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With most conservative pundits in a tizzy about gay marriage, it's nice to see the National Review's round mound of sub-par Dowd, Jonah Goldberg, focusing on the issues: Namely, giving verbal beat-downs to B-list actors who dare criticize Bush's dream of manned Mars missions.


    TRAITOROUS CRAPWEASEL [Jonah Goldberg]

    I don't mind that much that Jean-Luc Picard thinks it's too expensive to go to space. But when he starts bashing our "significantly flawed civilization" it makes me wonder if he ever even understood what Star Trek was about. Disgraceful.


What's important to remember here is that Goldberg does, in fact, understand what Star Trek was about. And don't pretend that you don't: As Goldberg says in a later post, "This is all stuff I've written about before and hardly controversial." Specifically, "[T]he [original] show was explicit about Federation culture being American culture. . . . The conflict with the Klingons (and Romulans) was an excplitly Cold War morality tale. . . [It celebrated] dedication to scientific discovery, the quest for truth and individual liberty. . . I can quote episodes if I must."

We bet you can. Obviously. You don't get that pale and overweight by going outside and doing exercise.

Jonah was 28 before his Mom would let him go to Star Trek conventions on his own, but he's really made up for lost time.

UPDATE: We kid. Goldberg is not particularly heavy (compared to us). He does look peaked. And as for the Star Trek/fantasy fiction obsession. . . well, let's just put it this way, Nick Confessore of Tapped once tried to have a conversation with us in Elvish and we still talk to him. We do, however, refuse to crack open that copy of Silmarillion he gave us for Christmas.

TRAITOROUS CRAPWEASEL [NRO's The Corner]

TREK AND PANDAGON [NRO's The Corner]

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Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019 youtu.be

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