No. Aliens from Outer Space have not Visited Us.

Daylin Leach
5 min readFeb 16, 2023

My grandmother used to have a saying. “You shouldn’t need a Sidewinder missile to shoot down a Chinese balloon”. Grandma was a profoundly strange woman who spent her later years publicly threatening to eat various foreign leaders. Nonetheless, she did kind of have a point.

Over the past week or so, we’ve repeatedly launched $400,000 Sidewinder missiles to shoot down various dirigibles drifting across yak country in upper Montana. This won’t rival Pickett’s Charge in the annals of military history, but it’s nice to know that any intrusive balloons are no match for our annual $215 Million air force budget. As the mosquito wings in our air force say “Aim High….Fly-Fight-Win”. Although, maybe some of that $215 Million could have been spent on coming up with a better slogan. Just sayin…

As of today, we still don’t know what all of the stray objects we’ve shot down are. And it is that uncertainty which, as night follows day, or me cursing out anyone near me follows me stubbing my toe, leads to talk of UFOs.

Of course, “UFO” stands for “Unidentified Flying Object”, which is a quite benign designation. It simply means that we don’t know what the object is yet. There is no reason to take the absurd logical leap that anything which is identified must be a two-headed, green tribble with one eye who has come here to…

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Daylin Leach

Long-time state House and Senate member, author of PA’s Medical Marijuana law, also creator of “shit-gibbon!” Comedian, professor, father of 2 awesome children!