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Leonard Nimoy, Actor, Director, and ‘Star Trek’ Icon, Dies at 83

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This is from Yahoo News.

R. I. P. Leonard “Mr.Spock” Nimoy.

 

I Am Not Spock proclaimed the title of Leonard Nimoy’s 1975 autobiography, in which the veteran actor tried to distinguish himself from his most iconic role, as Star Trek‘s emotionless half-human, half-Vulcan science officer.

Twenty years later, he published a follow-up entitled, I Am Spock, in which the actor-director warmly embraced his pointy-eared alter ego. Like it or not, Nimoy — who passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 83 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — was Spock to generations of sci-fi fans, so much so that when J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in the 2009 blockbuster, Nimoy was the one original cast member he made sure to bring back.

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Leonard Nimoy in 'Star Trek'

Leonard Nimoy in ‘Star Trek’

Even though the role defined his career for those of us watching him at home and in theaters, Spock was only one small part of Nimoy’s overall life. An actor from childhood, the Boston-born Nimoy worked steadily on television before and after Star Trek, appearing on such disparate shows as Sea Hunt,Gunsmoke,Mission: Impossible and In Search Of…, a five-season series that explored the mysteries of the paranormal. In the ’80s, he became an established film director, overseeing back-to-back big-screen Star Trek installments (The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home) followed by the 1987 hit, Three Men and a Baby.

 

Nimoy parlayed his eye for the camera into a respected career as a photographer, snapping pictures that hung in galleries and were collected in books like The Full Body Project — a collection for which he shot nude photos of plus-sized and obese women.

“The first time I had photographed a person of that size and shape, it was scary,”remarkehe d in a 2007 NPR interview. “I didn’t know quite how to treat this figure. And I think that’s a reflection of something that’s prevalent in our culture.

I think, in general, we are sort of conditioned to see a different body type as acceptable and maybe look away when the other body type arrives. It led me to a new consciousness about the fact that so many people live in body types that are not the type that’s being sold by fashion models.”

That’s the kind of eminently logical argument that Spock would make and speaks to how being involved in a progressive, socially-conscious series like Star Trek must have helped shape Nimoy’s worldview going forward.

One of the reasons the franchise has endured is that it imagines a future Earth free of prejudice and strife. Through his life and work on-screen and off, Nimoy sought to make that world of tomorrow possible today.

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Obama to Joint Chiefs: Cut A-10 Warthog & Abrahams Tank: We Need Funds for Transgender Surgery

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This is from Joe For America.

This is a recipe for disaster we will not have any moral and no sense of comradeship left in the military.

Then to make matters worse homosexuals, perverts and the unqualified to perform their job will kill hundreds of troops.

Then the military  has to lower physical fitness standards to allow women in combat leadership positions.

Dead Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are one Hell of a steep price to pay for being stylish and politically correct.

 

The President didn’t say that today, but we’re expecting the announcement at any time.  Obama believes that funds for social experimentation like the foolishness of transgenderism is far more important than unit cohesion.

New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that transgender people shouldn’t be prevented from serving in the U.S. military solely based on their gender identity, noting it should not “preclude” them from service.

Carter made the comments at a town-hall event in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in response to a question from Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, a doctor, about transgender soldiers serving in an “austere environment” like the one in Kandahar.

We have to admit one thing.  This makes “women in combat” look pretty tame.

” (W)e want to make our conditions and experience of service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country. And I’m very open-minded about — otherwise about what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what we need them to do for us. That’s the important criteria,” Carter said. “I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.”

Yeah right.  In order to get more women into combat arms billets the military has been forced to reduce the physical requirements for them.

The Marine Corps may have to change its physical standards in order to put females in positions to one day lead infantry platoons in combat.

Both the Marine Corps and the Army continue to wrestle with the mandate that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued in January, directing the U.S. military to open hundreds of combat-arms jobs that have been closed to female servicemembers.

We have a personal stake in this, our son is a US Marine, Ret., thank God.  At one point, between combat deployments 10 years ago we asked him and a group of Marines in his unit how they felt about women in combat.  They agreed that as long as a woman could carry them wounded by herself 100 yards, under fire, to a safe position they were OK with women in combat.  And then they all laughed, secure in the knowledge that their chain of command would never do that to them.

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We have really mixed emotions.  We’re glad our son is a civilian, but we weep for the Marines and their families who will bear the brunt of this criminal social experiment.  In real combat situations many fine young men will pay for Barack Obama’s stupidity with their lives.

Compounding the stupidity of putting unqualified women into combat slots, the Obama administration isn’t resting.  Now they want “people” who are confused about their gender.  The thing that saves lives and wins battles is called unit cohesion.  The concept that men will put the mission above their lives.  And that they will die for one another if necessary.  And do it willingly.

The Obama administration, and the President himself, wants to salt into the best men on earth a bunch of freaks.  And yes, we are referring to the transgender lobby as freaks.  They have no place in civilized society, anywhere.  Especially, they have no place in a military unit where people’s lives are in danger.

Will the Congress step up and stop this madness?  Unfortunately, probably not.
Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2015/02/obama-to-joint-chiefs-cut-the-a-10-warthog-the-abrahams-tank-we-need-to-allocate-funds-for-transgender-surgery/

Remembering the Fairness Doctrine

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Originally posted on aurorawatcherak:

This can be considered an installment of my media influence series. It isn’t over. I just got busy and distracted.

The American people just seem unable to learn the folly of allowing the administrative state to control anything in our lives.

When I was in college (early 1980s) there was a fierce debate underway about the unfairness of the Fairness Doctrine.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Fairness Doctrine, it was based on a 1949 Federal Communications Commission regulaion that requried broadcasters to “afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views of pulbic importantce.” It was overturned by the FCC in 1987 because, contrary to its purpose, it failed to encourage discussion of more controversial issues. It also violated the First Amendment, but who cares about that old piece of paper anyway, right?

The Fairness Doctrine was predicated on the idea that the airwaves were scarce and to…

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AR-15 ammo ban

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Hat Tip Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.

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Oppose BATFE’s Expansion of the Federal “Armor Piercing” Ammo Ban and Tell Congress to Act

President Obama insisted that if Congress would not enact his gun control agenda, he would do so on his own, through executive action. Whatever else can be said of the president’s track record, he is doing his utmost to keep that promise.

Having failed to enact a federal ban on the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, he’s now using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to do the next best thing.

BATFE is now proposing to ban a whole class of common rifle ammunition used in that overwhelmingly popular firearm. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning of BATFE’s latest move.

The ‘comments’ need to be in by March 16th. As others have said, please be polite and give them a cogent comment…

Write the BATFE and your members of Congress using the link below and express your opposition to the BATFE proposal to ban common rifle ammunition used by millions of gun owners.You may call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121.

  1. Via email at APAComments@atf.gov (follow the instructions at the link for submitting comments).
  2. Via fax at (202) 648-9741.
  3. Via mail to Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

Finally, please contact your U.S. Senators and Member of Congress. Urge them to oppose BATFE’s attempt to ban M855 handgun ammunition and other rifle cartridges that are overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for self-defense, sport shooting and other legitimate purposes as “armor piercing.” Use the Write Your Lawmakers” feature on our website or call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.

Thank you for your time and attention to this.

Veterans…

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Hat Tip Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.

 

We are losing too many to suicide, it’s now estimated that 22 per day are killing themselves. ONE is too many. If you know a vet having problems, please take the time to help him or her, and get them help from the services available…

Please…

This video is a few years old, but as I was reminded, it does pretty much say it all..

There is no shame in reaching out for help. The Veterans Crisis Line is one option-HERE.

Edit- Yuri pointed out that Capt Tightpants put a post up on this Sunday. It is HERE. He links to another organization that is trying to help folks…

Edit 2- LL also has a post up from Sunday that I missed HERE

h/t JP for the video

 

The Best (And Safest) Way To Survive A Home Invasion

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Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

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By Nicholas O.  – Off The Grid News

Safe or panic rooms are growing in popularity, but there are plenty of homeowners who have a common objection: Why would I want one when I have a 12-gauge shotgun? That’s a perfectly valid point, especially if the word “retreat” is not an option to you.

The reasons can be condensed into three:

  1. to store supplies and gear.
  1. to protect vulnerable members of your family or group.
  1. as a last-ditch hiding option if your home is broken into and overwhelmed.

This doesn’t mean that you should automatically retreat into your panic room once your home is penetrated, but it does mean that you are prepared for the worst to happen.

In fact, safe rooms can be a valuable asset even to those who do not have a retreat mentality or are tactically trained.

A safe room can also serve…

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Taking some time off

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I am having some problems with fatigue due to the Myledyplastic Syndrome. 

I will not be posting for a short while as I need the down time to rest and recoup so I can be up to cataract surgery on my left eye on 03/05/2015..

I will visit blogs and comment.

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