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Martin Luther King Jr. and the 2010 Census

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it got me to thinking.  MLK really was a great man and a hero in the civil rights movement.  I am often surprised at how little people know about him.  For instance, he was a life-long Republican and a conservative one at that, if his “I have a dream” speech is representative of his beliefs.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

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!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

Dr. King dreamed of a colorblind society.  The ultimate logical extrapolation of the Great American Melting Pot, a concept first penned in 1782 by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur in his Letters from an American Farmer that acquired its common name from the 1908 play The Melting Pot.   He believed that being an American overshadowed an individual’s color, sex, and ancestry.

The Melting Pot view of America was pushed heavily in the 1970s and I’ve internalized it to the point that it is Truth.  It seems blatantly obvious to me that people are the same and deserving of the same respect regardless of their genetic attributes and origins, and the only fair criteria for judging people are their actions and intent.  As a result, I was quite surprised when I was informed in 1990 by an RA in the dorms at Penn State McKeesport that what I believed was no longer true.  She informed me that people were not the same under their skin and should be judged differently because of it.  Later I would learn that this opposite philosophy, which snuck up while I wasn’t paying attention, was called Diversity.

Diversity puts color, sex and ethnicity above being American.  It is a philosophy that divides people and, from my point of view, is indistinguishable from racism.  Considering the following words from Dr. King, I doubt he would have approved.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

And Dr. King would be right not to approve.  Over the last 20 or so years, the progress we made in the 60s, 70s and 80s towards his dream has slowed, if not reversed.  Diversity and its big brother Political Correctness have served to terrify average people, who don’t even understand how to think racially, into tiptoeing on eggshells around anyone that might possibly be different than them.

Such thinking is madness and harms everyone.  Even worse, it’s become institutionalized.  Job applications, school applications, loan applications, and government forms of all types ask us to put ourselves in racial and ethnic categories.  And with our semi-voluntary help, they use that information to divide us further.

A short while ago, I decided to stop helping them do it.  And I’d encourage you to do the same.  Especially when you fill out your 2010 Census form.  As you are probably aware, it is illegal to lie on the Census, so I suggest you fill out your form in the completely honest way that I will:

Race:  Human

Ethnicity: American

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Finally, in tribute to Dr. King and his dream, here’s a video I grew up with and I think he would have enjoyed.


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Gordon Brown Cries Wolf

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claims we need a new global warming treaty in the next 50 days or… WE’RE ALL DOOOOOOOOMED!!!!

Does anyone actually believe this?  Even if we ignore the lack of evidence that global warming is caused by human activity and that a slightly warmer Earth may be beneficial, what’s the reason for the 50 day time limit?  Exactly why are we all dead if it takes 51 days to forge a treaty?

It seems that PM Brown hired some speech writers from QVC.  This will become obvious in his next address before the United Nations where he will state “The United Kingdom only has 389 boxes of Bigglesworths Treacle and Blood Sausage Flavored Biscuit Assortments left.  Don’t miss these at these delicious biscuits at the special price of 18 quid per box.  Call now because this item is going to sell out in three minutes!  Once they’re gone there’s no telling when we’ll be getting more of these rare items in!”

Buy now or we're all dead!

Buy now or we're all dead!

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Star Trek

Some people in a triangle of some sort.

Some people in a triangle of some sort.

When pondering my decision to watch the new Star Trek movie, I was forced to fall back on the old Science Fiction Fan’s Mantra – “It’s going to suck, but I’m going to see it anyway.”

The reasons for this are mostly obvious.  The Star Trek franchise died a slow lingering death at some indistinct point between Wrath of Khan and Voyager.  While the exact moment of death is unknown, even the producers of Star Trek knew it was dead during the first season of Voyager in 1995 as evidenced by the working title of 1996’s Star Trek : First Contact a.k.a. Star Trek : Resurrection. First Contact, while fun, failed to breathe life into Trek’s rotting corpse.  Paramount continued to beat more movies out of Trek’s deceased equine form for several more years until Star Trek : Enterprise gave us a glimmer of hope.  Enterprise’s high production values and inspiring (and much maligned) title sequence weren’t enough to overcome the muddy “Time War” story line and general entropy of a show that had jumped the shark long, long ago.

To add to the pre-viewing anxiety, Star Trek (no other title, thus adding to the confusion) was helmed by wonderchild J.J. Abrams.  Abrams is a prodigious writer, director and composer of a multitude of movies, TV shows, cartoons and soundtracks I have not liked.  To name a few- Armageddon, Forever Young, Alias, Mission Impossible III, Fringe, Cloverfield and Lost.  I know most of you think Lost is awesome, but the writing is so hostile to the viewer (ie, me) I was beginning to believe that Abrams actually hated his audience (ie, me) and was getting revenge for some imagined insult about his mother (who is very likely a wonderful woman.)

So, with much trepidation, I bought my ticket and saw the movie.  To my surprise, Star Trek manifested into a very good movie.  Their were a few story issues from a technical standpoint, but nothing large enough to get in the way of enjoyment of the movie. All the actors gave amazing performances, balancing the mannerisms of the original actors while making the characters’ their own and very believable.  McCoy, Scotty and Chekov all getting nostalgic laughs without ever devolving into charactures of the originals.  The overall story line was both internally and externally consistent with the rest of Star Trek’s backstory and simultaneously creating a blank slate for itself and any sequels.

If you haven’t already, go see this movie.  It reminded me of why I loved Star Trek in the first place.  I have a feeling it will do the same for you.

Next, I’m going to go into those story issues I mentioned earlier.

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This section is for those that have already seen the movie.

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Spoilers ahead!

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The time travel shenanigans that allowed the Romulans to return to kill Kirk’s father would have made many changes to Kirk’s life and possibly Star Fleet’s direction, but I cannot imagine why those changes would lead to a Spock/Uhura romance.  It was unnecessary and almost completely out of Spock’s character.  However, it wasn’t so offensive as to make Spock unbelievable.  And considering the effect that the destruction of the Vulcan civilization and his reconcillation with Sarek pre-orignal series will have on Spock’s personality all bets are off. Spock will likely be a more interesting character in the future, now that the “emotionless alien” well has run dry.

The insane amount of “Red Matter” that past-Spock brought with him to save the Romulan home world.  If one drop of this dangerous whateveritis substance was enough to implode an entire planet, surely a 12 ounce can would have been sufficient to handle the Romulan sun.  But the ever logical Spock decides instead to bring a 5000 gallon drum of universal destruction with him, just in case he needs to destroy an additional million billion worlds on his way back.  Maybe he spent a little too much time in the Chekov School of Appropriate Responses to Violent Actions by Klingon Bastards (CSARVAKB).

The Romulans have a complex drilling aparatus for placing the “Red Matter” in the core of a planet.  Now granted “Red Matter” is a technobabble substance with unknown properties that can make an instant black hole, but we learn during the course of the movie that a phaser blast or photon torpedo has enough energy to start the reaction.  So, why exactly did the Romulans waste the time of drilling a big hole in Vulcan when they could have placed a drop on the planet’s surface and then zap it?  Other than, the “the good guys need a chance to stop the bad guys” argument, I have no idea.

Near the end of the film, the Romulan ship is being sucked into a black hole. Kirk offers them rescue in an odd effort of diplomacy to reach out to the extinct Romulans of the probable distant future.  When the Romulans refuse, he unleashes all of the Enterprise’s destructive capabilities at their ship.  While this may be perfectly within Kirk’s character to carry out revenge by the most destructive means possible, I would have expected Spock to pipe in saying that it was a completely unnecessary waste of ammunition and energy because the Romulan ship was doomed anyway.  Then, after Kirk insisted on taking his revenge anyway, Spock could have been all like “I told you so” when they discovered they couldn’t escape the Black Hole’s gravity. And then Kirk could be all like “Oh no you dinn’t!”

Like I mentioned earlier, none of these minor problems ruin the movie.  I wanted to point them out for completeness sake.  Even the best sci-fi movies tend to have similar issues when the science falls apart under close examination.

Now that I’m finished writing this, I’m going over to read Three’s review.  I suggest you do the same.

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5 Important Lessons to Take Into the New Year

1:  America is not a racist country.

Obama’s victory is empirical proof we are not, as a whole, racist. That’s not to say that there are not racists in America.  There are, but our culture as a whole is what it is advertised to be. Anyone of any race and background can be elected President by the will of the people.

If we were voting for our candidates by race, then there is no way that a black guy with minimal experience that has ties to 1960’s pro-communism terrorists, Black Liberation Theologists, closet socialists, self-proclaimed socialists, Chicago Community Organizers (founded by Marxist Saul Alinsky), Holocaust Deniers and Islamic Terrorist Sympathizers could have defeated a white guy who is a senior Senator, decorated Vietnam veteran that refused early release from a POW camp out of loyalty to fellow soldiers (and was tortured for 5 years).

The election wasn’t won on race or background or issues. The fact is, people just liked Barack Obama better! If sixty percent of Americans like the black guy better than the white guy, then America. Is. Not. Racist. – End. Of. Story.

Someone should tell Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton that Texaco is hiring.

2: On rare occasions the government can get something right.

Usually the question isn’t did the government do it wrong, but rather just how wrong did they do it. But this year, the did something indisputably 100% right!

James Cameron’s “The Terminator” and Ray Harryhausen’s “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” have been preserved FOREVER in the US National Film Archives. For once, I can say without reservation that our tax dollars have been spent wisely.

3: It’s not very wise to take your clothes off and parade around on your mother’s roof taunting the police.

Inman Morales of Brooklyn, NY demonstrated this by falling off the roof to his death after being tasered by police.

The good news for Mr. Morales: Many feel sympathy for his plight and blame the “evil” police officers for his death.
The bad news: He’s still dead.

4: Either hippies evolved from apes or apes evolved from hippies.

A group of UC Berkeley students climbed up some trees and stayed there for a year. When police were ordered to remove them, the “Tree Sitters” threw urine and feces on the officers. Ultimately, the students were lured to the ground with judicious use of bananas. A spokesman for the “Tree Sitters” issued the following statement while thumping his hands against his bare chest: “Eeee Eeee Aaaa Aaaa Oop Oooo Oooo!”

5: I have zero psychic ability.

And no one else does either, most likely. In my case I can prove it. In 2008 I predicted that the Election polls were skewed toward Obama, but it turned out they were dead on. And in 2004 I predicted G. W. Bush would win Pennsylvania. I was dead wrong.

Maybe I should try talking to the dead instead. Then if I fail, I can blame it on the ghosts’ stubborn refusal to exist.

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Thanks for reading.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Open for Business and I am so Awesome

Hey everyone! All my old blog posts have been transferred here. There were a few technical glitches with embedded videos, but… meh.

If you are a new reader, enjoy reading through the archives. Maybe they will give you an idea of what to expect in the future, but I doubt it.  I don’t really know what to expect myself.

In other news…

Over 5000 people think I’m awesome!

A while back I made a WinXP Boot Screen for BootSkinsXP.  As of now, over 5000 people have downloaded it!!!  Here’s what it looks like:

Please Stand By BootSkin for BootSkinXP

Please Stand By BootSkin for BootSkinXP

Click on the picture to get yours!

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The Lights Are On…

but the factory is making different stuff now.

Hi All!

In the next couple of whiles, I’ll be transferring everything from my various blogs to here.  After that, I’ll be over my post-political season hangover and will, most likely, start posting new stuff.

Check back soon!

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WTF?!?!?

This is unbelievable. Maybe this guy is applying for a job in Obama’s “Civilian National Security Force.”

Here’s a video from the 1221 Fairmount Ave. polling place in Philadelphia:

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