The Great Star Wars Debate, Part 1

Let me say from the beginning that I am a Star Wars fan. Let me also say from the start—no burying the lead here—that I really enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker. I went in not expecting much and was happy—nay, excited—to have my expectations blown away by a fun movie, an enjoyable movie, a stunning movie, maybe even a great movie.


RBA – Death-Metal Artist Hits Big time, Immediately Converts to Christianity

Local death medal singer, Limon Green, who has fronted the Satanic band Unawear for the last several months, has given up on his childhood faith as soon as he tasted the sweet temptation of success. “It’s sad, but not all that strange,” said drummer/lighting technician Howie “Howie” Moncoloia, “We see it all the time in this business. A guy rockets to fame and, as soon as it happens, the lure of forbidden fruit lures him away from his childhood faith. I know we can find someone else to front us, but I just can’t imagine anyone else ever belting out ‘(I’m Gonna) Run Over You with My Cabriolet’ with the same passionate hate Limon always effused.” No attempts were made to contact Mister Green but several comments came in from his publicist (who we think is also his sister) inviting all reporters to “taste and see that the Lord is good”.

RBA = Rejected Babylon Bee Article


There’s an interesting article over at Bloomberg by Tyler Cowen about a recent uptick in the number of UFO sightings among military people. I’m not going to go into any detail about that, because you can read it for yourself, but I did want to make a comment about the idea at the end of the article. “Panspermia” it’s called, which is the idea that life on earth is a result of it having been planted here by aliens. Maybe even aliens who were like Johnny Appleseed, planting life here and yon across the cosmos. So maybe they’re coming back to see how their planting went, or maybe the results of other seeds planted on other planets are coming here in hopes of finding their fellow plants. (If they are looking for intelligent life, let’s hope they land in Washington, D.C. because they will think the whole experiment an abject failure.

But anyhow, the interesting thing to me about this whole panspermia idea is that it is the ultimate kicking down the road of the can. “Let’s not admit the possibility that life on earth was created by God, so let’s invent someone else to have seeded the earth. Where did they come from? Probably someone seeded them!” I made up that last sentence. The people I have read who advocate for panspermia have all avoided the idea of where those alien races started. (I’m sure there are advocates of this notion who have worked out a reason/first cause, I just haven’t happened to have read it.)

Anyway, it’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a good one. It kind of reminds me of the two guards in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who keep offering alternatives to their mandate when it’s really quite simple: don’t let the prince leave the room.

Quick Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Finally got to see “Ant-Man and The Wasp”. OK, not like it wasn’t available in my area before today, I just hadn’t gone. But anyway, it was BY FAR the best Marvel movie in years!! Why do I say that? Because the story lasts all the way to the end of the movie! (Not just story for 80% followed by an extended fight scene for the last 20%.) Now I know why Ant-Man wasn’t in “Avengers – Infinity War”: he was off making a better movie somewhere else!