I'm a big fan of Star Wars, all episodes, (almost anything sci-fi basically). I am curious if some jw's will not see Star Wars because they consider the Force aspect of it to spiritism. Like when they were not allowed to watch or read the books Harry Potter because of wizardry, or not allowed to read the books or watch Twilight because of demonism aka vampires, or not allowed to watch the smurfs because they thought they were demons.
And while on the subject....if your conscience didn't bother you to watch Star Wars, what is your favorite SW movie, favorite character, most hated character...etc.
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Seven were shot at a party near Indiana’s Ball State University.
At least seven people were injured, three in a life-threatening fashion, in a shooting near Indiana’s Ball State University overnight.
According to local NBC affiliate WTHR, the shooting occurred at a large off-campus house party, with shots fired inside the house around 12:45 am. Police say they are still working to piece together what happened, as most witnesses heard but did not see the shooting.
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George Lucas said that both himself and Steven Spielberg acknowledged that they were continuously addressing the father-son dyanmics in their own lives through their work on screen.
Lucas revealed that his father had pushed very hard for him to join the office supply company he had built from scratch.
This is echoed in Vader's classic line "Join me and we can rule the galaxy (or local office supplies market) as father and son."
George Lucas Sr may not have been offering to share crushing all freedom and liberty in the galaxy, but it was still an offer that the director admitted crushed his spirits and dreams.
Not only is the Galactic Empire a symbol for the end of hopes and dreams, the black figure at its heart is also directly related to Lucas' own turmoil as a young man.
The sense of disappointing his dad is the dark shadowy father (aka Darth Vader) that looms over the original three films.
'Vater' in German even means father and Lucas has frequently confirmed that Darth is a play on 'dark.'
And that is still not all.
The fact that he is reported as saying that he himself did not know that Vader would turn out to be Luke's father until he was refining the script of The Empire Strikes Back confirms that it was his own father issues that most heavily influenced the character and the name.
Lucas Sr was vocally opposed to his son following a career in film, but died happy to see the enormous success that Star Wars brought.
George Lucas said: “He was extremely happy... I succeeded at something and was able to support myself. That was all he really wanted, and that’s what he got — only much more than he expected.”
And Vader's last line to Luke? "You were right."
Read more: https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/809424/Star-Wars-40-George-Lucas-father-company-Galactic-Empire-Darth-Vader-father-and-son
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The new “Star Wars” attraction is coming to Disneyland on May 31...but you’ll need a reservation to get in. “No one has ever attempted anything of this magnitude”—Iger again.
via .ORGWorld News
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Husband of southern Indiana postal worker who drowned delivering mail says her death was preventableBy Guest Nicole
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Officials in southern Indiana now confirm an accidental drowning killed a postal worker delivering mail in Madison.
Teelah Kappeler, 31 died Saturday.
Her husband, Mark Kappeler, said her car was found upside down, flipped on its top in a creek off Little Brushy Fork Road. It's believed she was knocked unconscious before the accidental drowning.
The couple had been married 11 years when their life together was cut short.
“The road that the accident happened on, it's a one-lane road. It's gravel,” Kappeler said.
On Saturday, Teelah Kappeler was delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service when she never came home. She had only been on the job several weeks.
“Just potholes everywhere, the sides of the road, you can see, have been eroding,” Kappeler said. “She told me, basically, this is the longest, hardest route that is anywhere around this area.”
Officials in Jefferson County said her car went off the road and landed in a creek likely from high water. She was still wearing a seatbelt but was stuck upside down. The coroner said she died from an accidental drowning.
“It’s the worst time of my life,” Kappeler said.
He believes there should have been warning signs and a guardrail in this area.
“This is totally an unnecessary loss," Kappeler said. "It should never have happened."
Despite what he's been through, he's staying positive for his two young daughters.
“We had something special that so many people don't ever find," Kappeler said. "We loved each other, every moment we had."
Now he’s left relish on precious moments and happy memories spent together as a family.
“I would have liked to have had so much more time, so many more years with her," Kappeler said. "I'm very thankful for the time we have had together."
Services for Teelah Kappeler will be held on Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Madison, Indiana.
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Myself from the Ross on Wye Congregation in Britain witnessing to a storm trooper ?while on trolley ?witnessing. He said he hasn't had any witnesses call on the death star @the_doctor____
Thank you. -
Or did Star Trek get this first?
Didn't they have a "photon beam" on the Enterprise?
By Guest Nicole
Indiana woman Jamie Porter claimed her first-grader son was punished for refusing to say the pledge of allegiance. Now she is suing the teacher and principal allegedly responsible.
The complaint, obtained by Fox 59, said the incident happened in March. Fuqua Elementary School teacher Kelly McFarland allegedly sent the boy to the principal’s office because he stayed seated during the pledge. Asked why he didn’t recite it, he said that “he was doing it to protest the government of the United States, as it was racist, greedy and does not care about people,” the lawsuit stated.
Later, Principal Mary Beth Harris‘ office allegedly made him practice reciting the pledge. He and his mother now seek damages after he disliked the way school officials treated him. He was also still mourning after his father recently passed away, the lawsuit said.
LawNewz.com reached out to McFarland and Harris for comment, and will update when they respond. The Vigo County School Corporation, a public school district, has not been sued.
Case law on this sort of allegation remains very clear: officials cannot make students say the pledge. Doing so violates kids’ First Amendment rights.
This dates back to the 1943 Supreme Court case West Virginia v. Barnette. They voted 6-3 on behalf of several students, all of whom were Jehovah’s Witnesses refusing to stand for the pledge on religious grounds. Justice Robert H. Jackson said the government, including school officials, couldn’t force people to say things they don’t mean:
To sustain the compulsory flag salute, we are required to say that a Bill of Rights which guards the individual’s right to speak his own mind left it open to public authorities to compel him to utter what is not in his mind.
By Guest Nicole
While many paid tribute to Carrie Fisher's legacy on Tuesday by sharing their favorite scenes from Star Wars or When Harry Met Sally, some fans chose to remember the actress for her work destigmatizing mental illness. According to the New York Times, MTV senior political correspondent Ana Marie Cox helped kick off the trend by writing on Twitter, "I’m pretty open about being in recovery; I’ve been more circumspect about mental illness. In honor of Carrie Fisher: I’m bipolar, too." Soon the hashtag #InHonorOfCarrie had over 180,000 unique visitors on Twitter with many revealing their mental-health issues.
Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 25, but would later say that she didn't fully accept her mental illness until a few years later. Many would not know about the full extent of her condition, or the lengths that she went to fight it — both through harmful self-medication with alcohol and drugs and through doctor-recommended shock therapy — until decades later with her one-woman show Wishful Drinking. In the popular show she suggested a "Bipolar Pride Day."
Julie DiCaro, a Chicago journalist who also tweeted on Tuesday, told the Times that Fisher made it easier to not feel so alone in her illness: “It’s comforting that Carrie, or Princess Leia — who’s cooler than Princess Leia? — was comfortable speaking publicly about her struggles. It made me feel comfortable." Which seems like the message Fisher would have wanted, especially as she chose to present only her true self, war wounds and all, in her later years.
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