Saturday, July 26, 2008
One Cup Of Earl Grey, Hot, Away From Jean-Luc Picard
Godwin's law states that As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.. A lesser known corollary, or maybe something I just made up, states that most disputes can be clarified by using a Picard versus Kirk clarifying analogy.

Therefore, I would posit for your reflection, that Obama is Picard and McCain is Kirk.

Obama lives in a moneyless world where the Federation rules all aspects of its citizens lives, and the military vessel he runs would only use its weapons to make pretty lights as it ferried ambassadors and vaccines all over the galaxy.

McCain, on the other hand, lives in a world where the Federation is an outpost of decency barely clinging on in a galaxy where others would conquer it and it wants to have adventures, dammit. McCain also sings "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran," and he might be bluffing....but maybe not. You can see Kirk doing that, but not Picard. That's my point.

So, friends and three of my four regular readers (excepting my sainted mother, who isn't geek enough for this post), please, let me know in the comments whether the analogy holds up.

Also, please no obvious Obama is Sisko bits. One, I don't know if I've ever watched a complete episode of Deep Space Nine in my life, and two, any Star Trek series with a number in its acronym is a sissy series (and I include ST:V in this assessment even though V is only a Roman number--however, Obama is Janeway comments might be acceptable.)

Get your geek on!

I'll see your geekiness and raise you: McCain is more of a Malcolm Reynolds. He's a veteran of an unsuccessful war against tyranny, has been known to work with unsavory characters in his job, and isn't afraid to blow things up if it's for the greater good.

You freakin' n00b. Why not bust out some new BSG references while you're at it.

We're talking the equivalent of the syllogism or yea, verily, the Logic Square here, where things that are more Kirk are better and things that are more Picard are a bit swishy and not necessarily bad, but not Kirk.

Please, phrase your comments in the form of Obama is more like Kirk because or McCain is more like Picard because he has less hair.

Not trying to ruin Western civilization with your alternate ways of geekiness.

Hey, the socialist utopian nonsense behind Star Trek has done far more damage to Western civilization than pretty much any form of geekiness yet known.

Dude, you're not posting an argument within the framework. Don't you have anything to say about the posted debate?

What, did you go to one of those Hazelwood schools or something?

I'll believe the framework was politics meets geekdom. Perhaps years of wearing pointy ears and asking Santa for a betleH under the (culture/gender/android/empath/species-neutral) Prime Directive Tree has stunted your ability to appreciate much better forms of SF and fantasy. Consider this: Star Trek made a star out of Bill Shatner. Isn't that enough to give one pause about its lasting meaning?

And, yes, I am "Straight Outta North County."

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