As most of my readers know, David Griffin of the HOGD/A&O has recently associated himself with Captain James T. Kirk, and his friend, Tomas (SR) with Spock. The association of the Federation with Golden Dawn puzzles me a little because there are moments that I am not sure if it is just his Order that he is connecting it with, or if the association refers to all honest magical branches of the tradition. This association has led to some strange mental moments on my end---now I cannot help but think about Griffin whenever I run across a picture of William Shatner's version of Captain Kirk. Sometimes it leads to me laughing out loud at a picture because it now has a completely new subcontext to me. And this picture is an example of one of those moments. I have no idea whether Griffin would approve of this statement or not ("Diplomacy---Words don't always solve problems. Sometimes you just have to punch an alien in the face."), but I could hear Griffin saying it because of this association. Now I do know that Griffin will see the humor value of it---I must admit that Griffin goes out on a limb occasionally to be able to use a good line or poke some fun at a situation (look to what he was willing to do to be able to use the line, "I am the real McCoy"---that was an association that I wouldn't have touched with a ten-foot pole; both sides of that conflict were out to lunch). I may not agree with Griffin about some things, but I do admire his willingness to go for a laugh.