[Ads-l] "We ARE x !"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Oct 22 18:28:38 UTC 2015


It was titled “Rightful Heir” and aired on 17 May 1993, according to Memory-Alpha (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Rightful_Heir_(episode) <http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Rightful_Heir_(episode)>) unless there’s more than on episode with that line. BB

> Il giorno 22 ott 2015, alle ore 03:28, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> ha scritto:
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> Just watched an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from the early
> '90s (can't be any more specific) in which  Klingons inspirit themselves
> (with no non-Klingons present)  by chanting "We are Klingons!"
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> Emphasis on the word "Klingons," however.
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> JL
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> On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM, Spanbock/Svoboda-Spanbock <
> spanbocks at verizon.net> wrote:
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>> Hardly. He gave talks every spring for decades in Ojai, which is a
>> little over an hour outside of Los Angeles. There were always plenty
>> of celebrities among the people who came to the talks every year. He
>> was the guru of choice for some time.
>> 
>> Kate
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>> On Nov 17, 2011, at 5:59 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>>> "We are the World" was recorded in 1985.
>>> 
>>> Coincidence?:
>>> 
>>> 1956  J. Krishnamurti _Commentaries on Living: Third Series_
>>> (rpt.1967: Wheaton, Ill.: Quest) 78: As you say, the world is of our
>>> own making; the world is us and we are the world. To change the world
>>> we must change ourselves....Regeneration must therefore begin with
>>> ourselves.
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>>> JL
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>>> On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM, Victor Steinbok
>>> <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>>> Just to be clear--there IS a reduced version--"We ARE 99%!"
>>>> 
>>>> Two more points of reference. If we go back far enough, we get "We
>>>> are
>>>> the World!" song, although that clearly had a different stress
>>>> pattern.
>>>> 
>>>> On the other hand, there is a current series of Farmers Insurance
>>>> commercials that includes the phrase, "We ARE insurance," followed
>>>> by a
>>>> "We are Farmers!" jingle.
>>>> 
>>>>   VS-)
>>>> 
>>>>> I know, I know--it does not sound as romantic once you insert the
>>>>> article...
>>>>> 
>>>>>   VS-)
>>>>> 
>>>>> On 11/16/2011 4:04 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>>>>> News reports over the past several days have occasionally included
>>>>>> Penn State students both defending and deploring legendary coach
>>>>>> Joe
>>>>>> Paterno as well as offering gestures of goodwill to the alleged
>>>>>> victims of Jerry Sandusky.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> The sudents can be heard chanting or emphatically asserting as
>>>>>> individuals, "We ARE Penn State!"  I'm not sure what that's
>>>>>> supposed
>>>>>> to mean beyond, "Harken to us!"
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> A few years ago, "We ARE Virginia Tech!" was the refrain of an
>>>>>> alleged
>>>>>> poem by Nikki Giovanni, written in the wake of an even worse
>>>>>> situation. It seemed to mean, "We of VT are strong enough to get
>>>>>> through absolutely anything unfazed."
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Both of these usages seemed familiar, but how?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> In another one of those epiphanous moments, I suddenly recalled
>>>>>> that
>>>>>> 1976 film _Taxi Driver_ ("You talkin' to  me? You talkin' to *me*?
>>>>>> Well, you must be talkin' to me, 'cause I'm the only one here!")
>>>>>> featured a slick political candidate, target of the insane Travis
>>>>>> Bickel, who was running on the slogan "We ARE the People!"   (Cf.
>>>>>> "We
>>>>>> ARE the 99%!" )
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> The irony seemed to be that the slogan in the film was utterly
>>>>>> vapid.
>>>>>> It reminded me of the equally inane, but seriously intended,
>>>>>> "Nixon's
>>>>>> the One!" of 1968.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Moral: yesterday's inanity, today's inspiration.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> JL
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