Archive for October, 2016

Edith Keeler Must Die

October 20, 2016

“Jim, Edith Keeler must die.” Spock (Leonard Nimoy) “The City on the Edge of Forever.”

(Mandatory video accompaniment

For the past 16 months and three days, we have seen history bent on its proverbial ear by a loud-mouth vulgar, bully of a man, a man so devoid of facts and knowledge that he revels in it. He’s a braggart, a con man, a pretend rich guy who panders to the worst instincts of America.  Donald Trump, the worst candidate ever in modern political history, has permanently damaged our country to the point where I may be dead before it recovers.

He will lose this election, perhaps by the biggest margin since Reagan beat Mondale. But to him, it won’t matter, because he’ll say it’s rigged and “Crooked Hillary” shouldn’t even be running. He’s already saying it, some of his supporters are talking about a revolution, some say they will kill Mrs. Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, in order to insure neither one becomes President.

“Jim, Edith Keeler must die.”

That episode, “The City on the Edge of Forever,” is considered to be the best “Star Trek” episode ever.  Written by the legendary science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, the story centers around the changing of history because of one small change. “The Butterfly Effect,” that, if played out, changed the outcome of World War II.  McCoy accidentally injects himself with the wrong drug and goes into a paranoid rage, beaming himself down to a planet barren except for a strange oracle known as the Guardian of Forever. (Years ago, I read the original script and while most made it into the episode, there were a few key elements cut) McCoy passes through the portal into the past and poof! the Enterprise is gone. Kirk and Spock go back in time to attempt to find the doctor and set history straight.

In so doing, they meet a social worker by the name of Edith Keeler (played by a  then-unknown Joan Collins), who runs a homeless mission during the Depression in New York City. They soon, through Spock’s ingenuity, realize that she is their focal point. That somehow Dr. McCoy, by saving her from dying in “some sort of traffic accident” as Spock tells Captain Kirk, changes the course of history, creates a pacifist movement, delaying the United States’ entry into World War II and allowing Germany to develop nuclear weapons and win the war.

Not knowing the exact time table for the pivotal moment to arrive, Kirk and Spock take odd jobs while Miss Keeler continues her work at the mission. She observes them and says “you two don’t belong here,” to which Spock retorts, “where do you think we belong?”

“You, by his side. Where you’ll always be.” And as prescient she looks at Kirk and says, you belong “in another time.” Kirk falls in love with Edith and is torn over love and duty.

McCoy shows up, still feeling the effects of the overdose and proceeds to rest up in the mission, unbeknownst to his shipmates.  McCoy believes its all a hallucination, but “I’ve determined you’re not,” he says to Miss Keeler. She then informs him that her “young man is taking me to a Clark Gable picture tonight.”* McCoy says “a what?”

The next scene, Kirk is escorting her to the show. After saying exactly the same thing about Clark Gable, she inadvertently says “you sound like Doctor McCoy.” Kirk after stopping in his tracks, runs across the street screaming “Spock!!!” McCoy appears and Edith begins to walk across the street, not looking to see an oncoming truck that hits her. Kirk stops McCoy and she dies. “I could have saved her!!!” McCoy says, “Do you know what you did?” To which Spock says, “he knows, Doctor. He knows.” Now, with history back in its proper place they return to the Guardian’s planet and a crestfallen Kirk says “let’s get the hell out of here.”

*Note: DeForrest Kelley, a veteran character actor who appeared in many Western’s in the 20 years prior to “Star Trek,” knew Gable very well.

The past 16 months have felt like Edith Keeler lived.  That somehow history was changed because this bully of a man, Benito Combover with a spray-on tan, was allowed to run over 16 challengers in the Republican primaries, calling Marco Rubio “little Marco,” accusing Ted Cruz’s father of being in on the Kennedy assassination, by mocking Jeb Bush and Carly Fiornia “look at that face. Do you want a face like that for a President?” Saying the Iowa caucuses were “rigged” and the Wisconsin primary.  Bragging that “I could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes.”

And this man wants to be President?

I have never heard anything like this before in my life. And that’s just the tip of the dagger he’s thrown at the grand experiment called America. In his acceptance speech at the RNC Convention in Cleveland in July, he said “I alone” can fix America. Really?

I’m not going to run down the list of narcissistic bullshit he’s thrown out there, nor am I going to get into the minutia of all the offensive things he’s said, but last night’s comment “what a nasty woman,” directed at Hillary Clinton “who shouldn’t have even been allowed to run,” took the cake. From the moment he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower, it’s been all about him, not being President.

This man, a shallow, mean, hell-bent-on-revenge for a lifetime of being not taken seriously, the ultimate caricature of a bully, a member, as a friend of mine who knows him (the poor bastard), refers to him as “a member of the ‘lucky sperm club,” wants to blow up Washington and America in the process and he’s going to try and do take it down any way he can.

“Jim, Edith Keeler must die.”

Now, he is talking about not honoring the results of the election. That is not the way it’s done, dammit. Stephen Douglas and Richard Nixon, Andrew Jackson, Samuel J. Tilden, Al Gore all had legitimate reason’s to contest their elections. Nixon, in 1960, knew that the Chicago vote, which gave Illinois to Kennedy, was littered with dead people voting, still conceded the election. Tilden, in 1876, lost a even more disputed election than Gore did in 2000.

All of these people conceded once the results were settled. Even Gore, who ended up losing the election by fiat on a Supreme Court decision, conceded.  So, in 18 days, when America votes, and Hillary Clinton is elected by a clear majority, will Trump be a gracious loser, or will he be a petulant eight-year old? My guess is the later.

“I could have saved her. Do you know what you just did?”

“He knows, Doctor. He knows.”


Trump’s last stand

October 10, 2016

“Rules? There are no rules in a knife fight.” Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”).

If last night’s debate debacle didn’t seal the deal, then I have no idea what will. After everything else he’s done, Donald J. Trump, faux billionaire, a total fraud of a business man, con artist and vulgar misogynist with no ideas whatsoever, ignorant of everything but his own ego, went there.

Before the debate, he brought out, like the empty suit that he is, four women, including Paula Jones, who claim to have been victimized by Bill Clinton. It was yet another circus act by the 21st Century version of P.T. Barnum, another way to victimize himself in this “rigged” election. True to Harvey Logan’s quote, in his world, there are no rules.

So, he went there.

We always knew it was going to come down to this. Bill. Not Hillary or policy differences or personality. It was going to always be about William Jefferson Clinton, Forty-Second President of the United States. This is, and always was the plan against Mrs. HRC. When you alienate 60% of the country just by opening your trap about health care, abortion, minorities, religion, immigration and taxes, you have to have a fall-back position. In order to prevent a second Clinton Presidency, you have to dig up the first. It is the opening line of the final act of this endless campaign, by a campaign that will be lucky to get 40% of the vote.

That Bill Clinton was impeached because he got a blow-job from a 21-year-old woman (which had nothing to do with the Oath of Office or the duties of the Presidency) by a Republican Congress hell-bent on destroying him, but instead damaged themselves in the process. This Hail Mary attempt to revive the days of Ken Starr, Whitewater, Linda Tripp, the Professor and Mary-Ann will fail because Donald Trump is the most undeserving, undisciplined, uncouth, unworthy candidate in the history of this country, yet might end up with roughly the same electoral votes as Mitt Romney in 2012 because forty percent of this country can never vote for a Democrat because “freedom” and “guns.” Also, FOX News and Hate Radio.

The facts are that Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, the Dakota’s, Kansas, Idaho and Alaska, since 1964, have voted for the Republican nominee every election.  The last time a Democrat won a county in Oklahoma was in 1992. Texas last voted for a Democratic nominee in 1976. Conversely, every other state except Minnesota have flipped around since Nixon’s 1972 blow out of George McGovern.

The Republicans knew this was a disaster going in and now they’re running away as fast as they can.  John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, among a growing list, have un-endorsed Trump since Friday.  Even Paul Ryan has stopped defending him and told fellow GOP House members, per the Huffington Post, “on a conference call Monday that they “all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” according to someone on the call. Ryan said he wouldn’t campaign with Trump for the rest of the election, but added that he wouldn’t withdraw his endorsement of the GOP nominee.

“He made clear to members that his decisions are being driven by what is best for his members, not himself,” the source on the call said. “He is willing to endure political pressure to help protect our majority.”

Lovely, just lovely. So, in other words, jump ship, but make sure to remind everyone that we didn’t want him in the first place.

As has been pointed out since the “I can get away with being crude to women because I’m Donald Trump. And you’re not,” audio surfaced on Friday (which brings to mind Jack McCoy’s infamous line “What ‘Special Laws’ for rich people?”) it is too late to get Trump off the ticket and he has no intention of resigning. Good. I hope he stays on for the next 28 days and goes down in flames. This is the worst election in my memory, save maybe 1968, when Nixon tricked his way into office.

Hillary Clinton was never the target. It was always her husband and the revenge of 1998. But the GOP had best heed the words of Confucius (or James Bond, take your pick) “When plotting revenge, it’s best to dig two graves.”