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NOD Always Wins

Growing up, I played a lot of video games, and one particular game was Command and Conquer. My friends and I waged countless skirmashes, and one thing that seemed to hold true is that NOD always wins. 

For those that don’t know, NOD is a faction in the game. There’s two armies to choose from: NOD and GDI. GDI consists of first-world nations with advanced technology and developed economies, where as NOD consits of terrorists that idolize a warlord. With the GDI, you control powerful but expensive units, some of the strongest units in the game, and while NOD has weaker and cheaper units, they’re strength is in numbers, sabotage, stealth, and chemical warfare. 

 If you think this sounds a bit familiar to our current reality, then you’re with me. 

Right now, we’re at war. We are at war. Anone that tells you differently is a fool. We live in reality where people fear that at any moment a bomb could go off, a truck could plow through, or a shooting could happen. This isn’t peace. And it’s telling, very telling that we can guess as to the identity and ideology of the suspect with 90% if not 99% accuracy. 

#NotAll, but that’s shouldn’t have to be said.

 We’re fighting a war against radicals and extremists that have no homeland because of the shit the US had done. They outnumber, they have demonstrated creative ways to circumvent laws and restrictions to kill infidels (that’s non-believers),  and they would be the worst group to have access to chemical and nuclear weapons. 

It’s like NOD, but the real life in the flesh version. And maybe it’s because of the wake of another, yet another terrorist attack, but I feel uncertain about our future, about our opportunity to grow from this. As I parent, I can’t stand it, but what can we do? Give up more privacy? The powers that be already have the magic key to Everything we do. EVERYTHING.

We stand by like piñatas, piñatas filled with guilt and remorse. And like kids hungry for candy, they just beat on us. Well, America fights back. From the Bush wars, to the Obama Drone Wars, to the Mother of all Bombs, we fight with a powerful force, highly trained troops, and carpet bombs, much like the GDI. And much like the GDI, we’re waging an intense battle while an enemy we can’t see slips through our defenses.

NOD always wins… and right now, it’s like we’re fighting for resources and map control while NOD has already snuck into our base with a stealth tank with a nuclear missile on standby. That was the go to strategy in Command and Conquer, because it is sure to work. 

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Christian Hands Out Anti-Halloween Jesus Comics During Halloween

Mr. Deadman shares a Halloween story and offers commentary on the three stories published this week: Nicetopia, Hold Me Tight, and The Blackout

Podcast available on iTunes and Spreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/user/8056632/christian-hands-out-anti-halloween-jesus

My son was not wearing a Captain America costume, he was THE Captain America, and he was fueled up with a belly full of pizza for trick or treat. I walk with him down the sidewalk, dressed as Jason after a killing spree, and watch him as he knocks on a door. His little arms extend an empty bucket just eager for its first piece of candy. The door opened and my son smiled, saying the famous line, and received… not candy, but a bag of Doritos and a colorful Christian comic about Halloween.

The illustrations were worse than the bottom of the barrel of Sunday morning rejects, and was so haphazardly taped to the bag, that it fell off. The effort of securing her message was symbolic to the content it self, that I was already sure of.

But my thought was what is this comic supposed to do? Is the anti-Halloween message supposed to open my eyes to the horrors of Halloween? Was I supposed to all of a sudden become aware that I am engaging in Satanic rituals? Well, I wasn’t and the reason why is because my son and I were on the same page: we want some damn candy.

This episode of the Deadman’s Tome podcast is a bit different and it is, oh gosh, pre-recorded. I did attempt to record a video version of the podcast for YouTube, but that failed. You don’t get to see my drunken face, so sad. If you have any comments or questions, please let me know.

 

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Dinner Time Commentary

Mr. Deadman offers commentary on Dinner Time by Peter Indianna and asks the tough question just about every man, straight or gay, asks when they find themselves in an unsatisfying relationship.

If you’re easily offended, this is not for you. I think Peter’s story is fantastic and conveys the horror of being in a unsatisfying relationship with a vindictive and jealous partner. I apologize for the audio quality. Other than that, enjoy the video for a few laughs and make sure you check out Mr. Indianna’s story.