User talk:KommissarReb

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Changing your user name

Hello KommissarReb, I know it's been a while since you've lasted edited here, but I've been doing some reading and found that bureaucrats have the power to change your username. I recommend asking User:Aschlafly or User:Karajou, and they will be able to change your name. I hope to see you around here! --1990'sguy (talk) 22:56, 21 May 2017 (EDT)

Thanks for the tip! Community college and work kept me busy, though I also forgot after a while. I'll make sure to ask them. --KommissarReb (talk) 9:20, 5 July 2017 (EDT)
I saw your post on Karajou's talk page. I apologize, I thought he was a bureaucrat when he actually is not. Andy, however, can do it (another user recently convinced him to change his user name as well). --1990'sguy (talk) 12:21, 5 July 2017 (EDT)

Galactic Empire


I see you're a supporter of the Galactic Empire from Star Wars (at least, I assume that's what the GE template was referring to). I've recently started supporting the Empire even though I generally don't support villains as a rule (let's just say that Lucas' statements, backed by development notes dating back to 1973 among other things, that the Empire was America and the Rebels were the Vietcong, communists in other words, was what resulted in my deciding to root for the Empire despite initially being a Rebel supporter due to thinking they were American Minutemen).

Anyways, have any plans on editing the various Star Wars articles? Pokeria1 (talk) 08:59, 9 September 2017 (EDT)

Don't overthink it; I threw that in for comedic effect. I usually don't edit or create articles here unless I see room for improvement that won't get reverted when I get around to it. In any case I always felt the Galactic Empire felt more like the Soviet Union mixed with Nazi Germany while the Alliance to Restore the Republic was more like the U.S. I admit I was a long time fan of Starwars stuff before facepalming at all the stupid stuff (like how elite soldiers lose because main characters have plot armor). When I was a kid I only cared for colorful laserbolts and lightsabers and largely ignored the actual story.KommissarReb (talk) 22:49, 10 September 2017 (EDT)
I used to think that as well, regarding the Rebels anyways, probably also the Empire being Nazis too. Unfortunately... Lucas deciding to open his big fat mouth pretty much changed all of that. The start of that mess occurred when Bill Whittle made that afterburner episode Han Shot First when Whittle first mentioned the Vietcong's ties to the heroes' conception (though there he was technically referring to the Ewoks more than the Rebels themselves, it nonetheless tarnished the Rebels somewhat since it implies they probably weren't based on America after all.) and how America was meant to be the Empire ("Lucas has since said, by the way, that the Ewoks, the little native good guys, represent his mind the Vietcong, while the evil Empire, the one we spent our own childhood rooting against was in fact America! You feeling better now? You're welcome."), and what made that very blatant was Chris Taylor's book retrospective on Star Wars. I don't even root for villains generally, and in fact I make it a rule to never root for the villains even if the heroes aren't my cup of tea either (and in the latter case, I generally don't root for either group), so the fact that I actually am forced to make an exception in this case just shows how badly I took the revelation. Besides, going by a fairly recent Charlie Rose interview where George Lucas literally said he preferred Soviet filmmaking over American filmmaking, you know, the same type that would result in you being executed on a mere whim by the Soviet leader if he deems anything even remotely bad about it, I'd say he probably has little problem with the USSR. On a related note, I also intensely dislike comparisons between the American Minutemen and the Vietcong, as well. Pokeria1 (talk) 05:56, 11 September 2017 (EDT)
Ever since Disney and J.J Abrams have been (in my opinion) ruining Star Wars more than it already was, I lost interest in most Star Wars stuff except for the Expanded Universe/Legends material. Granted there was a lot of Legends stories that were awful, but I really liked the Imperial Civil War that followed Episode VI and found the Before the Republic era mysterious and fascinating. The Imperial Civil War was really interesting era and Abrams could have used it as a setting for an original Star Wars movie, but instead decided to make a half-baked 2015 version of Episode IV. And that's me being generous. KommissarReb (talk) 16:19, 11 September 2017 (EDT)
I still stand by my comment about "death of the author" earlier on this talk page. Since the Empire and the rebels have no real similarities to the real America and Vietcong, I just keep it in the realm of fantasy. You know, CP's "worst liberal..." essays are really the conservative counterpart to the Liberal "Adam Ruins Everything" show. Shobson20 (talk) 16:34, 22 December 2018 (EST)
Fine, stand by that comment. Unfortunately, considering we've got far too many instances of people conflating the Founding Fathers with terrorists like the Vietcong or comparing them to the Jacobins as if the respective revolutions are one and the same when they were not, I'd rather not take any chances, lest I end up rooting for Communists thanks to what Lucas said about his inspirations. I already made the mistake about thinking Che was a good guy thanks to Kojima, I have zero intention of falling for something like that again. And besides, like I said, when the author of another franchise explicitly compares Che Guevara with George Washington regarding a character in two different games, make Che seem like a decent guy when he was not (heck, failing to even mention his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly becoming a nuclear war at the very least), not even "death of the author" can fix this issue (and make no mistake, Metal Gear IS fantasy ultimately, which makes it even MORE of a problem. That Lucas specifically geared that garbage to children specifically to indoctrinate them into these views makes it even MORE contemptible. Sure, we adults can know better, but what about the kids? We've already got enough of a problem as it is that teachers teach kids that the French Revolution is just like the American War for Independence for starters.). Pokeria1 (talk) 17:38, 22 December 2018 (EST)
Wait a second, did you not know who Che really was before you played Peace Walker? I did, and I cringed at the horrible ignorance being displayed in that game. I also thought, "why are the Sandinistas fighting against the Soviets at the end? The FSLN was BACKED BY the Soviet Union!" You're right, not even "death of the author" can fix that since they are directly referring to a real person who was a very bad man. With Star Wars though, it's easier since it takes place in a galaxy so far removed from ours. About Star Wars though, I watched as a kid and just took it at face value. When I learned about Vietnam, I learned about it as the Communist North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam and the US was protecting the legitimate government of South Vietnam from a Commie invasion. I perceived the Vietcong as collaborators with the invaders, like the Vichy French. Knowing that history, if Lucas came up and told me that stuff, I would think "are you crazy?" People who enjoy Star Wars also enjoy Rambo: First Blood Part II which clearly paints the Vietnamese and their Russian friends in a negative light. I also like Missing in Action, which despite having the same "rescuing POWs" premise, is very different from the Rambo movie, mainly because it gives more attention to the Vietnamese themselves and shows them in a very negative light. The last scene in that movie where Braddock comes in with the POWs after the Vietnamese ambassador firmly asserts "We categorically deny that any American POWs are being held in this country" is just epic. I am also a fan of movies like "The Delta Force" and "Air Force One" which clearly depict terrorists calling themselves "Freedom Fighters" in a negative light. Is there any other forum where I can communicate with you, because this is bordering on the 90/10 rule. Shobson20 (talk) 18:39, 22 December 2018 (EST)
I never even heard of Che until that game, and I certainly didn't even know about his true nature until I read the Politically Incorrect Guide to the 1960s (either that, or the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War) afterwards during a doctor's visit. As far as Star Wars, maybe, but then again, Rousseau's statements didn't exactly deal with real world stuff either, didn't stop the Jacobins from trying to force that to become reality with the Reign of Terror.
None that I know of, unfortunately. I could give you my email address, but beyond that, there's not much else. Pokeria1 (talk) 19:13, 22 December 2018 (EST)
Sounds like you have something very personal with these things, did something happen to you? DavidB4 knows what my email address is, I don't care to share it publicly. Shobson20 (talk) 20:15, 22 December 2018 (EST)