By John Ruberry

This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics decried as someone who presented a dark vision of America. Sound familiar?Chicago Police SUV

Missing of course in 2016 is a third-party presidential candidate who can win electoral votes; in 1968 avowed segregationist and renegade Democrat George Wallace fed on racial discord–and there is plenty of that this year, most of it brought on by leftist groups such as Black Lives Matter, which seems very keen on protesting the rare shootings of African-American criminal suspects but is largely on silent on the daily carnage in cities such as Chicago, where so far this weekend over thirty people, most of them black, have been shot. In most of these shootings it’s very likely that other blacks pulled the trigger.

What is largely forgotten about the 1968 election is that it was the first presidential contest since Reconstruction in which a southern blacks voted in large numbers.

We’ve progressed far.

The penultimate year of the turbulent 1960s also brought us the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, North Korea’s seizure of the USS Pueblo, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King–the anger from the latter caused dozens of deadly riots in American cities–the May Insurrection in France, and the turmoil of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

I’m sure I overlooked something.

This year has seen several deadly Islamist terrorist attacks, including last month’s Orlando night club shooting and the Nice, France truck killings, two assassination tragedies–one in Dallas and the other in Louisiana–where multiple police officers were killed, “Brexit,” Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the attempted coup in Turkey, and of course the frenzied US presidential campaign.

Remember: We still have five more months in 2016.

On the positive end, the Apollo 8 mission brought the moon within reach at the end of 1968.

Let’s hope 2016 ends with good news.

Oh, it was also in late 1968 when Star Trek’s “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode aired. Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura delivered American television’s first kiss between a black and a white, and this embrace was not an innocent peck on the cheek.

As Mitch Albom wrote in Tuesdays With Morrie, “Love wins. Always.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. And yes, he was alive in 1968.

For the first time in a month I woke up at 5 AM (day off) and with daily mass in the evening I turned on Morning Joe and saw something amazing.

The discussion was why Donald Trump was perceived as he was and turned instantly to Barack Obama noting that Paris happened after he said ISIS was contained and San Bernardino happened after he said ISIS can’t strike here. The pièce de résistance was when
Jon Meacham called it a malaise among the people like the Carter years and NOBODY AT THE TABLE CONTESTED IT.

Now for people like Glenn Reynolds and myself this is no big deal, I started my (Chester) Arthur (Jimmy) Carter watch during my first week of blogging (day 4 actually Dec 2 2008)

You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter.

But for the Morning Anchor show of MSNBC to say this in their first hour and have no liberal at the table contest it is amazing.

What was their explanation? ISIS. People are more afraid of a terror attack then at any time since 9/11. It’s brings to mind an early episode of the original Star Trek series: What are little girls made of?

Kirk: Emotion, Ruk? You disapprove of Miss Chapel’s orders to save my life?
Ruk: To maintain your existence would be illogical.
Kirk: Why? Can’t your memory banks solve a simple equation like that? …

Just as conservative bloggers and writers have been doing our best to counter the programing that the MSM has given the public concerning the Obama administration, Kirk presses the Android Rok to see the danger to him that he has been conditioned to avoid and finally gets a breakthrough…

Kirk: The danger to you is Korby.
Ruk: I was programmed by Korby. I cannot harm him.
Kirk: The old ones programmed you, too, but it became possible to destroy them.
RUK: [Excited] That was the equation! Existence! Survival must cancel out programming.

Realizing that this administration will get them killed has finally overridden the MSM & culture’s programming.

Too bad for America they didn’t figure this out four years ago.

Incidentally I dropped Arthur / Carter watch in the first year when it became clear which one he was going to be.  Walter Russell Mead said in 2001 that Jimmy Carter was the best case scenario for Obama.  He hasn’t even managed that.

Unexpectedly

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One of the constants of the left is that if one of their own falls it certainly isn’t the fault of the left or anything resembling it. It’s an aberration, a person disturbed or the person really wasn’t a leftist after all.

But if you really want to find the ultimate it spinning Niki at the Liberty Zone has found it:

I shouldn’t be amazed at the continued racism, prejudice, and utter appalling lies perpetuated by the SJW crowd. After all I’ve written about them enough on this blog. Every time I finish an essay, I promise myself to ignore these nits hereafter. I don’t want to give them any additional publicity or clicks.

The story she is talking about is pretty basic, a rather well-known Astronomer and professor at liberal Bastion USC Berkeley Geoffrey William Marcy was found to have violated the sexual harassment policy of the college

Amid growing outrage less than a week after a sexual harassment scandal burst into the news, renowned astronomer Geoff Marcy has resigned his post at UC Berkeley.

But his resignation, announced by campus administrators Wednesday, did little to quell anger over the school’s light punishment after an official investigation found he had been subjecting students to unwanted groping, kissing and massages for nearly a decade.

The Berkley statement is of interest:

 

It is important to understand that as Berkeley’s leadership considered disciplinary options, we did not have the authority, as per University of California policy, to unilaterally impose any disciplinary sanctions, including termination. Discipline of a faculty member is a lengthy and uncertain process. It would include a full hearing where the standards of evidence that would be used are higher than those that are applied by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) in the course of its investigations. The process would also be subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

 

The statute of limitation explains why this is not criminal matter.

Now the idea that a Berkeley Professor used power to take sexual advantage of students in his care is a legit story and one that’s repeated in public schools & colleges nationwide.

What was the cause? The abuse of power? A predatory nature? Because he could? No the blame for this Berkley professor can be laid at the door of that infamous womanizer…Captain Kirk…

In hindsight, those early episodes seem undeniably cheesy, but at the time they were far more serious – not only about the starship Enterprise’s mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” but also about the importance of Captain Kirk meeting hot alien babes on all of the strange planets they found.

if you think blaming Kirk is maximum crazy it’s not:

But condemning the behavior of the university and the professor wasn’t good enough for the “writer” of the dreck I cited above. No, she just had to take the opportunity to smear the SJWs’ favorite punching bag, the Sad Puppies, with that tainted brush, because Sad Puppies = anyone the SJWs hate.

The mental acrobatics and irrational contortions that she obviously had to go through to reach this conclusion are making my eyes cross! You see, the Sad Puppies, in the addled shit show of a mind of this particular imbecile, want to bring back the good ole days of science fiction, which are replete with misogyny, degradation of women, and the SJW morons’ favorite boogieman: the domination of old white men.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

This college professor while pretending to be a good liberal professor at Berkeley was made a sexual harasser late in life because of the horrible influence of William Shatner’s portrayal of Captain Kirk and Furthermore this just shows that the Sad Puppies Hugo Awards guys want to create a world we’re science fiction will be all about grooming people to think sexually assault women while pretending they are orion slave girls.

And you thought medical marijuana wasn’t harmful.

Of course even funnier is the demonstration of my crazy uncle principle as said opinion apparently produced a plethora of agreements and affirmation. It’s a wonder they haven’t launched a class action suit against Shatner.

I wonder if Bill Clinton & Bill Cosby were big Trek fans?

There are people in the world who need to be laughed at publicly, this person is one of them.

Via Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit

Update: Related, perhaps not being able to cope with the opposite sex is a berkeley problem.

“One time, I agreed to meet with this guy at 8 or 9 at night. Before we met, I said to him, ‘This is the work I do, I know the chief of police … so, don’t try and get creepy; I know all my rights.’ And five minutes later, he was like, ‘Actually, I’m really not OK with how you just assume I’m a bad guy. And I get very bad vibes from that, so we shouldn’t hang out anymore.’”

“I was in a rage. He was a total fuckboy about consent,” she said.

I guess this berkeley co-ed is lucky this guy sounds like a closet Shatner fan to me. I think Stacy can see her future

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This weekend at Instapundit Randy Barnett linked to an interesting piece on Star Trek TNG that discussed how the 3rd Season Cliffhanger led to acceptance in the Star Trek Community.

“MR. WORF, FIRE!”: The Story of the Most Daring Cliffhanger in Star Trek ‘Next Generation’ History:

If you are a star trek fan you’ll likely find the story interesting, but at the end of the piece there was a really telling bit concerning the third story in the arc.

Memory Alpha summarizes an early scene:

Captain Picard, himself undergoing repairs of the emotional kind following his assimilation, is packing to go to Earth. He is visited by Troi, who asks him where he’s going. He tells her he is going to go to La Barre, France, his home village. It will be the first time he has gone home in nearly twenty years. Troi says she finds it interesting that Captain Jean-Luc Picard is going on vacation so easily and they could hardly pry him out of his command chair for a vacation for three years. Picard tells her simply that it’s Earth, it’s home and he doesn’t think he needs a much better reason. He tells her her assistance has been invaluable to him, but that he’s much better now, saying his nightmares have ended and that what he needs now is some time to himself. Troi agrees, but states that his destination could stand some scrutiny. Picard tells her if she wants to think that his going home is a result of being assimilated, feel free. Troi reminds him that it’s just going to take time. His assimilation was an extremely traumatic event and he won’t recover so quickly and that it’s perfectly natural to spend time trying to find oneself again.

In the episode the homecoming isn’t as easy as it seems because Picard and his brother have unresolved issues that rise to the surface.  It is the meat of the episode but apparently Gene Roddenberry didn’t think so as related by writer Ronald Moore: (emphasis mine)

We had to kind of fight for “Family.” [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry hated it. He wanted to throw it out. My only story meeting with Gene was that episode. It was me and Michael and Rick Berman, who was running the production side of things, we all met in Gene’s office and Gene just said “this isn’t the 24thcentury.” “These brothers reflect outdated, 20th-Century modes of childhood development. Mankind had solved these kind of issues by then. I hate this.”

And that my dear friends speaks volumes about how the left sees things.

One of the great truths of the universe is that Humanity really hasn’t changed in millennia , the basic drives and desires are the same and have been the same, the only difference that Technology provides is the ease of doing so.

It’s one of the reasons why things like scripture resonate because the same sins of the past are the one that plague mankind thousands of years later

Yet Gene Roddenberry a man who was driven by his chemical and sexual drives hated the very idea that in the 24th century those same drives that consumed him might exist in his utopian world.

 

Now cooler heads prevailed and this episode became an excellent one  but the point is this, our liberal friends believe that the world is just one invention, one law, one moment away from suddenly becoming heaven on earth.

It reminds me of this story from the book The Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins concerning 3rd world armies.

An SAS officer remarked during the campaign on the problem that affects many Third world armies of concentrating on acquiring expensive technology rather than applying basic training and skills. On his own travels abroad, he said, he found again and again that his hosts disbelieved all that he told them about the achievements of the SAS being based on intensive, ceaseless meticulous training and preparation. “They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.”

This should sound familiar all we have to do is restrict guns, make laws against “hate” or allow a 3 women to marry 2 men and suddenly the world will be everything you dream it to be.

And while that might be great if you want to create an entertaining fictional universe it just doesn’t work when the camera yells cut and the real world comes calling.  I’ll give the last word to CS Lewis on the difference between the liberal  and the conservative

 It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories from the Odyssey buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married and begin the real task of learning to live together. In every department of life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing.

Look at any liberal endeavor vs any conservative one and you will see this is true.

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Last week I accidentally ran across Star Trek Continues.

As I recognized the actor who had played Apollo in the base series and couldn’t get to sleep I stayed up to watch it.

To say I was pleasantly surprised and impressed is an understatement.

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This week the Guardian Newspaper & Martin Robbins  provided proof positive that there is no subject that can not produce liberal angst, even subjects that concerning things far in the future:

How can our future Mars colonies be free of sexism and racism?

The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American pioneers of Manifest Destiny still colour the space age, so is it a myth that we’ll turn nice on Mars?

This produced plenty of snark:

Reason:

Seriously, you’re talking about starting a colony on Mars (which thankfully—and unlike large swaths of colonies formed on Planet Earth—has no native population) and you’re stuck on GamerGate?

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Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too:

Samizdata:

I mean read this whole article, then I defy you to look me in the eye and tell me they are not taking the piss out of themselves.

Clayton Cramer:

Of course this is the same newspaper that marked the 100th anniversary of the invention of the airplane by turning into a commentary about Americans inventing it to kill people.

But all of joking aside Mr. Robbins dream of the liberal beta male colonization of space forgets ignore a basic reality the nature of the Beta Male vs the Alpha male to wit the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry

The very nature of both space exploration and colonization demands the Alpha male.

The Alpha Male is The person willing to take the chance, risk their life and live it to the full.

The Beta male doesn’t do this, he would like to do this, and on occasion may even rise to the occasion given the right inspiration but as a rule does not.

The Alpha male moves forward, doesn’t let complaint and risk stop him. The Alpha Male is James Kirk

The Beta male is Leonard Hofstadter and he is the type who offers tearful apologies if feminists are offended by his shirt.

Of course in fairness Kirk didn’t spend a lot of time in his shirt.

Star Trek Captain Kirk & his Crew inspired generation of kids & teen to want to go out into space and be like him.

And while some comic book & gaming geeks like myself like the idea that our hobbies are more accepted because of Sheldon & Leonard, the only thing about Leonard boys in school dream of being is laid by Penny.

In fairness there will likely be plenty of Leonards, and Rajs and Howards and maybe even a Sheldon or two on the team that gets the first Mars Colony ship into space.

But the Crew will be Full of Kirks and his crew who will be too busy going boldly where no man has gone before to give a damn what the Martin Roberts of the world think.

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Update:  Author of Guardian piece was Martin Robbins not Roberts thanks to Rand Simberg on twitter for the catch corrected

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A few hours after getting home from my in studio appearance on the Michael Graham show where Michael Graham was playing Spock concerning Ted Cruz’s tactics in fighting Obamacare.

The problem with Michael’s argument was addressed by a listener of his who left me a cell message after hearing me on his show: Where you start in a negotiation often determines where you end up, but even more importantly you never know how much nerve the other side has, until you test it.

As Kirk put it

Not Chess Spock…POKER!

People forget that while Medicare, social security and the Military are perhaps unemployment are universal drivers a lot of the spending that a government shutdown will affect is spending conservatives oppose anyway.

Let’s say we have a shutdown and the GOP sends those piecemeal bills to fund Medicare, the Military and the like, what do you think is going to happen when the Acorn affiliates, Planned Parenthood and the left’s other allies find the government dollars that pay their foot soldiers stops coming? Imagine for example, if the GOP decided to exchange things for a year delay, or say: You can have Obamacare funding but not planned parenthood funding.

I think the reaction as we watch them make that choice might be something like this:

At least it will be if the GOP keeps its head.

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Today on Twitchy we found out that the great Star Trek / Star Wars debate between William Shatner and Carrie Fischer is still on.

I favor Star Trek over Star Wars myself but since I’m a Doctor Who fan over all I tweeted the following:

Imagine my shock when I got this tweet in reply:

I’ve interviewed Senators and congressmen, TV personalities like Joe and Mika, I’ve spoken to Todd Palin (although never managed to get a direct question to Sarah) and even questioned the man who will be the next president of the United States twice, but in terms of coolness this definitely tops the list and impressed the hell out of My youngest who was sitting next to me at the time and my oldest and wife who just got back from Foxwoods celebrating his 21st birthday. As I put it:

Stacy McCain might argue (correctly) that his hard-earned tweet & retweet from Alyssa Milano is more desirable and nobody can deny she is a beautiful woman, but while there will never be a shortage of beautiful women in Hollywood there will never be another William Shatner.

Is that cool or what?

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I think this tweet could be:

It doesn’t even matter what the video looks like or what it says. If Michelle Malkin whose conservative credentials are unquestionable is saying this, that is simply disastrous for the Cain campaign. That’s why I included the follow-up tweet, once someone says “The emperor has no clothes” then it begins. It’s the Sarek of Vulcan moment:

GAV: No! You! How do you vote, Sarek of Vulcan?
SHRAS: Why must you know, Tellarite?
GAV: In council, his vote carries others. I will know where he stands and why.

Star Trek Journey to Babel Nov 17, 1967

And yes this is likely the only time in her life that Michelle Malkin will be compared to Spock’s father.

If I’m the Cain Campaign I schedule an interview with Malkin STAT and prep big time.

Of course if he took my advice and Hired Jimmie Bise or Stacy McCain….

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Update: This Sarek of Vulcan Michelle Malkin post is even worse

Update 2: Here is the Star Trek clip via CBS

Just a reminder of the type of stuff you could find on TV just two years ago concerning this president:

From The end of Time Part 1:

“Don’t forget tomorrow night, Christmas broadcast, President Obama, he’s promised to end the recession!”

“Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity”

Just to put it in perspective, this was broadcast Christmas of 2009. Filming began March of 2009 which means that writing began months before that.

And now the left is breathlessly awaiting a speech from Obama on Sept 8th to save the world again.

The best answer to this nonsense comes from a clip from a different Science Fiction series:

“There’s an old old saying on earth ‘Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me’.”

Never forget America, we did this to ourselves.