I’m a closet Trekkie without the elf ears or phaser. I don’t attend those goofy conventions but I love Star Trek and have since I was a kid. A few times a year when I can’t sleep, I have a ST marathon (I have all the DVDs. And for the original series I go to FirstOnMars.com or hulu.com and watch on my computer.)
I like the original series and the Next Generation – don’t watch the newer incarnations like DeepSpace 9. As far as I’m concerned, no one can be better Enterprise captains than William Shatner or Patrick Stewart.
Live long and prosper with a 2 state solution - Mr.Spock
Nimoy is advocating splitting Jerusalem. Making it the capitol of both Israel and the Palestinians, in addition to land swaps. What land is going to be swapped? If the Palestinians have control of the holy sites that are now in the hands of the Jews, will they remain open to all? I doubt it and so does Andrew Klavan:
In his letter, Nimoy sites the episode of ST called Let this be your last battlefield (Season 3, episode 15.) Two aliens are transported on board the Enterprise who have been in mortal combat for thousands of centuries. If you get a chance to watch the episode, it’s an obvious portrayal of the race issues in America in the ’60’s.
Star Trek - Let this be your last battlefield
Both men are half black and half white and the only difference is that white is on the left of one and on the right of the other. The dialog is Oppressor vs Oppressed, bad guy/good guy and guess who’s the oppressive bad guy? The one (Frank Gorshin) who represents the white American male. He’s white on his right. Get it? (As a side note, this is the television Primetime Propaganda that Ben Shapiro writes about in his new book.)
So Nimoy thinks that a lesson can be learned from this episode of centuries old conflict and puts it in the context of the 2 state solution in Israel. I’m not really seeing a connection here. Israel has taken a dry desert and turned it green. It’s created a nation that is the most productive and democratic in the entire region – a nation that is open to anyone and just to all, including women and gays, unlike it’s Muslim neighbors. It has never enslaved Palestinians (as the ST episode posits about Black Americans.) It has never religiously oppressed them, as their Muslim neighbors do to Christians and Jews.
The ST episode and the letter Nimoy has written suggests and encourages a form a reparation for the oppressed (Black Americans in the 60’s and now Palestinians.) This is not only unrealistic (I mean, after all it was just tv!) but dangerous to the Jewish state. How will Israel be more prosperous, more safe with the Palestinians owning half of Jerusalem and swaths of the country? These are people who have sworn their intent is to destroy Israel.
And why do the Israelis owe reparations to the Palestinians? They never enslaved or stole this land from anyone. It was a UN charter that granted this land to them. Why have the other Muslim nations not absorbed the Palestinians into their nations but instead expect the Israelis to do so?
A 2 state solution will not work. It will empower the Palestinians to attack the Jews and to take more and more if they can get away with it. It’s their stated goal to eradicate the Jewish state and giving them more of a toehold by donating half of the holiest of cities, Jerusalem to them, will only encourage them on their dastardly course.
My message to Mr.Spock is logical: In television, conflicts that have simmered for centuries are routinely solved in less than 50 minutes. Not so in real life.
By the way, if you’re not a trekkie you probably don’t get the reference in the title of this blog, to another ST episode: Spock’s Brain. In that episode, Spocks brain is surgically removed by another alien invader, much prettier than Frank Gorshin, and he’s kept alive by the gifts of Dr. “Bones” McCoy. (insert smiley face emoticon here, please.)
Come on, ask me anything Star Trek — I got an answer for it!
Two days ago, Matt Drudge linked to a new book by Jerome Corsi, unflinchingly titled Where’s the Birth Certificate? The book immediately leapt to number one on Amazon.com, where it has remained ever since. The media has shown its usual incredulity at the indisputable stupidity of the American people. How could so many people question President Obama’s birthplace? How could they wonder about his origins? Are they all simply racist?
The answer, of course, is that Americans are desperately seeking an answer to a simple question: why does President Obama appear to be so un-American? The term un-American here is not synonymous with anti-American (though Obama has been that on occasion); instead, it merely signifies that President Obama is unconcerned with typical American principles and traditions. He sees capitalism as selfish and evil, religion as dangerous and oppressive; he sees the Constitution as antiquated and entrepreneurialism as exploitative. [Read more by Ben Shaprio/NewsRealBlog]
Sometimes you read something and have an epiphany-like moment. Or more like a “he knows exactly what I’m thinking but couldn’t say it as well” experience. Shaprio put a tack right in the middle of the map for me with the question “why does Obama seem so un-American?”
I’ve never been marching in the birth certificate parade because some little voice tells me it could all be a head fake. Now, I have to admit that another little voice tells me there could very well be something to it, too. And if he does have a valid BC, then why spend millions of dollars to keep it hidden? I just have too many questions about him and why he’s guarded his life like no one I’ve ever seen in public life before. If I’m not mistaken, his annual physical has never been released nor were his medical records during the campaign. (Someone correct me with evidence, if I’m wrong, please.) I’ve never seen a politician with so many aspects of his life “off limits” like this guy.
But I digress.
The point is that this man we (well, not me) put in the Oval Office seems like he’s not one of us. He feels different from all the other Americans we know, we work with or work for, we love, we marry, we fight with and for. Obama is not like any of my neighbors or my state Senator. His values are not our values. For me, he IS the Anti-American. His principles are nothing like mine.
When you think about it, he didn’t grow up like a typical American. His youth was spent in foreign lands with foreign traditions and cultures. Is that a bad thing? Maybe, because it means that he can’t really relate to the typical American. He faked it pretty well during the campaign but now that he’s sitting in the White House, the difference between him and pretty much most of America, is very clear and he’s doing very little to hide it.
I guess what makes me the most uncomfortable about Obama is that he’s made me the enemy. I can’t remember a president who made those in the opposing party into the enemy, like this man has. (I find myself wistfully wishing for the days of Bill Clinton…. kinda.) To Obama, it’s them against us and by framing it this way, he’s made me feel like I’m in a civil war with my own government.
Remember when he said that we were no longer red states or blue states but now we were united states? He only said it once because he never really meant it.