engine I would find all sorts of transcripts of speeches that are similar, and similar weblog posts as well. How warm am I?

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 7:29 AM

TBH, I have no idea. Let's try that out.

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 7:34 AM

Closest thing I found:

"America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life."

-President George W. Bush

Which is deeply relevant.

I picture Tona as an actual "compassionate conservative" with the street cred to back up her words--troubled veteran, ex-con, trailer trash--but also the natural skills to be able to make up for those tremendous traumas.

Edit: regarding her choice of clothes--as this year has shown, even the clowns can win the rodeo. You want to get air time? Be outrageous.

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anonymous coward
20th Aug 2016, 6:59 PM

Not just in America, Rupert Murdoch successfully got himself the Brexit vote to try and make the EU threats of eroding British tax shelters fizzle by deploying British clowns like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

And I won't disagree that there's something wrong with 'justice systems' that tend to enforce class divisions more than they heal injustices.

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 11:52 PM

Boris Johnson should be shot.

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anonymous coward
21st Aug 2016, 3:53 PM

But what's the crime with such a punishment he can be convicted of, treason? Boris Johnson was very loyal to the hierarchy/aristocracy that believes they control/are Britain. The powerbrokers that wanted Brexit to protect their class privileges will probably throw him a cushy job or ten when his political career finishes imploding from the embarrassing and inescapable mess he will make as Foreign Secretary.

Considering that declaration practically, if you start condemning people for a hit list by the greedy/lying/venal/corrupt/ignorant/treacherous/duplicitous standards of guilt that Boris Johnson falls to it would make a depressingly long hit list. Even if you somehow finish clearing out that hit list there will still be enough more people with similar character failings to rise to the top like scum and do more of same. I fail to see the point unless you just want to engage in a little recreational homicide, picking someone reasonably deserving and who should be protected well enough by security it ought to be a bit of a challenge.

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lirvilas
21st Aug 2016, 8:03 PM

Boris Johnson's actions undermined the West. (Specifically NATO.)

The West, in its stumbling, sometimes disappointing fashion, is the primary human cultural group that values freedom of expression.

Boris Johnson's self-promotion threatened this exchange of hyperbolics.

Proscriptions for all! Long live the West.

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anonymous coward
22nd Aug 2016, 6:20 AM

Bah, the RIAA and their fellow-travelers damage 'the West' culturally every time it works on stretching copyright just a little further. The people piloting and ordering arbitrary drone-strike missions all across the parts of the world that are stirred up with plenty of anti-American sentiment to begin with are hard at work forming new successor organizations and recruits for ISIL and Al Qaeda, which fairly directly threatens 'the West.' The NSA and FBI fighting to weaken crypto and other security in 'consumer tier' computing leaves most business, private individuals, and indeed an embarrassingly large amount of government institutions highly vulnerable to enemy action: As can be seen from the embarrassingly large number and embarrassingly high success of 'cyberattacks' coming out of Russia and China that is amazingly threatening and damaging to 'the West.'

Threatening 'the West' for personal and private gain is something that unaccountably powerful people do on days that end in Y. Boris Johnson is not even on the top ten list of worst perpetrators of that in the last 30 years.

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jamie59
20th Aug 2016, 8:17 AM

She's rocking in those fishnets & a pocket hanging out her shorts.
Writer my guess an Ouija board & a bottle of Vodka.

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 11:53 PM

"my guess an Ouija board & a bottle of Vodka."

That sounds like a helluva date night for Maureen (her mother).

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TheD-Wrek
20th Aug 2016, 1:43 PM

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lirvilas
20th Aug 2016, 11:56 PM

Always with the sweet gifs... in this, this electoral winter of our discontent, WWE references are the metaphors that aren't quite purely metaphorical...

Yeah yeah, I get ahead of myself. The point is--thanks!

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