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Old 10-29-2010, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Texas Supreme Court cites... the Vulcans

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The Texas Supreme Court when writing their opinion in Robinson v. Crown Cork and Seal cited Mr. Spock, effectively making him a legal authority for interpreting the Texas Constitution.

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Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.
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See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think Texas gets an unfair reputation as a "conservative" state, when they have their own unique style that - even though it might in some cases be considered conservative- isn't always easy to predict unless you've lived there. The most illustrative sentence here is "something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.."

People associate Texas with Bush (whose family was really from Maine), but how do they forget that Kinky Friedman, Clyde Barrow, Janis Joplin, Molly Ivins, Willie Nelson, Howard Hughes, or (to get back on topic) Gene Roddenberry are also famous Texans who absolutely illustrate the Lone Star state's famous reputation for individuality?

I miss Texas. I grew up there and haven't been back in years. Used to go down to 6th Street when I was in high school and see Stevie Ray Vaughn play Jimi Hendrix covers for like 6$ I saw Lightning Hopkins- really old-- one time just playing guitar in the quad at University of Houston. First time I ever saw the Big Boys, Minutemen, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedy's it was all in Houston or Austin. Where I went to school there's a giant bronze statue of Buddy Holly.

Well anyhow. I like that state. It's it's own kind of crazy, I guess, but anyhow.

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As long as they stick to Vulcan maxims and don't start citing Ferengi.
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