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‘Star Trek: Picard’ looks like it’s going to be a social justice warrior’s take on the future

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Gene Roddenberry had one rule for the Star Trek franchise. The future had to be a perfect utopia. In his vision, man had evolved to a point where it had no character flaws: no malice, no greed, no secrets. There wasn’t supposed to be a Section 31, the dark NSA-like secret group. War was to be avoided at all costs. Even conflicts between Starfleet personnel had to be manufactured to pass muster; someone had to be mind-controlled for there to be fight between officers.

After his death, it didn’t take long for his rule to get broken again and again.

Perhaps this was a good thing, at least from the perspective of a modern audience that prefers to see internal conflict over pure humans operating in an impure galaxy. After all, his vision may have launched the series, but the franchise hit its stride after his death. Or did it?

The Star Trek franchise has never been a true blockbuster, at least not in a world with Star Wars and the MCU. It has a strong following and its winning people over from generations who were born after Captain Jean Luc Picard’s The Next Generation wrapped up on television to start making movies. But its ability to stay relevant has relied heavily on shifting storylines and new perspectives that are a far cry from Roddenberry’s original ideas.

None of this is necessarily a bad thing, but the upcoming CBS show, Star Trek: Picard, threatens to not only take the franchise into unexplored territory but also fundamentally change the character many of us have grown to love. And if my hunch is right, they’re going to do it by turning arguably the most beloved character in the franchise (sorry Kirk and Spock) into a social justice warrior.

Hints of a different type of Picard story have been swirling around the show since its inception. Patrick Stewart said he wanted this 20-year-older version of the Picard to be very different from the warrior-explorer-diplomat that we’ve admired for decades. Considering the direction he and CBS have both gone in recent years, that gave me the feeling they were going to have a betrayed Picard get drawn back in to right wrongs and fight for the little guy, as any good social justice warrior should. Now that they’ve released a teaser, my hunch has only been reinforced.

I hope I like it. but I have a very nasty feeling that I won’t. I have a horrible sense that they’re going to ruin a great character and tear down Roddenberry’s legacy for the sake of being socially conscious and progressively preachy. We’ll see.

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Joy Villa on being called the ‘N-word’

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Joy Villa on being called the 'N-word'

“The only time I’ve ever been called the N-word derogatorily is from other people of color or White liberals.”

– Joy Villa

Joy Villa made a huge splash when she came out as a Trump supporter. She’s an African-America in the entertainment industry, making her a rare conservative demographically. As a result, she has been relentlessly attacked for her views by those who believe she’s not on the proper side of the race debate.

But even if she weren’t a conservative, being a pro-life woman who gave up a child to adoption a decade ago should be enough to eliminate her from being a Democrat. The pro-abortion party has had many in its ranks declare there is no room for pro-life people in the Democratic Party. Villa wouldn’t be welcomed even if she denounced President Trump based solely on her adherence to the belief living human beings have rights at all stages.

I admire Villa’s courage and willingness to speak out. On Twitter, she’s a rockstar.

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There are 24 candidates running for nomination. But in order for them to win, they first have to establish a base of support. Now, the Democrats can be broken down into three primary bases, with other secondary divisions. The largest, most competitive base is the Confused White Men Region featuring half of the field within the Democrat Primary. The other half of the field is divided between the Socialist Region and the Intersectional Region. The Confused White Men Region is so stacked it’s the only region with an extra play-in round. The other bases begin in the Divisional Round. Download and fill out your bracket here:

Next we have the Socialist Region. Competition is fierce here and there will be no distribution of the delegates to those whose campaigns do not get off the ground. (1) Bernie Sanders and (2) Elizabeth Warren get a bye to the Big Kid Table Round, signifying their likelihood in reaching the more scrutinized debate stages. Facing off in the Hipster Divisionals are new age cult leader, (6) Marianne Williamson, and the anti-war gun grabber (5) Tulsi Gabbard. Winner faces off against (1) Bernie Sanders. In the bottom half of these base is the #MeToo Conference, (4) Kirsten Gillibrand and (3) Amy Klobuchar face off in an effort to convince us that they are not the same person. Klobuchar has her comb ready and Gillibrand has whatever vegans eat with. The winner will have to decide whether to force (2) Elizabeth Warren into a reservation.

Last but not least, unless you are running the plantation, is the Intersectional Region. This consists of every candidate who has an intersectionality claim above being a woman. Despite championing diversity, only 6 candidates qualified for this region. Sorry, Bernie, Jews aren’t really victims in the party of Ilhan Omar. In the Black Divisionals, (1) Kamala Harris will  have a conversation with (6) Wayne Messam. Harris is upset that she did not get a bye. In the Still Better Than Whites Division, (5) Julian Castro faces off against dark horse (4) Andrew Yang. Intersectionality indicates that Hispanics are more victimized than Asians, but Castro is a US citizen, not an illegal alien making this anyone’s guess as to how it will go. In continuing with this migrant caravan of candidates the winners of these two divisions will face off against the winner of the Gay Divisionals. (2) Pete Buttigieg looks to claim this division against (3) Cory Booker. And while (3) Cory Booker has not officially come out of the closet, an unmarried fifty year old man with major beta male tendencies and an affinity for Spartacus is sure to set off some gaydars. Nonetheless, if he’s saving this card for a debate stage moment this might be the shrewdest coming out moment of all time. Winner faces off in the Base Championship.

Going back to the Confused White Men Region there are some interesting matchups to be had. A Massachusetts Congressman (8) Seth Moulton faces off against former Alaska Senator from decades ago (9) Mike Gravel for the honor of facing (1) Joe Biden in the Divisionals. Democrats really scraped the bottom of the barrel with Confused White Men in this one. Maryland congressman (5) John Delaney faces off against beloved NYC Mayor (12) Bill de Blasio. All for the honor of facing off (4) John Hickenlooper. In a tough northwest matchup, Montana Governor (11) Steve Bullock will face off against Washington Governor (6) Jay Inslee to see if they can stop the world from ending in twelve years. They get the pleasure of going against California’s (3) Eric Swalwell. I know you might be thinking (3) Eric Swalwell has no chance, why is he ranked so high? But he just has that John Kasich factor, an insufferable lasting power that might just see him to the Base Championship. In our last play-in, Nancy Pelosi’s challenger from the right (7) Tim Ryan faces off against the (10) Michael Bennet who is not a football player. The winner faces the Kennedy-esque (2) Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke looks to run over the competition and make them eat dirt.

Serious Note

Scoring is entirely subjective, since the object of this bracket is to visually present and satirize the Democrat Candidates in a way that best demonstrates their likelihood of building a base. Obviously many of these candidates won’t make it to Iowa, so many judgment calls will be made about matchup winners. Another important note is not every matchup will happen concurrently. Meaning, (1) Kamala Harris could win her base championship while (1) Bernie Sanders is embattled with hipsters. Thus, the challenge for a candidate is not simply defeating the candidate most closely aligned, but doing so more quickly than the competition. In theory, the Candidate who can win their Base Championship first has the strongest chance of winning the nomination.

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

Former NFL player Burgess Owens delivered an amazing speech before Congress today talking about reparations. He called for them, but not from the United States government as Democrats are wanting. He wants reparation paid by the Democratic Party to the African-Americans Owens believes have been hurt by the leftist ideology espoused by today’s Democrats.

The opening minute of his speech was exceptional:

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m gonna take a different tack from beginning. We are at this point, this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation.

“We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation become better than the last, and that has not ended, that has not stopped… until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different, that they don’t have the opportunities that we had.

“I’m going to talk about some ideologies and when I talk about them I’m not talking about people. People change. I used to be Democratic until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. So when I talk about these ideologies, ideologies don’t change. People do.

“We are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation against socialism, Marxism, and evil that it has brought to us in distilling of our history. Karl Marx said it best, the father of socialism, an atheist, anti-semite, and a blatant racist.”

As good as his opening was, the rest of it was even better.

In our post-truth society, the words of Burgess Owens will be dismissed or ignored by the left. But hopefully some will hear them and start asking questions about Democrats as he did.

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