Wednesday October 12, 2005
Book 7: Emperor Pius Dei — Part II: Schlocktoberfest 2005
Note: Nit-picking Schlockers know that John Der Trihs is actually a Lieutenant Commander. We can assume, therefore, that the nice police detective questioning the Lieutenant Commander is either ignorant of the distinction, or is deliberately getting it wrong in order to push buttons.

The question remains: does Lieutenant Commander John Der Trihs have the right set of buttons?


Narrator: Downtown
Detective Dannovo: Now then, Lieutenant John Der Trihs. . . Can I call you John?
Der Trihs: It's a free country.
Detective Dannovo: Actually, it's not, Lieutenant. Ecosphorm Enterprises holds our Government's lease to this country, this continent, and the rest of the planet.
Detective Dannovo: The taxes levied are a very thin disguise for the exorbitant rent we pay to live on a world whose ecosystem came out of really big cans and bottles.
Detective Dannovo: Sure, our Government is elected by the voice of the people, but those who hold the lease are -
Der Trihs: Please, just call me John.