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Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: She has the Minus Touch?
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

As they say "If you love something set it free.  If it doesn't come back, then it was never truely yours."

Of course, since the Government spent ungodly amounts of money building the machine, I doubt they will agree with the aphorism.

Rob (rrreed) says: I wonder if Anasigma really is a government agency, or just masquerading as one. It's always hard to tell with these evil organizations unless you already know the backstory (e.g., Rosa Klebb of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in From Russia with Love).
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: One of those Schadenfreude moments for Unity. :)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

"If you love something, set it free.  If it doesn't come back, hunt it down and kill it." 

(TUNE: "I Got You Babe", Sonny and Cher)

They say he's gone, that he has flown,
They want him back, his bu-u-utt they own ...
They say it's her fault; no it's not,
She just tried to advance their evil plot ...

Babe ....
She's so screwed, babe ...
She's so screwed, babe ...

William Hostman (aramis) says: Ed, that's rather horrible... where's verse 2?
llearch n'n'daCorna (llearch) says: Tomorrow's update?
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Dr. Lee has yet to learn that no good deed goes unpunished....


Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Eventually Nick's gonna need to refuel. And for his sake, I hope the homonculus map successfully mapped his fuel intake to his mouth, and not...elsewhere.
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

Ed: Today's song also works very nicely when sung to "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.


Rob (rrreed) says: Given the Law of Unintended Consequences, and that Dr. Lee was, "…just trying to advance our evil plot!", obviously something good is going to come out of all this.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: So, if Nick's brain gets pulled and put into something less military, what next? Do he and Mustachio combine in manly vigor into Gurren Lagann, Victorian style?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Fugue For Tinhorns" (aka "Can Do") from "Guys And Dolls" by Frank Loesser)

They got this gamer here,
Programmed him for a year,
Now he's got wings and rotors and landing gear;
Says he ... "See me!
A V-22 Os-prey!
I'm gone now and flying free!
Don't freak with me!"

Then Dr. Lee said "Wait!"
But it was much too late;
Now he's a 55-gigabuck paperweight!
She's screwed!  She's screwed!
Her plans now have come unglued!
Although Nick was highly rude,
They're both quite screwed!

And here comes Gen'ral Sal,
A mil-i-ta-ry gal,
And she's got ample curvature glu-te-al --
Rear end!  Rear end!
He comments on her rear end
Each time at the waist she'll bend;
Rear end!  Rear end!

(3-part harmony)
Gen'ral Sal!  Doctor Lee!  Gamer here!
We're gonna fry ... his ... rear!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Rob (rrreed) says: I am never going to get Frank Sinatra out of my head today…
Rob (rrreed) says: Has the Army ever forgiven Truman for splitting off its Air Corp to form the Air Force? And is Tip "All He Can Be", "An Army of One", or "Army Strong"?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Air Force types just have no fashion sense.
Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

... wow. I knew Tip was Army, but I missed the part where he was a Captain.

O3's a pretty serious pay grade for a man with his... Unique mentality.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Welll, he certainly is an army of one. *snicker*
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

O3's a pretty serious pay grade for a man with his... Unique mentality.

Yeah, he started, um, expressing himself openly after his last promotion. Which goes a long way toward explaining why he's now working for Skin Horse.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Seriously, if you saw the Air Force's rework of the officer's uniform back around 1995, you'd know exactly what Tip means. (For those who were too young to notice back then, they switched to the Navy's wrist-stripe rank insignia. In blue and silver, it made them look like B-movie airline pilots.)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: I think the brass consider Tip to be "An Army Of One Too Many".
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: "Tip's List" is almost as long as "Skippy's List".
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I assume the general is pointing at Tip's skirt... it's just kind of suggestive.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: I suppose this answers the question if Tip is covered by the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Rob (rrreed) says: Well, you don't have to ask, so he shouldn't have to tell. You'd probably be wrong unless you asked, however.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Indeed! Shoot domestic first!
Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

Joyce: I actually assumed shoes. I'd say you have the dirtier mind, but I'm almost certain that's not true. >:)


William Hostman (aramis) says:

Funny, but the only active duty crossdresser I've met was a zoomie... combat controller, Master Sergeant.

 I'd be curious to see tip in actual uniform.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah... Unity...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

"There's this moment when the wind catches you ..."  ... and I know you had to have written this line before I sent you that last fan art.  Amusing coincidence ...

(TUNE: "Up, Up and Away", by The Fifth Dimension)

Wouldn't you like to shoot
Lots of foreign en-e-mies?
Dams and tanks to boot,
Just as many as you please!
I can sing this song as up among the clouds I flit,
And blow up shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

Rob (rrreed) says:

"I am a leaf on the wind — watch how I soar."
Chasing Darkness (chasingdarkness) says: Daniel: I assumed it was the skirt, personally...any other suggestions?
James Rice (jhrice) says: Intelligence Gathering, Search & Rescue, and OPFOR would all be nonviolent jobs the military might want Nick to do, and I'll bet he'd have a blast doing them.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: And I've worked for a restaurant in a non-food capacity.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: They could put Unity in Nick with lots of guns - then all he'd have to do is the flying.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Army Goes Rolling Along")

Steady hand!  Steely eye!
He goes marching off to buy!
Captain Wilkin goes off to the mall!
Without fear, without fail,
He will hit each year-end sale!
Captain Wilkin goes off to the mall!

Ev'ryone who sees
His YSL capris
And his Manolo Blahnik heels
Sees a soldier brave
Whose legs could use a shave!
Captain Wilkin goes off to the mall!

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Besides, "sexual deviants" are the CIA capacity.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: But in the novel Skin Horse is based on, MREs are just soy and lentil.
Chris K (flayerslayer) says: Soy and lentil MREs are people!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ...........EEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

MREs are so salty, it pretty much covers up whatever the meal was suppose to be. Come to think of it, A1 Steak Sauce has the same effect.

Nathan Hogue (sailorleo) says:

Modern Combat Rations are almost exactly the same as the emergency meals ('MRE' is an acronym for these civillian versions: Meal, Ready-to-Eat) you can get at most superstores in areas with regular foul weather seasons (like all the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico).

Probably even made by the same companies....most non-weaponized military supplies are just mass-produced civilian equipment now (or vis versa, in some cases).

Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:


 Vice versa, in that case, but yeah. Same stuff.

K C (spotweld) says: That last panel (aside from being rather disturbing) has a nice "Willie and Joe" vibe going.  Good work Sarge
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "We've got Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Zerhakker, and Spam ..."
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Soylent Nick!!
Bill McGann (odo) says:

"You (I) really don't want to know"

That is so sick and twisted... I like that in a person ;)

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: There was a time when they were planning PB&J sandwiches for MREs. Apparently, if you bake the outside crust, they last for three years without going stale or bad.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: @Sean: I really want to know how someone figured that out.
Andrew Farago (andrew) says:


Somehow we have real trouble getting through a storyline without a reference to eating human flesh.  I'm going to blame it on Jeffrey. 

Eliezer Berlin (terrafire123) says:

Andrew Farago:


Joseph Charneskie (mutantsentry) says: Okay, I just finished Basic AF training a little over a month ago and I'm at tech school for, of all things, intel... so how come I don't get to work at Groom Lake?  I've got the same number of stripes as the General's boy's there... (or is a bit hard to tell, the guy in the first he an Airman or an Airman First Class...)
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