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Virtue Signaling: The Final Frontier

Posted by V the K at 6:42 pm - August 3, 2017.
Filed under: Pop Culture

The producers of Star Trek Discovery (STD) really, really, REALLY want you to know that they will prominently feature a gay character in their cast. This is totally important, you guys.

“There’s a kid out there who’s going to turn on his TV, and they’re gonna see two men love each other and support each other and support each other’s genius, and it’s not going to be an issue,” he said of his on-screen relationship with Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp). “It’s just going to be what it is.”

No, it isn’t because you keep banging us over the head with it. You just admitted that the only reason for this character’s existence is to promote a positive image of gay people. And why are you so adamant that the target audience has to be a kid? That’s just plain creepy.

Back in the days of the original series (TOS), were they constantly making a big deal about Lt. Uhuru. Was it a non-stop barrage of, “Hey, Look, we have a Black Woman on our show. And she’s sort of treated as an equal … kind of.” Maybe that generation cared more about doing things and less about making sure other people noticed that you were doing things.

I am also put in mind that every Trek series since the reboot has featured a non-human character learning What It Means To Be Human. Data. Odo. Holodoc/7ofD-Cups. T’Pol. And basically, “what it means to be human” always boils down to having emotions, because Hollywood is stupid. But it almost seems like they are sort of doing that with The Gay Character. (Does he even need a name?). Because this character will also be defined solely by his symbolism.

I feel like when the day comes when a show has a gay character and doesn’t make a giant deal out of it… then, that will be real progress.

Is McMaster a disaster?

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 5:14 pm - August 3, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,National Security,Syria war,World War III

Mentions of National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, seem to be be boiling over. Time for a roundup.

  • A letter has leaked, saying that McMaster explicitly let Susan Rice keep her security clearance, despite her role in possibly-criminal actions in letting the Obama administration use the intelligence apparatus to spy on domestic political opponents (Trump campaign).
  • McMaster has purged key Trump aides. And defended Obama holdovers, which we call Deep State.

    An ongoing staffing purge being conducted by White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has thrown the West Wing into chaos, according to more than half a dozen Trump administration insiders who told the Washington Free Beacon that McMaster has been targeting long-time Trump loyalists who were clashing with career government staffers and holdovers from the Obama administration…

    …sources… said that many of these actions against his supporters are being conducted without Trump’s knowledge…

    The Trump staffers fired by McMaster had repeatedly clashed with career government staffers and holdovers from the Obama administration on issues as diverse as military strategies for Syria and Afghanistan, whether to tear up Obama’s landmark Iran deal, the controversial détente with Cuba, the U.S. role in confronting Islamic radicalism, and the Paris Climate Accord, according to these sources.

    More purges are said to be on the way…

    The article names people who have been fired, and continues:

    “McMaster’s agenda is different than the president’s,” said one administration source with knowledge of the situation…

    One of the central flashpoints in this internal battle has been Iran and the future of the nuclear accord, multiple sources independently confirmed to the Free Beacon.

    NSC officials such as Cohen-Watnick, Harvey, and others had been making the case that Trump should scrap the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal over increasingly aggressive Iranian ballistic missile activity and mounting evidence Tehran is breaching the accord. McMaster, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top Obama-era State Department officials who worked on the deal, have aggressively urged maintaining it.

  • One of the staffers forced out was Rich Higgins, who wrote a controversial memo charging “that globalists, Islamists, and other forces within and outside the government are subverting President Trump’s agenda.”.
  • Other staffers fired appear to be pretty much anyone who is pro-Trump, pro-Israel, or anti-Muslim Brotherhood.

    According to senior officials aware of his behavior, he constantly refers to Israel as the occupying power and insists falsely and constantly that a country named Palestine existed where Israel is located until 1948 when it was destroyed by the Jews…

    Finally, there is the issue of how McMaster got there in the first place. Trump interviewed McMaster at Mara Lago for a half an hour. He was under terrible pressure after firing Flynn to find someone.

    And who recommended McMaster? You won’t believe this.

    Senator John McCain.

These articles could all be part of someone’s campaign for forcing out McMaster. (Chief of Staff Kelly? Bannon? Jared/Ivanka?) I mean, if it gets to our level – visible to ordinary bloggers – then something’s up.

And – if the substance is correct – the “someone” could have good reason.

UPDATE: George Soros and David Brock are on McMaster’s side. That’s a bad sign for McMaster.

Also, more articles on McMaster at this later post.

How agenda-driven is CNN? This agenda-driven

At a White House press briefing yesterday, CNN’s Jim Acosta debated and over-talked that day’s spokesperson, Stephen Miller, so long and hard that Acosta was essentially making speeches. That isn’t the journalist’s role.

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It’s clear that Acosta is a Democrat spokesperson. Not a journalist (under any honest definition of the word).

Miller rightly nailed Acosta on the matter of favoring immigrants who speak English. It’s already part of U.S. policy that, to be naturalized, you must show proficiency in English. President Trump’s proposal strengthens that by favoring (somewhat) immigrants who already know English. I’m not saying if that’s good or bad here; but it’s certainly inclusive of billions of people in China, India, Latin America and Africa who study English. Whereas Acosta tried to make it into a quasi-racist thing.