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Might Shatner Boldly Lead Canada As Governor?

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the universal-healthcare-and-captain-kirk dept.

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just fiddling around writes "Now that Michaëlle Jean is approaching the end of her customary five-year post as Governor General of Canada, the rumor mill has started on who Prime Minister Steven Harper will propose to the Queen in her stead. According to the CBC, the short list includes Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner. It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."

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IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#32652960)

You...pitted...us...againsteachother. You...wanted...me..todoyourbidding. You...want...me...tobeyourgovernor. Well...I...WON'T...DO...IT!

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (4, Interesting)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653048)

You...pitted...us...againsteachother. You...wanted...me..todoyourbidding. You...want...me...tobeyourgovernor. Well...I...WON'T...DO...IT!

One of the funniest things I saw on the 'net recently was to describe that style of speaking as Shatneritis.

But what is interesting is that Adam West used the same style of speech in the Batman TV series, (and according to Burt Ward did so in order to get more camera time on himself). Perhaps West and Shatner were twins separated at birth?

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (5, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653240)

It was revealed quite some time ago that Shatner's "dramatic pauses" were due to him trying to remember his lines. Probably equally true for Adam West, though I don't really know.

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653332)

I thought part of that was from doing classical stage pieces, especially Shakespeare. No citations, though, so maybe that was Shatner trying to spin it earlier lol. :)

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653282)

It's truly bizarre the levels that TV and film stars have gone to just to get more camera time (we're talking *epic* egos, here). IIRC, Shatner supposedly used to throw parties for the Star Trek writers on weekends just to get them to give him more lines. Most of the old Star Trek cast won't even talk to him anymore (with the exception of Nimoy).

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (3, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653362)

James Doohan even went so far as to put himself into a transporter loop to avoid talking to him.

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653384)

Well when you change jobs do you still talk to all the people in your old job, even the ones you kinda got along with...

Probably not. The fact that Shatner isn't in much contact with the rest of the cast. Isn't so much that he is so hated by the cast, but more to the concept was they were never really much of friends anyway.

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653904)

The fact that Shatner isn't in much contact with the rest of the cast. Isn't so much that he is so hated by the cast, but more to the concept was they were never really much of friends anyway.

Plus the fact that it's been more than 40 years since they were "the cast".

I can't think of anyone I know other family that I've known that long (I can't even think of anyone that my parents have known that long other than family), much less that I've liked that long....

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653050)

Q: What's Shatner's favorite french film festival?
A: Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannes!

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (4, Insightful)

RDW (41497) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653232)

It seems that one of the jobs of the GG of Canada is periodically meeting the Aga Khan:

http://archive.gg.ca/media/pho/index_e.asp?GalleryID=584 [archive.gg.ca]

http://www.akdn.org/photos_show.asp?Sid=47 [akdn.org]

Now, how would Shatner handle this situation..?

Re:IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? (1)

toriver (11308) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653654)

(Hum, she's called Khan but looks like Uhura... conflict!)

*extends hand* - Denny Crane.

I'm guessing that you are American? (2, Informative)

aristotle-dude (626586) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653740)

(Hum, she's called Khan but looks like Uhura... conflict!)

*extends hand* - Denny Crane.

*Sigh* The lady is our current Governor General you insensitive clod.

The man is Kahn.

As a Canadian (3, Insightful)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#32652962)

I say: fuck that noise.

Re:As a Canadian (4, Insightful)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653178)

I suppose I should qualify that statement. Everything I have read about William Shatner gives me the impression the man is a dick. If placed against someone (who has some reasonable buzz about him in this specific context) such as Romeo Dallaire [wikipedia.org] , how does William Shatner measure up? This is no minor office - and the person who occupies it should be one of exceptional quality. Michelle Jean, my issues with her handling of Harper aside, was a person that could be looked up to for her journey through life and her efforts to support those less fortunate.

What has William Shatner done to deserve this?

As far as I'm concerned, he shouldn't even be mentioned among such people has Romeo Dallaire or Michelle Jean.

Re:As a Canadian (5, Interesting)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653306)

Aw come on, let's be brutally honest here - GG of any commonwealth country is a ceremonial position. Your job, such as it is, is to go around and do photo ops and shit like that. You're the Queen's representative, and she has no power or responsibilities, so Shatner will have even less.

This is actually a pretty good choice. As a Canadian, I'm more than happy for Kirk to be the guy schmoozing on behalf of my country.

Re:As a Canadian (1, Informative)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653436)

You seem to forget that in Canada the GG has official duties which they're required to follow through for the operation of the country. Half of it is public junk the other half is government. Saying that the GG has no power or responsibilities, is the same as saying the PM doesn't lead his party, and isn't responsible for cabinet positions.

Re:As a Canadian (2, Informative)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653526)

Saying that the GG has no power or responsibilities, is the same as saying the PM doesn't lead his party, and isn't responsible for cabinet positions.

No, you're being disingenuous. Yes, technically, the Queen (and by extension, her representatives, the GGs of commonwealth countries), holds all the power. But in reality, the GG is a messenger boy at best. If he or the Queen actually tried to exert their paper authority, it would start a constitutional crisis.

Re:As a Canadian (1)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653502)

I don't know about you, but I'd like our purely ceremonial head of government to be taken seriously both at home and abroad.

Oh, and the position is ceremonial - until it's not.

Re:As a Canadian (0)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653556)

I don't know about you, but I'd like our purely ceremonial head of government to be taken seriously both at home and abroad.

No comment.

Oh, and the position is ceremonial - until it's not.

?????

Re:As a Canadian (5, Insightful)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653894)

Alright, I'm going to take this in another direction. I've got more than enough karma to burn, and I haven't flamed someone in a while.

I don't know about you, but I'd like our purely ceremonial head of government to be taken seriously both at home and abroad.
No comment.

No comment? What fucking world do you live in? Do you not realize that perception may as well be reality in politics? The Governor General acts as the head of the Canadian Government. She meets with heads of state all the fucking time. She may not have any official power, but she wields a massive amount of influence. Access is power.

Get your head out of your ass. This appointment is not some minor office that nobody cares about. We are selecting someone to represent Canada to the world, and represent the Queen in this country. I expect that person to be one of the best of us. Do you honestly believe that William Shatner is one of the best of us?

Your posts demonstrate the problem with democracy. William Shatner is being considered alongside a man who has been internationally recognized for trying to stop the genocide in Rwanda, and speaking out about it ever since.

So I say to you, respectfully, go fuck yourself.

On the "until its not" comment: it wasn't that long ago. [wikipedia.org]

Re:As a Canadian (1)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653844)

This is actually a pretty good choice. As a Canadian, I'm more than happy for Kirk to be the guy schmoozing on behalf of my country.

Seconded.

Would I want him as a premier or worse yet prime minister? Hell no. However, having someone used to being in front of a camera and group speaking that is known throughout the world is exactly what you want for the role of GG.

How many people in other countries know who Canada's current GovGen is? How about how many Canadians? I had to look it up (I got the last two mixed up somehow). Having Shatner as GG would ensure ALL canadians know who the current GG is and a lot of the world (well maybe they wouldn't know the role, but they would know he's some kind of a rep for Canada). Canada doesn't get a lot of worldly recognition. This could help.

Re:As a Canadian (1)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653364)

I'd consider it a pretty minor office. The job of the GG is mostly ceremonial. It's lip service to the monarchy for the sake of tradition. If he or she ever actually said no to the PM on any of his requests there'd be a public uproar that s/he was overstepping their duties.

Re:As a Canadian (2, Interesting)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653706)

Yes and no. I've talked to a few constitutional scholars about this, and they seem to be of the opinion that the powers are still real, but probably can only be used once; if the GG pulls the trigger and tells the Premine Minister to bite it, or dissolves Parliament without a request, or something of that ilk, the Supreme Court would likely support her, and then the provincial and federal governments would all get together and amend the Constitution to prevent it from happening again. Whether the public would get into an uproar would have more to do with what the specific issue was. Many people in Canada still support the "monarchy" side of "constitutional monarchy" and would love to see the Prime Minister get his comeuppance from the Queen's Representative.

Re:As a Canadian (4, Funny)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653928)

well yeah, I'm aware that the GG CAN exert power and I'll completely agree we all want to see Harper and the deceptiCons get theirs for some of the shit they've pulled. But like you said, it's a one shot thing and incredibly unlikely to ever happen for the reason of we LIKE the Queen. She's a classy dame and all that. Plus, we're the only good kid England has left. They kicked Australia out, the USA ran away to start a band and India just sat in its room refusing to eat until mom let him leave. I mean, sure, we may have married that french woman who's always going on about a divorce at all the family gatherings but we're still the good kid. The GG isn't likely ever going to USE that one shot any more than the Queen is to refuse to let a PM resign or accept a new one.

Re:As a Canadian (0)

rjiy (1739274) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653512)

"Michelle Jean... was a person that could be looked up to for her journey through life and her efforts to support those less fortunate"

By eating raw seal hearts? Yeah real classy.

Re:As a Canadian (3, Informative)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653700)

Born in Haiti, her family fled the country when she was 11 after her father was arrested and tortured. For most of the 80s, she went to university and volunteered at womens shelters. She co-ordinated major studies on violence against women in domestic settings. She moved into journalism in the late 80s, winning several awards for her coverage. She speaks 5 languages fluently. She has started womens shelters across the country.

What has William Fucking Shatner done?

source [www.cbc.ca]

Re:As a Canadian (1)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653736)

So you think that it's not classy to show public support for an indigenous people, who are poor and marginalized, by sharing the food that they eat out of necessity?

Shatner is a shallow powderpuff, true (2, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653876)

however, you are forgetting that the GG is a shallow powderpuff position

therefore, give the shallow powderpuff person the shallow powderpuff position, and give the serious meaningful people you list serious meaningful positions

it would be insulting, as you say, to give a shallow powderpuff a serious meaningful position in spite of other serious meaningful candidates

but it is equally insulting to give a serious meaningful candidate a shallow powderpuff position

You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook Gro (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#32652972)

Might Shatner Boldly Lead Canada As Governor?

The only 'short list' I could find referenced was simply which Facebook groups had the most members. If anyone else can find anything worth noting from this article other than the fact that Star Trek fans are more numerous on Facebook than Leonard Cohen fans ... let me know. PROTIP: Facebook is not a cross section of the populace nor does that cross section necessarily think they are voting for William Shatner as Governor General when they click a tiny button to join that group. A flippant mouse click can be just as much a joke or laugh than it can be a true desire.

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653096)

Might Shatner Boldly Lead Canada As Governor?

The only 'short list' I could find referenced was simply which Facebook groups had the most members.

Oh come on, next you will be saying that this is not news for Nerds. At least it is a current story!

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (4, Informative)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653132)

Yeah, as always - the summary is a little off. Shatner is by no means on the "short list". The "short list" has three people (who look like they're actually appropriate candidates) on it, the article happens to also mention two entries from the much longer list of "who the internet thinks it would be funny if they were nominated for this position".

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653172)

While I agree it's not really anything to report on YET, but don't doubt the power of something like facebook. It's not official polls but they can give some insight on people's opinions. Granted, this one is a bit of nerd-out kind of group, but suppose there was a group "I don't want our troops overseas" that had say... 3 Million + members. Think that might send a message?

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653260)

"I don't want our troops overseas" that had say... 3 Million + members. Think that might send a message?

It might. But what I meant by cross section was that you're not sampling Canada, you're sampling Facebook. Are all the members Canadian? Does the group have a solid representative amount of Inuit? What about the elderly?

The problem with your proposed group of three million against the war is the simple fact that it is highly probable that users with internet connections heavily using Facebook and joining Facebook groups are biased towards liberal ideals. I'm not claiming that, I'm just stating the risk. The other risk is that that they were never given two options (pro/anti) they were only given anti-war. Facebook is not a voting mechanism. I can be a member of both a pro and anti group if I want to! You are not reaching the people who live in BFE Western Texas on a dude ranch. You are reaching technologically savvy citizens and not the elder generation. I don't need to cite my sources because this is a known common issue among marketing and surveys. It just blows my mind how often people forget this.

Again, when I joined your anti-war group, I might not have considered this a true endorsement and the implications. It's not even the equivalent of signing a petition nor is it a 1 citizen to 1 account guarantee. It's also almost always public who is in that group, affecting who joins and who doesn't! The problems are nearly endless in relying on this to "send clear messages."

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653458)

I know its not going to reach everyone, thats why a pro or anti group managing to get to 3 Million members is only 3 million members and not the full population of Canada.

And I think apathy for voting is a bigger issue than people being technologically incapable. You probably have more 18 and 19 year olds who don't vote but are on Facebook than you have people in regions of Canada without access to the internet. I don't have any stats to back that up so take that with a grain of salt. Our company has branches in Yellowknife and Whitehorse, the capitals of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, so its not like everything out there is a barren wasteland without any connection to the technological world.

I'm not saying that Facebook is a great voting system, thats not what I'm trying to say at all. I'm just saying that it's a better indicator of whats going on then ignoring it completely. After all, those Young Tech Savvy people using it are going to be the voters for the next little while.

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653798)

...suppose there was a group "I don't want our troops overseas" that had say... 3 Million + members. Think that might send a message?

A message that 1% of the US population supports something? I don't think that would be a very meaningful message.

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (5, Insightful)

SpeedyDX (1014595) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653198)

This is a retarded story. The only mention of Shatner in the whole FA is this:

One of the more controversial names being thrown out there on Facebook is that of Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner.

"It's time for Canada to boldly go where no country has gone before," notes a nearly 10,000-strong Facebook fan page that supports the idea.

There might have been another submission that could have been rejected that included this link [www.cbc.ca] , but, again, basically right off the bat, you see:

The Facebook fan page "Help Nominate William Shatner for Governor General" launched on March 22, 2010.

The OP is an asshole for submitting this as a serious story and writing the summary as if it were legit, and Taco, representative of all the editors I suppose, is being irresponsible for posting such a bullshit story like this on the front page.

Many people have been lamenting that the quality of stories have been going down in Slashdot. I don't really have that much of a gripe about that. I don't come to Slashdot for breaking news or the like. But when you start to post flat out falsehoods (there is no shortlist, there's not even a rumour, it's just a god damn Facebook group), that's when you cross the line into tabloidism. Horrible.

Re:You Do Realize You Are Reporting on a Facebook (2, Informative)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653366)

Taco, representative of all the editors I suppose, is being irresponsible

Now I know you're new here!

Seriously, this is SOP. Learn to love it or learn to be disappointed.

Governor GENERAL ... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32652992)

It's not Governor. It' Governor General. It's in the summary, but not in the headline.

Canada has a different system of government, and we don't have Governors per se.

Re:Governor GENERAL ... (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653394)

and we don't have Governors per se.

Yes we do. We just call them Premiers. Having said that: Taco, fix the fucking headline already, you dumb american hick.

Re:Governor GENERAL ... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653570)

Actually, since American governors are the chief executives of their states, Canadian premiers aren't really analagous. Premiers, like the PM, are just heads of government. Ceremonial or not, the closest parallel in Canada to a state governor would be the province's lieutenant governor (and like a good Canadian, you should read that as "leftenant"...).

Not just CA (2, Interesting)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653002)

It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."

Like... the United States [whitehouse.gov] (which isn't entirely composed of California, in spite of rumors)?

Re:Not just CA (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653150)

It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."

Like... the United States (which isn't entirely composed of California, in spite of rumors)?

I hear that the president often operates outside of California:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan [wikipedia.org]

Re:Not just CA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653224)

Maybe you should know... the OP's link was to Reagan's whitehouse.gov page. Sorry, better luck next time.

Re:Not just CA (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653358)

So in this thread, we say the words 'president' and 'California' and then link to a page about Reagan? You guys already covered the top two google hits, so here's #3 [ronaldreagan.com]

Highest Offices (4, Insightful)

MarvinIsANerd (447357) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653074)

"It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California"

Absolutely. Forgotten about our 40th president of the United States, have we?

Re:Highest Offices (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653130)

No, he just has a stricter definition of what constitutes acting. Obviously not that strict, though...

Re:Highest Offices (2, Funny)

Mr Z (6791) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653378)

Wait, are you saying Arnie's a better actor than Ronnie? Hmm... if you took the ratio of their talent, I think you'd have to apply L'Hopital's rule to figure out whether the ratio was above or below 1. ;-)

Not a serious contender (4, Informative)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653102)

Shatner isn't bilingual, which is a serious strike against anyone vying for the GG position. Also note that the Canadian Governor General is essentially powerless in modern government - similar to the role played by the Queen. While, theoretically, the GG has the ability to impact parliamentary procedures in rare circumstances, it's not real power. Instead, the GG gives speeches, meets dignitaries, and spends a lot of time paying respect to unlucky soldiers arriving back from Afghanistan in coffins.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

buraianto (841292) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653258)

Shatner is bilingual. He speaks Esperanto. Or, at least, he could when he made a movie spoken in Esperanto.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653424)

From what I've read, none of the actors learned Esperanto when making Incubus. They were just speaking words phonetically, and you can hear mispronunciations throughout the movie.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

barzok (26681) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653438)

Do Sam Neill, Alec Baldwin, Tim Curry, Stellan Skaarsgard (I know I spelled that wrong), Sean Connery, et. al. know Russian, or did they just memorize their lines for The Hunt for Red October?

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653262)

Shatner isn't bilingual, which is a serious strike against anyone vying for the GG position.

Shatner has lived in Hollywood for ages, which is a serious strike against anyone vying for the GG position.

For all intents and purposes, he's an American at this point.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653916)

Shatner isn't bilingual, which is a serious strike against anyone vying for the GG position.

Shatner has lived in Hollywood for ages, which is a serious strike against anyone vying for the GG position.

For all intents and purposes, he's an American at this point.

Yup, I would be insulted as a Canadian if he (Or quite frankly any other actor) were appointed. Nice guy and all, but just not a GG candidate.

We have had a couple of very successful journalists do the job, but there's a huge difference between a veteran reporter and a veteran actor.

Shatner IS bilingual (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653300)

He speaks both English and Canadian!

Shatner is... (3, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653320)

bilingual if... by that... you mean ... that he... groups his... words in... groups of ... two? The... random emphasis ... and random... questions are... useless though?

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653452)

Shatner isn't bilingual

Wow, way to spit in the eye of a native Montrealer. Mod parent down: -1 Incorrect.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653710)

Shatner isn't bilingual Wow, way to spit in the eye of a native Montrealer. Mod parent down: -1 Incorrect.

I went to high school in Montreal. Half of my family live there and I can say unequivocally that "native Montrealer" != "bilingual"

Now, it is probably the highest concentration of (English/French) bilingual people in Canada. But saying that he must be bilingual because he from Montreal is like saying that someone must be Cajun because they're from New Orleans.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653784)

But saying that he must be bilingual because he from Montreal

Never said that, was just pointing out that parent was incorrect in a very curt fashion.

Re:Not a serious contender (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653842)

N.B. I'm not saying he doesn't... I'm just saying the logic is faulty. Similarly it's not terribly insulting to call an Anglo Montrealer of his generation mono-lingual. In fact you'd sort of expect an Anglo of his age who left Montreal over 40 years ago to either not speak French at all or to speak it very badly.

(I seem to actually recall him speaking French at some point... and my recollection is that it was not pretty... but I have never met him not tried to speak French with him so my faulty memory has little value here...)

Powerless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653554)

The GG isn't powerless, it is the only person who has the power to open and close Parliament. Just ask Harper, he loves asking them to do it too.

Proposing to the Queen? (1)

ta bu shi da yu (687699) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653104)

Sorry dude, she's already married! You will never be king.

Re:Proposing to the Queen? (2, Informative)

merichards (1529041) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653298)

Sorry, but the current queen is a queen regnant (her parent was the monarch, so she inherited), therefore her husband is not the king, he's simply the Prince Consort. So even if she wasn't married, you couldn't become king by marrying her. In other words, there's no point bumping off the current Danish / Greek incumbent.

Better as Governor General than actor? (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653118)

Coz yes, he's an icon to the Trekkies, but he is such a bad actor, I hope he will be better as Governor General...

Is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken today? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653194)

Offtopic I know, but is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken today?

I'm not getting the full/abbreviated/hidden sliders. Clicking on a comment title doesn't expand/collapse a comment either. Not in FF, Chrome or IE. Cleared my cache, restarted the browser, no good, still no sliders.

Anyone else having this problem?

Re:Is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken tod (0, Offtopic)

armanox (826486) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653288)

I've having the same issues.

Re:Is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken tod (0, Offtopic)

KPexEA (1030982) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653322)

RE: open a comment inline without going to a new window

I thought it was just me. Hopefully they will fix it soon!

Re:Is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken tod (0, Offtopic)

Junior Samples (550792) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653456)

I have moderation points, but I am unable to moderate -- nothing happens.

Re:Is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken tod (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653684)

Well it appears someone's moderation is working. Must be one of those folks who makes posts on game forums like "It works fine for me. Get a new CPU and video card. Hurr hurr."

Re:Is it just me or is Slashdot totally broken tod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653504)

I only have it in FF, in C it works just fine (both on OSX)....

He "Shatner-ed" on the 50 yd line (2, Funny)

dkh2 (29130) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653254)

In high school there was a small group of miscreants who took the phrase "To boldly go where no man has gone before" to new depths of depravity. To this group to "Shatner" was to eliminate bodily waste in a place where it was presumed "no man has gone before."

One year at homecoming it was reported that somebody had "Shatnered" on the 50 yard line.

Regan? (1)

BandoMcHando (85123) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653326)

It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California.

Or.... the entire USA [wikipedia.org] perhaps? (Although admitedly he was also the Govenor of California before that apparently if wikipedia is to be believed).

Canada Day is June 1st (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653328)

June 1st is Canada Day! Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, on the occasion of what will be her 58th anniversary as head of state of the Dominion of Canada! All loyal Canadians, bow your heads to royalty! (Hey, Obama did it so it's not all bad).

Re:Canada Day is July 1st (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653386)

July 1st. I said it already! No more corrections please. Darn four-letter months sound the same. (bet there are already 3 replies while I wait for my "slow down cowboy!" 120 second repost time)

I demand a return to patronage appointments! (1)

billtom (126004) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653370)

I'm tired of all these artist/journalist GGs. Let's get the job back to it's proper political patronage role. Forget about political correctness, the criteria should be: which old white guy raised the most money for the party in power.

Not with our current Prime Minister (1)

RichMan (8097) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653446)

Donny Crane. Sure it was an acting gig, but there are a lot of "screen moments" that can be extracted.

What is politics but a PR play and Canada's current prime minister is way to image conscious to go anywhere near a Donny Crane.

Infidelity. Check.
Gay Marriage. Check.
Insensitivity. Check.
Politically Incorrect. Check.

Acting is an issue for polticis? (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653464)

"It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."

It's happened with more then Arnold.

President of United States. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan#Radio_and_film)

US Senate. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Bono#Entertainment_career)

Governor for Minnesota. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Ventura#Governor_of_Minnesota)

Mileage may vary with each person but entertainers have a good shot at doing politics just as much as anyone else. Heck just imagine one day waking up to President Gaga, it could happen if she really wanted to do it.

Actors make good politicians (1)

Dalzhim (1588707) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653482)

Everyone knows a politician needs good acting in order to make people believe what they are saying. Thus it shouldn't be any surprise that actors have a nice headstart when a high position needs to be filled.

ob HHGttG (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653496)

And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before - and thus was the Empire forged."

If Shatner has any government post in Canada, I think the US north better stop whining about how we need to build a fence down south and start worrying about how we can reinforce the longest previously unprotected border in the world.

might shatner boldly lead canada ? (1)

Atreide (16473) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653604)

"might shatner boldly lead canada ?"

I thought Picard was bold, not Kirk.

No... And it's 'Governor General' Not 'Governor' (3, Insightful)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653656)

This is very old news in Canada. And no he won't. He doesn't even want the job, and the government is not considering him.

And it is "Governor General" not governor. It is an appointed position akin to say the most ceremonial presidential position in some republics. That is, before a law can come into effect it must be signed off by the GG. It is called Royal Assent. The GG represents the Queen of Canada (Elizabeth II) in Canada, and the monarch of the constitutional monarchy must approve all laws before they can come into effect. However, the GG by tradition always gives Royal Assent at the request of the Prime Minister. However most people don't realize that the GG doesn't HAVE to sign. It is a form of check or balance in the system. Of course this would likely never happen except in the rarest of circumstance.

Royal Assent must also be given in England as well before a law created in Parliament can go into effect. Of course in their case, the Queen signs it herself.

Before the 20th century, it was more common for the monarch to be able to withhold Royal Assent than today (less political repercussions back then). It is this ability to withhold Royal Assent that lent itself to the American Presidential Veto.

Not very comparable (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653712)

The governor of California has quite a bit more power over his "subjects" than the governor general of Canada has over his. The governor of California is an executive, the governor general of Canada is a figurehead who stands in for the crown when they are unavailable for ceremonies.

It's all acting now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32653718)

Bad science (fiction?) at it's darkest hour. Better days ahead, as it was (really) written/meant to be. See you there?

Say what you like about Shatner (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653732)

But yesterday, you didn't even know that Canukistan had a "Governor General", and today you're debating the merits of the candidates, just because some random intartubes nobody started a Facebook page with Shatner's name on it.

What I say about Shatner is that the the strong-greaved Achaians and the spear-Danes of old may be gone, but a God walks amongst us still and he wants to make love to the mountain [youtube.com] .

Seems to me (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 3 years ago | (#32653906)

I guickly perused two wikipedia articles: one on Shatner and the other on Schwarzenegger. Shatner has a formal education at a the respectable McGill University whereas Schwarzenegger's education beyond high school is a bit murky. Arnold is well known for his philandering, his get tough on crime politics, and his pro death penalty stance. Arnold's lack of higher education and narcicisstic personality made him a poor choice for representing the will of the people but instead wanting to impose his own will. Arguably, Schwarzenegger is responsible for the veritable demise of the middle class in California. California is a prime example of the goal of the GOP to destroy the middle class. In California, you're rich or poor. William Shatner, however, might make a good Governor as he is well educated as well as honestly civic minded.
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