Unwelcome VisitorsIf only all differences of opinion could be settled as quickly and bloodlessly as I dealt with the historian.
Normally, when I get a request from Heimdall to perform a specific task, there's a matter of give-and-take as I try to figure out how to make it happen. On occasion, what they'll ask of me is unpleasant but necessary when considered as part of the greater struggle; case in point, the battle with the Barghest pilot and how that had to go down. But on a few rare occasions, Heimdall and I see eye-to-eye on a particular problem that needs to be resolved.
This time, Heimdall didn't even need to ask me to go do something.
One of the realities of the FedCom Civil War was that you had pro-Victor Lyran units and pro-Katrina Davion units. Absurd as it may sound, this was, indeed, the case. The pro-Victor units we tried to nurture and help safeguard. The pro-Katrina units we tried to nullify so that their message was diluted or distorted. Solaris was already a hotbed of tensions and animo
The Halls Of MacademiaOne of the sad realities of life in the Inner Sphere Solaris especially is that not all battles are fought from within a cockpit; rather, some battles are fought face-to-face. Now normally, I try to avoid windbags who just don't know what they'e talking about. But this time around, I had to say something. Fortunately, Heimdall agreed with me on this point.
A military historian noted for making rather pro-Katherine statements of late decided to unveil his new work, a partial study of Operation Bulldog that recounted how a handful of the planets fell. Thing is, the guy made the mistake of discussing a planetary invasion that I was on. I was able to get my hands on an advance copy, and immediately began looking over what he said did and didn't take place. In short order, I noted gaping flaws and oversights in his research flaws and oversights that my personal copies of all my data tracks confirmed as being present.
The author tried to assert that the invasion force sho
Brand AwarenessAlthough challenges were a little slow to come back to us, in the aftermath of Tommy's performance in the Reaches we were quick to receive a fair amount of media attention. This, in turn, led to some more corporate sponsorships.
Things got started when I was invited to a social event; I couldn't make it because I was busy tending to our new real estate arm, and so I sent Kanz in my place. After we returned to the Inner Sphere, Kanz took the last name "Olsen" to disguise his Clan heritage. He was unusually bright and inquisitive for a Clan warrior, and so spent the travel time reading what books he could get his hands on; he even got to a few I hadn't quite read yet. By the time we returned, he was already literate and sophisticated enough to pass as a normal resident of the Inner Sphere. Now that we had a chance to settle down a bit, he read as often as he could. He was also a quick study when in social situations, such that he learned how to adapt as needed. Suffice to say that I high
Response to Bible vs. Joseph Smith pt. 1Response to "Bible vs. Joseph Smith pt. 1"
(Personal note: netiquette holds that you're supposed to not only provide sources for an online debate but, if it's a lengthy video, warn people in advance. I know that there's 8+ parts to this series, but I don't know if I'll have time to hit all eight.)
>film tries to go into the "test of a prophet" debate
This is a fairly common debate tactic among anti-Mormons, but it actually backfires spectacularly upon closer examination. As proof, I give you the following page at pro-pagan website JC Not 4 Me .com - http://www.jcnot4me.com/Items/theology/Second%20Coming%20stuff/Jesus-Joseph-Decker_files/Jesus-Joseph-Decker.htm . The page lists prophecies made by Jesus, prophecies made by Joseph Smith that are similar on their face, and criticisms from J. Edward Decker that try to hammer JS without bothering to address the statements from Jesus. The author of the page cites this as a clear-cut case of "Christia
Fire And IceOf course, after my bit with the Barghest, it was about two weeks' time before we had any other arena battles. Although we were still low on the totem pole as far as the rankings went, the fact that we so consistently took down larger machines and superior-ranked pilots meant that people were hesitant to directly challenge us. Granted, if the person won, they could bring our streak to an end. But if they lost, it'd be humiliation all around. The down time gave us the ability to get some training in and do some much-needed maintenance; it also gave us the chance to get some more work done on getting sponsors and a few bits of Heimdall business (who knew that a single, well-placed rat could drop a restaurant's rating so far?).
However, we needed the reputation, rankings, and most importantly money that went along with being in the forefront of the battle scene. Thus, it was almost enough for us to be grateful when we finally got a challenge in, even if it was a grudge match.
Rodeo TimeIf anyone asked, I was too busy counting my take of the money after the last fiasco to really care much about the implications. One of the tenants had moved out of one of the duplexes I owned, and I had just enough to send in a team of contractors (the head contractor was MI, meaning I could reasonably trust them) to bring it back up to code. Given the local housing market, I already had a fairly lengthy list of potential candidates lined up.
In reality, the next occupant was going to be Heimdall; I just couldn't put it in writing for obvious reasons. Heimdall wanted another safe house that they could trust, and so this half of the duplex would have to suffice; the other half would count as well if the other tenants ever left. What's more, given that these were rental properties, no one would really be surprised if people came and went every few months. As it was, I'd already printed up countless "refer a friend" business cards to justify why I'd get so many tenants in such short order
Soft TargetsI kept one eye on the bank of monitors and the other on Starlight and the kids. A stable from the Marik sector of town had challenged us to an extended series of arena battles. We were both about even in the rankings, and so it was only a matter of time before we wound up in a match against one of their pilots anyway; even if we ourselves didn't arrange it directly, some promoter would. So here we were, in The Factory, challenging them on their home turf.
Or, at least, that's the story I gave everyone. The truth of the matter is that the data Wizard pulled from the Crockett still worried me. At first, I figured we might have just been dealing with a group of criminals who were using a stable as a front. But that was just a best-case scenario. "Six mechs" was the standard unit size for both Comstar and the Word of Blake, and the presence of a Star League-era mech only seemed to encourage this suspicion. But the data he pulled indicated that, even if we were wrong about Comstar or Blake
Gift of the Holy Ghost[J. Golden Kimball:]
"When I speak, I don't try to be funny. When the brethren say something, the people are inspired. I can say the same thing, and everyone laughs.
"I went to Logan with Melvin J. Ballard, one of the great orators of the Church. We were to speak at stake conference. Elder Ballard was first. He stood and said, 'Brothers and Sisters, the Lord alone knows what I'm going to say ' Then he went on to give a wonderful talk.
"I thought, 'I can do that.' So I stood up and said, 'Brothers and Sisters, God only knows what I'm going to say ' and they all laughed!"
Kimball, James. J. Golden Kimball Stories. Salt Lake City: White Horse Books. 1999. Pg. 51.
By the fourth Article of Faith, the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are, in order,  faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,  repentance,  baptism by immersion, and  the receipt of the Gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands. It is the latter that I will be spea