My Star Wars Saga Begins

As I am relatively early in my blogging career I am now going to embark on a project that I had planned to undertake for quite some time: What sequence should I binge watch every single episode of a Star Wars movie or episode made for television.  View all Star Wars movies and television specials in a particular order, or film viewing sequence. I do not claim to be a Star Wars “purist” in any way shape or form.  In fact, I have only seen two Star Wars movies in an actual movie theatre, and I saw “Episode IV in a church hall in Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 1977.  Since I normally do not stream movies I have not seen any other Star Wars movies apart from Episodes 4, 5, and 9.

I have decided to view the Star Wars franchise in “chronological order,” rather than “release date” order.  I have debated in my mind the pros and cons of each way to binge.  To be sure, there are quite a few “viewing order options” in the Star Wars buffet line in the “Feast of the Saga” binge watching party. 

Lidia Molina-White of the suggests that there are a number of recommended sequences for viewing the all the Star Wars movies.  There is the “Godfather Order,” “Machete Order,” “Rinster Order,” “Chronological Order,” and the viewing order that most Star Wars purists recommend, “Release Order.”  I claim to not be a Star Wars purist.

Appearently there are many options to watch the movies in a particular “sequence.”  The most critical detail in the sequence equation is the iconic “Big Reveal” where it is revealed who is the father of Luke Skywalker. I watched the Star Wars saga in “Chronological Order,” which means I am watching the films by numerical “episode order,” (i.e.: One, Two, Three, Four, etc. all the way to the “sequels” which are past episode Nine.) As I just viewed “Episode One,” the reveal was not “revealed” in the movie.  This actually comes later in the series, but the shock loses its “spark” nevertheless.  (I actually did get spoiled after I “Wikipediaed” “Episode One” and got more info on Anokin Skywalker.  So if you are going to start with Episode One, and you are new to the series, don’t “Wikipedia” Star Wars.)

“Godfather Order” is an intriguing title to look at how one looks at viewing the series.  As the title suggests, viewing the movies in Godfather order gives the viewer a chance to see episodes 4 and 5, and save episode 6 until the last episode with a final clash of Luke and his father Darth Vader.  “Machete Order” is symilar to Godfather order, but with Episode One eliminated from viewing.

I’ve decided to view each film in episode order sequence, as I want to “do it my own way.”  In fact, I heard that the episode order sequence is the sequence that George Lucas suggests as well.  Viewing the Star Wars series in episode order will be interesting when I get to episode 4, A New Hope, when there will be steep drop off in special effects technology as episode 4 was released in 1977, and eposide 3, Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005.

I may also view other television specials such as Lego Star Wars, in the sequence of the Star Wars saga.  The Lego series are cartoons that provide “extra” story lines, but may not necessarily be “endorsed” by the Lucasfilm franchise.

I was curious from the get-go why George Lucas decided to begin the Star Wars with episode 4, instead of Episode 1.  But George Lucas seemed to know what he was doing as the general plot/story lines and themes continue throughout the Star Wars series.  And since I have only seen a smattering of Star Wars films in the movie theatre, I will be curious how the story unfolds.  And of course no post regarding Star Wars could be complete without giving the clarion call: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOUUUUUUUUUU❗❗❗

“How to watch Star Wars movies in order: Chronological timeline and release date order – Radio Times”

Dear Donald


I’m using WordPress as a platform because, you lost the presidency, so I can not email you to the White House website.  So your “presidential” email account was removed.  If I tried to email the White House, Joe Biden would recieve my email.  And even though I ❤ Joe, and there are many things that I want to ask and tell Joe, I really want to speak to you first.  Can I ❤ Joe and “The Donald” at the same time❓  Can two things be essentially correct at the same time❓  I recall you telling your supporters that you wished to “Lock Joe Up,” just as you wanted to lock Hillary and Barack up as well.  Is this type of conduct, asking to “lock up” political opponents “conduct becoming of a United States President❓”  I should hope you know better Mister President.   With that said, I certainly am a great admirer of you sir.  And I am so happy you tried to give blogging a go.  I am proud of you my dear sir.

YES YOU❗  You see, you did have a very nice blog going.  Yes ya did.  Very nice.  But, as soon as you started it, and even before I had a chance to comment on it, and LIKE your blog: POOOF❗  Like a puff of smoke…  You ended it.  It’s gone.  Like the foggy haze that lifts when the clock strikes twelve on an early June day in our nation’s iconic capitol.  Like the shadows on the beaches of Mara Largo on a cool summer evening as the sun sets….  And then it’s gone…  Drifted away, like driftwood in the Sargasso Sea.  But like driftwood, blogs do have a tendency to come back.  And back it may soon appear.   In another way, shape, or form.

Mr. Donald, I wish I could have given you some kind words of encourage- ment to help you on your way to continue your blogging journey.  It is a journey, to be sure.  Because you see,  the art of writing is an EXPRESSIVE ART.  And the more you write, the more you express yourself, the more you discover about yourself in the process.  And Mr. Trump, I dare say, it’s all about the process… I want to thank you for being bold enough to try your hand at blogging for the first time in your life.  And I want to have a conversation about THE BLOG.  Or more to the point: about the WRITING PROCESS in particular.   The more you express yourself, the more your write, and put “pen to paper,” or in this case “finger to computer screen,”  the more you will continue the process of self discovery, and true fulfillment.   Because writing and the use of language can make you see how much you can really discover and use this mode of SELF DISCOVERY as a bridge to  personal growth, fulfillment and personal enrichment.   It is quite the journey to personal empowerment.

Before I continue any further, let me just offer my condolences to you and your family for such a heartbreaking,  and horrific loss.  I know it must be difficult for you to hear the words that every politician who has ran for any office in this great democracy of ours dreads to hear: “DONALD TRUMP LOST THE ELECTION OF 2020 FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”  The losses you sustained are material: the loss of a free platform broadcast to the world to express yourself.  The loss of free travel to literally anywhere in the country and in the world.

Indeed, this very statement is just as cringeworthy, hidious and onerous  for me to print as it must be for you thing to say, to read, or to ponder.   A man of your esteem.  A man of your principle.   A man of your vision.  A man of your stature probably not in a million years could have possibly even imagined that you sir, would lose an election.   I know, the possiblity, the notion, the idea, the thought is probably far too much for you to bear.

So Mister President.  For you sir will always be MY PRESIDENT.   For you Mr. President, I humbly say: “Take a break from the blog” for now…  Give yourself plenty of time to reflect, reimagine, and recover to try figure out the next course for your life.  After all, life does not end after a term of public service.  No Mister President.   Life is only beginning TODAY❗

And I know you are busy planning all the wonderful things you can do after you had a chance to serve as this country’s chief executive.   Planning the Trump Presidential Library.  Sitting as the chairman of the Trump Foundation.   Contributing to such august think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation or the Federalist Society.   Giving probono speeches to the Junior League, the Jaycees, and the American Association of University Women, and the annual convention of the Rotary Club, or Lions Clubs.  Giving speeches to graduates of the service academies, ot IVY League institutions, such as your highly valued alma mater, Ben Franklin’s own, University of Pennsylvania.

And most importantly Mister President, I know the most important job you want and covet is to spend time more time with your loved ones and your family.  I know you are probably relaxing in your drawing room, with your pipe, your two beautiful labrador retrievers, in your lounge wear, making draft after draft of your memoirs.   You have such a knack for writing sir.  Or maybe you are relaxing by the lake, sipping cognac, reading the epic tales of the glories of the Peloponnesian Wars.  You might be engaging in a bit of Shakespeare as well.  I know you were always fond of the classics Mister Trump.   Don’t lose that passion for the classic literature and arts.  These keep the spirit young.

Don’t give up hope Mister President.   Be assured that the United States is in stable hands with a man like Joe Biden is at the helm in these tenious times in the world’s most stable, strongest ddmocracy.  As the Late Great Ronald Reagan has so eloquently said before, “America still remains the Shining City on the Hill.”  The beacon of hope and optimism the world over.  Now your term of service has been complete.  Now it’s time for quite reflection, and have a new administration take the reigns and continue all the great work that you so magnificently began.

Getting Back On Track ❓❓❓

I have not posted an entry in a while.  So I need to get back into the “habit” of posting more “regularly.”  Posting equals WRITING.  This has bern a pattern for me.  I would have a “burst of inspiration” for a moderate amount of time…  And then, I would be distracted, and I would be pulled away by other things.  So yes, I do get distracted by other things.  I do have a life.

Right now, I’m just “blogging for fun, in my spare time.”  It is something that I am doing in my spare time.  It is not a business…  Not just for now, but maybe, quite possibly this might take on a life so that I could make some profits.  Real income.  Real “dinero.”  But right now, this is just an exercise to help me get writing.  Something.   ANYTHING on the screen.  It is my theory that the more one writes, the better one becomes at it.  Sort of like working out with weights:  The more “weight bearing exercises” you perform, the stronger you get.  And that’s the idea with writing, cooking, playing a sport, speaking a foreign language, mathematics, or public speaking.   The more experience you get, the better you become at it, and the more adept you  will become at the art and science of writing.  At least that’s my idea for now.

As a student of politics, I have a keen interest in the political arts.  And I find myself thinking about what is happening in the world of public affairs.  Even though Donald Trump may be out of office, he still looms as a “public figure” in the Republican Party.  I have plenty to say about this person, and will use my blog for this purpose.   For nor, I wish to “accentuate the positive.”  This means giving thanks to all the gifts that we are blessed, and that includes a president who genuinely cares about the health, safety, and welfare of the American people.  A president  who  has a strong work ethic, and can articulate the importance of a free democratic state.  A president who gives us hope.  Hope of a better tomarrow, and upholding our democratic traditions as well. A chief executive who respects all people, wether he agrees or disagrees with them. I say this knowing that many of my readers hail from many different parts of the globe.   Most of my readers do not reside in the United States at all.  So who would be better than readers in other countries, who happen to be able to read in English to comment on the comments that I give in this blog.  And I am grateful to all the readers of this blog. 

I have just learned that Mr Trump, after a month in the “blogging business” is ending his blog. This gives me more ideas to respond to the fact that President Trump (and we continue to address former presidents of the United States “President” long after they have left office) has ended his blog; urging President Trump to continue the endeavor, and not give up so quickly. If I gave up on this blog just after a month or two, I wouldn’t be where I am now… Well, Mr. Trump STILL had more readers every day than I have on my busiest most widely read day. But I’m not giving up…Not for a long shot…

This blog entry is hopefully to get myself “back on track.”  I intend to get back into the habit of not just to post, but to WRITE!  Write and as I write, I will discover more about myself and the world each and every day.  I am happy to take on the challenge that I face.

Ideas for this blog

I am wondering about this blog…  And wondering about life.  This is because throughout the day I think about the next post in my blog.  I have decided to use the WordPress format to “supercede” my Facebook posts.  I have had WordPress replace Facebook. I used Facebook “as a cheap blog space.”   Fact is, most of my posts were “political in nature.”  My blog posts reacted to many things that X-President Donald Trump said and did while in office.  People have so many different reactions to posts critical to the president. While the majority of the feedback that I received was positive, there were some Facebook friends who got angry when they saw some criticism, however constructive it might be.  I have no illusions that the WordPress audience will be any more open minded about the constructive criticism of a sitting president.

While I was a politics and history major, I my interests lie in so much more than the political realm.   The media is over saturated with political pundits who never shy to give opinions one way or another.  Many of the ideas that I have are news driven. So if a head of state in the United States, say the president of the United States does one thing or another, I am bound to comment on what she or he does. And Donald Trump was such an interesting president because he did things so unlike any other president in American history did. But I have other idea topics as well.

For example, I love music, sports, phone games, and I indulge in cigars from time to time. I also like driving to the forest, particularly in the states of NY, MA, and VT and take vidoes of waterfalls. I could write reviews on all these topics, “if the spirit moved me” to write about these things. I do read, but not as much as I probably should. But my lack of reading should, I hope, not effect the quality of my writing. If, in fact, my writing quality does go down maybe I should stop writing, and read more books that I have collected over the years.

I have also pondered on the topic of education. What is “education ” for❓ What is the purpose of education ❓ And, in particular, was I served by my education❓ Or did my education serve as a “disservice”❓ I can talk more about my educational experiences as I continue to write. So this little blog of mine will serve as a writing platform to express myself. Not in a “poetic way”… as tend to write in prose… Not “English Prose,” although I do write in the “English Language.” But more akin to “American Prose,” although I do spell words like “colour,” and “centre” the “British Way” at times… And other times I use the “American Way” to spell these words as well. But I have nothing against poetry… In fact, I enjoy reading it from time to time. Time to “brush up on my Shakespeare.”

I am also interested in other things as well, including the vastness of outer space, and the likelihood that we, as inhabitants of planet Earth are not alone in this seemingly endless universe. I also wonder about such things as how old is planet Earth. Is it 6,000 or 5 billion years old❓ I am also quite a dinosaur geek as well.

So I write this blog to hone my writing skills, and comment on things going on in the world and in my life. That’s the least I can do to honor the legacy of a fairly well educated homosapien.

Searching for profile pic.

Let me get this clear: I did not “loose” my profile picture. I am searching for a way to select a profile picture. Sonething to tell the world a little bit about you. I have come up an interesting idea. Like so many bloggers have done, let me talk “in pictures.”

This translates as: “Worldwide Web Log.” This is not particularly novel or new. It is not anything orginal as well. I can already hear the peanut gallery in the background, yammering away: “These drawings appear cartoonish, like a child drew them.” Where did you step out of ? A time machine from 1996 ?

Yes, I know this sort of gimmick is something that has probably been tried in the nacient days of the Internet. But I just wanted to do it myself, just to “try it on for size.” Maybe a few of you used a picture of a log for your profile picture at times. what you think. Is it too “old fashioned?” Should I just relagate a picture of me as a profile pic? Or is that just too much of an.”ordinary idea?” Too conventional ? I do want to have a bit of fun while I’m writing my blog. But I don’t want to come across as “too silly.” Or maybe I do…

Profile 📸s

I changed my profile pics. Try to figure out the symbols to see what it might 🐝.

I am still new at this. In the geological sense I’d be new at this if I sticked to this for a thousand years. That’s why “The Good News” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not only “good,” but it’s also “new” as well. This is becuase while Jesus walked the Earth a mere two thousand years ago, humans started writing circa 6,000 years ago. Archeologists have evidence of human civilizations dating back 10,000 years. Ancient historians estimate that homosapiens may be around for at least 75,000 to 100,000 years.

Don’t even get me started about the dinosaurs and things that occured before that. So Jesus is “the new kid on the block,” and we are currently living in the age where memes of “science” and “fiction” are in clear manefest convergence. Yes, I’m still new at this. In fact we all are.

My Observations So Far

As I continue my “blog” I have noticed a few things.  I am being exposed to many other blogs by having WordPress notify me when other readers have “liked” my posts, or are following me.  I appreciate this, as these notifications introduce me to other blogs, and I can read what other people are writing.  My posts are somewhat unique, as I am using this blog platform as a “conversation” of sorts.  Just putting my thoughts on “virtual paper,” and commenting about my blogging journey.  I have noticed certain trends with the posts that are comming up in my “in-box.”

The first type of blog post I have ersnoticed is the “course offering.”  This type of post is a course that you pay for to “maximize” your blogging experience.   Maybe you want to attract five hundred new readers per week.  This amounts to 26,000 new readers per year; 260,000 new readers per decade.  And if you are an industrious blogger then you can also offer a course to gain readers and followers, that you can also offer a paid course as well, offering advice to “momentize” your blog.  Of course, this type of scheme works when other folks pay for the course you offer, and then offer the same course to others who also pay for the course, or workshop, or “virtual conference” all designed to get other bloggers to pay, and it becomes a virtual “endless circle.”  The course promises you will obtain many “followers,” “likes,” or “readers,” and gives you tips on “expanding your influence,” and other coveted things in the blogosphere, or at least in the “WordPress stellar system.”

As a “beginning blogger,” I am not aiming to becoming a “top internet influencer” just yet.  My aim is to improve my writing skills, and to present my ideas to a larger community.  A community that actually reads my posts, rather than acquiring many so-called “friends” or “readers,” without actually having people read my blog.  As far as “monetizing” on my writing handiwork, I’m all for that.  But I also want to improve the craft of writing as well.  I want to improve the way I communicate, and then maybe, possibly, I could expect some type of financial benefit down the road a bit.  Maybe, maybe not.   But I know there are no shortcuts in this world.  And I am happy to “take the long way home” as the seventies rock group Supertramp would say, instead of the “rocket” that Elton John sings about in “Rocket Man.”

The other types of blogs I have noticed are blogs that promote books, movies, records, and other media, and short, snappy “art blogs.”  These blogs contain poetry, prose, or a combination of the two.  These art blogs may contian a photo or image in the post, which puts a more finer point on the flavor of the post. I have always been a more factual, “down to earth” writer.  Calling my type of writing “prose” may be “gilding the lilly” a bit too much…  Oh OK, I guess ya only live once. Call my stuff “prose” if you insist.  I have understood that prose is “any writing other than poetry.”  So I guess anything that you find in the newspaper, or encyclopedia, or in a textbook would disregard as prose too, right?  Prose would also include any interoffice memoranda regarding the dress policy of the office, or the details of the next holiday party. Prose could also include the text of any legal decision, the text of a house or senate bill, insurance policy, or work of fiction such as science fiction book or romance novel, or even a screenplay for a pornographic film. Even reports such as the Mueller Report and the Report of the Warren Commission could also be regarded as “prose.” I dare say that technical writing, such as material data safety sheets, while have some eliments of peotic language, in truth, is more like prose. Prose could also include instructions to assemble a go-cart, or ransom note, or even this very blog post. I think I need to “research” what this “prose” business is all about.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines prose as “ordinary speech or writing, as opposed to verse.” So I hope you enjoy my writings in prose. I am certainly trying to master the art.

On Blogging

So I am going to start this process called blogging. But why? What makes my blog stand out amoung the millions of blogs that are out there in the “blogosphere” today. There are literally millions of bloggers that are “picking up there pens,” or rather “putting down their pens and picking up their smartphones, or typing on their lap tops,” and just blogging away. So first, let me make a few “introductory remarks.”

I graduated from college in 1988, with a bachelor’s degree majoring in political and historical studies. My intention was to be a history major, but the school, Curry College combined the departments of “politics” and “history” into one department. So rather than majoring in strictly “American History,” I had taken a few political science courses as well. I have always contended that politics is more of an art than a science. Sciences like chemistry, physics and biology are disciplines where you can conduct experiments and make hypotheses about the nature of things. The “political realm” is just too fraught with “the human element” to be described as a science. I always considered “politics,” and “history” as “humanities,” rather than a “science.” Even the term “social science” is a stretch, but can be applied in this case. The one thing, amoung other things that I got out of my college experience was the practice of writing. I think I wrote more in my college days at Curry than any other time in my life. Whether I wrote about the limits or possibilities of the Earth’s resources, or the causes of revolutions or wars, or the pains and pleasures of capitalism and communism, writing was a tool that I used to communicate my ideas. And I had a notion that if I failed in other endeavours, I at least could go back to writing “as a fall back” to make some type of living, however meager livings that writers make.

So I am using this medium of a blog to write. Writing my ideas will clarify them, and put them on paper. Or in this case “a screen.” My ideas will be for all the world to see. At least for anyone who has a WordPress account. At least those who have a WordPress account who get a referral to my blog. And then those who have a WordPress account, get a referral to my blog, and click on this blog post to see this entry… Whuooo❗❗❗ Wow❗❗ WordPress must be referring MILLIONS of you unsuspecting readers who have absolutely nothing better to do with your precious time than to read something by me. And I thank you kindly for taking the time to read my blog post.

So I’m doing an “old fashioned blog” the “old fashioned way.” I’m writing a “world-wide web log.” Each entry into the log will be another entry by ME, not by a BOT. (But aren’t we all bots in the universe of sentient beings in traversing the universe ❓) I will insert an occasional picture here or there. But my main aim is to practice my writing and communicate my ideas. Lord knows I am no novelist. That would require actually conguring up chartacters, and weaving a plot together. I am here to practice my writing and put my ideas not on paper, but in cyberspace. And after this is put “on the web ” maybe I’ll put it “on paper” as well. After all, paper lasts a lot longer than data on silicon chips… I think.

Teaching and Counseling

Getting to the heart of the matter:  I have a masters degree in education, and a masters in counseling psychology.    But I am not “using” my degrees.  Is there something wrong with this?  I am delivering food for Grubhub.   And I couldn’t be happier.   (Well, not true.  If I won the Powerball, that would change my life.  And I do have a plan for that, in the unlikely event that winning a jackpot of circa 100 million dollars does happen.  Stay tuned for that post.)

So yes, I could be happier do something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.  And the punch line of this joke is that “I WOULD CHANGE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.”  If I won the Powerball, I would not be delivering food for Grubhub any more.  No, that would not happen.  But I’d still be writing blog posts.  I just wouldn’t need to work for a living, so I would not be paid to blog.  [Who am I kidding. I don’t get paid for blogging right now.  In fact, I am actually paying to blog. So even though I still would be paying to blog, at least I won’t go hungry. ]

So I will continue to come back to the theme of doing something completely different than what I was trained to do, which was teach in a school, or perform counseling.  Yes I have two masters degrees.  And as the old phrase goes “you can’t take these degrees away from me.”  But there’s more to the story than this.  And this is what I want to explore in my blog.  I will tell the story of how and why I wanted to get into the fields of education and psychology in the first place, and what I encountered when I started to teach. And how I changed my mind after staying in the helping professions for some time.

Then I will delve deeper into the meaning, “what I was trained to do.” This is because, I don’t know any amount of training or preparation that could have prepared me to be successful in the field of education. I mean I could have recieved the “proper” education for the field of teaching. But I did not. I will examine what “the proper preparation” entails, and see if I recieved this education.

Did the “system” fail me? Or did I fail to “crack the code” of becoming an adequate teacher or counselor? Was it a “failing of the system” or a “failing of the consumer of the education,” namingly me? This is what I will examine in this blog. I will discuss the goals of education, and the aims of society and the “western civilization.” I will ask how does the study of the classics give someone the preparation for teaching school aged children. Or are we using the wrong assumptions that “a well rounded citizen” can teach large groups of children, or necessarily connect with troubled children and adults.

I realize this is quite a hefty topic for a blog, so I will devide the topics into smaller “sub topics” to delve into more depth, and not try to tackle all topics in just a few blog posts. This is because I want to discuss this in the “larger context,” of my life. I want to ask “how did my life prepare me for the fields of teaching and psychology. Did my life prepare me for these fields, or did my life not give me adequate preparation for these fields?

This is what I am going examine in my blog posts, and I am eagerly anticipating your feedback. I have an interesting story to tell.

Why Do I Blog (Continued)❓

So.what is the main impetus for blogging. Blogs have been around since the 1990s. It sort of appears “old fashioned,” sort of “quaint” to all.of the sudden, “strike up a blog” right now. Today podcasts are “all the rage.” Everyone seems to have a podcast now. And now there are You Tube channels wherd people broadcast or stream all types of material. There are different video platforms, not to mention Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumbler, Krisper, Tinder, Blender, Fender, Tik Tok, Whats App, Instagram, Pinterest, My Space, Your 💲pace, and In Your 😫ace… It is down right impossible to keep up with all the platforms, “chat forms,” and broadcast mediums to choose to stream out a message.

And there are undoubtbly more mediums that I left out, or that are on the way, that I even care to Google. I like WordPress because I can literally write about anything. I mean ANYTHING…Well, pornography and violence, or demeaning or offensive content not with standing. People get sooo offended these days. I will tell you something that will most definitely get me kicked off of WordPress: “I ❤ TRUMP❗” And if that doesn’t get me kicked off of WordPress, I have something to say that will most definitely get me kicked off of WordPress even faster than that: “I HATE TRUMP.”

Folks are so sensitive these days. I could say one thing, and then I could say the exact opposite of what I just asserted, and “whalla ❗” I get the entire crowd pissed-off at me. Everybody hates me, I get kicked off of a bunch of platforms, and then I wind up just “fending for myself.” Which reminds of a certain celebrity with a certain amount of notoriety…

I have sooo much to say, that I forgot why I started this post to begin with. Well, all I have to say is “I’ve always wanted to be a writer.” Now is my chance. So, I’ll just stick with the “old fashioned method” for now… But not too “old fashioned…” That would require putting a pen to paper. I’ll stick to putting a finger on my phone for now….

And if I say one thing or another about a certain living X-president, Ill be sure to “have all my ducks in a row” before I go out and start to criticize him “big league.”