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Fanatical Five: Top 5 Rivalries in Gaming

by William HarmonMay 2, 2012

So some guys get along. We covered gaming’s best Bro’s last week. Other guys though, do not always get along. Oh sure, sometimes they’re on the same side, but god-damn they want nothing more to watch the other guy kiss the dirt while they themselves win the girl. Or save the world. Or generally have everyone recognize just WHO KICKED WHO’S ASS, CHUMP!?

Here we dive into the top 5 Rivalries in Gaming.

5: Cecil vs. Kain – Final Fantasy 4

I’m going to start here with a pair of guys that ended up getting along… kinda. There were a lot of Final Fantasy rivalries to choose from, heck the trope is a staple of the JRPG genre in general. I could have gone with Squall and Seifer, or Ramza and Delita, or Cloud and Sephiroth… nearly every installment has a fair rivalry going on. I believe Cecil and Kain however, probably have the deepest and most interesting.

Cecil and Kain started off in the Royal Court of the kingdom of Baron together. They’re best friends. Same origin story. This is important. For a good rivalry to exist two people have to be equatable (this is why the aforementioned Cloud / Sephiroth pairing doesn’t work. Cloud is forever the David trying to strike down Goliath)

Final Fantasy's version the Dynamic Duo.

Cecil and Kain both enter the military and are formidable soldiers. As the game progresses, Cecil breaks off from the Kingdom of Baron, forming a rift between the two. They’re now operating separately. We also learn, in one of the game’s twists, that Cecil and Kain both have a thing for the same woman: Rosa.

This sort of thing never ends well.

This means that while they came from similar beginnings, one differentiated himself from the other (Cecil, by being the first to realize the evil intentions of Baron’s King), while they were both aiming at the same goal (earning Rosa’s affection).

In the end, Cecil and Kain join forces, and fight for the greater good. They put their differences aside and save the world. But Cecil is the hero, he gets the girl, he gets credit for saving the world. Kain on the other hand is seen isolated from the rest of the group. Training? Clearly, he has not accepted Cecil as the friends they once were, and it’s suggested that an intense internal rivalry has formed.

4: Megaman vs. Protoman – Megaman Series

Megaman and Protoman have as fundamental of a rivalry as you can get. Protoman was literally the building block to create Megaman. Megaman is an objectively more efficient machine, and this results in one of the biggest inferiority complexes seen in gaming. Protoman is the first robot to have a mind of its own, and while flawed, initially refuses to let Dr Light, his and Megaman’s creator, fix him. There’s a very potent notion of overcoming inherent flaws. Of your future not being a fixed thing. Megaman was made better, but god damn it Protoman is going to prove that that’s not always going to be the case.

Protoman is the robot for all you younger brothers out there.

Of course, Megaman being the protagonist, it usually IS the case that Megaman is the stronger of the two. But Protoman stands his ground and is a thorn in Megaman’s side through many of the series’ titles.

We admit. The guy's basically unstoppable.

The real strengths of this Rivalry is that Protoman and Megaman are essentially brothers, where one is expected to be superior. Megaman struggles to live up to expectations, while Protoman struggles to prove to everyone, to himself, and mainly to that damned Megaman that HE can overcome the his inherent disadvantage, and prove that you’re not just the sum of your parts, but of your dedication and hard work.

3: Fox McCloud vs. Wolf O’Donnell – Star Fox

Fox and Wolf are our first real antagonistic rivalry. Where the previous pairs have a back and forth between confrontation and assistance, Fox and Wolf are at each other’s throats every time they share the same screen.

You're going down, and you're not taking me with you.

Both characters are composed and business oriented, but it’s no accident that they find themselves on opposing sides every time they take to the air. Where Fox fights for the good of the Galaxy, Wolf fights for himself and his own gain. These two characters have nearly identical teams, equipment, and qualifications, but their rivalry stems from these fundamentally incompatible philosophies. Wolf is who Fox would be if Fox were evil. He’s the dark side.

You couldn't imagine a better "Evil Fox" if you gave him a goatee.

2: Ryu vs. Ken Masters – Street Fighter

No other rivalry is as iconic as this one. Ken and Ryu are built as rivals from the ground up. Studied under the same master? Check. Mastered the same techniques? Check. Participating in a tournament that pits them against each other to see who is the best? Double check.

Round 1 of many.

Again we see a fundamental character difference that serves as a distinction between these two characters, as well as common threads that draw them towards each other. Ryu is a very stoic, even spiritual, character. Ken is portrayed as an entitled, wealthy playboy, who is content to show off and live it up. Both characters however are always striving to better themselves and become stronger.

These two were actually a tough call between rivals and bros. They’re very much both. But their primary method of interaction in the actual games is when they are opposed to one another. Ryu’s goal of overcoming all challenges in front of him demands that he demonstrate a superiority over Ken. Likewise Ken’s drive to be the strongest martial artist in the world requires that he also show that he is the stronger of the two.

There can't be two "worlds strongest warriors"...

Their existences demand that someone come out on top. They cannot exist the way they do without each other. Their characters are wholly dependant on this rivalry, and as such, makes them one of the greatest examples of gaming rivalries we’ve ever seen.

1: Red vs. Blue – Pokemon

The rivalry. The bottom line. Every single attribute of a perfect rivalry is realized in the relationship between Red and Blue.

Red (the player) and Blue were born in Pallet Town, and started their journey at the same time. Both given the opportunity to choose a starting pokemon from Professor Oak, Blue always chooses the pokemon that is strong against Red’s choice, and from that moment you know that it is ON.

Let's see what you've got.

Blue is constantly one step ahead of Red, generally having beaten Gym Leaders first and always waiting at the end of particularly difficult dungeons, challenging a weakened Red to duels after throwing in some mocking insults. Having generally stronger pokemon, Blue provides some of the most challenging fights in the entire game.

These two are not only forced into competition because they strive for the same goal, to be the best pokemon trainer in the world, but because of an ideology disparity as well. While Red tends to act kindly towards his pokemon, believing that dedication and teamwork can overcome any adversity, Blue is extremely tactical about his team make up and training regimes. Red views his pokemon as partners, and Blue views them as tools.

I've got more than you can handle.

Every defining attribute in great rivals I have mentioned up to this point is present in the rivalry between Red and Blue. Blue is considered the more prodigious trainer, so there is an entitlement vs hardwork dichotomy. The fact that Blue is the cold and calculating version of Red; That Blue and Red’s goals push them together in an inevitable confrontation. All of these things add up to Red and Blue having the most intense rivalry in video game history.

It's go time.

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William Harmon
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    .content_noside { float:right; width:510px; padding:15px; }

    /* post contents */
    .post h2, #single_post h2, .page h2 { font-size:16px; margin:0 0 11px 0; font-weight:normal; line-height:120%; background:url(img/stripe1.gif) repeat-x bottom; padding:0 0 13px 0; }
    .post h2 a, .post h2 a:visited, #single_post h2 span, .page h2 span { color:#666; line-height:120%; display:inline-block; padding:0 0 13px 0; }
    .post h2 a:hover { text-decoration:none; color:#2089cc; }

    .post_content {line-height:160%; }
    .post_content p { margin:0 0 1em 0; }

    .post_content a,.post_content a:visited { color:#2089cc; text-decoration:underline; }
    .post_content a:hover { color:#e2415b; }
    .post_content a.more-link, .post_content a.more-link:visited
    { display:block; clear:both; color:#666; margin:15px 0 0 0; height:20px; padding:0 0 4px 45px; background:url(img/read_more.gif) no-repeat left top; text-decoration:none; }
    .post_content a.more-link:hover { color:#2089cc; background:url(img/read_more.gif) no-repeat left bottom; text-decoration:none; }

    .post img, .post a img { border:1px solid #ccc; padding:5px; margin-bottom: 10px; background:#f2f2f2; max-width:98%; }
    .post a:hover img { border:1px solid #38a1e5; background:#9cd1e1; }
    .post img.centered,div.centered { display:block; margin:0 auto; }
    .post img.alignright,div.alignright { margin:4px 0 15px 15px; display:inline; }
    .post img.alignleft,div.alignleft { margin:4px 15px 15px 0; display:inline; }
    .post img.wp-smiley { border:0px; padding:0px; margin:0px; background:none; }

    .post table { margin:0 0 2em 0; }
    .post td, .post th { border:1px solid #ccc;

  • Peter

    I need this for wordpress and blogger. PLease tell me.
    I know how to make narrower blockquote using
    and
    but what i need is vertical scrolling.

  • mal_functiongeo

    This isn’t quite a big issue, but it’s becoming one of my pet peeves these days. I notice that the images of my website ( http://therestlessfeet.com/ ) are not centered, even though I’ve selected the Center option. I’m using WordPress 2.9.1. I’ve done some trial and error in the Stylesheet, but nothing works. Does anyone know which area I should fix?

    /* POST – Images */

    .post-content img { max-width:115%; height:auto; align:center; background:#ccc; border:5px #ccc solid; padding:1px; margin:3px 25px 1px -20px; -moz-border-radius:4px; -khtml-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
    .post-content a img:hover { border:5px #B5B5B5 solid; }

    .post-content .aligncenter, div.aligncenter { display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; clear:both; }
    .post-content .alignleft { float:left; margin:0 10px 2px 0; }
    .post-content .alignright { float:right; margin:0 0 2px 7px; }

    .post-content .wp-caption { max-width:115%; background:#d8bfd8; border:1px solid #9966cc; padding:4px 0 0 0; margin:4px 3px 6px -20px; text-align:center; -moz-border-radius:4px; -khtml-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
    .post-content .wp-caption:hover { background:#cc99ff ; }
    .post-content .wp-caption img { max-width:100%; height:auto; border:1px #ddd solid; margin:0; padding:0; border:0 none; }
    .post-content .wp-caption a img:hover { margin:0; padding:0; border:0 none; }
    .post-content .wp-caption p.wp-caption-text { color:#333; font:normal 11px/15px Verdana,Arial,Helvetica; padding:2px 4px 3px 5px; margin:0; }

    .post-content .wp-smiley { border:0; padding:0; margin:0; -moz-border-radius:0px; -khtml-border-radius:0px; -webkit-border-radius:0px; border-radius:0px; }

  • alberto s

    This isn’t quite a big issue, but it’s becoming one of my pet peeves these days. I notice that the images of my website ( http://therestlessfeet.com/ ) are not centered, even though I’ve selected the Center option. I’m using WordPress 2.9.1. I’ve done some trial and error in the Stylesheet, but nothing works. Does anyone know which area I should fix?

    /* POST – Images */

    .post-content img { max-width:115%; height:auto; align:center; background:#ccc; border:5px #ccc solid; padding:1px; margin:3px 25px 1px -20px; -moz-border-radius:4px; -khtml-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
    .post-content a img:hover { border:5px #B5B5B5 solid; }

    .post-content .aligncenter, div.aligncenter { display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; clear:both; }
    .post-content .alignleft { float:left; margin:0 10px 2px 0; }
    .post-content .alignright { float:right; margin:0 0 2px 7px; }

    .post-content .wp-caption { max-width:115%; background:#d8bfd8; border:1px solid #9966cc; padding:4px 0 0 0; margin:4px 3px 6px -20px; text-align:center; -moz-border-radius:4px; -khtml-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
    .post-content .wp-caption:hover { background:#cc99ff ; }
    .post-content .wp-caption img { max-width:100%; height:auto; border:1px #ddd solid; margin:0; padding:0; border:0 none; }
    .post-content .wp-caption a img:hover { margin:0; padding:0; border:0 none; }
    .post-content .wp-caption p.wp-caption-text { color:#333; font:normal 11px/15px Verdana,Arial,Helvetica; padding:2px 4px 3px 5px; margin:0; }

    .post-content .wp-smiley { border:0; padding:0; margin:0; -moz-border-radius:0px; -khtml-border-radius:0px; -webkit-border-radius:0px; border-radius:0px; }

  • diggn4richez

    Here’s the code:

    /* —– basic ——————————————————————————————————————————— */
    body { margin:0; padding:0; background:#f2f2f2;
    font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size:12px; color:#666; }
    a img { border:none; }
    a, a:visited { color:#7f8e91; text-decoration:none; outline:none; }
    a:hover { color:#33a8e5; text-decoration:underline; }
    p { margin:0 0 1em 0; padding:0; line-height:200%; }
    ul { list-style-type:none; margin:0 0 1em 0; padding:0; line-height:0%; }
    ul li { margin:0; padding:0; line-height:normal; zoom:1; }
    ol { margin:0 0 1em 23px; padding:0; }
    * html ol { margin:0 0 1em 23px; padding:0; }
    ol li { padding:0 0 5px 0; }
    form,table,input,textarea { margin:0; padding:0; }
    dt { font-weight:bold; }
    dd { margin-bottom:1em; }
    table { border-collapse:collapse; width:100%; border:0; }
    blockquote { margin:0 0 1em 0; padding:35px 20px 0 20px; border:1px solid #ccc; background:#fafafa url(img/quote1.gif) no-repeat 10px 10px; }
    blockquote p { margin:0 0 5px 0; }
    .quote_bottom { height:30px; background:#fafafa url(img/quote2.gif) no-repeat right ; margin-right:-10px; }
    pre { border:1px solid #ccc; background:#fafafa; padding:10px 20px; margin:0 0 1em 0; overflow:auto; }
    object { display:block; margin:0 auto; }
    .wp-caption-text { text-align:center; }
    .alignright { float:right; }
    .alignleft { float:left; }
    .aligncenter { display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; }
    .centered { display: block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; }
    .clear { clear:both; }
    embed { display:block; margin:0 auto 1em auto; }
    big { font-size:140%; }
    hr { background:#ccc; margin:0 0 2em 0; border:none; height:1px; }
    fieldset { border:1px solid #ccc; }

    /* —– layout ——————————————————————————————————————————– */
    #wrapper { width:930px; margin:0 auto; }
    #header { background:url(img/header.gif) no-repeat bottom; }
    #contents { background:url(img/side.gif) repeat-y; }
    #left_col { float:left; display:inline; width:690px; margin:0 0 0 2px; }
    #right_col { float:right; display:inline; width:236px; margin:51px 2px 30px 0; }
    #footer { background:url(img/footer.gif) no-repeat top; height:90px; }

    /* —– header ——————————————————————————————————————————– */

    #logo { float:left; display:inline; margin:26px 0 0 5px; }

    /*blogtitle*/
    #logo a, #logo a:visited { color:#333; font-size:24px; }
    #logo a:hover { text-decoration:none; color:#33a8e5; }

    /*description*/
    #logo h1 { font-weight:normal; line-height:100%; margin:0; padding:0; color:#aaa; font-size:11px; }

    /*header menu is at the bottom of this page*/

    /* —– left_col —————————————————————————————————————————— */
    .post { background:url(img/post_line.gif) no-repeat left bottom; }
    #single_post { background:none; }
    .post_even { background:url(img/meta_stripe.gif) repeat-y left; }
    .post_content_wrapper { float:right; width:510px; padding:50px 15px; overflow:hidden; }
    .post_meta { float:left; display:inline; width:120px; padding:0 15px 35px; margin:35px 0 0 0; }
    .content_noside { float:right; width:510px; padding:15px; }

    /* post contents */
    .post h2, #single_post h2, .page h2 { font-size:16px; margin:0 0 11px 0; font-weight:normal; line-height:120%; background:url(img/stripe1.gif) repeat-x bottom; padding:0 0 13px 0; }
    .post h2 a, .post h2 a:visited, #single_post h2 span, .page h2 span { color:#666; line-height:120%; display:inline-block; padding:0 0 13px 0; }
    .post h2 a:hover { text-decoration:none; color:#2089cc; }

    .post_content {line-height:160%; }
    .post_content p { margin:0 0 1em 0; }

    .post_content a,.post_content a:visited { color:#2089cc; text-decoration:underline; }
    .post_content a:hover { color:#e2415b; }
    .post_content a.more-link, .post_content a.more-link:visited
    { display:block; clear:both; color:#666; margin:15px 0 0 0; height:20px; padding:0 0 4px 45px; background:url(img/read_more.gif) no-repeat left top; text-decoration:none; }
    .post_content a.more-link:hover { color:#2089cc; background:url(img/read_more.gif) no-repeat left bottom; text-decoration:none; }

    .post img, .post a img { border:1px solid #ccc; padding:5px; margin-bottom: 10px; background:#f2f2f2; max-width:98%; }
    .post a:hover img { border:1px solid #38a1e5; background:#9cd1e1; }
    .post img.centered,div.centered { display:block; margin:0 auto; }
    .post img.alignright,div.alignright { margin:4px 0 15px 15px; display:inline; }
    .post img.alignleft,div.alignleft { margin:4px 15px 15px 0; display:inline; }
    .post img.wp-smiley { border:0px; padding:0px; margin:0px; background:none; }

    .post table { margin:0 0 2em 0; }
    .post td, .post th { border:1px solid #ccc;

  • Rassling Fundamentals

    I’d like to have a bookmarklet or something similar that help me replace all images on the page with the original (full size) image that the link of the image points to. For example, if I click on linked image, it would take me to full size image, but I want that full size image displayed on the page.

    Here is an exmple of a site’s code:

    I want it to be:

    width and height restriction have been removed.

    Thank you !
    Thanks Martin, but that is not what I wanted. I do not want an image overlay slideshow, just a script to convert images to linked ones, …

  • vanvark83

    This isn’t quite a big issue, but it’s becoming one of my pet peeves these days. I notice that the images of my website ( http://therestlessfeet.com/ ) are not centered, even though I’ve selected the Center option. I’m using WordPress 2.9.1. I’ve done some trial and error in the Stylesheet, but nothing works. Does anyone know which area I should fix?

    /* POST – Images */

    .post-content img { max-width:115%; height:auto; align:center; background:#ccc; border:5px #ccc solid; padding:1px; margin:3px 25px 1px -20px; -moz-border-radius:4px; -khtml-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
    .post-content a img:hover { border:5px #B5B5B5 solid; }

    .post-content .aligncenter, div.aligncenter { display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; clear:both; }
    .post-content .alignleft { float:left; margin:0 10px 2px 0; }
    .post-content .alignright { float:right; margin:0 0 2px 7px; }

    .post-content .wp-caption { max-width:115%; background:#d8bfd8; border:1px solid #9966cc; padding:4px 0 0 0; margin:4px 3px 6px -20px; text-align:center; -moz-border-radius:4px; -khtml-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
    .post-content .wp-caption:hover { background:#cc99ff ; }
    .post-content .wp-caption img { max-width:100%; height:auto; border:1px #ddd solid; margin:0; padding:0; border:0 none; }
    .post-content .wp-caption a img:hover { margin:0; padding:0; border:0 none; }
    .post-content .wp-caption p.wp-caption-text { color:#333; font:normal 11px/15px Verdana,Arial,Helvetica; padding:2px 4px 3px 5px; margin:0; }

    .post-content .wp-smiley { border:0; padding:0; margin:0; -moz-border-radius:0px; -khtml-border-radius:0px; -webkit-border-radius:0px; border-radius:0px; }

  • United

    Check out the logo on top of our web page, it shifts if you zoom in or out of the browser. I’m thinking it may be due to poor CSS code. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    We are using WordPress as our CMS.

    Here is part of the CSS:

    /* static START */
    * {
    margin:0;
    padding:0;
    }
    abbr[title], acronym[title] {
    border-bottom:thin dotted;
    cursor:help;
    }
    body {
    background:#dddddb url(img/body-bg.jpg) repeat-x;
    background-attachment:scroll;
    background-position: center top;
    color:#555;
    font-family: Tahoma, Arial,”BitStream vera Sans”,Helvetica,Sans-serif;
    font-size:12px;
    }
    h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 {
    font-weight:bolder;
    letter-spacing:-0.07em;
    font-family:Arial;
    }
    h1 {font-size:200%;}
    h2 {font-size:170%;}
    h3 {font-size:150%;}
    h4 {font-size:130%;}
    h5 {font-size:110%;}
    h6 {font-size:100%;}
    img {
    border:0;
    }
    img.sided {
    background:#FFF;
    border:1px solid #CCC;
    padding:3px;
    }
    small {
    font-size:10px;
    }
    a:hover img.sided {
    border-color:#A6A6A6;
    }
    a {
    color:#2970A6;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    a:hover {
    text-decoration:underline;
    }
    .wp-caption {
    background:#F7F7F7;
    border:1px solid #CCC;
    padding:5px 0;
    margin-bottom:5px;
    text-align:center;
    }
    .post .content .wp-caption p {
    margin:0;
    }
    blockquote, pre {
    background:#F4F5F7 url(img/blockquote.gif) 3px 3px no-repeat;
    border:1px dashed #CCC;
    padding:8px 12px 8px 36px;
    margin:5px 0;
    }
    .more-link {
    font-size:11px;
    }
    .alignleft {
    float:left;
    text-align:left;
    margin-right:10px;
    }
    .alignright {
    float:right;
    text-align:right;
    margin-left:10px;
    }
    .aligncenter {
    display: block;
    margin-left: auto;
    margin-right: auto;
    }
    .floatleft {
    float:left;
    }
    .floatright {
    float:right;
    }
    .left {
    float:left;
    margin-right:10px;
    }
    .right {
    float:right;
    margin-left:10px;
    }
    .fixed, .clear {
    clear:both;
    }
    input.textfield,
    textarea {
    background:#FFF url(img/textfield.gif) top repeat-x;
    border:1px solid #A6A6A6;
    padding:2px 1px;
    }
    .boxcaption {
    background:#E3E4E6 url(img/box.gif) 0 0 no-repeat;
    padding:6px 12px;
    border-bottom:1px solid #CCC;
    }
    .boxcaption h3 {
    font-size:12px;
    font-family:Verdana,”BitStream vera Sans”;
    letter-spacing:0em;
    }
    .box {
    background:#F4F5F7 url(img/box.gif) 100% 100% no-repeat;
    padding:8px 12px;
    margin-bottom:10px;
    }
    .messagebox,
    .errorbox {
    background:#EDEFF0 url(img/messagebox.gif) no-repeat;
    padding:0 12px;
    height:27px;
    line-height:27px;
    font-size:11px;
    }
    .w3c {
    color:#080;
    font-size:10px;
    }
    /* static END */

    /* layout START */

    #wrap {
    background:url(img/background-new.jpg)center no-repeat;
    background-attachment:scroll;
    background-position: center top;
    padding:130px 0;

    }
    #container {
    margin: auto;
    width:936px;
    }
    /* layout END */

    /* header START */

    .logo-img {

    display:block;
    position:absolute;
    left:485px;
    top:28px;
    }

    #header {
    background:url(img/the-header.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat;
    height:175px;
    padding:90px 0px 0px;

    }
    #caption {
    height:100px;
    padding:0px 0px 0px;
    }
    #title a {
    text-decoration:none;
    color:#FFF;
    /*width:250px;*/
    height:30px;
    display:block;
    font-family:”Arial”;
    letter-spacing:0;
    }
    /* image blog title */
    /*
    #title a {
    background:url(img/title.gif) no-repeat;
    text-decoration:none;
    color:#FFF;
    width:250px;
    height:30px;
    text-indent:-999em;
    display:block;
    }
    */
    #tagline {
    color:#FFF;
    border-top:1px solid #FFF;
    text-decoration:none;
    font-size:10px;
    float:left;
    padding:100 3px;
    }
    #navigation {
    margin:8px 0;
    }
    #menus li {
    display:inline;
    list-style:none;
    }
    #menus li a {
    background:transparent url(img/menu.gif) no-repeat;
    display:block;
    color:#ffffff;
    height:30px;
    line-height:31px;
    padding:5 10px;
    margin-left:22px;
    text-decoration:none;
    font-size:14px;
    font-weight: lighter;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    float:left;
    z-index:1;
    }
    #menus li a:hover {
    background-position:0 -31px;
    color:#ff9933;
    }
    #menus li.current_page_item a,
    #menus li.current-cat a {
    background-position:0 -62px;
    }
    #menus li a.home {
    background-position:0 -93px;
    width:45px;
    padding:0;
    margin-left:0;
    text-indent:-999em;
    }
    #menus li a.home:hover {
    background-position:0 -124px;
    }
    #menus li.current_page_item a.home {
    background-position:0 -155px;
    }
    #menus li a.lastmenu:hover {
    background-position:0 0;
    }
    #searchbox {
    width:280px;
    float:right;
    padding:4px 10px;
    }
    #searchbox .textfield {
    line-height:16px;
    width:180px;
    float:right;
    }
    #searchbox .switcher {
    background:url(img/icons.gif) 0 0 no-repeat;
    float:right;
    width:18px;
    height:22px;
    line-height:16px;
    display:block;
    text-indent:-999em;
    padding:0 2px;
    height:16px;
    margin-top:3px;
    }
    /* header END */

    /* submenu START */
    #menus li ul {
    display:none;
    background:#f5a01a;
    border:1px solid
    Sorry. Forgot this http://www.pursolsolar.com

  • Spider Pc

    Most American military personal including Westmoreland all state had we invaded North VIetnam we would have won the war.

    I know US would have lost even if we invaded the North,Why?

    Simple:The Street Without Joy By Bernard Fall.

    Lessons Americans learned from the French experience in Indochina included the folly of employing heavy, road-bound, mechanized/armored forces that were highly vulnerable to Viet-Cong (VC) ambushes, effective use of the jungle as a sanctuary by the VC, underestimating the stamina of the VC, and the ultimate war-weariness that caused the French public to rebel at fighting a seemingly endless conflict for no tangible gain. Add to this, the close coordination of political and military objectives that caused the Viet-Cong to sacrifice people, places and things to achieve a single objective: A Vietnam united under Communism. Does this sound familiar? This book, published in 1961, was readily available in the U.S. If it was read, it was ignored.

    Fall gives detailed accounts of communist tactics and the results that accrued to French commanders who refused to recognize the fact that, “the (tactics) book,” they had been schooled under simply did not apply in Vietnam. Amazingly, the U.S. then deployed our troops to Vietnam, with our own officers schooled by the same, “book!” Gallantry, esprit-de-corp, machismo, and/or faith in a righteous cause were no more effective against well-laid ambushes in the `60s and `70s than they were in the `40s and `50s. The lessons of history were there for the reading. Why we refused to heed them is a mystery that still calls for an answer.

    Street Without Joy is not a left-wing condemnation of western “imperialism,” or, the evils of “intervention.” Fall neither condemns nor condones the goal of containing communism. He merely analyzes reasons for the French defeat. There was no precedent for fighting a “revolutionary war,” prior to the French experience. The same could not be said for the U.S. If the French defeat was borne of ignorance; America’s came seemingly from arrogance.

    George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.” There are two lessons to be learned here: First, tactical schemes should be derived from the terrain and situation, not from blind adherence to, “the book.” Books can be altered. Terrain, climate, and enemy forces cannot. Second, never again should U.S. troops be compelled to walk any, “street without joy,” that is combat, without conducting a thorough review of the mistakes made by our predecessors. Reinventing the wheel is not only inefficient; in war, it is deadly! Ninety-four thousand, five hundred eighty-one crosses scattered throughout Indo-china, each bearing the name of a French soldier testifies to the truth of lesson one. Over 50,000 American names on, “The Wall,” silently attest to the second

    The US forces in Vietnam did not have any Dien Bien Phu’s. Indeed as one American general pointed out to a North Vietnamese counterpart during the Paris Peace Negotiations in 1973, the Americans never lost a major battle to the NVA or VC during nearly ten years of war. But, of course, as the Vietnamese general rightly pointed out, that fact it made little difference since the United States lost the war politically both at home and in South Vietnam. This where Fall’s work fails to effecively grasp the root problem of the French experience: although the French were winning almost all the major battles in the Indochina War , they could not overcome the image of being seen as colonial oppressors, and therefore could not succesfully wipe out the widespread and fanatical political and nationalist insurgency they faced. The US would similarly fail in this manner as well, making their battlefield success moot.

    Street Without Joy” was first published in 1961. It should have been a clear window into the nature of counter insurgency warfare in Indo China, yet the United States’ experience there suggests that no leaders of influence had read it, or if they had, they believed that something in their conduct would make things different. A close reading of “Street Without Joy” also suggests that, had the US not developed an extensive air mobility capability by the mid 1960s, US casualties would have been much greater, and our exit from Vietnam much sooner.
    @ Redleg-The French tried to shut of trade routes and ports in North Vietnam. But it all proved useless.

    You seemed to be forgetting that the North Vietnamese and guerrillas as a whole do not rely on conventional western methods such as using roads or bridges to gain needed supplies. Just read how the French tried to block Vietminh supplies and reinforcements from reaching Vietminh units in Laos by through Dien Bien Phu;the Vietminh simply abandoned their traditional supply routh at Dien Bien Phu and used pushbikes and animals to transport supplies through the jungle around Dien Bien Phu.
    @ Redleg- You are quite ignorant about the first Indochina War. The French did amass a powerful airforce and often did all the same bombing attacks the Americans did. THey like the American, tried to bomb supply routes of Viethminh and tried to bomb convoys of VIetminh.

    But the Viethminh are not conventional fighters;They simply made underground tunnel routes or camaflouged themselves so they can’t be detected.

    Read Street Without Joy by Bernard Fall and you will agree that US could never have won Vietnam.
    @ Wooglet Voot-You are the only person here who actually has an idea of the history and rebellious nature of Vietnam. Yes I read about how the Chinese spend centuries trying to fight and subdue the Vietnamese but were ultimately defeated.

  • Ev dog

    When will theists stop being so pretentious?

    Theists suffer from a rare, aggressive form of unwarranted self-importance, invariably overestimating their own importance to the universe. It’s mandatory for theists, because if they’re not the chosen of an all-powerful deity, they’re forced into admitting that they could be inconsequential in the grand scheme of things – and they’d rather castrate themselves with a hacksaw than do THAT.

    In fact, theists are so fanatical that they go around with a chip on their shoulder rejecting solid, scientific data. Upon watching a theist in an argument, it becomes clear that their points consist entirely of thinly-veiled arrogance at their ‘chosen’ status and fallacious reason coupled with blind biases – in other words, theists think that unsupported faith amounts to a valid argument. They will begin by stating they only want to help others; five minutes later, they’ll state that their opponent is an idiot for choosing eternal damnation due to failure to believe as the theist does. The irony of this statement is consistently lost on the theist.
    Generalizations are frequently made, and just as frequently invalid. Please take this as the sarcasm as which it was intended.
    “Generalizations are frequently made, and just as frequently invalid.

    The irony of this statement is lost on the questioner.”

    Actually, it’s not. This was in direct response to a post by another person; the topic therein was how arrogant atheists are. All I did was alter the topic and some of the phrasing to show how easily the same ideas apply to theists.

  • Michael C

    He talks about conservatives not serving, but we all know most liberals hate the military and would rather serve as human shields for Saddam than serve their own country. Isn’t it obvious since they have a problem with the pledge and waving the flag?

    http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

    Conservatives make up nearly 75% of the military while libturds burn flags and spit on USA

    http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-383722.php

    And the following link shows an active duty military man is FIVE TIMES more likely to be republican than democrat …

    http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?s=1-292925-activedutytotal.php

    This website tells who has served and who hasn’t as a politician.

    http://www.whoserved.com/
    coragryph, I completely understand what this country was founded upon, and it wasn’t the damned cowardice of neo-liberals like yourself.
    Doctor, you are in no way mainstream. People can feel free to research your leftist questions and answers. Why do you continually wear a costume? Aren’t you proud of who you really are?
    Hey doctor, try finding some sources for your tripe. I’m fine, mentally. Why can’t you provide sources? Are you just another lazy liberal?

  • dubmecrazy3

    The Coal & Allied Newcastle Knights have today confirmed another significant recruitment announcement with the signing of current Queensland State of Origin forward Neville Costigan until the end of the 2013 season.

    Costigan, 25, will join the Knights at the end of this season once he has completed his current contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons.

    Costigan has represented Papua New Guinea in the 2008 World Cup and has played five games for Queensland, along with 101 NRL games after debuting for the Brisbane Broncos in 2003, he then moved to the Canberra Raiders before rejoining Wayne Bennett at the Dragons.

    The keen fisherman who grew up in tropical Mackay after being born in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, believes the Newcastle Knights is the perfect place to further his already distinguished rugby league career.

    “Newcastle is a club I am excited about going to,” Costigan said.

    “I have now played 100 NRL games and would like to think that I can achieve the 200 game milestone at the Knights.

    “I had other options but I like the town, the lifestyle it offers, their fanatical supporters and the fact I can play a part in the direction the club is heading over the next couple of years.

    “I am also impressed with the coaching staff and other people associated with the Knights that I have met.”

    The family man credits Wayne Bennett, his former Broncos and current Dragons coach for the role he has played in not only his career, but his life as well.

    Newcastle Knights Coach Rick Stone is excited about the latest signing and believes he will complement the 2011 playing roster nicely, especially with the impending arrival of fellow former Queensland origin forward Antonio Kaufusi within the next seven days.

    “I have been monitoring Neville over the past couple of years and I’m very impressed with him both on and off the field, “ said Stone.

    “There is no doubt he is a competitor, who brings plenty of experience having been part of well credentialed and professional organisations from an early age.

    “We were looking for some specific qualities in our recruitment policy and Nev ticked all the boxes we needed right across the park, it’s great news for the club.”

    Costigan is expected to visit Newcastle in the near future, during which time a media opportunity with his new club will be provided.

    What do you all think?
    So far, Newcastle have signed Beau Henry, Antonio Kaufusi, Siuatonga Likiliki & now, Neville Costigan.

  • simply complicated

    We all have places that are dear to us, whether it is just a plain old broken down room which holds no value or even just simple bench that stood somewhere in the countryside of California. In my case, it was a park nearby my house. I felt free whenever I was there, sometimes to the extent of allowing my ignorance and innocence to abuse that freedom.

    The park was situated in the centre of the housing estate where I lived in. Beside the park was a road that connected itself to the main road which led to the city. The size of the park was no bigger than the size of a football field. Bushes and trees surrounded the park’s circumference, giving it a green environment. A countable number of benches were placed in the park, mostly under shaded areas.

    We used to play like morons who did not know what danger was. In our heads, were only the consistent repeated words, “I’m gong to beat you!!”. My friends always favored racing down the hill that stood outside the park more than their lives. Of course we would join him on his mad antics, in the name of our pride. The hill was a road for cars but luckily for us, cars rarely went on that road. Breaking through the winds at the speed of a rock shot from a catapult, we sped down the sloping hill. Strong winds started brushing through the surface of my face. I could feel my lips and my eyes beginning to dry out from the unstoppable gust of winds. Everything around me went blurry, all I could see were my friends speeding through the winds like mad bulls in front of me. Obviously, the man who decided this fanatical way to have fun won, since it was his idea after all. After my friend’s moment of glory, we rode back up the hill back into the park, forcing all our strength and weight onto our paddles with heavily repeated breaths rhythmically rushing in and out of our lungs.

    The figure of the park slowly began to appear in front of me. I parked my bike beside a bench. My legs felt sore as I came off my bike. Standing on both my feet, I felt as if I had fought a thousand men and lived to suffer the consequences.

    The feeling of being in the park, still remained as clear as actually being there, in my mind. Whenever I looked up, I could remember seeing the depthless sky coloured in fading maroon. The sky was as clear as a cup of filtered water. A sun that glowed with a warm radiance somehow gave my heart a warm and gentle feeling. Up in the clear sky, birds would soar through the winds flying through to wherever their destinations were. In the air, butterflies drifted with the gentle breeze of the winds like maple leafs in autumn. Trees and bushes were grown all around the park, a glance at them gave my eyes soothing and relaxed feeling. Branches that were affected by the gentle breeze of the winds, rustled without rhythm to their hearts content.

    We played with the monkey bars, dashing through the course as fast as we could, to avoid staining our pride. But eventually, after trying our best in the monkey bars, we would always try to hide our muscle cramps and act as if the course was as easy as running five centimeters back and forth, when in actual fact it was nothing as close to that. My hands would feel sore, as if I had carried five bags of rice up a hill. With a forced smile, I concealed my expressions of pain and agony from my friends.

    We usually sat on the stoned bench shaped like a squared arch to rest ourselves. Even though the bench was made out of pure hard rock, it still felt comforting to sit on it after a good effort of trying to impress my friends. From where I sat, I could hear the gentle singing of the birds, although the language was unclear, their voice was soothing to my ears. The air felt naturally cool and breezy, unlike the artificial air provided by air conditioners in shopping malls, it brushed through every bristle of hair on my arms, face and legs. From school life to our daily lives, we could talk to each other about almost anything. It felt good, to sometimes complain about the teachers in my school or even my parents, to my friends and in exchange, they complained about their lives to me.

    Please comment on it and help give tips on how i should improve it.. =)