The series, while a lot of fun, is going to eventually end. It's set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The series does a lot of things right. First, it's a lot of fun. It reminds me of the original films as opposed to the prequel trilogy. It's fun, the characters are great, and the show does something that the prequel trilogy couldn't - it makes Anakin likable. In addition to that - it's approachable for my little boy. My son and I have been able to sit and watch the show and the original film together...and it keeps my 2 year old's attention. Clone Wars, combined with my love of Force Unleashed / Heir to the Empire, has really been the driver towards my recent exploded love of Star Wars. It's retained my interest and made me more fascinated with the many, many characters of the Star Wars universe. I love it - and hope to continue to get my son into the show.
That said - I have a theory on how the show will end. The series introduced two great characters - the wannabe Sith Asajj Ventress and Anakin's Padawan Ahsoka Tanno. I love them both. Great, strong female characters who kick serious butt. As you probably guessed - neither of them are included in Revenge of the Sith. My theory is a poetic one - the two of them die before the end of the Clone Wars in a battle between the two of them. Ventress and Ahsoka will fight with Dooku, Skywalker, and others all not around. Ventress will fall in the battle, Ahsoka will be forced to kill her. Yet, that will not be before Ventress lays a fatal blow on Ahsoka. When the Anakin and Obi-wan arrive following the battle, they'll arrive just in time to hold Ahsoka as she passes.
That's my theory. I see Ahsoka and Ventress dying, this leading to many, many problems for Anakin on an emotional level and his continued fall towards the Dark Side. The loss of Ahsoka will fill him with guilt - much of which will get worsened by the situation with Padme. I think this is the best way to end it. I may be mistaken. Ahsoka may survive on the run in some distant planet or part of the galaxy, but I don't see that happening. I see this happening. Thoughts are more than welcome.
Happy April! April has come in with rain showers and ridiculousness all around. This morning I was rather busy doing some field work - so, you get a mid-day link roundup of all the news I think you need to know about...or at least that intrigues me.
- Len Lazarick of Maryland Reporter writes that Maryland teachers have a bigger stake in O'Malley's pension cuts. Why? They're making more money and putting more into the system. This is part of why they're leading the charge against the cuts. It's funny that this same man who criticized Gov Walker of Wisconsin is trying to decrease pension benefits for State workers in MD who are not legally allowed to strike...but I digress.
- Baltimore County is going to have to cut 200 teaching positions, according to County Executive Kamenetz (D) unless they can find an additional $15.8 million. Despite members of the General Assembly requesting he beg the state for more money, Kamenetz, so far, hasn't been going around begging for the money to pay for these 200 positions. He's just been saying publicly that they need the money to not be required to cut those 200 positions.
- Former O'Malley Public Service Commission chair Steve Larson is spending us into the ground nationally now. How? Mark Newgent at RedMaryland explains that the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program administered by Steve Larson will be out of money by 2012.
- Want some more information about how over the top the monstrosity we call Obamacare is? Apparently 6 pages regarding accountable care organizations have turned into...1,000 pages of new regulations. That's right. Via the post at RightKlik, "Six pages of ObamaCare are being transformed into 1000 new rules and regulations that will have to be followed by hospitals and doctors who formed networks for the delivery of patient care." The more time goes by, the more we realize how little we still know about Obamacare. Scary that it's the law of the land.
- Smitty from "The Other McCain" has an excellent post on Lindsey Graham, logic, and the Koran burning situation. Check it out here.
- I'm trying to avoid self-referential posting - but I'm proud of this post entitled, "On Our Walk with Christ and Sasuke." In the post, I compare...well, our walk with Christ to Sasuke / Ninja Warrior. For those familiar with the show, check it out. For those unfamiliar with the show, I give a good explanation, if I do say so myself. Check it out!
- In a followup on faith / religion - April at Question the Culture has a great post about the "one anothers" as listed in the Bible. It's full of Bible quotes, great to read through.
- Still waiting for more Star Wars: Clone Wars? Me too. My son and I watched the Season Finale last Friday - but never fear! Lightsaber Rattling has a link to the Season 4 trailer and a bunch of screen caps. Bottom line: Looks to be a lot of fun.
- I knew scientists, like myself, were dorks. I mean, come on, there's a Sonic Hedgehog protein in the body. Apparently there's also a Skywalker enzyme that they're investigating involved in neurological pathways. It's not clear if the enzyme is named for the Star Wars characters.
As I promised others last week, I'm going to try to make this a weekly occurrence. Here's some quick, bulleted items that I think should be on your radar from Maryland to a galaxy far, far away.
- Mandatory delivery of white pages to people's homes in Maryland seems to be going the way of the dodo. The State Senate just passed a bill ending the requirement. My State Senator, the 76 year old Norm Stone (D) voted against it. This won't impact delivery of the yellow pages to people's homes, so it's only a small step in the right direction. Mandatory requirements like this are silly, especially with widespread access to the internet / libraries who will have said information.
- The Maryland State Senate also looked to ease some restrictions on minority owned business requirements in State contracting. How much easing? Well, there are no longer hard and fast numbers for how many women owned or black owned businesses need to received contracts with the state. While I feel this is a step in the right direction, I honestly don't think we need any rules requiring a specific number of minority owned businesses for state contracting. Let the bidding begin with whatever business is most capable of doing the job - period.
- With all the most important issues already dealt with, the Maryland legislature has been pushing through new laws which would allow people to bring their pets to outdoor dining locations. I mean, really? This is more pressing then finding ways to close our budget gap? Or...frankly anything whatsoever? Seriously.
- When asked in a recent trip to Iowa whether he was thinking about running for President in 2012 what did John Bolton say? "Well, I'm here?" It's a big, potential step towards a run even showing up at a meet and greet like that for a man who's never ran for public office before. While I think that's fascinating, I still say he should run for US Senate in Maryland.
- Check out this editorial on Libya by the far more articulate than me, Brian Griffiths of Red Maryland. It does a great job of laying out the major concerns with the situation.
- Speaking of editorials, check out this one by RightKlik on Obamacare and..."Weiner Waivers."
- Our local, Christian radio station - 95.1 Shine FM - is having their annual fundraiser. Check it out and if you're in the Baltimore area...or even if you're not, consider throwing them a few dollars.
- If you're like me, you're a big dork who has fallen in love with Star Wars: Clone Wars (Fridays on Cartoon Network). This Friday is the season finale. Lightsaber Rattling has two, spoiler free reviews of the two part finale. Bottom Line: My son and I will be enjoying some awesome, Clone Wars era, Chewbacca action in the finale. I look forward to it!
- Speaking of Star Wars - these polygonal images of Star Wars characters are a site to behold. Very well crafted.
- Artist James Hance has created what looks to be a masterpiece - mashing Star Wars and A.A. Milne's classic Pooh stories into a book he calls, "Wookie the Chew: The House at Chew Corner." The artwork is spot on, looking much like what you saw in Milne's classic. Definitely worth checking out.
Feel free to leave suggested links for items that you find interesting in the comments on national / local politics or on items you find fascinating; and of course, comments on the links are encouraged.