Memories of VietnamMy friends all said "Don't go there it will only bring you tears."Memories of Vietnam9 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
I couldn't believe how right they were even after all these years.
I looked upon the wall; saw the faces in the stone,
The faces of young men yearning to come home.
I looked upon the wall and relived that horrid night.
When the Vietcong attacked and I fought my first true fight,
I still hear the sounds of the bullets whistling by.
I still see the blasts and I watch my buddies die.
Those were men my brethren, their courage passed the test,
In that fight for freedom they found eternal rest.
I remember to this moment every second of that day,
As the Vietcong came charging and took my friends away.
I never will forget until the day I reach the grave.
All my comrades fallen whose lives I could not save.
If I look into the wall this is what I'll see.
My memories of my days in 'Nam will be forever haunting me.
Every night I lay in bed and too the lord I pray.
"Please watch and protect those men who aren't with us here today."
Screams From VietnamBaby, those dark circles under your eyesScreams From Vietnam2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Don't look good on you at all
The funeral is over
The war is gone
Why are you still screamin' in the night?
Baby, just ignore the people
Throwing trash at you
They don't know what you've been through
Stop looking at your hands
There's no blood on them anymore
Everything's fallin' in
Those concert sidewalks are turnin' into jungles
You can barely breath
As you watch your
Comrade's blood fall before you
Wake up wake up
There's no blood on your hands anymore
The funeral is over
The war is gone
Why are you still screamin' in the night?
I can't see you in this concert jungle
I think its funny
How no one saw your glazed over eyes
When you got that shiny little thing
Because its just something for your
Haunted memories to collect dust on
The funeral is over
The war is gone
Ages of the Mane 6 and other ponies.Twilight Sparkle: Age 22Ages of the Mane 6 and other ponies.2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Applejack: Age 22
Rainbow Dash: Age 21
Rarity: Age 22
Fluttershy: Age 23
Pinkie Pie: Age 22
Derpy Hooves: Age 22
Lyra & Bon-Bon: Ages 21-22
Spitfire: Age 27
Shining Armor: Age 29
Big Mac: Age 28
Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo: Age 10
Spike: Age 10
Princess Celestia: Age ??????
Princess Luna: Age ????????
A Canterlot Wedding - Missing ScenesThe ponies were all hard at work. Pegasi went about repairing roofs and ceiling ornaments, unicorns spent their time seeing to the restoration of the more complicated features of the palace, and all others busied themselves with the myriad other tasks that needed to be done to get everything back in top condition.A Canterlot Wedding - Missing Scenes3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The recent attack brought about by the unexpected and hitherto unknown changelings and their Queen, Chrysalis, had left much of the city damaged. By some miracle there had been no casualties, only a few injuries here and there. Of course it made sense. The changelings were, after all, using the ponies as a food source. It made no sense that they'd want them harmed.
Ponies all about the capital were grateful that the attack had left only structural damage. Damage which was easily rectified. But for one lone unicorns, the damage was far deeper.
Walking along the red carpet of the main hall of the Canterlot royal palace, Captain Shining Armour was looking uncharacteristically fo
Oath of PeaceI pledge my undying service to my Prime and the Autobot cause.Oath of Peace2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
I shall devote my spark to achieving our goal of galactic peace,
even if I must give up my life.
I will defend the weak and helpless.
And remove any threats from the planet that which we protect.
Til All Are One.
Climate Change Resource PageClimate Change Resource Page - (updated as recently as 17 Dec 2012, with 16 new sites linked)Climate Change Resource Page4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I've wrestled with an opening to this piece for the last week, and I've finally decided to just go ahead and lay it all out for those who wish to make use of it.
Knowledge is power, and knowledge of climate-change science is serious lacking for a lot of reasons. Those reasons, however, are NOT what the True Believers in 'man-made' global warming would have you believe.
A lot of people on this site believe that things are not as dire as the heavily politicized IPCC and those governments which back it, would have us believe. Most of you do not really have the time to find the information you need to counter the often scientifically illiterate responses you get from those who would blame the human race, and more specifically the Right / Conservatives / Christians / the US / White people, for what we believe is just another phase in half a billion years of climate change.
They are the ones who, fo
'Give up' on the Constitution?!'Give up' on the Constitution?!3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
The New York Times just ran an editorial, "Let's Give Up On The Constitution." I don't think this effort can be considered some kind of anomaly. Virtually all of the media campaign for gun restrictions is based on precisely the idea that the Constitution has no relevance for public policy. So I see this article written by the professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, Louis Michael Seidman, as simply cover for what is already going on.
"Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the offici
American HeartAmerica sat in at his desk with his head in his hands. He'd just listened to a recent speech his boss had given. And now his usual jovial personality was replaced by a deep distress.American Heart5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
His boss had already denied his existence, this shouldn't hurt him much more but it did.
Had he, America, not been able to stand on his own two feet for over two hundred years? Not only that, but he started by kicking Englands butt! Even though America meant no ill will towards England (he was just fun to pick on) he didn't think he really needed his help! Didn't America kick him out because he didn't want his help anymore? Americans are fully capable of doing heavy lifting, when weren't we? And when we are in over our heads, we never bow our head. We keep them up and except help.
America grimaced. Yeah, maybe he'd been a little overbearing a little over the top. But no!
I Am the 99 PercentI was a near 4.0 student in high school.I Am the 99 Percent4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
By age 17 had already served my country as a civil servant twice as a Congressional and State Senate Page.
Since as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an Astronaut.
So I worked hard and with the support of my family and a letter from my Congressman, got accepted into a good college to study Aerospace Engineering.
I've studied hard, and thanks to the government's FAFSA loan program and a some help from my family have been able to go to school for four years without a private loan.
My grades aren't great, but I love what I wanna do too much to give up when things get tough.
I've never expected help from anybody, and have always been willing to make it on my own steam if I have to, but I appreciate all the help I can get, and will take any advantage I find.
My parents worked hard their entire lives and have always lived within their means.
When the company my dad had worked for folded, he started his own business at 55 and thanks to years of
Nerd Humor(An Open Source Poem)Nerd Humor9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'd compiled a REALbasic poem
in which a Python
with a bad Lisp
concocted a Scheme
to swap a dull Ruby
for a shiny new Perl
from the king Cobol
while making Smalltalk
over a cup of Java
before knocking him out with a SNOBOL
My prof gave it a C++
+APH+ History of US-CAN Part 6 ▬1867▬+APH+ History of US-CAN Part 65 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
APH: A History of Canada US relationships --> PART 6
'I need to see my brother' this lone thought resonated in Alfred's mind during his whole journey. 'I need to see he is alive and well'. He marched on, steadily, with a certain determination visible in his step. His head held high, his shoulders straight, ignoring his still sensitive ribs, Alfred led his troops by foot over to his brother's territory.
They travelled day and night until finally, on the 7th day, t
I Pledge AllegianceI pledge allegiance to no flagI Pledge Allegiance4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Of any country it could represent,
Nor any republic, for which it may stand,
Any nation, in existence,
May be lived in without doing so.
I do pledge allegiance to good causes
And to the betterment of society,
To work that helps all people,
Humanity, and perseverance,
And to a better tomorrow.
Bomb Aftereffect - AmeJapHonda Kiku, otherwise known as the nation of Japan, was kneeling on the scattered debris and rubble caused by the atomic bombs. His white uniform tattered and stained with his blood. There was a wound near his left shoulder and gashes on his arms, chest and abdomen. He had never felt so much pain in his entire life and never so much in past centuries. Over the past four years, the war has taken its toll on him as so were Italy and Germany, as with everyone who participated in this damn war.Bomb Aftereffect - AmeJap5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Honda's wounds consisted of his people and land. Dead. Gone. He could see in his eyes that those who survived were awfully dismembered and disfigured and most of them were civilians. Two of his cities blown up! Because of whom? All thanks to the United States of America. The first bomb had caused terrible destruction on Hiroshima, hence the wound on Kiku's shoulder. Despite of it, Japan didn't back down so quickly. There had been enough suffering until three days later. The seco
Hetalia's September 11thSeptember 11, 2001Hetalia's September 11th6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Cat and Dragon were walking on a New York sidewalk on the beautiful September morning. They were leigerly stroling heading for Alfred's appartment 7 blocks away.
"Hey sis, what time is it?" Dragon asked, looking up to the mighty Twin Towers in the distance.
"8:44." Cat said. They continued walking when Cat's ears picked up a strange sound.
"Sis... I there an airport near by....?" She asked worridly.
"No.... why?" the younger responded unsurly.
"Because..." Cat started but didn't finish. Her eyes were locked with something. As was every other person on the street, even those who had been driving had stopped to look.
"Cat?" Dragon followed her elder siblings eye to what she was looking at. "What the..."
"Holy mother of god...." Cat muttered as a 747 passenger jet slammed into one of the World Trade Center's Towers. There wasn't a sound in the entire city. The only sounds heard were the sirens miles away from the two. Then Cat
Georgia on My Mind .Hetaila.Everyone was waiting for America... as usual. He was the only one that had yet to show up to the meeting. You think wanting to be the Hero of the story, he would try and show up on time more than every once and a while.Georgia on My Mind .Hetaila.6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
He's here, everyone soon figured, but had no clue why he was calling Russia's name.
"...Da?" Russia asked, eyebrow raised. He was standing while the others were seated, waiting for the meeting to begin.
Out of nowhere, America ran into the room, and with a yell rivaling those in the movie 300, he threw himself at Russia. Of course, being such a... large country, He didn't budge, and Alfred was left clinging to the other.
"What's wrong with you now, Git?" Arthur asked sourly, in a bad mood any time he had to see the other's face.
"Russia!" America yelled. "He's betrayed me! Ivan, I thought we were on the same side!"
"I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about..." Ivan said with a smile. "But You clinging to me in such a way is slightly uncomfortable."
Vision of Love - BB+Terra FFicIt had only been a few days, but it still wasn't enough time to treat the hurt that lingered inside Beastboy's heart after discovering that Terra was revived, but didn't remember him, or her life as a Teen Titan. Even all the recent fights against their biggest villains couldn't help the changeling forget his love.Vision of Love - BB+Terra FFic4 years ago in Settings More Like This
As the Titans finished dinner, Robin asked Cyborg and Beastboy if they wanted to race him in a game of Vert Racer, but only Cyborg accepted the challenge.
Noticing a small look of disappointment on Beastboy's face, Robin asked again, "Hey Beastboy, you wanna play too?"
"Huh?" he asked not paying attention. "Oh, no thanks guys, I'm not really in the mood."
"You sure man?" Cyborg asked again. "Or are you just sayin' that because you know I'll kick yo' butt?"
Angrily, Beastboy shouted, "NO! I JUST DON'T WANNA PLAY! WHY CAN'T YOU GUYS UNDERSTAND THAT?"
Everyone looked at Beastboy with complete shock, as they had never seen him act this way before.
It took Robin a few seconds to
What I've Done Part1 part 2What I've Done Part1 part 28 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Disclaimer- I do not own the Teen Titans or any characters from the Teen Titans series. The owners are DC Comics and Cartoon Network.
Authors note: this takes place sum time after Things Change and Teen Titans Go issue 51: Metamorphosis.
What I've Done Part 1: Emergence part 2
Her name was Terra.
She was gifted with tremendous power,
and cursed with it as well.
She was a dangerous enemy,
and a good friend.
And she was one of the
I have ever known.
Beast Boy, Aftershock part 2.
Soon the Titans were on the scene to stop whoever the villain was this time. As they always are.
So, who do you think it is this time? Adonis, Le Blanc, the Puppet King? Cyborg asked Robin as the Titans hopped out of the T-Car.
Before Robin could answer, a mysterious voice replied None of the above. This was then followed by a burst of light energy
Why Free Market Capitalism FailsIn this essay, I expose the flaws in the two mechanisms that are supposed to power the free market: Adam Smith's invisible hand and trickle down economics. The notion of the invisible hand holds that in a free marketplace, the buyer's self-interest will tend to drive the price down, while the seller's self-interest will tend to drive the price up, so that both parties' self-interest will naturally cause the price to settle on an amount that both find reasonable. Trickle-down economics maintains that the rich are the ones who start and expand businesses and hire employees, so the laws should favor them increasing their wealth as much as possible so they can hire more people, thus growing the economy.Why Free Market Capitalism Fails4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
These concepts look good on paper, but the best way to evaluate any idea is to see how it works in practice. Let's start by analyzing nationa
H.N.W.B. Chapter ThreeH.N.W.B. Chapter Three5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Ludwig's eyes flickered open, cerulean meeting those chocolate-brown ones. He remembered; Feliciano, his Feliciano had been caught by him doing what? He'd lost the rest of the memory.
"Feli," his voice raspy; he sat up in bed. "Feliciano Vargas,"
"Ve~, huh? What is wrong, Fidanzato?" was the answer he got from the Italian.
Trying not to glare in suspicion, Ludwig cleared his throat several times before asking, "What happened when I caught you doing something in the bathroom?"
"Ve~," Feliciano squeaked, not knowing how to answer. "N-nothing happened, L-Ludwig," Both of them could tell he was lying.
"Spill it, jezt!" Ludwig shouted. He wanted the answer, not tomorrow, not later; now!
"I DIDN'T KNOW!!" Feliciano screamed at him. "I didn't know, but now that I do, you'd probably kick me out and ban me forever! It's not worth it." He turned his back to Ludwig.
"What's not..?" the German tried to put a hand on Feliciano's shoulder.
"Leave me alone." The Italian muttered. "LEAVE ME ALON
Never ForgotHetaliaNever Forgot5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Hey, Germany!" Italy cheerfully called out upon entering, without even knocking on the door to, his friend's home.
"Uggh." Italy heard Germany groaned and followed the noise. Germany's face was planted on the kitchen table, his arms hanging limply at his sides, and a few empty bottles of beer were aligned nearby. Italy pulled up a chair and petted his friend's head. He knew this look before. Many a times he found his brother Romano in the same position.
"You got dumped." Italy's straightforward comment earned him another growl from Germany. "That's a pity. I mean she was cute and fun and I really liked her and Germany you're looking at me all scary now "
Germany finally stopped glaring at Italy and lifted his head up to rubbed at the red marks left by the table.
"Hey cheer up, Germany." Italy patted Germany's shoulder. "She was just your first girlfriend, right? Everyone gets dumped and, hmm " Italy brought his hand to his chin and rubbed it. "Though now th
Sasuke's Way and Hinata's Time of CompletionSasuke's Way and Hinata's Time of Completion4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She stayed silent as she watched the scene before her. Sasuke Uchiha had Naruto pinned on the ground. She stepped from the crowd of Shinobi and closed her eyes. "I will not let you hurt Naruto, Sasuke." She got the Uchiha's attention. "Get out of here Hinata! I can't let you die!" Naruto cried out under Sasuke's grip.
"Let him go!" Hinata opened her eyes as her byakugan was activated. Sasuke pulled Naruto up by the collar of his jacket. "Sasuke! Leave Hinata be!" Naruto tried to release himself, but was too weak to do so. The fighting behind them was very loud, but they did not hear it. The breeze gently swayed Hinata's long hair.
Naruto passed out, and Sasuke dropped him. "Naruto!" Hinata took a step towards Naruto, but was pushed away by Sasuke. "I want your eyes. Come and join us, and you will not die." Sasuke growled and pulled out a sword. "I would rather die than to be against the Hidden Leaf!" Hinata got into her fighting stance,
Sasuke chuckled and swiftly got behind her. "Then
Canaan Part 1Canaan Part 13 years ago in Profiles More Like This
In the beginning the gods and I decided to create other beings. We debated on how they should act, how their mortality is handled, and in what conditions can they live. Each god was given an assignment on what to handle. Of course I gave everyone their duties and led the order of creation. The creation began with the formation of the Earth but was formless and empty.
El: Let there be light!!! It looks good. Now I will form darkness and it will be separate from the light. The light shall be called day and the Dark will be called night. We will create more as the days pass since it will set a precedent of time for our creation. Each day will repeat to create order.
Baal: Father, we must create land and water so there will be livable space for these beings. If you expect order then we must do this.
El: You are right my son. This will be done in the second day. Gather the other gods so we may create all of these living beings.
And so the first day passed. A very short day to be honest. Loo
Designing a MiracleApril 14th, 2019: New Shepard, TexasDesigning a Miracle4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Lauri and Mona sat in the waiting room of the local Fertility Institute ready to make the biggest decision of their lives, and all either could do was hold onto the other's hands in the cold and crowded waiting room, watching countless other perspective parents come and go. Some looked elated, others simply looked just as anxious as they did.
"Lauri and Mona Flores," an older nurse called out, "Dr. Chella will see you now."
Mona was the first to rise, still clutching her wife's hand as if to pull her up with her. The two had talked about this for more than three years; first with idle, "have you ever thought about"s, then moving into more serious, "do you think we're ready"s, and finally the dry, but easily most crucial, "can we afford it?"s.
The hall was decorated with OLED displays each cycling though images of how the process is done, while other simply showed happy clients with their new children.
Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 2Una Navidad con Naruto. Capitulo 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Siempre pensé que mi primo era muy sobre protector conmigo, pero jamás imaginé que tanto así. El día del sorteo, luego de que comprara la lana y los palillos, futuros regalos navideños para Naruto, me encontré con él. Ahí estaba en la esquina de la cuadra, detrás de un poste de luz, esperándome. No supe cuánto tiempo estuvo ahí parado, vigilándome u observándome, pero algo me dio mala espina, algo no andaba bien.
-Hinata ¿Qué hacías a estas horas por aquí? No deberías tomarte tu tiempo en un lugar donde estás lejos de casa, Hinata-sama. Su vida puede correr peligro, y el señor Hiashi-sama no me perdonará si algo te ocurre ¿No es así? Consultó enfadado con los ojos encendido de fuego, y con la mirada fría, apoyado sobre el poste de luz y con los brazos cruzados.
-Lo siento muchísimo, Neji-sama. Yo