Fox bids goodbye to their X-Men universe with their second crack at the Dark Phoenix storyline. While this attempt fares better than their first, this time, the franchise comes up empty once again.
Obviously, I didn’t hit my goal. But now understanding the challenge I took on and how woefully unprepared I was for it; I am pleased with the race. And I’ll be back to try again, maybe in a few years, but this will not be the only marathon I ever run.
Yet Ahmari-ism doesn’t have a clear vision, and it amounts to little more than a persuasion that small-l liberalism needs to be expunged from conservatism. And if I have a choice between the firm yet gracious sensibility of David French or the belligerent persuasion of Sohrab Ahmari shooting for a destination unknown, that’s an easy choice.
However, I think the problem with the sequels is much deeper than irreverence or unoriginality. The problem with the sequels is the main story, the Resistance versus First Order, more personally Kylo Ren against Rey, just isn’t compelling.
History tells us that caution and patience are virtues. The Alabama law throws both to the wind, accomplishing little in practice except giving ammunition to those who seek to maintain abortion. It is a warning that we in the anti-abortion movement are ready to fight. However, I am less concerned with fighting than winning, and the Alabama ban is not how we are going to do that.
In 1875, at the tail end of Reconstruction, Congress passed a Civil Rights Act which banned racial discrimination in public amenities. It made its way to the Supreme Court, which ruled the act unconstitutional in 1886’s Civil Rights Cases...The underlying legal decision from the Civil Rights Cases remains good law, even if it has been subverted in effect. Since that underlying legal decision has become incredibly important, this is problematic."
This Friday a biopic of JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, will hit theaters. I am skeptical about the film, but it is hardly undeserved. Plenty of storytellers, JK Rowling, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, Stan Lee, George Lucas, have constructed fictional worlds that are remarkably insightful and immersive. But Tolkien remains in a class of his own, a genius without par.