Let this Be Our Last Battlefield

First broadcast January 10, 1969, on NBC and repeated August 12, 1969. Star Trek’s less than stellar last (3rd) Season.

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Played Frank (the Riddler) Gorshin and Lou Antonio.
Tells the tale of a war between two races that hate each for being different.
They eventually return to their own ruined planet, destroyed by their own hatred and left there to fight one last battle to prove that their “race” is superior.
It is one of “Star Trek”‘s most on the nose, hit you with a two-by-four metaphors. but it’s not wrong.
And now, Today Star Trek is 50 years old and this episode 47 years later show that we humans have learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
It may be very blunt and on the nose, but a a kid it made since to me. And as an Adult it still makes sense.
Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter (racist!).(“White Privilege”-all white people are inherently racists).
Bele and Lokai are still fighting their endless war.
Bigotry. It’s all been amp’d up over that last few years to a fear pitch that will eventually destroy us.
If you disagree with The Social Justice Warriors, you’re a bigot and beneath their contempt.
We have learned NOTHING.
“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”
― Gene Roddenberry
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”
― Gene Roddenberry

Derek Hunter: Sheree Marlowe, who serves as the “chief diversity officer” at Clark University, warns incoming students against “microaggressions.”

Microaggressions “are comments, snubs or insults that communicate derogatory or negative messages that might not be intended to cause harm but are targeted at people based on their membership in a marginalized group,” the Times reports Marlowe as describing them. Remember, she gets paid for this. (I’m microaggressing here, assuming Marlowe identifies as a cisnormative woman and assigning a pronoun based on that microaggression. I’m a monster.)

So we all get to Cheron…

The Needs of the Few

The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek is coming up on Thursday and I ran across this fantastic editorial on TrekMovie.com.

For it I say, Bravo, sir. Well done.

I just finished another stint as the Captain of on of the World’s oldest Star Trek Club’s, The United Federation Of Phoenix, so I’m no mere fan boy. Plus, add in my previous editorial (https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/idic/) where I wondered many of the same things and have been the “victim” of these small-minded voices in the past.

So well said, sir.

EDITORIAL: The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Voices of the Few

Vocal minorities tend to lead perception. It’s not necessarily because they are right, but because they are loud, consistent in message and sometimes the only mouthpiece. Lately however, that vox populi has taken its gripes and issues to an entirely new level; one that ridicules, mocks and bullies creators online, as well as posting critical and negative comments to anything and everything covering something that supposedly brings these fans great joy. All of these behaviors can easily be attached to countless fandoms currently occupying the zeitgeist, yet sadly it seems to have taken a firm hold on Star Trek, which is disappointing considering what the franchise represents.

Enthusiasts of Star Trek know the story all too well, how when the franchise debuted on September 8, 1966 with “The Man Trap”, viewers witnessed something they had never seen before on broadcast television – a diverse group of people working towards a common goal. What’s more, the crew of the starship Enterprise, or planet Earth as George Takei has explained, were not identified or labeled by their race or gender, but by their abilities. They were equal members of a crew that represented a better future with collaboration, personal fulfillment and the realization not to force their beliefs on other cultures and individuals.

Impressing his ideology of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (IDIC) on the masses, Gene Roddenberry continued to expand his notion of how humanity could behave in the future with each new Star Trek story in which he was associated. Conflict would no longer be something that would define people, nor would the acquisition of wealth. While the former made for boring dramatic storytelling according to some, it also gave humanity something in which to aspire; a team of individuals working as one to solve the unknown with “strength in unity.”

Ideas of a non-dystopian future and peaceful coexistence with others, as well as observing a brighter future while working towards the betterment of humanity, is the reason fans have allowed the franchise to endure for an unprecedented 50 years in popular culture. Imagine if a better future began today with that positive group of supporters, who celebrated Star Trek for what it means to them and shared their eagerness for the next new installment. Trekkies can still nitpick the details, but can do so without being rude and offensive – for instance, debating the way a piece of technology works or whether an event is canon in a constructive conversation. However, posting comments like “I won’t take my children to see Star Trek Beyond now that Sulu is gay” is not in the spirit of what Star Trek is, and should be, about.

Noting that humanity is “an incredible species” in his Hollywood Walk of Fame acceptance speech on September 4, 1985 (31 years ago), Roddenberry added, “we’re still just a child creature, we’re still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We’re growing up, we’re moving into adolescence now. When we grow up – man, we’re going to be something.” Inspirational words for sure. For evidence that humanity still has a ways to go one need only look at the current political climate assaulting our world – isolationism, bigotry, hate, all of which are perpetuated by the globe’s chosen leaders. It’s no wonder people are so negative.

Here is the rub however: Star Trek should offer relief from negativity and hate. Roddenberry’s vision is much more than mindless entertainment. While fans have every right to embrace Star Trek for what it means to them, it is still important to realize, understand and accept that ultimately Star Trek is about a philosophy of a positive future. Star Trek reveals a better way, and suggests that there are more intrinsic goals society can and should welcome.

Change begins within each individual towards that better way of life, while promoting respect to the world, its cultures and ideas. This is what defines Star Trek and is what Roddenberry aspired for in his franchise: instead of homogenization and jeering, acceptance and understanding should be the rule of thumb.

The implication that Star Trek fandom is the only community witnessing such behavior would be a misrepresentation . Detractors to Avengers: Age of Ultron attacked Joss Whedon on social media as well as chased a storyboard artist behind the popular Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe after her portrayal of LGBT characters. Time magazine even devoted attention to the toxic effect the vocal minority is having on all of fandom in a Joel Stein penned article.

I’m not suggesting that fans drink the Kool-Aid and accept everything the studios and networks have to offer. When art is in the public eye, consumers have every right to analyze and criticize it. But that does not mean those same acknowledged fans need to rip apart Rick Berman, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Fuller every time news of something they do not want to see is going to be included. IDIC is about embracing different ideas and cultures, and Star Trek is that vehicle in which people are exposed to those concepts.

Discussing Roddenberry’s code of IDIC at a recent press conference in Seoul where Star Trek Beyond was about to premiere, the film’s co-writer and star, Simon Pegg, discussed a future, “where we all live together with total tolerance, total acceptance. That should be our goal as a species.” While this objective seems to be one shared by most Star Trek fans, the vocal minority is the one that takes to the message boards to denigrate and disparage (especially recently with news of the next oppressed and poorly represented group in popular culture, the LGBT community, being included in the next iteration of Star Trek). Star Trek fans should be embracing these differences and allowing them to make the group stronger, not weaker.

Never has there been a better time to be a fan of popular culture, including Star Trek. Yet, with all the new material dropped in fans’ laps to absorb, and the ability to instantly and continuously make your voice heard on the Internet, fandom is more judgemental and more unwilling to allow the art to breathe and even exist. Instead fandom wants stories catered to them as individuals. Imagine if Roddenberry attempted to create Star Trek or The Next Generation today? Would he be one of the creators who would take a self-imposed exile away from the fans in which he was trying to connect? How would his vision change?

While this phenomenon is widespread across many fandoms, shouldn’t Star Trek stand for something more? Imagine if the Star Trek masses, not just the vocal minority, but all, descended upon the message boards to share their love and joy of Roddenberry’s vision – the negative voices would be drowned out by appreciation. In the end, negativity thrives on attention. Snuff out its air like oxygen to a flame, and there is nothing left. Sure, there will always be dissenters, but those proclamations will have less of an impact than they do today.

Imagine a Star Trek fandom that truly embraces the ideas that IDIC represents. Now that is something towards which all Star Trek fans should aspire. Hopefully one day all Star Trek fans will no longer define others by the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, or their gender, but instead by their accomplishments and character. But for now it appears the human adventure is still “just beginning”.

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Agree with me or else!

The DNC Menagerie

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As part of the 50th Anniversary of “Star Trek” Hillary and the Democrats are going to remake the original Pilot episode.

Part of the original Star Trek series, The Menagerie tells the story of a Star Fleet captain whom a cunning alien race tricks into living with a hideous woman by creating an illusionary reality, in which they are both healthy, beautiful, and romantic.

The 2016 remake of this story by DNC Studios premiered at the Democratic Convention last night, with an updated plot, in which the same illusion expands to the entire audience: the viewers see the hideous woman, played by Hillary Clinton, as healthy, beautiful, and romantic, while her partner, played by Bill Clinton, has always seen her for what she really is but continues to play along out of habit and for the sake of convenience.

The Menagerie makes for a very good take on socialism itself. Spend the rest of your life in a zoo cage where all of your biological needs are taken care of – forgo living the life of a fully realized Man. Trade having a life for simply being alive in the animal sense. No self governance needed or allowed. Just life as an animal in the cage.

It is the temptation written about in ancient epics – give up your life Aeneid and you can stay here on my island with me for eternity… or you can go your way and live free like a Man but only be mortal.

And if you don’t bite into Eden’s Apple you’re a racist and a bigot!

Now you don’t want that Scarlet Letter on you do you?

 

The Darnedest Place

You find things of value in the darnedest places. I was doing research for my Star Trek Club’s 40th Anniversary when I ran across a clip from an episode I hadn’t seen in many years, “The Savage Curtain” (1969).

It would give the Politically Correct apoplectic shock if they could get their Political Correct brains around Star Trek, that is. They couldn’t handle “The Dukes of Hazzard” after all. 🙂

LINCOLN: What a charming negress. Oh, forgive me, my dear. I know in my time some used that term as a description of property.
UHURA: But why should I object to that term, sir? You see, in our century we’ve learned not to fear words.
KIRK: May I present our communications officer, Lieutenant Uhura.
LINCOLN: The foolishness of my century had me apologising where no offense was given.
KIRK: We’ve each learned to be delighted with what we are. The Vulcans learned that centuries before we did.
SPOCK: It is basic to the Vulcan philosophy, sir. The combination of a number of things to make existence worthwhile.

Imagine the politically correct not being “offended” by mere words!!!  The mind boggleth.

The left without fear mongering. Not afraid of words.

Now that is a utopian vision for you.

Written for a show about a vision of hope.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.”- Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)

Some on the left consider this “mind rape” and race baiting by the white patriarchy.

How is possible that the 1960’s could be MORE tolerant in many ways than the “enlightened” 21st Century?

The politics of power.

There is no actual power in equality or celebrating actual diversity. Only in division. And there is more division now than there has been in 50 years or more.

The Progressive Left celebrated it’s victory at Ferguson, MO one year ago. Where they took an aggressive black man who attacked a white cop and made not only Cops the bad guys but White People in general.

Many in the crowd in Ferguson wore T-shirts emblazoned with Brown’s portrait and the words “Choose Change.” Others carried signs, including one that read: “STOP killing black children.”

What Change? White people stop killing black people, of course.

NAACP president Cornell William(I always love these guys because their organization’s own name is Politically Incorrect, oh the irony)

He urged passage of laws against racial profiling by police and support for reforms requiring body cameras, independent prosecutors and retraining of US police departments.

Cops are politically incorrect to shoot black people, especially White cops and they must be retrained to be think of Political Correctness first and their safety and the safety of the public, second. If that gets them killed, oh well, their only cops… Cops Lives Don’t Matter. 🙂

“No accountability, no justice. Police are still killing us — it’s a crisis that’s going on,”-Erica Snipes, the daughter of Eric Garner.

#Blacklivesmatter becoming its rallying cry. (Yahoo)

Everyone else, screw off you racists!

They stormed the stage of Socialist Bernie Sanders, he’s more “progressive” than they are. (they even stormed the ultra-ultra-ultra Liberal Netroots Convention)

“I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is — with all of its progressives — but you’ve already done that for me. Thank you.”

“If you care about Black Lives Matter, as you say you do, you will hold Bernie Sanders specifically accountable for his actions,” Johnson continued.

He may be the biggest socialist in Congress and the biggest one running for President, but he’s evil. He’s white!

But, don’t worry, it’s only “Star Trek”, no one really cares about that. 🙂

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Or in the case of the Progressive those who refuse to learn continue to strive for the perfect division so that there power is perfected and if you don’t succeed keep doing it until you do.

Say one thing, do the opposite.

The end justifies the means.

And that is the Progressive Left in a nutshell.

Persistance

I was woken up in the middle of the night think about something that Morgan Gendel (Star Trek: TNG’s “Inner Light”) said during his talk at Phoenix Comic Con today.

Persistance.

That’s what got him the job.

Sure he had to please the masses of people who worked for the show, but he pitched this now classic episode to the same people 5 times.

And it got me to thinking about the Republicans.

Those scared little boys who just want to be liked.

The one that will be eaten alive by a ravenous pack of Liberal “journalists”.

The idea that they will try and play to the middle so much that they will nominate a RINO (Republican in Name Only) again like Sen. McCain as their nominee again.

Then they will lose. The country will lose and history will lose. Time itself will lose. Humanity will lose.

The person who beats Obama will have to look into the teeth of the ravenous plague of piranhas and persist.

They will have to look the very face of Fear and Death in the face.

They will have to be willing to be atomized by the most ravenous levels of hatred, fear and bile.

Because, who every runs against the GOD of the Liberal Left will have endure all of these things and persist.

The Left and The Media are not our friends. They are a remorseless pack of wild raptors hunting in packs to rip apart any potential prey that gets in their way.

That is quite a daunting challenge.

But if it’s not well met and defeated, The Dark Side Wins.

You think they are insufferably arrogant now, just wait until even after all the shit they have piled on and still they win in November 2012 there will be no stopping them or their egos.

Orwell’s Nightmare will be an optimistic vision when these clowns are down with you.

So, if you’re a Conservative, A Libertarian, or just a Moderate who does not want to see The Darkness win you must be willing to start the very face of Fear and Death in the Face and WIN.

A RINO will be shredded not only by the Liberals and Their Liberal Media Machine, but by me, and people like me, your humble Tea Party Conservative.

You don’t have us in the bag.

Remember that.

You put up a RINO, a “safe” candidate that will have “middle of the road” appeal and you will lose!

Period. End of story. End of Country.

You want to be “safe” in your political games and elitism. You’ll lose.

But it is incumbent on us, the humble “average voter” to make sure that no RINO is put forth also.

We have our part to play and we have our own battle to win.

We must persist also.

We must get what WE WANT, not what Washington thinks we want. Or what some over-priced political consultants thinks will get those “20% in the middle”.

We must Survive the coming Armageddon that will reign down upon us by the hoardes of Hell from the Left and we must persist.

Or else, all hope is truly lost.

So get ready for battle.

It won’t be safe, it won’t be kind.

But it is a battle that must be fought and it must be won.

For your sake, for you kids sake for your grandkids and kids not yet borns’ sake.

Because even if we win, the Forces of Hell will just regroup and come again and again and again and we must fight them until THEY give up not when we declare victory.

Otherwise, it’s over, turn out the lights, and that shining beacon upon the hill that has been America will be forever extinguished.

Simple.

If you are going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

As the Congressional Republicans have attempted to pass a budget that tackles our pending deficit and Medicare crises, Democrats have become quite adept at shooting down budgets while not bothering to propose any practical solutions of their own (today would be day 758, I believe?). It is understandable, though, that they just do not have the time to worry about a federal budget, since they are so darn busy coddling the general welfare. The latest legislation? Forget the budget; we need even more federal standards for sunscreen lotion labels! The Hill has the story:

“As families prepare for Memorial Day festivities, and plan outings this summer, most will be outdoors without adequate sun protection, even if they use sunscreen,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the sponsor, said this week. “This is because there are currently no rules that sunscreen makers must follow when making claims about the level of protection their products provide.”

The bill, S. 1064, would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its 2007 proposal mandating that sunscreen labels disclose the extent to which the product protects against ultraviolet rays known as UVA rays. UVA rays can penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, but currently, sunscreen labels are not required to tell consumers how they protect against UVA rays.

Aside from Reed, the bill is sponsored by several Democratic heavy-hitters, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-NY). First-term Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is also a sponsor.

According to Reed, forcing the application of the FDA proposal would require labels to “disclose the level of UVA protection in a standard format that appears near the sun protection factor rating, and ensure that the SPF rating actually corresponds to a product’s protection against UVB rays.”

The bill would require the proposed FDA rule to take effect within 180 days after it became law.

“I look forward to a summer when Americans can finally feel protected from the sun’s harmful rays,” Reed said.

Well, what a relief that Senator Jack Reed is looking out for me, because otherwise, I would have had no way of knowing about the subtle differences in the sun blockage provided between SPF 75 and SPF 85 (hint: there are none), and never mind the numerous studies that suggest that sunscreen may actually accelerate cancer. Good grief! While this legislation was originally proposed in 2007, this is just a taste of what will happen if the looming menace of Obamacare stays on schedule: since I know that I will not have to feel the full costs of getting any skin cancer spots surgically removed, I have less of an incentive to limit my sun exposure. I know that “society” will pay for it, so I will not take conscious action to lessen my future demand for health care, and the system will become overburdened and expensive. Hence, it becomes the federal government’s job to make decisions about my welfare for me and further encumber the mind-blowing bureaucracy that rules our lives. But hey, even if I cannot afford to buy sunscreen because of federal spending, higher taxes, and a wracked economy, at least I will be able to understand the labels. (Erika Johnsen)

It’s your choice. You cannot do this because it will be easy, and neither can the Republicans.

It will not be.

The very mouth of Hell and Damnation will open upon any who dare to challenge the might and the righteousness of The Holy Left.

Thems just the facts,ma’am.

Deal with it.

And then Persist.

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The 1995 Prophecy

It’s January 2nd, 1995.

In two days the Republicans will control the Congress for the first time since 1955.

And they will squander it badly.

But it had such promise.

Much like our “Hope and Change” President.

Though, I knew there was no hope with him and the change was to be socialism.

But his spin machine, plus a complicit Media brought us The Anointed One.

But something else happened on January 2nd, 1995 (or thereabouts depending on TV Schedules).

That was the week of syndication for the first half of the Third Season 2-Parter for  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “Past Tense”.

I could go on for ages on how, of the modern Star Trek’s, it’s vastly superior but that’s not why this I’m writing about it in my blog.

I just saw this episode again, probably the first time in 15 years.

And it just screamed “OBAMA!!!” loudly. Very loudly.

Excerpt From the Synopsis of Part I:

En route to a symposium in San Francisco, Sisko, Dax and Bashir are lost during transport to Earth from the Defiant. The trio materializes in San Francisco, but in the year 2024. Apprehended by a pair of policemen, Sisko and Bashir are taken to a “Sanctuary District” — a gated area of the city where homeless, mentally ill and unemployed people are locked away from the rest of society.

Separated from the others, Dax is found by a prominent businessman named Chris Brynner, who takes her to his office and helps her obtain the ID card necessary to exist in this society. Dax doesn’t reveal where she comes from, but tells him that her friends are missing. Meanwhile, in the Sanctuary District, Sisko and Bashir are taken to a processing center, where no records of their existence are found. Sisko learns the date and realizes that they have arrived just days before a crucial event in history, the Bell Riots, which occurred in the area of the city where he and Bashir are now confined.

Sisko tells Bashir that residents in the District will take hostages, but a man named Gabriel Bell, after whom the riots were named, will sacrifice his life to save them. Hundreds of innocent people will be killed during the riots, but Sisko and Bashir can do nothing, or this pivotal moment in history, which led to sweeping social reforms, could be altered forever. Later, Sisko and Bashir are given ration cards to obtain meals and sent out to find a place to sleep among the abandoned buildings.

Part II : Sisko joins Webb for the meeting, where they demand that all Sanctuary Districts be closed and the Federal Employment Act reinstated…

It’s 2024 San Francisco, a whole section of the city has been blocked off and wall off, housing anyone who doesn’t have a job. Containing them so they are out of sight and out of mind. And there are 100’s of them across the country.

And all they want is a job.

But because of “tough economic times” there aren’t any so they are put away so that the people on the outside can live it up and forget about them.

Welcome to ObamaLand and the President’s “laser like focus” on Jobs.

You spend nearly $4 Trillion dollars you don’t have because the last guy “bankrupted” the country (according to you even 18 months later) saying if we do it everything will be fine.

Unemployment is still nearly 10%.

The likelihood that the % of unemployed who have given up is around 20% is plausible.

Businesses are not hiring because you and the Congress are openly hostile to business.

You want to wreck the economy of the Gulf  States because of your mad on environmentalist agenda against Big Oil.

You want to crush the Appalachian States because you hate Coal.

You want to crush the Border States because you don’t want to enforce National Security. You want cheap voters.

And you just appointed a socialist to the head of Medicare by recess appointment when Congress wasn’t in session so you could avoid the sticky problems of dealing with it.

And the Taxes in 2011 will crush what’s left of any “recovery”.

And Business knows all this.

You know all this.

But your Agenda is more important.

So how long before these “sanctuaries” are built to avoid dealing with the issue??

They may not be a literal, physical structures as in the episode, but how long?

Or are they already here?

It’s easier for many to just suck at the government’s breast on unemployment (extended for 2 years now) than deal with getting a job, if they can find one.

8 Millions jobs have disappeared. Never to come back, according to the VP.

The only real place job growth is happening is in the government public sector and unions (also mostly government).

So the government gets fat. You don’t.

Everyone was a rich government bureaucrat and no one was poor, at least no one worth talking about (to mutate a line from Douglas Adams).

During the last Immigration “debate” in 2007 the Democrats loudly proclaimed (and some still do) that there were jobs Americans wouldn’t do, so hiring illegal aliens as slave labor was a better idea.

Now in 2010, is that really the case?

Well, if unemployment checks are better than finding a job. Sure, why not sit around on your ass and watch Oprah and collect your “free” money. It sure beats working.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett “One of the issues, and I hear it repeatedly – one of the individuals said, ‘I can’t get workers. People don’t want to come back to work while they still have unemployment.’ They’re literally telling him, ‘I’ll come back to work when unemployment runs out.’ That’s becoming a problem.”

Corbett added, “The jobs are there. But if we keep extending unemployment, people are just going to sit there …  I’ve literally had construction companies tell me, I can’t get people to come back to work until…they say, ‘I’ll come back to work when unemployment runs out.’”

So you have segregated these people off, and you pay them off to go away and not bother you.

Problem is, you’re already 13 Trillion Dollars in debt and going higher every day and it costs money to pay these people off.

Eventually, you will have to stop.

Then you could have a real mess.

“Cash for Clunkers” raised auto sales until the program ended then they went back down.

House Buying went up with rebates. When the rebates ended, they went back down.

Now what?

You’re still an administration that is very, very hostile towards business.

“Where is the hostility?” John Heilmann, columnist for New York Magazine, asked with incredulity. When Zuckerman responded that the administration deals with businessmen as shady characters trying to rip off the middle class, Heilmann simply called it rhetoric.(MSNBC)
So all that demonizing of businesses, CEO’s, and Wall Street as rip-off artists is what them?
The White House has launched a coordinated campaign to push back against the perception taking hold in corporate America and on Wall Street that President Barack Obama is promoting an anti-business agenda.
The key word is “campaign”. The only mode this administration has.

Obama has been happy to be seen by voters as cracking down on Wall Street but those efforts have had an unintended result: feeding a sense that the president and his party are indifferent or even actively hostile toward big business, whether those businesses are Silicon Valley tech companies, Midwestern manufacturers or Main Street small businesses.

And it is more than just politics: Obama’s aides believe confidence in the general direction of White House policy has an effect on the willingness of corporations to hire, invest and push the economy toward a more solid recovery.(Politico)

So You blame it on your predecessor and get your complaint friends in the media to go along with it, AGAIN.

The reason you don’t have a job is that it’s George W Bush’s Fault.

The fact that he hasn’t been President for 18 months and all your economic promises have imploded is irrelevant.

It worked the last time, so it will work again.

President Obama stumping For Senate Majority Harry Reid this week, in Nevada where the unemployment rate is 14%, the highest in the nation.

When we took office, amid the worst economy since the Great Depression, we needed Harry’s fighting spirit. We had lost nearly three million jobs during the last six months of 2008. Over 750,000 jobs in January of 2009 alone — the consequence of a decade of misguided economic policies; a decade of stagnant wages; a decade of falling incomes.

So our first mission was to break the momentum of the deepest and most vicious recession since the Great Depression. It was to stop the freefall; and to get the economy and jobs growing again.

And digging ourselves out of this mess required making some tough decisions — decisions that weren’t all popular. But Harry was willing to lead those fights because he knew we had to change course; that to do nothing; to simply continue the policies that were in place, would mean an even greater disaster. And to fail to act on some of the great challenges facing our country would mean a lesser future for our children and grandchildren.

As a result of those tough steps, we are in a different place today. Our economy is growing, instead of shrinking. We have gained private sector jobs for each of the past six months, instead of losing them. Almost 600,000 new jobs.

Anyone having a Flashback to 2 years ago??

And those 600,000 jobs- they almost exclusively Government jobs.

“I know we’ve been through tough times, Nevada. And I can’t promise you the difficult days are all behind us. I can’t promise you there won’t be more times to come. But I can promise you this: we are headed in the right direction. We are moving forward. And I am absolutely confident that if we’re willing to keep on moving forward, and if we refuse to turn backward; if we’re willing to show a little of that same fighting spirit Harry Reid has shown throughout his career; then we will make our way through these storms, to brighter days ahead.”

Deja Vu’ all over again.

It’s The 2008 Presidential Campaign: The 2010 Sequel. But it sounds exactly like the original.

At what point does it become counter-productive happy-talk?

This new poll from James Carville’s Democracy Corps firm is bad, bad news for Obama:  When asked if they thought the president was a socialist, 55 percent of likely voters said yes. Only 39 percent said no.

And James Carville is hardly a right wing conspirator. 🙂

Obama is pandering to minorities, especially Hispanics. He panders to the Unions.

He panders to his peeps.

Screw everyone else. He just uses platitudes and rhetoric.

A virtual “wall” perhaps?

Isn’t funny how fiction has likely caught up with reality.

The Truth is truly stranger than fiction. 🙂

A Pilgrimage

I am taking a break from politics for the first in the 5 months since I started this blog.

I am going on my annual Pilgrimage tomorrow.

So my blog will be inactive until Monday, Mar 1st.

No Politics today (well maybe one shot later…)

I am going to talk about my actual favourite subject. 🙂

DOCTOR WHO.

Gallifrey One #21, The convention, starts tomorrow (see gallifreyone.com)

But it will be a more personal journey in some ways so it’s part gushing fanboy and part me.

Doctor Who is quite simply the best TV show ever.

It is also the Longest Running Science Fiction Show in the history of Television.

The Holder of Two Guinness Book of World Records.

1. The Longest Running Science Fiction show in the World 1963-1989,1996,2005-Present.

Season 31 starts at Easter this year.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpbmMhNe6aA&feature=related

Seen in this country on BBC AMERICA (bbcamerica.com/doctorwho)

It’s British. 🙂

2. “Most Successful” science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic and “illegal downloads.” Presented to the Doctor Who Producers at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con by the Guinness people themselves.

On the program it all started in a junkyard in London where two teachers followed a strange young girl to her “home” a junkyard with a Metropolitan Police Box in it.

This was the TARDIS, Time And Relative Dimension In Space.

A Time machine that can go anywhere and anywhen.

But the beginning of this story starts November 5, 1981. 7:32pm

I remember it that precisely.

It was that significant.

I am a college student at Central Michigan University.

I live in a Dorm with my hand-picked roommate, John Doyle.

He’s a Yupper, Eh. 🙂  (that’s Michigan-speak for a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

He’s a great bloke, unlike my first roomates.

I turned on the TV. It happened to be set to the PBS station for whatever reason.

Back in the day, Doctor Who, a British TV institution was relatively new to the shores of America so it was on PBS. It ended up being on 100’s of them for most of the 1980’s then it disappeared.

It disappeared off PBS here in Phoenix in December 1990.

PBS has never gotten a dime from me since.

My roommate and I sat down, turn on the TV and  what I would find out later was called a Wirrn (A large insect creature) fell dead out of a closet on a space station.

My roomate and I both said, “What the hell was that?!”

And 23 Minutes later (because we didn’t know at the time that this was Episode 2 and we’d missed the recap of Episode 1 and the Title sequence) we just had to know what the hell we just watched

Not in Horror, like when I saw the pilot to Lost.

But Fascination.

It was quirky, low budget, but the imagination and creativity was amazing.

It was Doctor Who.

It started in 1963 the day after the Kennedy assassination.

It ran for 26 years before the BBC canceled it.

It had a TV Movie that was partially funded, and most ignored, by FOX in 1996.

Then it was revived as a full TV show in Britain in 2005.

It is now the #1 Drama (not “Sci-Fi” show) in Britain that isn’t a Soap Opera.

It has been for many years.

The Show has won the BAFTA (Think Emmy) for Best Drama 5 years in a row!

The lead actor has won for Best Actor 5 years in a Row! (and there has been 2)

Now try doing that with Star Trek!! 🙂

Or Stargate…

Or any science fiction show in the US.

Science Fiction here gets no respect.

But you have to respect a show that will be entering it’s 31st Season at Easter this year.

It has survived this long on many things. There are many scholarly articles and books on the subject.

But the biggest comes down to Regeneration.

It’s 1966, your lead actor is retiring and the show’s a big hit.

What do you do?

Well, he’s an alien from a race called The Time Lords (though that would not be revealed until 1969) so like the program itself, you come up with a clever solution to a limitation.

He Regenerates. He completely replaces he’s body, due to illness, age, or damage, and he’s reborn as the same character but different.

Different, because a new actor has taken over the role. He plays it differently. But the core of the character, the moral center is still there.

You can see the previous actor.

You can see The Doctor.

He is not “Doctor Who”.

He is The Doctor.

Just The Doctor.

The first actor to play the Doctor after the First Doctor (William Hartnell) was Patrick Troughton.

He was The Second Doctor.

He was a roaring success.

And I maintain that it was his skill as an actor that sold people to this day on the idea that The Doctor changes and he continues.

Patrick Troughton left in 1969.

Jon Pertwee was there from 1970-1975.

Tom Baker from 1975-1981.

Peter Davison 1982-1984.

Colin Baker 1984-1986.

Sylvester McCoy 1987-1989.

Then the BBC canceled it.

They hoped for good.

Even though it was cultural icon, The BBC hated the damn thing.

NBC and Star Trek, anyone? 🙂

And they managed to kill it off.

But the fans would not let it die.

Enter “The Wilderness Years” as we fans call it.

So when I joined the program it was nearing the end of it’s run.

But I had no concept of that.

I lived in a town of 24,000. 18,000 of which were college students.

I was lucky to here about the outside world at all.

Civilization was effectively 66 miles away in Lansing, the capital and home of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

There was Bay City and Midland that were only 30 miles away, but they were small, just not as small.

But it was in Midland in 1984 that I bought my first ever VCR from a JCPenny’s.

The Reason: I wanted to record the Doctor Who’s that I had been watching for nearly 3 years.

They were all Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) episodes, none of the others. But I didn’t care.

I had learned of a Fan Magazine in 1983, Doctor Who Magazine. I have subscribed to that since November 1983.

It just celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary last year.

My first “Doctor Who” convention was in 1983. It was a Star Trek/Doctor Who Convention.

I was then and am now a  Star Trek Fan. I am the current newsletter editor for the United Federation of Phoenix – the oldest continuously running  Star Trek Club. It started in 1975.

I guess I like good old things. 🙂

I don’t dismiss Star Trek by any means, but it’s not Doctor Who. 🙂

This convention was heald in Detroit, a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive.

And it was the wierdest convention experience I have ever had.

You had the Trekkers all wonder who the wierdos in the scarfs were (a trademark of the Fourth Doctor) and the Doctor Who people wondered who let the Trekkies in.

It was a bit like the Republicans and Democrats today.

But I’m not doing Politics today.

Then I attended one in Columbus, Ohio. The first time I had to do the whole hotel thing.

Then there were two massive convention in Chicago where thousands attended.

There were more stars there from episodes I hadn’t even seen, but had read about, than ever before.

I was in heaven.

But these ended after two years due to economic malfeasance by the owners of the convention.

This lead, in 1986, to the longest trip to date to a convention.

A 10 hour drive!

Destination:  Madison, Wisconsin.

One of the starts of the show, Louise Jameson, thought I was “crazy”.

But I got to talk with the then-Producer of the show, John Nathan-Turner.

Try that in this country.

But in 1987 I moved to Arizona.

So all that stopped.

But I kept watching.

I found fans in 1990, oh god that’s 20 years ago! 🙂

The Arizona Regional Doctor Who Interest Society (TARDIS).

I have kept watching and I keep watching, collecting, and obsessing over it to this day.

Why?

Because I am a fan? yes.

But it’s deeper than that.

Doctor Who saved my life.

Really, it did.

In those darker days of the early 1980’s I was different person.

I was very depressed, many including I, would would say chronically so.

And suffered from extreme persecution paranoia.

I was a mess.

I tried to commit suicide on March 22, 1985.

March 22, 2010 will be the 25 year anniversary.

And at the crunch point what was the thought that popped into my head unsolicited?

“If I kill myself I will miss the next episode of Doctor Who”

And my life has never been the same since.

It’s been a slow climb uphill with it getting so much better the last 5 years.

Which, I don’t think was meant to coincide with the return of  Doctor Who in 2005,but  the symmetry is eerie.

The BBC killed it off.

They had hated it for years.

They were embarrassed when the BBC had there 60th anniversary gala and a poll of the best of the BBC for those 60 years and Doctor Who came in 3rd.

They complained of the polls being spiked.

They hated it that much.

But the fans would not let it die.

They became the producers effectively.

Through books, fanzines, fan made videos (see BBV), fan-made spoofs (the most famous being written by the new producer of the show itself- Stephen Moffatt, called The Curse of the Fatal Death starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean)),and more.

We took the program over.

The BBC licensed a new book line for original novels and many fans became professional writers because of it.

An original audio book company, Big Finish, started up by fans had official BBC license to use to the show to make new “episodes”.

They are still in business today over 10 years later and even with the show on TV.

One of those people, Gary Russell, was the Editor of  Doctor Who Magazine, and in 2008 was the Script Editor for the show itself.

The fans became the program.

Jan Tranter, a savvy BBC Director had the thought of bringing it back.

She turned to one of the country’s hottest writers, Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk).

He was a massive Doctor Who fan as well.

As geeky as I am. But he grew up with it.

He brought it back.

The producers were fans. The writers were largely fans. Even some of the fans who started out in the novels became TV Scriptwriters.

Christopher Eccleston (most recently scene in America in GI JOE) was the 9th Doctor.

Yes, the show began anew with it’s history intact.

No Hollywood “re-imagining” where you gut everything but the name.

And even though the show renowned for wobbly sets and wobbly monsters (but the biggest heart and the most creative show out there) had CGI and a much more cinematic look and was very 21st Century, it was still the same show.

It was re-invented for the 21st century audience, but was 1963 reborn in reality.

And that was intentional.

And most uber-fans like me can see it.

And now, in 2010, the show is a national treasure likely to out live even me.

I’m not sure how I feel about that.

But it’s magnificent.

It’s  all about Matt Smith.

The Eleventh Doctor.

He’s 27.

I have an alarm clock that’s older than him!

But he’s The Doctor.

And I can’t wait.

So, I’m off tomorrow and for the weekend, to my own person Hage to Mecca, at the LAX Marriott Hotel.

It’s Gallifrey One.

And there aren’t 3 more joyous days of the year.

So see you on Monday, when I can get back to the depressing Orwellian world of the Obamanation.

Winston Smith is going on holiday. 🙂

Peace.