The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary:For the Doctor Victory and Defeat?

Plot: The Doctor is gathering an army through space and time to find the kidnappers of Amy Pond and her baby melody. Will this be the Doctor’s greatest victory or his most humiliating defeat and why isn’t River Song refusing to help…

Writing: Steven Moffat really excels here giving us a collection of back stories and introducing several really enjoyable characters and seems to use them all in a way that keeps you engaged from the first moment to the last. Because of the split season format this was the equivalent of a season finale and he pulls out all the stops.

Acting: Everyone brought their “A” Game to this one from Smith, Darvill and Gillan. The supporting cast did their best to steal the show particularly Dan Starkey as Commander Strax and Simon Fisher-Becker as Dorium Maldovar.

Memorable moments: Would you like me to repeat the question? where’s the Nurse?, You don’t want me, You’re only Human, 3:42, Where were You?

Oddities: As the Doctor Ran away in the Tardis with his granddaughter his “cot” would not be on the Tardis.

Pet Peeves: Do we really have to play the gay Anglican marines game and the inter-species lesbians form 1890 game? the latter would be wildly anachronistic.

Great Quote:(s)

Harcourt: Commander Strax. I just have to ask. A Sontaran nurse?
Commander Strax: I serve a penance to restore the honour of my clone batch. It is the greatest punishment a Sontaran can endure, to help the weak and sick.
Harcourt: Who came up with that one?
(We hear the tardis materializing.)
Commander Strax: Tonight, though, perhaps my penance is over. Captain Harcourt, I hope some day to meet you in the glory of battle, when I shall crush the life from your worthless human form. Try and get some rest.

River Song: It’s my birthday. The Doctor took me ice skating on the River Thames in 1814. The last of the great frost fairs. He got Stevie Wonder to sing for me under London Bridge.

Rory: Stevie Wonder sang in 1814?

River Song: Yes, he did! But you must never tell him.

Rory: I’ve come from the Doctor too.

River Song: Yes, but at a different point in time.

Rory: Unless there’s two of them.

River Song: Now, that’s a whole different birthday.
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Madame Kovarian: You appear to be closing down, Dorium. What have you heard?
Dorium: That you pricked the side of a mighty beast, Madame Kovarian, and entirely failed to run. I admire your courage. I should like to admire it from afar.
Madame Korarian: We’ve been waiting a month. He’s done nothing.
Dorium: Do you really think so? There are people all over this galaxy that owe that man a debt. By now, a few of them will have found a blue box waiting for them on their doorstep, poor devils.
Col Manton: You think he’s raising an army?
Dorium: You think he isn’t? If that man is finally collecting on his debts, God help you, and God help his debtors.

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Commander Strax: Colonel Manton, you will give the order for your men to withdraw.

The Doctor: No. Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men to run away.

Colonel Manton: You what?

The Doctor: Those words: “Run away.” I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you “Colonel Run Away”; I want children laughing outside your door ’cause they found the house of Colonel Run Away; and when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through people *I love*!…is in any way a good idea… I want you to tell them your name.

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Amy Pond: Rory, no offense to the others, but uh, you let them all die first, okay?

Rory: You’re so Scottish.
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Final Verdict: Five Stars. A great our Stars a strong 2nd part but totally overshadowed by the ending.

Ranking in Series 6 to date 6th out of 7

1. The Doctor’s Wife
2. A good man goes to war
3. A Christmas Carol
4. Day of the Moon
5. The Impossible Astronaut
6. The Almost People
7. The Rebel Flesh
8. The Curse of the Black Spot

Ranking in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown)

1. The Doctor’s Wife
2. The Pandorica Opens
3. A Good Man Goes to War
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. The Big Bang
6. The Lodger
7. A Christmas Carol
8. Time of the Angels
9. Day of the Moon
10. The Vampires of Venice

You might remember the story back in may concerning the foreign students at the water supply of Boston I said at the time:

As I don’t want to risk giving some of our liberal friends the vapors I’ll close saying. It’s interesting that such a diverse group of people from different cities, states and countries were found by the water supply for Boston at this time..interesting.

I wonder if their religious backgrounds are just as diverse?

Well EJ Haust at conservative daily news has a follow-up that’s ore than interesting it’s ….. inconceivable

The seven individuals apprehended for trespassing at the Quabbin Water Reserve in Belchertown, Massachusetts, just after midnight May 14, 2013 are part of an “on-going criminal matter,” according to the Massachusetts State Police.

In response to a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request for names, addresses, court dates, and charges filed against the seven individuals, the Office of Chief Legal Council for the Massachusetts State Police cited several state statutes exempting the release of information requested.

“Please be advised G.L. c. 4, XXSSXX 7 cl. 26(a) exempts from public disclosure any records that are “specifically or by necessary implication exempted from disclosure by statute.” In this instance, your request falls within this exemption since releasing the requested information would violate… the Criminal Offender Record Information (“CORI”) statute.”

You mean there might be more to this than meets the eye? Inconceivable!

Via Michael Graham who comments

What the heck? Getting busted for trespassing is like getting a speeding ticket. There is no reason this information should be kept secret. Why are the staties hiding it? What’s the “ongoing criminal matter?” Is this just Massachusetts p.c. mania out of control, or were we lied to in May?

The state lying to us about a Muslim terror threat? Inconceivable!

Maddy in Mass tweeted the following on the subject

I’m more than shocked why the idea that there is anything nefarious about a group of Muslims from all over the world and a bunch of different cities meeting at midnight at the Water Supply of Boston is simply…what is the word…

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Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I’m shocked… shocked to find that gambling is going on in there.

employee: Your winnings sir.

Captain Renault: Thank you very much, ow everybody out.

Casablanca 1942

I don’t think a lot of folks on the right were surprised by this story:

Anthony Weiner is having such a hard time generating support for his limp campaign that he has resorted to paying a rent-a-crowd firm to provide “supporters” for his events, The Post has learned.

Some of the gung-ho Weiner crowds, including at the Aug. 11 Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, were really actors who were paid $15 an hour by the California firm Crowds on Demand, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal.

I decided to check out the “Crowds on Demand” site and found the services page. They have a full list of services offered including the following

Celebrity Airport Greeting

Celebrity Shopping Experience

Celebrity Fan Experience

“It’s all about ME” Day

Rally for YOU

Here is one of there services described in detail:

Corporate Public Relations

Need help with a publicity stunt? Whether it’s a flash mob, a rally or anything else you can think of, our trained actors can create a brilliant event that gets your company the right kind of attention. This will create a strategic impact that will boost sales and earn you valuable press exposure.

Hmm press exposure, that’s interesting but not as interesting as this:

Political Manpower

Campaigns need manpower and they need it quickly. We can provide that manpower to give your candidate or cause the edge. We can send supporters to a rally, (respectfully) protest outside opposition events, and help with regular campaign tasks such as canvassing or phone-banking.

Our operations in the two largest metropolitan areas in California makes us a perfect choice for ballot measure campaigns. We are available to do elections at all levels from neighborhood politics to national elections.

oh really?

I sincerely doubt that Anthony Weiner suddenly found this company out of the blue, and we’ve seen plenty of examples of paid protesters showing up for the left so I have a question.

Over the years how many News reports have we seen with actors from this company and/or others featured as protesters or marchers undetected by the MSM, and given that question why would be trust news reports of such things in the future?

I’d be very interested to find out if this method was used to pad the nationwide fast food protests.

And if so did were they paid at least $15 an hour.

 

BTW in case the page or entry from Crowds on Demand on political activity comes down, here is a screen shot.

crowds on demand

Those who trust what they see blindly are pretty blind themselves.

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You know what happens when you decide to go to war to not be mocked?

Stuff like this:
nana

I would normally expect such a pronouncement but when the commander-in-chief is worried about people making fun of him you just never know.

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Professor Yana: Might I ask, what species are you?
10th Doctor:   Time Lord, last of. Heard of them? (pause) Legend or anything? Not even a myth? (blank looks) Blimey, end of the universe is a bit humbling.

Doctor Who Utopia 2007

Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you’ll know by….

…And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Teach your Children 1970

It’s axiomatic that people on the net in general or on twitter in particular, aren’t necessarily who you think they are that thought instantly brings to mind  the trolls or the stalkers but there is one other aspect that is not malicious.

When you are speaking to a person face to face  you have an idea of their age. You can look at a 20 something and know they won’t laugh if you say: “Yeah but I shoot with this hand.” but someone fifty like me will remember this scene from Blazing Saddles

That’s not the case on twitter.  Icons & profiles not withstanding on twitter you can only use the conversation  to figure out the experience of whoever you’re talking to.  A great example of this took place this morning.

I’ve watched, with some surprise,  the MSM that fought George Bush tooth and nail on Iraq do their best to enable President Obama in Syria. This morning they received a shock as the British Parliament debated (and rejected) war in Syria. Seeing the clip of the back and forth on Morning Joe I tweeted out:

and got this response from a liberal that I occasionally joust with.

 

I was taken aback, could his person really not remember the protests, the debates, the months of back and forth on TV and finally the vote to authorize the use of force?

Then it hit me, she may not.

A person under 30 or someone who only became engaged with the rise of Obama or the  tea party might legitimately not know about the Iraq debate.

So for her benefit and those younger let me remind you of the vote in congress:

On October 16 2002 the Bush administration after months of back and forth in the media and making its case both to individual members of congress and to the public the congress saw a vote in congress take place on a resolution to authorize the use force in Iraq.

In the House the vote was 297-133 all but 5 republicans voted for the war. democrats were split 82-126 against. Bernie Sanders then in the house voted no. Ron Paul voted no on the GOP side.

In the Senate the resolution passed with 77-23.  All republicans votes yes except for Lincoln Chafee who is now a democrat. A majority of Democrats voted for this resolution including the current Sec of State John Kerry and the last sec of state Hillary Clinton

Yet even after the vote war didn’t come, a month later the US went before the United Nations and secured through the security council resolution 1441 on a 15-0 vote giving Iraq one more chance to come clean.

It would not be until March of 2003 that the first shots were fired.

Each of those steps took time, took debate, by the time the first guns were fired the people had heard the arguments for nearly a year and there had been plenty of loud debate, discussion and protest in George W Bush’s “rush to war”,  all of which my young debating partner on twitter was unacquainted with but has told me she will become so.

If you ever wonder why the teaching of history matters and conservatives constantly push it. This is why.  When people don’t know the past, who don’t remember the lies of Bill Clinton, the evil of the Soviets, the greatness of Reagan or the years before they become easy targets for those pushing ideologies that have failed over and over, but are not in their memory.

So have a little patience with the young when they don’t know what we do and see if you can educate them, you might be pleasantly surprised at what happens when they see facts that, for them, weren’t in evidence.

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Full disclosure: In my opinion there is no question that Assad is an evil, no good murderous bastard, I find it very easy to believe he has used chemical weapons to retain his power and his removal would normally be a clear positive. I think considering the involvement of Al Qaeda with the rebels and the likely hood that their victory would create another Islamist state even more dangerous to us that Assad a “surgical strike” would likely not be in the interests in the United States nor solve the actual problem.

I think if we go in, we should go in whole hog Iraq style with all that entails, if we are unwilling to do so, we should stay out and do what we can to relieve the humanitarian situation.

Update: Of course that should have said 2002 not 2012 fixed
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…they saw the grass of the Hill Country. To these men the grass was proof that their dreams would come true. In country where grass grew like that, cotton would surely grow tall, and cattle fat–and men rich. In country where grass grew like that, they thought, anything would grow.

How could they know about the grass. The grass had grown not over a season but over centuries.

Robert A Caro  The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Path to Power 1982 p 10-11

Last month large scale protests from the employees of Market Basket headed off a board looking to make largescale chances. This month the board held their meeting away from the public eye and made their moves:

The board of Market Basket, split by a bitter family feud among the supermarket chain’s owners, has voted to distribute $250 million to the company’s nine shareholders, according to a person briefed on the board’s action.

9 people splitting 250 mil comes to $27.7 Mil each before taxes but it’s their company and that in itself is not a big deal.

But this is:

The group opposing Arthur T. Demoulas has complained that Market Basket held too much cash and pushed the company to take on debt to pay out more to family members.

and this:

The board voted last week to hire an executive search firm, which indicates the process to secure a new CEO will soon be under way.

this

It also voted to establish a credit facility, which means Market Basket may be looking to take on debt for expansion, something it has never done.

and lastly this

Finally, in further distancing itself from the founders’ principles, it reportedly replaced two of the three trustees who oversee the company’s employee profit-sharing plan, an account of more than $550 million paid out to employees upon their retirement. Too generous a perk perhaps for those not sharing in its benefits.

The papers are talking about the greed involved, about a small group of rich people wanting even more.  Nobody is talking about how foolish this is.

Right now Market Basket’s shareholders are making an excellent profit, but they think they can do better. They have the right to make that conclusion and vote accordingly but I submit and suggest for all the above reasons: Debt, Labor and Experience the retention of Arthur T. Demoulas as the man in charge is not only the right thing for the company, it’s the smart thing to do.

And just as the free market rewards smart moves, it just as quickly punishes foolish ones.

Earth to the MB Board have you not noticed what happened to Detroit? How a successful city decided to borrow and spend to take care of their friends and became a town where you can’t sell a house for a dollar?

Did they not see the national failure of the past five years of borrowing money wholesale and giving it to your friends and supporters? Perhaps they didn’t notice it because of the wise moves by the very leadership they are now rejecting?

The problem here isn’t greed, people are always looking out for their own self interest, the problem here is stupidity in not realizing their moves will produce a result opposite of what they think.

You have a company that is a success, with no debt, a loyal and dedicated workforce that retains talented people for decades, that has managed to be profitable in the worst economy in half a century in a business with a tiny profit margin by offering the lowest prices in the area.

Do the owners of this business really think that this success happened on its own? Do they really think they can borrow money, play with the management, panic their work force and expect the good times to continue to roll on as if there is no other supermarket chain in the area?

What do you they think will happen when the prices go up, when the best and brightest in the stores decide it is no longer worth staying there, when the Unions hungry for fresh meat go to the stores to organize and take advantage of the now spooked workforce? What do they think will happen? Do they really think the fatted calf will still give milk after it’s been slaughtered?

Market basket is nearing its 100th anniversary.  It was founded the year the United States entered World war one.   It took 96 years for the business to reach the level of success it enjoys today. The board members will find it takes a lot less time to throw that success away.

Jay: Man, we ain’t got time for this cover-up bullshit! I don’t know whether or not you’ve forgotten, but there’s an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that’s about to…

Kay: There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet

Men in Black 1997

President Andrew Shepherd: Leon, somewhere in Libya right now, a janitor’s working the night shift at Libyan Intelligence Headquarters. He’s going about doing his job… because he has no idea, in about an hour he’s going to die in a massive explosion. He’s just going about his job, because he has no idea that about an hour ago I gave an order to have him killed. You’ve just seen me do the least Presidential thing I do.

The American President 1995

The story of Barack Obama’s presidency is still in the process of being written but there were three stories today that reminded me how far we have fallen as a nation in just five years of having this man in the White House.

The first comes from the Los Angeles Times

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” he said.

What?

The president of the United States, the “Most Powerful Man on Earth” the “Leader of the Free World” the man who was given the Nobel Peace prize in anticipation of what he was going to do is going to attack Syria:

1. Not to neutralize Syrian Chemical Weapons

2. Not to save the lives of the innocents in the crossfire

3. Not to give notice to the world that using Chemical weapons will not be tolerated

He is going to hit them to keep himself from being mocked?  What is he a ten year old on a playground?  It’s one of the most obscene things I’ve ever heard of in my lifetime.

God forbid his manhood is ever threatened if he has the nuclear codes nearby.

 

Then we have the legal process to authorize these strikes

 

While the left might howl & moan all of their complains concerning George Bush and “warmongering” can’t change the fact that not only did the war Iraq have a UN resolution in place but President Bush secured congressional authorization in both Iraq and Afghanistan that he spent months making the case for before the actual votes in order to win them.

Barack Obama administration doesn’t think that way.  While back in 2007 both he and his vice president were sure congressional action was required apparently the act of lobbying or making the case to secure the votes of the congress is not worth their effort nor is any attempt to make the case to the American People who might persuade the congress to go along:

But Obama doesn’t want to do this. Why? Because he fears Congress might, after the debating the issue, say No.

So of course that’s what the Constitution’s war-making clause means: You have to get Congress’ authorization, so long as you know they’ll say yes, but if you think they’ll say no, then of course all war-making power vests in One Man Alone.

This is his same reasoning on domestic policy, too. Sure, he’d prefer to have actual laws passed which execute his preferred policies into law, but since Congress disagrees with him, naturally all law-making power flows into his singular person.

And if trying to convince the American people or the congress isn’t worth his time.

And don’t’ even start talking about trying to talk the UN into anything.

and the media that went after George Bush about illegal wars like the NYT?

Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal

They’re singing a tune they wouldn’t play for a republican

Since Russia and China won’t help, Mr. Obama and allied leaders should declare that international law has evolved and that they don’t need Security Council approval to intervene in Syria.

When the president made his red line threat his job AT THAT POINT was to start making the case to the people and the congress why we had to back it up.  He had a lot of time to do this as he made his speech a full year ago.

But the reality is the “red line” speech was given in the middle of a re-election campaign to show that he was doing something, to give the image he was strong,  something just muscular enough to keep him from being mocked.

Some things never change.

Finally there was yesterday’s anniversary of the MLK march on Washington Event.  There are three branches to government the only Black US Senator wasn’t there (Tim Scott), the only Black Supreme Court justice wasn’t there ( Clarence Thomas) but the first Black President (Bill Clinton) was as was the current black president Barack Obama.

His presence was considered very symbolic , speaker after speaker , interview after interview and newsman after newsman spoke of how wonderful it was that on the anniversary of MLK’s speech a black president was to give the closing remarks.

Then came the speech itself.

The president’s speech writers produced a speech and Barack Obama stood at that podium before his teleprompters and gave that speech…

…and the media went wild!

Douglas Brinkley called the “beautifully written” speech “one of the best he’s ever given”

George Stephanopolus loved it

Ron Fournier said it should be on granite

The MSM’s praise was unrestrained and one might wonder the reason.

I don’t.

This president has failed on the economy, he has failed diplomatically, he has failed as a job creator, the scandals have been an ethical failure ,  he has failed as commander-in-chief in Benghazi, his position in Syria is self-serving and has certainly failed as a person who brought races together.

But there are two things he can do all day long.  He could be black and he can read a speech from a teleprompter with the best of them and because the media has no other reason to celebrate this president, they indulged themselves knowing the next day they would be back to covering a feckless president unable to lead, unable to govern.

All I can think of is this passage from the first Book of Kings Chapter 18 verses 26-29

Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying, “Answer us, Baal!” But there was no sound, and no one answering. And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.  When it was noon, Elijah taunted them: “Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating, or may have retired, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”  They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.  Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state until the time for offering sacrifice. But there was not a sound; no one answered, and no one was listening

The media is in love with their God and will stay loyal to that love, even as his administration mistreats them come what may.

What does it say when the supporters of a president and the media are more concerned with a good visual than with the coming of war and what does it say about our country that it has taken only five years to reach this point that would have been unthinkable before?

Remember America you did this to yourself.

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Inigo Montoya: Who are you?
Man in Black: No one of consequence.
Inigo Montoya: I must know…
Man in Black: Get used to disappointment.

The Princess Bride 1987

Marn: Her cries will be clearly audible, your Honor.
The Collector: What’s that? The subtleties will be lost. The deeper notes of despair, the final dying cadences.

Doctor Who The Sunmakers 1977

Yesterday I express my gleeful anticipation of Robert Stacy McCain’s response to the revelation that one of the epic moments in feminism was a lie for the sake of a buck.  I anticipated a tour de force so inspired that thousands of women enrolled in women’s studies courses would begin a rampage of arson and rage that would make the LA Riots looks like the Zoot Suit fight scene from 1941

Alas it is not to be:

 

Now as Robert Stacy McCain writes for money so I suppose I could hit his tip jar or pay him to put together a 500-1000 word guest post but I suspect it would be like going to Nevada and dropping money for a good time, it provides superficial pleasure but can’t compare to the kiss of a women who really means it.

A paid piece while likely to be excellent, would not have the inspired joy that I anticipated.

Alas you can’t always get what you want.

Update: Stacy sends his regrets in a post:

So my apologies to Pete for neglecting his challenge, but the thing is, if these fools won’t heed the wisdom of Edmund Burke, why should I expect them to listen to me?

We should never accuse feminists of mere ignorance.

They know the truth. They just hate the truth.

No bad but not magic. It’s like two men looking at a woman one will think she’s hot and the other average and no amount of persuasion is going to change their minds.