Star Trek – The Original Series – Complete Series Review – Season 2 Episode 17 – A Piece of the Action

Another comedic episode!  The Enterprise travels to a world that was visited a century earlier by an early human space vessel that never returned to Earth.  And since the world is almost a hundred light years from Earth, the radio messages from the original flight have just reached Earth.  Now Kirk must determine whether the earlier contact has had any detrimental impact on the inhabitants.

They contact the planet and are instructed by a local leader named Bela Oxmyx where to transport for a meeting.  When Kirk, Spock and McCoy arrive they are taken prisoner by Oxmyx’s men who are dressed as prohibition-era gangsters and armed with Thompson machine guns.  While traveling to Oxmyx’s office they are waylaid by a carload of rival gangsters who spray machine gun fire at them.  We are shown that this world is a replica of 1920’s America and organized as a constant war of gangs fighting it out for supremacy.  When they get to Oxmyx’s headquarters we find out that the earlier ship had left a book on 1920’s gang history and the inhabitants of this world have adopted it as a textbook on how to organize their society.  Oxmyx demands that Kirk provide him with a supply of phasers to allow him to conquer all his enemies and take over the whole planet.  Kirk refuses and the three of them are taken prisoner.

After that the story is a series of escapes and captures by Kirk, Spock and McCoy from Oxmyx and his rival, Jojo Krako, as they attempt to figure out a plan to repair the damage done to this world’s culture.  Eventually by using a show of force with the Enterprise’s phaser weapon set on a wide area stun setting Kirk convinces the mob bosses that they are outmatched and must knuckle under to the Federation.  He sets up Oxmyx as the head boss with Krako as his lieutenant and ends the violence between the gangs.  And to make it seems legitimate to these criminals he demands 40% of the “action” from the mobsters that will be collected annually by a Starfleet vessel.

Alright so that’s the plot but it’s just an excuse for a costume farce.  And as that it’s enjoyable and somewhat funny.  Once Kirk figures out that he’ll have to deal with the gangsters on their own terms he adopts an awful New York accent and starts using the gangster slang.  “We’ll put the bag on Krako;” “put him on ice;” “we won’t give you the heaters;” and “we’ll give you a piece of the action.”   Once he adopts this persona, even stealing some clothes from the mobsters for himself and Spock, Kirk (Shatner) hams it up and even attempts to get Spock to talk the slang with limited success.  And, of course, these slips by Spock are for laughs which actually work.  Later on, we get Spock critiquing Kirk’s lack of skill driving a manual transmission automobile, which is also kind of funny.  And the other bit is Kirk trying to convey instructions to Scotty over the communicator in this patois.  Inevitably he has to translate it into normal English for Scotty.  But when Scotty finally has one of the mob bosses on the Enterprise, he attempts to use some computer-based research into the period slang by threatening the boss with a pair of concrete galoshes.  The mob boss looks contemptuous and asks him if he means cement overshoes.  Scotty looks crestfallen but gives him his Scottish “aye.”

As I’ve made clear previously, I consider any Star Trek episode that plays it for laughs as a welcome change.  When the characters are actually allowed to make their characters somewhat three-dimensional it provides something to keep our interest.  Nimoy playing Spock playing a gangster is probably as good as Spock is going to get.  Even the very end of the episode goes for laughs.  Back on the ship McCoy admits that he lost his communicator on the planet.  Kirk acts alarmed and says based on this race’s cleverness at reverse engineering things eventually they would come after the Federation and “want a piece of our action!”  There is a fair amount of “Bowery Boys” style fight scenes that give Shatner a chance to embarrass himself but this episode is basically rated based on the success of the comedy.

I’ll call this an 8 // 4.

Guest Contributor – War Pig – War, Civil War and the American Temperament

I have said that I do not want to see an actual civil war, because Americans are insensate fighters when aroused. Ever since the mightiest, best-trained and disciplined army and navy on earth, bolstered by thousands of German mercenaries, got their asses handed to them by a pack of libertarian farmers and fishermen with outdated hunting equipment, nobody has really had the mastery of the Americans. Something in our mongrel ancestry, perhaps. But whatever the reason, nobody cares to go toe to toe with America. People may count Vietnam as a loss but it was a political loss. The military won all the battles and could have easily defeated North Vietnam, paved it, painted it and given it to China as a parking lot. All that stopped us was political will. Politics is our great weakness. But toss out politics, cry havoc and lose the dogs of war and Americans are a terrible foe.

Our worst war for casualties was when we fought ourselves. It would be again. I admit it would be a rather short war unless the US military somehow was convinced to step in, then it would take longer but the outcome would be the same. If the left wants death, they can have it. But it will be theirs.

When the protesters tried a march in our small city (the county seat and about 15,000 people). They behaved. First, the police would not kneel to them when asked. Second, openly armed citizens (including me) kept an eye on the parade and protesters. They could see our pistols and ARs. The armed citizens provoked nothing. We were there to answer any trouble, not cause it. When the second protest was scheduled, they asked the police to restrain people from openly carrying arms. The police declined and the march was cancelled.

I would regret seeing an open civil war breaking out. Americans on Americans is not a nice scenario. All other armies who thought we’d be pushovers found out quickly that was not so. The Japanese found out in WWII that American Marines were more than a match for them, either one-on-one or as a unit. The Germans found out the same when facing Patton. The Chinese found out when we fought them back to the 38th parallel. The VC and North Vietnamese never won a battle against US forces. Saddam’s 4th largest army on earth found out when the US military went through them, twice, like a .50 caliber bullet through tin foil. Every time the Taliban and Al Qaeda attack US forces in Afghanistan they come off on the worst end of the fight. The casualty count is estimated to be well over 1,000 to 1 in our favor. Islamic fighters were told that if they rushed the Americans and made it a close quarters battle where our technology was moot, they could force the Americans to retreat. As a result, a lot of Islamics are standing in hell right now wondering what happened. Americans are as ferocious in close quarters battle as we are lobbing ammo at you from afar.

My first battle, in Tet in 1968 at Hue, Captured Vietnamese enemy were also told that Americans have no guts for close in fighting. My company took 50% casualties, but we and the rest of 2nd battalion /5th Marines took back Hue. Most of my company was under 21. I had just turned nineteen. We lost 216 Marines and a bit over a thousand non-lethal casualties. But we killed over 5,000 PAVN soldiers and likely wounded three times that many. That is why I do not want to see Americans fighting Americans if it can be helped. We are far too fierce as a people to turn upon ourselves. Our one experience of it should teach us a lesson.

02MAY2020 – OCF Update

Apologies for the silence on the site today.  I fell ehind on some urgent chores and had to do some catching up.  Things will be returning to normal momentarily.  One unfortunate circumstance has become apparent.  Unless you are an especial fan of the weeping cherry tree the “Photo of the Day” in the merry, merry month of May may have a few too many photos of this flowerful tree.  I seem to have gone a bit overboard.  My apologies.

Here’s a quick photo for the update.  It’s a photo stack and I learned that shiny things can cause issues for stacking software.  Look closely at the edge of the watch and you’ll see some digital schmutze that happens when things get too right.

Anyway, I*’ll get busy trying to be incisive, mordant, relevant, scathing, ironic and droll.

President Trump Fires Michael Atkinson the Intelligence Community Inspector General

Atkinson was the stooge who changed the whistle-blower regulation to allow hearsay evidence that was used to fabricate the Ukraine impeachment case.  It really is amazing it took this long to fire the guy.  He should have been fired the day after the Senate exonerated the President.  This guy is a creature of the Obama regime and should never have had a job in this administration.  Good riddance.

I just want to let the President know if he needs someone to take the job, even though I have no legal or law enforcement experience I am available at a moments notice, although I will have to work remotely from home. Just leave a comment on this post Mr. President.


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Forest Floor Focus Stack – 3

And here’s the last of the focus stack set from Saturday.  Tom will be happy to hear that the light colored growth is called reindeer lichen.  So that’s why I’m lichen it.

Where Do You Go for Opinion

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24MAR2020 – Site Poll – Where Do You Go for Opinion?

Finally found a new plugin that does polls.  Doesn’t allow write-in stuff (so far as I know) so if your choice is somewhere else you’ll have to add a comment.


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Guest Contributor – War Pig – Coronavirus and Sedition

Trump is right, yet again. The left, including their slaves the media, are overstating the Coronavirus danger for political gain and to depress the stock market and drop the economy.

Since the beginning the Coronavirus has, according to the WHO and CDC, accounted for some 75 thousand illnesses and 2 thousand deaths. However, the regular influenza, the seasonal flu we vaccinate against every year, has from October 1st through the end of February, caused some 26 MILLION illnesses, a quarter of a million hospitalizations and over 14 THOUSAND deaths in the UNITED STATES ALONE.

Nobody is panicking over the seasonal flu. The selloff of stocks is caused by a manufactured panic NOT BASED IN FACT that the leftist media and politicians have contrived to weaken the Trump economy. Nobody is going bonkers over flu prevention and contagion. Coronavirus so far has about a 5% mortality rate, and that is in China where medical care and sanitation is not up to US or European standards. They are still selling raw monkey and other wild meats in Chinese open markets with no refrigeration, despite commie government orders to the contrary.

The Left Coast, with its masses of homeless defecating and urinating and vomiting and dying in the streets – may have cause for concern to some degree. They have set up a perfect breeding ground for disease and epidemic. I would not put it past the leftist governments to do a Stalin and let the epidemic take hold to kill off the excess homeless population for them. It’s what socialists/communists do. Population control through disease and starvation.

I also believe the left and their pimps in the media are manufacturing fear where there should be none, just to ding the Trump economy in an election year. Screw the economy, ruin it for political gain! Sedition and treason. Turn something which so far has been far less dangerous than a regular US flu season into a panic. Coronavirus mortality rate in China, which does not have the healthcare of the USA, is about 5-6%. US normal flu mortality rate is about 5%, depending on how it is counted, once an American is bad enough to be hospitalized. The vast majority of influenza cases in the US do not require hospitalization.

Why would the supposed “truth seekers” in the mainstream media lie like thieves? Because they are thieves, liars, seditionists, dastards, bastards and pluperfect scoundrels. They are reaping political gain and economic gain over fear mongering. In alliance with the DNC they are spreading false reports of a monstrous pandemic equal to the Spanish flu of the early 20th century. Nothing from the CDC or even the UN-controlled WHO have shown so far that this is the case. So the left and their taint-licking media pimps are flat out lying.

Should we keep an eye on the situation? Of course, and the CDC is doing that as I write. There are a lot of smart folks at the CDC and they have seen it all. Do we need to run around screaming Doom? Hell, no. I just wonder why Fox news is letting the leftist media get away with this without challenge. The CDC and WHO information took me a grand total of fifteen minutes on a fast cable internet connection to find. Surely Fox can do better.

So, yet again, Trump is right and the left is caught lying, although nobody at Fox will point at the emperor of the left and say he has no clothes.

Why? Is Fox going lefty since being bought by Disney?

I remember when the whole thing about W Bush’s military service was an outrage with “documents” to prove it. I took one look at them on the internet and pronounced them to be fakes on the (back then) debate boards I prowled. I know what classified documents and military orders look like and these were all wrong. They looked like someone who had read some spy stories had cobbled them together. Dan Rather doubled down on them and it cost him his career.

This panic over Coronavirus is likewise a manufactured hoax. So why aren’t more people than me yelling about it? Why aren’t careers in jeopardy over it?

How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?

Luke 2:1-20 King James Version (KJV)

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.