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A Star Trek Discovery Review

I have been watching the latest Star Trek series. Star Trek: Discovery. The storytelling and plot are fantastic thus far. But like the reboot movies it has a lot of continuity issues.

The Discovery takes place some 10 years before Captain James T. Kirk conducts his famous 5 year mission on the Enterprise. So I watch for things that should not be in that time period of known Star Trek history.

First off there is the use of the arrow head emblem for all of Star Fleet. This is incorrect. The arrow head emblem did not become the symbol of Star Fleet until after Captain Kirk returned from his historic 5 year mission. Prior to that event every ship in Star Fleet had it’s own symbol. The arrow head was the symbol of the U.S.S. Enterprise only.

The technology seems to improve by going back in time of Star Trek’s history. They have holographic displays and consoles. This tech is even better that the tech of the Enterprise in The Next Generation under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The Discovery even has a small holodeck for combat training. Something that wasn’t invented until the 24th century in The Next Generation, and then it was rather new and a questionable technology. It is flawless on the Discovery.

Everyone seems to use holographic communications as well. The Federation aboard Star Fleet vessels and even the Klingons themselves. No more putting the incoming communication “on screen”. There is a 3 dimensional person to walk around and interact with while communicating, although not a physical interaction like a holodeck. This is a technology never before demonstrated in the history of Star Trek. However it is a direct rip-off (or flattery) of the HoloNet communications from Star Wars used by the Republic, the Empire, and Rebels alike for 1,000’s of years.

I do like the new look of the Imperial Kingons. However in proper Star Trek canon the very existence of these Klingons from deep within the Klingon Empire were not known to the Federation until the V’ger incident. The Klingons were well versed in the science of genetic engineering, something that the Federation banned, and they created the Klingon/Human fusions that we saw in the original series.

We also have the Discovery’s spore drive. This is basically a kind of hyperdrive or jumpdrive. Ripped-off (or more flattery) from Star Wars and/or the reimaged Battlestar Galactica. Apparently this technology was either lost in the war against the Klingons or banned afterwards due to the biological component needed to make it work properly.

At the time of this writing we have yet to see the Romulans in this incarnation of Star Trek. But we shouldn’t see them either. Star Trek history tells us that Earth and the Romulans had a war about 90 to 100 years prior to the Discovery time period. As it had been 100 years since the Romulan war when Kirk and crew encounter them in the “Balance of Terror” episode of the original series. And at that point no one knew what a Romulan looked like either. Time will tell if this canon of Star Trek gets violated by the Discovery as it was already violated by the movie reboot.

It does seem to me that there is a continuity between the Star Trek Enterprise series, the movie reboots, and the Discovery series. However this continuity breaks down greatly when compared to the original series, the Next Generation, DS9, and Voyager series.

Within the Star Trek universe this can be explained easily as an alternate timestream or a parallel universe. If it is an alternative timestream, we have yet to see the Federation Time Fleet of the future come in and correct the errors that have been made. If is just a parallel universe then there is nothing to correct and it can be accepted as such.

But overall Star Trek Discovery is a good show and worth watching despite the multiple continuity errors as seen from the eyes of an old generation Trekker. Looking forward to the season finale and next season.

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Endangered Swamp RINOs

I for one am very thankful that Donald Trump won the election of 2016. And it’s not because I voted for him since the Iowa Caucus or that I am some sort of Trump fanatic or “cultist” either.

The President isn’t a regular politician. And like any man he does have his faults. I do not agree with everything he had done as President either. And I know he isn’t a Conservative.

But President Donald Trump does have common sense and many Conservative values are rooted in common sense. His Presidency shines a light into the heart of the dark swamp that is Washington D.C. and Establishment politics of both Republicans and the Democrats.

Had Hillary Clinton won in November of 2016, even with a Republican win in the US House and US Senate, we would have seen more of the same that we saw in the previous 8 years under President Obama.

The House and Senate would have passed the complete repeal of ObamaCare only to have it vetoed by President Clinton. Likewise they would have passed immigration reform and all the other changes they are now dragging their feet on. However, they would have approved President Clinton’s cabinet and appointees in record time.

We the People, would have cheered the actions of Congress. For moving swiftly with the change of power in the White House and for passing the legislation that would benefit the majority of the nation. And we would be duped into thinking and believing that Congress was the vanguard protecting us from Liberalism. That would be the world if Hillary Clinton had won.

Without President Donald Trump, those so-called “neverTrump Conservatives” would have fooled us into believing that they are Conservatives. But thanks to the light being shown on them from the President. We see that they are only RINOs (Republicans In Name Only.) And a year from now in the mid-term elections. We will send the majority of them packing their bags.

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Old Yeller

When President Trump addressed the United Nations for the first time. He did so drawing attention to the continued aggression coming out of North Korea. President Trump stated boldly that something must be done to stop Kim “Rocket Man” Jong-un’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

Of course President Trump stated that the United States was standing willing, able, and ready to use whatever means are required to put an end to this raving man-child in Pyongayang. And the Leftist, their state controlled media, and the neverTrumps have all gone off the deep end.

Those Americans who opposed President Trump are stating that he wants to start a war. This is not true. The United States has always stood willing, able, and ready to totally destroy those who wish to destroy it. But as the President stated in his address to the UN. He hopes that we do not have to take that action.

So I have a suggestion. The White House should send over our unofficial ambassador, Dennis Rodman, to North Korea to shoot some hoops and try to talk a bit of sense into the man-child that runs that poor country like his personal toy. Maybe the young Kim will listen to him.

Likewise the United States and the rest of the world should continue to isolate and remove all trade, banking, and other connections to so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Make sure that nothing gets in or out of that country. This too could pressure the man-child into correct behavior. Time outs do work on some children after all.

But we should still be prepared, willing, and able to take more direct and permanent means to end the threat posed by North Korea against the United States, South Korea, Japan, and the entire Pacific Rim area. There is an old saying. If you have a rabid dog ravaging the country side. You put it down. Disney even put down Old Yeller.

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DOJ has Failed

The Department of Justice under the Trump Administration has made a grievous error in judgment. The Assistant Attorney General Kevin Boyd has announced that the DOJ will not pursue charges against Lois Lerner for her direct role in denying tax-exempt status to conservative organizations during the Obama Administration.

The reasoning? Not enough available evidence to reopen the investigation. That is absurd. The very purpose of an investigation is to gather evidence that will lead to prosecution and conviction. Again the Trump Administration is failing to do the job it promised to do during the presidential campaign.

Two very important actions must be taken by the Department of Justice. These actions will not only save face for the Administration but they will fulfill the President’s campaign promises to the American people who elected him to that high office.

The Attorney General of the United States must open investigations and bring charges against Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton. Both have committed crimes against the United States and the American people. One has committed Treason. And both should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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Pleaded Guilty and Keeps Her Job

A former First lady of Iowa was arrested, charged, pleaded guilty to, and fined for public intoxication during the Iowa State Fair. She is currently a top paid assistant attorney general for the State of Iowa.

The Iowa Attorney General is Democrat Tom Miller. The former First lady is Democrat Mari Culver. And this is a partisan political issue without a doubt.

If the guilty former First lady had been a Republican working for the State. There would have been an immediate call for her resignation especially after she pleaded guilty. But since she is a fellow Democrat, the Attorney Generals office spokesman Geoff Greenwood is quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying that this is a personal matter that does not involve our office, we have no comment.

So Mari Culver should step up and do the right thing and resign. Tom Miller should also do the right thing and accept the resignation. But I doubt either of them will do the right thing.

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UN attacks on American Sovereignty

 

Three experts on Human Rights at the UN say racism and xenophobia are rising at an alarming rate in the United States. They issued this latest condemnation after racist groups clashed in Charlottesville, VA.

These so-called experts put the United States on a short list of so-called like minded nations, most of which are in the Middle East and have a long history of Human Rights abuses.

Now this isn’t the first time that the UN has issued or condemned the United States on Human Rights issues. They have in fact done this several times before. They issued such proclamations at least 2 times under the Obama Administration where President Obama went to the UN to protest such statements in our domestic affairs. And the UN has issued other similar statements under other previous administrations as well.

But lets be clear. The United Nations is in no way a pro-American organization. It is actually extremely anti-American and would like to see an end to American Exceptionalism and American Liberties including our views of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Religion, and most troubling to the UN, our right to keep and bear arms.

As these stand in the way of the UN exorcising direct control over the United States. The UN’s platform is one of democratic socialism and seeks to be the only governmental body spanning the entire globe. While UN military forces become the police in the streets of America.

This has been known for years by many Conservative and Liberty loving Patriots. It is time now to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US. It is time to send these degenerate socialists packing

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Half-Staff is not Free Speech

Around the country today Democratic offices are breaking the law and behaving in a most disgraceful way. They are flying the American flag at half-staff.

Only the President or state governors can decide when and how long the American flag should be flown at half-staff.

This is not a “free speech” protest. This lawlessness. And those responsible for it need to feel the long arm of the law. Every single Democrat or other miscreant who has committed this crime needs to be arrested, charged, convicted, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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Just like 1984

Now the left in this country is taking a page out of the Al-Qaeda play book. Erasing history because it is offensive.

It started with the Confederate flag. Having it removed from State flags throughout the South. Then having it removed from the public square. And of course demonizing anyone who dares to raise the Stars and Bars.

Now it’s moved to Confederate Memorials. These, by Federal Law, are US Veteran Memorials. It doesn’t matter that they were originally rebels to the Union. Removing them is the same as removing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It has been asked, “Where does it end?”. At what point do we draw the line and say no more.

Most of our Founding Fathers were slave owners. Do their statues and memorials go next? Do we chisel away the faces from Mount Rushmore?

The casual reader may laugh and think these ideas are absurd. But they have all have been seriously discussed about in liberal history revisionist circles.

Even under President Obama the Treasury Department seriously put forth plans to revise our currency. Removing the slave owning Founding Fathers who also suppressed the rights of women from our every day currency. Replacing them with likenesses of former slaves and pioneers in the women’s suffrage movement. No more men on our money.

Slavery was and will always be an evil act. In the 17th to 19th centuries it was a way of life and livelihood for many. One that historically speaking was championed by the Democratic Party and opposed by the Republican Party and it took a war between the several States and a Republican President to end the practice in these United States.

We shouldn’t be tearing down these monuments to history. They should be our road maps. To show us where we came from and how much further we have yet to go. And a constant reminder of our shame.

Erasing all trace of our history, no matter how vile, means we have not and cannot learn from it. And thus we are doomed to repeat it. But the revisionist Liberals want to make it a thoughtcrime to believe anything else.

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No Apologies

I am not going to apologize for voting for Donald Trump. Those that are against the President wont accept anything other than his resignation as a move in the right direction.

So it doesn’t matter if I defend my choice in the 2016 election. It doesn’t matter if I have agreed or disagreed on the various policies put out by the President or his Administration. It doesn’t matter that I condemn the violence in Charlottesville. It doesn’t matter that all life matters to me.

So I’m not even going to attempt to reason with you or tell my side of the story. Because you wont listen anyway. You don’t really want to know. All you want to do is argue, call me names, label me a hater, wish violence upon me. Because you have already done so and have already made up your mind. And nothing short of a complete liberal conversion will change your opinion of me.

But there is one fundamental difference that must be noted. I will defend, with my life, your right to disagree with me. And no matter how dangerous your ideology is to others physical, economical, or spiritual well-being. I will defend your right to express it. I will also tell the truth about it. But you will seek to silence me at any cost.

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Should I stay or should I go?

That is the big question I have floating around right now. At both the state and national levels of government I helped to elect Republicans to every office in 2016.

At the state level they control the Iowa House, the House Senate, and we even have a sitting Republican governor as well. This is after a long period of Democratic control of our state senate.

At the national level we have a Republican majority in the House and Senate. And after 8 years a Republican President in the White House.

Yet at both of these levels the Republicans have failed time and time again on their campaign promises. They have failed to move forward on the agenda that got them elected. They have failed to pass legislation that was symbolically passed or even have voting repressed under the previous terms.

The Republican party is the dominate party currently. Placed by the Will of the People to act on our behalf. And they have failed us. They have failed We the People that elected them to office.

Was all the gesturing in the past 8 years just for show? Both the US House and US Senate passed a total repeal of Obamacare just a couple of years ago. Knowing it wouldn’t be signed by President Obama. But now they cannot pass the same legislation and get it to President Trump’s desk?

Of course they could if they really wanted to do so. But they are part of that swamp that needs drained. The Republican Party is to blame as much as the Democratic Party. The Republicans wont pass the same bills they passed before because they know President Trump will sign it. And that might impact their power, wealth, and prestige.

Even in my own state the Republican party fails to pass legislation they said would pass if they had a majority. Well the people of Iowa gave you that majority. And you have failed us again.

So as a Republican that has been betrayed by the party at every level. Why should I stay a part of it? I am certainly not suggesting joining the Democrats, as that party is far worse at betrayal than the GOP. And they are no where near or compatible with my worldview.

There are some 3rd parties that I could join. But they lack funding and aren’t taken very seriously by most. They are at best a fringe group and at worst a near cult.

I could just become an independent in name and party. Even joining a 3rd party in Iowa, I would be considered an independent on my voter registration. I would also not be part of the mainstream caucus process and be shunned by those party elitists. Not truly a bad thing really though.

These are just things to think about. I need to decide if I should stay with the GOP and hope and pray for the future of the party. Or jump from the sinking ship.

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