THE SO-CALLED SENATE “TRIAL”

I heard that Moscow Mitch and his cronies have no intention of making the impeachment trial in the Senate a fair trial. Moscow Mitch openly said that he was working hand-in-glove with Trump to strategize the so-called “trial” and that he will NEVER be an impartial juror. As a member of the Senate, Moscow Mitch’s job is as a juror not a lawyer. He is not supposed to strategize with the defendant. He said in a press conference that he has the votes to resolve the trial without support from the Democratic party. He is terrified of allowing evidence and witnesses into the “trial.” It just shows that Moscow Mitch and all who follow him are terminally ill with greed, cowardice, and political megalomania. Moscow Mitch and his followers are living proof that there are no Republican Senators or Representatives left with either a conscience, spine, guts, or balls. They are willing to be Trump’s whipped lapdogs if it means keeping their precious political power at all costs.

SPACE OPERA BOOK: CHAPTER 22

I have started the twenty-second chapter of my space opera book. I have so far written twelve pages in a single day. This is where things will get even grittier. The battle is over, but a race against time is about to begin. Great sacrifices have been made throughout this battle and a number of characters paid the price while fighting a determined enemy. Now, the aftermath of the battle is about to unfold.

PHILIPPE, DUKE OF ORLEANS

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As I delve into my research on Louis XIV of France, I started to get a better understanding on his personal life, which includes his relationship with his family. His most complex relationship was with his kid brother, Philippe, Duke of Orleans. When they were children, Louis and Philippe’s mother took extreme measures to make sure Philippe was not a threat to Louis’s claim to the throne. She did this by having Philippe dress in women’s clothing from an early age. She did this to emasculate Philippe in order to augment Louis’s masculinity as king. She even called Philippe “My Little Girl.” This had a long term impact on Philippe all the way up to adulthood and he would frequently dress in women’s clothing. Also, even though he was married twice and had children, Philippe was homosexual and his true soul mate was Philip of Lourraine, who was a handsome, blond-haired noble of princely rank. Philippe’s relationship with his brother was understandably tense because it was no fun being the spare when you want to be the heir. Even though his big brother was the king, Philippe would surpass Louis in one particular area: war. While Louis was a politician and showman at court, Philippe was a warrior and military leader. During the Battle of Cassel, Philippe personally led the French army to victory against the Dutch and Spanish. His valor and courage was so immense that his men were inspired to perform miracles to achieve victory. Philippe’s victory was so great that he gained widespread praise from the French military, which made his brother fiercely jealous. Due to his jealousy of his kid brother, Louis banned Philippe from leading an army again. Over time, Philippe would found the House of Orleans, which is a cadet branch of the House of Bourbon that exists to this day. Through the children of his two marriages, Philippe’s descendants would marry into every monarchy in Europe. This earned Philippe the title, “The Grandfather of Europe.” Overall, if Louis XIV is the Sun King, then Philippe was the Moon Prince. They were two sides of a coin and a perfect double act when it came to brothers. Since I am drawing inspiration from Louis XIV’s life for my third fantasy book, I think I will include a character that is loosely based on Philippe.

KNIGHTS OF REN ANALYSIS

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I got to learn more about the Knights of Ren from Kylo Ren’s origin story comic book. Even though they did not get a prominent appearance in the movies, we did get more insight into this group of dark side practitioners in the comics.

Compared to the Sith, the Knights were weaker in the dark side, described to be clumsy, untrained, and using the dark side like a hammer. Their ideology was also more flexible and liberal than that of the Sith. The Knights of Ren believe in a lifestyle where they can do whatever they want, taking what the galaxy gave them, and consuming what the dark side sent them. Apparently, the Knights tend to find things to burn during their free time. They refer to the dark side as the “Shadow” and you need to be Force-sensitive and able to tap into the dark side to be a member. Like the Sith, joining the Knights of Ren requires sacrificing someone who is close to you. While the rest of the Knights wield primitive weapons, their leader is the only member of the group who wields a red lightsaber, which the Knights call the “Ren” and see it as a symbol of power and leadership. The Master of the Knights of Ren is the strongest of the group and traditionally holds the title “Ren” in their name.

Based on all these facts, the Knights of Ren are interesting and unique, but there is nothing special about what makes them. Unlike the Jedi or Sith, the Knights of Ren don’t have any kind of formal training in either combat or the Force. They are essentially untrained thugs with a natural affinity with the dark side. Due to this, it is very likely, and possibly inevitable, that a similar group of dark side practitioners will rise to replace them in the aftermath of Rise of Skywalker. Either that, or the Knights of Ren left behind some kind of scripture or record that will inspire others to follow in their footsteps and become the next version of the Knights of Ren. If the Knights of Ren continued to be active, I believe their mastery of the Force would grow the more they call on it, which would have eventually turned them into an even greater threat.