Equal Rights? A Response…

I know I keep saying that I’m going to try to get away from this… and God help me I really am. I’d really rather talk about Geek Culture and writing, but I keep getting sucked back in.

A little background on this post: I received an email criticizing talking points I made about the new Barbie movie from a long-time critic on my wall. This person has previously questioned me about the strength of my female protagonists… which is fine, I don’t mind a constructive argument, I’m just struggling with that one… especially if anyone has read about my character, General Xaphan.

Anyway, I got the feeling that this person is a feminist from some of the comments she’s made and I wanted to address some of the more egregious accusations. No, out of moral decency I will not be posting her name OR a full transcript of the email. That would be unethical in my book.

Let’s get started…

I don’t get it, what is your problem with the movie? (Barbie) It’s going to be a movie for little kids!

That’s fine, it’s a movie for little kids. I don’t have a problem with that, what I have a problem with is the executive who’s pulling the strings on this one, Amy Pascal. This person has a pretty extreme regressive leftist agenda, which is obvious from the Ghostbusters controversy. However, my problem stems more from the writer/leading lady, Amy Schumer. 

This woman isn’t someone I consider a good role model for children. Go look at some of her other work, including her book. She’s openly admitted to (by her own definition, mind you) sexually assaulting a man, she’s been unbelievably abusive to her audience, indicating that she doesn’t care about them at all, and she’s been caught stealing jokes in the past.

Then how is she still famous?

Honestly there’s something to be said for being ‘in’ with the leftist media and culture. They protect their own very aggressively. This is how Hillary Clinton’s campaign survived as long as it did.

So that’s my major issue here. I mean seriously would you want Bill Cosby or Mel Gibson starring in kids movies?

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Sigh… okay fine! However one, neither of these movies were very good and BOTH were before we knew what we now do. So I guess I would say, would you CURRENTLY want one of them starring in a kids’ movie? I think not.

So that’s my MAIN issue; Amy Schumer is not a good role model for kids.

As a feminist, I don’t get how you can be so opposed to us and how you can be so against equal rights! 

I think you may have a skewed view of what feminism is. Let’s take a look at the definition of feminism:


fem·i·nism

ˈfeməˌnizəm/
noun
  1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.
    synonyms: the women’s movement, the feminist movement, women’s liberation, female emancipation, women’s rights;

    “a longtime advocate of feminism”

     

Notice that part there, WOMEN’S RIGHTS on the basis of the equality of the sexes, not equal rights for all based on the equality of the sexes. That’s egalitarianism.

Now some of you may be saying to yourself that you don’t see the difference… well that’s because the media and feminism want you to believe that we live in a Patriarchy where EVERYTHING works in favor of men. The reality isn’t so easy. If you’re a man with children and you get divorced, in many states you’re automatically stuck paying both child support and alimony. (See New Jersey law)

One good example is a friend of mine that is a NJ State Trooper. He told me that he had to go arrest a ‘deadbeat dad’ one day. When they found the guy, he was living out of his pickup truck, filthy and emaciated because, thanks to alimony, he could barely house or feed himself. Later when he was called to testify at court, his ex-wife drove up in a brand new car with clothes that looked pretty expensive.

Do you think feminists would come out against that? No, of course they wouldn’t, because it works in there favor. It’s not equal treatment between the sexes at all, but because it tends to work in favor of women, they’re not about to protest it.

This adds a whole new layer of hypocrisy as, if you take a look at alimony, it was put in place because a wife was viewed as property and if divorced, it was still the man’s job to take care of his property. Fact.
So this is something you’d think women would be against, but because in the majority of cases, women are awarded alimony, they remain silent.

Another good example is a friend of mine who is currently serving jail time… because he refused to pay child support. Now I know what you’re thinking… he’s a deadbeat dad, etc. etc. Well… not so much. See two years after the child was born, his wife broke down and confessed that  their child likely wasn’t his. A blood test confirmed it.
Devastated, he divorced her, but the court said that he still owed child support, despite a clear case of paternity fraud. He refused, quit his job and worked under the table, and eventually was locked up for it.
Statistics show when it comes to family court, a mother who prostitutes her child on the street for drugs has a better chance of getting custody after cleaning up her act than a straight shooting father ever would. The father is, was, and continues to be seen as expendable.
Again, not equality between the sexes, but because it’s to women’s advantage, the silence is deafening.

This is not equality and thus, feminism is NOT an equal rights movement, far from it. I don’t want to call it a gender superiority group because that’s getting into hyperbole, but that’s really what it is starting to come off looking like. This movement has really adopted more of a cult-like philosophy. I’ve known and have heard stories about women who have the audacity to question feminism’s stance on certain issues. They usually become the targets of abuse from other members of their chosen community, called gender traitors, among other things too vile for me to post here.

I mean what’s wrong with standing up against rape culture and unequal pay for women!? 

Standing up against rape culture is fine. If you want to stand up and fight against the mentality of many of the male refugees in Europe, great. If you want to take a stand against what goes on in the Middle East and Asia, wonderful, I’m right there with you. However in some extreme cases, feminism has tried to make the case that we live in a rape culture here in the United States and cite what goes on in college campuses as proof. 

This is obviously ludicrous.

As I said to another one of my readers on a previous thread…

The Rape Culture Myth, I take personal issue with. Most of the 3rd wave of feminism will tell you that rape on college campuses is a sort of rite of passage for guys, and because it is condoned by the campuses that cover it up, it’s something that is accepted in our society… except that this is anything but the truth.
Colleges profit based on reputation. If they lose that, they lose tuition and grants. So for one to be caught covering up rape… yeah that wouldn’t be good. Secondly the very insinuation or accusation of rape is enough to ruin a guy’s life, regardless of guilt. We’ve seen cases where women come forward later and admit to lying about it, and the guy is powerless to collect any damages. When rapes are reported, they are investigated and zealously prosecuted and the lives of the perpetrator are justly ruined even after prison.

Rape culture is where it’s legal to rape your spouse, or there are no laws protecting people from it. AKA, most of the countries that these refugees are coming from… adding another layer of hypocrisy to this whole mess!

Rape culture is also, in my opinion when a man is held down, drugged, or intoxicated, raped, and then told by society that its his own fault for being a weakling and he’ll be shunned if he reports it… and then if the rapist get’s pregnant, she can successfully sue for child support… oh $h^t… that is the U.S.
… great… so I’ve defeated my own argument. So perhaps the rape culture exists, but the myth is in how it is portrayed by the SJWs.

So yeah, it’s a convoluted mess. You may notice that I underlined the word ‘guy.’ That’s because the treatment of men in sexual assault cases is treated much differently than women. If women commit rape or sexual assault, society pretty much makes men believe that it’s their own fault for being too weak or stupid to prevent it and that their reputation will take a major hit if they report it. This is a lot for guys to handle given how society treats both sexes.
Secondly… do I even need to touch on the statutory rape sentences for more vs. women? Take a look at the sentencing in LITERALLY any case where a woman teacher slept with a male student. In almost every case, the woman get’s either a suspended sentence, probation, community service, etc. THEY ALMOST NEVER GET JAIL TIME!
As a farther of boys entering the public school system, this worries me…

Again, silence from the feminist crowd, why? Because it works in favor of the woman.

 

Now about the unequal pay gap, yes it exists, but not for the reasons you think…

This is a very lengthy topic, so instead, I’d invite you to watch this video which details the problems with the whole idea of a wage gap:

This is a very good report on the data points of the wage gap.

I mean are you a misogynist or a racist??? You’re clearly a white guy so… I guess maybe an MRA?

Okay, if you tell me to check my privilege (she didn’t, to be fair), I’m going to metaphorically smack you in the mouth.

For anyone who must know, I’m an Irish Catholic Boy (which technically makes me non-white from traditional racist standpoints) from Mission Hill Roxbury in Boston, LOOK IT UP, specifically what the place was like back in the 80s, THEN try that statement again!

Sorry… just had to get that out. misogyny is pretty much off of my insult list and gone from my vocabulary…

Why?

Because I don’t subscribe to the social justice calendar.

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Nor do I believe in the validity of identity politics.

Also, why bring race into this? Why? You are aware that feminism was started by white women, yes? White women who in the beginning tried to exclude black women because they didn’t want their movement being confused with anti-slavery.  (See what I did there?)

Also… honestly I don’t know what an MRA is. I’ve heard that term before, but until today didn’t care. I had to google it to discover that MRA stands for ‘Men’s Rights Activist.’ Honestly the only reason that I’m even aware of that team is because it’s somehow part of the war cry of feminism. I hear feminists use the term all the time… and ONLY feminists. They seem to think that MRA’s are some kind of boogeyman.

This is yet another thing that I don’t understand, shouldn’t feminists and MRA (if they even exist in this form) be working together towards some kind of humanist movement?


Okay, look… I don’t hate feminists. I don’t. I don’t particularly care for what they stand for in many cases, but I appreciate the roots and where the whole movement came from. That does not mean that I have to agree with them, nor does it make me a sexist or anything like that.

I don’t like labeling, but if you were to put a gun to my head, I’d have to throw my support behind humanists and egalitarians, and I mean TRUE humanists and egalitarians. The people who want actual equality. These are the African Americans who see things like Affirmative Action as offensive because they can get by on their own merits. Successful women who see feminism as insulting because they got by on their own and did very well for themselves, but feminists view them as a sort of gender version of ‘Uncle Tom.’

Feminism, identity politics, and social justice movements survive based on the belief that they are needed. They survive based on the belief that the group that they rally for is too weak to survive without their support, despite evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, there will be no equality between the races or sexes, because these groups push the divide further and further. I remember a black student at a college campus who wrote a paper on racial equality got jeered for dispelling several myths plaguing his community. Upon being verbally attacked on it, he published a statement in the local newspaper, calling the Black Rights movement on his campus as among the most racist exclusion groups he’d ever seen.

Anyway that’s where I stand on all of this. Sorry, but I make it a point to respond to my readers as much as possible and, for whatever faults she may have, this person has clearly read some of my work.

To that person, please pick up and read either Damnation or Soul Siphon, you may be surprised by what you see. I hope this helps you understand where I’m coming from.


 


Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
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I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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Russian Hackists VS. Obama Birther

Okay I thought I was done with this honestly, but its still showing up on message boards, blogs, etc…

5 Key Findings From The Intelligence Report…

“Intelligence officials have assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a sweeping, multifaceted campaign geared at helping Donald Trump attain the White House.”

  1. Russia wanted to help Trump win
  2. Putin, top officials were behind the operation
  3. Russia had sustained access to the DNC’s system
  4. Russian intel had a web of ways to make the documents public 
  5. Propaganda machine went after Clinton 

Yeah… it seems the bozos who called the birther bozos ‘tin-foil-headed’ are now taking on that role themselves. Do I even need to point out the irony here? Look, I’m sick of all of this. Our country needs to heal. So let’s go over these points and put an end to this, shall we?

  1. Of course they did. Why wouldn’t they? Russia had been the Clintons’ favorite whipping boy for years. I mean honestly is it any surprise that the Clinton campaign immediately pointed the finger at Russia?
  2. Where is the proof? The article says that the report ‘concludes’ but doesn’t provide any proof whatsoever. Are we to take the intelligence community’s word for it? Like they’ve never been dishonest or politically motivated before…
  3. Again, proof? “The Times found that the FBI tried several times in the following months to warn the DNC about the intrusion, and in November alerted a tech staffer there that information from the headquarters was being transmitted to Russia in what appeared to be a state-sponsored attack.”
    And it would appear that the DNC ignored that advice? Or did they actually get it? Or did they know that it was bogus?

    “While Russian hackers never tampered with vote tallying systems, they did breach multiple aspects of state and local electoral boards, the report said. Russian intelligence has been studying the U.S. election process and technology since 2014.”
    You’re not going to prove any of this, are you? You’re just going to keep making grandiose claims that are only going to make relations with Russia even worse. Even if they were interfering, how is that any different than what the U.S. has been doing for a very long time?

  4. Yes so? Ability doesn’t prove intent, nor does it prove action. If I were sent to trial for murder and the only evidence the prosecution had against me was that I had the ‘ability’ to kill someone… maybe I had the same caliber gun and didn’t like my neighbor, but there was no proof I used the gun and no proof I was anywhere near him during the time of the murder… it would be laughed out of court!
  5. No different than U.S., Britain, and other medias went after Trump. Most of the mainstream news organizations didn’t even cover much of what came out in the wikileaks releases and may I just say that it is sad commentary that someone like Trump or Clinton with a laundry list of corruption and more and more being released, somehow saw their campaigns survive. Has corruption really become the norm that it doesn’t even phase us anymore?

Look, like I’ve said before… I do not support or like Trump. I didn’t vote for him, nor did I vote for Clinton. Granted I despise Clinton a little more than I do Trump, but still. This whole Russian hacking nonsense was started by her campaign and continued by elements sympathetic to her. She’s doing everything she tried to fear-monger us into believing that Trump would do if he lost. It is unbelievably classless and even more depressing as she was once the favorite to win the election. Not exactly what I’d call presidential behavior.

Perhaps the most telling problem I have with this whole thing, besides the media running wild with this Russian hack despite a blatant lack of ANY proof, basically making it propaganda, is that NO ONE has attempted to debunk or discredit anything that has been released. NONE of the emails or documents put out be Wikileaks have been challenged as false.

In other words, all anyone is doing is attempted to shoot the messenger… for telling the truth.

I’m sorry, that’s pathetic. You’re essentially whining and pointing the finger at others, blaming them for your loss because they told the truth about the things YOU DID.

People, I’ll say it again, this is pathetic. We’re wasting time on the angry ramblings of a person who thought she was entitled to the White House, and her cronies. The people reporting they have proof are sympathetic to the Clinton cause and are under control of the current regime in the White House, which has already been proven dishonest time and time again.

Despite what the media said, Clinton was never really electable. She lost the primary back in 2008 to a nobody first term senator from Chicago. Seriously, a long-established individual lost to a nobody, how did anyone expect she’d win this time?

Trump is our president, whether we like it or not. No amount of whining or bellyaching from Clinton or her supporters will change that. Period.

Like I said before, I’m sick of it, but it seems I can’t avoid hearing about it, try as I might. Geekdom, go back to making good movies, comics, TV shows, etc. I don’t like being preached at about identity politics, social justice, or how Russia stole the election from Clinton. It’s your job to entertain, not indoctrinate.

Again, making grandiose claims with no proof. How are you any different than the morons who questioned Obama’s legitimacy to be president?



Readers,

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I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Meaningful Quote

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the election, regressive politics, and the continuous WAVE of people who have asked me to address my own political beliefs, which I have responded to en mas.

And I think filmmaker and (ironically enough) known feminist Joss Whedon put it best:

“I’ve said before, when you declare yourself politically, you destroy yourself artistically… Because suddenly that’s the litmus test for everything you do — for example, in my case, feminism. If you don’t live up to the litmus test of feminism in this one instance, then you’re a misogynist. It circles directly back upon you.”

Truer words for sketchers, painters, writers, sculptors, movie makers, et al, have rarely been spoken.

 



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Shut Up and Perform!

So according to CNBC

Amy Schumer’s rant against Donald Trump apparently turned off some fans at her show in Tampa, Florida.

The comedian slammed the Republican presidential nominee and brought a fan who supported him onstage to question him about his decision. She responded to people booing in the audience by telling them to leave if they didn’t like her opinions. When some continued to boo, Schumer asked security to escort them out.

I’ll admit… this didn’t surprise me. I like Amy’s comedy well enough, but I kind of expected something like this to happen sooner. I know Amy’s political standing, she’s made no secret of it and that’s fine. Comedians, by nature are often political and make their standings on issues known. However, when you bring your act to a hault, bring someone up on stage who is in oposition to what you believe, and pretty much mock them while mocking others who share his views… then it becomes a problem.

Okay, look… this is why I don’t like inserting my political beliefs into my writing, unless it’s in context. Why, because that’s not why you, my readers, come here. It’s not why you pay for my books, it’s not anything like that.

Think about it, what would you do if you picked up my book, started reading it, and in the middle of the book, I just completely jump out of context and start preaching to you about how much I hate this person for their beliefs, political movements, etc. etc?

Honestly, you’d probably throw the book against the wall or into the garbage.

I’m sorry Amy, you done fucked up… two things…

  1. Don’t ask people to leave your show or have security escort them out. That’s completely uncalled for. Just because you think you’re right about something, doesn’t mean people don’t have a right to disagree. I get that this is your comedy show, and you have a right to your opinion, but when you stop to go into political hyperbole, expect people to disagree with you. People don’t appreciate being called psychopaths, and they don’t like one-sided hyperbole. When you call a politician thousands support an ‘Orange Sexual Assaulting, fake College starting monster.’ EXPECT REBUTTAL. You brought that one on yourself.
  2. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m pretty sure that a lot of the people in your audience do not pay to hear about your political opinion, unless it’s part of your act.

This is why I say ‘Shut up and perform.’ It was just like at the one Ted Nugent concert that I went to with a friend… it got boring really fast when he took literally a quarter of the show to make fun of Obama. Ugh…

The Simpsons, though a little over the top, got it right.

Comedians, people pay to hear you tell jokes.
Writers, people pay to read your books.
Musicians, people pay to listen to your music.
Entertainers, PEOPLE PAY TO SEE YOU ENTERTAIN!!!

Period.

Unless your politics are in the context of your act, SHUT UP! That’s not what people are paying for. Sorry, but it’s not. Your job as an entertainer is to put that aside, realize that people may disagree with you, and just entertain. Amy, if people want your political opinion, they’ll read your book. I’m sure that there are people more than interested about it, but the people who pay money to hear your comedy shows typically aren’t them.


Look at what your audience said:

“I don’t want to hear that. We wanted to have a good night without distractions with the politics,” said Bryon Infinger.

“It’s a bit  much,” echoed his wife, Chrissy Infinger. 

They both said everybody has a right to their opinion but thought Schumer went on too long. 

“The show became political. I definitely didn’t come to hear this,” said Ryan Atwood.


Having them thrown out is unprofessional, uncool, and frankly paints a very bad picture of you.

Anyway, sorry for the double post today, but I saw this and felt I had to say something because it’s something that I’ve spoken  about before.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Trek Against Trump…

Sigh… you know, I wanted to stay out of this whole nasty ordeal, but now it’s starting to hit home.

Look, I don’t care if you like Trump or Hillary.

Trump is a loud-mouthed businessman who has problems with various people. Is he racist? That’s debatable, and their are valid opinions of him on both sides. He is also technically a non-establishment candidate… however that’s not necessarily a good thing. People want to vote for him because he doesn’t answer to the party or Wallstreet… or anyone else for that matter including you and me.

Will it be the end of the world if he’s elected? No, the idea painted that he’ll have his finger on the nuclear launch button is pure fantasy, it doesn’t happen like that and most likely Congress will stonewall him on many of the things he wants to do because they actually do answer to people. All in all, it’ll be a four year shit show.

Hillary is a career politician with a laundry list of corruption that goes past my arm (and I have a decent wingspan). She feels she’s entitled to the White House, and is an establishment party candidate. The primary WAS fixed to help her win, we know that for a fact now, and it doesn’t help her reputation that she brought Wasserman-Shultz on after the DNC head stepped down. Now, is she responsible for everything she’s accused of? That’s debatable. She was secretary of state, but still subservient to Obama in most cases.

Will it be the end of the world if she’s elected? No, again Congress will pull what they did under Obama and stonewall a lot of what she wants to do to. She is a globalist democrat, which is an ideal that I view as extremely dangerous to our economy (See NAFTA and Free Trade) in that you can’t raise taxes, benefits, and wages, and then expect our workers to compete with totalitarian regimes overseas. Again, she’ll most likely be stonewalled and the most we’ll have to deal with is a bunch of regressives accusing Congress of blocking her due to sexism, like they did with racism under Obama.

So like I said, I don’t care, things are not getting better either way and who you back for whatever reason is irrelevant in my mind. However, now we’ve got… what I can only call blasphemy. Trek Against Trump. I’m going to post their little mission statement below here, but you can also find it on their Facebook page that I will NOT be linking to:

Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.

The resolution of conflicts on Star Trek was never easy. Don’t remain aloof –vote! We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate. Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.

Have you just turned 18? Have you moved? Have you never voted before? Some states have early registration (early October) and/or absentee ballots. You can’t vote if you are not registered. So make it so. Go tohttps://www.rockthevote.com , a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and fulfill your civic duty. Because, damn it, you are a citizen of the USA, with an obligation to take part in our democracy! Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.

Endorsed by:

J.J. Abrams
Allan Apone
Richard Arnold
René Auberjonois
Scott Bakula
Ira Steven Behr
Rick Berman
John Billingsley
Christopher Black
Paula Block
Paul Boehmer
André Bormanis
Brannon Braga
Mark Robert Brown
LeVar Burton
Terri Potts-Chattaway
John Cho
Tracee Cocco
George Colucci
Mimi Cozzens
Denise Crosby
Dan Curry
Joseph D’Agosta
Peter David
Nicole de Boer
Keith R.A. DeCandido
John de Lancie
Jonathan Del Arco
John DeMita
Chris Doohan
Paul Eiding
Aron Eisenberg
Terry Erdmann
Terry Farrell
Lolita Fatjo
David C. Fein
Juan Carlos Fernandez
Louise Fletcher
Jonathan Frakes
Bryan Fuller
Dave Galanter
Tim Gaskill
David Gerrold
Robert Greenberger
Bruce Greenwood
Max Grodénchik
Martha Hackett
Glenn Hauman
Manu Intiraymi
Michael Jan Friedman
Dominic Keating
John Knoll
Walter Koenig
Alex Kurtzman
Judith Levitt
Jeff Lewis
Justin Lin
David Mack
Dennis Madalone
Chase Masterson
Dakin Matthews
Gates McFadden
Robert Duncan McNeill
Nicholas Meyer
Anthony Montgomery
Ronald B. Moore
Tom Morga
Kate Mulgrew
Larry Nemecek
Adam Nimoy
Susan Nimoy
Robert O’Reilly
Linda Park
Leslie Parrish
Robb Pearlman
Simon Pegg
Randy Pflug
Ethan Phillips
Robert Picardo
Sandra Piller
Chris Pine
Emmett Plant
Zachary Quinto
Michael Reisz
Andrew Robinson
Eugene & Heidi Roddenberry
Marvin Rush
Tim Russ
Zoe Saldana
Ralph Senensky
Naren Shankar
Armin Shimerman
Gregory Smith
Brent Spiner
Rick Sternbach
Peter Sternlicht
Eric Stillwell
Jay Stobie
Sandy Stone
Carel Struycken
Marina Sirtis
Michael Sussman
Kitty Swink
George Takei
Michael Taylor
Hallie Todd Withrow
Connor Trinneer
Karl Urban
Wil Wheaton
Herman Zimmerman

My geekdom just died a little… So basically this isn’t officially Star Trek or CBS authorized, but its literally everyone who had anything to do with Star Trek in a long while.

I want everyone to take a look at the two areas I highlighted in red. Do you see the inherent problem with these remarks? In their first statement, they say how all walks of life and views should be treated equally as long as they don’t infringe on others. Then they turn around and call those who plan to vote 3rd party to be illogical and apparently ill-informed. In other words, don’t work towards breaking the corrupt two party system and vote for the elitist with a superiority complex over the elitist with a brain-mouth filtering issue!

That is NOT in the spirit of Star Trek. Not at all, and I’m pretty sure that Gene Roddenberry would not approve of this.

Both candidates are equally bad, I’m sorry but it’s true. But let’s take a look at what else they say:
Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously.

Oh I am pretty certain that there have been… I’m PRETTY certain that if we go back a few decades, we’ll find candidates on all sides of the line that were pretty rotten.

We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.

And you’re shilling Hillary for that? A war-monger? An entitled 1%er who feels she is above the law? A person who actively tries to get us into conflicts, and has pretty much no concern for the general electorate as we’ve seen by the actions of her campaign! Yeah, that’s clearly the person who’s going to bring us all together…

where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others.

Well… this is actually very harmful. What you’ve said and how you’re going about things is actually very harmful.

Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities…

That is true.

… while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. 

That is absolutely NOT TRUE AT ALL. History has shown us otherwise over and over again during her time in the Senate, as well as her tenure in the Obama Administration. I could go on, but frankly this statement is so stupid, it’s making my blood boil.

If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.

That is true… a protest vote will not fix anything, but neither will shilling for Clinton. The only thing that will fix things is by getting more parties exposure and bringing other views to center stage, taking the power away from two overly corrupt parties. A fact which you have completely disparaged above.

You can’t vote if you are not registered.

Again, true. Despite what this is saying, I do agree that voting is important. It is the right, will, and responsibility of the people to vote as this is the only way things are going to change.

Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.

Okay, Clinton is not going to take us to the stars and neither will Trump. Plain and simple, all we’re going to wind up with is more debt and being even more divided on every issue (if that’s even possible), then we were before.


 

This… this makes me want to cry. I am literally sitting here with tears in my eyes over how pissed off this makes me. I am not even being melodramatic right now… at least I’m not trying to be. The idea of Trek getting involved in the election is absurd, it is 100% pure fiction. The original creators of Star Trek didn’t have this kind of thing in mind, I seriously doubt they’d want their creation being used in such a partisan, bias, way to shill one candidate whilst blatantly disparaging anyone whose view differs from them.

The Star Trek Universe is fiction. It’s not the world we live in, so to say that the Trek universe would be behind this is absolutely wrong. I don’t think Gene Roddenberry would want this. He probably wouldn’t be a Trump supporter, but I seriously doubt he’d want his creation being desecrated into becoming propaganda for a status-quo candidate.

People, PLEASE do not buy into this. Do not give these people the time of day or let them think that they have taken the moral high ground here. If anything, go onto facebook or twitter and let them know why you’re voting the way you are. Let them know that what they’ve said and done is wrong on a multitude of levels and why. SHOW THEM!

Finally, if you’re an American Citizen, please register and vote. If you want to vote for Hillary, go for it. If you want to vote for Trump, go for it. If you want to write in Bernie, all power to you. If you want to vote Stein or Johnson, good for you!

I don’t care who you vote for. I don’t, as long as you are voting for the candidate that closely mirrors your passions, views, and the things you believe and hold dear in the most. That’s all anyone can ask of a voter.

This shameless, senseless, shilling is NOT Star Trek, and anyone who tells you otherwise is pushing an agenda, fact. Just so you know where I’m coming from, I personally don’t care if each of these people come out in support of Hillary. I don’t even care if they create a sci-fi internet guild bringing them all together to lobby for Hillary. What I care about is the fact that they’re using Star Trek as a base to push their agenda.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch some Wrath of Khan. I don’t usually condone swear on my blog but… FUCK THIS NONSENSE!

Oh and to you people:
J.J. Abrams
Allan Apone
Richard Arnold
René Auberjonois
Scott Bakula
Ira Steven Behr
Rick Berman
John Billingsley
Christopher Black
Paula Block
Paul Boehmer
André Bormanis
Brannon Braga
Mark Robert Brown
LeVar Burton
Terri Potts-Chattaway
John Cho
Tracee Cocco
George Colucci
Mimi Cozzens
Denise Crosby
Dan Curry
Joseph D’Agosta
Peter David
Nicole de Boer
Keith R.A. DeCandido
John de Lancie
Jonathan Del Arco
John DeMita
Chris Doohan
Paul Eiding
Aron Eisenberg
Terry Erdmann
Terry Farrell
Lolita Fatjo
David C. Fein
Juan Carlos Fernandez
Louise Fletcher
Jonathan Frakes
Bryan Fuller
Dave Galanter
Tim Gaskill
David Gerrold
Robert Greenberger
Bruce Greenwood
Max Grodénchik
Martha Hackett
Glenn Hauman
Manu Intiraymi
Michael Jan Friedman
Dominic Keating
John Knoll
Walter Koenig
Alex Kurtzman
Judith Levitt
Jeff Lewis
Justin Lin
David Mack
Dennis Madalone
Chase Masterson
Dakin Matthews
Gates McFadden
Robert Duncan McNeill
Nicholas Meyer
Anthony Montgomery
Ronald B. Moore
Tom Morga
Kate Mulgrew
Larry Nemecek
Adam Nimoy
Susan Nimoy
Robert O’Reilly
Linda Park
Leslie Parrish
Robb Pearlman
Simon Pegg
Randy Pflug
Ethan Phillips
Robert Picardo
Sandra Piller
Chris Pine
Emmett Plant
Zachary Quinto
Michael Reisz
Andrew Robinson
Eugene & Heidi Roddenberry
Marvin Rush
Tim Russ
Zoe Saldana
Ralph Senensky
Naren Shankar
Armin Shimerman
Gregory Smith
Brent Spiner
Rick Sternbach
Peter Sternlicht
Eric Stillwell
Jay Stobie
Sandy Stone
Carel Struycken
Marina Sirtis
Michael Sussman
Kitty Swink
George Takei
Michael Taylor
Hallie Todd Withrow
Connor Trinneer
Karl Urban
Wil Wheaton
Herman Zimmerman
You should be ashamed of yourselves. (Drops the mic)

But Jim, this is nothing new!

Yeah, I’m not touching that one… especially given the direction the Marvel universe has gone. So let me just basically provide a catch-all quote for anything else like this that may exist by saying that I don’t want to live on this planet anymore!

To my readers, I apologize, I know you came here to read something about writing or books… I will get back to that tomorrow. However as a die-hard, out-of the-closet geek who loves how mainstream our lifestyle has become, things like this REALLY hit home.

Thanks for putting up with my rant.




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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

The Traitorous Main Character

So you’ve written your story. Your characters are beloved, not only to you, but also your reading audience. Well now you’re writing the next part in your series and are ready to do the unthinkable…

You’re going to have one of the characters turn on the others. One of your main good guys is now to become a villain and not just a villain, but one who was the cause of much of the turmoil that the other characters have gone through.

So how do you do it? Up until now, this character has been close to all of the others. They have become well-liked, and your audience has grown attached to that character. How do you suddenly make them the object of scorn?
Well it may not be as difficult as you think and it may not even be necessary. Let me explain…

If you’re going to paint the person as a straight villain, the shock and surprise alone should be enough to turn your readers against the character. If you’ve written it right, your readers should feel just as betrayed as the characters that they are reading about. Having the ability to make your readers relate, and even feel the same emotions that the characters are is a staple of a truly gifted story teller. Just make sure that you provide an alternate view of the events from the past stories so that everything fits into place. This is absolutely essential if the villain role is going to stick.

Above, I said that it may not be necessary to make the traitor the object of scorn. Indeed it isn’t. If you refer back to my Character Complexes thread, you can read up on how to create a villain that may not necessary be evil. Maybe this traitor has family that they are looking for, maybe they’re turning on their friends for what they perceive to be the greater good, or maybe there is a payoff at the end that is enough for the traitor to sacrifice their friends.
The point is, just because the character is no longer a good guy, or on the same side as the main characters, doesn’t mean that they’re bad. Quite the opposite, it just means that their circumstances have changed. That character can still be relateable and even likable.

Now, does that mean that this character won’t come back to the morally ‘right’ in the story? No, there is no rule in place that a character can’t switch sides.

So just remember when writing a traitor, it may be better and even easier at some points to not paint them as a straight villain.

Thanks and catch you all on the flip-side,

Jim

Free Exchange of Ideas…

Can I just ask… what the heck happened?

When I first published my work, I got a lot of comments from readers, both positive and negative. Divinity in particular got positive and negative comments from die-hard Christians and atheists, and I don’t understand the negativity.

I certainly can’t speak for the rest of the world, so if it’s different outside of the U.S. PLEASE let me know.

I don’t mind disagreeing with my views, in fact, I welcome it! I love it when someone posts a comment on Facebook, here, or on my other pages and tells me that they disagree with my message or my assessment of a certain situation or event. I always enjoy hearing about it from the other person’s perspective and then engaging their talking points. That’s fine…

What’s not fine is when people start calling you names or accuse you of racial bigotry. I don’t get that. Nowhere have I ever used racial slurs in anything I’ve written (unless you count sharpy, which many of my characters call elves), nor have I ever said anything about a specific ethnicity or religion that would portray everyone in any of those groups in a negative light.

I’ll provide a perfect example. The other day I was on a newspaper’s website and one person mentioned on the message board that he supported voter ID laws. The next comment accused him of being racist. How is requiring all citizens to prove their citizens racist? Another comment said that it makes it more difficult for poor people to vote. That is a credible argument, but racist? Is the person making that comment inferring that all poor people are minorities, or that the majority of certain minorities are poor? Isn’t the assumption of racism, actually racism itself?

Anyway, I don’t want to delve into a conversation of semantics, so let me get back on point. Why just sit there, yell and scream, and accuse the person of being racist? Why get mad at that person’s viewpoint? What good does that do? Why not instead of resorting to anger, threats, or childish name-calling, you address that person’s talking points. Tell that person why you think they’re wrong and then hear their arguments. You might learn something and they might actually gain some knowledge in the process too. Why is that not a better solution?

By resorting to childish name-calling, you make yourself look less intelligent.

By resorting to misogyny, you make yourself out to look hateful.

By resorting to inserting race or ethnicity into an argument, you make yourself out to be hateful, you water-down justified accusations of racism, and you spit on everyone who actually suffered from racism and fought for equal rights.

All of this takes a negative toll on society. It get’s to the point where Freedom of Expression and Speech take a back seat to people’s’ sensitivity. The problem is that people don’t see the damage being done by this. Someone showing a different perspective on things, as long as it’s factual and historically accurate, should not be met with scorn. Their talking points should be addressed.

Seriously, why get mad? Why break off contact or remove someone from your contact list? Why resort to stupidity? If someone’s opinion truly upsets you, ignore it. Unless they’re specifically saying it to insult you or a group you’re apart of, why get mad? Why not respond and tell them why you think they’re wrong?

All you’re doing is making it more difficult for someone to express their opinions or their views. By accusing someone who expresses a viewpoint of racial, religious, or ethnic bigotry where none was intended or implied, or calling them names, all you’re doing is making another person fear how they’re going to be portrayed by others, including their employers and family, and thus are making it harder for them to put their views to paper, and that’s a terrible, awful thing to do, when the Free Exchange of Ideas is one of the most important freedoms anyone has.

I really don’t want to spend too much time on this, so I’m going to close with a quote from a TV show I loved as a child:

With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably… The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged. 

P.S. Don’t be afraid to post if you think I missed something or disagree, as I said above, I welcome other viewpoints and would love to address them.