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Star Trek Election: Kirk v. Tuvok?

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Dr. Beckwith,

While you may have gotten Obama spot-on as regards his likeness to Tuvok; your McCain, on the other hand, appear flawed.

His similarity is more akin to Col. Tighe as in this little treasure of a likeness comparison:

http://metamerist.com/images/jmst.png

Maybe should get the picture of the "old Kirk" from the episode in which the crew of the Enterprise contacts a virus that ages them prematurely. I will look for it.

To be fair though, I do agree to the extent that McCain does evoke more of a commanding presence after the manner of a Captain Kirk.

John McCain's character has been tested like no other presidential candidate in the history of this nation. He comes from a military family whose service goes -- to our country goes back to the time of the Revolutionary War. The tradition continues. As I speak, John and Cindy McCain have one son who's just finished his first tour in Iraq and another son -- going back for his second one on Christmas Day, I understand. And another -- and another son who's putting his country first and attending the Naval Academy...

John McCain was preparing to take off from the USS Forrestal for his sixth mission over Vietnam when a missile from another plane accidentally fired and hit his plane. The flight deck burst into a fireball of jet fuel. John's flight suit caught fire. He was hit by shrapnel. It was a scene of horrible human devastation...

Twenty planes were destroyed. A hundred and thirty-four sailors died.

John himself barely dodged death in the inferno and could've returned to the States with his ship. Instead, he volunteered for combat on another carrier that was undermanned from losing so many pilots. Stepping up. Putting his country first.

Three months later John McCain was a prisoner of war.

On October 26, 1967, on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, a surface-to-air missile slammed into John's A-4 Skyhawk jet, blowing it out of the sky. When John ejected, part of the plane hit him, breaking his right leg, his right knee, his left arm and right arm in three places.

An angry mob got to him when he fell to the ground. A rifle butt broke his shoulder. A bayonet pierced his ankle and his groin. They took him to the Hanoi Hilton, where he lapsed in and out of consciousness for days. He was offered medical care for his injuries if he would give up military information in return.

John McCain said, "No".

After days of neglect, covered in grime, lying in his own waste in a filthy room, a doctor attempted to set John's right arm without success and without anesthesia. His other broken bones and injuries were not treated. John developed a high fever and dysentery. He weighed barely a hundred pounds. Expecting him to die, his captors placed him in a cell with two other POWs who also expected him to die.

But with their help, John McCain fought on. He persevered. So then they put him in solitary confinement for over two years -- isolation, incredible heat beating on a tin roof, a light bulb in his cell burning 24 hours a day, boarded-up cell windows blocking any breath of fresh air, the oppressive heat causing boils the size of baseballs under his arms, the outside world limited to what he could see through a crack in the door.

We hear a lot of talk about hope these days. John McCain knows about hope. That's all he had.

For propaganda purposes, his captors offered to let him go home. John McCain refused. He refused to leave ahead of men who had been there longer. He refused to abandon his conscience and his honor, even for his freedom. He refused, even though his captors warned him, "It will be very bad for you."

They were right; it was. The guards cracked ribs, broke teeth off at their gums. They cinched a rope around his arms and painfully drew back his shoulders. Over four days, every two to three hours, the beatings resumed. During one especially fierce beating, he fell, again breaking his arm.

John was beaten for communicating with other prisoners. He was beating -- beaten for NOT communicating with so-called peace delegations. He was beaten for not giving information during interrogation.

When his captors wanted the names of other pilots in the squadron, John gave them the name of the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers

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He'd smile and give 'em a thumbs-up.

For five-and-a-half years this went on. John McCain's bones may have been broken, but his spirit never was...

SOURCE: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-thompsontranscript3-2008sep03,0,5037435,full.story


If only Obama resembled Tuvok in more than just looks....

If only Obama resembled Tuvok in more than just looks....

"To eliminate an innocent member of your own species is illogical captain..."

Heh. Good one, FB.

I suggest the name Tubama, a combination of TUvok + obAMA (do you remember when Tuvok and Nelix got mixed in transporter into one person and the crew named him Tuvix?)

I think people actually voted for Tuvok, unconsciously , as a most logical choice for president.

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