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Funny, Rule 2, Rule 4

Luke Skywalker’s Behavior as a Bar Patron Proves He is Snoke

luke-force-awakens What if Luke is actually Snoke? Bear with me here. I think that a careful examination of footage from Episode IV will show that this guy has been with the Dark Side of the Force since we first saw him. Don't believe me? Ask any bartender. I got this theory from an excerpt from the Steele Wars podcast with guest Mr. Sunday Movies (embedded at the bottom of this post.) And while I rip off their idea, I'm going to expand on it, upgrading Luke from maker of the dick move to obvious Sith mastermind.

Exhibit A: Luke Simply Enters the Bar

Luke is how old? 16? 17, maybe? I'm pretty sure that he is under age. A seventeen year-old who walks into your average dive bar here on Earth puts the whole operation in jeopardy from the Bureau of Liquor Control. The Cantina is in The Empire. This is how Stormtroopers handle a simple case of suspected receipt of stolen goods. UncleOwen Can you imagine how they'd handle someone they want to make an example of?

Exhibit B: Luke Tries Bringing Undesirables Into the Bar

Really Luke? Droids? In a bar? Have you no social graces? DroidsBar

Exhibit C: Luke Tells His Friends to Piss Off So He Can Get In

The bar straight out discriminates against Threepio and R2. And Luke, who is focused on sneaking in while underage, just outright shoves them back out into the street! LukeBye
Consistency... Your hallmark, it is not!
A true Sith can be evil on both sides of an issue!

Exhibit D: Darth Maul Wouldn't Be This Big of a Jerk When Ordering

Bartenders will take this piece of evidence by itself and scream, "Guilty!" Luke walks up to the bartender, who has his back turned, is clearly in the weeds, and has a room full of patrons who will clearly not take well having their drinks delayed, and grabs his sleeve. LukeOrders This is not cool, folks. And not only was it a Dark Side move a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke probably also knew he was setting a bad example for young movie viewers a long time later, in a galaxy far, far away form Tatooine. Don't tell me a Sith isn't capable of projecting his evil beyond the confines of a story he's a fictional character in. They have some serious power, those guys. If you don't think Luke's "dick move" rises to the level of true evil, look at the hapless bartender's reaction. BartenderReacts That is the face of a man who wants to eighty-six punks like Luke three times an hour, but he works in a "hive of scum and villany", so if he did, his tips would suffer or he'd get shot. Instead, Luke has this guy so terrified that the drink he hands over doesn't even kill Luke. This bar serves fifty alien species, at least one thing on offer there would kill this kid. If he wasn't a Sith, of course. Luke, Sith or not, you tug on a bartender's sleeve to order on earth, and your cocktail will at the very least contain 3/4 oz. of saliva.

Exhibit E: Luke Gets Some Dude's Hand Cut Off

Why does the fight start? The (admittedly rough and tumble) patrons to Luke's left quite politely make room for him when he first approaches the bar. So when does the apparent hostility arise? Why, after Luke is such a dick to the bartender![caption width="800" id="attachment_11372" align="aligncenter"] "I have the death sentence in twelve systems, and even I am not as big a dick as you!"[/caption] Luke has to know his behavior is unacceptable to them, but he callously shrugs off their concerns. This quite foreseeably enrages them, but Luke knows he can duck (or be thrown) out of the way and there standing behind him is a galacticly famous wizard with a magic sword. The results for the concerned patrons are predictable... JediMediation ...especially in stories in the Star Wars universe. See? Case closed: Luke is clearly a Sith from moment one. If that is the case, then how do you explain the events of Episodes IV, V, and VI? Clearly, this is Luke getting rid of the Emperor and his own father to clear the way for himself. He then waits until he finds his own henchman. He turns his own nephew to the Dark Side, the disappears to the shadows while Ren wreaks havoc on a helpless galaxy. All the while, controlling him through the simple expedient of a fake, Wizard of Oz-type hologram as "Snoke".[caption width="800" id="attachment_11378" align="aligncenter"] "Pay no attention to the Jedi behind the curtain!"[/caption] It's air-tight. You know you can't argue with logic. Luke is Snoke. abc
Funny, Rule 2, Rule 4

Luke Skywalker’s Behavior as a Bar Patron Proves He is Snoke

luke-force-awakens What if Luke is actually Snoke? Bear with me here. I think that a careful examination of footage from Episode IV will show that this guy has been with the Dark Side of the Force since we first saw him. Don't believe me? Ask any bartender. I got this theory from an excerpt from the Steele Wars podcast with guest Mr. Sunday Movies (embedded at the bottom of this post.) And while I rip off their idea, I'm going to expand on it, upgrading Luke from maker of the dick move to obvious Sith mastermind.

Exhibit A: Luke Simply Enters the Bar

Luke is how old? 16? 17, maybe? I'm pretty sure that he is under age. A seventeen year-old who walks into your average dive bar here on Earth puts the whole operation in jeopardy from the Bureau of Liquor Control. The Cantina is in The Empire. This is how Stormtroopers handle a simple case of suspected receipt of stolen goods. UncleOwen Can you imagine how they'd handle someone they want to make an example of?

Exhibit B: Luke Tries Bringing Undesirables Into the Bar

Really Luke? Droids? In a bar? Have you no social graces? DroidsBar

Exhibit C: Luke Tells His Friends to Piss Off So He Can Get In

The bar straight out discriminates against Threepio and R2. And Luke, who is focused on sneaking in while underage, just outright shoves them back out into the street! LukeBye
Consistency... Your hallmark, it is not!
A true Sith can be evil on both sides of an issue!

Exhibit D: Darth Maul Wouldn't Be This Big of a Jerk When Ordering

Bartenders will take this piece of evidence by itself and scream, "Guilty!" Luke walks up to the bartender, who has his back turned, is clearly in the weeds, and has a room full of patrons who will clearly not take well having their drinks delayed, and grabs his sleeve. LukeOrders This is not cool, folks. And not only was it a Dark Side move a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke probably also knew he was setting a bad example for young movie viewers a long time later, in a galaxy far, far away form Tatooine. Don't tell me a Sith isn't capable of projecting his evil beyond the confines of a story he's a fictional character in. They have some serious power, those guys. If you don't think Luke's "dick move" rises to the level of true evil, look at the hapless bartender's reaction. BartenderReacts That is the face of a man who wants to eighty-six punks like Luke three times an hour, but he works in a "hive of scum and villany", so if he did, his tips would suffer or he'd get shot. Instead, Luke has this guy so terrified that the drink he hands over doesn't even kill Luke. This bar serves fifty alien species, at least one thing on offer there would kill this kid. If he wasn't a Sith, of course. Luke, Sith or not, you tug on a bartender's sleeve to order on earth, and your cocktail will at the very least contain 3/4 oz. of saliva.

Exhibit E: Luke Gets Some Dude's Hand Cut Off

Why does the fight start? The (admittedly rough and tumble) patrons to Luke's left quite politely make room for him when he first approaches the bar. So when does the apparent hostility arise? Why, after Luke is such a dick to the bartender![caption width="800" id="attachment_11372" align="aligncenter"] "I have the death sentence in twelve systems, and even I am not as big a dick as you!"[/caption] Luke has to know his behavior is unacceptable to them, but he callously shrugs off their concerns. This quite foreseeably enrages them, but Luke knows he can duck (or be thrown) out of the way and there standing behind him is a galacticly famous wizard with a magic sword. The results for the concerned patrons are predictable... JediMediation ...especially in stories in the Star Wars universe. See? Case closed: Luke is clearly a Sith from moment one. If that is the case, then how do you explain the events of Episodes IV, V, and VI? Clearly, this is Luke getting rid of the Emperor and his own father to clear the way for himself. He then waits until he finds his own henchman. He turns his own nephew to the Dark Side, the disappears to the shadows while Ren wreaks havoc on a helpless galaxy. All the while, controlling him through the simple expedient of a fake, Wizard of Oz-type hologram as "Snoke".[caption width="800" id="attachment_11378" align="aligncenter"] "Pay no attention to the Jedi behind the curtain!"[/caption] It's air-tight. You know you can't argue with logic. Luke is Snoke. abc
Cachaça, Recipes, Rule 5

Festa Cocktail for an Olympic Alternative

Festa Cocktail Cachaca Display So you bought a bottle of Brazilian cachaça in honor of the Olympics, and while the Games are only three days old, you are already heartily sick of Caipirinhas. That bottle is sitting there on your home bar, taunting you. What are you going to do? I actually rather like cachaça, but it has always for me been a bit of a one-trick pony. While I like the spirit's signature drink, the Caipirinha quite a bit, and I've certainly blogged a fair bit back in the day about both spirit and cocktail, the prospect of a Caipirinha every night as I watch over-developed and under-clad swimmers, volleyball players, and gymnasts is a bit... underwhelming. I need another cachaça cocktail (at least) to mix in for my viewing pleasure.[caption width="2000" id="attachment_11354" align="aligncenter"]I was very sad to see the Swiss team lose. I'm not sure why... I was very sad to see the Swiss team lose. I'm not sure why...[/caption][caption width="2000" id="attachment_11355" align="aligncenter"]It's proof positive of the oppressive Patriarchy that we objectify peak physical conditioned female athletes, but never do that with men... wait... It's proof positive of the oppressive Patriarchy that we objectify peak physical condition female athletes, but never do that with the men... wait...[/caption] I thought about consulting my good friend and Brazilian bartender extraordinaire, Tony Harion. But if he is not far too busy during the games to advise me in a timely manner, these games are doomed. So I instead went to my best source for a new cocktail if I have some ingredient that is going begging, Martin Doudoroff's suite of Mixology Tech smartphone apps. In his Shaken And Stirred collection, I found this one by DrinkBoy, Robert Hess. It is easy, and it is delicious.
FESTA
  • 2 oz. silver cachaça
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. St. George Raspberry Liqueur (or raspberry syrup)
  • 1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
The original recipe calls for raspberry syrup, but I don't keep that around, and I've had great success using St. George's stuff as a one-to-one substitute. The drink is quite tasty, and distinctively not a Caipirinha while keeping that gently harsh character that characterizes cachaça for me. Give it a try, and keep your bottle working throughout the Olympics! usa-usa-usaabc
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