Being that it’s Star Trek’s birthday I came across this article on the Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2012/0907/Star-Trek-The-Original-Series-surprising-role-in-US-civil-rights
Who knew Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Trekkie?
In fact, Nichols later revealed in an interview with NPR, King was actually a driving force in persuading her to stay on the show when she was mulling other career opportunities. This happened in the 1960s, at an NAACP fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Nichols was approached by King, who claimed to be a “Trekkie” himself, as well as her “greatest fan.”
Nichols confessed she was thinking of leaving Star Trek.
” ‘You cannot do that,’ ” King said, in Nichols’ recollection. “And I was stunned. He said, ‘Don’t you understand what [series creator Gene Roddenberry] has achieved? For the first time, we are being seen the world over as we should be seen.’ He says, ‘do you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to stay up and watch.’ I was speechless,” Nichols remembered.
Well it looks like Earth is ending:
But it looks like we’re going to Mars (but you might need a headshot):
I have that feeling I used to have when I lived in New York and I knew the lease was about end. Living any other place just seemed like moving to another planet.
But seriously, I’m excited about Mars. If Reality TV gives us space travel, it might clear up its debt with humanity.
Photo of Mars by NASA
Here’s a little fun with other people’s footage.
I have a few concerns about this Ground Zero Mosque we’re building. I was in Manhattan on 9/11/2001 and drive by Ground Zero every day, so I think I have some solid perspective.
Here are my concerns:
The location of the Mosque: It’s not exactly on Ground Zero, it’s a couple blocks away. This is pointless. Perhaps we should consider putting it actually in Ground Zero, make it really tall, as a little insurance policy that history doesn’t repeat itself.
Transportation: Come on, Lower Manhattan? Where’s Osama bin laden supposed to park? We expect the leader of Al Qaeda to take the train in the middle of Ramadan? Let’s roll out the red carpet a little for our foreign visitors.
Moderate Muslims: I have been hearing, time and time again, that this Mosque is being made by moderate Muslims. Come on, guys. Let’s get the extremist, crazy-town, bomb’s away, infidel fearing, I’ll do anything to get out of the desert Muslims in there so we know where to catch and hold them guilty until proven innocent.
Not-So-Sparkling Vistas: In the Mosque’s current location, I’m afraid the view will be quite poor in the secret room where President Obama and Mohammed will meet every Tuesday to discuss how to run the world. A nice solid panorama of the city would really make us all the more human as these two decide which liberties to steal from us.
I found this Powerpoint Bill Clinton made of his North Korea trip.
It’s funny Friday. Check out these three from Amazon Women on the Moon. I remember seeing the movie posters plastered all over New York when I was 10 and wondering what this R-rated movie was about. Now, thanks to YouTube, I can finally find out:
Ed Begley, Jr.’s commitment to lunacy cracks me up. I like how the bar puts up with him.
I like Steve Guttenberg’s mumbling reactions when his date is reading his history.
And here’s some classic Joe Dolce:
I was looking through the New York Times website when I noticed this incriminating picture of Secretary Geitner. There on the wall is a television showing the man who is secretly running it all: the government, the religions, and the media. From this picture it is easy to conclude that this is the man behind the proverbial “They,” as in “they want you to think that.” And there they are watching us from their Big brother like computer screen, making sure it’s all part of the program. We can’t see much from this picture but common sense allows us to deduce the following:
- He is 200 years old
- He keeps watch on Washington from a cave 50 miles below the surface of the Earth
- He killed JFK, puts flouride in our water, doesn’t want us to know about the aliens and their free zero point energy, knows about the Hollow Earth, is in charge of faking Global Warming, and knows the absolute truth as passed on by the pharoahs yet keeps it from us to secure his power over the world.
Some have suggested that is merely an image of Barney Frank on a T.V. screen. To the educated observer, this clearly isn’t the case. The evidence is paramount, what more do you need, skeptics?
Total Economic and Social Collapse
In a last minute press conference, President-Elect Barack Obama announced, “I just want to mention, I’ve gone over all of our country’s problems, not too mention the world’s, and I don’t think I can, in good conscience, be the President everyone is hoping for. I mean, I can work with the Republicans on bills and amendments and stuff… but, man alive… I got two wars on my hands, this bum economy, the healthcare crisis, and if everyone could just forget about global warming for a few month’s I’d really appreciate it. You see, in a couple weeks everyone’s going to be looking to Barack to fix everything. And Barack just wants to say, ‘Don’t get your hopes too high.’ I can maybe give you a tax credit or something. Honestly, I kind of envy President Bush and your low-expectations that saved him from criticism.”