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  • Attention, All Planets of the Solar Federation

    Posted by Jay Manifold on July 13th, 2004 (All posts by )

    This is post #2112. We have assumed control.


    14 Responses to “Attention, All Planets of the Solar Federation”

    1. In-Cog-Nito Says:

      Great. What’s Rush 2112?

    2. Andy B Says:

      Holy Moly! It’s only the all-time greatest of progressive, thematic, ’70’s rock albums!

    3. Jim English Says:

      Rush is one of the very few conservative rock and roll acts. Check this out from “Freewill”

      There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance
      A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance

      A planet of play things
      We dance on the strings
      Of powers we cannot perceive
      ‘The stars aren’t aligned
      Or the gods are malign…’
      Blame is better to give than receive

      You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
      If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
      You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
      I will choose a path that’s clear
      I will choose freewill

      There are those who think
      That they were dealt a losing hand
      The cards were stacked against them
      They weren’t born in Lotusland

      All preordained
      A prisoner in chains
      A victim of venomous fate
      Kicked in the face
      You can’t pray for a place
      In heaven’s unearthly estate


      Each of us
      A cell of awareness
      Imperfect and incomplete
      Genetic blends
      With uncertain ends
      On a fortune hunt that’s far too fleet


      or this from Red Barchetta adapted from a science fiction short story

      My uncle has a country place
      That no one knows about
      He says it used to be a farm
      Before the Motor Law
      And on Sundays I elude the eyes
      And hop the Turbine Freight
      To far outside the Wire
      Where my white-haired uncle waits

      Jump to the ground
      As the Turbo slows to cross the borderline
      Run like the wind
      As excitement shivers up and down my spine
      Down in his barn
      My uncle preserved for me an old machine
      For fifty odd years
      To keep it as new has been his dearest dream

      I strip away the old debris
      That hides a shining car
      A brilliant red Barchetta
      From a better vanished time
      I fire up the willing engine
      Responding with a roar
      Tires spitting gravel
      I commit my weekly crime

      In my hair
      Shifting and drifting
      Mechanical music
      Adrenaline surge…

      Well-weathered leather
      Hot metal and oil
      The scented country air
      Sunlight on chrome
      The blur of the landscape
      Every nerve aware

      Suddenly ahead of me
      Across the mountainside
      A gleaming alloy air car
      Shoots towards me, two lanes wide
      I spin around with shrieking tires
      To run the deadly race
      Go screaming through the valley
      As another joins the chase

      Drive like the wind
      Straining the limits of machine and man
      Laughing out loud with fear and hope
      I’ve got a desperate plan
      At the one-lane bridge
      I leave the giants stranded at the riverside
      Race back to the farm
      To dream with my uncle at the fireside

      They kick ass.

      Jim English

    4. Jay Manifold Says:

      I can see how somebody might get that idea, but “conservative” is hardly the word for
      To you, is it movement, or is it action?
      Is it contact, or just reaction?
      And you — revolution, or just resistance?
      Is it living, or just existence?
      Yeah, you — it takes a little more persistence
      to get up and go the distance
      I’m not giving in to security under pressure
      I’m not missing out on the promise of adventure
      I’m not giving up on impossible dreams
      Experience to extremes, experience to extremes
      The Enemy Within
      Not to mention
      When they turn the pages of history,
      When these days have passed long ago —
      Will they read of us with sadness
      For the seeds that we let grow?
      We turned our gaze
      From the castles in the distance,
      Eyes cast down
      On the path of least resistance!/dir>
      A Farewell To Kings
      Or, as The Onion reported:
      Congress Debates Coolness Of Rush
      WASHINGTON, DC–Continuing its long-running debate on the subject Monday, members of Congress argued the merits of Canadian power trio Rush. “‘The philosopher and the plowman, each must play his part’?” asked House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). “C’mon. Neil Peart must be the most pretentious lyricist in arena-rock history. Gentlemen, forget these bloated, overrated ’70s dinosaurs.” Countered longtime Rush loyalist Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR): “Keep talking, man, the tunes say it all: ‘Passage To Bangkok’? ‘By-Tor And The Snow Dog’? That part in ‘Red Barchetta’ where [Rush bassist/vocalist] Geddy [Lee] sings about the gleaming alloy aircar shooting toward him two lanes wide? Look me in the eye and tell me that doesn’t rock, motherf—-r!” The deliberations are expected to continue throughout the week.
      I rest my case.

    5. TJIT Says:


      Entertaining post and quick thinking.

    6. Andy B Says:

      Forget the politics, (Jay, I’m surprised you didn’t cite THESE words), how about Cygnus X-1:

      In the constellation of Cygnus, there lurks a mysterious, invisible force: the black hole
      of Cygnus X-1…

      Six Stars of the Northern Cross
      In mourning for their sister’s loss
      In a final flash of glory
      Nevermore to grace the night…

      Invisible to telescopic eye
      Infinity, the star that would not die

      All who dare to cross her course
      Are swallowed by her fearsome force

      Through the void
      To be destroyed
      Or is there something more?
      Atomized…at the core?
      Or through the Astral Door?
      To soar…

      I set a course just east of Lyra
      And northwest of Pegasus
      Flew into the light of Deneb
      Sailed across the Milky Way
      On my ship, the ‘Rocinante’
      Wheeling through the galaxies
      Headed for the heart of Cygnus
      Headlong into mystery

      The x-ray is her siren song
      My ship cannot resist her long
      Nearer to my deadly goal
      Until the black hole
      Gains control…

      Spinning, whirling
      Still descending
      Like a spiral sea

      Sound and fury
      Drown my heart
      Every nerve
      Is torn apart…

      To be continued…

    7. Andy B Says:

      For the benefit of all who haven’t yet read it, this link to “A Nice Morning’s Drive”, the inspiration for the wonderful “Red Barchetta”.

    8. DSpears Says:

      I think the correct terminology for Rush’s lyrics, at least Neil Peart’s Ayn Rand phase would “libertarian”. I don’t recall any songs was about why gay marriage is imoral or singing the praises of the war on drugs.

      Rush was certainly my first exposure to libertarianism even though I didn’t know it at the time. Years later, the first time I ever heard Ayn Rand’s name in a political context I thought “2112”? I know her, she’s Neil Peart’s favorite author.

      I also remember while reading thej lyrics to Red Barchetta thinking “They outlawed cars? Who would do that?” At the time I had never heard of Al Gore.

      Viva la Rush!

    9. Jim English Says:

      “I don’t recall any songs was about why gay marriage is imoral or singing the praises of the war on drugs.”

      I don’t recall Barry Goldwater speaking about why gay marriage is immoral. As I recall, he was a supporter. Does that mean that Barry Goldwater was not a conservative?

      This splitting of hairs regarding undefined and perhaps undefinable terms grows tired. I used “conservative” bacause I consider it to be the most general of terms to describe people who believe in a limited government. I don’t shy away from the term just because others want to re-define it for me to mean “social conservative”.

      Now Back to Rush….

      From Tom Sawyer
      No his mind is not for rent
      To any god or government
      Always hopeful, yet discontent
      He knows changes aren’t permanent
      But change is

      Jim English

    10. In-Cog-Nito Says:

      Ah, thanks. Conservative rock & roll, who knew?

    11. DSpears Says:

      Barry Goldwater was a libertarian.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disparaging conservatives, for most of my life I have considered myself one, and generally still agree with REAL (small-government strict Constitutional) conservativsm.

      But there is/was a difference between Goldwater and Nixon, Reagan and Bush (Sr.), Dick Armey and Dennis Hastert, Phil Gramm and Pat Buchanan……

      There have been many “conservatives” that had no use whatsoever for the Ayn Rand wing of libertarian conservatism (classical liberalism), of which Goldwater and Reagan were the standard bearers.

      I have no use for them either, but many of them parade under the conservative name.

    12. Lex Says:

      I wish I could like Rush. But, I could never get into their sound. Still, they are a good bunch of guys, no doubt about it.

    13. Jonathan Says:

      You guys listen to the words?

    14. Brett Says:

      I am a HUGE Rush fan. I have just about all of their albums, and i know just about all of their songs. I dont understand what you guys mean by “libertarianism” (im 15) and i dont understand what Rush has to do with gay marriage!? All i know is that Rush is an awesome band with the most amaizing lyrics i have ever heard.