Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Right on the commercial and right on the mark!
1.) The United Federation of Planets = The United Nations
The United Federation of Planets Flag and The U.N. Flag.
2.) Prime Directive. The point of the prime directive is that no outside interference should prevent societies from evolving naturally. So if there is a civil war or if genocide is occuring, the prime directive prohibits any help from the Enterprise. Oddly enough, Picard breaks the Prime Directive about a dozen times. Even he can't avoid breaking the one rule that should never be broken.
3.) Multiculturalism is a reoccuring theme in TNG. All cultures must be respected and tolerated no matter how brutal or barbaric the culture is. And compromising ones personal beliefs in order to get along with others is also a reoccuring theme. But they never investigate into whether it is actually culture, or some government imposed mandate that is in question.
4.) Money is no longer relevant in the lives of Star Trekkians. Food, clothing and various tools, such as phasers and drinking glasses, are made in replicators so the need for money has become obsolete. What drives people to achieve great things is nothing more than Personal satisfaction. Learning to "better oneselves" as the prime motivator.
5.) Since money is no longer valuable then what is? The anwer is usually arts and artifacts. Countless episodes are spent where Data is learning to paint, or Riker is acting in a play, or Picard is on some dig unearthing priceless Vulcan artifacts. This to me is a starving Portland artists wet dream. "Painting is more valuable than selling stereos? Where do I sign?"
6.) Here is the face of the only "Capitalists" in Star Trek. The Ferengi, whose soul purpose of the show is to show their greed and to swindle. They live by the motto "Buyer Beware."
7.) The Enterprise is not a battleship, but a ship of exploration, of scientific research and of peace. Sounds boring doesn't it? Well it is. And the writers of the show knew it. That is why so many episodes were dedicated to the Enterprise just kicking ass.
8.) If you watch enough shows you will also notice the inordinate amount of women doctors, scientists and admirals who seem to appear. I would venture to say about 90% of the time, but I could be wrong. Maybe 99%.
9.) Diplomacy is also a big one in TNG. A Romulan Warbird would be armed and ready to fire and Picard would call his staff into his ready room to discuss the situation. And they would normally find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. (By the way, I know I shouldn't be using words like always and usually and what have you, but the point of this post is for me to have a little fun.)
10.) Here is one my favorites. Counselor Troi and her quest to discover your intent by reading your emotions. Can't have a Progressive show without some emotional involvment.
Can't think of anything more. So I will leave you with this photo. The Juror who wore her uniform to the Clinton Whitewater trial. She was removed from the trial because she spoke with reporters. You can see her in the Trekkies and Trekkies 2 documentaries. During one part of Trekkies 2, she gets into a discussion with her co-worker about whether Star Wars was better or Star Trek. Her main argument was that Star Trek was more than a Sci-Fi show, but it was also a way of life and a philosophy.
Amen to that sister. It is a progressive one.
P.S. I realize that I started this post by saying "I just finished watching all 7 seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation" and I know how geeky that makes me look, but I am telling you, it was purely for scientific research. :-)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Too bad the audio portion is edited, its too easy to change the meat of each person's argument, but what is interesting is the poll. Check the poll. About 57% of the people in attendance believed in global warming alarmism before the debate. 42% believed it after the debate.
Somewhere on NPR's site, they have the whole debate.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Only 4 months after our Pacific fleet was wiped out, B-25's take off on a one way mission to drop bombs on Tokyo. And they pulled it off. Think of it:
- B-25's had never taken off from a carrier before.
- This was a one way mission. Most didn't expect to come back alive.
- Their only hope was to crash land in China and find help.
- The only way on this mission was by VOLUNTEERING.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Of course critics won't give an inch and they are blaming the reduction on Katrina. But wait... Bush caused Katrina too!
You just can't win with these dorks.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
"It's a completely different scenario. (Rappers) are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about hoes that's in the 'hood that ain't doing shit, that's trying to get a nigga for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them muthafuckas say we are in the same league as him. Kick him off the air forever."
- Snoop dismissing comparisons between sexist hip hop lyrics and the recent sexist/racially charged remarks made by Don Imus
Update: Nifong apologizes. He sounds sincere. If by sincere I mean, "like a big dickhead."
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Way to go, comedian. My favorite part is when the other guy says that she can't refer to her site as journalism since journalists report the truth, with fact-checking and everything. Which journalists is this douche bag talking about?
"Give me a funky ass bass -line"
Nappy Headed Hos
I am rapping to the beat
Eating Ni... ummm... I mean... Brazil Nuts.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Notice that the options are a white female Dem, a black male Dem, or a white male Dem. Forget about the other parties.
Hell, even in the poll results they show, the numbers don't add up to 100%!!!! So who are the "undecided" voting for? They spin this article like its only a matter of time before the "undecided" decide on which Dem, not on which party.
And of course they had to insert this quote:
"People think black people will vote for a candidate because they're black, but there's an awful lot of stupid black people out there who voted for Bush," she said.
Liberals, the most racist, race is their favorite card to play.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
After watching Peavy deal and the San Diego bats crush the vaGiants yesterday, my day has been quite good. Could have been a better if it wasn't for that Bonds shift or that bunt by Roberts. Still, Peavy killed.
But my favorite part of the game was something completely different. The game was on FSN bay area yesterday, which doesn't bother me because I have always liked the vaGiants announcers, and this annoying ugly ass reporter chick was doing interviews with players and fans between innings. In one segment she gets this fan to try the new and improved Gilroy Garlic Fries. Of course he loves them and hungrily chows down at mach 2 while making noises of pleasure between each bite. "These are much better" he says...or was it her? I can't remember. Anyway it doesn't matter. What does matter is what makes them so much better. Anyone? Anyone? That's right...No trans-fats. I started laughing, but I guess you had to be there.
If you like that, here's the rest.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
And why is this so? Well according to the author: Money.
I pretty much just glanced over the report after I read that. Once again MSM speaking of the haves and have nots and the disadvantages of being black. In fact, an article that is so black specific that if I were any other color other than white, I would allow myself to be outraged. But I am not allowed to be outraged so I will just shake my head and say "typical."
Was it Tiger's talent, or his family, or his hard work, or his God given black athleticism that made him special? ( I just couldn't resist that one ) Or was it privilege?