Thu. Sep 28th, 2023

by Ken Carman
 Are there “Ancient Alien Theorist” college degrees? Is one of the courses “Alien Speculation 101?” Would your degree be a BA, or more likely… BS?
 If you’ve spent any time watching what some dare call “The History Channel,” along with guys searching for antiques and other programs even less history oriented, you may have caught all the programs about aliens. Now how any of that qualifies as history I have no idea. Speculation; especially wild speculation, isn’t history any more than adding up dots on tossed dice is advanced math, or a statue of Adam and Eve riding a dinosaur in some biblical park qualifies as “science.”
 It’s like that other specialty channel so bereft of actual SciFi they decided to both neuter it, lobotomize it, then rebrand it “Syfy.”
 And why does all this remind me of a possible Donald Trump presidency?
 Imagine an asteroid heading towards Earth. A President Donald might spit out statements like, “What we’re going to do is awesome. It’s so awesome you’ll be amazed. I have appointed the most awesome, smartest of the smartest to deal with this asteroid. They’re so smart…”
 And his sheeple would believe, just like some people believe the title “ancient alien theorist” has any substance.
 Sleeping in a lounge chair due to a medical condition has its odd moments. Since the TV is right in front of me the tube:which of course no longer has “tubes,” becomes my version of counting sheep, or soft, sleepy time, music. I choose programming that doesn’t bother me, but I’m not all that interested in, and just leave it on. I find myself dozing in and out with amusing moments, like when I woke to a screen full of people staring at me and outright weird ones. ‘
 The night before I started typing this I woke in the middle of the night to all the alien programs that inevitably keep informing us what “ancient alien theorists” claim. Of course that’s usually amounts to any wild speculation dressed up with some official sounding title that helps the ignorant assume these folks have gravitas. You know, like “ancient alien theorist?”
 Kind of like some accept the Donald’s assertion that Mexico will just pay for some stupid wall. Similar to his assertion that Hispanics, blacks and women all love him despite his insulting, rude, nasty, cruel rhetoric. Or how he has so much respect for Ted Cruz after all the disrespect spewed back and forth: especially “forth” from Trump’s piehole…
 The Donald publicly offers about as much substance as ancient alien theorists, only without the somewhat higher education vocabulary. And I’m sure, if elected, there will be Donald theorists who will justify his every insane utterance, every crazy decision, making those who justified no WMDs being found seem almost honest in comparison. After another Donald claimed they “knew” right where they were.
 Republican, or Democrat, many of our pundits and pols have always been way too high on the BS meter for me, and it has been getting worse. But the Donald offers is a new, worse than “ancient alien theorist…” level.
 And why is it when it comes to producing these apologists, as our nation trots even faster down the trail towards Idiocracy, I fear we’re up to the task?

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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