It’s the Christmas season. And, of course, what would Christmas be without … Star Trek?
Microsoft? Not a fan. Well, maybe a little. Some of their stuff works great. But Windows? It’s cumbersome. I haven’t tried Windows 8 yet, but maybe it’s okay. Kinda doubt it.
Anyway, I went Mac in 2007 and have been happy ever since. Was MS-DOS since 2.20 and Windows since 2.03, but finally made the switch. Happy with my Mac, happy with my iPhone (though not with my carrier), and I’m not interested in going back to Windows, or with getting a Windows Phone.
Having said that, recently Microsoft posted a series of videos poking fun at Apple’s new iPhones. But, the Redmond company caught flack about them and took them down. I’m kinda disappointed they caved. The videos were kinda clever. Here’s one:
Now, a lot of the criticism I saw was directed at the confusion over the CEO character (seen only from behind). They weren’t sure if it was supposed to be Tim Cook because it sometimes looked like Steve Jobs. What they missed is … the entire point.
Though the ad begins in “2013″ it’s clearly a compare/contrast between Apple under Cook and Apple under Jobs. Notice how the characters talking to the CEO change shirts and hair styles. The grey shirts represent\ current-day, under Cook, and the black shirts represent Apple under Jobs.
They two developers are shown unsuccessfully selling Jobs on the idea of plastic, colored phones, and getting that passed off as innovation in the current day.
I liked the ad. Microsoft did a good job. It seems that some people don’t appreciate Microsoft’s sense of humor any better than I appreciate their operating systems.
Good job, Microsoft. On the videos.
Barack O–, Barack Obama, thank you for doing everything and all the kind stuff. Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with. Thank you for taking the courage and responsibility for everything you have done for us. And God has gave you an special power. And you, and you are going to handle it gr–, just fine. You are good, Barack Obama. You are great and– and when you get older you will be able to do great things. Love, Steven. Barack Obama!!”
What was it Linda Creed wrote? “I believe that the children are the future?”
For no reason whatsoever, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. William Shatner:
Some people appear to getting their panties in a wad over the pope laying hands on some guy and praying. They’re saying he performed an exorcism on the guy right there in line at St. Peter’s Square.
Here’s the video:
Now, it looks to me like he did exactly what I said in the opening sentence: he laid hands on a fellow and offered a prayer. Heck, I’ve seen Baptists do that, so I’m certainly not surprised when the Bishop of Rome does it.
But, some folks are going all gaga over it, calling it an exorcism. And, heck, maybe it was.
If it was, and Pope Francis can do that (and I’m not doubting it), I wonder if maybe he’ll do it again sometime.
I suggest his next visit to Washington, DC, would be a great time. So, in case the head of the Roman Catholic Church is reading this, here’s what to do:
I wish you much success!
Haven’t posted one of these in a while. Always good for a chuckle.
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Star Trek seems to have gotten one right. For those not familiar with the TV franchise, there’s a plot device they used in called Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development. There’s some mumbo-jumbo about “similar planets with similar environments and similar populations tended to gravitate toward similar biological developments over time.” What it really meant was that they could save money by having planets look like Earth at many points in history, allowing the show to use existing sets and costumes.
But, maybe, just maybe, there is something to Hodgkin’s Law. On March 15, 1967, the 25th episode of the show’s second season (production episode 43) aired.
Here’s the setup. The Enterprise happens across a planet similar to earth (the fourth planet of system FGC 892) with Hodgkin’s Law in full effect. On this planet, the Roman Empire didn’t fall in its 503rd year (476 A.D. by our calendar). It survived another 1,500 years or so, to Start Date 4040.7 when the Enterprise happened across it.
Rome is in what we would call the 20th century, and Kirk, Spock, and McCoy get captured when investigating. They’re thrown into jail with an ex-gladiator named Flavius. And that’s where our video picks up.
FLAVIUS: Long ago there were rebellings, but they were suppressed. And, with each century, the slaves acquired more rights under the law. They received rights to medicine, the right to government payments in their old age, and they slowly learned to be content.
SPOCK: Even more fascinating. Slavery involving into an institution, with guaranteed medical payments, old age pension.
The only thing they forgot were the Obama phones.
Well, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is back. Not for gays in the military; it’s (the president’s) new policy on questions about Libya.”
Now, if only the mainstream media would at least ask.
I noticed the audience didn’t like this one as much as some of the other Obama zingers Leno has told lately.
For the last couple of months, I’ve spent time locked in a satellite, being forced to watch bad movies with a couple of wise-cracking robots.
Wait. Maybe that wasn’t me, but someone else. I think I may have seen that on TV or something.
Yeah, that’s what it was.
I used to enjoy watching Mystery Science Theater 3000. Still do, in fact. I have all of the episodes on disc or recorded.
If you remember the show, you’ll recall that there was a character, TV’s Frank, played by Frank Conniff, that joined the cast at the start of Season Two and left at the end of Season Six. I liked the character. A lot. He was funny, and Frank Conniff made him really likable.
What’s Frank Conniff up to now? He’s still a comedian, and besides doing stand-up and participating in Cinematic Titanic shows, is doing commentary for Salon.com. Yes, it’s political. And yes, Frank is a liberal. Frank Conniff, I mean. Here’s his first Salon commentary.
Now, if you’re a fan of MST3K, as Frank J., Harvey, and I are, I’m curious as to what you think of Frank Conniff’s commentary. Lots of Satellite News readers agree with his politics, but a good number don’t.
I had a brief back-and-forth with one of the commenters there. He ended up linking to IMAO as evidence that I’m political or something. I thanked him for the link.
Anyway, what about you? Was it funny, regardless of political bent? How about the forum, an MST3K fan site? Is that the place for political commentary? And what about entertainers who go political? Does it ruin your appreciation of their past work?
What do you think about Frank Conniff’s commentary?
UPDATE: Linked by Frank Conniff. I think he thinks we think he sucks. I don’t think he sucks. I think his politics suck, but that’s true of most entertainers.
It is no longer a secret to the animal world. They know the truth: Obama ate a dog.
Now that the animals know, what will they do? Will plagues descend upon this nation? Frogs, lice, flies, locust…?
All because Obama ate a dog.
Everybody is talking taxes. Okay, not everybody. But some of the major Republican candidates are.
Herman Cain has a plan … two actually … to remake the tax code. One is his 999 plan. If you keep reading about 999, though, you’ll see that the long-term plan is to convert to what some call the Fair Tax. 999 involves income, corporate, and sales tax. The Fair Tax is simply a national sales tax.
Now, Rick Perry has come out with his own plan: a 20% flat tax rate for everybody. It’s an income tax, not a sales tax.
Waste of time. And here’s why.
Changing the tax code won’t do any good if the government keeps spending. They want to talk income, when the problem is outgo.
“Captain Smith, the lookout has spotted an ice berg dead ahead!”
“Very good, Mister Murdoch. Have the deck chairs rearranged immediately!”
“Aye, aye, sir.”
If we don’t cut spending, then 999 will become 20-20-20, then 30-30-30, then 50-50-50, and so on. Or, Perry’s flat tax won’t be 20%. It’ll be 40%. Then 60% And so on.
We’ve got to cut spending. But that’s hard. We can’t handle hard. Never have been able to.
Oh. Well, maybe we were able to do hard things. Maybe we still are. If we only decided to.
But if the whiney tittie babies that are occupying Wall Street, or sitting in the cabinet, or sitting in the Oval Office were around earlier in our nation’s history, things would be different. And not good different.
“Go to the moon? Imperialist! I’ll make a movie about it. Now give me a sandwich. Extra mayo.” — An nameless Hollywood filmmaker.
“You’ve brought us into this war under false pretenses. Germany didn’t attack us. Japan did! And that’s because of our support for Jews! We need to bring our troops home now!” — An unnamed Texas Congressman.
“That’s just like an evil Republican president. Next he’ll be using troops to seize property from people. What? He suspended habias corpus? Somebody needs to take Lincoln out.” — An unnamed Democrat
“Look at those awful Tea Partiers! It’s not safe to visit Boston Harbor any more. I tell you, they’re going to get violent one day!” — An unnamed government worker
The whiners and complainers need to shut the hell up. And we need to make some hard choices. It will be difficult, and hurt at times. But, like exercise, that’s when you know it’s working.
But, until we quit rearranging the deck chairs, we’re going to crash head on into that ice berg. Then, folks won’t be talking about pulling the car out of the ditch; they’ll be trying to get the ship off the bottom of the ocean.
Joe Biden wants to raise your taxes so you won’t get raped.
In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes–just to pick two categories–climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it. And God only knows what that number would have been had we not been able to get a little bit of help to you.
So, if you weren’t raped or murdered this year, thank Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
If you were raped or murdered, blamed the Republicans. In fact, the Republicans are tired of rapists and murders getting all the credit. They have formed a task force to climb into your windows, snatch your people up, and rape them.
How do you defend against it? You need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husbands because the Republicans will be raping everybody.
And they’re all racist. Especially that colored fellow. He’s the most racist of them all.
Disclosure: I have financially contributed to the Herman Cain campaign.
There’s a minor kerfuffle going on about something that Herman Cain said. It’s widely reported that he said he couldn’t support Rick Perry as the Republican nominee:
[Edited: The previous video no longer allows embedding. So, here is the original excerpt from CNN. The quote begins immediately after the commercial.]
Yep. That’s what he said. And that bothers me.
You see, I’ve been going on and on about how, no matter who the GOP nominee is, we need to support him. And some of you get your panties all in a wad about that.
“I’m not ever going to support Mitt Romney!”
“I won’t vote for Rick Perry!”
“If Sarah Palin isn’t the nominee, I’m not voting!”
“If Sarah Palin is the nominee, I’m not voting!”
“Ron Paul is nuts!”
Okay, that last one is okay. But still, nuts as he is, he’d a darn sight better than Barack Obama. But some of you are saying you won’t support this guy or that girl. Well, now Herman Cain sounds a lot like some of you people. Maybe he’s pandering to the panties-in-a-wad crowd.
I don’t care for that. I suspect Cain will backtrack, and soon. He’ll come up with some statement that sounds like some crafted statement talking about how we can disagree about important issues, but still have the same overriding goal: defeat Barack Obama and return competence to the White House.
But what should he say? Or, better, what should he have said to Wolf Blitzer’s question, “Could you support Rick Perry if he were the nominee?”
What do you think Herman Cain should have said?
Reality is racist. Just so you know.
Recently, the president gave a speech before the Congressional Black Caucus, and, as he is wont to do, he slipped into his “Hey-I’m-Black-Too” dialect. And, the Associated Press reported the actual words he used, as he used them:
Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’.
And, for reporting what happened, the AP was accused of being racist by Karen Hunter on MSNBC:
Hunter called the AP’s version “inherently racist,” sparring with New Republic contributing editor and noted linguistics expert John McWhorter, who argued the g-less version “is actually the correct one,” noting that the president’s victory in the 2008 election was due, in part, to how effortlessly “he can switch into that [black] dialect.”
To follow Hunter’s demands to their conclusion, as Jeff Goldstein put it:
…they are now charged with re-writing history to protect the speaker from himself, lest they be charged with transcribing reality, once considered the most neutral of all activities (at least in intent and aim), an activity that now carries with it the charge of “inherent racism” if the reality being transcribed belongs to blacks, and non-blacks or inauthentic blacks are doing the transcribing.
Presumably, Ms Hunter, if pressed, might have to extend the argument to audio clips that capture the dropping of the g’s — themselves a secondhand recording of reality that have not been “corrected” of their “inherent racism.”
So, now that we know that reality is racist and we must protect ourselves from it, we present the video of the president’s actual words, not as said, but as they must be to remove the charge of racism:
Liberals have been living outside reality for a long, long time. Now, they want us to live outside it, too.