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Thursday, March 15, 2018

His finest moment

The great William Shatner has many accomplishments of note. But this very public spanking of a pseudo-Nobel laureate is indubitably his greatest.

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 15, 2018 9:04 AM  

Mr. Shatner throws a rhetorical pilum in the first sentence, if only right wingers would do the same then they would actually be effective instead of the usual snug up the old bow tie and produce the next cure for insomnia essay.

Blogger Aeoli March 15, 2018 9:05 AM  

Woods/Shatner 2024

Blogger Aeoli March 15, 2018 9:05 AM  

Maybe Shatner/Woods, actually.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 15, 2018 9:06 AM  

Shatner's from the People's Republic of Canuckistan.

Blogger VD March 15, 2018 9:09 AM  

Shatner's from the People's Republic of Canuckistan.

So is Ted Cruz. Didn't stop his candidacy.

Blogger S1AL March 15, 2018 9:11 AM  

William Shatner, 70's progressive from Canada. Still saner than most modern conservatives.

What a time to be alive.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 15, 2018 9:12 AM  

Cruz has a colorable claim on being a natural-born citizen of the United States (the birfer "definition" of same comes from Roman civil law and the only reference to it in any American jurisprudence is from the losing side in Wong v. Ark).

Blogger Steve March 15, 2018 9:12 AM  

Bill Shatner is made of 64% maple syrup, 99% hambone, and 100% win.

OpenID Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass March 15, 2018 9:15 AM  

I'd actually trust Shatner with control over the 7th Fleet more than I would Krugman as Secretary of Treasury or a similar post.

Blogger Martin March 15, 2018 9:15 AM  

So there really is a bit of Denny Crane in The Shat.

Blogger VD March 15, 2018 9:17 AM  

Cruz has a colorable claim on being a natural-born citizen of the United States.

Colorable = false.

Cruz is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and he is not an American either.

Blogger Ransom Smith March 15, 2018 9:17 AM  

Keep in mind Shatner has claimed to be an active 4chan user.
The boards he named if I remember are x, mlp, and b.
But I wouldn't be shocked if he drifted to pol and k at some point in time . thanks

Blogger Lovekraft March 15, 2018 9:24 AM  

Way back in the 80s, Canada elected to its Order of Canada a Dr. Henry Morgenthaler, a hero of the left for performing abortions. That was one of many early red-pill moments.

Blogger Looking Glass March 15, 2018 9:25 AM  

@9 Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass

I'd trust Shatner to run the 7th Fleet more than Krugman to run a lemonade stand.

Blogger stevev March 15, 2018 9:32 AM  

If I freely admit it, will someone fix my cluelessness here? Krugman says Kudlow appointment is the same stupid as Shatner/7th fleet. (?) Shatner responds to the diss, wittily. Or does he repond to categorizing Kudlow as a bad choice. I'm like a kid trying to wend my way thru a sea of adult Ilk legs to get to the front to see what is occupying everyone else's interest.

Blogger John Best March 15, 2018 9:36 AM  

Lying Ted getting worked over again.

Blogger bearspaw March 15, 2018 9:37 AM  

Easy boys. This James Tiberius Kirk you're talking an out here...

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales March 15, 2018 9:41 AM  

@8

More like 50% sea, 50% weed.

Or 1% evil, 99% hot gas.

Blogger Looking Glass March 15, 2018 9:42 AM  

@15 stevev

They insulted Shatner with the comparison, so he simply fired back. Doesn't matter if he wasn't the actual target of the comparison, but it puts him in a bad light & he responded. Also, given the problems the 7th Fleet has had recently, I'm sure Shatner could probably do a better job with a couple of weeks of study.

Never pass up an opportunity to slap around preening fools when they try to drag you into their mess.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 15, 2018 9:44 AM  

"Or 1% evil, 99% hot gas."

Isn't that another way of saying "Michael Bay"?

Blogger Peaceful Poster March 15, 2018 9:49 AM  

Mr. Cruz's father was Cuban and his mother was 75% Irish/25% Italian according to IG.

No Canadian blood, or American for that matter.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 15, 2018 10:04 AM  

"Mr. Cruz's father was Cuban"

Say no more. I've known too many expat Cubans to have any respect for them in leadership roles.

Blogger Shimshon March 15, 2018 10:06 AM  

Isn't this where Scalzi enters the scene and tweet-storms about ZFG and how adorable Shatner is?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 15, 2018 10:06 AM  

Although they seem to have quite a knack for cooking...

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales March 15, 2018 10:07 AM  

@20

Him too, especially considering his production company is making this Dalian Wanda, Chinese backed film that might as well be named, 'Americans have tiny, tiny, Wangs.'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6465742/


Blogger Azimus March 15, 2018 10:23 AM  

How come when people talk Hollywood Conspiracy they talk Israelis/Jewish people always? Did you ever notice how many CANADIANS there are in Hollywood? In the alternative media?

Blogger VD March 15, 2018 10:29 AM  

How come when people talk Hollywood Conspiracy they talk Israelis/Jewish people always?

Do the math.

Blogger Peaceful Poster March 15, 2018 10:35 AM  

How (((many))) in today's "Name that Scam" photo daily meme?

Blogger Arthur Isaac March 15, 2018 10:37 AM  

Shatner for Admiral is better than any of the 0bama remnants.

Blogger Desdichado March 15, 2018 10:38 AM  

Azimus wrote:How come when people talk Hollywood Conspiracy they talk Israelis/Jewish people always? Did you ever notice how many CANADIANS there are in Hollywood? In the alternative media?
Canadians are mild-mannered semi-socialists; the descendants of those who for whatever reason didn't feel the need to rebel against King George.

Nobody really has a problem with them being in Hollywood except when they talk about gun laws or healthcare on their off time.

Blogger Arthur Isaac March 15, 2018 10:40 AM  

I'm also wondering about the Kudlow appointment. Was Rick Santelli not available?

Blogger Looking Glass March 15, 2018 10:43 AM  

@31 Arthur Isaac

Gotta save a few people for the 2nd Term.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 15, 2018 10:43 AM  

The NEC is a cush job. Trump doesn't actually need economic advice. Therefore Santelli is not needed.

Blogger Uncle John's Band March 15, 2018 11:07 AM  

Realizing how intellectually limited public "intellectuals" are was a major red pill for me. Piling platforms and accolades on objective idiots like Krugman tells you all you need to know about the sincerity of the establishment.

The more comments like Shatner's, the better.

Blogger Jack Amok March 15, 2018 11:08 AM  

"Dammit Jim, I'm a shill, not an economist..."

How come when people talk Hollywood Conspiracy they talk Israelis/Jewish people always? Did you ever notice how many CANADIANS there are in Hollywood?

Or in Shatner's case, both.


Actually, if you've never seen him do a talk show, it's damned fascinating. He is a very compelling interviewer, perhaps because he's very ZFG in the questions he asks.

Blogger Zapp Brannigan March 15, 2018 11:13 AM  

I don't know Mr. Shatner's political views (and that, in and of itself, is a testament to the man's classiness). But over the last few years I've seen several shots like this where he opens fire on some Progressive or SJW with all the panache of Kirk unloading on the Klingons with fully charged phaser banks. Whatever his views, it seems clear that he has no love for the Antifa Left and doesn't suffer fools lightly.
Makes me like the guy even more.

Note: I actually think this public persona started back with that old SNL skit where he played himself at a Star Trek convention and, when asked a question about some obscure lore from the original series, retorted with: "You. You there. Have you ever actually kissed a girl?" It was brutally honest and funny as hell.

Blogger Jeff Waldrop March 15, 2018 11:25 AM  

That old SNL skit had a big negative impact on Shatner's fans and he had to go on an 'apology tour' and wrote a book chronicling the results before he got back in the fan's good graces. Actions have consequences.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 15, 2018 11:30 AM  

It was hilarious, though.

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales March 15, 2018 11:30 AM  

@37

Like being a fan of Star Trek unironically having the consequence of rotting your brain and spirit and giving you unrealistic expectations about people, economics, society, and etc.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 15, 2018 11:30 AM  

Also demonstrated that Trekkies have no sense of humor.

Blogger Zapp Brannigan March 15, 2018 11:42 AM  

@37

Sure. But he's still Kirk. He's The Man, the most dynamic character in the whole series. The hardcore fans were never going to desert him. He must have known there would be a short-term cost, but calculated that it would be worth it to say what he had no doubt been dying to say for years.

Blogger Zapp Brannigan March 15, 2018 11:44 AM  

To add to my comment above, now that he's retired, he can say damn well whatever he pleases. That's why he feels liberated to blast folks that are pissing him off.

Must be nice to have the money and prestige to be bulletproof.

Blogger Arthur Isaac March 15, 2018 11:57 AM  

The NEC is a cush job. Trump doesn't actually need economic advice. Therefore Santelli is not needed.

So it's actually more analogous to the 7th Fleet than I thought.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener March 15, 2018 12:09 PM  

Krugman usually has to pay to get bitch slapped that hard.

Blogger Johnny March 15, 2018 12:35 PM  

I don't care for idealizing Shatner, but he does have his virtues. Krugman is just a liberal propagandist who uses his economics background as credentials for pushing a political agenda.

Blogger Lovekraft March 15, 2018 12:36 PM  

Yet another explanation for why the left is panicking. Biden/Kerry children involved with Chinese state-owned bank that may have stolen U.S. military defense secrets:

Blogger Lovekraft March 15, 2018 12:40 PM  

https://nypost.com/2018/03/15/inside-the-shady-private-equity-firm-run-by-kerry-and-bidens-kids/

Blogger dienw March 15, 2018 12:41 PM  

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Blogger OneWingedShark March 15, 2018 1:06 PM  

VD wrote:Cruz has a colorable claim on being a natural-born citizen of the United States.

Colorable = false.

Cruz is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and he is not an American either.

All you have to do to prove that he is not a natural-born citizen is use proof by contradiction; the restriction to NBC was put in place explicitly to keep the Army's command from foreign influence/control as per John Jay's letter to George Washington: "Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen."

So, we start by assuming that Cruz's claim is true: that the birth to a single American citizen, outside the US, is enough to confer the status of NBC. Next, by analogy, we imagine an American citizen who goes abroad to England and marries the princess who has a child: this child would then be eligible to the Throne of England *and* the Presidency. This is our contradiction that disproves the claim.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville March 15, 2018 1:11 PM  

now that he's retired

I think Shatner would take offense at that comment. Dude's 83 or 84 and still working it having reinvented and revived his career several times. In that sense he is a role model.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 15, 2018 1:23 PM  

I read his autobiography. Shatner's always been afraid to not work. That's why he was in so many many bad films and TV series. If he was between jobs, he'd literally take anything, just to be working.

Blogger dienw March 15, 2018 1:26 PM  

Lovekraft wrote:Yet another explanation for why the left is panicking. Biden/Kerry children involved with Chinese state-owned bank that may have stolen U.S. military defense secrets:

LoveKraft, that report is galling. Vox should add a corollary to his anti-Free Trade argument: Free Trade means the "free" movement of politicians and their families between countries: treason ceases to exist among Free Traders.

Blogger JACIII March 15, 2018 1:52 PM  

Bill is a naturalized Kentuckian. He even participates in area County Fairs' horseshows. Lives about 15 miles from me. One very cool cat. Zero fucks given.

Blogger Aeoli March 15, 2018 1:59 PM  

Dude's 83 or 84 and still working it having reinvented and revived his career several times. In that sense he is a role model.

Disagree. Women and old folks need to stay out of the workforce, for the same reasons.

Blogger Aeoli March 15, 2018 2:01 PM  

Look at the Boomers. QED, proof by contradiction.

Blogger Wild Ape March 15, 2018 2:08 PM  

Considering the current state of the 7th Fleet, Shatner couldn't do much worse. How many ships have run aground now, or ran into other ships? How many sailors have been lost? How many ship captains have been relieved of command now? I've never seen the Navy is this bad shape.

Blogger dienw March 15, 2018 2:10 PM  

Aeoli, find something else to complain about. Generation upon generation has fallen short in the eyes of its children; I wonder what Abel complained about.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 15, 2018 2:52 PM  

Poor tone awareness of you, dienw.

Blogger Aeoli March 15, 2018 2:59 PM  

I wonder what Abel complained about.

Presumably their failure to spank his psychopath brother.

Blogger James Dixon March 15, 2018 3:02 PM  

> If he was between jobs, he'd literally take anything, just to be working.

That would explain "Big Bad Mama".

Blogger S1AL March 15, 2018 3:38 PM  

"Disagree. Women and old folks need to stay out of the workforce, for the same reasons."

Neither of these things has happened in the history of ever.

Blogger dvdivx March 15, 2018 3:42 PM  

Krugman blew it. He should have said we needed a gay black transwhatever for the post.

Blogger James Dixon March 15, 2018 4:13 PM  

> Krugman blew it. He should have said we needed a gay black transwhatever for the post.

Krugman is an old (((white))) guy. His time is coming.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 15, 2018 4:15 PM  

@21 Peaceful Poster

No Canadian blood, or American for that matter.
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Tundra Ted is a Canadian Anchor Baby.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 15, 2018 4:24 PM  

Capt Kirk is climbing a mountain
https://youtu.be/HU2ftCitvyQ

Blogger Ingot9455 March 15, 2018 5:10 PM  

Shatner is living the 'small fortune' joke about the horse business:

"How do you make a small fortune in the horse business? Start with a large fortune."

He's said that he has to keep working to keep the family horse business going. (And that's why his horses make occasional movie appearances.)

Blogger Shimshon March 16, 2018 2:25 AM  

My dad is about Bill's age. He has slowed down but he still works.

Blogger Lucy Taylor March 17, 2018 5:28 PM  

@13
Lovekraft, Morgentaler got the Order of Canada in 2008. I remember, because that got me into pro-life activism.
Maybe you're thinking of the Supreme Court decision in 1988 that threw out our abortion law. We have been a rotten country for a while.

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