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October 07, 2003
Life Imitates Art

Babylon 5... ah, B5.... Do you remember it?

What do you mean, no? It's only the Greatest Television Series Ever Made. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking with it.

In October 1997, the 86th Babylon 5 Episode aired, titled "Endgame."

What do you mean, you haven't seen it? Are you a barbarian? Well, this post contains spoilers, so before reading further, go and watch the first 86 episodes, up to and through "Endgame," then come back and finish reading below....

In Endgame, the forces of Goodness defeat the forces of Badness, putting an end to the reign of the evil President Clark (no relation to the guy mentioned here.) At the very end, the soon-to-be-deposed ruler turns a gun on himself, but not before turning all Earth's weapons on Earth itself. His suicide note: a cryptic message spelling out the words "scorched earth."

That's fiction. (And damned good fiction it is, too.)

In October 2003, the evil (or merely grossly incompetent) Governor Davis, about to be turned out of office, has apparently decided to follow much the same course of action - to do as much harm to the once-great state of California as he can on his way out the door.

He's already signed a number of bills into law that the majority of Californians don't want - fodder for fringe special interest groups. Giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens is the most notorious example of the damage he can do on his way out.

Now come the shredders. At least CA isn't Iraq, where shredders have an entirely different use.

I am so glad I left.

Posted by Russ at 10:29 PM, October 7, 2003 in Politics

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Can I get the Cliffs Notes instead of having to watch all 86 episodes?

Wonder what you would call someone who keeps talking and talking about "Babylon 5"... a babble-onner!

Posted by: MarcV at October 8, 2003 01:19 PM