Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold …Read the Rest
Tag: Star Trek
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five -year mission: to explore strange new …Read the Rest
Have you ever noticed that conservatives and the religious right, like nerds, are completely obsessed with sex? Evidently they cannot …Read the Rest
UPDATE: Daniel Barnes at Ayn Rand, Contra Human Nature wrote the following: “..While on Friday the Atlas Shrugged movie expanded …Read the Rest
The Pink Flamingo is an unrepentant Trekkie subscribing to the philosophy of life that Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from Star Trek. No, I’m not being serious or taking myself serious, but Monday evening, when I was working on the post about the Libertarian-based attacks on Lindsey and the GOP I was watching the new Star Trek move. (I admit that I bawl most of the way through it, because it is so beautiful).
Libertarians are trying to take-over, and are being assisted by willing dupes on the right who think they are wonderful.
Conservatives have a dirty little secret. It is one that is exploited time again, and never do they learn from their bitter lessons.
You see, the dirty little conservative secret is that conservatives, for the most part, are gullible. They are gullible because, for the most part, they are honest, honorable, God-fearing, church-going, patriotic men and women who would never think of deceiving anyone. Consequently, they are ripe for the plucking. And, trust me, they are being plucked.
This post is dedicated to my brother, LTC Floyd R. Harris, United States Army (retired – sort of)
If you have been a life long devotee of science fiction like The Pink Flamingo, you may be familiar with patterns within the genre. One of the mos fascinating insights into American society can be observed by watching the way the American military, soldiers, and former soldiers are treated. The same can be said of the movie/television genre in general, but science fiction is usually ahead of the trend.
At the end of World War II the American Soldier was the hero. He was Apple Pie, Jiltin’ Joe, and John Wayne all thrown into one great big hot dog with a flag and a fire-cracker for garnish. He could do no wrong. This same soldier protected us during the Cold War from the invasion of numerous alien hordes. By the mid-1960s things were taking a more sinister turn. Anti-war paranoia was in full spring. The American Soldier was now evil personified. He was a psychopathic baby killer, an object of paranoia and scorn, Rambo on a rampage.
The only point of light in this grim hatred of the American Soldier was the swaggering, macho, heroic James T. Kirk, who personified every great myth of American legend.
Warping into the 1970s when films were a nightmare from hell, one memorable portrayal of the military was George Peppard’s cardboard stiff character in Damnation Alley. We blew ourselves into evolutionary oblivion with the Planet of the Apes series. Then George Lucus and Steven Spielberg single handedly saved the movies. But, the Force was not with the military, and the Empire was evil.
Glen Larson, who helped produce Star Trek Classic, wasn’t finished with the image of the American Soldier. Ronald Reagan was elected POTUS and a month later Thomas Sullivan Magnum single handedly began reforming the image of the former baby-killing Vietnam Vets. (sigh). Tom Selleck’s Republican leanings, Glen Larson, and Donald P. Bellisario began to reform the vile image of the American Soldier. Magnum, P. I. was a reflection of Ronald Reagan’s Republican spirit.
Chris Wallace recently referred to the Obama Administration as a bunch of cry-babies. It was a great statement, true but …Read the Rest
The Pink Flamingo is an unrepentant Trekkie.
The theology of Gene Roddenberry included optimism for humanity. Right now we need that optimism.
Just when the world looked dark and dreary, with taunts, threats of racism, leaves changing, football starting – and looks so bad – there is light at the end of the wormhole.
Yea, yea, regular Pink Flamingo readers know I did more complaining about a remake of Trek Classic than just about anyone else. I also was one of the first to admit my mistake and boldly go where I thought I would not go and embraced the reboot. The storyline worked. Spock (channeling Obama) screwed up the universe. Evidently he screwed things up so badly that there can be alternative time-lines.