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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 04:35:42 PM

While I respect that policing is a sometimes difficult job, the fact that they are in a position of life and death over regular citizens means they need to be held to a far higher standard of judgement and responsibility. If their department has tasers, those, not their sidearms, need to be the weapon they have initially drawn when entering and assessing the situation

If there is a gun in play, ...and dispatch fails to relay the information it's a g-damn fake, guns should be drawn. The theory behind that is you're there not to protect the gunman, but the citizenry at large.  You're not going to taze a gunman, you're going to answer with lethal force.  The problem with the Ohio shootings is (possibly) TWO (at least once) times the police went in with the wrong information.  And that's the problem.  Police enter a scene already 'somewhere' on the scale of response.  If it's active shooter, they're already responding at lethal force.  Person with a gun.  You're somewhere between a 4 and a 5. 

Every time you introduce a gun to a scenario, things get ugly.  Police have the right and the responsibility to protect their own lives as well as the lives of the citizenry.  Which makes lawful shoots so hard to deal with.  "But it was a toy gun!"  Yes, but at the time, the police didn't know that and responded as if it was a real gun and thus it's a lawful shoot.  Tragedy, but lawful. 

Now, I'm a gun guy.  Kinda my hobby.  I have no idea why Open Carry laws exist anymore outside the idea of travel to and from a shooting event.  Going to the Walmart with your AR-15 is about as smart as going to a Pre-School with a rabid, ebola infected monkey.  There is ZERO reason for it and it makes ALOT of people nervous.   And that off chance you're going to be super hero?  Yea.  Civilian in an active shooter situation?  Great.  20 people killed just became 52 and now I have TWO gunmen. 

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American police departments are receiving more and more military equipment, but when the actual military are better trained at dealing with the public they may have to shoot than actual police are, because post 911 the police are being trained to view the citizens they're meant to serve as the enemy, then there is something sickly wrong with the system.

Not exactly enemy, but you're not wrong.  Suspects are viewed as the opponent.  Until that proves out otherwise, on a person to person basis, it's a very confrontational activity each time.  Is that because the police are trained that way or is that training in response to how confrontational americans have become?  That's WAY outta my league. 

As for John Olivar, you know the funniest thing?  It's not even "regulation".  It's common sense and we can't even get THAT through.  Sort of like Education and Health Care reform. 
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 01:43:36 PM
My overall thought process, by the way, is that we need to do better by our people.  If it's the fact that minorities have a higher drop out rate and unemployment rate, or the fact that their socio-economic status leads to higher crime and more police interactions, or that it causes children to have less 'complete' homes and more childhood poverty?  I don't care.  Pick one.  Pick all of them.  They're all tragedies.  But for god sakes, someone start having the discussion on how since 2007 til now, the recovery of the USA hasn't gone to the people of the USA but to the people who own the people of the USA.  Or that we care more about pig projects and fake numbers than real results and better lives for people.  We like to claim we're the best nation in the world, bout time we started acting like it.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 01:37:44 PM
Ohio is an open carry state, so the first response of a police officer absolutely should not be to resort to lethal force when encountering someone carrying a firearm. Especially inside a store that sells them, immediately upon seeing someone with one in their hand and their back towards you while on the phone.

I'm assuming you mean John Crawford III.  That was a tragedy caused by a reckless 911 call.  This one comes down to what was relayed from dispatch to response officers.  There are two scenarios.  1.  Police got the entire story and over reacted, gunning down a man strolling around with a BB gun.  At which point, there needs to be a trial.  2.  Dispatch relayed an "Active Shooter scenario" to them, at which point, what happened was exactly what was going to happen.  Bad intel and a stupid caller got that poor man killed.  And perhaps dispatch needs to be brought up on involuntary manslaughter.

If you mean Tamir Rice.. man.  This one makes me cringe.  The kid was probably just playing, some idiot thinks he's threatening everyone and dials 911, cop shows up on a report of a kid with a gun, cop confronts, kid probably craps himself and tries to show the gun is fake, cop thinks he's reaching, cop fires.  Kid dies.  ...ugh.  Awful.  

To answer the question "Why not a tazer?"  He probably already had his gun out in response to the gun in play, and you're not going to holster your firearm, and draw your tazer if the person suddenly reaches for their's.  As for "non-lethal shooting".. this isn't Hollywood.  Police aren't magical snipers that can shoot guns from arms and disable your with a foot shot.  They're trained for high percentage shots.  Center mass.  

Maybe we need to bring the callers up on charges now that I read this?  Teach the public it's not okay to use their own racist bias to bring down 'the law' on people.  I dunno.  It's such a mess... *sighs*

As for your Education.. yep.  17th in the world for Education.  I think Mister A just found out why.  Oye.  

4  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Any update on Spellbound? on: Today at 01:03:50 PM
You folks should be watching our DriveThruRPG page this weekend.

NO, not about Spellbound *, but about something new... for Fantasy Craft. Smiley

* You can expect something about Spellbound soonish though. We're really close to talking about that too.

 Shocked Shocked Shocked  (You know, Crafty bunch drops Spellbound for Xmas, we may have to find a way to ship them some premium Irish whisky.) lol
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 12:40:54 PM

Seriously, do you now difficult it is to get figures on just how many people the police in America kill every year?).

Strangely enough, I do.  You can find Sasquatch easier.  Which is part of the problem. 

I think my problem with this case is that we're focusing on the outcome instead of the cause.  Not every police officer is a gun toting bully.  Not every person who looks like a thug is a thug.  (Hell.. I know a Gunny Sgt who looked like he was in a Mexican Biker Gang off duty. lol.  Nicest guy I ever met.. ..when he wasn't pissed off.)  But the stereotypes are SO entrenched in this country, we can't get anything done without them. 

12 year old shot because of a air pistol in his pants.  Immediately went to race.  Which should be PART of the topic, but not the entire topic.  (Modified Airsoft pistols are known to be used for armed robberies because of their ability to look like real guns.)  Let's go with, why are toy guns made to look like real guns?  Why is that legal?  That alone helped the poor child get killed.  Do we need better less than lethal weapons?  Should we invest in that technology?  Probably.  Can we get socio-economics to help restore faith in the police community with better standards for who we give a badge and who they answer to?  That'd be nice too! 

^ But all of this isn't being said.  What the majority of it is "White dude killed black kid and white dude had a shield."  And I'm sorry, but that's disrespectful to the deceased.  He died.  It's a tragedy.  Let's use that tragedy for some reform, not finger pointing. 

On the flip side, I've seen the coffin of a police officer killed walking up to a speeding ticket.  Or the guy running for a half ounce of weed turns out he was packing a .45 ACP and the cop is thankful the guy was smarter than trying to gun his way out of it. 

Change is needed.  Absolutely.  But blaming race and racists isn't going to get us there.  Society is broken. 
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 12:02:46 PM
Krensky, I will grant you that the Police Department has a checkered past.  That's why I tossed out almost everything they said.  But the forensics show a confrontation inside the car (blood evidence of Mr. Brown inside the driver side AoC), and then a progression of blood away from the cruiser and then back towards the cruiser to where the body came to rest.  The powder burns on Mr. Brown's hand can only come from extremely close contact.  And the bullet was lodged in the interior of the driver side door (? I believe, need to review that piece) of the cruiser.  The forensics just don't read like a police officer got out of his car and just started firing.  There was, at the very least, a struggle inside the cruiser resulting in the discharge of a firearm and the victim getting slide bit.  

Oh, and I take no insult or outrage if anyone disagrees with me (or agrees.)  My biggest concern here is we fix the problem between citizens and police.  I know people on both sides of this fence.  And both sides of the fence have very equal, valid points.  Which is absolutely terrifying if you think about it.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 11:20:08 AM
Ferguson Jury decides not to indict Wilson.
Roll Eyes
Well, on to the next unarmed shooting.

*puffs up*  *sighs and sips coffee*  Puffing up and anger won't forward this discussion, so I'll say what's on my mind as level headed as I can.  1.  Unarmed shooting isn't the case here.  At all.  Mr. Brown decided to attack a police officer who was in uniform, performing his duties as he is sworn to.  At some point, there's a struggle inside the car with reports of a choke hold and Mr. Brown going for the officer's gun.  Why?  Who knows.  But if I'm a police officer in my squad car and some dude starts attacking me through my car window, my threat meter is going up to a million because I think this dude is out of his mind.  Then add in the face he's trying to choke me and grab my gun?  Bad times.  The Officer gets a shot off, Mr. Brown moves away from the door and seemingly starts to flee.  Officer gives pursuit, as he's supposed to, until crazy guy spins around and decides to charge him like a football player.  Now, who knows what is going through the Officer's mind.  Could this guy be hopped up on PCP?  or just insane?  Who knows.. but he's huge, and he's already tried to possibly kill me twice.. and now he's charging at me like a linebacker.  There's testimony that there were verbal commands given and ignored, but at this point, there is no real point of the verbal commands either way.  If the dude that just tried to take your gun and choke you out is now spinning around to charge you, you've got 2 options.  Shoot him or die.

This discussion shouldn't be about the police officer shooting.  It should be about why the hell did Brown decide to punch a police officer in the commission of a misdemeanor?  

*edit: Stupid tablet lol*  2.  If I was the protesters, I'd be dropping a dime on every looter, fire bug and vandal I saw.  I hate parasites who leech on to an actual cause just to do damage.  Hurts everyone involved and it's just bad form. 

3.  Lets just hope no one else dies because of this.  Buildings can be rebuilt.  Buildings have insurance.  Cars too.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 21, 2014, 04:11:18 PM
Was reading a New York Times article today. 

In American Health Care, this is a re-occurring problem.  You have an emergency.  You have an in-network Primary Care doctor.  You go to an in-network Hospital.  You make sure if you need a specialist, it gets approved first.  You then find out, the in-network hospital uses out-network emergency physicians and you get tackled with a giant bill. 

9  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 21, 2014, 01:59:50 PM

Ex-Mounty Lawman/Grunt?
"I've seen some weird stuff there man..."

Close.  Former X-Games California Keanu Reeves-esque from Bill & Ted turned EMT.  Wheelman / Medic.  First question I got asked "Bikes are vehicles, right?"  "Harleys?"  "No. Schwin."  *flip* "Yep.  Cal 1."  "SWEET!"   Huh?
10  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Spycraft 2.0 Back in Print (on Demand) on: November 21, 2014, 01:52:03 PM
were do find color copy of books at?

In vaults.  Built on sanctified land.  Protected by Dragons.  Guarded by Knights.  If you can find one though, AMAZING production values. 
11  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 21, 2014, 09:46:51 AM
I do believe I incited the sarcastic gall of my players with the murderous transformer ice cream cow.

Lone Survivor:

Priest turned Spookhunter gunslinger.  Subplots from Fragile Minds.

Character ideas requesting to join the team:

Southern Baptist Televangilist - Advocate/Firebrand.  "Think Little Richard meets Macho Man Randy Savage" and he'll bring a soft-covered small book to the table each session and slam it down and scream "Testify!" every time something good happens.

An African American / Samoan Martial Artist named "Jet Lee Roy-hameha".  ...who is also really good at dancing and juggling fire.

Sleuth/ Investigator?  "Samuel L. Jackson with a an English Accent of Cumberbatch.  So, you know.. a very aggressive, angry Sherlock Holmes."

And we're waiting on the last two.

One is working on a hacker / intruder type.. but won't say the concept.. and the other is working on some sort of Snoop / Medic idea. 

I'm doomed.


12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 20, 2014, 05:54:55 PM
Anyone got news on Dragon Age: Inquisition?

General critical buzz seems positive along the lines of "Bioware, duh!"

Game play solid.  Story... very generic.
13  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 02:21:56 PM
So.. interesting problem one of the players just came up with. 

"So.. an evil half undead cult of dwarves who dress like Mall Santa Elves are trying to end the world and summon an elder god, who apparently gave birth to evil transformers based on tained life, magic and technology.  ...and the ONLY person who can explain that to people.. is an insane Roman Catholic priest turned paranormal investigator gunslinger with 1/3rd of his body covered in tattoos detailing his 'crusade' in what he calls 'the awoken testament'?  Except the tattoos are in varying languages and never in one steady language for more than a word or two.  Oh, and he refers to himself as the Divine Inquisitor of the Heavens.  WHO IN THERE RIGHT MIND is EVER going to listen to this guy? 

Followed by.  "Diplomacy check.  DC 1,000,000." 
14  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 12:49:16 PM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?

One did.  Failed their will check and started having hallucinations.  The other died on impact.  Further in the fight, 1 died to a trampling, 1 to a gore and 1 had their sanity literally fail them before the Insane Priest / Ghosthunter was able to slay the beast. 

 Cheesy
Just to make myself clear if there's ever a chance I can reliably travel to wherever you host your games I WANT IN!

LOL.  Duly noted.  They're currently thinking of replacement chars.. so far.. "Southern Baptist Evangelist / Firebrand" hit my email.  lol
15  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 10:14:50 AM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?

One did.  Failed their will check and started having hallucinations.  The other died on impact.  Further in the fight, 1 died to a trampling, 1 to a gore and 1 had their sanity literally fail them before the Insane Priest / Ghosthunter was able to slay the beast. 
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