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Shaka, when the walls fell.

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by Fred Hansen, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Fred Hansen

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    Not a big ST fan...it's Ok, but SW is more to my liking.
     

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    Darmok, and Jalad... at Tanagra!:supergrin:
     
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    Lewinsky, when the blue dress revealed . . .
     
  5. Fred Hansen

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    :supergrin:

    Did you guys catch the reference on Glenn Beck's radio show on Friday? It was hysterically funny.
     
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    Ah yes... Darmok and Jalad.. at Tanagra!

    Obama on the campaign trail and "Fundamentally transforming America!"

    Too bad Capt. Kirk figured out the key to the different language styles a lot faster than the American public figured out Obama's cryptic language style.
     
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    Um...wasn't that Picard as captain?
     
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    It was among my favorite ST:TNG episodes (along with "The Inner Light," "Relics," and "Hollow Pursuits") -- but the internal logic in the creation of the Tamarian culture always bothered me. They were only able to speak in analogies -- but how do you develop analogies if you don't have a language to give them context in the first place? :dunno:

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    So many episodes... so little memory... woe is me.
     
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    I'd like to say I understood that episode, but for me it was all, like,

    "Rai and Jiri at Lungha. Rai of Luwani, Luwani under two moons. Giri, or Ubaya. Ubaya of crossroads, at Lungha. Lungha, her sky gray."

    and then

    "Kadir beneath Mo Moteh,"

    which made me very

    "Zinda, his face black, his eyes red!"

    -ET
     
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    Wasn't that episode recorded during the writers strike?
     
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    Unless you're talking about a writer's strike I'm not familiar with, no. The last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was aired in 1994. I was a year out of high school, and can't say that I would've paid attention to a writer's strike.

    But, it definitely wasn't written during the most recent one, a few years back.
     
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    I can't tell -- the writers' strike was in 1988, and "Darmok" aired in 1991...That's not to say that episode wasn't written during the strike, and produced much later.

    Perhaps some intrepid Trekker on this forum can let us know for sure. :)

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  16. Fred Hansen

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    Judging from the thread drift--on an admittedly vague thread to begin with--apparently I was the only one on this forum that heard and/or caught the "Darmok" reference on Glenn Beck's Friday radio program. Shaka, when the walls fell, indeed.

    Beck used the "Darmok" references to mock Olbermann's pathetically over-the-top histrionic attempt to conflate a doctor/family conference for end of life medical care (which is what we have now) with the "death-panels" that Olbermann claims we need under ObamaCare.

    In his dripping with pathos, and inadvertantly mock-heroic diatribe, Olbermann began by saying that his father had recently asked him to kill him. Olbermann then went on to graphically describe the truly sad and unfortunate medical afflictions that had laid his father so low that he would ask his own son to end his suffering. And of course Olbermann being the pathetic emotion junkie he is, he had to riddle his little melodrama with things like references to Sisyphus in order to assure that us "little people" would truly be able to grasp the sheer magnitude of what the Great Olby was trying to beat into our tiny skulls.

    Hence Beck et al. using the phrases "Shaka, when the walls fell!" and "Darmok and Gelad at Tenagra!". To mockingly describe how frustrating it must be for the Great Olby to even attempt to communicate with us mere Earthlings. It was also obvious that the Great Olby is oblivious to the fact that a MessiahCare death-panel would have put his father down like a distempered mutt, long before his father would have to beg for death to come. A.I.D.S. Abortion, Euthanasia... Don't Liberals Just Kill Ya?

    For those unfamiliar with the Star Trek: Next Generation episode "Darmok" follow this link: "Darmok" it's a wikipedia entry about the episode, and may lend a little bit of insight. I fear though that this is one of those situations where one needed 'to be there' for it to be as funny as it was in real time. :embarassed:

    Carry on. :supergrin:
     
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    It makes sense now, Fred. :beer:

    The funny thing is, poor people would just be put to sleep like a dog, while Olbermann could have paid to keep his father alive.
     
  18. Fred Hansen

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    I'm not sure that's true. Look at the efforts the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador had to make just to get his heart repaired. He had to skip the waiting-line-of-death in Canuckistania, and come to the U.S.A. for his care.

    When Hussein is finished destroying our country, where exactly do we get to go for our care? :dunno:
     
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    India or other Third World countries that will be more free than the UssrSA.
     
  20. Fred Hansen

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    As they say in certain parts of rural New Hampshire: "Ehya, that's some comfort."

    :shocked: :faint: