The United States’ new Space Force military wing revealed Tuesday that one of its units would be named “Space Operations Command” — or “SpOC” for short, in an echo of pointy-eared “Star Trek” character Spock.
An earnest statement from Space Force unveiled its organizational structure, but made no reference to SpOC’s fictional predecessor who was the unflappable science officer on the Starship Enterprise.
“SpOC will be the primary force provider of space forces and capabilities for combatant commanders, coalition partners, the joint force and the nation,” the statement said, adding SpOC would be headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
In the “Star Trek” television series and movies, Spock is a half-Vulcan alien, half-human character known for the catchphrase “highly illogical,” who was most famously played by Leonard Nimoy.
President Donald Trump, who has described space as “the world’s newest warfighting domain,” founded Space Force as the country’s sixth military branch after the army, air force, navy, marines and coast guard.
The SpOC unit is not the force’s first brush with “Star Trek.”
When Trump unveiled Space Force’s logo in January, the design was widely compared to the “Star Trek” insignia of the franchise’s Starfleet — a fictional peacekeeping and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets alliance.
The logo has appeared as a pin on the uniforms of Spock and fellow crew member Captain Kirk ever since the sci-fi classic debuted in 1966.
Fans say “Star Trek” has a long history of foreshadowing real innovations from tablet computers to needle-free medicine injectors and real-time translators.
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‘Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president’: Ambassador McFaul
President Donald Trump's address at Mount Rushmore was blasted as "un-American" by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
McFaul retweeted a clip of the leader of the free world failing to pronounce the word, "totalitarianism."
"Trump has no idea what words like fascism and totalitarianism mean," McFaul, now a professor at Stanford, declared.
"To those who wrote this speech and those senior [White House] officials who approved this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president and on the July 4th weekend no less," he explained.
WATCH: MSNBC reporter cuts off Arizona Trump fan as he goes on rant about Antifa and killing Black babies
On Saturday, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard interviewed "Ted," a pro-Trump protester in Prescott, Arizona — and was promptly forced to cut him off as the conversation went off the rails.
"What leads you here today?" asked Hillyard. "And does the lack of masks, including on your part—"
"Well, we're here to support President Trump and the Republican ticket," said Ted. "This is our protest against all the other protests that have been going on in the country trying to take our nation down."
"Are you concerned about the pandemic?" said Hillyard.
"No, we support our police department in Prescott, and we do not support Antifa, which is a communist organization just like BLM," said Ted. "If you listen to the founders of BLM, they're communists. If they cared about Black lives really, they would think about the million abortions of Black babies, and they would think about the thousands of young Black men that are killed in the inner city, but they don't. It's an anti-police organization and Antifa is just as bad. If you notice—"
Nevada GOP ridiculed for ‘illiteracy’ after sending out garbled Independence Day message
The Nevada Republican Party was ridiculed on Saturday for the Independence Day message the organization sent out.
Veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, tweeted out a screenshot of the email sent by Michael McDonald, the chairman of the state GOP.
Ralston described the email as a "microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy)" and mocked the party by saying "English is a difficult language to master."
Here is Ralston's thread on the Fourth of July message:
Microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy) in Chairman @McDonaldNV's Independence Day message, which begins (I kid you not.):