Happy Birthday Little Brother

In honor of your birthday, I’d like to suggest Romney/Ryan that use this nugget of your Jedi wisdom in their campaign:

Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?

Have a great birthday. Go Dawgs!

Round-Ups for Roll-Over RINOS

A round-up is in order, I think, to get this old jalopy running again…

Government’s latest power grab makes us all Catholics now. The church’s own leaders aided and abetted this travesty. And Adrienne, another conservative Catholic sees the parallels to Hitler’s early years that I warned of almost six years ago.

The Rick Santorum/Bob Schieffer interview is just apalling. Santorum holds his own against a vile Voldermort-wannabe who tries to twist every word into something he didn’t mean. Quin Hillyer has some excellent advice on how to proceed, especially since a nervous Obama is looking over his shoulder now.

Newt believes defeating Obama is a matter of national security.

Fifty years ago, John Glenn became the first man to orbit Earth. America will still have the “Right Stuff” for space exploration, but it will come from the private sector now.

Evil Blogger Lady has the Media’s Guide to Protestors.

DHS’ new counterterrorism training doesn’t include any mention of Islam or Muslims. Because they might be offended.

Stacy has the post-CPAC sniffles. Nothing will make him feel better than hitting his tip jar!

Redneck Jedis are the new HAWT. Who knew a little series filmed in and around Atlanta would be such a hit?

Impressive

For the StarWars nerd on your list that has everything in the galaxy, these are the perfect gift. Plus they don’t cost you a thing. That’s good, considering most of us are as poor as rats on a spacebarge these days.

StarWars Snowflakes. More info here. Original inspiration here.

The Force is strong in these.

Apologies to Mark Lowry

I just couldn’t resist. And I expect Trog to steal this in 3…2…1…

Good grief. Now the Stormtroppers are doing it…

(via Trog, who swiped it from brainhiccup)

General Geekery

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

NASA announced yesterday they have confirmed the discovery of a planet in a stable orbit around two suns.

The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact. NASA’s Kepler mission has made the first unambiguous detection of a circumbinary planet — a planet orbiting two stars — 200 light-years from Earth.

Unlike Star Wars’ Tatooine, the planet is cold, gaseous and not thought to harbor life, but its discovery demonstrates the diversity of planets in our galaxy. Previous research has hinted at the existence of circumbinary planets, but clear confirmation proved elusive. Kepler detected such a planet, known as Kepler-16b, by observing transits, where the brightness of a parent star dims from the planet crossing in front of it. “This discovery confirms a new class of planetary systems that could harbor life,” Kepler principal investigator William Borucki said. “Given that most stars in our galaxy are part of a binary system, this means the opportunities for life are much broader than if planets form only around single stars. This milestone discovery confirms a theory that scientists have had for decades but could not prove until now.”

Both of the suns are smaller and cooler than our system’s sun. Kepler-16b is a gassy giant, approximately the size of Saturn and equally as uninhabitable. Think Hoth on a bad day.

Doyle* said Kepler-16b almost certainly will not be the last double-sunset planet discovered by the $600 million Kepler mission. When the numbers all added up, “I didn’t feel like it’s the end of 20 years of searching … it felt like the beginning of something” he said. “I predict that in the next couple of months, we’re going to have some more.”

But time’s running out for Kepler. Boss** noted that the current mission plan calls for the telescope to be “out of business one year from now.” That would be a shame, Boss said, because it looks as if it will take longer than expected for Kepler to get the data to identify Earthlike planets in Earthlike orbits around sunlike stars – which is the mission’s prime objective. The reason for that is that the readings from alien suns are unusually noisy. “It turns out that most stars are not as quiet as the sun,” Boss said. (Signs of the Times/Science & Technology)

* Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, who served as discovery team leader and paper lead author
** Carnegie Institution astronomer Alan Boss, a member of the team for NASA’s Kepler mission and paper co-author

Kepler concentrates on searching for Earth-like, inhabitable planets in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. To date, 21 planets matching the mission criteria have been found. Years of hard work and research have culminated in a fascinating discovery. Alas, these dark days everything falls prey to budget cuts Imperial entanglements.

The full research paper paper was published Thursday in Science (subscription required).

More on the Kepler Mission here.

Graphic via NYT.

What Were YOU Doing 35 34* Years Ago Today?

I was at the movies, learning that there was once a galaxy far, far away

(h/t Trog, from whom the picture was gleefully swiped, as well)

* UPDATE: Fixed the title. So I can’t add. I’m a product of Georgia Public Schools.

Super Bowl Sneak Peak – Our Dark Lord

Impressive.

Let the collective mourning begin for the last football game until … too … far … away …

They Found Them!

These are the droids you’re looking for….

Hothlanta

What’s a snowed-in Jedi do when there is no way out the driveway and the interstates are closed? Pull out the Legos, of course! Luke Thornton has the right idea.

“Hothlanta” is a more appropriate nickname for Atlanta than the tired, old has-been “Hotlanta.” Hotlanta conjures up visions of the BeeGee’s in tight polyester shirts, even tighter pants and platform shoes. Muddled memories of dancing on the speakers at The Limelight and other such activities that shouldn’t be repeated around little ears are all tangled up in the Hotlanta name. It’s best to close that door and embrace our new reality.

Al Gore has bought a condo in Midtown and cursed us all. He collected the discarded silverware at the Wild Hog Supper and plans to use the harvested DNA for his nefarious purposes. He’s building a secret clone army in the basement of the Cheetah.

And, he’s the one who put the english peas in the brunswick stew at the Wild Hog Supper. Oh, the horror!

As you can tell, I have a touch of cabin fevah.

For more geeky Star Wars fun, check out the rest of Luke’s pictures on Facebook.

Impressive. Most impressive.

Is Obama a Secret Jedi Reject?

Kicked to the curb out of the Jedi Temple, after roaming the streets of Coruscant as a homeless youngling, he materializes in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Planet Earth.

His extra-terrestrial genetic structure enabled him with powers some perceived as gifts. Discovered to be a low-level Force-sensitive individual during his short Jedi training, here on Earth his meager midi-chlorian levels are sufficient to sway the weak-minded. For many Earth years, he worked behind the scenes, manipulating events and people to his ultimate goal of galactic domination. He met and married the descendant of a Gungan princess to solidify his standing with the Earth dwellers as a person deserving the respect due royalty.

After years of intimidation, bribes, prevarication and obfuscation, he hoodwinked his way into the highest office of the land, the Presidency of the United States of America. This position made him one of the most powerful beings on the planet. His quest was nearly complete. All that remained was to declare a reorganization of the US into an empire and proclaim himself Emperor and then …

The Resistance made itself known. A peaceable clan, similar in nature to Ewoks and Wookiees, they worked and lived in blissful obscurity until they felt the chilling evil creep into their everyday lives.

Sensing a disturbance in his plan for total control of all things breathing, the President turned to a media favorite of stoners and liberals, to get out his message that all was not lost. Unfortunately, the message he sent was not the message received, because, you see, other people read that magazine and deciphered his coded messages to his minions. Several snippets are compelling in that they may reveal who his original Jedi instructor was [Emphasis – admin].

“I think the Tea Party is an amalgam, a mixed bag of a lot of different strains in American politics that have been there for a long time. There are some strong and sincere libertarians who are in the Tea Party who generally don’t believe in government intervention in the market or socially. There are some social conservatives in the Tea Party who are rejecting me the same way they rejected Bill Clinton, the same way they would reject any Democratic president as being too liberal or too progressive. There are strains in the Tea Party that are troubled by what they saw as a series of instances in which the middle-class and working-class people have been abused or hurt by special interests and Washington, but their anger is misdirected.

“And then there are probably some aspects of the Tea Party that are a little darker, that have to do with anti-immigrant sentiment or are troubled by what I represent as the president. So I think it’s hard to characterize the Tea Party as a whole, and I think it’s still defining itself.”

Characterizing the resistance as bearing a darkness of motive? Really? Perhaps we should refresh our memories of one of the most horrid Sith Lords of all, who also dreamt of galactic domination.

The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.

Remember him? Senator Palpatine, who (through his own decree) became Emperor Palpatine, who in reality was Darth Sidious? Consider Obama’s own unnatural rise to prominence. The Other McCain:

When is it a bad thing to place principle over party? We’ve seen this BHO more or less become the Democrat party. They’ve made politics personal, and created a demigod out of a bobblehead.

The four years of non-stop anti-personnel weaponry unleashed against W managed to state that he was both an evil, diabolical deceiver who could take Congress and country to war for fun, yet also a buffoon incapable of tying his shoes.

BHO was supposed to have been a philosopher–king who cruises in on the unicorn and dashingly dispels despair. Yet in stark contrast, he stands revealed as somebody who fights back. . .with his hands firmly entrenched in his pockets. “Don’t make me campaign on you with the Teleprompter of Death, punk.”

Could Obama have been secretly tutored, then rejected as unsuitable, by Darth Sidious himself? It appears he scored highly in his lower-level “mis-direction” lessons, but evidently he never made it to the upper-level courses of “finishing what you start.” Could the incessant whining have been his downfall?

In November he will feel the sting of a nation wronged, but still able to fight to save their way of life! Again, the Emperor’s word ring through the light-years:

Only now, at the end, do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side! You have paid the price for your lack of vision!

Ponder, we must, this new development.

UPDATE: From Trog

Welcome Right Wing News readers! Sit a spell and have a look around. Enjoy The Force, Southern Style.

Teh Awesomest Birthday Cake

Star Wars themed, no doubt!

The Ole Miss Mascot Crisis

That’s ok, we have a substitute bulldog for our mascot; we feel your pain, Ole Miss.

I still think it would be a great choice. And they’d be sure to win the “Best College Mascots” contest every year. Something in the eyes, I think.

(h/t The Trog)

“Darth Vader, Only You Could Be So Bold”

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