A BETTER VOTING CHOICE

9c28a3556e27bb30f5ccbbc48223063c1On November 8 most Americans will hold their nose and vote for someone they really don’t like all that much. Many Republicans are experiencing a form of buyers remorse with Mr. Trump and Democrats really felt the Bern over the summer but the deck was stacked against them. So, what to do?

Mrs. Greenbean and I are seriously considering if we should write someone in–if nothing else so we can sleep at night with a clear conscience. For a fleeting moment I thought about writing in Captain Kirk. Kim thought about Dumbledore for President. That got me to thinking. If I were voting, which make believe ticket would I choose? I came up with four for you to choose from, since there are four on the ballot, if we include the Libertarians and Greens.

Dumbledore/Snadesign-692-2013-06-25-06-45-551pe–The problem with these two is citizenship but being wizards and all, they should be able to take care of that with a flick of the wand.  I suspect a Dumbledore/Snape administration would be able to fix the national debt, but it would also introduce unknown variables, like, You Know Who.

Palpatine/Vader–From the Star Wars universe it is tempting to put forth a Skywalker/Solo ticket, but my impression is that the Jedi, for all their heroism, are not all that bright or perceptive. Han Solo would never be able to get away from the corruption of the smugglers. Besides, the Emperor and Darth Vader have a lot of experience at governance. This is your, “Law and Order” ticket.

Picard/Riker–I know, I know, I thought about it long and hard, but Captain Kirk would make a terrible POTUS. Picard is a diplomat. What I would really like is a Picard/Spock ticket. That would truly be The Best Of Both Worlds. A Picard/Riker ticket would create jobs and end corruption. The downside is Riker would blow up the ship.555021_11

Frodo/Sam–There are a lot of options from the LOTR universe, but I don’t think Gandalf is reliable enough to stick around–he up and disappears as he pleases–and Aragorn, though he has a great lineage doesn’t really have what it takes to fix our problems. We can make him Secretary of Defense, perhaps. A Baggins/Gamgee ticket would guarantee that the pubs are always open and that the potatoes are always cooked.untitled

So, who would you vote for? Vote below–and check back often to see who is winning.

STAR TREK HAPPY ANNY

Kirk_and_Spock[1].jpgI have used a lot of digital ink in this blog over the years on Star Trek, so there is little I could add, but that will not stop me. picard_starts_his_mozart_recording1

Here are some of my favorite Star Trek moments. I emphasize some, because let’s face it, most any Star Trek moment is better than a non-Star Trek moment.

Kirk’s style.

Picard’s humanity.

Janeway’s gambling.

Sisko’s transformation.

Archer’s exuberance.

Spock mind melding with a brick. That was epic.

Klingon guile.

Picard mind melding with Sarek, Spock’s dad, and then being the conduit for Spock and his father to have something akin to closure.

I think he did a little too much LDS.

Data defeating the Borg Queen.

The uniforms in Star Trek Voyager were awesome. I never understood Seven’s particular get-up (other than eye candy), but aside from that, those were the best designed uniforms across the spectrum.

Romulan Ale.

Khan in Space Seed and The Wrath of Khan. Not JJverse Khan.

Riker’s beard.

The theme song to Star Trek Voyager. I still get all goosebumpy when I hear it.

Picard’s flute.

The episode where Kirk fools the Enterprise computer by asking it to compute Pi to the end decimal.

Andorians. I love Andorians.

Fascinating.

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Weyoun. Any episode with a Weyoun in it was a good day.

Which side of the body is white? Which side of the body is black? Yeah, that still speaks to me.

Our Man Bashir.

Bashir and O’Brien’s friendship–and their obsession with The Alamo.

I’m a doctor, not a . . .

Spock and Uhura–never saw that coming.

What does God need with a starship?

The character arc for Seven. It was stunning to watch develop.

There. Are. Four. Lights.

Ezri Dax.

Borg implants.

Yesterday’s Enterprise.

Porthos’ cheese addiction.

Birds of Prey decloaking.

Elim Garak.

Okay, I have to stop. I could do this all day. All week. All year. I may go watch some Star Trek tonight.

Live long and prosper.

Oh, one more.

 

 

LUKE SKWALKER VERSUS SPOCK

Its ridiculous.

I know that, so don’t point it out and indulge me.

I was wearing one of my favorite Christmas presents this week, which is a black t-shirt with LLAP on it. Of course, LLAP is short for the Vulcan greeting and salutation, “Live long and prosper.”

Somehow in the course of the day, I began to think about who I would rather have in a pinch–a Jedi or Spock?

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In my honest opinion, Luke Skywalker is the greatest of the Jedi because he defeated Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and only had about forty five minutes of training from Yoda to learn everything. There might be other, greater Vulcans than Spock, but he is the one I know the most about, and he is the only Vulcan who has the coolness factor.

Just to clarify, when I say Spock, I mean Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

So, Luke Skywalker and Spock are in a pitched battle against each other for survival. Who do you got?

I got Spock. I think if they were at odds with each other, Spock would win nine times out of ten. Here is why.

  1. Jedi are stupid. Their abilities make them intellectually lazy. That is the only explanation I have for why they didn’t spot Palpaltine as Sith, or why Yoda and Kenobi didn’t both go after Palpatine together, then Vader.  Why divide up like that? Oh, I know, stupid.
  2. It might take time, but Spock would invent some kind of device that would neutralize Skywalker’s lightsaber.
  3. Do you think Jedi mind tricks would work on Spock. Of course not.
  4. Vulcans have their own paranormal mumbo jumbo going for them, which would offset some of Luke’s Jedi powers. Spock did one time mind meld with a brick, remember?
  5. In a world with Jedi, Spock would have a blood sample with midi-chlorians, find a way to kill them, and thus end Skywalker’s powers. He could defeat Skywalker without having to kill him.
  6. Spock would dodge one slash of the lightsaber, then put a Vulcan nerve pinch on Luke. Game. Set. Match.

I’m sure I missed something, but I think Spock would make quick work of the Jedi master. Now, give me some time to think about James Bond versus Harry Potter.

MY TOP FIVE SPOCK MOMENTS

Like a lot of folks in the kingdom of nerdom, I was rather startled to learn yesterday, while picking out fresh ingredients for pico de gallo, that Leonard Nimoy died at the age of 83.  Suddenly the freshness of the cilantro didn’t quite matter as much.

To help us all work through it, I’ve thought about my favorite Spock moments.  Of course, I know that Nimoy was more than Spock, which was only a role he played.  He was a human being with a private life, family, ideas, and feelings that most people probably don’t know about.  However, Spock was his primary conduit into my life, and it was his life’s work, therefore this is how I remember him; this is my en memoriam.

#5–Evil Spock with the beard (Episode titled Mirror, Mirror)

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The Dark Side of Spock

In the parallel, mirror universe, Spock is logical, but cruel and evil.  He also has the best use of a beard in the history of anything.

#4–Spock putting the Vulcan death grip on that loud mouth metal-music guy in Star Trek IV.

You remember the scene, right?  The crew is back on earth in 1980 something trying to steal a whale to come talk to the space probe in the future that is killing earth.  Spock and Kirk are riding a public transit bus in San Francisco, and this headbanger has his jam box blaring awful music.  Kirk asks him to turn it down a time or two, but the guy just turns it up.  Then Spock calmly puts the Vulcan pinch on him and he passes out and the music is silenced.  Everyone on the bus erupts in applause.

The scene is funny, but it is also ironic.  During the television show, Spock was somewhat of a hippie.  There is even one episode where he hangs out and plays music with space hippies.  Spock can dig the peace and love counter-culture, but he has zero tolerance for angry and mean counter-culture.  I’m with Spock on that one.

#3–Spock thinks he killed Kirk, all because of a woman (Episode titled, Amok Time)

This is an episode long memory that features Spock as the main character.  Spock is in the middle of the pon farr, which is the mating season for Vulcans.  It comes around every seven years and causes the logical race to lose their mind with hormone induced instincts.  Kirk takes Spock back home to Vulcan (I believe this is the only original series episode set on Vulcan) where a woman, his betrothed, has set up an elaborate plan to get Spock killed so she can be with her new boyfriend she met while Spock was gallivanting around the universe.

In a wicked maneuver, she sets the parameter where Spock has to fight Kirk, to the death, and Spock is in the pon farr, so he has no rational thinking about what he is doing.  Of course, Spock can kill Kirk without even trying hard, so McCoy rigs up an artificial death for Kirk.  Spock thinks Kirk is dead, and then he loses the girl because she chooses the other guy, so he goes back to the Enterprise the most dejected person you can imagine.  He killed his best friend and captain, he lost the girl, and now his career is over.  But when he sees that Kirk is really alive, he has a brief moment of laughter, joy, and exuberance.  It is one of the better Star Trek moments.

#2–Spock mind-melds with Captain Picard (Star Trek:TNG Episode titled Unification, Part 2)

Here we go with the generational motif so prevalent in Star Trek.  Over the years Spock mind melds with a lot of different people and things.  Remember when he mind melded with a brick?  Yeah, that was lame.  But my favorite is when he mind melded with Picard, who, strangely enough, had also mind melded with Sarek, Spock’s father.  Spock and Sarek were, to put it in human terms, estranged.  It is through Picard that Spock finally gets some level of peace with his recently deceased father.

The two part episode of The Next Generation in which this is featured is not all that great, but this is a great moment in the Star Trek Universe.

#1–“Ship, out of danger?” spocks-death2

What more can be said?  Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan is not only the best Star Trek movie, it is in my top ten films of all time.  I’m still upset at the remake of it–yeah, I’m talking to you J. J. Abrams.

This is Spock’s Jesus moment.  He gave his life to save the lives of his friends.  No greater love has anyone than this.  In case you miss the spiritual reference, Scotty plays Amazing Grace on the bagpipes as he is launched into the void of space–symbolic of death.  However, he lands upon the Genesis planet and thus begins his own resurrection story.

Live long and prosper.

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